Journey through the beautiful Canterbury Plains set against the remarkable mountain scenery of the southern alps. Enjoy the luxury & comfort of a top-of the range Mercedes Benz AWD bus. On your way to different farms (up to three) you will take in the wonder of this diverse landscape containing tussock, braided rivers, plateaus, hills & mountain lakes. An enormous variety of farm types in the region include horse studs, deer, cereal crops, poultry, orchards, vineyards, vegetables, forestry, pigs, & flower growing: but the juggernauts of sheep farming (mutton, wool) and cattle (dairy farming, beef) dominate. Fully inclusive price includes pick up from major Christchurch city hotels, scrumptious special lunch, morning & afternoon tea, luxury mini-coach travel incl. onboard WIFI & USB, & an entertaining / highly knowledgeable tour guide who can relate all the agricultural facts, figures & history of this unique countryside!
Full day tour includes fabulous mouth-watering lunch
Enjoy the fantastic scenery on your journey from Christchurch, across the picturesque patchwork of the Canterbury Plains - travelling alongside New Zealand's spectacular southern alps. Relish a scrumptious lunch (included), and share the passion of the amazing farming community that is New Zealand.
Experience an incredibly diverse farming landscape
You will visit up to three different farm types amongst the enormous diversity in the region including horse studs, deer farming, intensive broadacre and cereal cropping, poultry farming, orchards (fruit and tree nuts), vineyards, olives, vegetable growing, forestry, pig raising, and flower growing. However, the juggernauts of sheep farming (mutton / fine wool production) and cattle (dairy farming and beef) dominate.
Your transportation - safe and luxurious
You will be transported to your destination in the lap of luxury. Our roomy, Mercedes-Benz 519 CDI extra-long wheelbase 4WD turbocharged diesel Sprinter limousine bus features highly advanced technology designed to provide extremely safe, reliable and very comfortable transport in almost all conditions and terrain.
Fun – and something for everyone!
This is not an arduous 4WD experience, but a gentle introduction to the “real New Zealand”. Whether you are a serious agriculturalist, or just coming along to pat some animals and enjoy the marvellous scenery, there is something for everyone and every age.
Your Tour Guide - not just the usual
Tour guide "Dr G" is not just your average guide. With Māori heritage (Ngāti Ranginui) he is a qualified agriculturalist and property valuer with a PhD in Economics. An engaging story-teller, he carries with him a truly amazing store of agricultural facts, figures & history of this unique countryside!
Dress for all seasons, and book ahead!
New Zealand weather can be windy and cold at times - even on clear days. So, dress for all seasons. Advance bookings are essential as all properties are genuine working farms - and there is a busy ranch schedule!
Animal contact - feeding, patting and grooming
Many of the farms we visit will offer contact with animals including feeding, patting and grooming. However, we need to accommodate farm programs, animal types, weather conditions and passenger preferences - and therefore the nature and form of this activity will vary. Also, please be aware that we cannot guarantee the availability and / or accessibility of baby animals year-round.