The Mackenzie country offers numerous activities, especially for the adventurous traveller. Scenic flight from both Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mt Cook offer you superb views over the Southern Alps, even landings on the Tasman Glacier are possible.
Ski options include heli-skiing and ski touring with experienced guides who can also take you climbing, tramping and snowboarding. Ski fields in the vicinity include Mt Dobson, Ohau, Fox Peak and Roundhill are less than 1 hour away.
Climbing, with the test of the highest peak in Oceania, Aoraki/Mt Cook close to hand, is a major attraction. Guides can organize your climb and supply all the necessary equipment.
Mountain Biking - This area provides many mountain bike trails for your enjoyment. Local knowledge of back roads and areas will provide with an experience that not many enjoy. Bring your bikes and pedal your way around the Mackenzie.
Fishing for trout and salmon is available nearby in the Tekapo Canal, Lakes Pukaki, Tekapo, Ohau and Opuha, and the Opihi River. Lake Tekapo boat cruises and tours will take you on fishing and exploration ventures, while tourism operators can tailor adventures from mild to wild according to your level of ability.
Or alternatively, spend some time with a local guide who can take you to one of the 'best spots' for a more Kiwi bloke style fishing experience (available weekends or summer evenings, pick-up and drop-off from and to the homestead included). Or if you would rather not travel, the garden ponds at Opawa have trout for a catch & release experience from the gazebo on the island!
Guided Hunting for wallaby, deer, wild pigs, possums, rabbits & hares or turkeys on local high country stations is available. All safety precautions are taken and an experienced local guide will ensure you enjoy your hunting experience, with all gear supplied.
4wd tracks across neighbouring farms have been made available for use by groups arriving in their own 4wd vehicles or off road bikes. Get up high and get the best views to Mt Cook and across the Hakataramea Valley.
Farm Tours – The Homestead is surrounded by many farms raising sheep, cattle and deer, and cover both high and mid-country farming. While you are staying with us, why not allow us to organise 'real farming experience' where you can get your hands dirty or just observe!
Garden Experience - Set among 16 acres, the Homestead boasts some very old graceful trees (many over 100 years old), flowing ponds and waterfalls, views of Mt Cook from the island, hundreds of rhododendrons and many roses - take the time to wander and see what you discover. Our gardens are growing with new sweeping lawns, perfect for a stroll or a picnic.
Renovations & Landscaping - We have been renovating the Homestead both inside and out since arriving in 2000 and with old homes, there is always something to do. Luckily we enjoy renovating and are enjoying bringing this old home back to her former glory. We would welcome your suggestions and knowing that people are coming back to check up on us, keeps us going with paintbrushes and ideas.