Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand
Alpine 4WD & Jet Boat Adventure
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This off-the-beaten-track active adventure explores one of New Zealand's least-visited areas -- the rugged hill country of the Southern Alps. It's a stunning region that stands in dramatic contrast to the flat Canterbury Plains that surround Christchurch.
From the seaside town of Akaroa, journey over the coastal hills and across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Springfield.
On the banks of the spectacular Waimakariri River Gorge, board a Hamilton jet boat, which will take you on a thrilling and spectacular scenic ride deep into the heart of the Waimakariri Gorge, skimming over water at times only inches deep.
An off-road 4-wheel-drive tour vehicle takes you on a scenic drive through Rubicon and Mt Torlesse Stations (farms). Experience the thrill of off-roading as both of these private high-country stations have no public access. Take advantage of the numerous stops for photos and to appreciate the spectacular views of river gorges, rugged high country and the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps as well as views across the Canterbury Plains.
At Rubicon Station (a farm), you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.
Learn about the colorful history, the geology and day-to-day farming of these impressive stations before you re-board the motor coach for the relaxing return journey along the Great Alpine Highway and across the Canterbury Plains to Akaroa.
Wear sturdy walking shoes and layered clothing. Bring a windbreaker or light jacket. Minimum age is 7 years.