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Timaru – High Country Explorer Private Tour LT81CS

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A private small group tour for up to eight passengers.

Depart Timaru by road, travelling inland through the country townships of Pleasant Point, Cave and Fairlie before ascending Burkes Pass and reaching the Tekapo Basin. At the top of Burkes Pass you will immediately view the magnificent scenery of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

The tour proceeds to the tranquil turquoise coloured waters of Lake Tekapo with its famous Church of the Good Shepard and the statue of Mackenzie’s Dog. The next stop is Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mount Cook, Australasia’s highest mountain, as a backdrop. A stop will be made at the High Country town of Twizel where there will be time for lunch (at own expense).

After lunch there will be a stop at a High Country Salmon farm before moving onto the township of Omarama the gateway to the Waitaki River Valley.

The tour returns to Timaru via the Waitaki valley with its hydro-electricity dams and lakes Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki. The completion of this circular touring route is via the township of Waimate and the South Canterbury coastline.

This private tour is at a set price of $1250.00 for tour vehicle and driver, regardless of whether there are one or eight passengers.


  • Magnificent High Country Scenery of the Tekapo Basin
  • Southern Alps, including Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau
  • Church of the Good Shepard
  • High Country townships of Twizel and Omarama
  • High Country Salmon Farm
  • Waitaki River Valley with its Hydro-electricity scheme
  • Lakes Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki
  • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinations

This sightseeing option is a private tour from Timaru with a set price for one to eight people designed specifically for cruise ship passengers. Tour departs from outside the Timaru i-site.

This option departs Timaru at 9.00am returning to Timaru by 4.30pm, This will ensure you arrive at the Cruise ship before departure.

Please note the excursion timings may change to meet the cruise ships schedule.

Please Note: As this is a private tour, when making a booking select only 1 adult even if there are up to eight people travelling.

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