Discover the most amazing New Zealand locations with Maossie Tours who offer day trips from Christchurch into the Kiwi Outback. An independent family business, who have a deep passion for everything Kiwi especially indigenous Maori culture. Be dazzled by breath-taking scenery including ancient glaciers, towering mountains, high country mountain lakes and braided rivers as you travel into the southern alps of New Zealand on your way to the Aoraki / Mt Cook World Heritage National Park. Or be delighted by a truly unique experience as you take in the sights of ‘Lord of the Rings’ middle-earth journeying towards a high-country sheep station where you embark upon a nostalgic Aotearoa back-country wagon ride using a team of Clydesdale horses. Or perhaps take in the wonder of the diverse landscape of Canterbury farmlands containing tussock, plateaus, hills & mountain lakes. Or join an Eco-Tour to the Banks Peninsula and the wild penguins at a private bay in Akaroa, a fantastic full day adventure taking in the undeniably breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. From the greener than green plains around Christchurch to experiencing New Zealand’s highest mountain, we have a tour for everyone!
Conducting four different day tours to iconic New Zealand destinations from their Christchurch base, their top-of-the-line 4×4 AWD Mercedes-Benz 519 CDI extra-long wheelbase turbocharged diesel bus has onboard WIFI, USB charging, LCD TV Screen, and extra-large, high visibility windows for panoramic viewing of the magnificent New Zealand scenery – facilitating genuinely luxury travel and the utmost in safety for up to 16 passengers.
Price: $264.00 per person – Child $164 pp
Departs: 9:00 am (Pick up from major Christchurch central city hotels)
Duration: 9 hours
Courtesy of a luxury 4×4 min-coach – take in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. This area is renowned for its rugged topography in a surprisingly sparsely populated district. Amongst extensive farm lands, Akaroa’s diverse landscape is a region where conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife. In fact, Banks Peninsula has the highest amount of biodiversity than any other part of New Zealand.
After your fully catered special lunch (provided), enjoy a unique nature safari in the spectacular, award-winning Wild Side Conservation area! Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program. Be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and see White-Flippered penguins as the people of Pohatu monitor nesting sites. This is the only place in New Zealand you can easily see penguins’ gathering and socializing on the water. If visiting between mid-November and mid-February, you may even be lucky enough to see rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy!
Fully inclusive price includes:
After clicking the “Book now” button, select the special extended 4-hour scenic nature safari tour option (compared to the “standard” 2-hour nature safari), and enjoy all standard tour activities plus additional highlights including:
Canterbury farmlands – a genuinely Kiwi experience in an amazing landscape!
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.
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 – a fully qualified agriculturalist who can relate all the agricultural facts, figures & history of this unique countryside!
Fully inclusive price (available for group bookings of 8 persons or more)
Baby animals, cows, sheep, deer – all working properties: a great insight into the real New Zealand! Tour destinations vary according to the season – but they all involve a variety of really interesting farm types and topographies ranging from the Canterbury plains to the highlands against a backdrop of towering mountains. At each location there will be ample time to look around. And, many of the farms we visit will offer contact with animals including feeding, patting and grooming.
Tour includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas. Allow a total of around 7 hours. And… be assured, tour guide “Dr G” is not just your average guide! He is not only a qualified agriculturalist with a PhD in Economics… but also an engaging story-teller, he carries with him a truly amazing store of agricultural facts, figures & history of this unique countryside!
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.
A truly unique experience in incredible surroundings. Clydesdale Horses Wagon Ride at a Canterbury high-country sheep station in “Lord of the Rings Middle Earth”.
Along the way from Christchurch in our luxurious AWD Mercedes bus, travelling to your destination – Erewhon Station in New Zealand’s high country – take in the truly breath-taking scenery from areas like Lake Clearwater, Mt Potts, and Mt Hutt. Incorporates sites from “Lord of the Rings” Edoras: the mythical capital city of the Rohan people. Eventually, prepare to be transported back in time by the nostalgic one to two-hour wagon ride, pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses into the spectacular New Zealand back-country highlands. Enjoy a comfortable ride on the sprung wagon with rubber tyres, and lounge-type seats.
Fully inclusive price includes:
Clydesdale Horses Wagon Ride, Erewhon Station
Take in the sights of “Lord of the Rings” middle-earth as you journey from Christchurch in our extremely comfortable luxury Mercedes Benz mini coach alongside New Zealand’s Southern Alps, towards your final destination – a fully-fledged working high-country sheep station – Erewhon Station (or “nowhere” backwards!). Here you will enjoy a truly unique experience: a wagon ride using Clydesdale horses taking you into spectacular Aotearoa back-country.
Braided rivers, green pastures, forests, deer, horses, sheep, hidden tracks, and absolutely remarkable mountain scenery – there’s something different and amazing behind every turn! Your total journey time will be about 7-8 hours and your tour is fully inclusive with Maossie providing a scrumptious lunch, morning and afternoon teas, and an unbelievable tour guide!
Mountains, Lakes, Braided Rivers and Glaciers:
Be dazzled by breath-taking scenery including ancient glaciers, towering mountains, high country mountain lakes and braided rivers. This tour is simply amazing with its incredible variety of landscapes as you travel into the southern alps of New Zealand and enjoy the sites of the Ben Ohau Range, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, and the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park (part of Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area) containing New Zealand’s highest mountain. Your expedition even traverses multiple sites from “Lord of the Rings” Middle Earth – and much more.
Your all-day journey is fully inclusive with a buffet lunch at the renowned Hermitage Hotel mountain retreat, admission to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and the 3D theatre, Museum and digital dome Planetarium, morning and afternoon tea, and a lively and entertaining tour guide!
For those a little more adventurous, there’s even a special included side trip to the Tasman Glacier – or just choose to relax for a few hours back at the Mt Cook Village, do a little walking or hiking on the many trails in the area, spend more time enjoying the visual extravagances at the Alpine Centre, or maybe stroll across to the DOC Visitor Centre – before being picked up for return journey back to Christchurch in the early evening and drop off to your hotel or departure point. This is a truly unforgettable experience!
National Park, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Tasman Glacier, and multiple sites from Middle Earth