Tour Overview

Enjoy a rustic day out in nature, experiencing epic landscapes that featured in The Lord of the Rings films. Starting from Christchurch, this convenient tour will take you out to the Canterbury Plains and a working sheep station. There you can enjoy touring the countryside on a wagon pulled by large Clydesdale horses (optional extra). This is a fun and relaxing way of experiencing the area, and a great alternative to hiking. Duration is approximately 11-12 hours.

Tour Itinerary

  • Pick up from Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation around 8.30am.
  • Stop at Rakaia Gorge Walkway, lookout and scenery exposition.
  • Pass by the Mt Hutt Ski area as you observe the Southern Alps scenery.
  • Stop at Mt Potts Lodge for a a special lunch in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • Stop at Edoras (Lord of the Rings), the home of the mythical capital city of the Rohan people in Lord of the Rings. For those not undertaking the Clydesdale Horses Wagon ride, more time can be spent here exploring the the area.
  • Pass by the Rangitata River, another spectacular Lord of the Rings location. See where three braided rivers collide - the Clyde, Rangitata and the Havelock in "Middle Earth".
  • Stop at Mt Sunday Summit to go on a short walk around Lord of the Rings Edoras.
  • Stop at Erewhon Station and take an optional Clydesdale horse wagon ride into spectacular Aotearoa back-country.
  • Stop at Hakatere Historic Town to enjoy afternoon tea at this unusual location containing an historical village and memorabilia.
  • Drop-off at Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation.


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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate, but not recommended for pregnant travellers.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers.
  • Clydesdale Horses wagon ride option: be transported back in time enjoying enjoy a truly unique experience: a nostalgic but comfortable wagon ride pulled by some “gentle giants” - a team of Clydesdale horses - into the spectacular Aotearoa back-country highlands. With loads of great photo opportunities and the chance to experience the high country at the horses’ pace, your wagon ride will definitely be a memorable trip. Erewhon generally hitch up a 6 Clydesdale horse team in 2 rows of 3.

Special note: Clydesdale Horses Pioneering Wagon Ride option

Kindly note that this ride is an optional extra and only available during warmer months (September to May inclusive). It is also weather dependant as Erewhon Station is a genuine working sheep, cattle and Clydesdale horses station. Accordingly it is subject to change based on availability (e.g. farm program) and weather conditions on the day. Minimum numbers also apply.


We just returned from a really great day with Nicole, Gary and Maossie tours. As guides, they knew lots about the region, the country and the Lord of the Rings filming sites that were our destination. As owner-hosts they were cheerful, friendly, calm, and ready for anything. They kept us well fed with lots of well planned stops for food, photos and facilities. The bus was clean, comfortable with free wifi and USB power at every seat. Lunch at Mt Potts Lodge was surprisingly tasty & intricate. Meeting Clydesdales, goats and sheep was delightful. If we were in Christchurch longer, we’d do another day trip with them and will strongly recommend them to others. This was exactly what we wanted from a day trip out of Christchurch - an intro to life in the agricultural region, big mountain vistas and some LOTR sites as seasoning           Kate H.

This was such a great day! Gary and Nicole were welcoming, attentive, and thoughtful. It was evident that they wanted us all to have a great experience with them. Even the picnic lunch was delicious! Once at the farm, Erin's experience handling those beautiful horses was clear - she was great! You undoubtedly want to book a tour with Maossie Tours! You won't regret it.          Melissa.


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