Tour Overview

New Zealand is known for its spectacular outdoor beauty and this tour helps you to see mountain scenery, and learn about local agriculture too. You’ll visit up to three different farms, which vary depending on the season. Possibilities could be vineyards, cereal crops, flower farms, or horse studs. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, a delicious lunch is included. Duration is approximately 8 hours.

Tour Itinerary

  • Pick up from Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation around 8.30am.
  • Travel around the Canterbury Region exploring up to three working farms. 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. 
  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
  • Stop at the Mt Hutt Ski Area that has a very special lookout location that provides an amazing view of the patchwork landscape.
  • Stop at the Rakaia Salmon Statue for afternoon tea.
  • 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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers.

A Land of Contrasts and Diversity

See how large irrigations schemes have promoted the emergence of enormous pivot irrigators - now dotting the landscape on greener than green plains, gradually replacing a landscape previously dominated by neat hedges and small holdings more reminiscent of the English countryside. This contrasts strongly with back-country highlands stations which remain typically remote, relatively undeveloped, weather-dependent, and comparatively unpopulated.

Reviews

My mom and I took this tour with Nicole and Dr. Gary in November 2018, and are just now getting to writing this review (the side-effects of life getting in the way). But we absolutely needed to write this. This tour was like a breath of fresh air for us. We were welcomed with warmth as soon as we got into the comfortable vehicle and felt instantly at home with both the tour organizers. We were provided with a little kit of hand sanitizers and paper "boots" for us to wear on the farms, to avoid getting our possibly expensive shoes dirty while walking around. We were taken to two farms - one a sheep farm, where we learned how to milk them, and the other a cattle/pig/poultry farm. The hosts of both these places were amazing and the experience was truly unforgettable. We were provided with lunch at a local cafe and we didn't go hungry for even a moment. Nicole and Dr. Gary do make stops at beautiful locations along the way where we get to stretch our legs and take great photographs. We had a lavish spread for morning tea (including ice cream) at one of the farms and charming evening tea at the second farm. Got to say, we are so glad we took this tour, and it will remain close to our hearts always! Maossie Travels is highly recommended by us.           Sam Ell.

My search for an up close and personal farm tour led me to Maossie Tours and Gary & Nicole. This was probably the most enjoyable day of my month-long trip and felt more like hanging out with friends than a guided tour. Gary & Nicole patiently answered my endless questions as we visited the small farms of friends and drove through the rural countryside. Of course, the day also included morning and afternoon tea and a delicious lunch. I saw a lot of sights and did many activities during the rest of my trip, but spending time with locals and exploring the agricultural foundation of the country really made my day. Thanks for an awesome time!          Sherly S.

 

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