NEW ZEALAND FARM & SCENIC DAY TOUR FROM CHRISTCHURCH
The unparalleld diversity that is Canterbury
Tussock lands, braided rivers, mountain lakes, and a diversity of soils from rich alluvials to rocky outcrops and barren rockslides all serve the enormous diversity of farm types including horse studs, deer farming, intensive broadacre and cereal cropping, poultry farming, orchards (fruit and tree nuts), vineyards, olives, vegetables, forestry, pig raising, & flower growing.
Observe the farming revolution that is New Zealand!
Observe how over the last fifty years there has been a literal revolution in farming practices and land utilisation. This has left only remnants of some industries whilst others – like dairy farming - have enjoyed a meteoric rise as new technology and science have pushed New Zealand farming beyond anything thought possible only a few decades before. Witness these changes and see how they have transformed the landscape and farming practices landing Christchurch at the centre of a world-renowned food growing region.
Travel in luxury and style
Courtesy of a luxury 4x6WD bus - take in the truly dramatic scenery of Canterbury farmlands set against the southern alps of New Zealand. The Canterbury region is renowned for its wide diversity of farm types, land uses and topographies in a surprisingly sparsely populated district. From the plains around Christchurch to towering mountains, there is literally something for everyone!
Fully inclusive tour pricing
Fully inclusive price includes pick up from major Christchurch city hotels, scrumptious special lunch, morning and afternoon tea, up to three different farm visits (we will try to accommodate your preference), luxury coach travel including onboard WIFI & USB charging, and a lively, entertaining and highly knowledgeable tour guide who can relate all the agricultural facts, figures and history of this unique countryside!
The juggernauts of sheep and dairy
Yet despite this huge diversity, the juggernauts of sheep farming (mutton / fine wool production) and cattle (dairy farming and beef) still dominate. At the same time, conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife.
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-dependant, and comparatively unpopulated.