The Rakaia River
The Rakaia River is one of the major braided rivers of Canterbury in New Zealand's South Island. It is a river of national significance and is protected by a National Conservation Order in recognition of its importance as a major inland fishery and wildlife habitat.
For much of its journey, the river is a braided river and is glacier fed, running through a wide shingle bed. Not far downstream, however, it is briefly confined to a narrow canyon known as the Rakaia Gorge. Here jet boat enthusiasts will find 3 companies operating exhilirating and breathtaking jet boat rides up the river.
Hiking & Walking
Glenrock is fortunate to be part of a new walking trail covering the length of New Zealand. The Te Araroa Trail is a walk from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the very bottom of the South Island. At Glenrock the trail runs from the Rakaia River up through Turton's saddle to Lake Heron, taking in the spectacular high country.
The Rakaia Gorge Walkway, which traverses the edge of the Rakaia River's northern bank, is also popular, offering several unique features of geological and historical interest. The local jet boat operators can also act as a water taxi, dropping you off at the end of the 1.5 hour walk.
There are plenty of great walks available on the property with panoramic views of the expansive Rakaia Valley.
Glenrock has fantastic rock climbing near Glenrock; known as the "Redcliffs Rock Climbing Site" in rock climbing books. There are many different grades to challenge all levels.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Another highlight of this area is the internationally renowned ski resort of Mt Hutt. Known to have the most consistent snow and longest season in the Southern Hemisphere, this resort boasts high speed chairlifts, great learner facilities and also a stylish base area with cafes and sunny decks. If skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, it's still well worth the trip for the views - you can ride the chairlift just for the scenic trip and the view over the back of Mt Hutt is jaw dropping.
In addition there are a further 6 smaller ski and club areas within 1.5 hour's drive and some of the best heliskiing in the world in the mountain ranges directly behind your view at the top of this page.
The renowned Terrace Downs Golf Resort (one of New Zealand’s best international golf resorts) is just a 40 min drive away on the other side of the Rakaia River providing many activities including horse riding, land yachting, jet boating and of course the stunning 18 hole golf course. Also within an hour’s drive are six challenging country golf courses.
Fishing & Hunting
We are located close to some of the finest high country areas for hunting. Local species include Red deer, thar and chamois. The Rakaia River is well known for excellent salmon and trout fishing. There are also a number of other lakes and rivers in the glaciated mountains of the Southern Alps. You can be dropped into these areas by helicopter or 4WD and we can arrange for guides if required.
The local helicopter company is located only a few minutes away and will provide helicopter taxis as well as scenic flights and heli jetboat and helic picnic combo's.
The Upper Rakaia Valley is a great place to explore by mountain bike, with easy rides on the roads and along the river flats and tussock country.