Inland Scenic Route 72 - Amberley to Winchester following the foothills

Take a drive on the Inland Scenic Route 72 passing through Rangiora, Oxford, Rakaia Gorge, Staveley, Mount Somers, Mayfield, Geraldine.

Take a relaxing journey through heartland New Zealand. Visit thriving country towns, see early colonial architecture, historic churches and fascinating country museums. In addition to traditional farming, the area produces boutique cheeses, truffles, saffron, olives and mead.

You’ll discover delightful picnic and camping places including Ashley Gorge as well as many hospitable bed & breakfasts and farmstays. Cross Canterbury’s largest river at spectacular Waimakariri Gorge before entering an outstanding outdoor playground. Fish for trout and salmon in the Rakaia River or the high country lakes, including Lake Coleridge, site of New Zealand’s earliest hydro power station, still operating.

Tee off at Terrace Downs golf resort, lift off on a hot air balloon safari or take to the slopes at Mt Hutt Ski Area. Raft white-water on the Rangitata. Explore historic sheep runs, like Mesopotamia and Erewhon, and at Geraldine wander through beautiful woodlands and gardens and savour locally produced food and beverages.


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