Mt Somers and the Mid Canterbury High Country - Worth the trip

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Discover the stunning Mt Somers, Mid Canterbury and Canterbury High Country - horse trekking, tramping, hiking, bush walking, fishing and Lord of the Rings film locations make this a must-see destination! The Nowhere Trail offers a guided alpine cycle tour adventure which takes you to the remote heartland.

There are a number of smaller towns and villages and you find the pick of these as you travel SH72 and skirt the foothills of the Southern Alps on the Inland Scenic Route.

Heading south along SH72, cross the Rakaia Gorge bridges, and on to Staveley there is an old store which is now a great cafe. In the winter you can go ice skating and curling or hiking and cycling all year round.

True rural hospitality is also captured in unique accommodation such as Farmstays and B&B’s. Two examples of the accommodation options include the romantic Red Cottage Staveley and award winning Stronechrubie High Country Cuisine & Accommodation.  Both are family owned and operated by couples who are extremely knowledgeable about the wide range of offerings of Mid Canterbury.

A short detour brings you to Mount Somers, along with a store, a pub, awarding winning restaurant, two camping grounds and B&B’s.

Mt Somers and the high country is an outdoor recreational paradise - tramping and hiking, horse treks, mountain biking, fishing for trout and salmon, windsurfing on the lakes, bird watching, and nature trails.

Popular more physically demanding activities occur in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. These range from short bush walks to the renowned two-day hikes - the Mt Somers Sub-Alpine Walkway and the more demanding Round-the- Mountain Mt Somers Track.

Lakes Emma and Roundabout, accessible by four- wheel drive, offer excellent fishing, while Lake Camp is popular with boaties, water skiers and fishermen. Lake Clearwater, with its small village of holiday homes, is popular for windsurfing, sailing, rowing and fishing. It is an important wildlife refuge for the rare and endangered Great Crested Grebe. The Maori Lakes and Lake Heron also offer good fishing and are also important wildlife refuges.

Further on is Mayfield where there's another pub, fuel for your car and an amazing second-hand shop.

The beauty of any of these places is that they are jumping off points to a great Mid Canterbury experience.

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