If you love sport, you’ll love the Central South Island. If getting away from it all into tranquil countryside and awesome mountain scenery this is the ideal region for you.
The coastline attracts surfers. Rivers such as the mighty Rangitata are renowned for their salmon fishing. Upstream the Rangitata River offers world-class white water rafting and this stunningly beautiful alpine region provides everything from day walks to rigorous treks.
Within one hour’s drive of Timaru are four of New Zealand’s most stunning lakes providing a playground for those who love water sports such as skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, jet skiing, and fishing.
South Canterbury can also boast four popular ski fields within two hours drive providing a huge variety of terrain and facilities and all have easy access by 2 wheel drive vehicles.
Hunting in the South Island of New Zealand is exceptional and South Canterbury hosts some of the best. There is a wide range of wildlife including four species of deer, alpine Chamois, Mountain Thar, goats, and wild pigs. Small game animals include wallabies, possums, hares, and rabbits as well as water-fowl such as ducks, geese and swans.
Fishing in this region presents many opportunities from the high country rivers full of feisty rainbow and brown trout to the resident and sea run brown trout and salmon.