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The you have come c to the right place. NZ Ad­ven­tures through t the South Is­land’s in­com­pa­ra­ble

This com­pany of­fers five dif­fer­ent tag-a-long tours across the South Is­land. Owned since 2013 by Rob­bie and Con­nie Crick­ett NZ Ad­ven­tures has been op­er­at­ing since 1999. The most pop­u­lar and long­est es­tab­lished tour con­tin­ues to be the High Coun­try Her­itage which NZ Ad­ven­tures of­fers in De­cem­ber, Fe­bru­ary, March and April each sea­son. In each of those months ex­cept March the tour runs to a six-day for­mat. In March it is run as a seven-day with day three slightly shorter and with Geral­dine as the overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and then day four has a slightly dif­fer­ent con­tent and Tekapo as the overnight. Gen­er­ally the overnights along the route from the Blen­heim start point are in Han­mer Springs, Methven, Fair­lie, Omarama and Cromwell be­fore the tour fin­ishes in Cardrona.

Best ac­com­mo­da­tion & food

All overnight stays are in the best suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion in the towns men­tioned along the route. Break­fasts and evening meals are in restau­rants either part of the ac­com­mo­da­tions or close by. Lunches are a mix­ture of sta­tion lunches, cafe pre­pared pic­nic lunches or in at least one in­stance at an iso­lated ho­tel din­ing room. High­lights of the tour are the in­ter­ac­tion with the sta­tion own­ers, the scenery with an em­pha­sis on the high coun­try farm­ing with moun­tain back­drops and the driv­ing of nor­mal un mod­i­fied four wheel drive ve­hi­cles in that en­vi­ron­ment.

Ve­hi­cle re­quire­ments

Ve­hi­cles on NZ Ad­ven­tures tours must be gen­uine four­wheel-drives with a low-range trans­mis­sion fit­ted and with at least A/T (All Ter­rain) tyres in good con­di­tion. That is ba­si­cally the ex­tent of the ve­hi­cle re­quire­ments. As in all the NZ Ad­ven­tures tours cus­tomers are pro­vided with a hand­held ra­dio for each ve­hi­cle and Rob­bie Crick­ett who has now achieved twenty years of guid­ing motor ve­hi­cle tours along the back coun­try tracks of the South Is­land, of­fers an in­for­ma­tive com­men­tary along the way about the farm­ing and the scenery and points of in­ter­est.

Fine overview

The High Coun­try Her­itage tour in either for­mat is a fine overview of the South Is­land back­coun­try cov­er­ing as it does such a large swath of the coun­try. These trips and in­deed all NZ Ad­ven­tures tours are close to all-in­clu­sive with the only costs for cus­tomers other than the en­try fee be­ing fuel and ve­hi­cle ex­penses and any drinks with the evening meals. An av­er­age day on the High Coun­try Her­itage in a typ­i­cal diesel ute or SUV should see a fuel cost of about forty five dol­lars.

Prov­ing pop­u­lar

An­other tour the com­pany of­fers which is prov­ing to be very pop­u­lar is the five-day East­ern Ex­plorer. Sim­i­lar in pre­sen­ta­tion to the other tours but very dif­fer­ent in the re­gions cov­ered the East­ern Ex­plorer starts in Geral­dine and goes to Ran­furly for a cou­ple of nights, then Mos­giel and Lawrence be­fore fin­ish­ing in Alexan­dra. High­lights of the tour are the amazing tracks in­land of Geral­dine and south of Fair­lie, The Oteake Con­ser­va­tion Park, Macraes Flat and the tracks of the Strath Taieri area, Te Pa­panui Con­ser­va­tion Park near Lawrence and the old tracks that once were the trans­port life­lines of Cen­tral Otago. To find out more contact Rob­bie and Con­nie at www.nzad­ven­tures.co.nz for fur­ther de­tails.

Lead­ing the way... Rob­bie and Con­nie Crick­ett.

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