to and from Rakaia to Lake Coleridge,a former Hydro Power Station for the Canterbury Region
now one of the great outdoors and recreational area for hiking, walking, fishing....hunting too :-((
a weekend of camping and kicking back
1 1/2h drive from Christchurch
one of NZ most beautiful Golfcourses....Terrace Down Ressort, with the Backdrop of Mount Hutt and the Rakaia River
for more info on this go to the webpage provided, how to get there, prices etc.
in this area around the Lake is one of the biggest sheep station in the South Island. when walking make sure you follow certain rules.....stock has always priority!!!
enjoy being with the locals
Mostly open in the winter, the cosy fire, good bar and food like pizza, lamb shanks, mussels make for a great night. The hosts are always handy with a beer and they have rooms attached.
Favorite Dish: Spicy susage pizza
when I first came to Australia and later to New Zealand, these Letterboxes on the Road where very amusing to me. often the Farmbuilding a mile away from the street, and as a friend explained, the NZ Post just delivers the Letters to the Gate.....tough when you live a mile from the road
a very sought after Salmon fishing area. never done that, so can't give you tips.....but the taste of such Salmon steaks are devine
Equipment: of course you will bring your own gear, but you also can buy here in Rakaia....the Gateway to the fishing area. it also offers great walkways and craftshops....an area where you can relax
These massive South Island rivers are so very interesting. However be aware they can turn from babbling brooks into raging torrents in lightning time!
Here you can see the unusual colour of the water, quite stunning really. This is brought about by the sediment in the water from the glaciers further inland.
Fondest memory: This photo was taken from the bridge, it's a long way down. I could have stood here for hours looking at everthing from the terrain to the water. Didn't see any fish though but one guy said he did.
Although the river narrows dramatically at the Rakaia Gorge, it is really very wide at it's coastal mouth.
Here you can see the high cliffs, and the riverstone bed. this can be a summer playground however one must always respect nature and what it can dish up in very short notice. The river can rise in double quick time, many have lost their vehicles to the torrants.
From the bridge I could see two separate jet boat operators down on the river flats.
This is one mighty river, so I am sure a jetboat ride would be very thrilling.
However i didn't go down and meet them.
But it does seem that the river bed is something of a playground. One that deserves immense respect I might add!