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Rakaia Gorge Things to Do

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    by pepples46 Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    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

    Lake Coleridge
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    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by pepples46 Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    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.

    Rakaia River/Mount Hutt
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    • Golf

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    by pepples46 Written Dec 19, 2003

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    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

    Flock of Sheep
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    • Farm Stay
    • Eco-Tourism

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Rakaia Gorge Restaurants

  • by glennw2u Written Oct 13, 2002

    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

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Rakaia Gorge Local Customs

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    by pepples46 Updated Nov 4, 2003

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    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

    Street Scene
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Rakaia Gorge Sports & Outdoors

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    by pepples46 Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    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

    the Big Salmon
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    • Fishing
    • Kayaking
    • Water Sports

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    by kiwi Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Rakaia River
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    • Photography
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

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    by kiwi Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Rakaia cliffs
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    • Road Trip
    • Photography

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    by kiwi Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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!

    Rakaia River
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    • Photography
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

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