Recreation

You will find that the is always plenty to do around the station during your stay with us. Heliskiing during the winter season, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, rafting, biking or just taking some time away from the stress of everyday life in a stunningly beautiful environment.

A short drive from Mt Potts Station you will find yourself by Lake Clearwater. No dogs or motor powered craft are permitted as this is a wildlife reserve however with its strong and consistent winds funneled off the mountains, it is definitely a slice of heaven for windsurfers, sailors and kitesurfers. The lake is 1 km x 5 km and because it is shallow it gets very warm. In addition it holds a good stock of rainbow and brown trout.

We’ve packaged some of the most popular activities below. Get in touch if you would like us to arrange any of these or if you are interested a custom made package. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

More details about cycling and hiking tracks are available on the Department of Conservation website.

*** Hiking and mountain biking around Mt Potts Lodge ***

Farm Tour

Spend half or full day on the farm with Mat, our lovely farm manager. Explore the whole station, learn to shear, see a dog work sheep. Check out our pet highland cattle and feed the lambs and calves when available. Help with the rounds at lambing time and calving time. Work with and learn how to handle the farm livestock including cattle, sheep, deer and goats. Enjoy a scenic drive through the deer farm to see the deer (especially great when fawns are with mum or stags are roaring). Witness the miracle of birth - see ewes lambing or cows calving. Help with the daily routines at that time of year, moving fences for feed control, feeding out with the tractor, working in the handling facilities to administer medication or weight the stock using the electronic scales and identification. Understand how the farm is run with different classes of stock and what is targets have been set, see how farming can work alongside conservation areas and visit some of the work being done by Mt Potts to protect and restore some important fresh water biodiversity.

Please note that all of the above activities are season dependent, so speak to us about what’s available. Tours start at $120 for two hrs. up to 4 people (to end with  afternoon/morning tea), larger groups by arrangement.

Heli-Tours

Get a breath-taking view of where they filmed Lord of the Rings; we can even drop you off on Mt Sunday, Edoras, for bubbles and nibbles. The helicopter is an MD 520N commonly called a Notar; it can carry up to four passengers.

Cost $1575 + GST – Includes helicopter flight approx. 30 min.

Pick up and drop off at Mt Potts Lodge, bubbles and food on Mt Sunday.

Total Tour time 1.5 hrs

This tour is Weather permitting.

Hunting

Need a Ride to the hut?? Stay the night at the Lodge, have an evening meal and Breakfast, we will arrange for the Helicopter to pick you up from the lodge and drop you into your hut, it can carry four passengers and some gear has a weight restriction pay load of approximately 400KG.

The station has its own Hughes 500C and MD Notar helicopters perfect for the birds’ eye view of the breath-taking scenery. Get aerial views of where they filmed the Edoras scenes from the Lord of the Rings or get dropped off up in the valley and hike home.

Fallow $ 2500

Thar $ 2000

Chamois $ 2500

Stags – Depending on what you are after

If you wish to take Chamois and a Thar package or a chamois and Fallow package we can discount the Chamois by $500

These prices are GST exclusive and do not include guiding fees or accommodation.

Total package price is dependent on your preferred hut, please contact us to discuss your options.

Horse Riding

Try something totally unique to Mt Potts, horse ride onto Mt Sunday and have a picnic lunch before saddling up and riding back down. We depart from Mt Potts Lodge and meet the horses at the base of Mt Sunday; Tour includes picnic lunch with bubbles, guide, horses and all equipment to ride.

Approximate time for the tour 4 hours

Total Cost per person $350 + GST

Minimum 2 persons Maximum 10 persons

Mountain Biking

We have a number of mountain bikes available for rent at the Lodge. Make your own fun, explore the area, take a ride down to the lakes and have a refreshing swim.

Hiking

There is something for all levels – the surrounding mountains make spectacular backdrops and provide great walking. Hike to the summit of Mt Potts and admire the breathtaking scenery or take a walk up to Mt Sunday – the film location for the Golden Hall of Edoras from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We can offer you a guided hiking tour of this famous hill that hosted the movie’s cast and crew for almost a year.

 

Clydesdale Wagon Rides

Erewhon’s Clydesdale team can take you on a wagon ride at the station or to one of their High Country huts for the ultimate back country experience.They can also accommodate those wishing to do some horse trekking.

Scenic flights

Why not take a scenic flight with Air Rangitata. Board the high wing Cessna 206 aircraft and away you go! The possibilities are endless – you can be flying over Milford Sound within 90 minutes, having taken in some of the South Island’s most magnificent alpine scenery on the way. The famous West Coast glaciers and coastal scenery is only 30 – 40 minutes away. You can take a scenic flight to the destination of your choice, pick one of the set routes or take advantage of our charter service. Land in a remote valley for a picnic or to explore on foot. This experience is guaranteed to provide fantastic viewing and photo opportunities.

For more info or to book a flight please contact Arch King on +64 3 696 3848 / +64 27 4732 581 or email info@airrangitata.co.nz