Ep14: Scenic Adventures in Selwyn

  • 35:18
  • 27 January, 2022
  • 32.32M

On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters we salute the grandeur, country charms and unstoppable sense of adventure waiting to explored across the vast expanse of Selwyn. Book-marked by the Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers, and stretching from the ocean to the alps, welcome to Selwyn.

Castle hill rock formations in Selwyn, South Island New Zealand
Castle Hill rock formations. Photo: Selwyn NZ

One of the best ways to get a flavour for Selwyn’s diverse sense of place is to take to a drive on the Great Alpine Highway. Around ever scenic corner surprises await from Taste of Kiwi Café in Springfield to the bewitching rock formations of Castle Hill and alpine walks, fit for the gods, in Arthur’s Pass.

Great Alpine Hightway, canterbury, south island, new zealand
Great Alpine Highway. Photo: Selwyn NZ

If you’re venturing off on the Great Alpine Highway, or looking for a leisurely lunch-stop from Christchurch, Melton Estate in Selwyn’s West Melton is an inviting winery and restaurant. Managing Director, Philip Caunter, joins Kiwi Tripsters to talk about his superb range of wines, the wine trail and tour options on-site and the versatility of the much-loved venue.

Melton Estate Wine Estate Canterbury, New Zealand
Philip Caunter, Melton Estate Wines. Photo: Mike Yardley

Great adventures in Selwyn span the sedate romanticism of hot-air ballooning to the high-octane exhilaration of Alpine Jet Thrills. As the only commercial operator on the Waimakariri River, take a canyon safari in the upper reaches of the river, before changing it up with an electrifying experience, skimming the stones on New Zealand’s only airboat tour. No gators included!

Waimakariri River Canyon, South Island New Zealand

Waimakariri River Canyon. Photo: Mike Yardley

High-country hospitality in Selwyn. Take a farm tour at Middle Rock Station for a fascinating insight into the heart and soul of high country sheep farming before venturing to the wonders of Lake Coleridge and enjoying an indulgent escape, surrounded by the high country resort comforts of Terrace Downs.

Middle Rock Station sheep mustering, South Island, New Zealand
Middle Rock Station sheep mustering. Photo: Selwyn NZ

Bounded by the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers, and stretching from the coast to Arthur’s Pass National Park, Selwyn serves up an astonishing variety of landscapes, country towns and villages, extraordinary wilderness adventures and road trips to remember. For more trip inspiration, head to https://selwyn.nz

  • 01:00 The Great Alpine Highway
  • 08:04 Chat with Philip Caunter, Melton Estate Winery
  • 18:35 Adventure junking with Alpine Jet Thrills
  • 27:20 Middle Rock Station

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