Get off the beaten trail and explore the amazing scenic locations that have made New Zealand famous. Your guide will stop and give you time to capture the perfect photos of your journey!
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We pickup from every major hotel and motel and return you to your accommodation at the end of the tour
Professional English speaking Live Guide
Join us on a tour to visit one of the original stations of the Canterbury plains, your day begins with departing Christchurch travelling over the Canterbury plains and through Ashburton to Longbeach Estate which is situated close to the coast and roughly halfway between the Rangitata and Ashburton Rivers.
Longbeach Estate is one of Canterbury’s original sheep farming stations, founded in 1864 and was originally 30,000 acres in size. The Station was a self-supporting community with its own post office, school, general store, flour mill, brick works, church, smithy, bakery and cook house and employed a permanent staff of 200 farm hands. The station has stayed in the same family since 1864 but today is around 3,000 acres and farming practices consist of prime lamb production, wool, cereal crops, grass seed crops and a dairy farming unit. Longbeach Estate is famous for its farming history, historic buildings and stunning gardens consisting of sweeping lawns and gardens. Today the station holds many functions including weddings. You will get to enjoy meeting the owners of the property, enjoy a picnic style lunch in one of the historic buildings, learning about the fascinating history, enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and historic buildings as well as enjoying a guided coach tour through the farm. After leaving Longbeach Estate we will visit Trotts Garden in Ashburton, this garden began its life as one mans dream on a barren four hectare paddock, Alan Trott decided to create a garden that would become a place people would visit and enjoy and one that would inspire others to create something special on their own land. Trotts garden is considered to be outstanding for its horticultural values in plant material, cultivation designs, construction and maintenance, Trotts Garden has been awarded 6 stars through the New Zealand Garden Trust.
This tour is run on request as well as set dates, if you have a group that you would like to book on please get in contact with us (minimum 10 people).
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