High Country Explorer

Embrace your spirit of adventure on an exhilarating journey into the high country of the Southern Alps, which you'll experience via three different modes of transport custom built 4x4 touring vehicle, jet boat and coach. This offers an in-depth look at the rugged Canterbury High country at the base of the majestic Southern Alps, into areas that even New Zealanders seldom see. Journey by coach from Akaroa and watch the landscape change as you travel across the Canterbury Plains, the Waimakariri River, to enter the foothills of the majestic Southern Alps and Rubicon Station. Find yourself at Rubicon Station on the banks of the spectacular Waimakariri river gorge. Once here you’ll enjoy discovering Rubicon and Mt Torlesse in a 4x4 touring vehicle. What a joy to drive around the acres of rugged high country, framed by the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and river gorges. After enjoying the exciting 4x4 adventure we will stop for lunch. After lunch the excitement continues with a lighting fast jet boat ride where you are treated to an entirely different view of the magnificent high country. Zipping up the Waimakariri River, you’ll ride up the steep-walled gorge to Stair Case Viaduct. Experience the thrill of skimming over the water- at times only inches deep while feeling safe and secure. Following this exhilarating adventure, you'll board a motor coach and drive back to the pier in Akaroa. The tour may operate in reverse order.
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  • Activity Types

    Outdoor Adventure

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  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $399.99
    Children (12 & under) from $299.00

  • Lunch included!


Spectacular photo opportunities on this tour!


Enjoy a buffet lunch featuring locally sourced meats and salads before returning on a chartered coach to your ship.

Special Notes

To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, a light jacket, trousers, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water. The tour is not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns, back or neck problems or pregnant women. The tour may operate in reverse order.

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