From the Lodge you can explore the Canterbury High Country by car with many scenic drives on well-maintained gravel roads. You’ll see landscapes similar to those made famous in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies.
Drive the road to Mt Algidus Station
(approx. 24km one way, 1.5hr return trip)
Drive the road Mona Anderson talks of in her books about living on remote Mt Algidus Station. The road towards Mt Algidus takes you through back-country station land, with spectacular alpine and river vistas on the way. You might encounter cattle or sheep grazing on the road verges. For most of the year this road is easily driven in 2WD vehicles. The road ends at the Wilberforce River bed, where those working on Mt Algidus Station, who know the river channels well, continue to cross in 4WD vehicles when it’s running low.
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Drive to Harper Village
(approx. 40km one way, 2hr return trip)
A drive to tiny Harper Village at the north-western end of Lake Coleridge takes you past many small alpine lakes that are popular fishing spots. You’re bound to stop along the way for photos and walks. The unsealed road is well-maintained and can be driven year-round in 2WD vehicles.
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Drive to Arthur’s Pass
(approx. 74km one way, 2.5hr return trip)
From Lake Coleridge you can drive the beautiful Lyndon Road through the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park past Lake Lyndon. It connects with SH73, the road to Arthur’s Pass, one of New Zealand’s top tourist routes. There are many interesting walks along SH73 and in Arthur’s Pass Village you can get a bite to eat and very likely meet New Zealand’s alpine parrot, the Kea. Except for during winter months the Lyndon Road is well-maintained and can be driven in 2WD vehicles. There is a small ford to cross near the SH73 intersection, negotiable in a 2WD vehicle as long as the water is not running too high.