Red Cottage is well situated for those wishing to explore Mid Canterbury. The area is the gateway to one of the top ecotourism locations in Canterbury. Mountains, lakes, rare and endangered birds, vast landscapes, rainforest, waterfall, mountain streams and braided rivers. The outdoor activities are just as diverse - tramping & hiking, bush walking, high country garden tours, mountain biking, fishing, windsurfing, historic sites, bird watching, ice skating & curling. Not to mention the fantastic ski slopes of Mt Hutt, Olympus and a number of Heli-skiing operators.

Within a short drive from Mt Somers & Staveley you will find yourself surrounded by a series of delightful lakes famous for their fishing, unique wildlife, picnic spots and water activities. Lake Emma and Roundabout, which can only be reached by four-wheel drive, are popular fishing locations, while Lake Camp is popular with boaties, water skiers and fisherman alike. The biggest of the lakes is Lake Clearwater. Characterised by a small village of holiday homes, the lake is popular for windsurfing, sailing, rowing and fishing. It is also an important wildlife refuge for the rare and endangered Great Crested Grebe. The Maori Lakes and Lake Heron are also important wildlife refuges and provide good fishing.

Mt Potts Station, past the above mentioned high country lakes, is the location for Edoras, the fortress city of the Rohan people in the The Lord of The Rings. Several operators provide guided 4WD tours to this spectacular area.

Popular, more physically demanding activities occur in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. These range from short bush walks to the popular two-days tramps - The Mt Somers Subalpine Walkway and the more demanding round-the-mountain Mt Somers Track.

  • Woolshed Theatre - onsite, exclusive & complementary with Red Cottage .

  • Twin outdoor baths

  • Cafe & stores

  • Second hand shop

  • Historical trails, Old Lime Kilns & Staveley Muesum

  • Nature Farm & Garden Tours 

  • Lord of the Rings Locations

  • Mountain biking & downhill trails at Mt Hutt Bike Park & Hakatere Conservation Park

  • Fly FIshing & Hunting

  • Helicopter & Fixed wing scenic flights

  • ​Hiking, short walks & rock climbing

  • Water-skiing, windsurfing & swimming

  • 4 wheel driving

  • ​Fly Fishing

  • Big Game and waterfowl hunting

  • Skiing & snowboarding

  • Eco tours

  • Hiking

  • Skiing

  • Snowboarding

  • Heli Skiing

  • Ice Skating

  • Curling


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