Situated on the Inland Scenic Route 72 halfway between Christchurch and the Mackenzie Basin, Mt Somers is a great place to explore the central South Island of New Zealand. Mt Somers Village offers all you need to make your stay comfortable.
This lake and the nearby lakes Camp, Heron and Emma are situated in the superb alpine scenery of the Foothills. They offer a variety of watersports such as:
Salmon and trout fishing
Jet skiing and water skiing
Highlight is the Mt Somers Track (former Mt Somers Sub-alpine Walkway, 17km, 1-2 days), that links the popular picnic spots of Woolshed Creek and Sharplin Falls. There are serveral walking tracks and easy tramping tracks from 30 minutes to 4 hours amongst historic coal mines, impressive volcanic formations, a deep river canyon in the Mt Somers Conservation Area.
There are many ways to explore this unique sub-alpine area:
In winter you can find the best and most developed ski and snowboard area in the southern hemisphere, with a bungy jump into the powder of Mt Hutt. Nearby Mt Potts offers Heli Ski and Snowcat Ski. Other ski fields are located in Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Cheeseman, Porter Heights and Mt Olympus. In summer the Canterbury high country is a great place for bush-walking and examining a unique flora: 130 species of alpine plants can only be found on Mt Hutt.
Mt Somers and Mid-Canterbury offer a lot more:
Tennis, squash and swimming pool in Mt Somers Village
Golf (Mayfield Golf Club, Methven Golf Club, Terrace Downs)
Canterbury garden tours, e.g. Dunhampton Lily Fields
The Minerals to Art Festival (in March every second year)
Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum in Tinwald
Ashburton Aviation Museum
Ashburton Vintage Car Club & Museum
Lynn Woodwork Museum