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Location: Mount Somers, Canterbury, New Zealand

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.

Map and Distances

Christchurch: 110km
Mt Hutt: 35km
Geraldine: 50km
Ashburton: 40km
Methven: 30km (closest bus stop)
Mayfield: 12km
Arthur's Pass: 110km
Lake Tekapo: 130km
Inland Scenic Route 72: 1km
Queenstown: 394km
Mt Cook: 232km

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Mt Somers Village

  • General Store: Open 7 days a week,
    post and petrol
  • Mt Somers Tavern: meals 7 days a week,
    Sky TV and bottle store
  • Mt Somers garage
  • Community swimming pool
  • Squash and tennis court
Mt Somers Village

Activities

Lake Clearwater

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
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Jet skiing and water skiing

For more water adventures go on a Whitewater Rafting Tour on the Rangitata River or a Jet-boating Tour on the Rakaia River.

Lake Clearwater

Mt Somers Conservation Area

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:

Nature and Birdwatching Tours
4WD Tours
Balloon and Helicopter Flights
Mountain Biking
Horse Trekking
Mountain and Rock Climbing
Rock Hounding for Agate Stone

Mt Somers walking and cycle trails

"Edoras" or Mt Sunday

Not far from Mt Somers Village the capital of Rohan was built in the year 2000, where a significant part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed. Although the LOTR buildings are all gone you can still look for footprints on an Edoras Tour.

Edoras Tour

Skiing and Snowboarding on Mt Hutt

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 Hutt skiing and snowboarding

Other Sights and Activities

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