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Driftwood Eco-Tours | Flora & Wildlife Guided Tours of NZ | Arthurs Pass Tours

- Flora and Fauna

5 Day Tour to North Canterbury high country,
South Island, NZ

Join Canterbury alpine flora enthusiasts, Suzanne Pickford and wildlife photographer, Will Parsons on another fun and informative eco adventure to South Island's Mt Hutt and Amuri skifields. You will also be exploring surrounding alpine areas such as the tussock lands of Snowdon and the scree slopes of Island Saddle in the Clarence Valley. No prior knowledge is required, it is about sharing and learning and having some fun along the way.


Each year we head into the mountains of the South Island to take advantage of dizzying high altitude views and the alpine flora that blooms  in early summer. This year we are excited to be staying at the Amuri ski lodge near St James Station in North Canterbury. We have also found wonderful high country farm accommodation at Middle Rock Station, Snowdon, south of  Hanmer Springs.


Suzanne Pickford, who led our tour group to the Arthurs Pass last season, will be sharing her considerable local knowledge, perhaps dipping her net into a mountain creek to show us the native fish! Will is on hand to guide any short walks and share stories of the area's early European history. 


The sites we are visiting are easy access, so no great deal of agility and fitness is required. Just some patience for those that may want to be more adventurous. Bring your camera as there will be unsurpassed views over the plains and valleys of Canterbury.

Tour Departure date:

Southern Comfort Motel which is on Bealey Ave. Christchurch. There are other motels nearby.


Tuesday 3rd January 2023

8.00 am

(please arrive 15 minutes

early, thank you)

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Tour Price:

$3,500 per person includes all catering

Group size:

8 plus plus 2 guides

Tour Duration:

4 nights, 5 days


2 SUV 4wd vehicles. Toyota Fortuna and Landcruiser


2 nights twin share, Middle Hurst Station quarters

2 nights at bunk rooms at Amuri ski lodge

Both are exclusive occupancy

You will need a sleeping bag for the last 2 nights

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Tour Features

  • Find and learn about New Zealand alpine flora and fauna with the guidance of a local botanist

  • Get tips on wildlife and macro photography from Will

  • Enjoy the companionship of like minded people in nature, have fun and make new friends

  • Guided walks at ecological sites of unique flora and fauna such as mountain riversides, screes and tussocklands

  • Exclusive use of the Amuri ski lodge perched on the St James Range, with alpine flora such as the South Island edelweiss (Leucogenes grandiceps) within strolling distance

  • Stay in private farm quarters at Middle Rock Station, Snowdon. Your hosts are high country farmers Lyn and Bruce Nell

  • A chance to see and photograph birds such as crested grebe, kārearea (nz falcon) and black fronted terns

  • Easy walks by Lake Tennyson, Lyndon and Coleridge

Tour Inclusions

  • Fully escorted tour with two experienced guides

  • Lodge style accommodation (sleeping bags are required for the last two nights)

  • All catering, byo wine and beer

  • Plant lists of the areas visited

  • Passes for visits to ski areas, and other access fees

  • Binoculars, reference books and hiking poles (please let us know in advance if you require a pole)

  • Travel with peace of mind, we do our very best to reduce our impact on climate change by donating to the establishment of native forest at Puhi Peaks conservation reserve in Kaikoura, the only nesting site of the Huttons shearwater. 

Click the photo above for a slide show

Plant lists

For the alpine plant enthusiast here are some plant lists for the areas we are visiting:

Lake Lyndon

Lake Tennyson

Amuri ski area

Mt Isobel

Jacks Pass

Mt Hutt ski field


Visit the garden of Suzanne Pickford Read about Suzanne and her garden here

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