Local Attractions

Lincoln University (10 minutes away), Burnham Military Camp (6 kms away), Research Institutes, local golf courses and ranges, restaurants and wineries, garden tours and fishing for trout or salmon in the Rakaia River.

Visit the Antarctic Centre or the Airforce World. Travel to the Christchurch City where you will find the Town Hall, Museum, Art Gallery, City Tours, Botanical Gardens (one of the finest in the Southern Hemisphere), punting at Mona Vale and on the Avon River. Hagley Park also awaits you.

Ferrymead Historic Park, Yaldhurst Transport Museum, Orana Park, Dean’s Bush, arts and crafts shops, cafes and the French History Museum in the historic township of Akaroa are all within easy reach. Visit the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory on the way to Akaroa – Barry’s Bay, where cheese is created – not just made. Walk along the pier in Akaroa and see the blue pearls at Akaroa Blue Pearls Ltd or sign up for a Black Cat Cruise.

Visiting during the winter months? We are only one to two hour’s drive to four ski fields in Canterbury – Mt Hutt, Craigieburn, Porter Heights and Temple Basin. The Tranz Alpine Scenic Train day trip from Christchurch to Greymouth return (in winter or summer) is a wonderful experience – in fact, you can catch the train in Rolleston and be returned  before 6:00 pm in the evening.

What have we missed? Mona Vale, the Airborne Honey Factory at Leeston, Salmon World at Rakaia, Hanmer Springs Thermal Alpine Village, Clydesdale wagon trips, 4WD tours and shopping are but a few – and there’s more.

Selwyn District, in which we are located, offers exhibitions, Art studios, Restaurants, Gardens, Heritage Homes and Vineyards.

You won’t want to go home!

Arthurs Pass National Park

Alpine Gardens, Short walks in beech forest and plant communities above the bush line in the main mountain divide.

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Banks Peninsula

Akaroa Harbour Cruise, “Nature on the rebound” at Hinewai Reserve (trekking and bird watching).

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Ecology of a Garden City

A botanical garden tour. Restoration projects eg, New Brighton sand dunes, Wetland projects, Port Hills restoration planting. About the Botanic Gardens Christchurch was officially settled by the British in 1850. These pioneering settlers brought with them the gardening traditions of their homeland. It was just thirteen years after their arrival that the initial plans were […]

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Peel Forest

Ancient forests and farming landscapes form a mosaic. Forest walks Each tour will also describe the-transformation of the landscapes for alternative land uses.

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Punting on the Avon River
or from Mona Vale

Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as the Edwardian punter propels you past the trailing willows and leafy banks of the prettiest stretch of the Avon River. We offer.. A 30-minute guided punt tour through the Botanic Gardens. Departure from the Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace, a 3-minute walk from Museum, […]

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Traversing the South Island

From the Eastern coast to the main divide: An opportunity to learn about the marked changes in landscapes and flora. Remnants of the Iceage Karst (limestone) landscapes. Cordyline australis, which is the Ti-kauka or Cabbage tree, is common in many situations, from swamps to barren hillsides. It is the best known of all New Zealand […]

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The Gardens

Established over the past decade, the award-winning gardens of Garden View Bed & Breakfast, Rolleston are intensively landscaped to symbolically represent the distinctive braided rivers of our Canterbury region; rivers such as the Rakaia and Waimakariri. The gardens are dominated by a wide range of New Zealand native trees, shrubs and tussock grasses. You can […]

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