The majority of 4WD owners rarely take their cumbersome beasts much farther than the local supermarket, so if that sounds like you then you might be interested in a unique way to explore the South Island and get your vehicle dirty!
High Country Journeys are an offroad 4WD touring company that help you plan an unforgettable self drive tour in your very own car. Think how great it would be to embark on a week long, fully catered self drive 4x4 journey that takes you into the heart of the South Island High Country through a network of station tracks, from Canterbury to Central Otago.
You will reach over 1700 metres above sea level, and have numerous chances to experience unparalleled scenery from river valleys to lofty mountains and crystal clear lakes. Hosts - and retired local farmers - Mike and Karen Meares are keen to emphasise the point that theirs are not tag-along tours, but rather that they will provide you with a 'Journey Manual', which you use to guide yourself in your own 4WD (or there is a hire option).
You choose your own start dates, travel at your own pace, you're not lumped with strangers and you can gain access to remote tracks, some only available to High Country Journeys. Their standard six night package costs $1530.00 and includes five days on the road, accommodation in upmarket farm stays and breakfast, lunches, and dinners. Pretty good for one unforgettable experience!
Editorial by Helene Ravlich