High Country Hydro Tour

See New Zealand's past and future

Up to three people, three hours: NZ$240, including light snacks, driver, vehicle, fuel, insurance and taxes

During this off-the-beaten-track, three-hour tour of the Mackenzie Basin, you’ll see New Zealand as it once was. Visit favourite spots with a private guide to learn about the unique history and future of the region.


  • Take in views of the Mackenzie Basin as yet undiscovered by tourists (so far) but enjoyed by locals
  • Learn about the incredible Waitaki hydro project of the 60s and 70s (the biggest project of its kind in the world at the time)
  • Get special access to a historical visual display
  • View famous high-country stations, some of the locations of many movies
  • Visit a salmon farm, feed the fish and you can purchase sashimi fresh from the source
  • Hear from local legends including our world-renowned neighbour who invented the jet boat
  • Tour Twizel, a town built in two years that survived against the odds
  • Learn how Lakestone Lodge was permitted to build on Lake Pukaki’s stunning shores
  • Learn about invasive wilding pines and other pests and see their spread across the Mackenzie Basin

Contact us for pricing and information on our full-day tour