• Idyllic farm setting
  • Historic Farm Homestead
  • Farm tours and hiking available
  • Centrally located to all North Canterbury attractions

Our activities

We’d like to welcome you to a totally unspoilt area of New Zealand – off the beaten track yet in easy reach of prime South Island destinations within the famous Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route.

When you stay at The Gates Country Lodge, you need look no further. We can arrange all the activities you could wish for, and we also offer four exciting activity packages: jet boating/fishing, backcountry tours, horse trekking, and wine education. All packages are totally flexible – you set the itinerary to suit your pace.


The nearby Waiau is a spectacular braided river, whose lower reaches can only be accessed by jet boat.

Our marine-certified jet boat operator Mark Eastmond will take you down the Waiau, across the river bar and out to sea, exploring the rugged Kaikoura Coast.

Try your hand at fresh and saltwater fishing for blue cod, trout, crayfish and salmon on the journey, then bring it home for us to cook for you!

Experience the thrill of riding the waves and the fun of the catch – beginners and experienced fishermen catered for.

Cost: $1700 per couple, including:

  • your personal guide and marine-certified jet boat operator
  • full-day’s fishing
  • fishing licences and equipment
  • exclusive use of 19ft jet boat
  • delicious picnic lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and refreshments
  • a four-course riverside dinner, including wine (weather permitting)
  • accommodation at The Gates Country Lodge