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Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry
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Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry

By Tekapo Adventures
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 5-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
    Pick p is outside AOTEA GIFTS in Lake Tekapo township. Look for a red and green sign, you can't miss it!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 102427P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry?
    Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry price starts from $299.10. Discover and book Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry on Tripadvisor
    What is the Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry cancellation policy?
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      Lake Tekapo
      Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
      Pick p is outside AOTEA GIFTS in Lake Tekapo township. Look for a red and green sign, you can't miss it!
      See address & details
    • 1
      Lake Tekapo
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    • 2
      Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
      Stop: 2 hours
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      Mackenzie District
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Tekapo Adventures
      105
      Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
      Joined in January 2018
    • 275lanej
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Trip to the High Country
      Thanks to Tekapo Adventures for a wonderful day in the Cass River Valley. The tour wound up through the beautiful Glenmore Sheep Station in a rugged and comfortable 4WD rig expertly piloted by Ben. Making our way up the valley we traversed hills and river going higher and higher as Ben talked about the topography, geology, biology and history of the area. We end our climb in a memorable visit to the Waterfall Sheep Herders Cabin. We’ve done a lot of guided tours while in New Zealand and this was a standout! We absolutely recommend this trip!
      Written 19 March 2024
    • Alan P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great tour
      A fantastic experience. Well done to Ben for being so informative. Great to see a large working farm and the surrounding scenery. Highly recommended.
      Written 14 March 2024
    • habzi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful scenery
      A perfect way to see Lake Tekapo and surroundings from a different perspective. We were taken on a drive throught the merino sheep farms, river valley, we got to see beautiful views of entire Lake Tekapo. We also learned about the birds, the inhabitants of the valley. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
      Written 13 March 2024
    • Thomas H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      4WD tour across 19,000 hectares Glenmore Station
      Undoubtedly, one of our highlights when we visited the South Island of New Zealand. We learned so much about the ecosystem and Merino sheep farming. The scenery was truly amazing. I can highly recommend Tekapo Adventures.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • MBDUNLAP
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      4WD - no Land Rover
      We enjoyed our guide - extremely personable - HOWEVER don’t plan on the advised Land Rovers. We were told both were in the shop and we were uncomfortably put in the back of a Toyota-not a pleasurable ride. Didn’t want to hold it against our guide, but sent a message to the operator who basically reply “sorry, too bad”. Also - it was advertised with “Glacier” - not one - again operator said “clouds”.
      Written 1 February 2024
    • Leslie R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great small group adventure!
      We had a fantastic experience as part of a small group of six touring the Cass Valley Back Country with Cristina yesterday. She was so knowledgeable and had personal connections with the owners of the private land that we were able to tour, giving us unique access to this stunning scenery. She stopped often to let us walk around, offered to take our picture and even treated us to chocolates and fresh spring water! Highly recommend!!
      Written 19 January 2024
    • janineI6661JL
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cass Valley 4WD Adventure
      Hi, We had a really interesting and informative afternoon with your guide who kept us attentive all the time. Apart from the amazing surrounds of the Cass Valley, it was very pleasant weather-wise which made the experience that much more enjoyable. We were with another couple and the fact that an advertised 3-hour experience actually lasted 5 hours plus was testament to your guide who clearly seemed to be enjoying the afternoon with us. Well recommended advernture. Janine & Mike
      Written 9 December 2023
    • Inspire8271
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun! A must do
      We absolutely loved this trip and the best part was our guide! Chris was outstanding!!!!! A must! Amazing scenery and we learned so much!
      Written 29 November 2023
    • LynnieCust
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Solo traveller? Email if can't book
      Solo traveler, so emailed as wouldn't let me book less than 2 and they got in contact and was booked on solo no bother at all. You soon get to meet fellow travellers in the vehicle! great scenery, even though all green, be spectacular when snow on mountains but glad it was behind me by few days. Was told about the trees that were good for land and the bad ones introduced by 2 legged species'and is now a big problem with iradication programs probably on hold due to cyclone damage unfortunately. Local birds and animals pointed out if seen and also how they are trying keep control the 4 legged vermin. Would recommend it if in own car and want to do a local thing as lake it's self was packed with buses and a wedding.
      Written 29 March 2023
    • Ruth R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience and excellent value
      This adventure was fantastic! Well worth the fee. Incredible scenery, interesting info about the country and birds, access to areas you'd never see on your own. Owner Ben was informative and skilled, obviously experienced and well informed. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning!
      Written 5 January 2023
    • Cars2223
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stunning scenery
      We went on the Cass Valley tour. Absolutely spectacular scenery a witty and informative guide. Would definitely recommend
      Written 12 October 2022
    • 192grace
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Inspiring landscape
      Highly recommend this stunning scenic tour into the beautiful McKenzie back country. Our guide Ben was so knowledgeable & we thoroughly enjoyed our day in such a vast & inspiring landscape.
      Written 4 August 2021
    • W8677INrachell
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to see amazing scenery
      We did a private tour which included Lake Alexandrina, a variety of stations, the Cass valley and river and plenty more. It had snowed overnight so we delayed our departure in order to let the weather clear. We were treated to the most amazing winter wonderland type landscapes, with snow at ground level throughout. We were plenty warm enough though, and stopped a couple of times to throw snowballs and have a drink and some chocolate. We saw pheasants, a black swan, merino sheep, angus cattle, deer and lots of rabbits. Chris had great local knowledge and clearly loves showing off the area. Would recommend to anyone and would like to redo at a different time of the year too, to get a different perspective on the landscape.
      Written 22 July 2021
    • anu702
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cass Valley - What a beauty.
      We did Cass Valley tour and it took 4 hours. The tour was meant to be 3 hours but the driver/guide was kind enough to show us more. This is one of the must tour to be taken when in Tekapo.
      Written 21 July 2021
    • Pamerle
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely fabulous
      We booked this tour through Glenmore Station after seeing it advertised on our TV Breakfast show. It was the highlight of our little trip, we were blessed with perfect weather and Chris our driver was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, the most enjoyable afternoon. Driving over river beds, thru streams up hill and dale, words can’t describe the feeling of being so far into the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful high country. Drinking fresh mountain water then coffee in a hunters hut. Highly recommend.
      Written 13 May 2021
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    Lee E
    Shearwater, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Couples
    Outstanding adventure, loved it. Comfy vehicle that didn’t disappoint. Lakes, huts, homesteads and of corse that Whittakers choccie!
    Written 15 March 2024
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    Richard W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Awesome tour! Got in some walking, lots of regional and natural history. The whole family really enjoyed the morning out.
    Written 9 January 2024
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    Wonderful to hear , thank you!
    Written 22 January 2024
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    Bev C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    Amazing views. Our driver/guide was full of information on the animals, geology of the area and other local facts. Driving in the Landrover topped a great trip.
    Written 14 November 2023
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    Great to hear! Thanks for your kind review :)
    Written 22 November 2023
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    CVBAILEY
    Chula Vista, CA29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    One of the highlights of our New Zealand trip. Ben is incredibly knowledgeable and we loved every minute of our adventure. My husband said Ben’s flat white at the cabin was one of the best he’s had in NZ. We recommend that you book with Tekapo Adventure. It felt like our friend was giving us a tour of the place he loved and now we do too!
    Written 12 November 2023
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    Wow lovely to hear this! That's exactly what we hope for people to feel when their travel with us :) Thanks so much :)
    Written 22 November 2023
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    Culture29148
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    It was a beautiful morning exploring Braemar Station with Ben and another couple . He’s very knowledgeable on flora , fauna and history . I enjoyed it lots !
    Written 7 November 2023
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    Thanks for your review :) we sure are passionate about our backyard here in Lake Tekapo !
    Written 9 November 2023
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    Jim S
    Havelock North, New Zealand61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    The Cass Valley 4WD tour to Waterfall Hut, through part of the 19200ha Glenmore Station was superb!
    Difficult to put into words how magnificent & unique the experience was.
    A Landscape photographers’s heaven!
    The Driver / Guide Paul was friendly & knowledgeable.
    Tour was scheduled for 3 hours but expanded to nearly 4 hours!
    Although the weather on the day was dull with weak sun, it did not detract from the experience. If anything the soft light added another dimension and made for good photography.
    Well worth a detour/visit to Lake Tekapo to go on the Tour.
    Given our experience would totally recommend.
    Written 4 June 2023
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    Thank you for your review and for joining us. It sure is a photographers paradise!
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    jollyrobert
    Bridgend, UK994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    This 4WD Tour of the Back Country was without doubt one of the most outstanding we experienced in our visit to South Island. We were picked up outside the Tekapo tourist office in the town centre, along with one other couple, prompt at 1.30pm. Chris, our driver, gave us a quick safety briefing, and we set off in our Land Rover Defender of a certain age, Turning west out of town, we headed up Godley Peaks road, past Mt John observatory, and after a couple miles parked up alongside Lake Tekapo whilst Chris pointed out the various salients we would visit on the tour. We found out that we would mainly tour Glenmore Station, a vast farm estate, and eventually end up at the shepherd's hut in the Cass Valley. Chris was a consummate and skilled storyteller, stopping to show off the various bird and other wild life as well as the semi-wild stock, sheep and cattle, the latter most difficult to round up particularly the youngsters. At times his skillful handling of our vehicle inspired mock terror as he drove up and down the hills and valleys, with the Land Rover defying gravity. He was clearly a very proud, articulate and knowledgeable Kiwi and you felt , like the Maori, he was part of the land rather than of it. it goes without saying that wherever we looked, whether stopped or moving, the views were extraordinary. On our arrival at the hut in the Cass, he once again surprised us by offering to make "nice cup of tea" using waters from a mountain spring, accompanied by a choice of chocolate goodies! He spoke poignantly about the life of the people that work on the stations, often alone with their dogs, sheltering from foul weather, as they drove the sheep off the mountain tops, down to safe pastures for the winter. This was a very profound, almost religious exxperience, in the company of a man we were very privileged to spend just a few hours with whilst in New Zealand.
    Written 24 April 2023
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    Incredible review, thank you very much, Chris sure is a wonderful kiwi who is a great part of our small family company. We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed this. We thank you so much for your mind words and sharing your inspiration, that's what we hope for people to feel when they travel with us into the remarkable Mackenzie Country :)
    Written 22 November 2023
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    T8894MYdebbiew
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had the most amazing time on this tour. Scenery is stunning. So lucky to have access to this private land. Thanks Ben - so much information shared with us in a really relaxed way.
    Written 24 April 2023
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    Janice C
    Austin, TX60 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    This was a 4WD through Braemar, a high country farm. The drive was boring, just acres of dried brown range grass. At the end we did see Lake Pukaki, some mountain ranges peaking out through the clouds and a few deer and sheep in the hills.
    Written 1 April 2023
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    I’m sorry to hear you were not satisfied with your tour. The low clouds didn’t offer the spectacular views we usually have.
    Written 3 April 2023
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    JulieMacB
    Shropshire, UK74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the best time and just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Ben for our backcountry photography tour. Ben was an absolute star, and we've seen sights we could only imagine and learnt so much about the land here Chris is just buzzing right now, he's had such a fabulous afternoon, we both have.
    If anyone is debating whether or not to do the private tour, just do it, you'll not regret it!
    Written 9 March 2023
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    Wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing in the beauty of this incredible part of the world. The photography is superb ! Thanks for sharing some of your pics too :)
    Written 18 March 2023
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