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Makarora Activities

Whether you're interested in adventure activities, short walks or quiet relaxation, there are plenty of recreational activities available in Makarora and the surrounding area all year round.

Makarora valley offers a multitude of options for hunting and fishing trips, short walks and day hikes in Mount Aspiring National Park, as well as stunning scenic flights over the Southern Alps. 

The region is renowned for its plentiful river and lake fishing with Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Wilkin and Young rivers close by.

Fallow deer and chamois often frequent the mountains in the Makarora Valley. Take a short walk around the farm to the nearby glow-worm caves or the creek.

Contact Us

Craig & Eileen Ferris

Phone
+64 3 443 5168

Email
makaroraranch@gmail.com

Address
5766 State Highway 6, Makarora 9382, New Zealand

Postal Address
Private Bag 9009, Wanaka 9343

Farm Experience

While you're staying with us we can arrange guided tours of the farm taking in sheep, deer, cattle and thar. Discover the lower farm area on foot or take a hilltop tour via helicopter. Depending on the time of year you visit we also offer shearing and crutching demonstrations. Explore new farms tracks by mountain bike or take a short walk around the farm - to the nearby glow-worm caves or the creek.

Makarora Experience

For a spectacular day trip, take a scenic flight into the Siberia valley in Mount Aspiring National Park and either catch a jet boat ride out along the Wilkin River or take the walking track which follows the river back to Makarora through spectacular beech forest. This trip is often described as the best one-day walk in New Zealand so make sure you include it on your South Island itinerary.

Photography and Art

The Makarora Valley is an ideal location for wilderness photography with rugged mountains, winding riverbeds and native rainforest, home to falcons and wood pigeons. Makarora River Ranch is an ideal venue for weekend art workshops with plenty of space to accommodate groups and a relaxed atmosphere.

Wine and Food

Further field, Central Otago is a renowned wine-growing region. While some of your party are exploring the mountains, take a wine tour to Cromwell where a number of award-winning wineries offer cellar door tasting and the best of local produce.