Mt Nicholas High Country Station, on the western shore of
Lake Wakatipu, is the base for Southern Discoveries' latest
tourism enterprise. Photo by Stefan Haworth.
Southern Discoveries launched its latest Queenstown
tourism product at the weekend's Trenz event in Auckland.
Its new product range includes the Mt Nic Woolshed
Experience, Mt Nic 4WD Safari into the back country and Mt
Nic High Country Walk at Mt Nicholas Station.
The privately owned station covers more than 40,500ha
west of Lake Wakatipu's western shore and raises merino sheep
used to supply New Zealand's Icebreaker clothing company.
It is one of the few traditional farms left in New Zealand
where only horses and dogs are used for mustering - no motor
vehicles are involved.
Southern Discoveries general manager John Robson said it was
an ''exciting addition'' to the company's range.
''The station still runs the way it always has and we are
delighted to offer the unique customer experience of an
authentic high country station up close.
''It is an area of outstanding beauty that until now has
rarely been seen by locals or visitors to New Zealand. It's a
working high country station, so every day is different.
''During August and September they shear over 28,000 sheep
and we can share that experience with our guests.''
During other times of the year, guests would tour the
original woolshed and learn about the process from farming
and shearing high country merinos to supplying wool to
Visitors could also try their hand at stone-skimming,
horseshoe-tossing, gumboot-throwing and even compete at
virtual shearing, exclusive to Mt Nic excursions and Southern
''Over the last 12 months, we've undergone a period of
expansion and investment and we're excited to showcase our
new ... extremely Kiwi products to New Zealand and the rest
of the world,'' Mr Robson said.
Tourists will get to Mt Nicholas from Queenstown on the
Southern Discoveries boat Spirit of Queenstown.