The best of the east
Mt Lyford provides a sense of secluded paradise midway between the busy tourist towns of Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. Our Lodges are set within one of New Zealand’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds. Find some ideas for relaxation and action below.
Relax your body and mind with a private sauna in Mt Lyford’s natural alpine environment; enjoy the amazing views, the birdsong, this is just the location to reset from busy life. After your sauna you’ll feel revived and destressed. A must-do while visiting Mt Lyford.
Free Night sky experience
Once it’s dark find a comfortable spot outside. Lie back, relax with a blanket and watch the wonders above. Most nights you can see shooting stars, the Southern Cross, satellites passing overhead, planets, the Milky Way and even other galaxies all with the naked eye. All that’s required is some clear weather and preferably not a full moon.
To find your way around the dazzling heavens find your free Sky map app on Google Play, or the free SkyView lite in AppStore.
Mt Lyford is known for its natural beauty with potential for bird watching, photography or just enjoying the native bush and alpine environment. Going for a walk is the ideal way to enjoy nature and the unique log houses dotted around.
Explore Mt Lyford and surrounding bush on your mountain bike. We can organise access to well-formed tracks over local farmland for you for a small fee.
During your Hurunui Heartland and Alpine Pacific triangle cycle trip, stop for the night at Mt Lyford Holiday Homes and we will look after you, meals can be provided.
Playground jungle gym
There is a big jungle gym playground near the eco lodges. You will end up here if you take Irina’s Track. There is also a swing and slide at the council reserve at the top end of the village.
Two tennis courts are available for public use for a small fee. Due to earthquake damage these courts are currently under repair. We expect these to be open again after winter 2020.
Mt Lyford Alpine Resort ski area is an ideal family field, offering a great learners area as well as challenging runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. The day lodge/restaurant and car park is centrally located. Equipment can be hired on site.
Mt Lyford Adventure park offers self-guided access with 27km of trails and roads to hike and bike on the mountain with breath taking views. A mountain access pass must be obtained per person ($35pp).
Mt Lyford Lodge
During your stay enjoy the restaurant and bar of Mt Lyford Lodge, situated at the turn off from the Inland road. Contact them directly for reservations.
Swimming in a mountain tarn
In summer go for a swim in the spring water mountain tarn to cool off. This beautiful tarn retains the overflow of our drinking water so it’s clear and clean.
The Amuri offers some outstanding gardens for you to visit. Hurunui Garden Festival brings them all together in Spring. Enquire with us for potential and special deals on accommodation.
Visit this amazing local display to celebrate Guy Forks. Together with hundreds of people enjoying the evening at the rugby grounds. Loads of stalls and food to enjoy.
This yearly motorbike trailride over local farmland is held in March. Max 500 daily riders enjoy a different course each day.
Explore the Hurunui Alpine Pacific Touring Route to take in the best of the region, including the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs, just under an hour away from Mt Lyford.
A place of relaxation and adventure Hanmer Springs is a premier Canterbury destination. Find your options here:
• Hanmer Springs Thermal Hot Pools & Resort
• Jet boating
• Bungy jumping
• Quad bike rides
• Mini golf
Set stunningly between majestic mountain ranges and the ocean, Kaikoura is one of the most bio-diverse marine environments in the world. Providing visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife including, seals, dolphins and whales. The Maori name Kaikoura translates in English to “Crayfish Food” so it is little wonder that this town is a hotbed for seafood lovers.
The scenic 1 hr drive over the Inland road to Kaikoura is a must-do in its own right. It provides an easy daytrip to do:
• Whale watchin
• Swimming with dolphins or seals
• Sea kayaking
• Fyffe house
• Maori tours
You can also plan the following attractions in your itinerary:
– Waipara Valley Vineyards ( www.waiparawine.co.nz ) tours available
• The Hanmer Fete – Hanmer Springs yearly pre-Christmas market day in October
• Art in a garden Hawarden flaxmere gardens open by appointment
• Weka Pass historic reserve
• Weka Pass railway