Places to See on your Travels

Stay a while in Oxford. We can help you plan a few days interesting things to do while you are here.

If you want to go over Arthurs Pass and your plans don't allow it, stay a while and have a day trip over.   We go regularly to Greymouth and Hokitika on a day trip.  You haven't seen Arthurs Pass until you go past Arthurs Pass township and head down to Otira..

Check out Castle Hill Rocks while you go over.  About an hour from Oxford, its an easy walk into Limestone country, pathway formed and toilets at the beginning. About 12 kilometres from the summit of Porters Pass the rocks stand haphazardly on the hillside.  Also known as Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area.

Going over to the West Coast see Londonderry Rock just before Kumara and the old historic swimming pool. 

On your way to the Glaciers make sure you stop at the West Coast Treetop Walk

Amazing walking amongst the high ancient rimu and makahi tree canopy.  Over 450 metres long.  Climb the tower and check out the lake.

Jet Boat up the Waimakariri River  - Through breathtaking alpine scenery.

Waimak Alpine Jet - Freephone 0800 26 36 26

Five exciting options down the Waimakariri River

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises with Black Cat Cruises - swim with the dolphins or take the Nature Wildlife - you could see the Orca or Humpback Whale, Giant Petrels, Gannet, Penguins, fur seals, dolphins and other wifelife.

Akaroa Cooking School

Sounds great and so are the owners, Louise and Ant.  We met them when they came and stayed with us.  Louise was originally from Oxford.  Check out their website and enrol in a cooking class.

Hanmer Springs - only 1 3/4 hr drive from Oxford.  Soak up the pools, the village atmosphere and visit a winery at Waipara on the way home.   Check out what Hanmer Springs has to offer

Buller Gorge Swingbridge - Travelling via Murchison, Nelson, Westport

Located right beside State Highway 6, 14km west of Murchison on route to the West Coast.  Just 4km from O'Sullivan's Bridge on State Highway  6.  We have done it, walked over the Swing Bridge and did the Comet Line back.  Didn't have time for the Jet Boat ride but it looks just as good, if not better that those famous ones on the Shotover or Dart River.  Much cheaper as well.


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