This event was held on 28 March, 2016.  The next expected trip in 2020.


Start on Blackford Road by limeworks. Please stay on the marked tracks, other farm areas are not open for exploration.


Need to be high clearance road legal 4WD (eg Subaru Outback or better).
NO motorbikes or off-road buggies are allowed.


Please leave your dogs at home, the trip is through working farms.

How much

$50 per vehicle, note NO eftpos – please bring cash

High Country 4WD Trip

This trip was held on 28 March, 2016.  The next trip will be 2020 or later, details will be announced closer to that date.

Thanks to the generosity of the Todhunter families the public have a unique chance to see some beautiful Mid Canterbury high country.  Funds raised all contribute to Methven Lions Charitable fund, assisting several local community projects.

Methven Lions are hosting a self-drive tour running through the back country of the Rakaia and Ashburton gorges. Beginning at a checkpoint on Blackford road, a few km inland from the turnoff on SH72, $50 per vehicle is paid.  The checkpoint will be running from 8 am, with the last cars through by 2 pm. You will be given a map with extensive info on the properties along the route.  After 50 minutes of so driving on public shingle roads along the south bank of the Rakaia River you will arrive at Glenfalloch Station, where a barbecue will be running.  There will also be tea, coffee and light snacks available at Glenfalloch, thanks to some Selwyn House students, please support their fundraising efforts.

The map you were given when paying at the checkpoint is your ticket to continue on the private tracks through Glenfalloch Station and then Lake Heron Station. The tracks are mostly well formed but there are sections across shingle fans that may be a bit rough, take your time. You will see some beautiful views of the upper Rakaia area, before finally arriving at the Lake Heron Campground, where you rejoin public roads through the Hakatere Consevation area, back to Mt Somers township.  Allow a good 3 hours for the trip at a leisurely pace.

We ask you to please respect these working farms – do not venture off the tracks, watch out for livestock on the tracks, please do not bring your dogs and of course please leave no rubbish. Just enjoy the beautiful scenery.