Southern Lakes

  • Date: March 7-14, 2021
  • Price: $2500
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We will run this iconic tour every Autumn – so March 7-14 in 2021, and then March or April 2022, 2023 etc. Our dates are selected to fit around Easter and the big NZ regattas. If you are planning long-term for this tour, please get in touch so we can keep you on our trip planning database. Note that spaces are limited on this tour, so if you plan to bring a group, please get in touch with us early.




Join us in Twizel on Sunday night March 7, 2021 to begin this outstanding tour of the Southern Lakes.

We have re-imagined this tour for the NZ (and maybe Australian?) market in 2021. On this tour accommodation is comfortable rather than luxurious, with double/twin/triple rooms, and shared bathrooms. The tour price includes all equipment, accommodation, support boat, and road transfers once on tour. It also includes some meals (breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners). We will facilitate supermarket stops for lunches and snacks, and dinner outings, and will have kitchen access in our accomodations.

We will row in the majestic beauty of the McKenzie District with rowing trips on assorted lakes; Lakes Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore, Tekapo, and Ruataniwha are all in the mix. There are more rowing options than there are days, which means we can choose our daily rowing destination to make the best of weather and water conditions.

After four nights in Twizel we drive south, over the Lindis Pass. We stop off to row the Cromwell Gorge, and then continue to Queenstown for three nights. The last few days we will row in the Wakatipu region, with the final row (weather dependent!) being ‘the big one’ – from Glenorchy to Queenstown. On a clear day it is like rowing in an oil painting.

These are big, cold Lakes, not usually accessible by rowing boat. That’s why we use Swift Coxed Coastal Quads. They’re stable, safe and comfortable, but surprisingly nimble, and they offer a rowing experience very like a regular quad. Our purpose built trailer carries three quads, so it’s a small group trip with 15 rowers. We can’t wait to show you our clever trailer, which makes it easy to unload and re-load the boats each day. We don’t even have to de-rig, just load them up and head for home and hot showers.


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