Grasmere Lodge – Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

High-Country Farming in the Southern Alps

Once the base for a high-country station covering 43,000 acres this traditional homestead in New Zealand’s Southern Alps now welcomes twenty-four guests, who can take part in seasonal farming activities among the cattle and fine-wool Merino sheep that still roam the rugged range.

Most visitors are happy just to sit around the dinner table and listen to farming stories over a five-course meal of New Zealand produce that may include venison, beef, or lamb fresh from the farm or trout caught the same day by an elated guest.

Grasmere encompasses more than four rivers, eight streams and creeks, and eight lakes, all of which may yield trophy trout. You can also fish for salmon at certain times of year. Your hosts will pile you into a four-wheel drive and share their love for this beautiful land, or arrange for you to see it from a horse or helicopter.

At an altitude of 2,200 feet, Grasmere is still dwarfed by the 5,783-foot mountain behind: just part of the beauty that makes a stay at Grasmere a cut above the rest.

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