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Mt. Lyford

Adventure Park


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Mt Lyford Adventure Park & Lake Stella Mountain Retreat operate on a private mountain park spanning over the 3  mountains Lyford, Terako & Tinline in the Amuri Ranges, North Canterbury. The property is owned and operated on by the Simpson Family who founded the area, built the road and who also operate the Ski Area in the Terako Basin.

We offer self-guided mountain access from the mountain access gate in summer, transport up the mountain, hiking, skiing or skating, on mountain accommodation with huts and their own wood fired bath tubs all year round, Hot tub facility looking over the Waiau Basin can be booked after a day exploring. Meditation coaching and Wim Hof cold water training techniques plus guided hiking on request. A Private Ski Hiking Area over 2 Basins in Winter, Ice Skating on Lake Stella and snowshoe & pole hire to hike Stella Basin in Winter.

A mountain access pass must be obtained per person to enter the Mt. Lyford Adventure Park Area and we can cater to most groups or individuals.

We have 27km of trails and roads to hike and bike on the mountain with breath taking views in all directions and a vertical drop of 1332m Peak to Pub.

We can also arrange 4wds tours on request and 4wd sight seeing tours & bike shuttle.

Contact us for more information and detailed weather and track conditions for the area we have great knowledge of the area and are happy to help with any questions and advise on the best zones for the day. 

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What Makes Us Special

Local Expert Drivers

Local drivers live and love the mountains they get to roam.

Exclusive Access over Three Mountains

Access into 3 beautiful mountains with views of the coast, plains and the Alps

Hidden Gem Destination

Mt. Lyford is considered a hidden mountain paradise between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura a great place to get away and roam or ride, stay and relax.

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“Thanks for the amazing stay! Incredible vista, amazing facilities, really friendly service from Tim - jack of all trades! Absolutely loved it!”


“Great location. Amazing view. Perfect for a getaway. ”


“Epic stay! This place is one of a kind. After a good day up on the mountain, relax down by Stella lake right on your doorstep and watch the sunset and sink a few coldies. Thanks Tim everything was great and definitely will be back.”


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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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413a Old Beach Road, Kaikoura

51 Terako Terrace, Lyford

Lake Stella 102  Mt Lyford Drive, Mt Lyford                       Phone Tim on 027 629 8083 Phone Tess on 027 259 5865

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