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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Glentunnel

Glentunnel Chapel @Selwyn District Council Glentunnel Chapel @Selwyn District Council

The Southern Alps are on full glorious display framing the sub-alpine district. You have past green flat farmland to rolling foothills and white white Rakaia River. Glentunnel is a romantic charming settlement. The dusting of snow on the alps is a promise of winter sports. You are a snowball toss from the Mt Hutt ski field.

Glentunnel & Coalgate are part of a thread of small villages offering visitors a hub for mid Canterbury outdoors exploration from walks to local heritage trails. Glentunnel has a close historical association with local coal mines, potteries and brickworks of the Glentunnel/South Malvern area. This association, which continued until the 1980s, can still be seen in the brick community buildings including the library and stable, and many of the miners’ cottages are still lived in today. Located on State Highway 77 with close proximity to ski fields and Canterbury outdoor attractions.

WHAT TO DO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heritage buffs will enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of the Homebush Stables
  • Brick buildings from churches, library and imposing brick gate posts (check travel pack information for brochure)
  • Hub for Mt Hutt, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area & Broken River Ski Area.

Homebush Stables

Part of the pastoral business of the nineteenth century Deans family. The Deans established a large brick making and pottery works. The brick woolshed on Homebush marks the Deans family’s early presence in the district. The category 1 heritage listed 1870’s museum and stables buildings house a wide ranging and unique collection of pioneering country life

Read more What’s so great about Glentunnel.

Glentunnel library @NZPlaces

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