From the Sea

Flowing from the mountains to the mighty Pacific Ocean, the rivers branch over the plains. The lakes, rivers and sea bring life to Selwyn.

Selwyn River (Waikirikiri) is of particular value to Ngai Tahu and many Māori early settlements have lived along its banks. Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) is a treasured source of mahinga kai to Ngā Tangata o Te Taumutu Rūnang, the people of Taumutu Rūnanga, whose marae is located near Te Waihora's shores. Te Waihora opens to the ocean and is home to 166 species of birds and 43 species of fish.

Try jetboating in the beautiful surroundings of the foothills. Alpine Jet Canyon Safaris departs from near Springfield to view the mighty Waimakariri canyon from the river. Lake Coleridge is home to many walks and activities. Tramp to the viewing platform or take the Discovery Jet at Rakaia Gorge. 

Fish at one of the many spots along the coast and rivers. Try surf fishing at Birdlings Flat for blue moki and kahawai or fish for Chinook Salmon in the Rakaia River or Lake Coleridge. Brown and rainbow trout are also abundant in the smaller lakes nearby. 

Sovereign Smoked Salmon source their fish from the clear ocean waters. In the factory based in Hororata, they produce quality smoked salmon products made to old Scottish recipes.

Walk the track at Coopers Lagoon near Southbridge and listen to the sound of the wild sea. Spot the birdlife among the wetlands.

Get away from the crowds and relax beside the waters of Selwyn.