What To Do

What to do in Wanaka? The need to get away is more pressing than ever.  Even just a long weekend out of town to someplace quiet and rural is a welcome relief and can have a massive impact on stress levels. 

Criffel Station’s behind the farm gate experiences are centred around visitors’ desires to approach their travels and adventures a little differently, with a greater sense of immersing into the unknown, engaging fully, deeply and truly taking in the beauty that surrounds us.

Criffel Station is one of Central Otago’s hidden gems and invites you to explore, taste and learn all that this working deer farm has to offer. 

Half day or full day experiences can be customed designed to suit your individual requirements and desires. There’s something for everyone, in any season, in fact there’s so much to do you many need to extend your visit – we highly encourage spontaneity!

A Taste Journey

Experience a soul-nourishing guided culinary exploration across the elevated hills of Criffel Station with a local expert. Uncover the hidden delicious treats only visible to a deeply knowledgeable forager and chef. As you journey along the dramatic lands taking in spectacular views, your palette will relish land inspired tasting breaks, that will create memories for a lifetime.

Central Otago is a region well known for its unrivalled landscapes, innovative artisans and world-renown producers. The diverse, and at times extreme, climate is ideal for growing crops iconic to Central Otago from grapes to cherries to nuts, to name a few. Based on your interests, your taste journey can be curated to include premium winemakers, award-winning distillers, chefs, local food producers and more.

The Learn Experience

Guests get a true taste of ‘behind the farm gate’ and will be guided around Criffel Station. Learn about the Criffel Station journey from the historic days of gold mining, the station’s inception, through to today as one of New Zealand’s leading models of the farm of the future. 

As a working deer farm, guests will experience farm operations while also witnessing Criffel Station’s One Health principles in action. It is our intention to share our deep knowledge and cultivate community.

The Learn Experience is perfect for travellers who are eager to embark on a one of a kind adventure that places an emphasis on sustainability, Nature-based Solutions and the power of community.

Explore High Country

The elevated Criffel Station property provides endless views looking out across the Lake Wanaka basin to the majestic Aspiring Alps from our lush rolling hills and sweeping Pisa mountain range location. This is a property well known in the area but one which few have had the opportunity to explore in depth. 

This is a land like no other. It is a land to discover. This is Central Otago. Our goal is to ensure your experience transforms you – leaving you with a sense of feeling alive and more connected to the land called Aotearoa then ever before.

Claybirds Over Wanaka

With 2,000 acres of both flat and mountain terrain to play on, there are many spots for claybird shooting. ​Enjoy one-on-one guidance from one of our experienced instructors or sit back and watch as claybird are released amidst stunning landscapes and vistas. We’ll provide the equipment and location, all you have to do is ready, aim and fire!

This activity has long been a favourite of the family and their friends and alongside a gourmet picnic packed with local fare, this experience is set to delight. This is truly local.​ This is what to do in Wanaka.


Criffel Station reserves the right to cancel or amend any tour to suit weather conditions and farming practices, or if minimum numbers are not met. Strict safety procedures are observed at all times, however there remains an element of inherent risk. Criffel Station will not be held responsible for personal injury, loss or damage to equipment. Prices are subject to change.

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