Rock and Tussock Safaris & Tours.

About Us

Take one of our tours of discovery, a photographic journey to view Central Otago’s most spectacular scenery and ecology, from vast open skies to incredible rock formations and golden tussocks. On the way we will visit some historic places from this area’s past, travel through some undulating backcountry roads to experience pristine rivers and majestic mountain ranges.

Short and long safaris to the Old Man Range, Bannockburn and the Nevis, Poolburn Dam to name just a few. We will boil the Billy for morning/afternoon tea and also provide a picnic lunch for the longer Safaris. We offer Mountain Bike charter adventures and guided fishing tours in the summer months.

Your host Alan is a very keen fisherman with some 40 years experience. He can guide or fish with you on one of our near by high country lakes or rivers. Central Otago Rock & Tussock Safari's are based in the historic village of Clyde. For that personal experience to view our incredible landscape we only cater for a maximum of 4 passengers in each of our 2 vehicles.

Design your own adventure.  We offer special rates for clients wishing to fish or take a tour while staying at our Bed and Breakfast "Argyll on Clyde".  Check out website Argyll on Clyde.




All include refreshments - Minimum 2 adults

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Photography Safari / Wine Tasting Tours
We can arrange or you can design your own tour.

Old Man Range – 2 to 2 ½ hours 

Earnscleugh Clyde Lookout - allow 45 minutes

Poolburn Dam Tour - 2½ to 3 hours

Clyde to Bannockburn - Nevis  2 ½  to 3 hours

Thomson Gorge – 5 Hours

Mountain Biking Adventures

We can arrange and support high country mountain bike adventures and if required organize your bike hire.

Full Day Vehicle Charter
Half-Day Vehicle Charter
(Price includes Driver/Guide)
Maximum of 4 persons.

Fishing Trips

High Country Lake Fishing (summer months only)
Poolburn Dam – Brown trout - Fly or Spin
Full day Fishing
Depart 8am.  Return 6pm.

*(Includes lunch, fishing license, rod and gear hire.)


Half -day trip 5 hours. Departure time by arrangement.

Remote Upper Manorburn Dam – Rainbow trout
Lower Clutha River – Clydevale - Fly and Spin
Full day fishing

*(Includes lunch, fishing license, rod and gear hire.)

Other river and lake fishing options available by arrangement.

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Phone: +64(0)274511125

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Central Otago Safaris reserves the right to cancel or amend any trip to suit weather conditions. Strict safety procedures are observed at all times, however there remains an element of risk. Central Otago Safaris cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss or damage to equipment.