Introduction

Join us on a 9 day Winter Wonderland escape to New Zealand’s South Island to experience a true mid-winter Christmas, complete with traditional Christmas fayre! Avoid the queues, peak pricing and the summer holiday-maker crush and discover special highlights and activities that you just can’t experience in summer.

New Zealand is all about the outdoors and the fun doesn’t stop in winter. For the more adventurous, why not try a day’s optional skiing or enjoy a sled-dog or snow mobile tour? Or maybe you’d prefer to laze around the open fire reading a book whilst looking out over stunning alpine scenery.

Highlights
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
  • West Coast Glacier region

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 48 travellers

  • Accommodation

    8 nights accommodation in premium hotels

  • Dining

    8 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 6 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
Featured Experiences
  • Amisfield Winery Lunch
  • Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Centre
  • Big Sky Star Gazing
  • Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  9 days & 8 nights
  • Area:  South Island
  • Meals:  8 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • Starts in:  Christchurch
  • Ends in:  Christchurch

“Haere Mai”…. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Holidays representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

Cross the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and stop to view the  Church of the Good Shepherd. Travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a world heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. Entry to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre & Museum is included. After dinner, enjoy stargazing in the southern skies with expert astronomers. Telescopes ensure a close look at stars, planets, moon craters and distant galaxies.

Travel through the Mackenzie Country before beginning the ascent over the Lindis Pass and emerging into the winter wonderland of spectacular Queenstown. Surrounded by incredible mountains, and situated on the edge of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown will not disappoint. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and views are unsurpassed.

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village. On to Amisfield Winery & Bistro overlooking Lake Hayes and back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range. Enjoy a relaxing lunch featuring their signature “Trust the Chef” menu, their famous shared dining experience with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce available on the day.

Today enjoy a day at leisure, your Coach Captain will be available to assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Spend a day in the snow, try the world famous Shotover Jet or perhaps a more relaxed afternoon of strolling along the lake and exploring the many cafes and galleries Queenstown has to offer. Tonight, we celebrate with our special ‘Mid-Winter Christmas’ dinner and festivities. Enjoy some Christmas cheer with your fellow travellers and Coach Captain.

This morning, a short drive brings us the picture postcard, alpine resort village of Wanaka with its breathtaking mountain and lake views. Enjoy a lakeside stroll or maybe try out some of the great outdoor activities on offer, perhaps dog sledding at Snow Farm? Edgewater Resort is the perfect place to relax and take in the spectacular views.

  • stay at Edgewater Resort Wanaka

View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lake of the Westland National Park and Haast Pass enroute to Franz Josef. On arrival you will have the opportunity to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over this remarkable region. A visit to the Glacier Hot Pools is on the cards this afternoon. Nestled in lush rainforest, the pools are the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation.

Head north along the dramatic West Coast to Greymouth where you will board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. On arrival in Christchurch your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for your farewell dinner.

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to all your new friends. You will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home.

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