2017 Mid Winter Christmas in the Southern Alps
Wednesday 12 Auckland – Christchurch – Timaru L D
epart mid-morning from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch at midday. Enjoy lunch before boarding the ‘Silver Fern’ Rail Car for our journey across the Canterbury Plains to Timaru. Welcome Dinner with fellow travellers.
Flights can be arranged from any other New Zealand airport and the tour is available as a land-only option (Christchurch to Christchurch)
Thursday 13 Timaru – Mt Cook B L D
After breakfast, depart by coach through Fairlie and Tekapo, passing the azure waters of Lake Pukaki on the way to Mount Cook. After checking in, there will be time for orientation of the Mount Cook National Park before dinner.
Friday 14 Mt Cook National Park B D
A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoying the area at your leisure.
Tonight’s highlight will be a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner, served in traditional winter surroundings.
Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre Your Explorer pass will enable you to visit the centre which feature a 3D movie theatre, planetarium and museum for the duration of your stay.
Big Sky Stargazing
Mt Cook is renowned world-wide for some of the darkest skies in New Zealand. You will be given an introduction and orientation in the Planetarium and a guided drive and outdoor viewing.
Both the above are included.
Mt Cook Day Walks
For the more energetic, Full and Half-Day guided walks are available, taking in some of the breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys.
Saturday 15 Mt Cook – Oamaru – Christchurch B L D
After breakfast, leave the national park for our scenic journey down the Waitaki Valley passing through Omarama, the gliding capital of New Zealand; Benmore Dam, Kurow and Duntroon. Lunch will be at the famous Moeraki Boulders before returning to Oamaru to begin our rail journey to Christchurch. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Sunday 16 Christchurch – Auckland (Home) B
After breakfast, depart for the airport for a mid-morning flight to Auckland or other destinations.