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Mid-Winter Christmas

In the Southern Alps

What better location to enjoy a mid-winter celebration than in the alpine surroundings of Mount Cook.
Our second New Zealand Rail Tour combines rail and coach with two nights at the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook, situated at the head of Lake Pukaki - a major highlight.

Last year’s group experienced a decent fall of snow!!

Meander by rail across the South Canterbury plains to Timaru and journey by coach through the McKenzie countryside to Mount Cook.
Enjoy two nights in the pristine alpine surroundings with several exciting optional activities and a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner.
Travelling down the Waitaki Valley past Benmore Dam and Lake Aviemore to the North Otago city of Oamaru will be a first for many.

Re-join our train in Oamaru for the journey back to Dunedin and fly home the same day.

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 24 July

Auckland – Christchurch – Timaru

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Depart 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.

Wednesday 25 July

Timaru – Mt Cook

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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.

Thursday 26 July

Mt Cook National Park

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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.

Friday 27 July

Mt Cook – Oamaru

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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.
Arrive in Oamaru for a one-night stay, check into hotel with time for lunch before a mid-afternoon city tour. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Saturday 28 July

Oamaru - Dunedin – Auckland (Home)

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After breakfast, transfer to the station for our ‘Silver Fern’ journey through rolling farmland and past coastal inlets to Dunedin. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Auckland or other destinations.


  • Return economy flights Auckland – Christchurch // Dunedin – Auckland
  • Travel by our privately-chartered ‘Silver Fern’ Railcar
  • Four nights hotel accommodation (Timaru – Mt Cook – Oamaru)
  • Cooked breakfasts daily
  • Meals as specified
  • Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner at Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel
  • Explorer Pass to the Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre at Mount Cook
  • Big Star Sky Gazing at Mount Cook (weather permitting)
  • Oamaru city tour
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • All transfers


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $1,997  +$300
 Land Only (Christchurch - Dunedin)   $1,637  

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change


  • Cancellation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on the tour 
  • FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 11 May 2018 
  • Bookings made after 11 May 2018 will require full payment


  • Deposit- non refundable
  • After 11 May 2018- no refund
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis
  • No refund can be made once tour is underway 

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs.  Please ask us for a quote.

Included Activities

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, a guided drive and outdoor viewing.

Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre
Your Explorer pass will enable you to visit the centre which features a 3D movie theatre, planetarium and museum – valid for the duration of your stay.

Mt Cook Day Walks (Optional)

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. 

Health and Fitness

  • At times, entering and exiting the train can be very demanding for those with limited mobility
  • To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to comfortably walk 400 metres
  • Mobility frames or scooters are  not practical or permitted

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change