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Mount Cook

Mid - Winter Christmas

What better location to enjoy a midwinter celebration than in the alpine surroundings of Mount Cook.

Our eight tour to this beautiful destination. Including two nights at the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook, situated at the head of Lake Pukaki - a major highlight. Enjoy the pristine alpine environment with several exciting optional activities and a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner.  Previous year’s group woke to fresh snow and a winter wonderland – no guarantee’s – but a memory to last a life time if nature provides. 

The journey down the Waitaki Valley past Benmore Dam and Lake Aviemore to the Otago city of Dunedin will be a first for many. 

We include lunch and a guided tour of Larnach Castle in Dunedin with free time to explore and fly home the next day.


Your travel itinerary

Sunday 28 July

Auckland – Christchurch

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Depart midday from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch early afternoon. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of rebuilt Christchurch, with the balance of the day free. Welcome Dinner tonight.

Monday 29 July

Christchurch – Mt Cook

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After breakfast we travel across the Canterbury plains to Geraldine for a refreshment stop and time to explore as Geraldine has much to offer. Onto Fairlie and into the Mountain setting around Tekapo and drive along the shore of Lake Pukaki with the Ben Ohau ranges on the other side. Arrive at Mount Cook and the Hermitage. Time to orientate yourself before dinner.


Tuesday 30 July

Mt Cook National Park

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A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoy the area at your leisure. Tonight’s highlight will be a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner served in traditional winter surroundings.

Optional Tour Mt Cook - Tasman Glacier Helicopter  (from $335  per person) 

A number of options exist to discover the spectacular scenery of Mt Cook National Park from above. Soar over the Southern Alps with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak before landing on the Liebig Range or if conditions allow the magnificent Tasman Glacier.  (payment on excursion day) 

Wednesday 31 July

Mt Cook – Dunedin

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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 onto Duntroon. With time in Oamaru to wonder the Victorian precinct.  We continue along the coastline to Dunedin.


Thursday 01 August


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This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ including Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street, Botanical Gardens, University and the Forsyth Barr sports stadium. We then continue to the spectacular Larnach Castle for lunch and a guided tour.


Friday 02 August

Dunedin – Home

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After breakfast visit Olveston House, a step back in time to a wealthy merchant’s home and lifestyle of the early 20th century. Free time for lunch before we fly home this afternoon.



• Return economy flights Auckland – Christchurch // Dunedin – Auckland ( seat and bag )

• Five nights 4 star hotel accommodation (Christchurch – Mt Cook –  Dunedin)

• Daily cooked breakfast

• Five dinners and one lunch included

• Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner at Mt Cook Hermitage 

• Larnach Castle lunch and guided tour included

• Explorer Pass to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Mount Cook

• Guided walking tour of Christchurch CBD

• Olveston House entry and guided tour

• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows

• All transfers as specified

• Pukekohe Travel Escort subject to minimum numbers


Cost Per Person *
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*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Cancellation insurance

 • Items of a personal nature

 • Items not specified

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour.

• FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 10 June 2024

• Bookings made after 10 June 2024will require full payment.


• Deposit – non refundable

• After 10 June 2024 – no refund

Travel Insurance

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


Health and Mobility

• At times, entering and exiting the coach 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 and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to comfortably walk 500 metres

• Mobility frames or scooters are not practical or permitted

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.

co.nz/termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy


Available Activities

Indoor Stargazing

Where science meets entertainment for an unrivalled 360 degree cinematic experience in New Zealand’s first full dome, digital Planetarium. Leave Earth, fly to the edge of our galaxy and far beyond to the reaches of our known universe.You will be given an introduction and orientation in the Planetarium, a guided tour through our solar system and beyond.

Sir Edmund 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. You’ll find the museum showcasing the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

Mt Cook Day Walks

For the more energetic, walks are available, taking in some of the breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys. The Hooker Valley walk is the best. 

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* Itinerary subject to change