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MT Cook

Mid-Winter Christmas

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

Our fourth 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.

Previous group’s experienced beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies.

Meander by coach through South Canterbury plains and 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.

 Before returning to Dunedin and fly home the same day.

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 27 July

Auckland – Christchurch

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


Wednesday 28 July

Christchurch – Mt Cook

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After breakfast we travel across the Canterbury plains to Geraldine for a refreshment stop and 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.

Thursday 29 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.

Friday 30 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 onto Duntroon. Here we visit the Vanished World Fossil Centre, part of the Waitaki Geo Park before travelling cross country to Oamaru for an overnight stay.  The Blue Penguins can be seen in small numbers at about 5.30pm (optional)

Dinner is at the hotel tonight.

Saturday 31 July

Oamaru - Dunedin

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After breakfast meet our local guide who will board our coach to accompany us to the lookout at Cape Wanbrow. Return to the Historic Precinct for a walking tour to see the Victorian architecture. Also see the now famous Steampunk HQ. On departing Oamaru, journey through rolling farmland to Moeraki to see the Boulders and a lunch stop (own expense) Continue onto Dunedin for an overnight stay The farewell dinner is at the hotel. 


Sunday 01 August

Dunedin - Auckland

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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. Lunch is at St Clair’s beach before arriving at the airport for your flight to Auckland.

Flights can be arranged from any other New Zealand airport and the tour is available as a land-only option (Christchurch to Dunedin). 



• Return economy flights Auckland – Christchurch // Dunedin – Auckland 

• Five nights hotel accommodation (Christchurch – Mt Cook – Oamaru - Dunedin)

• Meals as specified

• Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner at Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel private room

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

• Entrance to Vanished World - Duntroon

• Guided tour of Oamaru

• Entrance to Olveston  House Dunedin

• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows

• All transfers as specified 

• Pukekohe Travel Escort subject to minimum numbers


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $1,995  $2,310

Land Only (CHCH - DUD)   


*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 $200 per person will secure a place on the tour.  

• FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 18 June 2021

• Bookings made after 18 June 2021 will require full payment.


• Deposit – non refundable

• After 18 June 2021 – 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.


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. 

Tasman Lake Cruise Enjoy an hours cruise on Tasman Lake and see Icicles and the glacier up close. 


Health and Fitness

• 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 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