Winter Wonderland

from £2268
excluding flights *
13 nights Jun-Oct


Explore the highlights of New Zealand's South Island on this two-week self-drive designed to showcase the best of New Zealand in winter. Discover snow-capped mountains, frozen glaciers and sparkling lakes as you follow a circular route from Christchurch.


  • Journey on one of the world's great railroads, the TranzAlpine
  • Enjoy a full day guided snowshoeing adventure in Queenstown
  • Bathe in the natural hot pools at Hanmer Springs
  • Marvel at the alpine beauty of Queenstown and Wanaka

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout including GPS
  • TranzAlpine Rail journey, one way from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Full day snowshoeing adventure
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Travel from the picturesque town of Christchurch across country on one of the world's greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine, through mountain gorges and dramatic scenery to Greymouth. Travel south through glacier country and the Southern Lakes region, spending time in Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Twizel and Hanmer Springs.

This holiday is designed to be enjoyed in New Zealand's winter months allowing you to experience the dramatic mountain scenery and snow covered mountains at their best.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
01 Jun - 31 Oct 2020 13 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £2,268

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Car rental throughout (Toyota Corolla or similar) including GPS
  • Private transfer from airport on day 1
  • Private transfer from hotel to train station on day 2
  • TranzAlpine Rail journey, one way from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Full day snowshoeing adventure
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: arrive Christchurch

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Christchurch. Spend the rest of the day at leisure taking in the many sites of Christchurch including the International Antarctic Centre, a double-decker bus tour or a walk through scenic Hagley Park.
Overnight: The George Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch - Franz Josef

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Christchurch railway station in order to board one of the world’s greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Admire the stunning vistas, mountain scenery and ever changing landscape as you journey from east to west crossing Arthur's Pass and into Greymouth. On arrival in Greymouth, collect your rental car and travel south to New Zealand’s glacier country.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (2 nights)

Day 3: Franz Josef

Explore the mighty glacier of Franz Josef today either on a guided heli-hike allowing you to explore the crevasses and ever-changing landscape of this shifting glacier, or alternatively undertake a gentle scenic flight above the glacier, allowing you to see it in all its might.

Day 4-5: Franz Josef - Lake Wanaka (285 kms)

Today make your way to the lakeside town of Wanaka. This beautiful town has an abundance of outdoor activities yet is known as the quieter neighbour of nearby bustling Queenstown. Lake Wanaka is an ideal base for keen hikers, due to the town’s proximity to nearby Mt Aspiring National Park. Alternatively undertake one of the many winter activities available in this stunning southern lakes region.
Overnight Edgewater Resort (2 nights)

Day 6-8: Lake Wanaka - Queenstown (70 kms)

Today, drive a short distance to the stunning alpine resort of Queenstown. A bustling ski village in winter, with a plethora of outdoor and winter activities on offer. Make the most of the picture perfect snow-capped mountain and lake scenery before enjoying a full day guided snowshoeing adventure, giving you a taste of the winter sports of New Zealand.
Overnight: Heritage Queenstown (3 nights)

Day 9-10: Queenstown - Twizel (199 kms)

Today drive towards the Mackenzie Basin, famous for remarkable turquoise coloured lakes and New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook. Away from any light pollution, enjoy the dark sky this evening, one of New Zealand’s best spots for star gazing.
Overnight: Matuka Lodge (2 nights)

Day 11-12: Twizel - Hanmer Springs (432 kms)

Continue to the resort town of Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination known for its indulgent natural hot springs and stunning landscapes. Explore the charming town with its boutique shops and cafes that are surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests. With a variety of adventure based activities on offer why not explore the native forests or join a jet boating excursion or simply just relax in the bubbling hot pools this town is famed for.
Overnight: Heritage Hanmer Springs (2 nights)

Day 13: Hanmer Springs - Christchurch (135 kms)

Today travel back to Christchurch for your last night in New Zealand.
Overnight: Chateau on the Park

Day 14: Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

Return your car at the airport where your winter adventure ends.

The George

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Located in the heart of Christchurch, overlooking picturesque Hagley Park and the Avon River, The George is just a step away from key attractions including the arts market, restaurants and Botanical Gardens.

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Edgewater Resort Hotel, Wanaka

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

With a lakefront location that offers lake and mountain views, this resort hotel in Wanaka has 104 rooms in one of the country's most notoriously beautiful areas.

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The Heritage Queenstown

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Set within easy walking distance of central Queenstown, this superbly-placed hotel is found in a wooded area that overlooks the stunning Lake Wakatipu.

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