Winter Wonderland

from £2206
excluding flights *
13 nights Jun-Sep


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
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Full day snowshoeing adventure
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • TranzAlpine Rail journey, one way from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • 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 Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Hanmer Springs. Lake Tekapo is the world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve renowned for its clear skies and exceptional stargazing.

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 Sep 2019 13 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £2,206

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Full day snowshoeing adventure
  • Meet and greet and private transfer on arrival
  • Car rental throughout (Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Vehicle insurance subject to an insurance excess
  • TranzAlpine Rail journey, one way from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • 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: Rydges Latimer

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

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.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Day 4-6: 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

Day 7-8: 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

Day 9-10: Queenstown - Lake Tekapo (275 kms)

Today drive towards the Mackenzie Basin and the stunning area known as Lake Tekapo. Famous for its remarkable turquoise coloured lake and mountainous backdrop. Explore the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd that sits perched overlooking the lake. Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it one of New Zealand’s best spots for star gazing.
Overnight: Three Rivers Lodge

Day 11-13: Lake Tekapo - Hanmer Springs (370 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

Day 14: Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

Return to Christchurch for your flight home.

Heritage Hanmer Springs

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A superbly restored "turn of the century" lodge, this modern hotel has 64 rooms and villas set amongst landscaped gardens.

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