Southern Alps in Winter Glory

Duration: 5 Days

Price: FROM $2,449 NZD

Departure From: Auckland

Departure Date: 11 August 2024

Tour Type: Escorted

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2


Traversing the Southern Alps in winter, bedecked in its winter cloak delivers a very special magic. This trip offers the opportunity to experience it two-fold by road and rail.

Of the three major passes, the two most travelled are the Lewis Pass and Arthurs Pass and these have been included in this concise tour.

To provide a differing experience and for variation, one pass will be by traversed road the other by rail.

The Tranzalpine train journey through Arthurs Pass is a particular highlight.  Two nights in the Mountain village of  Hanmer Springs is a chance to bathe in the hot pools also make this tour stand out.

As one visitor to our shores once remarked after a visit to the region, “The South Island is like Scotland on steroids”.

If you have never ventured South, or only in the summer months, we’d highly recommend this terrific experience, safe and warm in your coach seat with the heaters on and a warm cuppa to hand.

Southern Alps in Winter Tour Highlights

  • Winery tour including lunch in the Waipara district in North Canterbury
  • Time to relax and enjoy Hanmer Springs and activities of your choice (additional costs may apply)
  • Enjoy the views of the Lewis Pass plus local sightseeing
  • Connect with the ‘Coasters’ in Greymouth and enjoy the wonderful West Coast hospitality.
  • Travel the Tranzalpine Train via Arthurs Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Hanmer Springs LOCO Journeys
Hanmer Springs Hot Pools

The TranzAlpine Train

The most enjoyable part of your tour will be your one-way TranzAlpine journey back to Christchurch. Even if you have undertaken this trip before, travelling in winter offers a completely different perspective as you take in the South Island’s stunning mountains and the vast Canterbury Plains. Welcome aboard New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.

TranzAlpine Train Inclusions

  • TranzAlpine One-Way Journey
  • Reserved Seating
  • Panoramic Windows
  • Licensed Cafe for snacks, hot drinks and meals
  • Terrific audio commentary telling the stories of what you can see
  • Air Conditioning and heating for those cooler days
  • Disability Accessible
  • Enjoy the open-air viewing carriage for that photo opportunity
Enjoying great journeys of New Zealand

For a detailed itinerary, departure details, and booking conditions, please see below.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Return flights Auckland – Christchurch
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable coach with panoramic windows
  • Travel one-way on the TranzAlpine train, Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Meals as indicated within the itinerary; 4 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches and 4 dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel escorts

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • Non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due at time of booking
  • A single supplement is available.
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Christchurch (D)
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand. On arrival Christchurch, transfer to your central hotel. This afternoon, meet your guide for a walking tour of central Christchurch. A welcome dinner is included tonight.
This morning board the world famous Tranzalpine train arriving Greymouth early afternoon – morning tea and lunch included onboard.
Enjoy free time to explore this west coast town before we head north to Reefton for a walking tour of this historic town. Break for lunch (own expense) before travelling through the Lewis Pass to Hanmer Springs for a two night stay.
Today is yours to soak in the hot pools, walk, shop or hire a bike.
Head south into the Waipara district for an early winery lunch before we continue to Christchurch for a later afternoon flight to Auckland where your tour ends.

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