New Zealand Winter Family Holiday (South Island)

The New Zealand Winter Family Holiday is designed for family fun, with an interesting array of activities and experiences to keep your kids engaged, while also keeping it enjoyable for parents. Family adventures both off and on the snow that have been tried and tested for years by own children. 

Otherworldly Oamaru, Little Penguins, Ohau Ski School, Flight Mt Cook, Puzzling World, Steamship & Farm, Gondola & Luge - & MORE

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Welcome to Christchurch New Zealand

Relax you are on holiday and everything has been taken care of. Collect your car from the airport, turn on your GPS and drive to your hotel. Your New Zealand Winter Family Holiday starts now and its going to be fun!

New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch sits on the very edge of the Canterbury Plains and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The city itself has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the Re Start Shopping Mall, made out of shipping containers. 

Some suggested excursions if you have time.

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

Oamaru - Victorian Grandeur with a Twist | Penguins

Oamaru is a very cool little town - once in line to be New Zealand's capital during the heady days of the great gold rush. Unfortunately once the gold was panned other port towns such as Dunedin grew in stature and Oamaru was left with an impressive collection of grandiose Victorian white-stone buildings mainly left abandoned. With deliberate intent a group of artists seized on this unique heritage and have branded the town 'The Steampunk Capital of the World'. The 'Victorian Quarter' has a dedicated Steampunk Museum (awesome) a park and many cafe's that celebrate this genre. Children will love the Steampunk park down at the harbours edge, it voted best park in New Zealand. Steam punk is a genre that celebrates the 'Art of Victorian Futurism' and this future is driven by unusual steam powered devices – the ‘world gone mad’ as Victorian people may have imagined it. Examples are machines like those in the writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Kids of all ages will love this imaginative art form and so will you, a perfect excursion for your New Zealand Winter Family Holiday.

The Smallest Penguins in the World: After checking in at your accommodation - enjoy a leisurely dinner before wrapping up warm and hunkering down (quietly) to watch the Little Blue Penguins as they arrive in their 'rafts' to the safety of nesting boxes provided by the Little Blue Penguin Colony.

Approximate Distance: 250 kms | 155 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hour 15 mins

Accommodation Oamaru - 1 night

Mount Cook scenic flight and glacier landing - Awesome!

This morning set off for an interesting drive through the Waitaki Valley - where a series of hydro dams and lakes have been created to provide New Zealand's enviable hydroelectric power stations. Travel through the Mackenzie region to Mt Cook National Park. Enjoy a Mount Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Landing. Your family will return from their aerial tour absolutely amazed by the scenery and how much you can see by air.

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region, Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is part of UNESCO's Te Wāhipounamu (The Place of Greenstone) World Heritage region. Here you'll find Australasia's highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook (3,724m) nestled in the splendid Southern Alps. Known to Māori as Aoraki or Cloud Piercer, this magnificent mountain is surrounded by over 150 peaks higher than 2,300m along with countless glaciers, ice and snow fields, mountain lakes and ranges.

After your flight head to Ohau Lodge for accommodation and skiing. They claim to be a bit stuck in the “60’s” but in the best possible way offering a safe environment for children, old fashioned fun, slow cooked delicious and healthy food and warm and friendly high country hospitality.  Lake Ohau Lodge and Ohau Snow Fields provide the quintessential `Kiwi' experience of fun in the snow.

Approximate Distance: 308 kms | 191 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hour 10 mins

​Accommodation Lake Ohau - 2 nights

Sshhh... you're at the best family ski field in New Zealand!

On the mountain, only 15 minutes drive away, the Award winning fabulous snow school instructors will take your children for fun filled lessons.  What else is needed?  There is a café on the mountain serving reasonably priced tasty food and espresso.  All you have to do is make sure you have fun with your family. The mountain is a safe place for kids.  The chair lift accesses an easy trail which starts off very wide and flat at the top.  Embrace the wide open spaces, the staff are friendly and look out for everyone and because it is a bowl, no one can get lost.

Solve puzzles in Wanaka before heading to Queenstown

This morning make your farewells to new friends made, and onwards to Queenstown. A great place to stop along the way is at Puzzling World - where illusions and puzzles are everywhere. This is a great place to stretch legs and for the kids to explore the many optical illusions and to tackle a serious maze. Then its back on the road for the bright lights of Queenstown.

Approximate Distance: 218 kms | 135 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hour 55 mins

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights

Steamships, Gondola and racing luge

Today see a slice of the old world of farming settlers in New Zealand. Travel back in time on the centennial steamship the TSS Earnslaw and take a scenic lake cruise to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a farm tour and afternoon tea on this high country farm, and hear tales of farming in the remote Southern Hemisphere. On return to Queenstown head to the Queenstown Gondola and Luge - take the opportunity to view Queenstown atop Bob's Peak.  En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. The children will love the chance to zoom down the luge track.

Free Morning & Homeward Bound

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Queenstown may be the adventure capital of the world, but it’s also home to an excellent food and wine scene as well as great shopping, cafes and reastaurants.

Recommended adventures for Queenstown if you have time.

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Quick Shotover Jetboat Ride Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

We know that you and your family will love the New Zealand Winter Family Holiday and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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