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Winter Pursuits In Southern Island

Experience a winter odyssey across New Zealand's South Island. Discover Queenstown's snowy adventures, Arrowtown's culinary treasures, and Mount Cook's glacier walks. Relax by Lake Tekapo, traverse Arthur's Pass, and visit Akaroa's marine life. Conclude in Christchurch, a center of culture and cuisine.

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Experience Overview

At a Glance

  • 9 Days & 8 nights
  • Queenstown, The Remarkables & Coronet Peak Ski Fields, Franz Josef Lake Tekapo, & Christchurch
  • Optional add ons include: Milford Sounds Cruise, Jet Boating, Bungee Jumping, Skyline Luge, & more


  • 2 Day Dual Ski Field Entry & Chairlift Fees
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 4-star & 4.5-star Hotel Stays
  • 2x Ski & Chairlift Pass, Mt Cook Scenic Helicopter, Lake Tekapo Stargazing Tour, Onsen Hot Pools, Akaroa Dolphin Boat Tour
  • Self Drive Car Hire for 9 Days
  • Coach or Private Touring Option Available

Value Proposition

  • Starting from $2,995 (NZD) per person
  • Travel Anytime in Winter (June – August)
  • Twin Share/Double Occupancy Room Rate
  • Winter Tours without Skiing are Available
  • New Zealand Owned & Operated
  • Customisable Itineraries upon request
Ski Field Chairlifts
Queenstown, New Zealand
Roys Peak Trekking
Queenstown, New Zealand
Winter New Zealand Driving
Aoraki, Christchurch
Mount Cook
Mount Cook, New Zealand
Getting Ready for the Slopes
New Zealand


Day 1

Arrival into Queenstown & Ice Bar

Welcome to Queenstown, your first stop in an unforgettable winter adventure in New Zealand! Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and shadowed by the majestic Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown offers a breathtaking start to your Winter Pursuits itinerary. After checking into the Holiday Inn Queenstown on Frankton Road, take some time to acclimate to the crisp winter air and soak in the stunning lakeside views.


Start your journey with a leisurely morning, allowing yourself to adjust to the cool, refreshing climate of Queenstown. The hotel offers panoramic views of the snow-capped Remarkables, providing a picturesque backdrop for your first day. Spend the morning settling into your cozy accommodation, and if you're eager to explore, wrap up warm and take a gentle walk around the area.


Prepare for an extraordinary experience at the Below Zero Ice Bar, the largest of its kind in Australasia. We'll take care of your entry, and even treat you to a complimentary cocktail amidst the ice-crafted interiors of the bar. Marvel at the intricate ice sculptures, furniture, and walls, all while enjoying a unique cocktail in this chilly wonderland. It's a perfect way to dive into the winter spirit of Queenstown.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
10 Minutes Drive to Hotel
1 Hour of Activities
Car Hire for 11 Days & Below Zero Ice Bar
Optional: Skyline Luge or Jet Boating
Day 2

Queenstown Hike & Onsen Hot Pool Relaxation

Embrace the true essence of Queenstown's winter landscape with the exhilarating Queenstown Hill hike, a must-do for any visitor seeking adventure and unparalleled scenic beauty. Following your hike, unwind and soothe your muscles at the renowned Queenstown Onsen Hot Pools, offering a serene and rejuvenating experience amidst the breathtaking alpine surroundings.


Begin your day with the iconic Queenstown Hill Track, a winter wonder that promises an unforgettable trekking experience. Suitable for all levels of hikers, the trail takes you through a mesmerizing journey offering sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, and a panoramic vista of the Southern Alps.


After the exhilarating hike, indulge in the ultimate relaxation at the Queenstown Onsen Hot Pools. Nestled on a mountainside with stunning views over the Shotover River canyon, these private hot pools offer a tranquil retreat to rejuvenate your body and spirit.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
1 Hour Drive
8-10 Hours
Onsen Hot Pools
Optional: AJ Hackett Bungee, Jet Boating
Day 3

Coronet Peak - The Start of the Slopes

Experience the thrill of skiing at Coronet Peak. Situated at an elevation of 4000 feet, this ski area is a haven for snow enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of trails that cater to both seasoned skiers and beginners. Enjoy the convenience of learner areas, ensuring a fun-filled day for the entire family. The chairlift rides provide stunning alpine vistas, and for those seeking an extra thrill, night skiing is available on selected weekdays.


Kickstart your day with an exhilarating skiing session at Coronet Peak. Boasting high points, rolling trails, and hidden features like dips and drops, the area promises an unforgettable experience for avid skiers. Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced skiers alike can enjoy the range of slopes & runs, perfect for honing their skills in a picturesque setting.


After an adventurous morning, embark on a tranquil drive back to your accommodation. Witness the spectacular alpine scenery as the sun sets, painting the sky in vibrant hues. Upon arrival at your hotel, immerse yourself in the soothing warmth of the private hot pool. Let the serene waters relax your muscles and rejuvenate your spirit, reflecting on the day's adventures.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
1 Hour Drive
6-8 Hours
Ski & Chairlift Pass for Coronet Peak
Optional: Non-Skiing/Snowboarding Adventures
Day 4

Skiing at the Remarkables

Day 4 takes you to the majestic Remarkables Ski Area, a mere 40-minute journey from Queenstown. Elevated at 5675 feet, The Remarkables boast longer winter seasons, providing an extended playground for snow enthusiasts. Its north-facing bowls capture the sun, ensuring pristine conditions for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Prepare for an exhilarating day filled with exceptional slopes, captivating alpine views, and the sheer joy of gliding through fresh snow.


Begin your day with an ascent to The Remarkables, where you'll be greeted by an array of slopes tailored to various skill sets, from gentle gradients for beginners to challenging runs for the experienced. Embrace the opportunity to conquer the naturally formed sun-trapped bowls, offering smooth and consistent snow conditions. The rising sun will provide an invigorating start, setting the tone for an unforgettable day on the mountain.


After an exhilarating morning on the slopes, enjoy a leisurely drive back to your accommodation. The journey itself is a delight, with the setting sun casting a golden hue over the snow-capped peaks, offering a serene end to an adventurous day. Back at the hotel, continue your relaxation in the privacy of your own hot pool.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
1.5 Hours Drive
6-8 Hours
Ski & Chairlift Pass for The Remarkables
Optional: Non-Skiing/Snowboarding Adventures
Day 5

Arrowtown Exploration and Wine Tasting

Enjoy a scenic journey to Arrowtown, a quaint and historic gold mining town. As you wind your way past the picturesque Lake Hayes, the allure of Arrowtown's rich history and charming streets await. Spend the day meandering through its vibrant cafes, unique shops, and exquisite restaurants,.The day concludes with a leisurely wine tasting session at the renowned Amisfield Vineyard and Gibston Valley Winery where you can savor the flavors of the region's exquisite wines.


Embark on a captivating exploration of Arrowtown, starting with its enchanting streets lined with historic buildings that tell tales of a bygone era. Visit the Lake District Museum to rent a gold pan and try your hand at gold panning by the Arrow River. Make sure to explore the Chinese Settlement Village for a deeper understanding of the lives of the early Chinese miners.


As the afternoon unfolds, embark on a return journey towards Queenstown, stopping en route at Amisfield Vineyard and Gibston Valley Winery. These prestigious wineries offer a serene setting to relax and indulge in wine tasting, showcasing the best of Central Otago's renowned Pinot Noir and other varietals.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
1 Hour Drive
5-7 Hours
Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour
Optional: Half/Full Day Private Wine Tour
Day 6

Mount Cook National Park Exploration

Today marks a captivating transition from the adventure-filled Queenstown to the serene and majestic landscapes of Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast park, sprawling over 70,000 hectares, cradles the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier, offering a sanctuary of alpine scenery. The towering peaks, mirrored in the glassy, icy lakes, create a breathtaking tableau that beckons exploration.


Your day begins with a scenic drive from Queenstown to Mount Cook National Park. The journey itself is a highlight, winding through landscapes that shift from the bustling resort town to the tranquil beauty of the alpine wilderness. Along the way, the changing vistas offer plenty of opportunities for stops to capture the stunning scenery on camera.


Upon arrival at Mount Cook National Park, you'll embark on one of the many trails that meander through this pristine alpine environment. Whether you opt for a leisurely walk to soak in the views of the Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake or a more challenging hike to uncover hidden valleys and glacier-fed lakes, the park's trails promise an immersive experience.

4-4.5 Star Accommodation
3-4 Hours Drive
6-8 Hours
Free Time
Optional: Night Stargazing Tour
Day 7

Mt Cook Scenic Flights & Dark Sky Stargazing

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Mount Cook with a thrilling scenic flight in the morning, followed by a picturesque drive to Lake Tekapo. Cap off the day by marveling at the stars in one of the world’s best stargazing spots, the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.


Kickstart your day with an exhilarating scenic flight departing from Mount Cook Airport. This flight offers panoramic views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak, along with the stunning glaciers and snow-capped mountains of the surrounding national park. Fly over the Tasman Glacier and witness the incredible natural landscapes from a bird's-eye view. This experience provides not only breathtaking views but also a unique perspective on the Southern Alps' rugged terrain. Afterwards, proceed to Lake Tekapo.


As night falls, prepare for a stargazing tour at the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Known for its exceptionally dark skies free from light pollution, this reserve offers some of the best stargazing conditions in the world. Through high-powered telescopes, observe distant galaxies, shimmering stars, and planets. An expert astronomy guide will enhance your experience by pointing out constellations and discussing celestial phenomena. This peaceful and awe-inspiring activity is a perfect way to end your day amidst the tranquil beauty of Lake Tekapo.

Peppers Bluewater, or equivalent
2 Hours Drive
5-6 Hours
Mt Cook Scenic Flight & Lake Tekapo Stargazing Tour
Optional: Scenic Flight with Glacier Walk
Day 8

Discovering Banks Peninsula and Akaroa

Depart from Christchurch on a picturesque drive to Banks Peninsula, where the stunning landscapes of rolling hills and coastal vistas await. Your destination, Akaroa, is a quaint town renowned for its French heritage, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. Here, you'll immerse yourself in the charm of rural New Zealand, from its historic streets to the vibrant marine life in the harbor.


Your day begins with a scenic drive through the breathtaking countryside of Banks Peninsula. Upon arrival in Akaroa, take a leisurely stroll through the town, soaking in the serene atmosphere and marveling at the well-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the local cafés for a taste of the region's culinary delights, and don't miss the opportunity to learn about the area's rich history at the Akaroa Museum.


In the afternoon, embark on the Akaroa Dolphin Watching Tour, a highlight of your visit. This eco-friendly cruise offers a unique opportunity to spot the Hector's Dolphin, the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, in its natural habitat. The tour also provides chances to see other marine life, including blue penguins and New Zealand fur seals.

The Muse Art Hotel, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
6-7 Hours
Akaroa Dolphin Watching Tour
Optional: Swim with the Dolphins
Day 9

Farewell from New Zealand: Homeward Bound

As your exhilarating winter escapade in New Zealand's captivating landscapes draws to a close, we bid farewell from the vibrant and culturally rich city of Christchurch. Your journey, filled with unforgettable memories from the majestic Southern Alps to the serene waters of Lake Tekapo and the quaint charm of Akaroa, concludes in this garden city, known for its English heritage and resilient spirit


Your final day in Christchurch starts with a sumptuous breakfast at The Muse Art Hotel, where you can savor a diverse range of breakfast delicacies, ensuring a delightful start to your morning.


Ensure all personal belongings are packed, and travel documents are ready. Check out of your hotel and proceed to Christchurch Airport for your departure. We recommend arriving at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to ensure a smooth check-in process..

Breakfast Before Departure

Terms & Conditions

9 Day Tara Travel New Zealand, New Zealand Winter Pursuits Tour 24/25

Note: Instant quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and are subject to change. Refer to our terms and conditions.

Travel Insurance -

We strongly recommend that all travellers secure comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage to ensure peace of mind during your journey.

Health and Safety -

Travelers are advised to consult with a healthcare professional for recommended vaccinations and health precautions. We urge all clients to adhere to safety guidelines and instructions provided during activities and excursions.

If you have chosen to hire a rental car then you may incur a one way fee if a portion of your hire is under 7 days in total. Your sales consultant can confirm this on booking.

Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Get in touch to build your dream holiday with us.

All indicative prices are in NZD and inclusive of GST

Cancellation and Refund Policy -

Cancellations by the client must be made in writing and are subject to the following charges:

More than 45 days prior to departure: 80% of the total booking is refunded to the client

30 -45 days prior to departure: 50% of the total booking is refunded to the client

Less than 30 days prior to departure results in no refund available.

Cancellations made by Tara will result in a full refund of any payments made specifically for the cancelled service.

Payment Terms -

A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking, with the full balance due 45 days prior to departure. Acceptable payment methods include direct bank transfer, and credit card. Failure to make final payments by the deadline may result in the cancellation of your booking without refund.