• Pricing From $6,500 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Christchurch
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 20
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Departs 23 Dec 2018
  • Returns 29 Dec 2018
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Bill Peach Journeys presents a luxury Christmas getaway in the spectacular Canterbury region of New Zealand. Christmas Eve sees us exploring the attractive colonial-style town of Akaroa, the only French colony in the country. We celebrate Christmas in the inspiring “Garden City” of Christchurch and learn why it is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage and culture.

Marvel at the majestic scenery of the Canterbury region famed for its lush and picturesque landscapes. Experience refinement and the warm hospitality of the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch and Terrace Downs, a luxury resort magnificently set in the shadow of the majestic Southern Alps.

A journey combining the festivity of a Christmas celebration with the endless natural beauty of this region, Canterbury is the perfect place for a luxury summer retreat.


  • Spend 3 nights at the newly opened luxury hotel The Distinction in Christchurch and the award-winning luxury resort Terrace Downs in Canterbury
  • Experience the exquisite produce and wines of the Canterbury region with tastings along the way
  • Touring of Akaroa including a harbour cruise and visit to the Giant’s House and Garden
  • Christmas Eve dinner on board the Tramway Restaurant in Christchurch
  • Jetboating the spectacular Rakaia Gorge
  • Celebrate Christmas lunch with a very special lunch at The Distinction in Christchurch
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code CH1800
Departs 23 Dec 2018
Returns 29 Dec 2018
Price From $6,500 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met and transferred to The Distinction Hotel in the heart of Christchurch, a city famous for its culture, atmosphere, lifestyle, and history. Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is set amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty though it is clear there is a vibrant cosmopolitan ambience. Your welcome dinner will be hosted by your Journey Director tonight, a perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: The Distinction or similar

Day 2: Akaroa

After a leisurely breakfast this morning we transfer to the attractive colonial-style town of Akaroa, the only French colony in the country. The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and its sparkling waters are home to a variety of sea life including New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins and a myriad of birdlife. On arrival, we enjoy a harbour cruise to see the stunning volcanic scenery and the endangered Hector Dolphin, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.

We will enjoy lunch and leisure time to explore the quaint township before visiting the Giant’s House and Gardens, a historic house with original artworks, terraced gardens containing sculptures and mosaics. On we continue to Barry Bay Cheeses and Takamatua Valley Vineyards to sample the local produce on the return transfer to Christchurch. Christmas Eve will begin with carols followed by a unique dinner on board the Tramway Restaurant. We will experience the finest service, cuisine, and beverages New Zealand has to offer incorporating a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage – truly a mix of the old and the new.

Overnight: The Distinction or similar

Day 3: Christchurch

Today you will spend a relaxing Christmas Day with new friends. After breakfast this morning you can either enjoy the relaxing ambience of the hotel or explore at leisure. For those clients wishing to attend church services, information will be provided.

Early afternoon we will enjoy a wonderful Christmas lunch at the hotel restaurant. This afternoon will be at leisure and dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Overnight: The Distinction

Day 4: Christchurch - Terrace Downs

After breakfast, we tour the world famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens and view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand revealing why Christchurch is named the ‘The Garden City’. We then transfer to Terrace Downs a journey that takes us across the world-renowned fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland arriving at our luxury resort, Terrace Downs.

Overnight: Terrace Downs

Day 5: Terrace Downs

Located in one of the most beautiful places on earth at the base of the Mt Hutt Ranges and overlooking the Rakaia Gorge, Terrace Downs offers incomparable luxury set in 550 acres of High Country magnificence.

After breakfast, we enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride through the intricate network of braided river channels of Rakaia Gorge, skimming along stony banks and through gushing opalescent blue waters rich with salmon and trout. Soak in the dramatic scenery and marvel at the grandeur of the snow-capped Southern Alps. Afternoon and dinner at leisure this evening.

Overnight: Terrace Downs

Day 6: Terrace Downs

After breakfast, we explore Ashburton which sits between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers. Here we will learn of the triumph of its early settlers over adversity. We transfer back to Christchurch where there will be a farewell dinner this evening in the hotel.

Overnight: The Distinction or similar

Day 7: Depart Christchurch

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the airport. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, we take away memories of an enchanting Christmas Sojourn in Canterbury, New Zealand.

About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.


The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Christchurch are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Christchurch, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Christchurch, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)