The Top 3 Ways to Celebrate Mid-Winter Christmas

The Top 3 Ways to Celebrate Mid-Winter Christmas Down Under

We know for many ex-pats in the region, this time of year can be tough. It’s deep winter – but without excuses for the wine, cheese and family celebrations that cold days and dark nights usually bring. That’s why we’re pulled together our top experiences to gather together your friends or family and celebrate a mid-winter Christmas Central Otago style!


Check out our Top 3 Suggestions

Usually a jet-setter?
Let us take you on your very own European taste adventure in the Southern Alps.

Like to keep it simple?
Get above the clouds and enjoy a moment of peace and tranquillity.

Is Christmas all about the food?
Check out our heli-dine experience that will make your mouth water…

1. Alpine Heli-Fondue – Enjoy A European Adventure This Winter Right Here In Your Own Back Yard!

What better way to make memories with loved ones this winter than with an unforgettable day of Swiss-style dining in the Southern Alps.

Soar beyond your imagination with Central Otago as your backdrop and indulge your taste-buds in a journey of their own with our homemade Swiss-style Fondue in the snow. Sip a glass of Central Otago’s Finest, as you sink into the snow and dip into deliciously rich cheese or chocolate – the choice is yours!

Board the H120 helicopter and settle in for a scenic private charter flight over the stunning vineyards that line the Cromwell Basin. Pilot Richard will indulge you with his brilliant knowledge of the local area and it’s history, giving you a whole new view of the Central Otago region, you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

Land at a secluded alpine landing spot with views of the Southern Alps, famed Mount Cook and the magnificent Mount Aspiring National Park. Now is your time to sit back, relax and take in the breath-taking views.

Whilst you take in the feast for the eyes, we will set up your delicious fondue in your exclusive spot in the snow. Choose between cheese or chocolate fondue – to accompany your bottle of specially sourced Central Otago wine. Indulge, unwind and simply relax with your friends, family and our guides.

Did we have you at ‘Fondue’? Or do you want to know more? Check out some more pictures of our heli-fondue experience or give us a ring to enquire about booking. Our Alpine Heli-Fondue starts at just $262 per person based on 4 people travelling.

2. Alpine Landing – View Central Otago’s Vineyards from Above and Land with Views of Mount Cook

Life can be complicated enough – we keep things beautifully simple and affordable when it comes to our alpine landing flights. Simple gather your friends or loved ones together and let us help you make memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Choose from 30 or 45 minutes and get ready to buckle up for the ride of your life…

We’re never sure which will wow you most – the historic gold-mining stories of the 1800’s or the new-age gold that lines the region, woven like a unique tapestry of vineyards and orchards that change colour with every season!

With mid-winter Christmas the occasion, the highlight is our alpine landing in the snow where you will be treated to a suitably decadent hot chocolate to sip on as you sink in the wondrous views!

Whether you’re staying in Cromwell, Alexandra, Queenstown, Wanaka or beyond, take to the sky and see the best of Central Otago from its best vantage point.

This experience starts from just $179 at the time of writing! You can read more about it here or give us a call to find out more.

3. Heli-Dine With an 2-Course Epicurean Lunch at Carrick Winery

Combine a 45 min Cromwell Basin helicopter flight with a remote alpine/snow landing on the Old Woman Range, followed by lunch at one of our favourite spots lining the river.

Christmas is all about food after all – and Carrick Winery offer an incredible epicurean feast with their ever-changing seasonal menu! From high country spreads to mid-winter specials – their menu never disappoints. Long lunches are the best so with this experience you will sit down for two-courses from their a la carte menu – followed by tea or coffee. This is of course washed down with a glass of wine (or two if you so desire…).

This starts at $449 per person and includes helicopter drop off at Carrick Winery. Click here to read more or give us a call if you have any questions!

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