Travel deal of the week: The little gingerbread house of Mt Lyford

North Canterbury is the South Island’s wildlife, wine and wellness hub – and this week you’ll find deals that bring all of the above together. Hibernate in the shadow of Mount Lyford in a small log cabin, experience an action-packed family adventure on the Kaikōura Coast, or head to the high country for wine, art and hot pools.

Read on to find out more.

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Winter getaway

Mt Lyford Holiday Homes rents out a range of homes in the ski village.

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Mt Lyford Holiday Homes rents out a range of homes in the ski village.

Book midweek (Sunday to Thursday) at one of Mt Lyford’s vacation homes and get 10% off the booking. Fulfill your fairy tale dreams in a cozy log cabin or enjoy cozy luxury in an ecolodge with outdoor hot tub. Minimum three nights. Use promotional code “WINTER22” when booking.

To book: lyfordholidayhomes.co.nz

dolphins and more

You can watch or swim with dusky dolphins with Kaikōura's Dolphin Encounter.

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You can watch or swim with dusky dolphins with Kaikōura’s Dolphin Encounter.

Book the family package with Kaikōura’s Dolphin Encounter and pay $589 for 2 adults and 2 children (under 14). It does not stop at the observation of mammals; the offer includes two nights of accommodation, a family pass to the Mayfair Theater, mini golf at the Emporium, a pass to the Kaikōura Museum and a voucher for food and drinks. Use until July 31, 2022.

To book: dolphinencounter.co.nz

Waipara wine

Waipara is home to over 75 wineries.

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Waipara is home to over 75 wineries.

Visit four wineries for tastings and lunch on this guided tour of central Christchurch. Giles Tours takes small groups to the famous North Canterbury wine region, including Pegasus Bay, Torlesse, Greystone and Terrace Edge. Use promo code “EXPLORECHC” and pay $135 (usually from $195).

Book: gilestoursnz.com

remote high country

Hanmer Springs has five new cascading pools.

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Hanmer Springs has five new cascading pools.

Spend six days on this short guided tour through the Canterbury High Country. The package includes an overnight stay at Middlehurst Station, plus visits to Molesworth and Rainbow Stations, a trip to New Zealand’s highest pass and entry to Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and Hanmer Springs Sculpture Park. ‘Iron Ridge Quarry. Starting at $2639; to be exchanged until April 6, 2023.

To book: travel-booking.stuff.co.nz

Stay safe: New Zealand is currently under Covid-19 restrictions. Follow the instructions on covid19.govt.nz.

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