Best winter packages downunder in 2013

It’s winter downunder and that means plenty of ski and snow time. But while some might be seeking alpine reaches to make most of the conditions others may be looking for warmer places and experiences to see them through the cold months. Whatever your desire, here are five packages to consider this winter in Australia and New Zealand.

Go white out
If you really want to get into the snow and enjoy all it has to offer here are some options.

Franz Josef Heli Hike
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Discover up close the magnificent phenomenon of the stunning West Coast glaciers. Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk among the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment. The experienced and professional helicopter pilots’ informative commentary will showcase the exciting landscape for the adventure ahead.

The Helicopter Line – Mountains High
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If you cannot join the elite few who make it to the top of the Aoraki/Mount Cook on foot, the next best way is by helicopter. The Helicopter Line offers a range of flights that expose the magnificent views of the pristine alpine environment. Traverse the Southern Alps soaring peaks to breathtaking views of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Tasman Glacier. All flights include a special snow landing.

The world from above
If you like looking at mountains from above, rather than trekking or skiing over them, here are some packages we offer for scenic flights over the New Zealand alps. Some have snow landings.

Alpine Scenic Flight
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If time is against you, take a spectacular helicopter flight from Twizel around the stunning Mount Cook region. The Helicopter Line offers a range of flights that will land you amongst the jewels of the Southern Alps – dramatic mountain landscape, hanging valleys and rivers of moving ice. Encompassing some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world, the Mount Cook region offers a personal flying experience you’ll keep in close to your heart.

The Remarkables
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Let The Helicopter Line show you why the views are best from above! Breathtaking helicopter flights expose the dramatic views and stunning beauty of Lake Wakatipu, the Queenstown region, the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Skippers Canyon, The Southern Alps and beyond venture into Milford Sound and be captivated by the lush rugged National Park. Snow landings a specialty.

Escape to the tropics
If you’d rather avoid all the cold spots altogether then consider one of these passes up into Australia’s northern regions.

Fish Hook Pass – Sydney to Darwin
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Start in Sydney, take in the sites on the Melbourne and Adelaide route, head to Uluru from Adelaide travelling through the Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy, explore amazing Uluru and the Olgas, and head through Katherine Gorge to Darwin. FULL PAYMENT DUE ON BOOKING.

Bruce Pass – Melbourne to Cairns
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Head north up to Cairns, learning to surf on the coast, exploring inland national park, visit Byron Bay and take in a tour of Nimbin, cruise through Brisbane, have a didgeridoo demonstration in Rainbow Beach, paint your own boomerang, overnight in Hervey Bay, stay at Aussie cattle station, overnight at Airlie Beach partake in a kayak and koala tour on Magnetic Island and much more … FULL PAYMENT DUE ON BOOKING

Eat, drink and be merry
Eating and drinking is always a good way to keep yourself warm over winter. So if you’re seeking a little indulgence over the cold months consider one of these packages.

Super Saturday

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Salamanca market, Mt Wellington, Captain Fells Ferry ride, historic Bellerive meadowbank winery and Richmond colonial village. After a great time at the Salamanca market your guide will pick you up and show you all these famous locations in the Hobart area.

Gourmet Wine Tour
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Food and wine lovers gastronomic delight showcasing the regions award winning wines and fine cuisines. We taste wines at five vineyards located in Gibbston, Cromwell and Bannockburn (near Queenstown) with highlights including an underground tour of a wine cave, a cheese and wine tasting and lunch at Northburn Station, a high country sheep station and vineyard. Maximum group size is 11 adults ensure a relaxed pace and fun tour.

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