Selwyn School Holiday Specials

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Selwyn School Holiday Specials

What are your plans for the school holidays? Enjoy discounts on great experiences in your own backyard. Scroll through and find adventures, accommodation and artisan produce that are right here in Selwyn.


Star Gazing in Selwyn

Winter provides the perfect crisp clear skies to find constellations, the milky-way and shooting stars. Take in the stunning night skies and head along to the holiday special at the West Melton Observatory. Join them for an evening under the stars as you and your family discover the wonders of the southern night sky with their skilled amateur astronomers.

School holiday special: tickets from $9 to the Astroblast KidsFest night events! Tickets sell out fast so book early to avoid disappointment. 

West Melton Observatory

Ballooning Canterbury

Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

School holiday special: Children (12 years and under) fly FREE with each full paying adult. Children must be 1.1 metres or taller. Use the promo code - FREE CHILD.

Adult only price was $395, now $350. Use the promo code - WINTER2020.

Valid for flights 3 July - 31 August 2020. Contact 027 915 4972.

Ballooning Canterbury

Mt Cheeseman

Cheeseman is a friendly ski area that promotes a fun, family environment in an alpine setting and is open to the public. It's one of the closest ski fields to Rolleston and is just over an hours drive!

Winter special: We have ‘frozen’ our season passes at the early bird rate of $299 for our 2020 winter season. For the snow lovers - ski 3.5 days and rest are free! Ski or ride anytime, anywhere with no excuses to miss out on the fresh powder days at Cheeseman this winter. Join the price freeze and we will see you Saturday 4 July for opening day. Kids 10 and under ski FREE!

Mt Cheeseman

Benlea Farm Tours & Accommodation

Benlea is a beautiful, 3000 acre property situated just one hour from Christchurch, surrounded by stunning mountains in the foothills of Canterbury. If you’re in need of an escape, then look no further!

Farm stay Family Deal: Enjoy a night’s stay in our cosy cottage, including a premium two hour farm tour of our 3000 acre sheep and beef property. Fresh scones with jam and cream at the end of the tour. $330 for a family of two adults and up to 4 children.

Farm Stay and Animal Experience: Enjoy a night’s stay in our cosy on-farm cottage, including a free animal experience meeting the pet sheep; horses and working dogs. $130 for a couple OR family of up to 4 children.

Contact 03 318 6545 to book!

Benlea Farm

KiwiRail Tranz Alpine Experience

The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You can board in Christchurch, Rolleston, Darfield or Springfield.

Winter special: $75 per person. 

TranzAlpine Experience

Alpine Jet Thrills

We are the premier Canterbury and Christchurch jet boat operator. The Waimakariri River runs from the mountains to the sea and we have a departure point at both ends of this diverse river.

School holiday special: Buy two adult tickets, get one FREE. $95 for half an hour, $125 for an hour. Children $70 for half an hour and $95 for an hour.

Contact 0800 263 626.

Alpine Jet Thrills


Sovereign Salmon

Unique and flavoursome brand of New Zealand smoked salmon loved by Kiwis and salmon lovers the world over. Taste the difference.

Winter special: Offering a mix of hot and cold smoke salmon as well as smoked mussels – any 4 for $20!

Contact 0800 222 811 and stop in at 165 Hororata Road RD2, Darfield.

Sovereign Salmon


Cedar Park Gardens

Cedar Park Gardens" is a well-established B&B set in 1.5acres of stunning gardens, in central Rolleston. Very quiet, parking on site and with a separate entrance.

School holiday special: price reduced from $145 per night to $120. Includes continental breakfast in the room for 1-2 adults. Extra $15 per child (maximum 2 children). Must be booked directly with us.

Cedar Park Gardens

Gunyah Country Estate

In the rolling foothills of the Southern Alps west of Christchurch you’ll find Gunyah Country Estate. Visitors to nearby ski areas looking to experience the mountains, scenery and outdoor pursuits couldn’t find a more central base than Gunyah.

School holiday special: Two bedroom holiday house, at the special rate of $189 per night (2 people), $20 per extra person. Must book directly with Gunyah.

Contact 03 318 6800 or email

Gunyah Country Estate

Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel 

Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel, conveniently situated in Arthur's Pass Village, offers fantastic fully self contained motel accommodation, complete with your own bathroom and kitchen.

Winter special: Receive a $10 discount on your booking when you book directly with us. Other discounts and a free room upgrade* available when two or more nights are booked. *If upgrade is available at the time.

Contact 03 318 9233 to book.

Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel

Chateau Pritchard Bed & Breakfast

Chateau Pritchard provides boutique style, quality, accommodation in country surroundings. There are alpacas on the farm that children love to look at and a spa pool to enjoy while charting the magnificent Southern skies field of stars. There are even Thai cooking classes for a real culinary experience!

School holiday special: book 2 nights, stay the 3rd free! A full breakfast with the freshest coffee and tea is provided each morning.

Chateau Pritchard v2

Chateau Pritchard

Rolleston Highway Motel

A very warm welcome awaits you at Rolleston Highway Motel. With a reputation for helpfulness, Rolleston Highway Motel offers you immaculate, comfortable and affordable motel accommodation.

Winter special: Book a two night stay, Saturday and Sunday for $120 per night. Book a three night stay, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $299. Prices based on a two person stay, extra people $25 per person per night. Valid until 30 September 2020.

Rolleston Highway Motel

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