Do cold winter months have you dreaming about flying south this winter to seek out a warmer climate? The time to book your end-of-year holiday travel is now and the experts at Ker & Downey can help you plan a memorable journey for everyone in your family. Consider these options south of the equator to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year.

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Retreat to Mansión Alcázar in the heart of Cuenca to experience the elaborate city-wide Christmas parade, the Pase del Niño Viajero. On December 24 each year this celebration reenacts the travels of Mary and Joseph and includes floats and costumed residents along with iconic images from the nativity story: the star, the shepherds, the angels, and the Christ child.



Spend the winter holiday discovering Kenya’s incredible wildlife and celebrating in the wilderness. Get the best of the classic tented experience and luxurious lodge retreats with the Great Plains collection of properties, including Ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Toto, and Mara Plains Camp. Perhaps delay returning to chillier weather with a bit of beach time on Kenya’s tropical coast.


New Zealand

Head to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to stay in a private lakefront suite at Matakauri Lodge, a beautiful place to reflect on the season. Private excursions include helicopter tours over Milford Sound, thrilling jet boat rides, and explorations in the glaciers. The legendary home-away-from-home hospitality at Matakauri Lodge will ensure a peaceful holiday for all ages.

Matakauri Lodge


As one of the first places in the world to watch the calendar change, Sydney always celebrates the New Year with quite a bang. Consider starting 2014 in the luxurious Park Hyatt Sydney overlooking the harbor. Experience the cosmopolitan city and watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor from the lush Royal Botanic Gardens.


Explore our latest gift guide for more holiday travel ideas.

For more information about including Ecuador, Kenya, New Zealand, or Australia on your next journey, please contact your travel professional.