[woocs sd=2]
Close this search box.

A South Escape

Untouched Splendors of New Zealand’s South

Prices POA

Starting from


Day 1

Arrival in Christchurch - A South Escape Begins
Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Aotearoa! (Welcome to New Zealand!)

Today marks your arrival in the captivating land of the Long White Cloud.

As you step off the plane, a friendly XperieNZ Welcome Ambassador is there to extend a warm Kiwi greeting, ushering you into the embrace of Aotearoa. Upon meeting, you'll be whisked away in the lap of luxury, as your private transfer carries you to your exquisite STAY. Here, you'll find tranquility and comfort, offering the perfect retreat after your journey.

Once you've had the chance to refresh and savor a delectable meal, the adventure truly begins. Your personal guide, well-versed in the city's history and its vibrant renaissance following the earthquakes, will introduce you to the captivating story of Christchurch.

This city, a blend of English heritage and modern innovation, boasts an intriguing duality. Learn about the pre-quake elegance of the 'Garden City,' as it was affectionately known, and the resilience that breathed new life into its vibrant core post-disaster.

As you meander through the city streets, don't forget to cast your gaze upon the intriguing street art that now adorns Christchurch's walls. This burgeoning art scene reflects the city's spirit of revival and creativity, beautifully encapsulating its journey from adversity to an inspiring renaissance.

Rest well tonight, for your journey through New Zealand's South Island awaits, promising an array of unforgettable experiences in the days ahead.

Day 2

Kaikoura: Enchanting Coastal Charm
Coastal Odyssey in Kaikoura - Road Trip Commences

As your South Escape road trip begins, a remarkable experience awaits you. Today, your rental car will be thoughtfully delivered to your RETREAT, presenting you with a choice between two exceptional vehicles: an eco-conscious and sustainable EV such as a Tesla or Mustang Mach-E, or a premium performance car like a Mustang V8 or Subaru WRX GT. The choice is yours, promising a journey that aligns perfectly with your preferences and values.

Your road leads to Kaikoura, a coastal paradise nestled between the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. This charming village is renowned for its extraordinary marine encounters, providing you with the opportunity to witness whales, fur seals, and dolphins in their pristine natural habitat, etching indelible memories into your South Escape.

The drive to Kaikoura itself is a visual delight, with landscapes that will leave you spellbound. Upon reaching this coastal haven, embark on a leisurely stroll along the Esplanade and the rocky beach. Here, you'll bask in the tranquility that envelops you, serenaded by the gentle sounds of the ocean waves.

Kaikoura's allure is undeniable. Discover its breathtaking coastal vistas, be captivated by the wonders of marine life, and create cherished moments in this captivating setting. Your South Escape has only just begun, and the enchantment of New Zealand's South Island awaits your exploration.

Day 3

Heli-Gin and Alpine Picnic Delight
Calling all gin enthusiasts and nature lovers! Get ready for an unforgettable day of scenic splendor and gourmet indulgence.

Your adventure begins with a breathtaking scenic flight, where you'll soar above the stunning Kaikōura Peninsula and the majestic Kaikōura Seaward Mountain ranges. Daniel, our chief pilot, will be your guide, sharing fascinating insights about the mesmerizing landscapes below.

As you descend from the skies, prepare to meet Justine Schroder, the brilliant mind behind Mt Fyffe Distillery, a renowned boutique gin haven nestled on the foothills of Mt Fyffe. Justine's passion and expertise in gin-making have resulted in two exquisite blends: Woolshed Gin and Shearwater Gin, both celebrated for their artisanal excellence.

Sip on a glass of Justine's premium gin while she regales you with the captivating story of her award-winning creations. Learn the secrets of gin-making as you explore the distillery firsthand. To make your experience even sweeter, receive a complimentary 375ml bottle of either Woolshed Gin or Shearwater Gin.

But the adventure doesn't end here. We'll whisk you away to an exclusive alpine landing site deep within the Kaikōura ranges, where panoramic views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean will leave you breathless. Here, indulge in a sumptuous picnic featuring local delights and a bottle of bubbles, all while surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Pack your sunglasses, comfortable shoes, and an extra layer, and get ready for an experience that combines the finest gin and the most breathtaking views – a true feast for the senses."

Day 4

Kaikoura to Franz Josef : Spectacular Road Trip
Today, prepare to embark on an enchanting road journey that embodies the spirit of New Zealand—a land that seems purpose-built for road trips, allowing you to intimately acquaint yourself with its diverse landscapes and unmatched beauty.

Your day begins as you bid farewell to Kaikoura and set forth towards the magnificent Franz Josef. This road trip is not just a mode of transport; it's a journey through some of New Zealand's most captivating landscapes, promising a day filled with natural wonders.

As you drive, you'll find yourself traversing the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with their towering peaks and rugged terrain. Your path leads you through the majestic Lewis Pass, serving as a gateway to unparalleled natural beauty. Follow the winding roads along the tranquil Waiua Uhwa River, and be captivated by the ever-changing vistas that unfold before you.

During your journey, you'll have the opportunity to take a break in the charming town of Reefton, a place steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era. Here, you can enjoy a delightful stop for refreshments and explore the town's unique offerings. Perhaps, you might even savor a sip of something special at a local boutique gin distillery.

Continue your scenic drive, passing through Greymouth, a coastal gem that graces the shores of the Tasman Sea. Along the way, seize incredible photo opportunities that will make your journey even more memorable.

This leisurely drive isn't just about reaching your destination; it's about the authentic encounters you'll have with New Zealand's diverse beauty. Eventually, you'll arrive in the welcoming town of Franz Josef, where captivating wildlife encounters and undeniable charm await you.

Day 5

Franz Josef: A Day of Glacier Wonder
Indulge in a day of relaxation and exhilaration in Franz Josef, where you'll discover the extraordinary beauty of nature at its finest. Your day begins with an adventure that will not only get your hearts racing but also fill you with awe – a thrilling Heli Hike on the Fox Glacier. Accompanied by experienced guides, you'll step into an icy wonderland, a realm where rainforests meet glaciers, making this spot on Earth truly unique. You'll explore the glacier's hidden crevasses and pristine ice formations, an experience that promises to leave you breathless with its sheer beauty and the thrill of adventure.

In the afternoon, you'll embark on a private Glacier Valley Eco Walking Tour. This tranquil journey through the glacier valley offers you both an opportunity to immerse yourselves in the serenity of this pristine environment. Surrounded by untouched beauty and spectacular natural scenery, you'll be guided by an expert naturalist who will share fascinating insights into the glacier's formation and its unique ecosystem. This isn't just a walk; it's a chance to connect with nature and each other in a serene and awe-inspiring setting.

Today promises to be an invigorating blend of adventure and exploration, uplifting your spirits while creating treasured memories for you. Experience the wonder of Glacier Country in a way that brings you closer together, rejuvenates your soul, and etches this incredible place into your heart forever.

Day 6

Wanaka: Unveiling Serene Luxury
Today, your extraordinary journey leads you from Franz Josef to Wanaka, a prelude to the unparalleled exclusivity awaiting you at Minaret Station.

As you depart from Franz Josef, the Southern Alps present an awe-inspiring backdrop for your road trip. The winding route takes you through lush rainforests, unveiling glimpses of tranquil lakes and cascading waterfalls. Each twist and turn along this scenic drive immerses you deeper into the heart of the South Island's natural wonders.

Upon your arrival in Wanaka, prepare for a one-of-a-kind experience. You'll board a private helicopter for a mesmerizing transfer to Minaret Station, hidden deep within the remote wilderness. This aerial journey sets the stage for your exclusive stay, offering a glimpse of the untouched landscapes that envelop your destination.

Minaret Station is a world apart, a place that seamlessly combines seclusion and luxury. From the vantage point of your private accommodations, soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Southern Alps. The serene isolation of this location creates an unforgettable ambiance of exclusivity.

As the day unfolds, you'll find yourself at the heart of this remarkable retreat. Here, you can relax in the lap of luxury and explore the pristine surroundings at your leisure, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Embrace the serene luxury of Minaret Station, where nature's beauty and opulent comfort harmonize.

Day 7

Wanaka: Enveloped in Unparalleled Luxury
Today, surrender to the embrace of serenity and opulence at Minaret Station, where luxury and seclusion reach their zenith. The vast, untamed landscapes that surround you beckon exploration at your leisure, guided only by the tranquility of the remote Southern Alps.

Delight in the exquisite comforts of your world-class accommodations, where every detail has been meticulously crafted for your pleasure. Reconnect with nature on private walks, allowing the pristine beauty of the region to enchant your senses.

This is your day to unwind and immerse yourself in the exclusivity that defines Minaret Station. Whether you choose a serene moment by the fireplace or a leisurely stroll through alpine meadows, you are experiencing a realm reserved for the truly privileged.

Allow the remote luxury of Minaret Station to frame moments of profound beauty and unmatched seclusion. Here, amidst this pristine wilderness, you create memories that will remain etched in your heart forever.

Day 8

Omarama: A Journey Through Wilderness
Today marks the transition from the secluded opulence of Minaret Station to another world-class haven: The Lindis. Your day begins with an exhilarating helicopter ride from Minaret Station, granting you an awe-inspiring aerial perspective of the grand Southern Alps and their majestic splendor.

Upon your arrival in Wanaka, continue on your captivating overland journey to reach The Lindis. As you approach the gravel road leading to your destination, it's important to exercise caution. Gravel roads, while charming, demand careful navigation. Ensure you maintain a safe and consistent speed, keep an ample following distance, and be mindful of the loose gravel underfoot. Safety is of paramount importance as you traverse this picturesque route.

The gravel road, rustic in its character, leads you through a gateway to the unmatched luxury and serenity of The Lindis. Nestled harmoniously in the cradle of nature, this exclusive lodge beckons with its promise of tranquility and indulgence. Allow the unique terrain and the warm embrace of The Lindis to envelop you, providing a serene escape from the ordinary.

Day 9

Omarama: The Art of Tranquil Luxury
At The Lindis, every moment is a symphony of exclusivity and serenity, designed to pamper your senses and elevate your experience. Your day commences with a delightful bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne, a sparkling invitation to a world of relaxation and indulgence.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness with a Birch Stream horse ride, a serene journey that fosters a profound connection with the land. For those seeking an even deeper connection to nature, the option to upgrade your adventure to an Alpine Picnic is available, offering an immersive experience amidst the rugged landscapes.

Following your morning of exploration, anticipate the embrace of relaxation with two rejuvenating one-hour massages. Let the skilled hands of the therapists dissolve any lingering traces of stress, leaving you refreshed and revitalized.

During your stay, take advantage of the e-bikes at your disposal, allowing you to explore the scenic surroundings at your leisure. Whether you choose to meander along tranquil paths or seek out more adventurous trails, the e-bikes provide a unique way to engage with the landscape.

This day epitomizes The Lindis' dedication to providing an immersive, exclusive experience that seamlessly blends adventure with relaxation. Revel in every moment of this tranquil retreat, knowing that each detail has been meticulously crafted to ensure your complete and utter contentment.

Note: The day's activities are thoughtfully designed to prioritize relaxation, granting you the opportunity to fully unwind in the breathtaking surroundings of The Lindis.

Day 10

Christchurch: The Bittersweet Farewell
As your remarkable journey through New Zealand approaches its poignant conclusion, you must bid adieu to The Lindis, leaving behind the serene luxury that has enveloped you. Today's drive guides you to Christchurch, where you'll spend your final night in this captivating country.

This day unfolds as a contemplative interlude, providing a chance to reflect upon the extraordinary experiences that have filled your adventure. The scenic drive acts as a fitting backdrop for nostalgia, offering glimpses of the remarkable hideaways, awe-inspiring landscapes, and cherished moments that have woven the tapestry of your itinerary.

In Christchurch tonight, embrace the opportunity to indulge in a delectable meal, perhaps at one of the city's fine dining establishments. You may also choose to explore a few last-minute sights in this vibrant city, creating a final, enduring memory of your incredible journey through the heart of New Zealand.

Day 11

Depart Christchurch
All good things must come to an end, and sadly, it's time to bid farewell to this incredible vacation of yours. Your South Escape vacation ends today as you make your way to the airport for your flight back home. Hope you loved what we designed for you, and we look forward to your feedback on your journey.

We wish you a safe onward flight, carrying the cherished memories of your New Zealand adventure with you. Until we meet again, take care and thank you for choosing us as your travel companions.

Farewell and Safe Travels!

In a world bustling with the chaos of everyday life, where crowded streets, traffic jams, and relentless noise pollution become the norm, a journey to the South Island of New Zealand offers a sublime escape. Here, amidst raw, rugged, and untamed landscapes, you’ll discover a realm of tranquility and serenity that exists far from the cacophony of city living.

Your South Escape is an immersion into the remote and untouched. It’s the moment your feet touch the earth in a land that remains unspoiled by modernity. From the vast, sweeping farmlands to the majestic mountains that pierce the heavens, and the oceans stretching to the horizon, you’ll experience the purest form of wilderness.

Your journey is meticulously curated to unveil an array of unique experiences and adventures. Whether it’s traversing the icy wonderland of a glacier, embarking on a thrilling jet boat ride, or gazing at the starlit heavens in a secluded eco-sanctuary, each moment promises to be unforgettable.

Amidst the rugged grandeur, you’ll find luxury stays that redefine opulence. From the stunning vistas of Minaret Station to the tranquility of The Lindis, your accommodations blend world-class facilities with distinctive style and class. It’s a cocoon of comfort that rejuvenates your senses after each day’s adventure.

As you traverse this mesmerizing land, indulge in world-class cuisine that elevates your journey. Savor the flavors of exceptional local wines and brews, fueling your adventures and creating unforgettable memories.

Your South Escape is an odyssey of contrasts: adventure and relaxation, luxury and wilderness, the known and the undiscovered. It’s a journey that promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul, reminding you of the boundless beauty of nature and the unparalleled luxury of serenity.

A South Escape

Starting from


Contact us to reserve this journey

Plan Your Journey

Please tell us a few details about your holiday plans and provide your phone number so we can call you back..

Tell us about your trip

Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re travelling with or if it’s for a special ocassion

You will hear from us soon

Once you have sent off your enquiry, we will get back to you as soon as we can. In the mean time check out our current list of experiences.

Make this your own

A South Escape

Tell us about your trip

Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re travelling with or if it’s for a special occasion

You will hear from us soon

Once you have sent off your enquiry, we will get back to you as soon as we can. In the mean time check out our other experiences.