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A South Escape

Untouched Splendors of New Zealand’s South

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.

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.

Dates & Prices

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  • Low Carbon Footprint  Mercedes Sprinter Van
  • Concierge Driver & General Guide
  • Minimum One Unique and Exclusive Curated Experience
  • Privately Guided Experiences
  • Personally Selected Luxury STAYs
  • Full Breakfast Everyday
  • Select Lunches & Dinners
  • Taxes & All Gratuities Except for Concierge Driver

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