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XperieNZXperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour

This takes you on a journey from the Scottish inspired city of Dunedin to the Alpine wonderland, Queenstown, then onward to the northern edge of Te Wahipounamu glacier country, from there cut across the main divide of the Southern Alps down to the Canterbury region and the English influenced city of Christchurch.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Dunedin, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Fur Seal in Dunedin, New Zealand
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At a glance - XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour

Day 1: Arrive in Dunedin and meet your travel companions. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 2: Check out the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 3: Take the train through the Taieri Gorge. Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 4: Enjoy a private lunch onboard a luxury yacht. Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 5: Explore Queenstown at leisure. Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 6: Travel to Wanaka on your way up the West Coast. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 7: Today includes a unique dinner on the beautiful Lake Mapourika. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8: Head East on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 9: Tour of Christchurch including a trip to Lyttleton Harbour. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 10: Catch a ride to your departing flight or next adventure.

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XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Dunedin and meet your travel companions

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 1

XperieNZ - Hidden Gem

This ten-day journey showcases unique landscapes, and awe inspiring natural wilderness along its route. To complement your journey, some special and private experiences are included, such as the cruise on Lake Wakatipu in a luxury yacht, the Pacific Jemm and a BBQ dinner on Lake Mapourika.

Arrival into Dunedin

On arrival in Dunedin, your concierge/driver guide will bring you to your accommodation and help check you in as required. This evening you will meet your fellow travellers, over a drink and a briefing dinner to get to know each other. During dinner, your program director will go over your program for the next 9 days. As the welcome dinner is scheduled from 7 pm onward, it is best to arrive into Dunedin by no later than 4 pm.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 2: Check out the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 2

A day in Dunedin

This morning is free for you to do as you please. You can wake up lazily and have a late breakfast or go on a city exploration tour, visit the historic Olveston home and if there is enough time, even drop in at the Otago Museum. In the afternoon, you will go on a Private Peninsula Wildlife Encounter Tour in the Otago Peninsula. The Otago Peninsula is known for its amazing marine/land animals and you get to witness some of the really unique animals up close, such as the rare and endangered Blue Penguins, endemic Yellow-Eyed Penguins and the Hooker Sea Lions etc.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 3: Take the train through the Taieri Gorge

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 3

Dunedin to Queenstown

This morning, after breakfast, your concierge/driver guide will drop you off at the Dunedin station for your Taieri Gorge Rail Journey to Pukerangi. On arrival in Pukerangi, your concierge/driver guide will drive you to Queenstown. You can relax and freshen up before we pick you up for your Luge and Dining experience at Skyline on top of Bob's Peak.

Your Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

The Rees Luxury Apartments are located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a short drive from the town centre, or take a complimentary shuttle. The chic apartments are spacious with a comfortable lounge area opening onto a large tiled balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 4: Enjoy a private lunch onboard a luxury yacht

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 4

Queenstown

Immerse yourself in the alpine beauty of Lake Wakatipu whilst enjoying a private lunch aboard the luxury yacht - Pacific Jemm by Eichardt's. You will cruise to the secluded coves and private beaches of Lake Wakatipu like Bob's Cove, Walter Peak, Frankton Arm, Collins Bay etc. Savour the three-hour cruise before heading back to Queenstown. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Your concierge/driver guide will be available to assist you with suggestions on what you can do. Consider touring the region, visit Arrowtown, maybe even a vineyard or two to sample some wines.

Your Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

The Rees Luxury Apartments are located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a short drive from the town centre, or take a complimentary shuttle. The chic apartments are spacious with a comfortable lounge area opening onto a large tiled balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 5: Explore Queenstown at leisure

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 5

Second free day in Queenstown

Today you have the full day to relax and unwind. Perhaps some of you may like to unwind at the spa in the hotel, which we can help organize or some of you may like to make use of the e-bikes and mountain bikes the hotel has to offer and take a leisurely ride into town and explore Queenstown at your own pace. Or maybe some of you may want to check out Queenstown's delectable food and drinks scene which we will be happy to make you some good suggestions and to soak in the vibrant local culture of Queenstown. This evening, you will have a delicious 3-course meal at the award-winning True South dining at your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: The Rees Luxury Apartments

The Rees Luxury Apartments are located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just a short drive from the town centre, or take a complimentary shuttle. The chic apartments are spacious with a comfortable lounge area opening onto a large tiled balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Rees Luxury Apartments

Day 6: Travel to Wanaka on your way up the West Coast

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 6

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Glacier country is a region with a stunning landscape where the rainforest meets glaciers and ocean. This morning you will head north-west past Lake Wanaka, over Haast Pass and past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Glacier Country. In the evening you will enjoy a sumptuous 3-course meal at the Caravans Restaurant in your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 7: Today includes a unique dinner on the beautiful Lake Mapourika

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 7

Explore Franz Josef

Start today with a late breakfast or for those of you who like to be up and about early, why not walk through the small and lively Franz Josef Village. In the afternoon, soak in the wild west coast on beautiful Lake Mapourika, on an exclusive tour in a custom-built boat, the Hanna-K. On the far side of the lake, you will go for a guided walk in the woods that will make you feel like you are walking through a Jurassic rainforest. This rainforest is home to abundant birdlife and to the rarest Kiwi bird on the planet; The Rowi, who knows, you may even catch sight of one. Onboard the Hanna-K you will enjoy a classic Kiwi BBQ meal with some beer and wine. Maybe you'll try your hand at fishing for trout and/or salmon with your skipper. If you are lucky to catch some, he will help you grill the fresh catch on the BBQ right away. After the wonderful cruise, your skipper will return you to the jetty where your concierge/driver will be waiting to take you back to Franz Josef.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8: Head East on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 8

Franz Josef to Christchurch

After breakfast, it is time to head to Greymouth, from there you will take the TranzAlpine for a stunning scenic rail journey over Arthur's Pass to Christchurch. You will be collected from the station and taken to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 9: Tour of Christchurch including a trip to Lyttleton Harbour

XperieNZ Hidden Gem 10 day tour - Day 9

Christchurch day tour

Today take a little tour of Christchurch. Your concierge/driver-guide will take you to Lyttleton Harbour, Sumner the coastal seaside suburb where you can take a walk on the coastal walkway, climb the rock cave and take in some amazing views. Later, for those of you that wish to get some shopping done, we can stop at The Tannery or a place of your choice.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 10: Catch a ride to your departing flight or next adventure

Depart the tour

All good things must come to an end and so does this amazing vacation. Depending on your onward plans, you will either get dropped off at the airport or at a place of your choosing.

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