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XperieNZXperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour

This ten-day journey showcases incredible landscapes & awe-inspiring natural wilderness along its route. Included are some once in a lifetime experiences such as the stargazing experience in the Southern Hemisphere's only International Dark Sky Reserve, cruise and spend the night on Doubtful Sound a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the largest automotive museum of this type in the world- Bill Richardson’s Transport World & Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

NB: Full balance payment of this tour is required 60 days prior to the departure to secure all itinerary inclusions.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Queenstown
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Cruise on Doubtful Sound
Glowworm cave in New Zealand

At a glance - XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch and meet your travel companions. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Day 2: Witness the impressive blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 3: Take the train into Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 4: Head to the coast to see the local wildlife. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 5: Visit the Bill Richardson transport museum on the way to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: A tour highlight - Doubtful Sound for an overnight cruise. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 7: Soak up the last moments of your immense Doubtful experience. Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

Day 8: Try a little of the Central Otago Rail Trail today. Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

Day 9: Enjoy a tour of one of Central Otago's famous wineries.. Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

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

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XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch and meet your travel companions

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 1

XperieNZ - Southern Escapade

The Southern Escapade program takes you on a journey from the charming English influenced city of Christchurch to the Southern Hemispheres only International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest in the world, the Aoraki Mackenzie region, where Lake Tekapo is located. From here you will head to the Scottish inspired city of Dunedin, then onward to UNESCO world heritage site Te Wahipounamu, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound before you end excursion at the Alpine wonderland, Queenstown.

Meet your travel companions

On arrival in Christchurch, your concierge/driver guide will transfer 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 (or concierge/driver guide) will go over your program for the next 9 days. As the welcome dinner is scheduled for 7 pm onward, it is advised that you arrive into Christchurch no later than 4 pm.

Your Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Located in Central Christchurch just minutes from CBD dining, shopping and entertainment, Crowne Plaza Christchurch offers modern accommodation and dining options. Overlooking historic Victoria Square and the iconic Avon River, you’ll be in the perfect spot to connect with the city.

Meals included: Dinner

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Day 2: Witness the impressive blue waters of Lake Tekapo

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 2

Journey south to Lake Tekapo

This morning you will enjoy a late start to the day, you could perhaps take a little tour of Christchurch before you join the group and head to Lake Tekapo. You can discuss with your concierge/driver guide the previous day if you want to be taken on a little tour of Christchurch and surrounds or if you want to head straight to Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo is the second largest lake in the Canterbury/Mackenzie Basin region.
In 2012, Lake Tekapo which is in the Mackenzie region was declared an International Dark Sky Reserve, the southern hemisphere's sole dark sky reserve and one of only eight in the world. The world-renowned Mount John observatory in Lake Tekapo is New Zealand’s premier astronomical research centre. This evening, you will partake in the ultimate mountain top stargazing experience to see for yourself the stunning and pristine southern skies.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Peppers Bluewater sits overlooking stunning Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps and is just a short walk to the small towns facilities. Also close by is the Tekapo Springs Day Spa, a great place to relax after a day exploring. Facilities include an on site restaurant and bar.

Meals included: Breakfast

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 3: Take the train into Dunedin

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 3

Lake Tekapo to Dunedin

This morning, after breakfast, your concierge/driver guide will drop you off at the Pukerangi station for your Taieri Gorge Rail Journey to Dunedin. On arrival in Pukerangi your concierge/driver guide will we waiting to take you to your accommodation.

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 4: Head to the coast to see the local wildlife

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 4

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 5: Visit the Bill Richardson transport museum on the way to Te Anau

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 5

Dunedin to Te Anau

Early this morning, we will be driving via the Catlins Forest Park, Nugget Point, Purakaunui Falls, Mclean Falls etc. to Invercargill. Visit Bill Richardson Transport World; Motorcycle Mecca, it is the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world. After your visits to both museums, you will head to Te Anau for the night. Rest up for a bit before you head out for your Glowworm Caves tour.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: A tour highlight - Doubtful Sound for an overnight cruise

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 6

Board the Doubtful overnight cruise

This morning you will leave for Lake Manapouri where you will meet your overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise. It is the second-longest and deepest of South Island's fiords. Unlike the easily accessible Milford Sound, it is not possible to drive to Doubtful Sound. On the cruise, the nature guides will ensure you miss nothing, be it a pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or the rare penguin you may encounter. They will anchor for the night at a sheltered spot where you can either choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or relax onboard. For dinner, you will have a three-course buffet meal and if the skies are clear you can head to the upper deck and gaze at the starry night.

Your Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

The Fiordland Navigator is purpose built for cruising in the fiords. The vessel offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon and observation lounge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 7: Soak up the last moments of your immense Doubtful experience

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 7

Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

Enjoy breakfast on the cruise before you are returned to Lake Manapouri. Your concierge/driver guide will pick you up and bring you to Queenstown. You can relax and freshen up before being collected for your dining experience at Skyline on the top of Bob's Peak.

Your Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

The only Queenstown hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown's luxury accommodation showcases panoramic views over the lake, the Remarkables and an unspoilt landscape famed the world over.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hilton Queenstown Hotel

Day 8: Try a little of the Central Otago Rail Trail today

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 8

Otago Rail Trail

After a relaxing day on the cruise, it's time to get a little adventurous today. You will be taken to Clyde where you will meet a specialist guide for your bike tour through the Central Otago Rail Trail and if time permits maybe even try your hand at the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink.

Your Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

The only Queenstown hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown's luxury accommodation showcases panoramic views over the lake, the Remarkables and an unspoilt landscape famed the world over.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hilton Queenstown Hotel

Day 9: Enjoy a tour of one of Central Otago's famous wineries.

XperieNZ Southern Escapade 10 day tour - Day 9

Central Otago Wine Tour

The Central Otago Wine region is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world. It is world-renowned for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc's. Today you will go on a behind the scenes tour of some of the boutique vineyards in the region and have a delicious lunch paired with wine.

Your Accommodation: Hilton Queenstown Hotel

The only Queenstown hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown's luxury accommodation showcases panoramic views over the lake, the Remarkables and an unspoilt landscape famed the world over.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hilton Queenstown Hotel

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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