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XperieNZXperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour

This 6-day Refresh@Route 65 program brings together a mix of wellbeing, adventure and a bit of adrenalin to give you a meaningful and spiritually uplifting experience. New Zealand is perhaps the only place on the planet that has modern-day comforts and wilderness married together in the best possible way.
This short journey will see you escape to Maruia River Retreat, that epitomizes the blend of luxury, wilderness with outstanding, hospitality. The stunning retreat, nature, wellbeing destination is situated by the banks of the Maruia River, nestled amidst 500 acres of wilderness and will be exclusive to your tour group.

NB: Full balance payment of this tour is required 60 days prior to the departure to secure lodgings at the unique Maruia River Retreat.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 6 days/ 5 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 5 nights, Hotel 4 star
  • Includes: All breakfasts
  • Includes: All Lunches
  • Includes: All dinners
  • Includes: Concierge/Driver Guide
  • Includes: Travel gift kit, including: water bottle and toiletries
  • Includes: TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Includes: Behind the scenes vineyard tour including lunch
  • Includes: Private Heli experience with remote mountain lake lunch - Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Includes: World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum
  • Includes: Swingbridge Walk near Murchison
  • Includes: Buller Canyon Jet Boat Ride
Tour map
Nature walk from Maruia River Retreat
Stone pile on banks of Maruia River

At a glance - XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 2: Make your way to Maruia River Retreat. Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Day 3: Today enjoy a jet boat ride heli tour and a mountain top picnic. Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Day 4: Day trip to explore Murchison. Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Day 5: Visit a winery, WOW and your last night at Maruia River Retreat. Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Day 6: Visit the Greymouth brewery before taking the TranzAlpine back to Christchurch.

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XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 1

XperieNZ - Refresh@Route 65

Begin your trip with a dinner in Christchurch before making your way, via Lewis Pass to Murchison. Over the next 5 days you will go on an exclusive Heli tour, take a thrilling jet boat ride on the mighty Buller River, walk on the longest swing bridge in New Zealand and experience a behind the scene private tour of a boutique vineyard.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity every day to recharge, and nurture your body, mind and soul from any or all of the myriad of wellbeing activities that are part of your stay. Your sojourn ends with a final day travelling the TranzAlpine scenic railway, to Christchurch.

Arrival into Christchurch

After you arrive in to Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation. As check-in is at 2 pm, you can request early check-in and relax for a bit or you may wish to explore the city after leaving your bags with the concierge. In the evening you will meet your fellow travellers, over a drink and a briefing dinner, a great time to get to know each other. During dinner, your program director (or your concierge/driver guide) will go over your program for the next 5 days.

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: Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch or The Muse

Day 2: Make your way to Maruia River Retreat

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 2

Maruia River Retreat

This morning, after breakfast, you will start your wellness and adventure by journeying to the Maruia River Retreat. Along the way, we will stopover at the Silver Stream Alpaca Farm for a private tour to see these gentle creatures before heading to your riverside retreat.
On reaching the retreat, you will be served lunch with a welcome drink. After lunch, you will go on an initial familiarization of this stunning property and its surrounds. The luxury retreat will be yours exclusively during your stay, which means there is no check-in process or filling in forms or any other formalities to complete. After lunch and familiarization, you are free to explore the riverside and the overall property and get to know the place better. Alternately you can relax in your villa if you wish.
In the evening, gather back in the cosy and informal lounge for some pre-dinner drinks. Choose from a selection of regionally produced beers, wine and select spirits, while you choose your dinner in discussion with the resident executive chef, who creates his masterpieces from locally grown produce and much of it from the Retreat's very own private organic gardens.

Your Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maruia River Retreat

Day 3: Today enjoy a jet boat ride heli tour and a mountain top picnic

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 3

Experience Maruia River Retreat

This morning you will head to the Buller Gorge Swingbridge and cross the river to meet the Buller Canyon Jet by the jetty. You'll be taken on an exhilarating ride between the canyons to where the rapids are and finish by a calm river beach. At the beach, you will be met by Murchison Heli Tours, who will (weather permitting) take you on an exclusive spectacular Heli scenic flight. See the Blue Lake (Rotomairewhenua) with the clearest freshwater in the world, land on a remote mountain top lake for a wonderful picnic lunch prepared by your chef Tim. Here you can go for short walks and explore the lake surrounds before returning to the retreat. Tonight gather again for pre diner drinks or if you want some quiet time until dinner, simply relax in the comfort of your villa, the time is yours to enjoy.

Your Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maruia River Retreat

Day 4: Day trip to explore Murchison

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 4

Day two at Maruia River Retreat

Enjoy a leisurely start today, wake up in your own time and enjoy the morning as you like. If you are an early riser, you can start your day with a yoga class, breathing lessons (breathwork) class, learn meditation or go for a self-exploratory walk around the property. Today you have the option of experiencing a natural phenomenon, unique to New Zealand, the Natural Flames. A unique set of circumstances occur here to make it the only place where flames are burning on the floor of the forest, without burning the trees down! There are a couple of places in the world where flames come out of the ground but in an area of bare rock. Accessed only on a private guided tour through the backcountry you'll get to witness the flames. The host will make you some "Billy tea" and cook pancakes served with natural bush honey.

Your Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maruia River Retreat

Day 5: Visit a winery, WOW and your last night at Maruia River Retreat

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 5

Wine tasting and WOW in Nelson

The Nelson Tasman Region is home to just 22 boutique vineyards/cellar doors and most of them are family-owned and operated. Albeit smaller, it is a premium wine-growing region, with freshly scented, intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and vibrant, supple Pinot Noir, many of which are global award winners. Sometime, mid-morning after your wellness activities, you will head to Nelson, visit a select vineyard for a behind the scene tour with the winemaker or owner, taste some exquisite wines. Lunch today will be at one of these marvellous venues.
After lunch, you may visit the fantastic National WOW (World of Wearable arts) & Classic Car Museum. The Museum showcases a stunning selection of more than 60 wearable art garments, alongside more than 140 veteran, vintage and classic cars. Together the wearable art and collectable cars epitomize creativity and invention with limitless possibilities.

Your Accommodation: Maruia River Retreat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maruia River Retreat

Day 6: Visit the Greymouth brewery before taking the TranzAlpine back to Christchurch

XperieNZ Refresh@Route65 6 Day Tour - Day 6

Leave Maruia and return to Christchurch

This morning it is time to head to Greymouth, from here you will take the TranzAlpine for a stunning scenic rail journey over Arthur's Pass to Christchurch. On the way to the station, you will visit Monteith's Brewery for lunch and perhaps have a Tasting Tray of their beers with your meal. After lunch, you will board the TranzAlpine.
All good things must come to an end and so does this amazing Hidden Gem sojourn of yours when you reach Christchurch Station. Depending on your onward plans, you can either be dropped off at the airport or to your accommodation (own arrangements) in Christchurch.

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