• Defender High Country Tour
  • Defender High Country Tour

The Defender High Country Experience

The Defender High Country Experience is the ultimate tour of the South Island, combining a hosted luxury experience with the unmatched capability of the Land Rover Defender in its natural habitat.

Earlier this year, we hosted four drive tours over four inimitable days, taking guests through the rugged, picturesque high country of Central Otago whilst enjoying some of the best hospitality and cuisine the region has to offer.

For the first night of the tours, guests stayed at the five-star Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa. This stylish accommodation is situated amongst its historic vineyard and organic winery, located just 20 minutes from Queenstown Airport. During their stay, guests experienced onsite spa treatments and wine tasting followed by a private three-course dinner in the stylish Cellar room.

  • Defender High Country Tour Venue

The following two nights were spent at one of the world’s most luxurious and stunning lodges, The Lindis. Nestled almost imperceptibly in the Ahuriri Valley, The Lindis is a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Queenstown and has been designed for the utmost comfort and luxury. Renowned for its impeccable service, guests unwound at the lodge, experiencing locally sourced cuisine and onsite activities which included spa treatments and clay shooting.

Across the three drive days, guests conquered new terrains in the Defender 110. They experienced the vehicle’s uncompromised capabilities, traversing through private land, mastering off-road tracks and challenging river crossings.

Each tour comprised up to eight couples, along with one dedicated Land Rover Host and off-road driving instructors to provide an unforgettable experience.

Register Your Interest

The Defender High Country Experience is open to guests of Archibalds Land Rover, taking place 3-6 October 2023 for a limited number of attendees, and starts at $14,999 per couple (twin share) including:

  • Three nights and four days in Central Otago and surrounds
  • Transfers from Queenstown Airport (flights not included)
  • One nights’ stay at The Rees Hotel, Queenstown
  • Two nights’ stay at The Lindis (Pods) with upgrades available
  • Two days of high-country off-road adventure touring through Central Otago and South Canterbury
  • A drive experience in a Defender 110 for each couple

Please register your interest before 6 Sept 2023, but note that we are unable to guarantee a place on initial registration. Our team will be in touch following this date to confirm a place.