• Land Rover vehicles driving in New Zealand's Defender Journey 2024

Defender Journey 2024

The Defender Journey offers an extraordinary adventure through the enchanting landscapes of Central Otago, all from the comfort of the world-renowned Land Rover Defender.

Venture into the rugged and scenic highlands of New Zealand’s South Island, where you’ll immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the region, the luxury of The Lindis, and the unmatched capability of the Defender.

Find out what’s included or express your interest in joining us on this remarkable adventure.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

• 7th – 9th November 2024

• 13th – 15th November 2024

• 18th – 20th November 2024

• 24th – 26th November 2024

• 4th – 6th December 2024

Each evening, The Lindis, nestled in the stunning Ahuriri Valley, awaits you with an exceptional blend of luxury and nature. The lodge’s design, featuring an elegant wooden roof that follows the natural contours of the landscape, seamlessly integrates with its surroundings. Inside, the use of Spotted Gum wood and Bluestone masonry reflects the natural tones, with large windows that blend indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Defender Journey includes a two-night stay in the Lindis Pods (upgrades available), offering you unparalleled comfort and style. Savor locally sourced cuisine and fine wines in the expansive dining room, creating memorable dining experiences.

Guiding this extraordinary journey are the world-class experts from Downforce, renowned for delivering top-tier automotive events. With years of experience, our team ensures unforgettable memories, backed by skilled instructors who prepare you to tackle the demanding terrain of Central Otago.

Driving the Defender 110, equipped with a comprehensive suite of off-road technology and the powerful D300 SE’s 6-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine, you’ll effortlessly navigate challenging terrains and tracks. Our Downforce team will help you quickly master the vehicle’s capabilities and technology.

Throughout your journey, our dedicated and highly skilled team of instructors will accompany you, providing expert guidance as you traverse challenging off-road trails in your Defender. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure, exploring the rugged beauty of Central Otago while enjoying the region’s finest hospitality and cuisine.

About Defender

Defender embraces the impossible. Each member of the Defender family is purposefully designed, highly desirable and seriously durable. A modern-day hero that respects the past but at the same time anticipates the future. Available in 90, 110 and 130 body styles, with up to eight seats, each has a charisma of its own. As part of our vision of modern luxury by design, Defender 110 is available as an electric hybrid. Defender Hard Top means business, with 90 and 110 body styles for professional capability. A beacon of liberty since 1948, Defender supports humanitarian and conservation work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Tusk Trust. The Defender brand is underpinned by Land Rover – a mark of trust built on 75 years of expertise in technology and world-leading off-road capability. Defender is designed and engineered in the UK and sold in 121 countries. It belongs to the JLR house of brands alongside Range Rover, Discovery and Jaguar.

About The Lindis

Resting almost imperceptibly on the Ahuriri Valley floor is The Lindis – a truly unique luxury lodge with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows blurring the barriers between the inside and outside worlds. Designed to be the pinnacle in luxury, with superlative interior furnishing, a veritable plethora of activities at your doorstep, unmistakably warm high-country hospitality, and a refined restaurant that pays direct homage to the flora and fauna of its surroundings. The Lindis features two spacious master suites, three luxurious lodge suites and three glass pods. All accommodation offerings present an undeniable harmony between structure and land.

  • Defender High Country Tour Venue

Press Release

  • Land Rover Defender is bringing ‘Defender Journey’ – one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious drive experiences – to New Zealanders for the very first time.
  • Defender has partnered with luxury hospitality destination The Lindis to create a truly unique offering, which epitomises the spirit of Kiwi exploration and discovery.
  •  There are five two-day tours available to book in November and December 2024, with limited places available in each tour to ensure a truly bespoke experience.

Land Rover Defender is proud to announce that the ‘Defender Journey’ – one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious drive experiences – is now available for the New Zealand public to experience for the very first time.

The iconic two-day adventure epitomises the spirit of Kiwi exploration and discovery, inviting participants to embark on a journey of a lifetime, at one of four bookable sessions spread throughout November and December 2024.

Guests can expect a truly unique off-road experience as they traverse the rugged and picturesque Central Otago high country, immersing themselves in the tranquillity of the landscapes and the unparalleled performance capabilities and cutting-edge features of the Defender – the world’s most iconic off-road vehicle.

The experience sets a new standard for luxury SUV adventures with a two-night stay at The Lindis, an unparalleled blend of luxury and nature nestled in the breathtaking Ahuriri Valley.

The building’s design, highlighted by an elegant wooden roof that mirrors the earth’s contours, achieves a seamless blend with the surroundings.

Guests will enjoy the best of locally sourced cuisine and exceptional wines in the expansive dining room each evening, with expansive windows merging the indoor and outdoor as the sun sets to showcase some of the darkest night skies in the world.

Guiding participants through this extraordinary journey are the team of automotive driving experts from Downforce – masters in delivering exceptional automotive experiences. Each guest will be behind the wheel of the Defender 110, equipped with a full suite of off-road technology and the potent D300 SE’s 6-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine to effortlessly navigate through testing Central Otago terrains and tracks.

The Downforce team provide constant guidance to ensure confidence behind the wheel as guests negotiate these challenging yet satisfying off-road trails.

With only five tour dates available in 2024, tickets for the two-night, three day Defender Journey are now available to purchase at Defender Journey – Booking Form (infojaguarlandrover.com), starting from $11,999 per couple.

The Defender Journey package includes:

  • Dedicated Land Rover Host and off-road driving instructors to provide an unforgettable experience.
  • Two days of high-country off-road adventure touring through Central Otago
  • Each couple will be provided with a Defender 11
  • Defender Gift for each guest
  • 2 nights luxury accommodation at The Lindis fully catered (upgrades available).
  • Daily pre-dinner drinks & canapés
  • Nightly wine tasting with multi course dinner
  • High Country Outdoor BBQ Lunch (day 2)
  • Complimentary activities: Clay Target Range, Archery & The Lindis Host accompanied Farm Tour.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Mini Bar

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