Monday, May 26, 2008

The ultimate road trip – South Island by Porsche

Looking for the ultimate autumn/winter escape?

How about experiencing the South Island from behind the wheel of the latest model Porsche by day, and spending nights cocooned in some of the world's most desirable luxury lodge accommodation?

Christchurch based Porsche rental company Porstige has teamed up with four South Island lodges to offer the discerning traveller a range of tempting packages to choose from.

"Porstige was born out of the recognition that true ultra-luxury experiences are thin on the ground outside of the luxury lodge market," says founder Leiv Bjerga, who launched the business late last year, offering travellers the opportunity to settle in behind the wheel of a 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 or Boxster.

"We set out to offer a seamless travel experience – a way to match the indulgence of the accommodation experience and carry it through the journey.

"A driving holiday is a great way to experience every square mile of the South Island – up close and personal. Porsches, of course, offer unparalleled comfort and luxury. There's a freedom like no other when you get behind the wheel of a brand new Porsche and just let fly."

"And it's all completely hassle free, you can arrive at the airport or your accommodation and your Porsche will be there waiting. You can then cruise around for a few days exploring at your leisure."

Leiv's top South Island picks for this winter?

"First stop would be a relaxing drive along the Pacific Coast road to Kaikoura with its dramatic shores, awe inspiring whale watching and a pampered few days at Hapuku Lodge.

"A little further north to Marlborough could find you at Herzog Vineyard - no need to go anywhere else for some of the finest Marlborough wines created onsite at their winery. Or stay at the luxurious and picturesque Timara Lodge. After a couple of days of this kind of treatment the brisk drive in your Porsche back to Christchurch will supercharge the soul and leave you with a determination to do it all again – soon!

"Maybe next I'd take a long, leisurely drive to Queenstown, stopping at beautiful Wanaka and maybe a brief diversion to picturesque Arrowtown along the way. Just a drop or two of wine tasting at Peregrine (let's not forget you're driving!) backed by a hearty lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery, then back on the road towards Matakauri Lodge or Blanket Bay.

"Continuing in the finest tradition of luxury, I'd also make sure I experienced the best in Canterbury hospitality - with a visit to Otahuna Lodge and Grasmere Lodge.

"We have some excellent winter packages, allowing you to drive your Porsche and experience some of the finest accommodation, food and scenery in the southern hemisphere."

Porstige rentals start at $610 per day, with rates negotiable for longer hires.

For Porstige's winter hire and accommodation packages and more great ideas for a South Island getaway, visit

Porstige is a proud member of IGLTA and for this and other packages contact the Rainbow Tourism concierge.

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