Classic Cars Tour of New Zealand

From $3790.00 per person

A car lover’s dream tour! This 11 day New Zealand tour showcases thousands of classic cars and memorabilia. We visit a wide variety of both public museums and private car collections including classic cars, tractors, trucks, motorcycles and aeroplanes, while touring our beautiful countryside at the same time.

1 September – Tuesday 11 September 2018 (11 Days)

Day 1 – Saturday 1 September 2018 AUCKLAND TO PALMERSTON NORTH (D)
This morning we gather as a group before visiting the Classics Museum, with over 100 classic cars and an extensive range of interests including an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia, enamel signs, pumps, tins and oil bottles. After our visit we continue south to through the Central Plateau to Palmerston North located on the banks of the Manawatu River. The city serves as the principal town of the Manawatu region and a thriving agricultural community. On arrival we will have a brief orientation tour of the city before heading to our hotel for the night. Tonight we have a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant to start the tour off and get to know your fellow travel companions. Distinction Palmerston North

Day 2 – Sunday 2 September 2018 PALMERSTON NORTH TO WELLINGTON (BD)
This morning enjoy breakfast at our hotel and afterwards drive south along the Kapiti coast, stopping at Paraparaumu. We visit Southwards Car Museum – an amazing collection of vintage cars and other modes of transport. The museum holds over 400 automobiles and other exhibits including aircraft, bicycles and a range of vintage tools and other automobile memorabilia – including a vintage fire engine. After our visit we carry on through Wellington’s northern suburbs and into New Zealand’s capital city Wellington. Afternoon sightseeing tour includes a drive along pretty Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria for the 360 – degree panoramic views of the City. Also stop to see the Parliament Buildings, Old St Paul’s Cathedral (drive by only), the lovely Botanical Gardens, Victoria University, the views from Kelburn, and a visit to Te Papa -the National Museum of New Zealand, where there are some wonderful exhibits and interactive displays. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city; perhaps you would like to ride the cable car or take a stroll along the waterfront and visit many of the pop up container stores or walk to Oriental Bay. Tonight dinner is at our accommodation. James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel

Day 3 – Monday 3 September 2018 WELLINGTON TO BLENHEIM (BD)
This morning enjoy breakfast at our hotel before we depart we depart the Capital on board the Interislander Ferry for the 3 hour cruise to Picton. The city of Wellington is set around a magnificent harbour and there is no better way of appreciating its grandeur than from the ferry as it cruises south towards Cook Strait. This narrow stretch of water named after the explorer Captain James Cook can be extremely turbulent due to the high winds that are funnelled between the South and North Islands. The ferry is only in the Strait for a short time before entering Queen Charlotte Sound through Tory Channel. Cruise down the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton which is sure to be a highlight as the hills surrounding the Sound are particularly picturesque. On arrival re-board our coach and head to Blenheim where we visit the Omaka Classic Cars – a unique collection that gives a special insight into both Marlborough and New Zealand motoring from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The collection totals well over 100 cars with more than half on display at any one time. It is a living, working display of vehicles each with their own special story, from appearing in a TV programme to being the last off the production line. Gathered to keep them from being lost forever, displaying the cars together in this way highlights the enormity of such a rare insight into New Zealand motoring. Tonight dinner is in our accommodation. Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 4 – Tuesday 4 September 2018 BLENHEIM TO NELSON (BD)
After breakfast this morning, we visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum. Home to the Knights of the Sky exhibit which occupies 3,000 sq metres and is one of the world’s largest collections of WWI aircraft and rare memorabilia including a mix of dramatically staged static displays along with flyable aeroplanes. This innovative and visually stunning exhibition depicts aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The ‘Dangerous Skies’ exhibition expands the experience into the WWII era. The displays follow a similar pattern with the larger than life dioramas capturing specific moments of history. This afternoon we travel across the top of the South Island through the Rai Valley, forestry plantations and farmland to the sunny Nelson region. Dinner tonight is in our accommodation. Quality Hotel Nelson – 2 nights

Day 5 – Wednesday 5 September 2018 NELSON (BD) 
This morning after our breakfast visit the World of Wearable Arts and Collectable Cars attraction which houses two unique galleries. The World of Wearable Art (WOW) features garments from the historic World of Wearable Art collection which have been part of the annual World of Wearable Art show. Marvel at the creativity, beauty and surprising features of these stunning garments made from a variety of diverse materials including plastic milk bottles, safety pins, feathers and even kitchen utensils. The Collectable Car gallery showcases an assortment of lovingly restored Classic Cars displayed with the same imagination and humour used the in the Wearable Arts gallery. These cars are some of the most sought after models in classic motoring, presented to the high standard and have undergone extensive restoration. This afternoon we visit the Founders Heritage Park, learn about Nelsons heritage and listen to the stories of the local people. Visit the businesses and artisans in character buildings or take a ride on the train and sample locally brewed craft beer or you may want to explore the gardens by foot. Tonight dinner is in our accommodation.

Day 6 – Thursday 6 September 2018 NELSON TO CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
Depart and drive south through the lovely Waimea Valley once well known for the growing of tobacco. Continue south through rugged and remote bush covered mountains before travelling over the Lewis Pass to Hanmer Springs. Here you will have time purchase lunch (own cost) before continuing across the Northern Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Upon arrival enjoy the sights of the ‘Garden City’ also known as “the most English city outside of England”. Learn about the effects of the February 2011 earthquakes and how the city is rebuilding. We will visit Stewart’s Classic Car collection – a private collection of classic cars, motorbikes and trucks, Dinner tonight is in our accommodation. Hotel Elms Christchurch

Day 7 – Friday 7 September 2018 CHRISTCHURCH TO OMARAMA (BD)
Enjoy breakfast in our hotel. This morning we visit the Ferrymead Park featuring an early 1900s Edwardian township. Exhibits include houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station and more. Collections can include tractors, fire engines, aeroplanes, trams, trains, theatrical operations, model train and much more. This afternoon we depart Christchurch and travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland through the Mackenzie Country to the small service town of Omarama where our overnight accommodation is. Tonight dinner is in our accommodation. Heritage Gateway Omarama

Day 8 – Saturday 8 September 2018  OMARAMA TO QUEENSTOWN (BD)
After breakfast we board the coach leaving Mackenzie Country to travel south through the dramatic Lindis Pass and past Lake Dunstan to Cromwell where we will visit the Highland Motorsports Park. Discover all there is to know about New Zealand’s motor racing history, see rare and special race cars, visit the hall of fame and enjoy a coffee in the Pit Stop Cafe. Your museum entry also includes free use of the Bathurst shaped mini-golf course. Leaving Cromwell we travel through the Kawarau Gorge and onto Queenstown – a lakeside resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the Queenstown region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Tonight dinner is in our accommodation. Copthorne Lakefront Hotel Queenstown

Day 9 – Sunday 9 September 2018 QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE (BD)
Today is at leisure. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving! Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions. Tonight we cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country Station for a farm show and dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. On board the Earnslaw You can visit the engine room and see its giant steam engines at work and the mechanics of the vessel. On the return journey join in the sing-along of all the old favourites with the ship’s pianist arriving in Queenstown approx. 10.00pm.

Day 10 – Monday 10 September 2018 QUEENSTOWN TO INVERCARGILL (BD)
This morning after breakfast we depart Queenstown and travel south to Invercargill. On arrival we visit the Bill Richardson Transport World that is home to more than 300 trucks and classic vehicles, spread across 15,000 square metres. There are also more than 150 vintage petrol bowsers, along with other motoring memorabilia. Next we visit the E Hayes Motor Works Collection – home of the World’s Fastest Indian. Today, Burt Munro’s original World’s Fastest Indian Scout is the centre piece of the collection which features over one hundred classic, vintage and modern motorcycles, automobiles, engines, equipment and memorabilia that makes up the E Hayes Motor Works Collection of classic and vintage motor vehicles. The collection features working examples of early vintage machinery, pumps, engines and a range of classic automobiles and motorcycles. We will finish our day visiting Motorcycle Mecca, Widely regarded to be a world class display, this brand new motorcycle museum houses over 300 motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork. All artwork is motorcycle related with some pieces considered just as valuable as the bikes. Classic Motorcycle Mecca includes solo, sidecar and even three wheeled automobiles and machinery from 1902 upwards. Over 60 manufacturers are represented (with some really astounding restorations) including a 1902 Peugeot Motorcycle to a 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom. You will find brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Brough Superior, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless and Rudge as well as little known brands such as Schwinn and Zundapp. Other highlights include a comprehensive side car collection and at least twelve scooters. Classic Motorcycle Mecca also houses three of four publicly displayed New Zealand-constructed John Britten motorcycles. Tonight dinner is in our accommodation. Kelvin Hotel Invercargill

Day 11 – Tuesday 11 September 2018 INVERCARGILL TO HOME CITIES (B)
Today is our last day together as we depart on our final journey home. After breakfast, board our coach and depart our hotel to Invercargill Airport for our flight home to Auckland. On arrival bid farewell to your new found friends before being transferred back to your homes cities.