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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who Are The Brits Job Tours?

Brits Job Tours NZ Limited is a New Zealand Limited Liability company organizing and hosting self drive tours of the UK & Ireland.

 

Formed in 2014 we specialize in taking Kiwis to the UK and Ireland for self drive 'hosted' tours.  Our boutique & custom designed tours have proven a very popular & successful formula. Most tours sell out.  Over 140 Kiwis have joined us so far on "the greatest driving tour of the UK & Ireland. Bar none!!"  

Our tours offer the traveller the freedom and flexibility to join in what we've organized, or venture off on your own at your own pace and tick things off your own bucket list, knowing when you're done you'll have a good place to stay and a group of other like minded souls sharing their adventure stories from the day.

Of course, we're a bit biased, but we really do believe The Brits Job Tour is the "Greatest Driving Tour"  A tour that all genuine driving loving souls will love and enjoy, mixed with the satisfaction of completing either the 21 Night or 49 Night Tour.  It's a sensational achievement and you'll join a very small group of people who have seen so much of the UK & Ireland. 
Yes, the Tour is a challenge, and yes, it's an adventure too, as we try to see as much as possible in our allotted time and even when showing you so much, we've still managed to find you plenty of opportunities to get some time to yourself.
We mix the best a group tour can offer - Camaraderie of the collective & Freedom to Go & Do as you please.  The number of repeat bookings we have received over the years reflects the enjoyment people get from our Brits Job Tour
Who Are Your Hosts? Pete Stretch & Col McCabe.  We're both experienced UK & Ireland travellers.
Who Are Our Preferred Travel Agents?
Momento Travel in Hamilton are our Prreferred Travel Agents. For us, their 'group travel' expertise was what drew us to them all those years ago! Group travel has very different requirements to individual travel and therefore finding a specialist travel agent has made life much easier for our travellers. We have found Momento to be excellent over a long period of time and we recommend them.
 
You must book your Brits Job Tour through them, however, you do not have to use our recommended Travel Agent to buy your airfares & travel insurance, should you choose to arrange it yourself.  Although please keep in mind you must show proof of travel insurance being bought and activated when you book your Brits Job Tour!
Who Goes On A Brits Job Tour?
Our tours are aimed at adventurous souls who love driving. The vast majority of travellers are either semi or fully retired. The age range is 50-75 years old.
Rental cars can be arranged for drivers up to the age of 78 (conditions apply)
I Live In Australia/UK - Can I Join The Fun?
Yes, you sure can.  We would love Aussies and Brits joining us on tour.  
You'll love it, Cobber!
What Will We Be Driving?
We will be driving late model Fiat 500X SUV's.
What's The Driving Like?
The roads we travel are all tar-sealed. If you find yourself on gravel roads, well....yes...  you're lost! The driving is quite busy South of London, but eases as we go further North.
Where Will We Stay?
As well as offering a comfy bed, we try hard to make our accommodation selections add to your tour experience.  On past tours we've had accommodation choices that included Stately Homes, Castles, Windmills & even Priories and Nunneries.  Accommodations are mostly 4 star and include breakfast.
What Will We See?
Too much to mention here, so check out the Itinerary Page for a full list of attractions and extras offered on the Brits Job Tour
How Much Does it Cost?
The 2025 Fares are as follows . . . .
21 Night Brits Job 'Darling Buds of May' Tour 2025 - $6,999 per person twin share basis - Land only. Includes
Accommodation - mostly 4 star
Daily Breakfast - Some Continental, Some Cooked
Parking - Where available
Attractions - As Listed on the Itinerary page.
Car Hire - Fiat 500X SUV Unlimited kilometers, second driver, insurance included
Group Dinner, HOHO Bus Tour, West End Show, Tube & Bus Transport Card
Transfers Where Indicated
Pre Tour Get Together to Meet Other Tour Members
End of Tour Dinner
49 Night Brits Job  Seven Weeks of Summer Tour 2025- $14,999 per person twin share basis - Land only. Includes
Accommodation - mostly 4 star
Daily Breakfast - Some Continental, Some Cooked
Parking - Where available
Attractions - As Listed on the Itinerary page.
Car Hire - Fiat 500X SUV (or Similar)  Unlimited kilometers, 2nd driver, insurance included
Group Dinner, HOHO Bus Tours x 3, West End Show, Tube & Bus Transport Card
Transfers Where Indicated
Pre Tour Get Together to Meet Other Tour Members
End of Tour Dinner on Final Night of the Tour.
When you are going so far around the world, why not add on a Paris Getaway - at the end of your tour - @ just $1299 per person twin share basis - Includes
Day 1. Transfer Hotel to train Station, Channel Tunnel to Paris, Dinner First Night.
Day 2. Breakfast, Paris 24hr Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket, Entry to Versailles and Eiffel Tower
Group Dinner
Day 3. Breakfast, Return Channel Tunnel to London Hotel
You are required to pay a fully refundable deposit of $1000 (plus card fees) at the time of your booking. If the trip does not proceed your deposit will be refunded in full. (less any credit card fees)
Once the tour is confirmed (with the minimum number of couples have booked). Only then does your deposit become non-refundable with payment balance dues as follows.
Final Payment. These are split into two equal payments. Dates for payment will be confirmed when you pay your deposit. The last payment will include any currency catch, Inflation adjustment plus any add-ons and upgrades you may have chosen. Please note, the inflation adjustment is only for bookings that are more than 12 months away where accommodation and attraction costs are not paid until 3 months before the tour commences.
When Are Tours Confirmed?
The Brits Job Tour  Tours are confirmed based on minimum numbers - The Darling Buds of May Tour requires 5 couples minimum and the Seven Weeks of Summer Tour requires 6 couples minimum)
Flights
Brits Job Tours are sold Land Only.  This allows you flexibility to fly with your favourite airline, use any flying points you may have and fly when it pleases you. All you need to do is ask your preferred travel agents to make sure you are where you need to be for the start of the tour.  
NOTE: We do offer an airport collection service, so you don't have to worry about finding your way around on your first day/night. *subject to T&C's
 
What's Included in the price?
Pre Tour
Detailed Driving Maps and Daily Itineraries
Group Lunch Get Together (Sorry, not available to overseas patrons)
On Tour
Mostly 4 Star Accommodation with Breakfast (Cooked and/or continental) 
Car Hire. (with unlimited km's, second driver, vehicle insurance)
Entry Tickets to Attractions See List Here
End of Tour Group Dinner
Name Badge, Collectors Tour Scarf & A3 AA Road Map
NZ Heritage Membership* 
Transfers*  Where required.
 
Supplemental Upgrades
Upgrades to cars, rooms, attractions etc, may be offered from time to time, These optional purchases will be added to your last instalment.
Driving In The UK & Ireland
Each driver receives an AA Road Map Book. The Brits Job Tour utilizes highly customized Google Maps. We urge all drivers to familiarize themselves with the Google Maps App. 
NZ Heritage Membership
You are required to register as a New Zealand Heritage Membership.  This will allow you entry to over 2500 attractions through out the UK, many of which are mapped for you in your Daily Driving Map.
The Tour's End.
Each Brits Job Tour finishes after Breakfast on the last morning. If you require help to get to your next destination please ask. 
Travel Insurance. 
We understand how critical it is to have total peace of mind while we're away travelling. Insurance is not included in the ticket price and must be purchased either from our preferred travel agent or through your own insurer at the time your trip is confirmed. This ensures you're covered between payment dates and departure dates. 
Group Bookings
If entry tickets have been purchased for a group booking it is your responsibility to be at the venue at the required entry time. (unless we supply transport)  We can not guarantee entry for late arrivals and no refunds will be issued.
Your Hosts.
Pete Stretch. TV & Documentary Producer and Photographer
Colin McCabe . Owner of The Brits Job Tour NZ company, also the Brits at the Beach Festival Organizer and Radio Station Owner
Hosts Obligations
The Brits Job Tour is well organized, offering a lot of flexibility for the traveller.  The tour has been designed so you can either follow your tour hosts maps and suggestions, or branch out and do your own thing - the choice is always yours.   
 
Your tour hosts are not tour guides.  We don't usher you from one attraction to another, or explain everything you'll see or visit. It's up to you to explore on your adventure.  We do have a daily meeting with the group at breakfast. You're urged to attend, as it's where we'll go over the latest information we have to hand on road conditions and other last minute changes. Where we are entering an attraction as a ticketed group your host will be with the group until you have gained entry. These attractions, like the Beatles Fab 4 Black Cab Tour is booked as a group, therefore we need to be there at the stated start time. If for any reason you miss the booking we can not guarantee you will see the attraction.
Attractions that are admitted by Heritage Card can be accessed at your leisure. Please note, Parking is No Longer free for NZ Heritage Card members.
Even on days where there are no ticketed group activities we will no doubt still meet up throughout the day at either one of the attractions, or perhaps lunch.  Each evening we usually share a drink and chat about your day at our accommodation (most of which have bars). This is however on a casual basis, except for our pre-organized group dinner on our final night of the tour. 
If you have any issues with the accommodations, we ask that you first talk to the manager of the accommodation.  If you have no joy at that point, come and talk to us and we'll do our best to sort out the issue. 
For serious issues that may occur including personal injury, we will endeavor to help as much as possible, however, if the issue requires your travel insurance to be activated then that process takes over and the hosts will continue the tour with the remainder of the group.
Extra Daily Costs.
We are asked this regularly so here's some guidelines to take into account.
Petrol - In the UK budget for 35GBP
Food - You need to pay for lunch and dinner, except for those meals listed.
Allow 25-40 GBPpp in the UK
Parking & Speeding Tickets - We hope you do not get them, but if you do, our car hire suppliers have been instructed to pay them immediately and charge your credit card. This is because you may still be travelling and not receive them when they fall due 
Note: There are very few places you can park free of charge in the UK. The majority of accommodation we use have ample parking, those that don't we have arranged alternative car parks for you.
Entertainment -   The world is your oyster, so don't miss out on something if you really want to go or do it. 
Attractions - Although we have included a huge amount, there may be others you want to see, so remember to allow for admission fees
Subject to Change
We try to be very specific with the itinerary, however we do get last minute changes due to weather and sometimes find out about amazing events and attractions and deals as we are travelling, which we do our best to fit into the itinerary when the opportunities arise.
Contact Us Here - If you have any further questions
E.&O.E.

Brits Job Tours NZ, 500 Tairua Road, Whangamata 3691.
T: 064+7865-9012 M 064+ 027865706 E: us@thebritsjob.com

 

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