FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Hosted Self Drive Tours

COVID19 UPDATE April 8 2021

We are pleased to see hospitalizations in the UK dropping quickly following the introduction of a vaccine.  At the beginning of April, 2021, 30 million Brits had received their 1st vaccination and 5 million already received both!. 

The tour's COVID practices in New Zealand and the UK and Ireland will follow all countries 'best practice' recommendations.  When touring we will follow all current government health advice regarding socializing, attractions and transportation. 

A certain amount of commonsense will be required to be shown when visiting busy places.

We will do our best to supply you as much information as possible to help in making day to day decisions.  We will also provide drivers with our customized COVID Car Pack.

What Is Brits Job Tours NZ Limited?

Brits Job Tours NZ Limited is a New Zealand based company that specializes in organizing and hosting self drive tours of the UK & Ireland and NZ. In the UK our tours are undertaken in modern late model compact vehicles.

The company was formed 7 years ago to take Kiwis to the UK and Ireland for self drive 'hosted' tours.  It's been successful, with over 120 Kiwis joining us on these great adventures.  After Covid closed the UK market we decided rather than let all that knowledge and understanding of group travel go to waste, we'd create a New Zealand styled version of a Brits Job Tour. 

 

In New Zealand, we have opted for a 'Green' approach in step with New Zealand's image and have chosen Toyota Hybrids to conduct our tour in. As far as we know, this will be a first for New Zealand Self Drive Tourism.  We fully commit to running our tours in 100% electric cars just as soon as they are available for hire and the charging network supports what we do. 

Our tours offer the traveller the freedom and flexibility to join what we have 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 bunch 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 already, & The Great Kiwi Kaper will be, their respective countries "Greatest Driving Tour"   A tour that all genuine driving loving souls will love and enjoy, mixed with the satisfaction of having completed an 8000km tour around New Zealand - You will be in a very small group of people who will have seen so much of New Zealand.  
 
Yes, what we do is a challenge, yes, it's an adventure, as we try to see as much as possible in the allotted time, but we also make sure you have plenty of opportunity 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. 
 
Our repeat business reflects the enjoyment couples are getting from The Brits Job Tour & soon also the Great Kiwi Kaper
What Is The Great Kiwi Kaper?
The Great Kiwi Kaper is "New Zealand's Greatest Driving Tour"   An experience like no other...a real life movie adventure around Middle Earth.
 
We tour comes in 3 options to suit your needs and desires. The Great Kiwi Kaper is the Big Kahuna.  Over 40 Days you'll cover both North and South Islands plus a trip to Stewart Island. It's a whopping 5000 miles (8000 kms) , but hey, if you're coming all that way, you may as well do it properly, right? 
 
But if you cant get 40 days off work, then consider either of the 20 Day Kapers. One for the North Island and One for the South. 
Who Are Your Hosts?
Your hosts are Pete Stretch & Col McCabe.  We are both very experienced New Zealand and UK/Ireland travellers.
 
Who Is The Average Great Kiwi Kaper Client?
These tours are aimed at adventurous souls who love driving. We expect the vast majority of travellers to be semi or fully retired, so an age group of mostly 50-75 years old.
 
I Live In Australia/UK - Can I Join The Fun?
Yes, you sure can.  We hope to have tours available for you in late 2021 or throughout 2022, fingers crossed. We would love to take some Aussies to the UK for one of our driving tours. You'd love it Cobber!
 
What Will We Be Driving?
In the UK we drive modern hire cars, including Hyundai i30's, Toyota Hybrids and Ford Fiesta's (the UK's most popular car!)
 
For The Great Kiwi Kaper we have opted for an environmentally friendly car.  We would love to do this tour in 100% electric cars, but they simply aren't enough available to hire. Therefore instead we have gone for the next best thing, a no plug in hybrid.
 
We will be driving Toyota Aqaus (known Worldwide as Prius C's). These are a 1.5litre Hybrid, 5 Door Hatch, with a 5 Star safety rating and return an amazing 100 kilometres per 3.9 liters.   This will save you $600 in fuel costs over the course of The Great Kiwi Kaper
 
What's The Driving Like?
The roads we travel are all tar-sealed. If you find yourself on gravel roads, well, you're lost!
Where Will We Stay?
We try to make our accommodation selection add to your experience, as well as offering a comfy bed.
 
Our UK tours are famous for our unusual accommodation choices, like Stately Homes, Castles, Windmills & even Priories and Nunneries. 
 
As New Zealand is a much younger country our choices here are based more on situation and vista, although we have still managed to add a couple of historic hotels and a vineyard too!
What Will We See?
As well as the best drives New Zealand has to offer, we'll take you on the roads less travelled, while enjoying the best wine and food New Zealand has to offer. The country side in both Islands is spectacular, so we've made sure our customized google driving maps include all the best vantage points for pics and views. 
We will also get you up close with nature visiting multiple nature reserves. You'll see up close, Whales, Kiwi, Tuatara, Albatross and Penguins
How Much Does it Cost?
 
The Great Kiwi Kaper - can be bought in three variations
North Island Only $4499
South Island Only $4899
Full Kiwi Kaper $8699
Twin Share. Prices include GST.
The tour requires 6 Couples to proceed
Payment of Tour Fare

You are required to pay a fully refundable deposit of $250 at the time of your booking. .  If the trip does not proceed your deposit will be refunded in full. 
Once the tour is confirmed and we've received your acceptance to join the tour, your deposit becomes non-refundable, and your group travel insurance policies will be purchased and activated. Once we confirm the tour (subject to minimum numbers) you will be required to purchase travel insurance. (either ours or your own preferred supplier) This is to ensure you are covered between payment dates and departure dates.  Payment of the remaining balance is then split into two equal payments. Dates for payment will be confirmed at order placement time. The last payment will include any add-ons and upgrades you may have chosen.
When Are Tours Confirmed?
The Great Kiwi Kaper requires a minimum of 6 Couples (max is 10 Couples). 
Flights
All Brits Job Tours & Great Kiwi Kaper Tours are sold Land Only.  This allows you flexibility to fly with your favourite airline, use fly points if you have them and fly when you please. All you need to do is ask your preferred travel agents to get you to the start of the tour by the start date.  
 
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
3 Star Accommodation with Breakfast (Cooked and/or continental) 
Car Hire. (with unlimited km's, second driver free, all drivers can drive all cars, vehicle insurance)
Entry Tickets to Attractions See List Here
End of Tour Group Dinner at The Little French Cafe, Earls Court.
Name Badge, Collectors Tour Scarf & AA Road Map
NZ Heritage Membership*
Transfers  Where required. Note:**South Island Includes Return Airfare To Stewart Island 
 
Supplemental Upgrades
Upgrades to cars, rooms, attractions etc, will be offered from time to time, These optional purchases will be added to your last payment instalment.
Driving In New Zealand
Each driver receives an AA Road Map Book of New Zealand. The Great Kiwi Kaper is run through customized Google Maps. We urge all drivers to familiarize themselves with the Google Maps App. 
NZ Heritage Membership
We supply all tour members with a New Zealand Heritage Membership.  This allows entry to 180 sites of historical significance to New Zealand. 
The Tour's End.
The North Island Tour Finishes Day 21 of the Great Kiwi Kaper. Those doing the whole tour move to the South Island where the end of tour dinner is in Christchurch on Day 40 with the tour finishing at Breakfast Day 41.
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. See your travel agent to arrange this,
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. 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
It's important to understand the Great Kiwi Kaper is a well organized tour offering a lot of flexibility for the traveller.  It's been designed so you can follow your tour hosts, or branch out and do your own thing - the choice is always yours.   Your 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 are 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 for example, Waitangi & The Hole In The Rock boat trip are booked as a group, therefore you need to be there at the stated 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. 
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 you to first talk to the accommodation manager.  If you have no joy at that point, come and talk to us and we'll do our best to sort your issue out. 
For serious issues that may occur including personal injury, we will endeavor to help as much as possible, but if the event requires your travel insurance to be activated then that process will take 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 NZ budget for $40 per day.  In the UK budget for 25GBP
Food - You need to pay for lunch and dinner, except for those meals listed.
Allow $40pp/day in NZ and 20GBP in the UK
Parking & Speeding Tickets - Although we hope you do not get them, if you do, our car hire suppliers have been instructed to pay them immediately and charge your credit card. This is due to most NZ Councils charging tickets at full price plus fees if not paid by the due date, which can be extremely expensive.  You may also 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, and in most NZ cities.
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