Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Hosted Self Drive Tours


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.

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 9 years ago we take Kiwis to the UK and Ireland for self drive 'hosted' tours.  It's been a very successful formula, with over 120 Kiwis joining us on the greatest driving tour of the UK & Ireland. bar none!!  

Our tours offer the traveller the freedom and flexibility to join 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 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 the "Greatest Driving Tour"   A tour that all genuine driving loving souls will love and enjoy, mixed with the satisfaction of completing this 45 night, 8000km 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, 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 bookings reflects the enjoyment people are getting from a Brits Job Tour
Who Are Your Hosts?
Pete Stretch & Col McCabe.  We are both very experienced UK & Ireland travellers.
Who Is The Average Brits Job Tour 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 would love Aussies and Brits joining us on tour.  You'll 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!)
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 tours are famous for our unusual accommodation choices, like Stately Homes, Castles, Windmills & even Priories and Nunneries. 
What Will We See?
See the Itinerary Page for a full list of attractions and extras offered on t
How Much Does it Cost?
The 2023 Fares are as follows
45 Night Brits Job Grand Tour - $12499 per person twin share basis
21 Night Brits Job Discovery Tour - $6499 per person twin share basis
Payment of Tour Fare
You are required to pay a fully refundable deposit of $1000 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 remaining balances are split into two equal payments. Dates for payment will be confirmed at order placement time. The last payment will include any currency catch ups, add-ons and upgrades you may have chosen.
When Are Tours Confirmed?
The Brits Job Tour  requires a minimum of 4 Couples (max tour group size is 10 Couples). 
All Brits Job 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
4 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
Name Badge, Collectors Tour Scarf & A3 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 should you choose to purchase them.
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
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.
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. 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 Brits Job Tour 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, 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. 
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 the UK budget for 25GBP
Food - You need to pay for lunch and dinner, except for those meals listed.
Allow 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 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.
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

Brits Job Tours NZ, 500 Tairua Road, Whangamata 3691.

T: 064+7865-9012 M 064+ 027865706 E: us@thebritsjob.com