FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Hosted Self Drive Tours

COVID 19

The Brits Job Tour's COVID practices in the UK and Ireland will follow that countries 'best practice' recommendations 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 you 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 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 successful formula, with most tours 'sold out'.  Over 120 Kiwis have joined so 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 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 44 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 our 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.  The number of repeat bookings we have received over the years reflects the enjoyment people get from a Brits Job Tour
Who Are Your Hosts? Pete Stretch & Col McCabe.  We are both very experienced UK & Ireland travellers.
Who Are Our Preferred Travel Agents?
Momento Group in Hamilton are our Travel agents of choice! For us, the specialize in Group Travel, which can be a very different situation to individual travel. We have found them to be excellent and we recommend them. You will need to book the Brits Job Tour through then, however, you do not have to use our Travel Agent to buy your airfares & travel insurance, should you choose to arrange it yourself.  Although 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?
These tours are aimed at adventurous souls who love driving. The vast majority of travellers are either semi or fully retired. The age range is 55-75 years old. We can arrange a rental car 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 drive an option of 12 hire cars, including Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Mini, Nissan & Ford.
See the list of cars on the home page.
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!
Where Will We Stay?
As well as offering a comfy bed, we try very 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 2023 Fares are as follows . . . (until we get closer to the 2024 dates we are unable to price that tour, however we expect it to be similar to 2023's prices).
44 Night Brits Job Grand Tour - $12999 per person twin share basis
20 Night Brits Job Discovery Tour - $6999 per person twin share basis
Payment of Tour Fare
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)
 
Note: If you are booking for 2024 - we call that a soft booking and only require $100 deposit to put a hold on your car.  
Once the tour is confirmed and we've received your acceptance to join the tour, your deposit becomes non-refundable. Tours are confirmed based on minimum numbers. )
 
Payment of remaining balances are then split into two equal payments. Dates for payment will be confirmed when you pay your deposit. 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 5 Couples (max tour group size is 10 Couples). 
Flights
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
Mostly 4 Star Accommodation with Breakfast (Cooked and/or continental) 
Car Hire. (with unlimited km's, 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 payment 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
We supply all tour members with a New Zealand Heritage Membership.  This allows entry to over 2500 attractions through out the UK. 
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. 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. 
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 your issue out. 
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 30GBP
Food - You need to pay for lunch and dinner, except for those meals listed.
Allow 20-30 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