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New Zealand Discovery Tour 2019 February 1st to February 21st Fully Escorted Self Drive Tour

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Aotearoa The Land of This FULLY ESCORTED SELF DRIVE tour begins in Christchurch and circumnavigates the South Island of New Zealand returning to Christchurch after 21 days of some of the world s most spectacular touring Spectacular driving roads will take you to the Marlborough Sounds and Wine Country then down the rugged and remote west coast to Fox Glacier and on to Queenstown the adventure capital of New Zealand You will visit some outstanding motor collections cruise the famed Milford Sound dine in an authentic Scottish castle and drive the spectacular Mackenzie High Country to glorious Mt Cook Accommodation is all Four Star and your travel companions are like minded people with an interest in classic motoring and relaxed touring You can depart and arrive from your hotel each day in your own luxury car and in your own time as every day s itinerary is plotted on our GPS units that will lead you through the days attractions and finally to your hotel each evening We can arrange for shipment of your classic car or local hire is included If you love touring and New Zealand is on your bucket list this is an outstanding opportunity to join us for one of our most popular events The original and finest New Zealand tour Often imitated but never equalled

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the Long White Cloud ITINERARY February 1st to February 21st 2019 Day 01 Day 02 Day 03 Day 04 Day 05 Day 06 Day 07 Day 08 Day 09 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Arrive Christchurch New Zealand Explore Christchurch Akaroa Southern Classics Hanmer Springs Highway One north to Marlborough Omaka Aviation Heritage Wineries Marlborough Sounds Cruise Nelson The WOW Museum West Coast to Punakaiki Resort Fox Glacier Village Haast Pass to Queenstown Queenstown Rest Day Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Cruise Queenstown Shotover Jet Boats Te Anau for Milford Sound Milford Sound Cruise Invercargill Dunedin via The Catlins Oamaru Old Town Penguin Walk Mt Cook Christchurch Farewell Dinner Tour ends 160 Km 134 Km 263 km 50 Km 0 Km 140Km 266 Km 240 Km 330 Km 0 km 0 Km 50 Km 171 Km 240 Km 190 Km 240 Km 120 Km 224 Km 328 Km

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DAY ONE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST CHRISTCHURCH Arrive in Christchurch and transfer to Chateau on the Park As international flights generally arrive in the afternoon no activities are planned for today other than our Welcome Dinner in the hotel tonight DAY TWO SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2ND CHRISTCHURCH Mid morning we drive across the Port Hills to the French inspired village of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula Akaroa is Maori for Long Harbour The village is snuggled into a wide bay on the eastern side of the rugged harbour with Onuku Marae a little further south It appears peaceful now in 1832 Onawe Peninsula was the scene of terrible bloodshed when it became a deadly trap to the local tribe fortified upon it The highway ends at Akaroa the oldest colonial town in the South Island and famed as New Zealand s sole French Settlement History oozes from every corner and parts of the town are registered as an Historic Area in recognition of its remarkable collection of Historic buildings There s time for a stroll through the village with its colonial architecture galleries and craft stores before lunch at the nearby French Farm Winery well known for its French provincial style cuisine and spectacular views of the harbour and hills We return to Christchurch through Littleton and Sumner and dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY THREE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3rd HANMER SPRINGS Time for some last minute shopping and visits to the car restoration workshops of Upper Classics For many years New Zealand had very restrictive import controls meaning older cars and other equipment were kept in use many years after they would have been scrapped in other countries Any damaged or worn parts had to be repaired or remade as parts were not readily available This has allowed for true craftsmanship and knowledge to develop over many years and this passion and experience is the cornerstone of Upper Classics We leave Christchurch for the one hour drive to Canterbury House Winery at Glasnevin for lunch After lunch it is just another hour to Hanmer Springs where we overnight at the Heritage Hotel World famous for the hot springs the water starts as snow and rain falling on the Hanmer Springs mountains almost 180 years ago It seeps into the Greywacke basement rock and comes to rest in a reservoir some two kilometres underground where it is warmed by heat radiating from the earth s core then drawn to the surface for bathing and heating There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy the Hot Springs and dinner at the Heritage Hotel is included DAY FOUR MONDAY FEBRUARY 4th BLENHEIM Our morning route takes us through delightful scenery for morning tea near Kaikora then it s north along one of New Zealand s best coast roads stopping for the seal colony and a picnic lunch of champagne and fresh crayfish off the beach at Nin s Bin It s then just 90 minutes to our hotel for the next three nights at Blenhiem in the heart of Marlborough wine country Dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY FIVE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5th BLENHEIM This morning we visit Peter Jackson s Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum In December 2006 the opening exhibition Knights of the Sky was ground breaking not just in terms of the historical importance rarity and scale of the collection but in the innovative way it was presented The generosity of Sir Peter Jackson as owner of the Great War collection was integral in bringing the exhibition to life in a series of dioramas utilising the formidable creative talents of WingNut Films and enhanced by mannequins by Weta Workshop On the 1st of November 2016 the highly anticipated unveiling of Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre s second exhibition Dangerous Skies took place Drawing on the talents of both homegrown and internationally based experts the resulting displays have evolved yet again this time featuring aviation in the Second World War The centre is a world class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft Not just for enthusiasts the centre tells the story of aviation during two World Wars the time in which the most intense period of aviation development took place The afternoon is free to enjoy the local wineries Dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY SIX WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6th BLENHEIM Today is a car free day with the opportunity to enjoy the very best of Marlborough indulge in some of Marlborough s Sauvignon Blanc This morning a luxury coach will collect us from our hotel to tour some of Marlborough s finest wineries followed by a delicious waterfront lunch Then in the afternoon we cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds with even more fresh local seafood and Marlborough wines We finish the day with a private dinner in the cellars of the Wither Hills Winery

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DAY SEVEN THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7th NELSON Continuing on from Blenheim we take the spectacular Queen Charlotte Drive around the Marlborough Sounds and Havelock for the 2 hour drive to Nelson Late morning we visit Hoglund Art Glass before lunch at the waterfront Saltwater Caf In the afternoon we take in the spectacular Wearable Art Museum Celebrating two incredible design collections the National WOW Museum and Nelson Classic Cars Galleries is a must see The complex is home to several galleries showcasing a world class collection of classic cars alongside incredible award winning garments and works of art from the internationally renowned World of WearableArt Competition Our overnight is at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson Dinner tonight is your DAY EIGHT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8th PUNAKAIKI After a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel we leave for the west coast with a stop en route for morning tea before passing through Buller Gorge then over the Northern Alps to our overnight stop at the Punakaiki Resort Enroute there will be time to explore the area and seal colonies and the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes The Pancake Rocks are most spectacular in the Putai area They were formed 30 million years ago from minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface Immense water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers Gradually seismic action lifted the limestone above the seabed Mildly acidic rain wind and seawater sculpted the bizarre shapes Dinner at the resort is included

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DAY NINE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9th FOX GLACIER We follow Highway 6 further south to Hokitika which was first settled in 1860 after the discovery of gold on the west coast It still has the feel of a frontier town but Greenstone NZ jade is the town s treasure these days You can see it being polished and sculpted and there will be time to see some of the local artisans producing quality glass works and carving before continuing south along the rugged west coast to our accommodation tonight at the Fox Glacier village There are several options this afternoon including helicopter flights over Fox or Franz Joseph glaciers beach walking or a stroll around Lake Matheson The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are unique relics of the last ice age as nowhere else in the world have glaciers advanced so close to the sea at this latitude The terminal face of Fox Glacier is just five kilometres from the township and the road to the walking track crosses ancient moraine from earlier advances and retreats Dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY TEN SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10th QUEENSTOWN We leave Fox Village after breakfast and head further down the south coast to Haast where we turn inland through the Mount Aspiring National Park A quick stop at Thunder Creek Falls for a coffee before our route takes us through the spectacular Haast Pass and along the shore of Lake Hawea to Wanaka The northern end of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea are highlights of the road It s impossible to miss the famous Bra Fence that started as a joke but has become a local legend and donations are cheerfully received As we will return to Wanaka in a couple of days we pass through quickly for lunch at the Cardrona Pub high up the Crown Range Road the highest sealed road in New Zealand The road to Queenstown offers some spectacular views before checking into our accommodation for the next DAY ELEVEN MONDAY FEBRUARY 11th QUEENSTOWN Today is scheduled as a day of rest but as Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand so there s plenty to explore Take a hot air balloon ride test your nerve at the home of bungy jumping or just relax and enjoy the waterfront For those looking for something different in the souvenir department will be rewarded with a morning drive to the village of Glenorchy at the far end of Lake Wakapitu and those not excited by souvenirs will certainly enjoy the road following the shore of the lake and one of the highlight drives of the tour Alternatively drive the Kawarau Gorge to the Gibbston Valley Winery for lunch The Winery is one of the most southern in the world and boasts fabulous Sauvignon Blancs and wine cellars carved into the cliffs of the valley Dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY TWELVE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12th QUEENSTOWN We take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to explore Queenstown s famed scenic beauty aboard the 103 year old TSS Earnslaw where you can visit the engine room and see its giant steam engines at work The tour also includes a visit to a working sheep farm and you have the rest of the day free to explore Queenstown and all it has to offer and dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant THE TSS EARNSLAW At the beginning of the twentieth century New Zealand Railways awarded 20 850 pounds to John McGregor and Co shipbuilders of Dunedin to build a steamship for Lake Wakatipu at their Otago Foundry and Engineering Works The based on a SiemensMartin steel hull design and using Kauri for the decking Propulsion was provided by twin coal fired triple expansion jet condensing vertically inclined engines She was to be 51 2 metres long the biggest boat on the lake and the largest steamship built in New Zealand Transporting the Earnslaw was no easy task When construction was finally completed she was dismantled all the quarter inch steel hull plates were numbered for reconstruction much like a jig saw puzzle then the parts were loaded on to a goods train and transported across the South Island from Dunedin to Kingston at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu Six months later after being rebuilt on 24 February 1912 the TSS Earnslaw was launched and fired up for her maiden voyage to Queenstown with the Minister of Marine as captain

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DAY THIRTEEN WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13th QUEENSTOWN We start the day with a ride on the Shotover Jetboats and after a coffee stop overlooking the Shotover River it s just 15 minutes to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand Arrowtown sits alongside the goldbearing Arrow River The town was established in 1862 during the height of the Otago gold rush The settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages shops hotels and churches more than 60 of which can still be seen today The gold days are long over although you can still pan for gold in the river with some success For an upmarket experience call in to the Millbrook Resort for lunch Dinner tonight is your choice DAY FOURTEEN THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14th TE ANAU We have a late start this morning to drive to Te Anau our base for the next two nights There will be time in the afternoon to visit some of the local attractions including the glowworm caves Lake Manapouri or even a flight over Doubtful Sound Dinner at the hotel is included DAY FIFTEEN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15th MILFORD SOUND We leave Te Anau early for the drive through the Fordland National Park to Milford Sound for the cruise down the sound and underwater observatory The road to Milford is one of New Zealand s most scenic drives The first part is relatively mild farmland and then you ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound an amazing 22 kilometre long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak Lunch is part of the tour and we return through the National Park to overnight again at Te Anau Dinner tonight is your choice

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DAY SIXTEEN SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16th INVERCARGILL Further south to Invercargill to connect with the Southern Scenic Route and the gateway to some of New Zealand s most spectacular scenery It is a relaxed two hour drive to lunch at the Pavilions Restaurant at Colac Bay then on to Invercargill with time in the afternoon to enjoy the city visit the World s Fastest Indian or a drive to Bluff for some of the famous oysters Invercargill is Southland s principal centre and the country s southernmost city It is known for its elegant old department stores and wide easyto navigate streets Dinner tonight is your choice THE WORLD S FASTEST INDIAN Burt Munro set his first speed record in New Zealand in 1938 He was riding an eighteenyear old motorcycle that was factory built and powered by a side valved 600cc V Twin with a top speed of 55 MPH By the time Burt began his top end conversion he was hitting 90 MPH With the help of a kerosene blow lamp and hand built castings new pistons were forged to fit the over bored cylinders bringing the total displacement to 1000ccs Those were connected to a larger crank pin via connecting rods that normally saw duty in Caterpillar tractor axles Built by his own hands in his own shed and seemingly held together with tie wire and gaffer tape his 1920 Indian Scout was very much like the man himself rough around the edges but purpose built By the time he made it to Bonneville most people wouldn t dare swing a leg over his machine for fear it would fall apart or worse blow up with them on it Burt usually had to ask folks for a push just to get his bike going When asked in 1971 when he was going to wash that now fifty one year old machine Munro replied Oh I haven t had time I spent nine months and nine days on that engine last year and three minutes to three on a Saturday six weeks ago I got it to run right I wasn t idle I had three hours off on Christmas Day

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DAY SEVENTEEN SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th DUNEDIN We follow the Southern Scenic Route with stops at Niagara Falls not the big ones or the 169 million year old fossilised forest at Curio Bay The area is known as the Catlins and the winding road will take us to see seals and sea lions Hector s dolphins several species of penguin and the Petrified Forest in Curio Bay Wilderness beaches waterfalls walkways lakes and rivers provide non stop scenery Lunch at the Whistling Frog for a bit of local colour before continuing on to Dunedin This evening we dine at Larnach Castle which was brought stone by stone from Scotland enjoy some fine scotch whiskey and the piping of the haggis DAY EIGHTEEN MONDAY FEBRUARY 18th OAMARU A short day today and one of the highlight days of the tour as we visit the the whitestone townscape of Oamaru that contains some of the bestpreserved heritage buildings in New Zealand In the late 19th century the town prospered through goldmining quarrying and timber milling and some of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone The Victorian precinct around the Harbour Tyne Street area is particularly special and features outstanding steampunk art Oamaru Harbour is home to a colony of little blue penguins and just before sunset we have front line seating for the parade as the penguins return to their burrows after a day at sea Dinner is your choice

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DAY NINETEEN TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19th MT COOK After breakfast at the iconic Riverstone Restaurant we head inland through the Southern Alps past the hydroelectric systems on Lake Aviemore and the Benmore Dams towards Twizel where there is great stop at the Salmon Farm to see how these fish are farmed Then a spectacular drive towards Mount Cook and The Heritage Mt Cook for the night There s time in the afternoon to explore a glacier by boat fly around Mount Cook by helicopter visit the Planetarium or just chill out and go to the various films about Edmund Hillary Dinner at the resort is included DAY TWENTY WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20th CHRISTCHURCH Our last day on the road as we head north to Christchurch and our Farewell Dinner at The George one of Christchurch s most luxurious hotels On the way we have time to visit the observatory at Lake Tekapo with outstanding views over the Mackenzie High Country and stop for lunch at Geraldine Our Farewell Dinner tonight is in the private dining room of The George DAY TWENTY ONE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21st CHRISTCHURCH After breakfast this morning it s time to bid farewell continue touring or return home

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What s Included 20 Nights accommodation in not less than 4 Star accommodation 20 Days Car Hire options available 9 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell Dinners Full Breakfast every day Peter Jackson s Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum Marlborough Sound Cruise and Winery Tour Private Dinner in the Cellars of the Wither Hills Winery Entry to Wearable Art Classic Car Museum Nelson Shotover Jet at Queenstown TSS Earnslaw Cruise on Lake Wakatipu Queenstown Milford Sound cruise Dinner at Larnach Castle Dunedin Penguin Tour at Oamaru Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes GPS Navigator with Full Route Planning Classic Driving Tours Travel Pack THE CARS Standard cars for the tour are Toyota SUV or Full size sedans FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES Welcome Dinner at the Award Winning Chateau on The Park Private Dinner in the Cellars of the Wither Hills Winery Dinner at Larnach Castle Dunedin Dinner at The Hermitage Mt Cook Grand Farewell Dinner at Chateau on The Park TOUR COST 4 590 00 US 5 995 00 A 9 450 00 Per Person based on two sharing a room and car hire A non refundable deposit of UK 500 or US 1 000 or A 1 000 per person is required to be sent with the Booking Form and received by us in clear funds to secure your booking The balance owing for the Tour is due and payable four months prior to Tour departure however you may remit payment of the Tour prior to this date All Tour prices Tour Prices are as noted above based on the exchange rate for the NZ Dollar applicable on the 1st of October 2017 include GST and are subject to change and availability Price increases may occur by reason of matters outside our control which include but are not limited to adverse currency fluctuations variations in international shipping and transportation costs fuel surcharges and other taxes fees or charges Please see the Classic Driving Tours Purchase Terms Conditions for more information WHAT S NOT INCLUDED Airfares Places of interests and meals other than those included in the final itinerary Personal expenses Fuel and any extraneous car costs not included in your hire package All drinks are extra to accommodate individual preferences

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WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW Where do the tours start The start and finish city for each tour is detailed on the TOUR section of the website As the actual starting address may change to accommodate local events you will be provided updated information prior to departure and once the tour has started you may start each day as you please especially the fairer sex We visit the tour country s most spectacular locations and attractions from the ocean to the alps and you will drive through some of the most amazing country you will see anywhere Socialising and relaxation are vital to the enjoyment of your holiday and each day we recommend morning and afternoon stops and somewhere interesting for lunch I haven t driven in another country before is it difficult If you are changing from right to left hand drive or vice versa is not as difficult as imagined and you will find that you will settle in to the wrong side of the car within a couple of hours No navigation skills are required and each car is provided with a GPS navigator to be returned at the end of the tour with each day of the tour route loaded so you just need to follow the spoken directions and if you choose to take a detour the GPS will get you back on track Can I go by myself or is it only for couples Yes although you may incur some cost penalties if travelling alone as most hotels charge by the room If you are considering travelling alone contact us for more details and we will do our best to match you up with a compatible partner What kind of hotels do we stay in All tour itineraries has been driven and checked by the tour leader and each hotel personally inspected We endeavour wherever possible to stay in not less than 4 star establishments and most tours are definitely 5 Star so one night you may be in an historic country house and the next in a 5 Star contemporary hotel Your accommodation will include outstanding scenery character and service Fine food is also near the top of the list and all accommodation is chosen to reflect the nature and style of the region through which we are travelling What meals are included Breakfast is included every day and the included dinners are usually on the first night when we are staying more than one night at a hotel or we are in a remote location On other nights dinner is of your choosing and we can provide you with options if you do not wish to dine in the hotel Lunches are usually not included except when we have the opportunity to dine somewhere that offers something rewarding such as the Post Ranch perched high on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast at Big Sur or Blenheim Palace in the UK Do you provide any support If you are renting a car the supplier will provide support but if you are using your own car we strongly recommend that you arrange for reciprocal cover through your local car club or arrange independent breakdown insurance Naturally we will do all we can to assist in the event of a breakdown and you will be provided with a list of contact numbers in your tour pack at the start of the tour What is the daily routine You can leave the overnight accommodation at your leisure If you are following the tour leader we will generally leave around 9 00 am with a view to arriving at the evening accommodation by 5 00pm and the departure time for the next day will be in the Daily Update delivered to your room each evening On days where we are not relocating tours may be included or your tour book will provide you with various options or you can just do your own thing Many tours are orientated towards a motoring holiday but it s not always about cars On Car orientated tours you will see some outstanding auto collections but there is always something for everyone What is the dress code Daywear is as informal as you wish and smart casual is sufficient for evening wear On a few occasions you may choose to be more a little formal such as at Salon Prive or the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance where attire should be stylish comfortable and convenient for walking On the Goodwood Revival tour we recommend joining in the spirit of the event and dressing in your best 50 s and 60 s attire Styles range from dressy to resort casual Temperatures are often cool in the morning and evening and warm during the day so layering is recommended What types of cars are on the tour If you are renting a car through us cars included in the tour are Luxury Class but we can also offer you a wide range of convertibles and coupes from European to American Muscle cars depending upon location Each tour itinerary nominates the base car included in the tour but don t forget to ask for options or upgrades if the standard car is not to your liking How far will we drive in a day This varies from day to day and we try to limit car time to 3 to 4 hours In some cases this will mean covering a substantial distance on freeways and motorways and on other quite a short distance There are many days on each tour where there is little if no distance to cover and we try to have as many multiple day stops as possible rather than be moving every day We try to avoid motorways and freeways whenever possible and the vast majority of our driving is on quieter back roads What type of people will I meet on the tour The common interest is a love of driving adventure good food fine wine and interesting company Age range is generally in the more mature bracket and you will meet people from many and varied backgrounds We usually limit the number of cars to 15 or 30 people and you will be sure to find other participants that share your interests Some have been touring for years while others are first time tourers How do I book Firstly check with us by email or phone to ensure that there are places still available Once you have decided to join us either download or complete the booking form on line from the Book Now tab and either email it to us or send by post with your deposit Once your booking has been received we will send you confirmation of your acceptance and a receipt for your deposit

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TOUR CHRISTCHURCH hanmer springs Chateau ON THE PARK heritage Hotel blenheim nelson Chateau Marlborough Rutherford Hotel Punakaiki fox glacier punalaiki Resort distinction hotel

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HOTELS queenstown te anau rydges on the lake Distinction hotel invercargill dunedin ascot park hotel larnach castle oamaru mt cook highfield mews the hermitage christchurch george hotel

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Thanks for a great trip well put together well managed and well escorted I m sure everyone felt the same way Jill and I cannot think of a bad day and the whole escapade was faultless You must be very pleased Dr Ross J Gold Coast Qld We can safely say we enjoyed the holiday of a lifetime We know from personal experience just how much effort goes into setting up group tours You achieved a great balance which exactly suited our needs DF Malaysia Classic Driving Tours Pty Ltd P O Box 248 Runaway Bay Qld 4216 Australia 61 0 7 55 774 655 driver drivingtours com au www drivingtours com au