NZRR&BC 50th Anniversary Tour - April 2022

A tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the clubs foundation in 1972 is now confirmed for April 2022. The "main event" is to be based in Masterton in the Wairarapa on the 8th, 9th and 10th April.

The tour will offer a number of routes to Masterton, starting in the following locations:

  • Cape Reinga on the 1st April - Northern section

  • Bluff on the 3rd April - Southern section

  • Oakune on the 6th April - Central section

Cars may also start from Wellington, Cape Egmont or The East Cape in the North Island prior to joining the tour at Oakune on the 6th April. Route details will be supplied in a Tour Route Book.

The tour will end in Wellington on the 13th April. 

The Registration fee for the tour is as follows;

  • Car and driver with one passenger - $200

  • Car and driver with two passengers - $300

  • Car and driver with three passengers - $400

  • Car and driver with four passengers - $500

The tour is open to club members and non-members. The non-members Tour Registration fee will include their first membership fee (so they will then become members).

Tour participants can partake in any aspect of the tour, by joining and leaving the rally at their selected locations, you do not need to complete the full tour, but a Tour Registration must be completed and the appropriate fee paid. 

The Tour Registration form can be found here: 

The registration process is in two parts, the first is to enter details of tour participants, the second part is to select any tour accommodation, meals or activities you require. When you submit the first part of the registration you will then be shown the second part.

If for any reason you have only completed the first part of the Registration Form (you did not not complete the second part which is the Tour Travel Package Form), then you can go directly to the second part here

You can also download a PDF of the Tour registration form here if you prefer to complete a manual tour registration which can then be posted to us.

The planned tour routes are as follows:

Click here for route map
North Island Tour route details:
The Central Region is the 'host region', and we are very excited about pulling together what may be the largest assembly of Rolls Royce and Bentley cars ever in New Zealand! As our region covers the lower half of the North Island, we have a number of starting points that include Wellington, the East Cape and Cape Egmont, with us all meeting the Northern contingent in Ohakune (Wednesday 6 April 2022). There are direct links to most of the destinations listed below, these are shown underlined and in bold text, just click on the text. 
Friday 1 April 2022 - Assemble at the Taipa Resort in the evening for a casual dinner.
Saturday  2 April 2022 - round trip to Cape Reinga - 220km - photo op at the Cape as the northern starting point - return to overnight again at the Taipa Resort.
Sunday 3 April 2022 - slow day touring round the far north - Taipa-Kerikeri-Okaihau-Mangamuka-Kohukohu-Rawene-Omapere - 240km - morning tea with Adrian Garrett at the Carriage House in Kerikeri.  Overnight at The Heads in Omapere.
 
Monday 4 April 2022 - Run down to Snells Beach - Tane Mahuta-Dargaville-Matakohe (Kauri Museum)-Wellsford-Matakana (via Whangaripo)-Snells Beach.  Overnight at Salty Dog Inn - 220km
 
Tuesday 5 April 2022 - whizz through Auckland after the morning rushhour (pick up Aucklanders at BP Drury on the way) and on to Tauranga for a group dinner - 280 km. Overnight at Trinity Wharf
Wednesday 6 April 2022 - off to meet up with the Central teams from East Cape and Cape Egmont at lunch in Taupo and then on to Ohakune - 280km.  Group dinner and overnight at the Powderhorn Hotel.
Members arriving from the East Cape and Cape Egmont meet with the balance of the Central Region and the Northern Region participants in Ohakune at the Powderhorn Hotel.
 
Thursday 7 April 2022; We travel down the remote Whanganui River Road to Pipiriki where an optional Jet boat journey is available, or lunch aboard the Waimarie Paddle Steamer.  Accommodation and dinner is booked at the Kingsgate Hotel Whanganui.  
 
Friday 8 April 2022; Off to Masterton via the Coach-house Museum, lunch and a tour of the Pukaha National Wildlife Sanctuary at Mount Bruce, and then join the Southern and Wellington participants in Masterton at the Copthorne Solway Hotel in Masterton.
Wellington Members meet the Cook Strait Ferry and escort Southern members to Aston Norwood Gardens (Upper Hutt) for tea and coffee en-route to the Masterton hotel.
Saturday 9 April 2022; Coach tours have been arranged to offer a "day off" to visit a number of local sights; Stonehenge Aotearoa, the Fell Railway Museum, Brancepeth Historic Homestead, plus gardens and wineries. The day concludes with a 70's style dress-up dinner at the Kitty Hawk Cafe at Hood Aerodrome!
Sunday 10 April 2022:  This is show-off day! Wash and shine, with a motorcade to Martinborough. A catered lunch will be provided in the historic Martinborough Town Hall. There will be free-time to explore Martinborough - and then back to Masterton for our National AGM, and formal Gala Dinner at the Copthorne Solway Hotel.
Monday 11 April 2022; We tour the Vintage Aviator (Peter Jacksopn's) World War I aircraft at the Hood Aerodrome. Then to the headquarters of the Tui Brewery for lunch. Then over the Ruahine Range (passing close to the wind turbines) to Manfield Autocourse. We overnight in Palmerston North at the Distinction Coachman Hotel.
Tuesday 12 April 2022; This morning we go to the Ohakea Military Air Base. As an alternative, there is a car museum and garden visit at The Gables - Awahuri.  Next we head southwards to  the Southwards Car Museum. Finally, the prestigious Wellington Club for our farewell dinner - with Sir Neville Jordan as our guest speaker. His topic - Peking to Paris - trials and tribulations.  What a finale! Tonight's accommodation is at the James Cook Hotel in Wellington.
If some / all of this is of interest (which I am sure it will be), please click on 'Tour Registration' button above to register. Some of these highlights will be on a first come - first served basis - so don't delay!
North Island Tour route official accommodation:
South Island Tour route details:
Sunday 3rd April - Tour participants can meet at The Villa Homestead motel in Invercargill for the first nights accommodation, dining together if they wish at the Buster Crabb restaurant.
 
Monday 4th April - Southern group depart Bluff midday for first night in Cromwell at The Carrick Lodge motel.
 
Tuesday 5th April - Cromwell to Geraldine with points of interest along the way, with accommodation at the Scenic Route Hotel.
 
Wednesday 6th April - Geraldine to Christchurch, Wigram Airforce Museum for lunch, with dinner at The Canterbury Club. The Dinner is likely to be our major social event for the year and we hope all central South Island members will make an effort to attend, even if they are unable to participate in the anniversary tour. Accommodation this evening will be at The Heritage Hotel in central Christchurch if required.
 
Thursday 7th April - Christchurch to Blenheim, with accommodation at the Scenic Hotel.
 
Friday 8th April - early ferry to Wellington and then on to Masterton, meeting up with other members at Aston Norwood Gardens (Upper Hutt) for tea and coffee en-route to the Masterton hotel, to sign in with dinner to follw at the hotel. NZRRBC are offering to assist with a contribution to the cost of the ferry to encourage as many as can to come North. It may be your first overseas travel for a while!!
The weekend prior to the start of the Southern jaunt the Highlands motor racing circuit will host their classic motor racing festival of speed, some members may be interested in combining this event with the drive North.
See website for details: https://highlands.co.nz/event/highlands-festival-of-speed 
Registration accepted for any part, or all of the event, we hope to attract all members to participate and encourage new members. Non members who register for the main event will receive membership with the registration cost.
South Island Tour route official accommodation:
More details will be provided shortly.