The Ellerslie International Concours D’Elegance stands on the world’s stage as New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious Concours d’Elegance of classic, new, exotic and prestige motor cars. More than 1,000 vehicles represented by over 70 car clubs mix with fine food and wine, cinema and educational displays.
The Art Deco Festival in Napier is a world renowned art deco festival drawing thousands of visitors to celebrate one of the most iconic periods in New Zealand’s history.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Saturday February 10, 2024 Auckland
Group members fly to Auckland, New Zealand, and upon arrival are transferred to their city hotel
DAY 2 Sunday February 11, 2024 Auckland
This morning we visit the Ellerslie International Concours D’Elegance, the largest car show in New Zealand. With over 70 car clubs invited representing over 1000 vehicles with three judged competitions to find the best classic cars in the country. Over the decades, the event has become the highlight of the New Zealand car lovers’ calendar. That’s when thousands of car enthusiasts and the simply curious see the country’s biggest line up of classics – many of them rated among the world’s best restorations.
DAY 3 Monday February 12, 2024 Wellington
This morning we take The Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington. Travel by train through the grandeur of the volcanic Central Plateau, through majestic forests and rolling farmland, along rocky coasts and sandy beaches
DAY 4 Tuesday February 13, 2024 Wellingtonn
Today we travel to Silverstream in the Hutt Valley, to visit the Silver Stream Railway. The beginnings of Silver Stream Railway were in 1967 when the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society (which changed its name to Silver Stream Railway Incorporated in 1983) began a collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Track laying on the old formation of the Hutt Valley Line did not begin until 1977. The collection of locomotives and rolling stock had previously been stored at a site by the Gracefield Branch in Seaview, and this was transferred to the present Silverstream site in 1984. The rest of the day will be free to explore Wellington.
DAY 5 Wednesday February 14, 2024 Palmerston North
Today we travel north to visit the Southward Car Museum housing a collection of over 400 vehicles, as well as three aircraft. The privately-owned collection of veteran and vintage cars include Marlene Dietrich’s Cadillac, a 1915 Stutz Racer, a 1938 Maybach, a gull-winged Mercedes Benz and a Chicago Gangsters armour plated limo. We then visit the New Zealand Police museum before continue to our hotel.
DAY 6 Thursday February 15, 2024 Napier
This morning we first visit the New Zealand Army Museum. We then travel to Napier on the west coast of the North Island. On arrival in Napier we check into our hotel. This evening we explore the very unique atmosphere of the Art Deco Festival.
DAY 7 Friday February 16, 2024 Napier
Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for its numerous art deco landmarks and celebrates its art deco heritage annually with the famous Art Deco Festival. The tens of thousands of people revelling in the 1930s atmosphere created in the heart of the city gives the sensation that you have travelled back in time to an era of glitz and glamour! New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February with over 200 events, including entertainment experiences, outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more. Over 40,000 people flock from all over the world into Napier to see it transform back in time and enjoy this iconic event.
DAY 8 Saturday February 17, 2024 Napier
Our second day at the Art Deco Festival
DAY 9 Sunday February 18, 2024 Invercargill
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Invercargill on the South coast of South Island. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.
DAY 10 Monday February 19, 2024 Invercargill
This morning we visit both Bill Richardson’s Transport World and the Classic Motorcycle Mecca bursting with a huge range of automotive and motorcycle history. Bill Richardson Transport World has hundreds of motor vehicles and petrol pumps on display with highlights including retro Kombi’s, Henry Ford Letter Cars, Model T’s, Diamond T Trucks, stunning 1930’s V8’s. Over 50 manufacturers are represented with a mixture of rare and internationally significant vehicles. Widely regarded a world class display, Motorcycle Mecca houses more than 300 motorcycles and artwork. All artwork is motorcycle related with some pieces considered just as valuable as the bikes. Classic Motorcycle Mecca includes solo, sidecar and even three wheeled automobiles and machinery from 1902 upwards. Over 60 manufacturers are represented (with some really astounding restorations) including a 1902 Peugeot Motorcycle to a 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom. Later we will visit the E Heyes & Sons store where we will find the original and legendary ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ motorcycle. The store is also home to the unique E Hayes Motorworks Collection representing one of the finest private collections of classic motorcycles, automobiles and engines in New Zealand.
DAY 11 Tuesday February 20, 2024 Wanaka
This morning we board our coach and drive to Mandeville to visit the Croydon Aviation & Heritage Centre which houses aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s, including one of the largest collections of different types de Havilland aircraft. The collection is unique in that nearly all of the aircraft on display actually fly. We then travel to Wanaka, the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park, a wilderness of glaciers, beech forests and alpine lakes.
DAY 12 Wednesday February 21, 2024 Wanaka
This morning we visit the National Transport & Toy Museum which houses one of the largest private collections in the world. With over half a century of collecting and preserving pieces from the past, the museum boasts rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, and military vehicles. This afternoon we visit the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell. We will see their racing car museum and will have the opportunity to drive a Le Mans style race car, or the insane adrenaline pumping fast laps in a Ferrari or Porsche GT3 (at an additional charge).
DAY 13 Thursday February 22, 2024 Christchurch
Today we travel to Christchurch, stopping along the way to visit the Ashburton Vintage Car Museum. Upon arrival in Christchurch we are transferred to our hotel.
DAY 14 Friday February 23, 2024 Christchurch
Today we will enjoy a unique experience as we travel on the TranzAlpine Railway from Christchurch to Greymouth. Along this journey we will see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. We will traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps – the journey of a lifetime.
DAY 15 Saturday February 24, 2024 Christchurch
Today we visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand located on the former Wigram Air Base. The national collection of the RNZAF covers the history of New Zealand military aviation, from World War One to the present. We will enjoy a back stage tour of the museum to learn more about the Museum’s work ‘behind the scenes’ and discover the aircraft, vehicles and engines in the Reserve Collection. Later we visit the Autohaven Collection. It is home to some of the world’s rarest and most sought after vehicles. From priceless and irreplaceable cars from the 20’s and 30’s to iconic sports cars.
DAY 16 Sunday February 25, 2024 Picton
Today we will take the Coastal Pacific train between Christchurch and Picton. It is one of the most astonishingly beautiful in New Zealand. We arrive in Picton midafternoon and are transferred to our hotel.
DAY 17 Monday February 26, 2024 Picton/ Wellington
Today we visit the Omaka Classic Car Collection, a unique collection that gives a special insight into New Zealand motoring from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The collection totals well over 100 cars with more than half on display at any one time. It is a living, working display of vehicles each with their own special story, from appearing in a TV programme to being the last off the production line. Later we will visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and see Sir Peter Jacksons Exhibit “Knight of the Sky”, a collection of WWI aircraft and artefacts. We will also see “Dangerous Skies”, featuring a range of war birds including a flyable Griffon powered Mk.XIVe Spitfire, Yak-3, FW-190 Focke Wulf and a 44.4ft Lockheed Hudson crashed in the depths of a Pacific island jungle. We then take the Interlslander ferry to Wellington where we spend the night.
DAY 18 Tuesday February 27, 2024 Departure
Today we transfer to Wellington Airport for our flights back to Australia. Upon arrival the tour concludes.
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