Connect with the people, the land & yourself

On our exciting small group tours in New Zealand for ages 18-35

Our tours are not only about experiencing the beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand, they’re about bringing like minded individuals together, giving back to the community and teaching our manuhiri (guests) the significance of Māori culture whilst creating long-lasting friendships. Everyone’s welcome on a Backyard Roadies adventure, from solo travellers to couples and small groups of friends, we strive to create a safe, comfortable and fun environment while we explore New Zealand together. Check out our multi-day road trip experiences below.

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Secure your holiday experience with only $99 NZD deposit and pay the rest off in instalments! We understand that sometimes you might need flexibility and we have you covered! We offer a flexible payment option to make sure that everyone can enjoy New Zealand with us!

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If you’re anything like us, being stuck at home is only fueling your inner travel bug! If planning your New Zealand getaway is helping you get through this time, you’re not alone. While we can’t predict the future, we can give you the assurance and confidence to book the tour you’re dreaming of with no pressure and no stress.

That’s what we’re all about: Fun, flexible, hassle-free adventure tours.

Who Are Backyard Roadies?

The Team Behind It

Travelling on a Backyard Roadies tour means getting amongst an authentic, grounded and awesome road trip led by a team of passionate and enthusiastic guides. Jason and the Backyard Roadsters are dedicated to helping other small tourism businesses and communities around the country, in the wake of COVID19 where larger corporates and multinational travel groups have pulled back, we’re diving in head first to rediscover and connect with New Zealand, from the Far North, to the Deep South – all the people, places, and stories in our own Backyard.

Who Are Backyard Roadies?

The Team Behind It

Travelling with Backyard Roadies means getting amongst an authentic, grounded and awesome trip led by a team of passionate and enthusiastic guides. Jason and the Backyard Roadsters are dedicated to helping other small tourism businesses around the country, in the wake of COVID19 where larger corporates and multinational travel groups have pulled back, we’re diving in head first to rediscover and connect with New Zealand – all the people, places, and stories in our own Backyard.

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Today is about reconnecting with your hapori whānui/wider community 💜 🏘️

It’s the perfect time to sign up to be a volunteer or join a local community group, but it could also be as simple as making the effort to reconnect with the people you interact with every day 🙏✨

Today is all about savouring the little hononga/connections that make us human.

A few ideas for reconnecting with your community:

👷 Volunteer your time to others in need – join a community group, pick up someone’s groceries or simply drop off a hot meal to someone who could do with a helping hand. Not only will it create a moment to reconnect, but it will also give you both a feel-good boost.

🗣️ Take a moment to stop and kōrero with your neighbour, bus driver or the checkout assistant at the supermarket. Ask ‘how are you/kei te pēhea koe?’ and really listen. It might make all the difference to their day.

☕️ Make a hoamahi a cup of tea or bring in some biscuits and create a moment to reconnect in the lunchroom – look for opportunities to put a smile on someone’s face.

👥 Introduce yourself to a new parent at your child’s school, new hoamahi at your workplace or a new neighbour in your community. Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help them settle in.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ✨💜
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Reconnect with a special place ✨💜 The places and spaces we spend our time in have a huge impact on how we feel 🙏

Most of us have places we can go that calm, inspire or uplift us 🏞️

Always make time to go to a place that is special to you and take notice of how you feel when you are there 💜

For some of us, the special place that comes to mind might be out of reach - perhaps it’s overseas, or too far away to get to ✈️ Even if we can’t get there right now, there are ways that we can reconnect with the places that lift us up 👆

A few ideas for reconnecting with a special place:

☀️ Take some time away from your work environment and have your lunch at a place that makes you feel calm and uplifted.

💭 Close your eyes and think about a place that is important to you. Even if you can’t be there right now, taking a moment to remember can help you reconnect with a place that is important to you.

🎶 Play a song, read a book or change your screensaver to a photo that reminds you of that special place. We bet it will transport you right back there.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ✨
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We know life can get busy, but feeling connected to the people that are important to us can make a big difference to our mental health 🤝

Connection brings purpose and belonging to our lives and makes us feel happier and more secure 💙

Today is about reconnecting with the people in our lives – it could be someone special who you have lost touch with or just wish you caught up with more often 💐

A few ideas for reconnecting with a friend or loved one:

1. Reach out to someone you would like to reconnect with. Call your whānau (family) send a message to a mate or catch up kanohi ki te kanohi/face to face if you can. We bet it will give both of you a boost 🗣️

2. Organise a potluck dinner, barbeque or shared lunch with your whānau, friends or hoamahi 🥘

3. Look back through your photos and share a happy memory to reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with 📸

4. At the end of the day ask a friend, your whānau (family) or hoamahi (partner) what the best thing about their day was and listen with interest when they respond 🌷

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ❤️
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Wharariki beach is definitively one our favourite beaches in New Zealand 😍

Giant rock formations reflecting on sand, dunes, caves and seal pups playing in tidal pools... 💙

what more would you want? 😉

✨ About the name and couple lil fun facts:

🌷Wharariki is the Maori name of a plant native to New Zealand

🖥️ It is one of the famous Windows 10 desktop screensaver

🎥 It was used as a movie set for The Island (2005)
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A MUST DO in New Zealand ✅ Hokitika Gorge is one detour you won’t regret taking 😍

You’ll be teased with glimpses of the UNREAL colour of the water through the trees as you cruise through along the track 🥾

This is a pretty easy walk through lush native bush to a rocky gorge with calm turquoise blue water 💦 💙

Come check it out with us on our 10 day South Island Explorer tour kicking off in November ✨🤙
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