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The Basics Covered
Here’s some of the basics covered.
What’s included and what’s not, how we roll where we stay, and who we work with.
Where we stay
We use a variety of accommodation, from entire beach houses, ski lodges, cabins, to private hostel dorms and twin rooms. To create a community vibe, rooms are shared but exclusive to our group. This means you will be sharing your room but only with people on our tour. All bedding is provided (but you can bring your favourite pillow if you like). Please note, our Northland/Abel Tasman tours are dorm share and our South Island tours are a mix of twin and dorm share
How we get around
We use a 12-seater luxury van equipped with a luggage trailer. This means our crew, our goods and our luggage are in the one vehicle. Our aim is to make less impact and minimize our carbon footprint – part of the reason we run small group tours – by keeping it all together.
Who we work with
Here at Backyard Roadies we’re a small outfit so understand all to swell the value in supporting local. We have no affiliations or ties to bigger corporate which means we have the flexibility to work with local suppliers for all activities and make these selections based on awesomeness and not on ‘best deal available’.
Let’s talk food
All breakfasts and most dinners are included, as well as lunch when we are in remote locations where food needs to be provided. There are meals at your own cost, this varies on each tour. When we stop for lunch at restaurants and breweries, we give guests the opportunity to indulge as much or as little as they like (at their own cost) in the local cuisine. For all meals provided by Backyard Roadies we can cater to all dietary requirements, please just let us know when you book.
Your end of the bargain
Flights. You’ll need to suss these. Our Northland tour starts and finishes in Auckland, our South Island tour starts and finishes in Christchurch, and our Abel Tasman tour starts and finishes in Nelson. If you are flying or travelling a long distance to the tour starting point, we highly recommend you arrive the night before to avoid any travel delays that might affect your ability to join the group on time. Unfortunately, we are unable to wait for late passengers as it impacts the tour schedule and cannot offer refunds to those who have missed the trip.
Travel Insurance. You must take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to the tour departure date if you are internationally travelling to New Zealand for this tour.