Backyard Roadies is about giving people living in New Zealand and Australia the opportunity to explore our beautiful backyard. We understand that travel takes time and money and many people spent 2019 saving money, researching, planning and getting leave approved, only to have all the borders close in their face. Luckily for those in New Zealand and Australia, we are stuck in the most beautiful countries in the world. Before COVID, roughly 3.8 million international tourists visited New Zealand every year, so we clearly have something special on our own doorstep. Now we have it all to ourselves.
We have created tours that aim to match 3 criteria:
Most of us have jobs, families, sports, or other commitments, so we have kept our tours short. This means you only need to get a couple of days off work to come on an epic journey in Northland or if you’re eager to explore more and have more annual leave to use, we have a 10-day South Island tour too. We have also partnered with small locally-owned businesses to keep our costs down.
People travel for all sorts of reasons but there’s a certain beauty of exploring your own backyard with the potential to create long-term connections. You probably live quite close to the other people on the tour, so might even find yourself spending time together after the tour ends. If you see something you want to know more about, it is only just down the road for you to come back another weekend. We hope the roadie continues to have a positive effect on you, long after you hop off the tour!
The uncertainty of 2020 has shown us all the importance of communities sticking together and supporting each other. From accommodation to activities, to signage and merchandise, we aim to partner with smaller local-owned businesses. We hope to educate and connect people with the world and the environment around them. Sharing one vehicle between all of us is easier on the planet than multiple vehicles on the road, and we are constantly learning and looking to improve our systems to decrease our impact on the climate.