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October 3, 2016

New Zealand by Harley Davidson – in Guy Martin’s tyre tracks

Inspired by speed star Guy Martin’s recently-announced visit, travel company Silver Fern Holidays has created a new tour of New Zealand by Harley Davidson for motorbike fans who may want to follow in Martin’s tyre tracks.

Martin, whose ‘Speed’ series is on Channel 4, Sundays at 7.30pm, will travel to New Zealand for the first time for the annual Burt Munro Classic (24-27 November 2016).

“The Burt Munro Classic is New Zealand’s largest motorcycle rally, with races in and around Invercargill on South Island,” says Silver Fern Holidays’ managing director John Lightwood. “Guy is shipping his own 320hp turbo-charged bike over to race on Oreti Beach where Burt Munro tested his ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ motorbike in the 1950s and 60s.

“New Zealand, with almost empty roads and spectacular scenery, is a fantastic destination for bike fans, and this new 23-day touring itinerary by Harley Davidson combines the best sights with fantastic rides of 200-350kms a day,” says Lightwood.

The itinerary starts in Auckland and covers both North and South Islands. Route highlights include riding through the Hokianga rainforest to Cape Reinga, across the volcanic Tongariro plateau, beside the ocean at Kaikoura, over the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to travel along majestic Fjordland roads , with an overnight in Invercargill to pay homage to Burt Munro before heading back up through Dunedin to Christchurch, where the trip ends.

Key destinations from Rotorua to Abel Tasman National Park, Queenstown and Milford Sound are incorporated into the itinerary, so that travellers not only enjoy the best rides but the best sights New Zealand has to offer.

The new 23-day itinerary costs from £3290 per person, based on two people riding one Harley Davidson bike, with an initial training session, route maps and notes provided.  All motorbikes are late model Harleys, with panniers for clothes and personal effects. Fuel is not included.

Bed and breakfast accommodation, again on the basis of two sharing a room, is included at recommended boutique B&Bs, lodges, farm-stays and hotels.

Price excludes international flights, which can be arranged as part of an ATOL-bonded package.

Silver Fern Holidays: 01636 813 544, www.silverfernholidays.com

September 15, 2016

New Zealand Gardens: new itinerary from Silver Fern Holidays

New Zealand holidays specialist Silver Fern Holidays has published a New Zealand Garden Holidays  itinerary to inspire horticultural fans to visit the country.

“Our autumn is New Zealand’s Spring, making the next couple of months a good time to visit if you want to enjoy spectacular gardens and the native bush,” says managing director John Lightwood.

The new 16-day itinerary recommends visits to private and public gardens, combined with must-see sights between Auckland on North Island and as far south as Dunedin. It includes opportunities to discover iconic flora ‘in the wild’, such as the manuka shrub in New Zealand’s native bush, and tree ferns in the temperate rainforests.

On North Island, highlights include Ayrlies Country Garden and Auckland Botanic Gardens, the themed Hamilton Gardens, a group of private gardens in New Plymouth and Otari-Wilton’s Bush Garden in Wellington.  In South Island, the route takes in privately-owned Maple Glen in Wyndham and Lanarch Castle’s fine grounds, as well as the rainforest of Fjordland and the wilderness of Westland.

Gardens of New Zealand tours are offered to both independent travellers (from £2985 per person twin share inclusive of car hire and accommodation) and to gardening clubs (from £2595 per person including coach travel and accommodation). International flights extra.

01636 813 544, www.silverfernholidays.com

 

March 24, 2016

New Zealand WON’T fly the Silver Fern!

Kiwis have voted to keep the old ‘colonial’ New Zealand flag, after a national referendum that ended yesterday 24 March.

A design featuring the country’s globally-recognised silver fern emblem was rejected during an often-acrimonious campaign.

“The decision – which I must say surprises me – emphasises the strong bonds between the UK and New Zealand.  It is one reason why British travellers have always been warmly received in New Zealand and that’s obviously not about to change either,” says John Lightwood, managing director of Silver Fern Holidays, the Nottinghamshire-based tour operator that specialises in holidays to New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand statistics show that UK holidaymakers to the destination increased by 11.6% in 2015.

Silver Fern Holidays specialises in tailor-made trips for independent travellers, and small group escorted tours.

A 27-day Complete New Zealand itinerary, which can be tailored to suit individual interests, costs from £4995 per person, based on two people travelling and sharing accommodation, including flights from the UK, car hire, inter-island ferry travel, scenic rail journeys and a mix of boutique hotels and B&Bs.

01636 813 544, www.silverfernholidays.com

March 21, 2016

New Zealand boom puts pressure on Hotels: Book Early says Silver Fern Holidays

New Zealand’s 2015-16 summer season has broken all tourism records. International visitor numbers are up by more than 10% and, says leading New Zealand specialist Silver Fern Holidays, UK travellers thinking of going this winter (for a New Zealand summer) need to book sooner rather than later.

“We’re just back from ITB in Berlin, the world’s largest tourism fair,” says managing director John Lightwood, “and it’s clear that all markets to New Zealand are up, especially China, and Korea.

“The country’s wide open spaces have plenty of room for visitors, but there is a shortage of hotels and I expect there to be a lot of pressure on peak season rooms.”

“Most tour groups opt for large hotels, while we recommend boutique hotels and lodges, but these will also come under pressure, so if you’re planning that ‘trip of a lifetime’ you need to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Emirates’ new non-stop Dubai-Auckland service (from 1 March 2016) adds additional flight capacity that is easily-tapped into by UK travellers.  January 2017 flights to New Zealand are already open for booking, and February and March 2017 dates will open shortly.

Silver Fern Holidays specialises in tailor-made trips for independent travellers, and also offers a programme of small group tours which are unique to the company.

A 27-day Complete New Zealand independent touring holiday in January 2017, which can be tailored to suit individual interests, costs from £3495 per person based on two people travelling together, including car hire, inter-island ferry travel and scenic rail journeys around New Zealand, with accommodation at boutique hotels and B&Bs.  Flights not included: all routes and stopovers can be arranged.

01636 813 544, www.silverfernholidays.com

February 17, 2016

New Zealand may have a new Flag next month

The referendum in which New Zealanders will be asked whether they want to keep the existing, or change to a new Silver Fern emblem, will be held between 3 and 24 March.

“Most people in the UK think New Zealand’s national symbol is already the Silver Fern,” says John Lightwood, managing director of Silver Fern Holidays, the Nottinghamshire-based tour operator that specialises in holidays to New Zealand.

“But though it features on the All Blacks’ rugby shirts, the Black Caps of the cricket team and the tail-fins of Air New Zealand’s planes, the official flag since 1902 has been a Union Jack and the stars of the Southern Cross against a blue background,” explains Lightwood.

UK travellers to New Zealand can already see the alternative flag flying alongside the official one at over 250 government sites. Designed by Kyle Lockwood, it features a silver fern against a black and blue background alongside the stars of the Southern Cross. See the official website here: https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/the-nz-flag-your-chance-to-decide/

“I’m not eligible to vote, but colleagues in our Hamilton office on North Island are certainly hoping for a ‘yes’ vote for the Silver Fern!” says Lightwood.

Silver Fern Holidays specialises in tailor-made trips for independent travellers, and small group escorted tours.

A 27-day Complete New Zealand itinerary, which can be tailored to suit individual interests, costs from £4995 per person, based on two people travelling and sharing accommodation, including flights from the UK, car hire, inter-island ferry travel, scenic rail journeys and a mix of boutique hotels and B&Bs.

01636 813 544, www.silverfernholidays.com

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

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