Planning is well underway for Raid New Zealand 2018. Over the last few years there has been some interest shown in taking 2CVs to New Zealand for a Raid. Dave Rogers and Peter Dekker have completed a full survey for this event and have firm dates from 11 February to 19 March 2018. Several factors have been taken into consideration regarding these dates:- 1) outside of NZ school holidays, 2) chance of best weather
with no snow bound high country roads and, 3) certainly allows time for people, and possibly transport of vehicles back to Australia for those folks participating in Cit-In 2018.
Our anticipated route commences in Christchurch after we have collected our cars from Lyttleton docks and then travels a route through the South Island visiting all the major tourist spots and driving on as many interesting and normally untraveled roads as possible. We cross into the North Island via the scenic ferry through the Marlborough Sounds and then make our way to Auckland, again keeping off the major roads and covering many less trodden but beautiful areas. Approximately 6,500 kms over 37 days. There are 13 rest days in the major sightseeing areas as well as plenty to do and see along the way. All attractions are optional, however we will be visiting many of the classic New Zealand attractions and world class museums as well as some out of the way places. we have surveyed a route that includes many gravel roads (we've tried for one each day) plus the majority of other roads are off the main routes wherever practicable. no road will prove a problem for any well maintained 2CV, the preparation of which need not include anything beyond a standard 2CV with the exception of adding a Citizen Band (CB) radio.
accommodation is in cabins or motels along the way, and the applicable dates have been secured at each venue. participants will need to contact each venue to reserve and pay for your actial rooms. Venues and contact details are listed on the forum.
Tented camping for those who wish is also possible.
Costs including return car transport from Australia (Melbourne) to New Zealand (Auckland), air fares, cabin accommodation, fuel and food allowance (everything apart from personal spending) is estimated to be between $9,000 to $12,000 for a single person and $12,000 to $15,000 for a couple. having completed the survey, the organisers feel that this is a realistic estimate.
Raid New Zealand is now fully subscribed with 27 cars and 56 participants. we have 4 cars already located in NZ although their owners are from Australia, 18 cars travelling from various australian ports although some of their owners reside in europe, and there is one car each from The netherlands, uk, switzerland, belgium and norfolk island. plus we can expect a few new zealand 2CV owners to join us for a day or two, here and there.