BEACH HOP 2022
March 21 to March April 4, 2022
Whangmata, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Repco Beach Hop (check out their website) car festival has evolved into one of the southern hemisphere’s truly iconic events. Petrolheads flock in their thousands from around the globe to immerse themselves in this incredible festival, which also happens to be held in one of the prettiest, and most spectacular coastal settings of NZ’s beautiful Coromandel Peninsula (don't take our word for it, have a squiz here).
Kiwis have a very long-established connection with hot rodding and the street machine scene, and nowhere else can there be seen such a rich and diverse fleet of modified vehicles, from American muscle cars to British classics and other unique owner-built specials.
Like Aussies, our Kiwi cousins also love a party and Beach Hop is now established as a five-day celebration of all things automotive.
For 2022, international group travel experts Ticket2Ride will be hosting a group of Aussie car enthusiasts on what could very well be the petrolhead’s trip of a lifetime! Not only will our group attend Beach Hop – they will also get to enjoy a free-range tour of the North Island, taking in such spectacular locations as the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, beautiful Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, incorporating three active volcanoes, the City of Sails, otherwise known as Auckland, and the Northland Coast, including the historic Bay of Islands.
Our Beach Hop 2022 tour will give tour members the opportunity to make the absolute most of their visit to NZ’s premier car enthusiast event. This package runs for five days, and will also include Campervan hire, a special group reception (with surprise guest host), as well as many other special features.
We are limiting the size of the tour for 2022 so if you can see yourself enjoying Beach Hop and cruising the North Island, better register with Ticket2Ride NOW so you don’t miss out on all the fun, adventures and memories that will be here before you know it!
Depart Australia and arrive Auckland
Monday, March 21, 2022
Today will include overnight accommodation in the heart of Auckland City, plus attendance at a special Beach Hop Welcome Reception to be hosted by a surprise guest. Members will be transported from the airport to their downtown hotel and then onto the reception, which will include light snacks and refreshments.
Campervan pick up and drive to Whangamata
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Campervan pickup and provisioning, plus completing the two-hour, 160km drive to Whangamata, the spectacular and scenic coastal home of Repco Beach Hop. Check-in at special campervan-friendly location, close to all the Beach Hop action.
Repco Beach Hop
Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday March 27, 2022
Attend the first day of Repco Beach Hop 2022 and experience the incredible atmosphere and all of the great shows and events that make up this incredible car and bike festival.
Beach Hop is a non-stop celebration of the music, culture, fashion, dancing and all of the incredible hot rods, street machines and motorcycles that generate so much passion amongst enthusiasts the world-over.
Since its inception in 2001, it has grown from an attendance of around 4000 to almost 100,000 people, making it one of the largest events of its kind in the world.
Run by the colourful Noddy Watts and a hardcore and professional crew, Beach Hop attracts the absolute cream of cars and bikes and hums all week long to the throb of bands, parties and large V8 engines.
Events include the Repco Warm-Up Party, Power Cruise, Petrolhead Vintage Market, Nostalgia Quiz Night, Classic Comedy Show, Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise, Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing, Hop Idol Competition, live bands at various locations, Grand Parade, Classic Car and Boat Show, Meguiars Main Street Car Show, Repco Pre-49 Hot Rod Show, Custom Bike Show, Junkyard Fashion Show, Burger Fuel Vintage Show, Nostalgia Fair, Top 10 Shoot Out and Final Prize Giving.
If you can’t find something to captivate and entertain you at Beach Hop, maybe it’s time to take up knitting!
Explore NZ's North Island
Monday, March 28 - Monday, April 4, 2022
And the fun continues after Beach Hop! Today tour members will depart Whangamata to explore NZ’s North Island at your leisure. There is so much to experience in the North Island, including such spectacular natural attractions as the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Auckland Harbour and the amazing and diverse coastline that encircles this jewel of the southern hemisphere. After a week of touring members will return their van to Auckland airport and enjoy one last night in a hotel before flying back to Australia with a lifetime’s worth of fantastic memories.