Dream Holiday: McLaren's Epic New Zealand Tour
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McLaren do package holidays, and they're probably the best package holidays in the world - as long as you own one of their ultra-expensive supercars, that is.
This week-long trip down the spine of New Zealand came to an end last week, and here are the pictures from the tour that will make any car fan green with envy.
Called the Epic New Zealand Road Tour, it was created by the British carmaker to celebrate its founder Bruce McLaren who was born in Auckland where the roadtrip began. But it wasn't smooth sailing for all the supercar drivers fortunate enough to take part.
The invitation was open to McLaren owners from around the world.
The supercar builder sold the trip as a chance to 'enjoy award-winning food and wine as well as a mixture of relaxing and thrilling outdoor activities with golf, track driving and even bungee jumping' over eight days of a 1,040 mile cruise from the north to the south of New Zealand.
Customers had to apply to take part in the event, which McLaren hasn't confirmed the fee for, and were told they could use their own cars or borrow from a fleet of six-figure vehicles.
Everything from the original 90s McLaren F1 to the current million-pound P1 hypercar took part and it certainly looks like the owners enjoyed the vacation.
It all began with a black-tie dinner in Bruce McLaren's hometown on November 26th followed by a trackday at the new Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park set within the volcanic region of Taupo.
From there, the supercars drove in formation to Hawkes Bay for a spot of wine tasting followed by a short blast to Wellington for an evening of fine dining.
After crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island via ferry, the thousand-mile multi-million-pound convoy took in some stargazing at Lake Takapo, a helicopter ride to Minaret Station for dinner on a glacier and another chance to stretch the legs of their performance cars at Highlands Motorsport Park before coming to an end on December 3.
It all sounds wonderfully idyllic, if you're a petrolhead.
But it didn't all go to plan for those taking part.
One owner of the super-rare and ultra exotic McLaren F1 managed to spin off the road and into a ditch on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road near Closeburn on the final day of the tour. Ouch!
No one was hurt in the accident but the driver faced charges of careless driving.
Having the car repaired won't be cheap either - when Rowan Atkinson famously crashed his F1 for the second time in 2011, the bill to make it roadworthy again was a reported $1.7 million. That said, he did sell the one-of-107 supercars for a $12.3 million profit last year.
The full trip took in eight days of glorious views, fine dining and extravagant activities. We want to go next year...