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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 


What shall I do about flights?
What sort of accommodation are we staying in?
Motorcycles and Motorcycle Insurance
Do I need a visa and International Drivers Licence?
I have a learner's licence - is that okay?
What insurance do you recommend?
Is a credit card sufficient or shall I bring cheques and cash as well?
What is provided with the tour package?
What other costs do I have to expect?
How are meal times arranged?
What you need to bring
How do I book for one of the tours?

What shall I do about flights?

Flights are not part of the travel package and are not included in the tour price. You are welcome to arrange flights at your convenience. You should arrive at least one day prior to tour departure and arrange return flights not earlier than after the last tour day.


New Zealand: The South Island Paradise Tours start and finish in Christchurch, whereas the North- and South Island Highlights tours start in Christchurch and finishes in Auckland. Please arrange flights into Christchurch and from Auckland. We are happy to assist with flights and give flight recommendations on request: tina@towanda.org

Australia: Tours start and finish in Sydney / North South Wales.

USA: Tours start and finish in San Francisco / California.
Wherever and whenever you will arrive - we will be there to greet you at the airport. Airport shuttles are part of our service.

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Accommodation for Towanda Tour

Staying in New Zealand Accommodation

Farm stay accommodation

What sort of accommodation are we staying in?

Accommodation is wherever possible in women's only guesthouses. Accommodation style is a mixture of motel, holiday villas, B&B, guesthouses with 3 - 4 star rating which means good to very good.

We choose accommodation by location and quality. We aim to show the best within reason - the most beautiful places and the most extraordinary accommodation. Standard is twin share, single rooms are available at surcharge.

On New Zealand Tours, one night accommodation is at a farmstay and one night we will be invited at a Marae, the meeting house of the Maori Community (the Maori were NZ's first settlers). Tours through USA include a few night's camping in the most beautiful National Parks. Everything you will need for this (tent, bed role, cooking gear and dishes) will be provided. You just need to bring your sleeping bag.

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Motorcycles and Motorcycle Insurance

Please see under separate page "motorbikes". Click here.

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Do I need a visa and International Drivers Licence?

Visa requirements are due to constant changes, please always check requirements with your local travel agent or with TOWANDA Women.

New Zealand: Visa is not required for visit up to 3 month for most European, Australian visitors and tourists from USA.

Australia: Visa is required for most European & American visitors.

USA: Visa is not required for most European, Australian & New Zealand visitors for visits up to 90 days.

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I have a learner's licence - is that okay?

Absolutely. You just have to stick to the regulations in the country of touring. In New Zealand and Australia for instance, you are limited to a 250cc motorbike.

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What insurance do you recommend?

We strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy covering trip cancellation for medical reasons; trip delay; medical expenses; accidental death; lost baggage; and medical evacuation.

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Is a credit card sufficient or shall I bring cheques and cash as well?

Credit cards (Visa & Master) are widely accepted, but we strongly recommend to bring traveller cheques (in the currency of the country of touring) and a little bit of cash.

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What is provided with the tour package?

The tour package includes the motorcycle plus insurance and 24-hour-support, all accommodations, airport or hotel pick-up and - on some tours - a back-up vehicle for luggage (for more than 5 participants). Also included are many extras such as 2 x kayaking in Milford Sound and the Marlborough Sounds, a cruise in Milford Sound and the ferry crossing for yourself and the bike from the South Island to the North Island (all on New Zealand tours). On tours in USA all National Park entry fees are inclusive. Also inclusive are maps and plenty of information material as well as one or two skilled guides.

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What other costs do I have to expect?

You will need to pay for your meals, petrol and activities like bungy jumping, rafting, etc.

New Zealand & Australia: Petrol in New Zealand costs currently around NZ$1.65 per litre. Meals are usually $10 for breakfast or lunch and $15-25 for dinner. For a tour of 18 days you need about NZ$800 (= 440 €) for petrol and food. This might sound unrealistic, but cost of living and petrol is much lower in New Zealand

1 NZ$ = 0.55 €

USA: Petrol is ca. $5 per gallon (=3,8 ltr), breakfast is $6-10 and dinner ca. $10-20.

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How are meal times arranged?

We cater for breakfast unless it is inclusive of the accommodation. Lunch is usually at a café somewhere at the roadside. We have dinner together in a restaurant or some evenings we might torture you with our cooking or have a barbeque.

New Zealand: At the farmstay we will be invited to a real Kiwi BBQ and at the Marae we will experience a traditional cooked meal called "hangi".

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What you need to bring / Gear list



New Zealand: Click here for a sample gear list (might assist you on other trips as well). You will need to bring your winter riding gear (if you do not wish to hire the gear, but bring your own one). Temperatures in New Zealand can change rapidly and dramatically. Please bring thermal underwear and warm woolen jerseys. You will also need very good wet weather gear.

Australia: Temperatures in & around Sydney are generally warmer and dryer than the climate in New Zealand. Summer riding gear will be sufficient.

USA: Weather in June / July can be extremely hot, you might want to bring an open-face helmet. You still need a warm jersey for cooler climates.

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How do I book for one of the tours?

You can book online or send us a filled in booking form (we can also email you a booking form on request). Once we have received your booking we will confirm availability by email. As soon as availability is confirmed we need a deposit of $500 ($300 for 6 day tours) to secure your booking. The rest amount is due not later than 60 days before departure.

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