New Zealand Punches above its weight

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With its twisty state highways, one way bridges and breathtaking scenery, its no secret that New Zealand offers some of the best driving roads in the world. But did you know the land of the long white cloud also punches above its weight in sightings of classic metal.

First up, from the small French settlement of Akaroa (a stone’s throw from Christchurch) delivered us this zesty Mustang.

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Mustang’s proved a popular choice for New Zealand’s well-maintained and at times vacant motorways.

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This Coupe spotted in Wanaka, was also an attention seeker.

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Amidst the new construction and funky street art rising from the derelict and destruction (as a result of the 2011 Earthquake), automotive gold was to be found in Christchurch. This tasteful cut and shut, double-fronted beetle is owned by none of other than Christchurch’s resident Wizard.

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Unique is an understatement. The VW is a familiar sight parked on New Regent street and is refreshing to see.

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We’re still a little unsure of which end is the driving end.

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On this side of normal, Christchurch also brought us one of the cleanest looking E-types we’ve ever seen.

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Devoid of embellishments, this ’67 4.2 looked sinister with its blacked-out trim. Aesthetically everything was right.

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With its perfect stance upon Dunlop wheels, it cut a pretty mean figure on this scene of reconstruction.

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Crazed duco and a tatty interior, this very original looking E-type was spotted in Queenstown. Love at first sight.

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Old school cruiser in Auckland.

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Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most popular wedding destinations. As such, it was no surprise to see this Silver Shadow carrying out its duties.

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We couldn’t look past this XJ6 coupe, a model that in recent years has picked up in popularity and price.

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An rare XK 150 coupe also impressed us at Waikeke…as did the Wine.

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Classic beetle shape perfected in Picton.

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This gorgeous early sixties Alfa Giulia was spotted at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre at the Omaka Air Field, not far from the centre of wine region of Blenheim.

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With some road grime and patina present, this beauty looked to be in daily use.

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If you are ever in New Zealand, one road-side spot we recommend is Three Creeks Service Station, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

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Housed in a General Store, 1950s Service Station, Blacksmith Shop and Trading Store is a cool range of rusty and retro goodies.

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As you can see its definitely worth taking a quick snap or two at this place.

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This Ford coupe elegantly poses in front of the historic Luggate Hotel, just out of Wanaka.

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’32 roadster cruising the streets of Wanaka.

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Coincidently, in our travels across this picturesque country we crossed paths with the Pre 49 Street Rodders club for their Nationals Event in Omarama, in the Central Otago region.

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Their Easter base, the Heritage Gateway hotel was overtaken by tastefully customised rods.

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Sometimes hot rods can be overdone. Too much chrome or too many tacky add-ons. Its all subjective ofcourse, but all of the hot rods we saw in Omarama were brilliant in their execution.

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This beautiful ’34 roadster looked resplendent in the Autumn light.

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The matte sage green on this ’34 coupe was the perfect colour choice complimented by the staggered black steelies.

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With awesome cars and a friendly bunch of enthusiasts, it looked a great club to be a part of.

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Without even trying, we discovered that New Zealand really does punch above its weight in car spotting.

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage.

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Thanks for coming along for the ride in New Zealand.

Watch this space.

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