The tour group, through their relationship with the organisers, were lucky enough to get a “locked in” spot – in before the cars, and stuck there until the stage ended (luckily we’d all stocked up on snacks at the bakery!).
From our position near the top of the hill, we could see the start of the stage, and track the cars as they wound their way up through the stage.
Not only did this spot provide some of the best photos of the tour, we were able to spectate – safely – nice and close to the road.
After watching all of the competitors through the stage, the sweep car, and all the recoveries, we were able to make our way out of the stage and begin the journey back to Dunedin.
Once back in the city, we had the tour Grand Finale, where the whole tour group headed out to dinner at Speight’s Brewery. We enjoyed a delicious wind-down dinner and dessert, chatting and sharing favourite moments from the tour – which were vast and great in number.
As far as I’m concerned, rally tours are probably the best way to experience spectating a rally event – great people, equally great locations, a whole lot of fun and friendships that exist far beyond the confines of the tour bus.
I’ll be back.