His was the final year of production for the 575M. Since it was replaced by the 599, the 575M has quietly become an appreciating classic from the Ferrari stable. With its thunderous V12 wail and GT shape, the 575M still looks and sounds as beautiful today
get to their destinations safely and back home in the same fashion. For the vehicles to be road legal in New Zealand for the duration of the tour (some are left-hand drive; some possibly wouldn’t pass a warrant of fitness), they all must have a ‘Carnet’, which requires a bond equalling the value of the car be lodged with the New Zealand Government for the duration of their stay. This ensures the car won’t be sold while it’s here, thus bypassing import regulations.
The Jewel that is New Zealand
The New Zealand tour was organized and timed to the nth degree. There was the occasional day or evening off, but, for the most part, the tour was as much about taking in the local scenery and culture as it was about driving the roads. Each evening, dinner and transfers to and from the restaurant were arranged, with a dress code indicated.
To give you an idea of the itinerary: The tour began in Queenstown then headed off to Glenorchy for a jet-boat tour up towards the World Heritage Area of the Dart River. The following day, the magnificent Milford Sound stepped up to the tourism plate. And not in a normal ‘we-went-toMilford Sound-and-bought-a-postcard’ kind of tourist manner. Oh no. Jewel Tours put on nine helicopters, with multiple landings atop glaciers and mountains, followed by a private lunch put on by the well-known Wallis family.
This grandeur continued up the South Island, as the tour stays at the best hotels that can accommodate the group, dining at the very best restaurants that can seat them.
As the North Island came into view, the group headed straight from Wellington to the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka, famed for its appeal to the well heeled. Yeah, right.
The next several nights’ accommodations were regarded by those I spoke to as some of the most magnificent any of them had experienced — from Cape Kidnappers (and