Episode 16: Driving Route 66 through Illinois


Mike and Chris start with a look through some of the North Island’s finest historic pubs. Roadside inns that have been part of the landscape since our earliest days as a nation – that you can the stay the night in. North Island specimens include The Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell and the Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier.

The South Island’s finest historic pubs – hospitality charmers that are guaranteed to charm your pants off. The West Coast’s star specimens include the Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara, while further south, The Vulcan Hotel, the Cardrona Hotel and Dansey’s Pass Coach Inn add a flavourful nugget, a great inflexion-point, to a great Kiwi mini-break or road-trip.

As domestic travel stirs into life across New Zealand, we can still only dream about international travel. So how are the big travel operators navigating their way through the Covid pandemic? The Travel Corporation represents some of the world’s biggest travel brands including Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Uniworld Waterways, AAT Kings and Contiki. Travel Corporation’s New Zealand General Manager, Scott Cleaver, joins Kiwi Tripsters to talk about the challenges facing the industry and some new tailor made product offerings for Kiwis.

Mike and Chris indulge in some bucket-list travel dreaming, driving Route 66 through Illinois. From Chicago to St. Louis, it’s the first section of America’s Mother Road and Mike reckons it’s one of the best, capturing the essence of retro Americana, which is what Route Sixty Six embodies. Highlights include Gemini Giant, the Cozy Dog Drive-In and the radiant retro-bling town of Pontiac.  

  • 00:45 New Zealand's finest historic pubs
  • 16:20 Guest talk with Scott Cleaver
  • 19:00 Driving Route 66 - Chicago to St Louis and more...

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