North Africa Tour - 2 NZEF in WW2
PYRAMIDS • ANCIENT RUINS • COLOURFUL BAZAARS • NZ WWII WAR HISTORY • FAMOUS BATTLEFIELDS • AMAZING ARCHITECTURE • FABULOUS SHOPPING • EXOTIC CUISINE • EXPERIENCES OF A LIFETIME
A special tour for those who’ve always wanted to travel the path of our WWII NZ soldiers - our Fathers, our brothers, our uncles... Experience modern day North Africa with all its spice, sights, markets and amazing experiences through a modern day lens. Absorb the magic of the desert and stand on soil in some of the most famous battlefields where our brave men fought.
"With gratitude for the past and confidence in the future we range ourselves without fear beside Britain. Where Britain goes, we go; where she stands, we stand." MichaelJoseph Savage, PM, 05 Sept 1939. NZ Dedares War.
This tour will follow the route of the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force (2 NZEF) from the battle of El Alamein on 23 Oct 1942 to the final German surrender in Tunisia on 13 May 1943. Explorations will be made of significant NZEF battlefields and visits will be made to Commonwealth War Cemeteries of relevance to NZ. The Kiwi Division gained the distinction of being the only division to reach their target on the opening night of El Alamein
Visit such battles sites as Alam Halfa, Ruwesait Ridge (where Sgt Keith Elliott and Charles Upham both won the Victoria Cross), Qattara Track and Miterayia Ridge, Mersa Matruh, Minqar Qaim, Sidi Aziez, Belhamed, Point 175, The Blockhouse, Sidi Rezegh, Tobruk, Derna, Benghazi, Tripoli, Tebaga Gap (where Lt Kiwa Ngarimu won his VC), Medenine, Enfidaville, Takrouna (where L. Sergeant Manahi was denied his VC) and much more.
Tour participants will be invited to request visits to places of personal relevance to themselves and their family and, where possible, this will be included.