The Paradise Tour
Ride the best routes to the finest attractions of the South
Island. This is paradise on two wheels, Kiwi-style! The
Southern Alps, beautiful mirror lakes, raging rivers, glaciers,
rainforests, plains and hills make for riding excitement,
spectacular scenery and a real adventure. Just pack your
bags and hop on your motorcycle, our tour guides will lead
you through New Zealand's most beautiful areas.
11 day tour, 2600 kms - Variable
Arrival Day: Christchurch
After collecting you from Christchurch International Airport,
we’ll take you to your hotel. You can explore Christchurch
at your leisure and relax to get over the worst of the jet lag.
Your first night's accommodation is included in the tour price.
Day 1: Welcome Day and Christchurch
We’ll collect you from your hotel and take you to the the
depot for a unique Kiwi welcome day. It starts with our Maori
greeting, whereafter you'll be introduced to your fellow adventurers
and tour leaders – and to your motorcycle. After a safety
and tour briefing you'll have a chance for a familiarisation ride
with rider training included if required. We'll ride out to Akaroa,
a unique little town with a distinct French influence. The day
ends with a great traditional Hangi dinner.
2: Christchurch to Mackenzie Country
The first day's ride gets you in the mood for the brilliant roads
to follow. It twists and turns over the mountain passes of the
scenic Four Peaks Range and along turquoise lakes with snow-capped
mountains in the background, offering countless photo opportunities.
The mighty Mt Cook dominates the landscape for miles around.
Day 3: Mackenzie Country to Dunedin
Today's ride via Lindis Pass and back to the East Coast brings
diverse scenery and more great roads through Central Otago. The
very Scottish city of Dunedin (meaning 'Edinburgh' in Celtic)
is your stop for the night.
4: Dunedin local area
Today you'll have a chance to explore the South Island's second
largest city. As the home of the oldest university in New Zealand,
it's lively and interesting with plenty of entertainment like
theatres and live music clubs. Dunedin has grand Victorian architecture
and the steepest street in the world. A walk up Baldwin Street
with its 1 in 1.266 gradient will have you ready for the next
attraction, a tour of a local brewery with some free beer tasting!
If that all sounds like too much hard work you can simply relax
or go for a ride if you prefer - we'd be pleased to show you the
best routes. Dunedin also reputedly has the best night life on
the South Island and we'll be happy to prove it to you!
Day 5: Dunedin to Te Anau
The tour from Dunedin to the south end leads us on a twisty coast
road through Catlins State Forest Park to Invercargill. If you
ask nicely, we may even throw in a stop in the southernmost town
on the South Island - the tiny town of Bluff is world-renowned
for its oysters. We don't know if they really help with the libido
(ahem!) but for many the destination for the night can't come
soon enough...Before we get there though there's still the very
unique scenery and a beautiful ride through the rolling green
hills of Southland and the Clutha Valley.
6: Te Anau to Milford Sound and return
There is only one road in to and out of Milford Sound but you
won't mind riding it twice, it's as scenic as they come. At Milford
Sound you'll have the opprtunity for a cruise on the sound, a
highlight of this tour. The scenery is out of this world and if
you don't believe me you'll just have to come and see for yourself!
No matter how you say “steep ravines, deep fjords, blue
shimmering crevasses, snow-covered Alps, blue seas and thundering
waterfalls” the words just cannot do this area justice.
Take a look at the pictures and you'll see what we mean!
Day 7: Te Anau to Queenstown
Today we partly retrace our steps and then head for a beuatiful
ride through farm country and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Queenstown - the adrenalin capital of the world - is today's destination.
8: Queenstown local area
This is the perfect place for both adventurers and leisure seekers
- nothing is impossible here! There's plenty to keep you busy
if you don't want to ride. Choose from bungy jumping, jet-boating,
white-water rafting, river surfing, white-water sledging, paragliding,
parachuting, canyoning, mountain biking and aerial sightseeing!
Still not enough? Add fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, yachting,
horseback riding and rock climbing. I'm exhausted just reading
all of that! For the not-so-active it has some of the best restaurants
on the South Island in one of the most scenic spots in the world
on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Day 9: Queenstown to Franz Josef
If Queenstown didn't provide enough adrenaline, the shortcut via
Cardrona to Wanaka will! From there you'll ride over the Alps
via the beautiful Haast Pass. The road winds along steep slopes
with huge views over the glacier lakes Hawea and Wanaka and down
to the town of Haast. After a great ride along the west coast
you'll arrive at two of the most prolific glaciers in the world
- Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier are tumbling rivers of ice
streaking down the valleys towards the sea. There are plenty of
great walks in the area but the best way to see the glaciers is
Day 10: Franz Josef to Punakaiki
Winding roads take us further up the West Coast to Punakaiki.
The landscape is unique with the rough Tasman See on your left
and the deep green bush and rainforest on your right. The Pancake
Rocks and Blowholes are just a few minutes away from our destination
and a distinctive place to visit.
Day 11: Punakaiki to Christchurch
Returning to Christchurch you’ll leave the west coast and
ride one of the most beautiful roads in New Zealand. Arthur's
Pass is the highest, most impressive and by far the twistiest
highway over the Southern Alps! Thick rain forest, steep slopes,
strange rock formations, snow-covered mountains, deep blue icy
rivers, colossal valleys and flat plains are all within just 250
kilometres of each other. Tonight we say haere ra (goodbye)
to new friends and celebrate the end of this wonderful journey
with a great dinner.
Why not stay on in Christchurch for a few days? We'll be happy
to help with accommodation and planning of activities. Also known
as the 'Garden City', Christchurch is the most 'English' of NZ's
cities and was designed to reflect ordered class structure instead
of being just another shabby colonial outpost. Stroll through
exquisite gardens, punt on the Avon River, ride a tram or people-watch
in Cathedral Square.