The Ultimate South IslandWe're pretty sure this is the premier tour in this spectacular part of the world. You'll not only ride some of the twistiest mountain roads in the whole of New Zealand, but the scenery is unmatched - the Southern Alps, beautiful mirror lakes, raging rivers, glaciers, rainforests, expansive plains, rolling green hills, lush winelands and crystal clear waterways. Two weeks of life changing riding around one of the finest islands on the planet.
The Ultimate South Island Motorcycle Tour
The best way to explore the spectacular highlights of the rugged South Island of New Zealand; an eclectic mix of incredible sights, ancient history and invigorating ribbons of asphalt just begging to be ridden!
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.
After a relaxing nights sleep, there will be a chance to explore Christchurch, the largest city on the south island and a place steeped in neo-gothic heritage and natural splendour. This beautiful ‘garden city’ plays the role as our start and end point.
Nelson / Abel Tasman National Park
Explore New Zealand's 'most liveable' city. Nelson has some beautiful Victorian houses and is an epicentre for alternative lifestylers. There are also superb beaches and national parks to visit further afield.
A once little known region of New Zealand the Abel Tasman National Park is a place that well deserves its new found reputation. A perfect blend of physical exertion and beach life make Abel Tasman a highlight of the South Island. Golden beaches washed clear by crystal blue waters, fringe an area liberally sprinkled with caves, potholes and rolling limestone hills.
Sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling can be a welcome break from the saddle, or if you’re hankering after something a little more challenging, there are plenty of walking trails close at hand.
Punakaiki and the West Coast
The West Coast is an untamed place of wild rivers, lush rainforest, glaciers and geological marvels, rugged beaches and high mountain peaks. Hemmed in by the energetic Tasman sea to the west and towering peaks, lush rainforest and bush to the east, the whole area is never more than 50km wide along the whole stretch of the South Island. The locals are a bunch of independent, fiercely self-reliant, unfailingly friendly and hospitable people. Enjoy their company along the way, but expect a lot of unspoiled wilderness as there are only 31,000 residents in the whole region!
The ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes at Punakaiki are among the West Coast’s most famous sights, formed by the relentless actions of wind and rain over thousands of years they truly are a sight worth seeing. There are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs off the bike along the way. Scenic walks that explore the surf pounded beaches, native forest, lakes and natural hot pools will ensure that there’s never a dull moment.
Hamner Springs is the centre of the Hurunui district of New Zealand. The area offers a diverse landscape ranging from towering snow-capped peaks, through to breathtaking ocean views and whale watching at Kaikoura. The town itself is built on a popular natural hot spring which was discovered in the late 19th century, and which now offers a luxurious way to ease any aches and pains you might have from your time spent in the saddle, exploring this fascinating area of New Zealand.
Westland National Park and Fox Glacier
The ride over the Alps via the beautiful Haast Pass, through the Westland National Park is probably one of the best motorcycling road you can imagine. The route twists around steep slopes with breathtaking views over the glacier lakes of Hawea and Wanaka, then down into the lakeside town of the same name. Peaks that are over 3000 metres high relax into lowland rainforest at the edge of the Tasman Sea, this area is an exquisitely beautiful slice of wilderness.
After experiencing the fantastic riding in the area, you’ll arrive at two of the fastest moving glaciers in the world - ‘Fox’ and ‘Franz Josef’. Tumbling rivers of ice, streaking down the valleys towards the sea at a rate of up to four metres per year. There are plenty of great bush walks or hikes out onto the ice, but the best way to see the glaciers themselves is via helicopter. Of course just because the glaciers are in a hurry doesn't mean you should be.
The aptly titled ‘adrenaline capital of the world’ has plenty to keep you busy, and is situated right on the shores of the majestic ‘Lake Wakatipu’ which forms the perfect backdrop to any of the thrilling activities on offer. If biking round New Zealand wasn’t exciting enough as it is, you can choose from bungy jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting, river surfing, white-water sledging, paragliding, parachuting, canyoning, mountain biking and aerial sightseeing to name but a few of the activities on offer.
For the more mellow visitor, Queenstown has some of the best restaurants on the South Island, fascinating sightseeing tours, spa treatments, boutique shopping and much, much more...
Although...with so many things to jump off, swing from or leap towards it would almost be a shame to keep your feet on the ground!
Te Anau and Fiordland
Superb roads and heart arrestingly awesome scenery must mean you’re in Fiordland, one of the most dramatic and beautiful regions of New Zealand. This indescribably picturesque area was carved out by glaciers over 100,000 years ago and is on every tourist’s agenda.
Waterfalls cascade into the deep black fiords, immeasurably ancient rainforest clings to the slopes of the mountains and shimmering lakes hold secrets just waiting to be discovered. A region untouched by time, and seemingly crafted specifically for motorcycle touring. Visit Milford Sound for a spectacular cruise, investigate the smaller fiords by kayak or simply explore the area on your bike.
There is only one main road in and out but you won’t mind, you’ll spend ages pulling over and admiring the scenery.
Dunedin is the second largest city on the South Island, positioned at the head of the Otago Harbour and surrounded by remnants of thankfully long extinct volcanoes. Dunedin possesses 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 to get back into the saddle for the amazing ride towards Mount Cook.
Mount Cook [Aoraki]
Arguably most impressive things you will see in New Zealand, Mount Cook will get you in the right frame of mind for riding the fantastic alpine roads which surround this natural marvel. At 3,574 metres high Mount Cook dominates the surrounding area for miles around, gazing down on the ‘Four Peaks Range’ and motorcyclists alike as they enjoy the twisting roads, turquoise lakes, snow capped mountains and everything else this World Heritage Area incorporates.
A ski plane flight over the Tasman Glacier would be a good opportunity to get a birds eye view of the sort of terrain you’ll be riding over as you explore what New Zealand has to offer.
Pillion passenger: add + NZ$ 8,025
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