Guided Motorbike Tours - The Ultimate South Island Tour
The Ultimate South Island
We'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 guided motorbike tour
14 DAYS
13 NIGHTS
2,700km
Motorcycle expedition marker
NZ$ 9,575
Guided motorbike tour dates
2016
• 16th - 29th March
Sold out, sorry!
2017
• 12th - 25th March
Tour places available
What's included in the tour
What's included - Quality accommodation
Accommodation during the tour in comfortable, high quality resorts, hotels and motels. Based on a twin-share basis.
What's included - Bike of your choice
The motorcycle of your choice. We've a wide selection to choose from, something to suit every taste and experience level.
What's included - Lead rider
Lead rider and expert guide, who will share a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of each area.
What's included - Support vehicle
Support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour, complete with qualified first aider on board.
What's included - Breakfasts
Most breakfasts and dinners are included in the tour, some exclusions do apply.
What's included - Airport transfers
Airport transfers are included in the cost of this tour.
Exclusions and things you should know
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Air fares and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing you see here.
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Additional fees such as hotel mini-bar consumption, are the sole responsibility of the rider and are not included in the pricing.

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!

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.

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.

Abel Tasman National Park
Image credits linkAbel Tasman National Park, like a lot of New Zealand is visually spectacular

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.

The Blowholes
Image credits linkThe West Coast is an untamed and relatively rugged part of the South Island

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.

The West Coast
Image credits linkSpectacular scenery around every turn along the western fringes of the South Island

Hamner Springs
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.

Whale watching at Kaikoura
Image credits linkWhales are a common sight in the waters around Kaikoura

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.

Westland National Park
Image credits linkThe Westland National Park offers a spectacular backdrop for some equally spectacular riding!

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.

Exploring Westland National Park
Image credits linkThere are many ways to explore what the Westland National Park has to offer...

Adrenaline capital of the worldQueenstown
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!

Fiordlands
Image credits linkThe immeasureably ancient Fiordland scenery

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.

Fiordlands
Image credits linkA land untouched by time and seemingly crafted for touring by motorcycle...

Dunedin
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.

Mount Cook
Image credits linkIconic and spectacular - Mount Cook towers over the South Island of New Zealand

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.

Pricing Options:

OPTION 1:CODE: USAA 14 DAY / 13 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
NZ$ 9,575BOOK NOW
OPTION 2:CODE: USAB 14 DAY / 13 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
NZ$ 10,170BOOK NOW
OPTION 3:CODE: USAC 14 DAY / 13 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
NZ$ 11,235BOOK NOW
OTHER OPTIONS:
Pillion passengers can accompany the main rider throughout the tour for the additional cost of accommodation and supplies.
Single supplement: add + NZ$ 2,345
Pillion passenger: add + NZ$ 8,025

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