Self Guided Motorbike Tours - The Ultimate Islands Tour
The Ultimate Islands
The name says it all - simply the very finest New Zealand has to offer. Discover the best of both worlds...well, the best of both islands at least.

Depart from Christchurch or Auckland if you prefer, for a round trip with unrivalled scenery and riding. One tour to rule them all will generate plenty of precious memories!
The Ultimate Islands self-guided motorbike tour
19 DAYS
18 NIGHTS
4,300km
OCTOBER TO MAY
NZ$ 7,595
What's included in the tour
What's included - Quality accommodation
Great accommodation for two people. Typically in 3 1/2 or 4 star resorts, hotels or bed & breakfast establishments.
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 - Detailed itinerary
A detailed itinerary crammed full of information about the best places to visit, and interesting background information.
What's included - Google map links
Google Map links sent out to you in advance, so you can explore the route before you arrive.
What's included - Ferry crossings
Ferry crossings between the North and South islands are included in the price.
Exclusions and things you should know
Tour customisation notification
We can adjust this tour to match your preferences, timescale and motorcycle "must-do" lists. Simply ask us and we'll get it sorted!
GPS and sat-nav
GPS / sat-nav units cannot be pre-programmed with your self guided tour unfortunately. For an explanation why, click here.
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3 days
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6 days
Maori culture, superb coastlines and beaches, hot springs and thermal pools, lakes, mountains and even Art Deco architecture. Definitely a highlight on the North Island!

12 days
Take the very best highlights of the North Island and add a little touch of something more, creating the finest 12 day experience covering the majority of what the North Island has to offer.

7-9 days
All the unmissable highlights of the simply stunning South Island. Deep valleys, towering mountains, ancient glaciers and deep, dark and mysterious fjordlands. Something for everyone on this incredible tour.

12/13 days
Explore the South Island in even greater detail than on the 'highlights' tour. More time for adrenaline sports, more time for exploring the alps and more importantly: more spectacular riding along some of the best roads in the world!

14 days
Double the pleasure, double the fun! Motorcycling nirvana in an easily managed two week self-guided tour. Discover the highlights of both the North and the South Islands together. Two islands are undoubtedly better than one!

19 days
The very finest that New Zealand has to offer the two-wheeled traveller. Culture, food, relaxation and history on the North; combined with adrenaline, spectacular scenery and jaw dropping roads for riding. Simply the ultimate experience.

The Ultimate Islands Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

Combine the North Island’s endless sandy beaches, green pastureland, flocks of sheep, fruit plantations, hot springs and snow-covered volcanic peaks of Lord of the Rings fame with the incredible alpine and fjordland scenery of the south island and you have a motorbike tour to beat them all.

This tour will leave you invigorated and hungry for more!

We can adjust this tour to match your preferences, timescale and motorcycle "must-do" lists. Simply ask us!

Christchurch
Also known as the 'Garden City', Christchurch is the most 'English' of New Zealand'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.

Mount Cook
Image credits linkMount Cook - Hard to miss, even harder to forget

Mt Cook
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 is the highest peak in Australasia and a must-see.

Mount Cook
Image credits linkMount Cook - Hard to miss, even harder to forget

Fjordland
More superb roads and a day of great riding brings you to Fjordland National Park. This indescribably beautiful area is on every tourist's agenda and you'll quickly discover why. You'll have an extra day here to visit Milford Sound for a spectacular cruise and do some riding in the area. There is only one road in and out but you won't mind riding it twice, it's as scenic as they come. 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!

Fjordland
Image credits linkFjordland...

Bungeeee!Queenstown
The 'adrenaline capital of the world' has plenty to keep you busy. Choose from bungy jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting, river surfing, white-water sledging, paragliding, parachuting, canyoning, mountain biking and aerial sightseeing! I'm out of breath just saying all of that. Still not enough? Add fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, yachting, horseback riding and rock climbing. You have an extra day here to make the most of the activities on offer. 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. Or you could simply collapse onto a sofa....

Westland National Park
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 same named town. After a great ride 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 via helicopter.

On foot or by helicopter are your best modes of transport for exploring the glaciers
Image credits linkOn foot or by helicopter are your best modes of transport for exploring the glaciers

HelicopterThe West Coast
Incredibly rugged with wild rocky beaches and a backdrop of high mountain peaks, this area experienced its own gold rush in the late 19th century. Largely untamed, wildlife and birds are plentiful. You’ll be amazed at how thousands of years of rain, wind and saltwater have formed the Pancake Rocks and the gigantic Blowholes at Punakaiki.

Abel Tasman National Park
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.

Wellington
New Zealand's capital has a magnificent harbour, fine museums, beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings and so many restaurants, cafes and activities that you won't know where to start. A 'must-do' is to take the cable car from Lambton Quay to Kelburn for a great view over the city.

Lake Taupo
The largest lake in New Zealand was created around 25,000 years ago by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Now the self-proclaimed trout fishing capital of the world, you can also enjoy more adventurous activities such as white water rafting, jet boating, bungy jumping or skydiving if luring trout with imitation flies are not your thing. Or simply enjoy the scenery and magnificent Huka Falls.

Tongariro National Park
Image credits linkVolcanic activity played a large part in the formation of the North Island of New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula
You'll quickly see why New Zealanders flock here on holiday. The serenity attracts 'alternative lifestylers' away from Auckland but the rest come for the North Island's best beaches and coastal scenery. With a backdrop of rugged, green-forested mountains the views over the offshore islands are incredible. What better way to end the day than swim in crystal clear blue water, then dig a hole in the sand at Hot Water Beach and relax in your own sandy hot water spa!

Auckland
End your trip in New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city. Stroll through Queen Street, enjoy some of the best dining in New Zealand and cruise magnificent Waitemata Harbour, the 'heart' of the city. You don't have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the City of Sails - but it helps!

Auckland
Image credits linkIf you have to end your motorcycle tour, it might as well be in a spectacular city!

Stroll through Queen Street, enjoy some of the best dining in New Zealand and cruise magnificent Waitemata Harbour, the ‘heart’ of the city. Wherever you are in Auckland, you’re never very far from the water, hemmed in on either side by the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. A day spent in Auckland is a day well spent, and one that you’ll remember for a long time to come.

Rotorua
One of New Zealand's best known tourist spots, the steaming crevices, mud pools and hot springs lead to healing thermal baths. It's an important cultural centre for the Maori and one of the most accessible to outsiders. The culture is alive in their arts and crafts, architecture and in traditional songs and dance.

Thermal pools
Image credits linkGeothermal activity abounds in and around Rotorua

Hawkes Bay and Napier
Napier is famous as one of the finest examples of an Art Deco city anywhere in the world but there’s so much more! Situated at the southern end of Hawkes Bay, palm trees fringe the city streets, parks and gardens punctuate the blocks of art deco buildings at frequent intervals and a Mediterranean climate all combine to create a superb atmosphere.

Friendly people, great restaurants offering various culinary delights and over 30 local Hawkes Bay wineries are simply the icing on an already pretty fantastic cake.

Napier
Image credits linkNapier is a haven for Art Deco enthusiasts and wine afficionados alike!

Marlborough
Convoluted waterways, delightful bays and islands and a beautifully surfaced, twisty, scenic coastal road - what more could you ask for? Wine, that's what. Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine producing area, known for its sauvignon blancs and chardonnays. Stay off the local produce if you're riding though!

Kaikoura
The coastal highway brings you to Kaikoura, where snow-capped mountains spill towards the ocean. Eco-tourism abounds here. Whale-watching was once the only activity but these days you can also swim with wild dolphins and snorkel with seals. Get there early and get on a boat or spend an optional extra day to give yourself enough time to do it all!

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

If you want to go home knowing that you’ve seen almost all that New Zealand has to offer then this is your tour! It’s an amazing journey through one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

This tour is completely customisable. Longer, further, curvier, anything you need (within reason). Just ask!

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