GUIDED TOURS

Guided Motorbike Tours - The Best of New Zealand Tour

The Best of New Zealand

We call it the best because that’s what it is. There is no finer guided tour of New Zealand, of that we’re pretty sure. You’ll pass through stunning scenery and visit the most breathtaking attractions both islands have to offer. Start in Auckland on the North Island and ride through some truly epic landscapes en-route to your final stop in Christchurch. 2 weeks of the finest experiences you can possible imagine and then some!

12 Days
13 Nights

Distance:
4,000 km

From
NZ$ 8,256


Road Based Tour

The Best of New Zealand Guided Motorcycle Tour

Guided Tours aren’t currently available from us as all our resources are focused on the Self-Guided Tour options instead, which offer greater variety all across the year and something to suit every taste. If you’re interested in something similar to this guided offering then the Island Twins tour would be an excellent match!

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest, most cosmopolitan city and its perfect blend of culture, harbour, islands and city lifestyle ensure there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the ‘City of Sails’!

Auckland - New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city and start point for this tour

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest, most cosmopolitan city and its perfect blend of culture, harbour, islands and city lifestyle ensure there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the ‘City of Sails’!

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.

Geothermal activity abounds in and around Rotorua
What's Included?

Accommodation during the tour in comfortable, high quality resorts, hotels and motels. Based on a twin-share basis.

The motorcycle of your choice. We've a wide selection to choose from with something to suit every taste and experience level.

Lead rider and expert guide who will share a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of each area.

Support vehicle when the tour has more than 12 participants.

11 dinners (evening meals) and 13 breakfasts are included in the tour price.

Ferry crossing between the North and South Islands are included in the cost of this tour.

A Maori cultural evening and entrance to Lanarch Castle are included in the tour cost.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of this tour.

Things You Should Know:

Air fares and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing you see here.

Additional fees such as hotel mini-bar consumption, are the sole responsibility of the rider and are not included in the pricing.

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 is a haven for Art Deco enthusiasts and wine afficionados alike!

Wellington

Capital city of New Zealand and either the welcoming port of arrival from the South Island, or majestic harbour backdrop to your departure from the North. As well as the administrative capital, Wellington is also graced with the honour of being Arts and Culture capital of New Zealand, and as such, is blessed with a liberal sprinkling of great cafés, restaurants and bars that seem to follow the artistic types around.

Capital of New Zealand, Wellington also serves as the gateway between North and South islands

Fine museums, including the internationally renowned ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’, a bustling waterfront, the Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Ballet and magnificently preserved 19th century buildings and so much more.

Some might argue there’s more to see than you could ever fit into even a week’s worth of lingering in the pretty streets.

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, 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.

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer 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 nearby 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.

Great roads en-route to a great thermal 'hotspot' at Hanmer Springs

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 is an untamed and relatively rugged part of the South Island

Westland National Park and Fox / Frans Josef 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.

The 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.

There are many ways to explore what the Westland National Park has to offer...

Queenstown

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!

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.

Iconic and spectacular - Mount Cook towers over the South Island of New Zealand

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.

Christchurch on the South Island - a fantastic spot to end an amazing motorcycle tour

You wanted the ultimate New Zealand guided motorcycle tour experience, and that’s exactly what you get with this incredible ride!

What's Included in the Tour?

Accommodation during the tour in comfortable, high quality resorts, hotels and motels. Based on a twin-share basis.

The motorcycle of your choice. We've a wide selection to choose from, something to suit every taste and experience level.

Lead rider and expert guide, who will share a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of each area.

Support vehicle when the tour has more than 12 participants.

11 dinners and 13 breakfasts are included in the tour price.

Ferry crossing between North and South Islands are included in the cost of this tour.

A Maori cultural evening and entrance to Lanarch Castle are included in the tour cost.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of this tour.

Things You Should Know:

Air fares and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing you see here.

Additional fees such as hotel mini-bar consumption, are the sole responsibility of the rider and are not included in the pricing.

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