A fantastic three week tour of North and South islands - see the very best New Zealand has to offer!
Day 1 - After your flight arrives in Auckland you will be transferred from the airport to your city centre hotel. After check in relax for the day. Auckland is the country's largest Pacific Island city and also known as the City of Sails a fact that wont be lost on you if you look towards the harbour.
Day 2 - Auckland to Paihia 230 kms
After a good nights rest it's off to the bike hire depot to collect your motorcycle. After familiarising yourself with your trusty steed it's time to start off on your adventure heading north to the the stunning Bay of Islands, a group of over 150 islands huddled in a large bay on the east Northland coast. Once you leave the city, there are endless choices and the closer to the north of Auckland you ride, the closer you are to the historical areas where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed only a little over 150 years ago. This event is celebrated every year on 6 February. Paihia is known for its gorgeous beaches, and you can go swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, and just beach walk if you wish, the seas are warm and the sand golden. Time to take off the jacket and enjoy! Your two night stay here will give you time for a ride out into the surrounding area.
Day 3 - Day at leisure Bay of Islands.
Day 4 - Paihia to Orewa 196 kms
Travelling west then south through the kauri forests, remnants of the huge trees that covered the landscape. The roads climb and dip across the land south of Dargaville and then rejoin the main route to the beachside community of Orewa
Day 5 - Orewa to Coromandel 204 kms
This section follows the shoreline mostly of the Firth of Thames, a deep sheltered wide sheltered inlet which is home to two towns, Thames and Coromandel. Thames was once known for the gold rush that occurred there last century but is now more known for its rich Maori history, evidence of which is everywhere. Lots of corners, hills and beaches.
Day 6 - Coromandel to Rotorua 209 kms
This road traces the Eastern coast line of the Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite scratching road for Auckland riders, until you travel through Paeroa (famous for a distinctly Kiwi soft drink), and onwards south to Rotorua, which is well known for the Maori village and the geothermal power station. Tonight you will be collected from your hotel and taken to a Maori village to enjoy a spectacular Maori concert and dinner. The island in the centre of Lake Rotorua is said to be a sacred place to the Maori people and they do not set foot on it. There are many fascinating geothermal tours to be taken here including the Buried Village, a relic of the huge Tarawera eruption many years ago.
Day 7 - Rotorua to Hawkes Bay Farm Stay 300 kms
The road heads down to the huge crater of Lake Taupo before striking east to the Art Deco city of Napier situated right on the pacific ocean. Famous for its vineyards and fruit growing the Hawkes Bay has a wonderful Mediterranean climate. You will be staying on a farm an hour to the south in the Waipawa area. Your hosts tonight will share their farm with you and ensure you have a great time. Dinner included
Day 8 - Hawkes Bay to Wellington 320 kms
Its mainly farming with small country towns all the way to Wellington. The bird sanctuary at Mt Bruce is a great place to view native birds you re never to see otherwise. The final stretch up and over the Rimutaka Hill provides the riding excitement for the day. Windy Wellington is tonight's stopover: your destination prior to boarding the interisland ferry at the harbour to take you to Picton on the South Island.
Day 9 - Picton to Nelson 108 kms
This route travels the beautiful Marlborough Sounds via the Queen Charlotte Drive, a picturesque bush covered road with enough turns and twists to delight bikers the world over.
Day 10 - Nelson A free day to enjoy the city and all it has to offer, be it shopping, lazing on a beach, a vineyard tour or riding the Takaka HIll and salmon fishing.
Day 11 - Nelson to Kaikoura 249 kms
We retrace our steps for an hour or so then head down through the wine country surrounding Blenheim out to the wonderful road down alongside the pacific ocean to Kaikoura. Abundant seafood, seals, inlets and beachs make this a unique part of the world. Deep oceans rub shoulders with 3000m mountains. Tonights accommodation is in the small town of Kaikoura , famous for its whale watching.
Day 12 - Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs 135 kms
Time for whalewatching in the morning and then a quick ride over the mountains to the spa town of Hanmer Springs in the afternoon. Relax in the hot pools , bungi jump or take a jetboat ride. Lots of constrasting choices
Day 13 - Hanmer Springs- Punakaiki
The first of the south island passes, the Lewis, takes us back to the forested country of the west coast. Wonderful scenery and roads follow along the Buller River as it winds out to the Tasman Sea at Westport. Punakaiki is a gorgeous seaside village; palm trees, huge waves and the blowholes ( best viewed at high tide) make this a special place. On a clear day Mt Cook can be seen far away to the south.
Day 14 - Punakaiki to Fox Glacier 250kms
Head down the coast then, if time and weather permits a side trip to Arthurs Pass ( 150km) gives some true alpine roads and scenery. The small town of Hokitika is famous for its pounamu or greenstone and worth a stop. South of here the roads heads into the jungle as the rainfall increases and the mountains get higher. Fox glacier comes almost down to sea level and offers great walks and scenic flights.
Day 15 - Fox Glacier to Queenstown 371 kms
This road follows down the coast and then inland over the forested Haast Pass into the open grassland of Otago. Through Wanaka, down the Cardrona Valley over the Crown range where Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown are spread out before you. Queenstown you have a free day. This is a resort town so there are lots of restaurants,bars and shops. There are dozens of options here, including a kiwi bird, a steam powered launch, the scenery used in the famous Lord of the Rings series, bungy jumping, jet boating, off road motorcycling etc
Day 16 - Free day in Queenstown
Day 17 -Queenstown to Te Anau 179 kms
This is one of the most popular roads ever for motorbikes and the scenery is spectacular. Travel to Bluff the southern most point of the country, visit the 'Worlds Fastest Indian" in Invercargill Your hosts for the evening are motorcyclists too and will happily share their farm with you, making sure you have a lovely home cooked meal with a glass or two to wash it down. Dinner & breakfast included.
Day 18 - Te Anau to Milford Sound 240kms
This is a famous road which is the only way to get to Milford Sound and your nature cruise. The road goes through the Homer Tunnel built in the 1930s and quite an engineering achievement. Scenery along the way is nothing short of spectacular...
Day 19 - Te Anau to Dunedin 281 kms
This road crosses Otago farming country and on to the Scottish Capital of NZ, Dunedin. This city boasts our only castle where you will stay tonight. Way up high on Otago peninsular with views all the way to Antarctica and South America. The building is fascinating and has a history worthy of a movie plot, plus the meal is an experience not to be missed.
Day 20 - Dunedin to Mount Cook 331 kms
There are two ways to travel this distance - either via the coast road to Oamaru and lovely Victorian town or through the inland road to Middlemarch and Alexandra, both routes offer enough scenery to fill the cameras with twists and turns to please everyone. Mount Cook is the highest mountain in the country and the Hermitage Hotel boasts a splendid meal and scenery just outside your window.
Day 21 - Mt Cook to Christchurch 330kms
Then it is off on the road again via the central lakes district though to Tekapo. This is a high grass plateau, hot in the summer and cold in the winter, dotted with aquamarine coloured lakes. Over Burkes Pass we drop down to the low country around Fairlie and the intensive farm country enroute to Christchurch. It's time to return your bike to the depot and enjoy the last night of the tour.
Day 22 - Transfer to the airport from your hotel. You will not want to go home...