This exclusive hand-picked route showcases the best of what the South Island has to offer. Be mesmerized by the diverse landscape of rugged coast lines, towering mountain peaks, deep green rain forests, alpine passes, sparkling lakes, fjords and much more. A ribbon of tarmac lying across the jumbled topography and rolling pastures makes for a two-wheeled playground! This all-paved tour also offers dirt road options! Sparse traffic and twisty roads await you.
All paved itinerary with off road options. You can spend up to 30% of the itinerary on dirt surfaces. If riders want to spend all the time on paved roads, that is also an option.
Hotels are mid range to high end.
Highlights for this motorcycle tour
- Lake Wanaka
- Marlborough Sounds
- Milford Sound
- Abel Tasman
- Invercargill - home of motorcycling hero Burt Munro
- Incredible Roads!
New Zealand South Island Motorcycle Adventure Tour Itinerary
Sunday, February 2nd:
Arrival, Christchurch, South Island New Zealand
Welcome to New Zealand! Enjoy a great welcome dinner in one of Christchurch’s finest restaurants. Stay in Christchuch.
Monday, February 3rd:
Christchuch to Banks Peninsula-95 miles (150 km)
Pick up the bikes and go for a ride! The gorgeous Banks Peninsula is home to some of the country’s best fish and chips in addition to stunning views and fantastic roads! Stay in Christchurch
Tuesday, February 4th:
Christchurch to Dunedin – 200 miles (400 km)
Ride scenic route 72 through rolling farm country to trendy Dunedin. Enjoy the evening strolling the cafes and hot spots of the octagon in the heart of Dunedin. Stay in Dunedin.
Wednesday, February 5th:
Dunedin to Curio Bay - 124 miles (200 km)
Begin the day with a chance to see the worlds' only mainland Royal Albatross colony before continuing down the dramatic Catlin coast. This remote stretch of highway boasts winding coast roads with stunning views and lush forests. End the day in magnificent Curio bay where unusual opportunities to see rare wildlife will excite your senses. Stay in Curio Bay.
Thursday, February 6th:
Curio Bay to Te Anau - 198 miles (320 km)
Ride to the town of Bluff, the observed southern most point in New Zealand. Stay in Te Anau.
Friday, February 7th:
Milford Sound-148 miles (240 km)
Start the day with a jaw dropping ride into Milford sound. We will then go on a scenic nature cruise (included in the tour price) through the heart of the fjords. Informative and inspiring, this will be one of the many highlights of the trip! Stay in Te Anau.
Saturday, February 8th:
Te Anau to Queenstown-124 miles (200 km)
Whether taking the paved route between the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu or the optional dirt road with many stream crossings and remote beauty, the ride into Queenstown will be unforgettable. Stay in the heart of the Queenstown near the hopping bars and fabulous restaurants.
Sunday, February 9th:
Free Day, Queenstown - 72 miles (125 km)
Here it is, today is the day you can jump off a bridge with a rubber band tied to your ankles! Jet boats, parasail, luge, gondolas, steam boat rides, motorcycle ride and so much more. You could spend a week in this town and not do it all. It’s up to you. It’ll be your day. Stay in Queenstown.
Monday, February 10th:
Queenstown to Fox Glacier -198 miles (330 km)
Today we will enjoy some incredible stretches of road! Starting with the twisting Crown Range road we will continue through fantastic Haast Pass before finally reaching the west coast. You will be amazed at the variations of terrain as we go from desert to alpine to ocean! Stay at Fox Glacier.
Tuesday, February 11th:
Fox Glacier to Hokitika - 96 miles (160 km)
Spend the morning enjoying Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers, the only two glaciers in the world that terminate at rainforest. A shocking must see! Stay at Hokitika.
Wedensday, February 12th:
Hokitika to Hanmer Pass - 150 miles (250 km)
Head back through the mountains via Lewis pass and rejuvenate your body in the soothing pools at Hanmer Hot Springs. This quaint ski town has more to offer than just winter sports! Stay in Hanmer Springs.
Thursday, February 13th:
Hanmer Pass to Portage - 198 miles (330 km)
Two magnificent routes are at your fingertips today. Paved or dirt amazing sights are ahead. Remote dirt option changes from desert to rainforest. Coastal paved route offers stunning bluffs and amazing Pacific Ocean vistas. We join up in Blenheim where we will all ride the crazy twisty route into Portage (it’s reported to have more than 300 turns in 15 miles). Stay in Portage.
Friday, February 14th:
Portage to Takaka - 132 miles (220 km)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve said it before, twisty, hilly, made for motorcycles but this is one road you will never forget! Arrive in Takaka, the center of the Golden Bay area. Able Tasman National Park is at your doorstep. Stay in Takaka.
Saturday, February 15th:
Free day at Takaka
Explore Able Tasman National Park, go out for a day ride, or just relax! Stay in Takaka.
Sunday, February 16th:
Takaka to Greymouth - 232 miles (387 km)
Yahoo! You get to ride Takaka Hill again! Continue on through Buller gorge back to the west coast. Sweeping coastlines with spectacular rock formations, diverse rainforests and unusual wildlife will leave the Tasman Sea forever etched in your mind. Stay in Greymouth.
Monday, February 17th:
Greymouth to Christchurch - 154 miles (256 km)
Today we finish big with a ride over the Southern Alps. Seek out the funny Kea bird in these alpine regions and marvel at the engineering feat of Arthur’s Pass. Return the bikes and end the day. Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Christchurch. Stay in Christchurch.
Tuesday, February 18th:
Fly home.Back to Top
To Book This Tour:
To secure a spot for our New Zealand Adventure Tour please register and send in $1,000 deposit.
Arrive and Depart from: Christchurch, New Zealand (airport code-CHC) For any other travel options, please contact us at: 1-800-756-1990 for advice.
You may also reach our travel agent Sally at: Sally@alaskatravelsource.com, or (907) 562- 2213 Just tell her you are part of a MotoQuestTour!
You will need a passport and valid motorcycle license for the tour. There is also an International passenger departure fee of $25NZ collected at Auckland Airport when you leave.
Money: New Zealand Dollar:
Please note that meals and fuel are not included in the tour price. We recommend that you budget about $100.00 per day for food and fuel (this is just an estimate of expenses and is not including alcoholic beverages.) Many places New Zealand accept Visa and MasterCard but it would be wise to have some cash on hand. It is best to get New Zealand cash at ATM’s available throughout the tour.
Riding in New Zealand:
Left side of the road riding!
Lonely Planet of New Zealand
6 - 10 riders. We have a large staff-to-guest ratio. This way your adventure is personalized and safety is maximized.
Bring riding gear that is warm and waterproof (a riding suit with pads is best).
Riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.
For Women we recommend:
Recommended Rain Gear: Olympia Horizon Rain Gear
Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.Back to Top
The New Zealand tour offers so much for the moto-travellers. Not only do you go from tip to tip on the South Island, but you have many riding options...including dirt excursions! This route is perfect for those wanting to sample and experience the real New Zealand, and get off the beaten track!