NEW ZEALAND EXPLORER
This ride features 13 days of in-the-saddle nirvana. We focus on New Zealand’s scenic south island exclusively for this one. The “Explorer” style itinerary features three two-night stays, so you can relax, ride, or both. By the time you are done with this ride, you will have crisscrossed the south island, and have ridden it’s best roads in all of their granduer. Ready for a great vacation? New Zealand!
Road Conditions: This itinerary consists exclusively of paved roads.
|Arrival||Departure||*Double Occupancy||*Single Occupancy||*Couples Package|
|February 24, 2024||March 09, 2024||$10,450||$12,150||$17,950|
|February 22, 2025||March 08, 2025||$10,950||$12,750||$18,850|
*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
|Suzuki V-Strom 650||BMW F 700 GS||BMW F 750 GS||BMW F 850 GS||BMW R 1200 GS||
BMW R 1200 RT
DAY 1 - Arrival Day - Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island! Meander along the Avon River through the centre of town and take in the bucolic splendour of New Zealand's Garden City. Meet your fellow riders at a welcome dinner on us, then stay in Christchurch.
DAY 2 - Christchurch - Twizel
Kickstands up, we head east out of Christchurch for our first day of riding. Hug the foothills of the Four Peaks Range dominating the South Island landscape, then head up and through the Burkes Pass to Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Watch the sun set over Mount Cook from our overnight halt in Twizel.
DAY 3 - Twizel - Dunedin
Depart Twizel on a zig-zag south-east run through the incomparable Lindis Pass and back down towards the eastern coast of the island. Our final destination tonight is Dunedin, the seat of New Zealand's oldest university and epicentre of culture and nightlife on the South Island. Get an early night's rest... or don't. Stay in Dunedin.
DAY 4 - Dunedin - Invercargill
Clear your head of rarefied air with a day of riding down near the coastline. Treat your lungs to that sweet salt air as we run 'twixt hill and vale to the southwest city of Invercargill, home town of the World's Fastest Indian, Burt Munro. Stay in Invercargill.
DAY 5 - Invercargill - Te Anau
Ride the backroads past scenic mountains and majestic farms to the shores of Lake Te Anau. Stay in Te Anau.
DAY 6 - Te Anau Free Day
Ride out to world renowned Milford Sound, perhaps jump on a boat for a bit to soak it all in. Ready for your jaw to be dropped? Stay in Te Anau.
DAY 7 - Te Anau - Queenstown
Charge up and through the South Island's mountainous interior near the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In addition to the spas and restaurants befitting a mountain resort retreat, Queenstown holds the crown as New Zealand's adventure sports capital! Stay in Queenstown.
DAY 8 - Queenstown Free Day
Enjoy a ride out to Glenorchy along Lake Wakatipu, amongst other fun riding options. Stay in Queenstown.
DAY 9 - Queenstown - Fox Glacier
Today's leg offers arguably the finest riding on the whole trip. Head east then north over Queenstown Hill on a sinuous track up the peaks and through the valleys of the Southern Alps mountain range. Thread the needle of Lake Hawea & Lake Wanaka and challenge the Haast Pass on your way to see the twin Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers on Mount Cook's northeastern slope. Catch your breath in the aptly-named town of Fox Glacier. Stay at Fox Glacier.
DAY 10 - Fox Glacier - Hamner Hot Springs
Roll on up and over Franz Josef Glacier on another winding wonder of a road down to and along the South Island's west coast before veering up and inland through the volcanically active Victoria Forest Park region. Slip out of your riding boots in the natural Hamner Hot Springs, because even the most hardcore roadrunners like a soak now and then. Stay at Hamner Hot Springs.
DAY 11 - Hanmer Hot Springs - Nelson
Follow along the Waiau River, past the Leslie Hills, down and onward to the sea. We'll spend the day riding the coast road up and around Tapuae-o-Uenuku, the South Island's northeastern peak, through coastal villages and northern forests to the golden beaches of Nelson. Stay in Nelson.
DAY 12 - Nelson Free Day
Go for a day loop with the guides, or take a breather in the lovely city of Nelson. Known for its art galleries, arts & crafts scene, local breweries, and natural splendor, Nelson also enjoys the most annual sunshine of any region on the South Island. Spend the day ambling about the town, riding, take on one of the region's many hiking trails, or simply relax on the beach! Stay in Nelson.
DAY 13- Nelson - Punakaiki
Today we trade Nelson's lazy leisure for the untamed wilderness of the South Island's West Coast region. Head southwest out of Nelson through open farmland, then over and along the Buller River through the mountains to the Tasman Sea. Stop for a walk out to the picturesque Pancake Rocks, and watch the sun set over the water in the small seaside village of Punakaiki. Stay in Punakaiki.
DAY 14 - Punakaiki - Christchurch
Last, but certainly not least, we ride on from rugged Tasman shores southeast to Christchurch's refined cultivation. As no trip is complete without a grand finale, our route takes us up through rainforest gorges to the spectacular Arthur's Pass, the highest through the Southern Alps range. Get a close look at Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall on your way towards and through the beech forests east of the pass. We celebrate our return to Christchurch with a final toast and a farewell dinner to seal our newfound camaraderie. Stay in Christchurch.
DAY 15 - Christchurch - Departure Day
All good things must come to an end, though not necessarily on our terms! Head on home, or strike out on the next leg of your adventure. Look at you in the mirror, living the dream.
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear KLIM helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Hotel Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees