South Island Tour
Duration: 10 Days & 11 Nights
Tour Dates: Enquire
Departure & Return: Christchurch city
Travel: New Zealand South Island
Min Age: 21+
Maximum Group: 20
New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Islandand South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
The South Island of New Zealand is renowned for its mountains, lakes and glaciers. The Southern Alps, home to 3,724m-high Aoraki Mt. Cook, run along the entire length of the island. In the southwest is Fiordland National Park, with steep-sided Milford Sound. In the north is Abel Tasman National Park, known for its trails and ocean kayaking. Queenstown is famed for adventure sports like bungee jumping and skiing.
SOUTH ISLAND ITINERARY
Welcome to Christchurch. Christchurch is the city of exploration and well known for the 2011 earthquake, a refreshing urban centre now full of new secrets to discover. Ōtautahi Christchurch is the basecamp for southern exploration, the likes of Kaikōura, Hanmer Springs, and the epic Southern Alps, all within reach of Aotearoa’s newest city.
Christchurch to Nelson (via Kaikorura)
Upon completion of picking up our bikes we will head out of the City towards Thames. The historic township was founded during the Coromandel gold rush of the 1800s and is located at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula. Whilst the gold rush is well and truly over Thames is at the beginning of another New Zealand gem, the Coromandel Peninsula. This rugged and spectacular coastline is where the native bush meets some of New Zealand’s best beaches and will leave you breathless. Tonight, we will overnight in the lovely seaside town of Whitianga. If you love seafood, then this is the town for you.
Today we ride inland across the top of the South Island through the Buller Gorge. This is a beautiful ride along the Buller River and through the twisting Gorge. Then onto the West Coast down to Punakaiki for the evening.
Riding out today we head, over twists and turns with impressive scenery we travel through Lewis Pass which is one of the three main passes across the Southern Alps. We pass through extensive Beech Forest (Native tree) and onto our destination Hanmer Springs, which is ringed by mountains and has a slightly European feel, enhanced by the fact that many of the streets are named after English spa towns (Bath, Harrogate, Leamington). The town is the main thermal resort of the South Island. This evening you can choose to soak in the famous hot springs.
Leaving Hanmer Springs we head to Amberly then turn inland to ride through Arthurs Pass which is an impressive mountain pass in the heart of the southern alps – its high mountains with large slopes, deep gorges and wide rivers straddle the main divide and are the backbone of the South Island, which makes for fantastic riding, ending up on the west coast in Hokitika where we are to spend the night.
What is Included and Excluded on Motorcycle Tour Package?
What’s included on the tour
Late Model Harley Davidson Motorcycle
2 experienced and professional guides
Bottled water carried in support vehicle
Born2Ride T Shirt
Accommodation 3-4 star plus
Transfer from accommodation to bike pick up
Transfer from bike drop off to last night accommodation
Introductory briefing (including Health and Safety) on Meet and Greet Evening
Safety briefing at the beginning of the tour every morning
Support vehicle with 1 spare seat, if needed, for a passenger
Luggage allowance per person is up to 1 x 25 kg bag. Any extra will have to be carried on your bike
Entry to Lake Taupo Boat Tour (Includes 2 X Beverages and Pizza Snack)
Entry to Maori Culture evening (Includes Dinner)
Entry to Waitomo Caves
What’s not included on the tour
Fuel for motorcycle
Any private or personal expenses
Airfares International or Domestic
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (except where mentioned)
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance bond to be paid on collection of bikes to rental company of $3000. Refunded if bike returned in condition outlined in Terms and Conditions. (To be paid by a Major Credit Card)
North Island Tour
Born2Ride Tours Newzealand was Owesome…Its a highly recommended tour…
The Roads, the views, the weather, the accommodation n the food were so amazing beautiful…
Thanks a lot Wendy, Ross, Allan and Kerry for your kindness n well-organized tour and also for an unforgettable tour ever… 😍
NZ North Island Tour 2020
I am motorcycling since nearly 50 years and over the period have been lucky enough to do so on four continents.
New Zealand stands out, offering a unique and enduring experience of enjoyable roads, usually in good condition, winding through exhilarating scenery.
Born2Ride excellently organized the bikes, the daily stages, the routing and the overnight stays. Every effort was made to adapt the tour to rider’s interests and preferences. More than this, the Born2Ride team demonstrated throughout a very personal touch, making the experience one of riding with friends.