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South Island – January 2020

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Duration: 16 Days & 17 Nights
Availability : 15 to 31 January 2020
Departure & Return: Auckland
Travel: NZ South Island
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 20
Tour Dates: 15 to 31 january 2020
Tour Summary

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.

  • Late Model Harley Davidson Motorcycle
  • 2 experienced and professional guides
  • Unlimited Kms/Miles
  • Fuel for motor cycles
  • Accommodation 3-4 star
  • Bottled water carried in support vehicle
  • Transfer from accommodation to bike pick up
  • Transfer from bike drop off to last night accomodation
  • Safety briefing at the beginning of the tour every morning
  • Support vehicle with 1 spare seat if needed for a passenger
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance with a bond/insurance excess of $3000 per bike
  • Luggage allowance per person is up to 1 x 25 kg bag. Any extra will have to be carried on your bike
  • Ferry crossing to and from South Island
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Lake Taupo boat cruise
  • Daily breakfast
  • Born2Ride T-Shirt
  • Meal on meet and greet evening
  • Meal on farewell evening
  • Lake Taupo boat cruise
  • Bottled water carried in support vehicle.
  • Private Guide Service Fee
  • Any private or personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Room Service Fees
  • Fuel for Motorcycles on riding days only. (Pay your own on FREE DAY)
  • Airfares International or Domestic
South Island Itinerary
15 to 31 January 2020

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.  It is a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, bungy jumping, harbour bridge walks and a whole lot more. So, consider coming a few days earlier or leaving later to enjoy all that this city has to offer.

Day 1


360 KM - 224 Miles

Upon completion of picking up our bikes we will head out of the city towards Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, and arrive at our destination Ohakune – the ride to Ohakune offers spectacular views of beautiful farmlands – surrounding mountains and National Parks. Ohakune is in an area known as the Central Plateau, a volcanic region featuring the three active peaks of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu.

Day 2


287 KM - 178 Miles

(Via Wellington & Ferry Crossing)

Today we ride to Wellington where we will take the ferry ride from the North to the South Island and nearing the end of our crossing you will see the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound – so sit back and enjoy the beautiful sight.

Day 3


363 KM - 225 Miles

(Via Murchison)

Riding out today we head, over twists and turns with impressive scenery to Nelson, onwards to Murchison, we travel south through Maruia and onto 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.

Day 4


376 KM - 234 Miles

(Via Amberley and Darfield)

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.

Day 5

hokitika to cardrona

440 KM - 273 Miles

(Via Franz Josef)

Following the beautiful west coast, we stop at Franz Josef Glacier which was first explored in 1865, we continue down the coast to arrive at Hasst.   Haast is the west coast white bait country and famous for its dramatic landscape. Wild life is so close to Haast you may encounter it walking down the main street. Little blue penguins and NZ fur seals are seen often and at times dolphins can be seen surfing in on the waves as they hunt tuna. As we leave Hasst we head inland and ride along the side of the beautiful lakes and arrive in Cardrona for the evening in a very well-known hotel.

Day 6

cardrona to queenstown

60 KM - 37 Miles

Today we make our way out to Arrowtown, such a beautiful little town and head into Queenstown early afternoon to unpack, relax, or keep yourself busy with the many attractions to offer from jet boating, bungy jumping, rafting, sky diving etc., and you may like to take a leisure ride out to Glenorchy.

Day 7

free day

Enjoy the beautiful city of Queenstown, which sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There’s bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

Day 8

queenstown to milford sounds to te anau

363 KM - 254 Miles

Today we head directly to Milford Sounds where we will be taken on a boat trip in and around the spectacular Sounds. A real must for everyone. After this we head to Te Anau, which is a fantastic ride – including a one-kilometre one-way tunnel

Day 9

te anau to invercargill

220 KM - 137 Miles

Today we leave Te Anau and head to Invercargill and out to Bluff for lunch. We then head into the famous Bert Munro Museum. Today’s ride covers rugged countryside, farmland and some coastal riding.

Day 10

invercargill to dunedin

240 KM - 149 Miles

(Via Catlins)

Leaving today we ride out towards the Catlins. Stopping at the most southern point of New Zealand, and on though the stunning Catlins region of the South Eastern corner of the South Island. The Catlins features scenic coastal landscapes, dense rain forest, both of which harbour many endangered species of birds. Tonight, we stay in the Historical City of Dunedin (A City which has the look of Scotland).

Day 11

dunedin to twizel

228 KM - 142 Miles

(Via Oamaru)

Leaving Dunedin, we will ride out to Shag point where we will stop and have a look at the seals. Then onto well-known Moeraki boulders. We then head to Oamaru for a lunch stop and a look around the Historic township and steam punk gallery. We finish our day at Twizel.

Day 12

twizel to ashburton

309 KM - 192 Miles

This morning we ride out to Mount Cook with more stunning lakes alongside our ride. Mt Cook is the highest mountain in N.Z., making it popular with the trekking population and has N.Z.’s most extreme alpine environment. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, braided rivers, valleys, and snow —It is all here. We will then ride on through Lake TeKapo, arriving at our destination Ashburton.

Day 13

ashburton to kaikaoura

271 KM - 168 Miles

Today we leave Ashburton riding through to the Garden City of Christchurch, well known for the 2011 Earthquake, the City still shows a lot of damage which is still under repair. We follow this beautiful coastline once again all the way to Kaikoura which is a coastal town well known for its abundance of wild life and sperm whale population, and the rock platforms are a home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. And for all of you who love your seafood Kaikoura is the place.

Day 14

kaikoura to wellington

157 KM - 98 Miles

(Via Picton Ferry)

Today is our last day in the South Island, we make our way up the coastline and return to Picton in time to catch the afternoon ferry to Wellington.

Day 15

wellington to taupo

370 KM - 230 Miles

Heading out of Wellington we ride through roads surrounded by farmland, leaving the last of the coastal roads behind us we ride along very straight roads, past mountains on the aptly named Desert road, then approaching Lake Taupo (which covers many miles) we then settle into the township of Lake Taupo. We will be taking a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Taupo to see the great Maori carvings.

Day 16

Taupo to auckland

279 KM - 173 Miles

Today we ride to Auckland, we will make our way through the middle of the Island, arriving in Auckland to return our bikes and have our last Farewell Dinner together.


Auckland to Invercargill

Invercargill to Auckland

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