All self-guided tours include prebooked, prepaid accommodation with a choice between two levels of comfort or price. I was surprised to see fewer motorbikes than I expected. Bikes are everywhere but somehow I was expecting to see more of them touring the country.
Once you are ready, you will head south from Christchurch crossing the Rakai River on New Zealand’s longest bridge. Make sure you stop by the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. It is a photographer’s favorite. You will spend 2 nights at Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park. The best way to describe the scenery is to say “too much of a good thing”. Highlights include the gorges that run between the mountain ranges and the Kawarau Gorge suspension Bridge, which is the first Bungy jump bridge in the world! My favourite was Lake Pukaki with the most turquoise water I have ever seen.
The ride started at a low 13c, went down to 11c and we arrived to Mount Cook Hermitage hotel at a comfortable 17c. Sunny upon arrival, overcast but no rain on route through fruit farms The hotel also houses Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. This is where moatrek.com NZ’s explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary, first climbed Mount Everest. Suddenly the hills changed again, bare and beautiful, winding roads uphill and then quite without warning, the view to Queesntown opened from the top of the mountains.
Leaving the most beautiful location you have stayed in, you will enjoy some fun riding through easy sweepers as you work your way south. Watching the sunset from this spot is the perfect end to a fantastic tour. Tonight is capped off with a farewell dinner on the beach, with world-famous New Zealand cuisine. The ride east from Nelson/Richmond to Punakaiki on the western shore unfolds in sections of very different scenery and road style. Dramatic cliffs that lead to the ocean, tropical rainforests and long beaches We are staying at Punakaiki Tavern, an old country and western-style Punakaiki Tavern.
Two choppers had just arrived and there was really no hope for us to reach Gisborne in any decent hour. After much deliberation, we arrived in Taupo one day earlier than planned. This will allow us to spend more time exploring the local sights. The weather so far has been perfect for riding, Mid to upper 20’s. Arriving to Taupo close to 9PM it was 15c with light drizzle. Roads are winding and perfect for riding, mainly single lane, with only a few dual laned sections.
Today, you will have a shorter riding day along the west coast, giving you a view of the black sands found on this side of the island. The horizon is dominated by the dormant volcano known as Mount Taranaki. This mountain and the surrounding countryside played important roles in many films, including The Last Samurai and some of the Lord of the Rings films. A ride around the base of this mountain leads you to your stop for the night. As youstart on our last riding day, you are approaching the end of our New Zealand Adventure . Youstart the day with another beautiful ride along Lake Pukaki, before you turn into Route 8 towards Tercuka.
- Arriving to Taupo close to 9PM it was 15c with light drizzle.
- Tomorrow, it will be the ferry to Picton on South Island.
- This mountain and the surrounding countryside played important roles in many films, including The Last Samurai and some of the Lord of the Rings films.
- In 2010, Colin and Lynette established Pohutukawa Motorcycle Tours to share the thrill of riding in New Zealand and Western North America.
From kayaking through twinkling glow worm caves, to cruising the mighty Milford Sound, and stopping in at the Burt Munro Museum in Invercargill . Paradise Motorcycle has handpicked its motorbike tour fleet and created trip itineraries to ensure you have the rider of your dreams. We are committed to making your motorcycle trip the best ever. We have changed the whole concept of motorcycle touring in New Zealand by raising the standards that are expected by discerning motorcyclist from all over the world. Nigel is an experienced tour guide, having worked for other tour operators.
Then, you will continue on to higher ground on your way to Christchurch, our destination today. Christchurch is the largest city in South Island and is located on coast. You are about to embark on the most memorable ferry ride of your life.
Continue your magical ride up the mountains towards Rotorua on route 25, which is known for its natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers. It also showcases fascinating Maori culture. Rotorua offers it all, from crystal-clear streams to magical forests to epic biking trails or thermal mud pools. There are many attractions and experiences in the city that will appeal to everyone, from adventure-seekers to those who just want to relax. This self-guided tour includes accommodation, bike rental, detailed route plans, and helpful touring advice. The most popular time to visit New Zealand is during our winter (December-March) to enjoy the summer months. Early March is a good time as Summer starts to turn to Autumn in the Antipodes at this time of year.