21 Day North + South New Zealand Tour

Auckland, New Zealand, Australasia

21 Day North + South New Zealand Tour

Auckland to Christchurch and Christchurch to Auckland New Zealand tours.
7 days in the North Island and 14 days in the South Island of New Zealand.

Tropics to Alps New Zealand Motorcycle Tour

Stay in Auckland the night prior to the tour - explore this vibrant city; sail on an Americas Cup Yacht! Look at our 'Add-On Activities' page for more exciting ideas. Meet up in the evening to fill out paper work and get to know your tour guides.
Pre-tour night accommodation is included in your New Zealand motorcycle tour.

On this New Zealand tour we ride from Auckland to the 'Winterless North' and stunning New Zealand Bay of Islands. Enjoy varied and thrilling biking on excellent roads taking in the New Zealand Kauri Coast, where we find 1000 year old Kauri trees standing 50 metres tall - true giants of the forest.

Views to die for are found in the Bay of Islands; twisting coastal roads overlooking white sand bays and endless deep blue sea dotted with hundreds of lush green islands. We visit Russell, a New Zealand whaling station in bygone years, but now an up-market seaside village with top quality restaurants and galleries. We head south on an exhilarating ride down the east coast of New Zealand with lovely views of the Pacific Ocean.

The beautiful Coromandel Peninsular in the North Island of New Zealand is next on our itinerary, with its winding coastal roads for exciting riding; then to Rotorua, where incredible thermal activity produces bubbling mud and huge geysers. Experience New Zealand Maori Culture and join a traditional 'Hangi' feast cooked on hot rocks. This unique experience is included in your New Zealand Tour.

Onto Lake Taupo, the largest lake in the centre of the north island of New Zealand, and the holiday playground of the North Island where Kiwis boat, fish, swim and play. In winter and early spring nearby Mount Ruapehu provides snow sports in NZ.

We pass through the Tongariro National Park past three active volcanoes, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings) and Mt Tongariro, where it is not unusual to see steam belching from the volcanoes craters. The road twists and turns through steep hillsides, surrounded by deep lush New Zealand forest.

We continue south, passing through the Rimutakas - a biker's dream that winds its way through mountain ranges just north of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Pretty houses cling to the hillsides overlooking the lovely Wellington Harbour. See the famous Beehive building - home of our Government and fabulous Te Papa Museum. Great shopping, sophisticated restaurants and cafes are to be had here.

We cross the Cook Straight by ferry, arriving at Picton via the wonderful Marlborough Sounds - your first taste of the tranquil beauty of the South Island of New Zealand and renowned as one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world. The Wellington to Picton ferry crossing is included in your New Zealand tour.

Then ride along the twisting coastline of Queen Charlotte Sounds. We enjoy sweeping curves en route to Nelson through vineyards and orchards. Nelson is the biggest fishing port in New Zealand and 2nd largest city in the South Island - a cosmopolitan city with up-market shopping and a 'Mediterranean' micro-climate.

We ride south alongside rushing rivers, lush forests and deep gorges, then sweeping West Coast roads above the wild rocky shore. We see the spectacular limestone Pancake Rocks before arriving at the New Zealand gold rush town of Greymouth.

'The best motorcycling in the world' is our next experience on the West Coast Road, designed by the grandfather of famous motorcycle designer John Britten - breathtaking fun all the way to Glacier country, where glaciers advance close to the coast. These majestic, awe-inspiring spectacles are amazing seen from the ground, and even more stunning seen from above. A helicopter trip can take you around Mount Cook (the tallest mountain in New Zealand) and land on the glacier.

Famous motorcycle heaven, Haast Pass, is next on our agenda. We ride through river plains, alongside clear blue lakes with a backdrop of the snow capped Southern Alps on our way to Queenstown, known as the 'adventure playground of the world'.

Queenstown has stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables alps. You'll have plenty of time to explore the delights of Queenstown before we ride around the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu on our way to New Zealand Fiordland.

Fiordland is a million hectares of remote primaeval beauty, one of the few places on the planet of untouched wilderness. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into pristine forested valleys. The mirror surfaces of the fiords reflect the majestic towering mountains enclosing them, dolphins, seals and Fiordland crested penguins make their home here. Silence takes on a different meaning... take a free cruise on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound to appreciate the wonder of the magical fiords.

Next stop is Invercargill on the Southern Scenic Route of New Zealand, then through the Catlins, a hidden paradise in an unspoilt corner of the world. With fast straights and sweeping corners, we're on our way to the 'Scottish' city of Dunedin where Victorian architecture and the lovely Otago Peninsula makes this an attractive visit.

Our next adventure is riding the famous New Zealand Lindis Pass, an undulating ride that takes us to central Otago and the crystal clear Lake Tekapo with fantastic views of the tallest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook.

Across lush green plains, we make our way to Christchurch, the most 'English' New Zealand city, built around the picturesque Avon River.

We head for the west coast across the Canterbury plains and over famous Arthur's Pass - from fertile valleys to the towering mountain crags of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

It's alpine riding at its best through Lewis Pass to Kaikoura (food crayfish in Maori). Kaikoura is famous for its whale watching. You can see these magnificent creatures either by boat or by air. Kaikoura is also home to the world's largest dolphin, the Orca, and the world's smallest, rarest dolphin, Hector's. Kaikoura attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including Albatross, Petrels and Shearwater.

Our penultimate day is in Hanmer Springs, the main thermal resort of the South Island, where we can rest our weary bodies in natural New Zealand hot spring spas.

Sadly, today we head back to Christchurch to say our goodbyes. It may be the end of your New Zealand tour, but you'll have memories to last a lifetime.

Organised by Paradise Motorcycle Tours NZ

21 Day North + South New Zealand Tour


Guided motorcycle tours are 7, 10, 14 or 21 days, covering the North and South Island of New Zealand or both. If you wish to tour with a group of friends, we are more than happy to design a motorcycle touring itinerary to suit your available time, interests and budget. Email for further details or phone us and we'll call you right back.

After breakfast each day, we show you the day's route. We stop along the way for lunch and to take in the sights and scenery. Our New Zealand motorcycle tour guide will lead the tour, but don't feel you have to ride in formation. If you want to break away from the group to take in the tranquility, you can meet up with the group at a predetermined point.

We arrive at our overnight stop in the afternoon to give you a chance to look around or rest and get ready for dinner.

In areas where there's a lot to see and do we stop for 2 nights for a 'free-'n-easy' day so you can see the sights, take part in adrenaline-rush activities, or just relax. If you can't keep away from your motorbike, your New Zealand tour guide will provide some fantastic NZ motorbike riding routes.

Add-on New Zealand Tour Activities Packages
Take advantage of our Add-on NZ Tour Packages for experiences that will make your holiday a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. If you've energy left, there's plenty of nightlife to boogey the night away at all major New Zealand centers where we have free days.

New Zealand Food and Wine
We've chosen great New Zealand restaurants with varied menus to suit all tastes - New Zealand is famous for its fantastic fresh food, some of the best wines in the world and gorgeous locally brewed beers. You'll love our New Zealand fruit and vegetables, highest quality meat and huge variety of freshly caught sea food; or for non-meat eaters there's a superb vegetarian selection. Eat with the group and enjoy the companionship of like-minded people, or if you prefer time to yourself, that can be also arranged.

Tour Mini-Bus - guided New Zealand Motorcycle Tour Support Vehicle
We have a luxury air-conditioned mini bus so you can bring your luggage on tour without being weighed down on your motorbike. Passengers who wish to take a break from the motorcycle and non-riders can ride along in the tour bus. For peace of mind we carry advanced first aid supplies and a driver qualified in first aid.

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