New Zealand - North & South Island

North Island, New Zealand, Australasia

New Zealand - North & South Island

New Zealand - it really is an amazing destination for a motorcycle tour.


On hired bikes we ride together from Auckland at the top of the North Island to join our South Island tour in Christchurch ten days later. You will therefore need to arrange a flight into Auckland and back from Christchurch, New Zealand. The hire of the motorcycle starts in Auckland and includes a one-way fee for drop off at the end of the South Island tour in Christchurch.

Before we completed our recce tour in 2009 we had mistakenly assumed that much of the North Island was industrialised. In reality there are many beautiful beaches to explore at the Bay of Islands and the Coromandel before we head south to the tourist trap that is Rotorua. We avoid its over-commercialised town centre and instead head for Happy Valley - an oasis of calm reached only by a flat bottomed boat. Our Maori pilot offers a wholly different cultural perspective as he explains the meanings ascribed to the mysterious mud flats that spout geysers of boiling white chalk along the nature trail that we will follow!

We continue through vast expanses of vineyards that we recognise from excursions to Oddbins back home. Quality Sauvignon Blancs from Cloudy Bay, Nobilo, Hawkes Bay and Oyster Bay - it would be churlish to pass by so we will stay awhile, stopover and sample. In Martinborough all roads lead to a delightful village green surrounded by period properties, cafe bars and restaurants. The road plan of the town centre was originally designed by a patriotic Englishman to resemble a Union Jack flag - and here is a hint of all that is good about New Zealand. In many ways reminiscent of an England of time gone by where front doors are left open, cars have ignition keys left in them and complete strangers stop to give helpful advice and assistance.

New Zealand really is heaven on earth. You will want to live there.

We continue our journey to cross the Cook Straight to join our South Island tour.

This is a fully escorted tour (that's late summer in NZ). You will need to book (soon as you can) to secure a cheap flight into Auckland and back from Christchurch. There is a broad choice of available machines - but book early to secure the motorcycle of your choice!

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New Zealand - North & South Island


Overview

New Zealand - North & South Island

New Zealand - it really is an amazing destination for a motorcycle tour.


On hired bikes we ride together from Auckland at the top of the North Island to join our South Island tour in Christchurch ten days later. You will therefore need to arrange a flight into Auckland and back from Christchurch, New Zealand. The hire of the motorcycle starts in Auckland and includes a one-way fee for drop off at the end of the South Island tour in Christchurch.

Before we completed our recce tour in 2009 we had mistakenly assumed that much of the North Island was industrialised. In reality there are many beautiful beaches to explore at the Bay of Islands and the Coromandel before we head south to the tourist trap that is Rotorua. We avoid its over-commercialised town centre and instead head for Happy Valley - an oasis of calm reached only by a flat bottomed boat. Our Maori pilot offers a wholly different cultural perspective as he explains the meanings ascribed to the mysterious mud flats that spout geysers of boiling white chalk along the nature trail that we will follow!

We continue through vast expanses of vineyards that we recognise from excursions to Oddbins back home. Quality Sauvignon Blancs from Cloudy Bay, Nobilo, Hawkes Bay and Oyster Bay - it would be churlish to pass by so we will stay awhile, stopover and sample. In Martinborough all roads lead to a delightful village green surrounded by period properties, cafe bars and restaurants. The road plan of the town centre was originally designed by a patriotic Englishman to resemble a Union Jack flag - and here is a hint of all that is good about New Zealand. In many ways reminiscent of an England of time gone by where front doors are left open, cars have ignition keys left in them and complete strangers stop to give helpful advice and assistance.

New Zealand really is heaven on earth. You will want to live there.

We continue our journey to cross the Cook Straight to join our South Island tour.

This is a fully escorted tour (that's late summer in NZ). You will need to book (soon as you can) to secure a cheap flight into Auckland and back from Christchurch. There is a broad choice of available machines - but book early to secure the motorcycle of your choice!

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Riding hours per day

  • 4-6
  • 5-7
  • 6-8
  • 7-9

Grading

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To : £7,400.00


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