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New Zealand Two Island Guided Motorcycle Tour  (Superior, 14 days)

This 14-day guided tour gives you the chance to see many of the key sights and different landscapes that visitors to New Zealand never forget. Our experienced local guides will ensure that you get the most out of your time on tour and ensure that you find the best riding routes and take in memorable excursions. You will enjoy very comfortable accommodation on this tour, ride the great passes of the Southern Alps, spectacular coastal roads and through unique, unspoilt forests, all with unbelievably light traffic. This 2-week tour also gives a good insight into the differences between the two islands. It packs in a lot but it’s definitely not too much and for anyone from the Northern Hemisphere, the ‘kiwi’ summer really will take away any winter blues.

HighlightsNZ-Guided1

    • Auckland
    • The Coromandel Peninsula
    • Geothermic Rotorua and Lake Taupo
    • Crossing the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry
    • Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park
    • High mountain passes and the glaciers
    • Queenstown
    • Milford Sound
    • Traffic free roads
    • Great food and drink

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Auckland. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Depending on how you feel after the long flight, either take a walk around and see the sights of Auckland or head across to Mission Bay Beach for your first NZ beach experience. Then, dinner in the evening with your fellow riders and guides where we discuss the tour itinerary, motorcycling in NZ, highlights to see and do on the tour, and questions and answers time.

DAY 2 Auckland - Rotorua (250-350km). After breakfast and a pre-tour briefing, we collect the bikes and set off on our first day in the saddle, and a leisurely ride to the South. We’ll take in the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, the western Bay of Plenty, and some lovely backroads before reaching Rotorua where you are invited to a party – Maori style.

Day 3 Rotorua - Hawkes Bay (300km). There are two main route options and your guide will be happy to discuss their merits. You are in the North Island’s famed area of geothermic activity, so don’t miss a chance to visit the thermal reserve at Whakarewarewa with its geysers and bubbling mud pools or Waiotapu with its incredible bubbling Champagne Pool, and try to find the hidden valley of Orakeikorako. At Taupo, relax and marvel at the views over the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and views of the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. The Thermal Explorer highway leads to the Art Deco town of Napier while the, Desert Road’ offers a different route and stunning views of the volcanic and desert landscape.

Day 4 Hawkes Bay - Wellington (220-260 km). There are two main routes and several backroad options to explore as we head to Wellington. Both skirt the Tararua Mountain range, both similar in distance but one has more possible deviations, the other may be busier. See the impressive Manawatu Gorge and depending on the chosen route, we make stops at Featherston Summit (555 m), for spectacular views, or Southward, for its museum of cars, motorcycles and machinery.

Day 5 Wellington - Nelson (110 km via the Interislander).Most of your travelling today is aboard the Interislander ferry, a relaxing and spectacular 3-hour crossing to the South Island. There are wonderful coastal views and watch out for passing whales and albatross as we cross the Cook Strait. The crossing concludes in the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before docking in Picton’s pretty harbor. Finish with a lovely ride along the coast to Nelson, South Islands sunniest city.

Day 6 Free day in Nelson (105 km). A free day to relax or ride and explore Nelson and surrounding areas. Your guide will offer some ideas to fill your time but you’re free to do your own thing. Nelson has some of the finest beaches in New Zealand and claims more sunshine than any other part of the country. For those who want to ride, hop on your bike to discover Abel Tasman National Park, take a 4-WD drive tour to Farewell Spit, the longest sand dune in New Zealand and view a variety of sea birds and unique vegetation. Also remember, you are in one of New Zealand’s main wine craft beer producing areas.

Day 7 Nelson – Hanmer Springs (300-395km). A choice of routes is available on most days and today is no exception. Your guide will offer suggestions but will also be guided by what you want to see (within reason). Take in the Buller Gorge, a seal colony, the famous pancake rocks at Punakaiki and some wonderful rural valleys before reaching the secluded Alpine town of Hanmer Springs.

Day 8 Hanmer Springs – Franz Josef (495 km). We have a long ride ahead today; returning to the west coast, via Arthur’s Pass (a shorter option is possible). We start by heading south east to the Pacific side crossing the Weka Pass towards Canterbury before we turn inland where our ride takes us from the coastal lowlands to cross Porter’s and Arthur’s passes, both at over 900m. This is an area of high alpine peaks, steep valleys, rushing waterfalls and some unique wildlife. We stop for lunch in the mountains before returning to the west coast highway and a gentle ride into Franz Josef. Look out for some of the indigenous wildlife – seals, keas, kiwis, penguins, dolphins and the rare white heron on route.

Day 9 Franz Josef – Queenstown (355 km). Take in a helicopter flight, walk on a glacier, or visit the Glow Worm Dell in Fox before riding to the adventure playground of New Zealand. Heading south from Fox, we ride through the subtropical rainforest of Haast Pass, in the heart of Westland. Turning inland we head into the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

Day 10 Queenstown (free day). An opportunity to sample some of the many activities in and around Queenstown; jet boating on the Shotover River, tandem skydiving, scenic flights, fly fishing, a vintage steam cruise and of course bungee jumping, right where it all started! There are simply too many to mention! Then it’s time to relax in the Gondola restaurant or see the Motor Museum, or take a ride to Arthur’s Point lookout and Coronet Peak.

Day 11 Queenstown – Dunedin (195 km). Say goodbye to the lakes and fiords of the west as we head for the surf of the deep blue Pacific Ocean. We ride across rolling green farmland covered in white woolly sheep, crossing wide river torrents and passing through quiet rural settlements before we reach Dunedin with its Scottish heritage, and the Otago Peninsula for a night at the historic Larnach Castle

Day 12 Dunedin – Mount Cook (350 km). Leaving Dunedin for Mount Cook we can visit the famous Moeraki boulders before heading inland along the fascinating Waitaki River and the Aviemore and Benmore Dams, or following the gold trail to the Victorian gold rush town of Cromwell, passing the majestic Ida and Dunstan Mountain range then through the highland Mackenzie District. We stop at the historic gold-mining town of St Bathan’s, with time for a drink at the famous Vulcan Hotel, and finish with an awesome ride to Mount Cook.

Day 13 Mount Cook – Christchurch (350 km). Today, it’s back down from the mountains, passing the stunning glacier fed Lake Tekapo and over the Burke Pass, around the Four Peaks Range and past Mt Hutt before heading out across the flat farmland of Canterbury Plain to Christchurch. After returning the motorbikes, it just remains for us to celebrate the end of the tour with our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 14 Depart Christchurch. We will arrange your transfer back to the airport. Depending on your departure time, the day is free for you to explore Christchurch – how about the Antarctic Museum, the famous trolley buses, Botanical Gardens or Hagley Park?

Total distance   c. 3250 km

Price includes:

    • 13 nights’ superior named accommodation with private facilities (subject to availability at time of booking)
    • Airport transfers
    • 13 breakfasts, 11 dinners
    • 12 days’ motorcycle hire with luggage & unlimited   mileage
    • Full motorcycle insurance
    • Maori cultural evening
    • Interisland Ferry tickets
    • Tourbook and maps
    • Experienced local guide on a motorcycle
    • Support vehicle

Price excludes:

    • Petrol
    • Meals not stated above
    • Personal items and expenses
    • Riding Gear
    • Additional Activities

Pre-bookable extras:

    • Flights to/from New Zealand
    • Stopovers en route to/from New Zealand (available from H-C Travel). Ask us about our stopover packages)
    • Travel insurance
    • Pre- / post-tour accommodation (may be arranged through H-C Travel)
    • Riding gear
    • Luggage transfer available and bookable locally (please ask for details)
    • Optional CDR bike insurance (see rental table for details). Available and payable locally
    • Frame/Seat lowering on some models - see rental info page

Please refer to our rental pages for more information on the motorcycles available.

Two Island Guided Tour (Deluxe)

Guided tour dates

BMW G650GS
Honda VLX600
Honda VTX1300
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki SFV 650
Suzuki DL650

BMW F700GS
Tri Tiger 800
Suzuki DL1000
Suzuki GSF1250  

BMW F800GS
Tri Tiger 1050

BMW R1200GSW
BMW R1200RTW  

BMW R1200GS (Twin Cam)
BMW R1200RT (older)

H-D

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

12 Feb - 25 Feb 2018

6,495

6,995

6,995

7,475

N/A

N/A

4,875

1,675

05 Mar – 18 Mar 2018

6,495

6,995

6,995

7,475

N/A

N/A

4,875

1,675

 

Two Island Guided Touroptions

Option

 

Extra nights in Auckland

POA

Extra nights in Christchurch

POA

Extend your stay in New Zealand

Please ask us to quote

Flights and Stopovers

Please ask us to quote

 

Accommodation

 

Location

Deluxe Tour Accommodation

Auckland

Quality Hotel Parnell

Rotorua

Copthorne Hotel

Hawkes Bay

Napier Hotel or Farmstay

Wellington

QT Art Hotel

Nelson

Delorenzos Apartments

Hanmer Springs

Heritage Hotel

Franz Josef

High Peaks Lodge

Queenstown

St Moritz Hotel

Dunedin

Larnach Castle

Mount Cook

The Hermitage

Christchurch

Doubletree by Hilton

 

| Two Island Guided Tour (Superior, 14 day) | Southern Moonlight Self-Guided (14 day) |
| Two Island Grand Self-Guided Tour (21 day) | Easy Riders & Thrill Seekers Self-Guided (21 day) | FAQs | Rentals |

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