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New Zealand Easy Riders and Thrill-Seekers Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour (21 days)

Our Easy Riders & Thrill Seekers tour is designed for those who want to take a little more time at the biggest and best sites in New Zealand, whether you’re an adrenalin junkie looking to try out all the thrills or simply want to kick back for a day or two in a central location before moving on this tour is for you. New Zealand invented the bungee jump, jet boating through narrow river gorges and many more of the extreme sports and thrills we know you want to experience. Many of the best sights and popular attractions are located close to the locations we include so we offer you a self-guided motorcycle tour that gives you more time to experience as many ‘rushes’ as you can handle or extra time to chill out or wander at a leisurely pace. Of course, we don’t expect you to try all the thrills but we won’t try to stop you!!

See most of the major tourist sights and cultural highlights of New Zealand by taking this tour from Auckland to Christchurch or Christchurch to Auckland.


    • The relaxed pace
    • Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula
    • Farmstays
    • Mount Cook
    • Milford Sound Cruise
    • Queenstown
    • Fox / Franz Josef Glaciers
    • West Coast wildlife
    • Interislander ferry crossing
    • Maori concert night
    • Food and drink


DAY 1 Arrive Auckland. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After you’ve checked in, 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.

DAY 2 Auckland – (free day). There is plenty to do in Auckland. You may prefer to just stroll around the City of Sails or perhaps you’re ready for something more exiting. Take a bus to the Sky Tower and do the bungee jump from the top or take a ferry over to Waiheke Island for beautiful beaches and to sample the vintages of the island’s wineries. Walk among the sharks and rays at Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium. In the evening, take in a show, dine out in one of the sumptuous restaurants or just stroll and take in the bright lights.

DAY 3 Auckland – Rotorua (295 km). After breakfast, collect your bike and set off on your first day in the saddle, a leisurely ride through rolling coastal countryside and the native forests of the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty on the Pacific Coast. Visit the seaside resort of Mount Manganui and climb ‘the Mount’ before heading to Rotorua, right in the volcanic centre of North Island.

DAY 4 Rotorua – (free day). Rotorua offers a wealth of experiences for the senses. You’ll soon get used to the Sulphur smell that accompanies the geothermic activity that makes this area so interesting. If you are an adrenalin junkie, you can try the ‘Swoop’ or the Agrojet and whitewater rafting to mention but a few. You can also take helicopter or walking tours over the volcanic landscape, or perhaps play golf where boiling mud pools are a bigger hazard than any sandy bunker.Rotorua is also rich in Maori culture and a main natural home of the glow worm, and their displays are quite beautiful. This evening it’s party time Maori style! You will be enthralled by the natural bush setting and displays with Maori warriors in traditional dress paddling a canoe down the river and preparing a traditional Hangi feast.If you’ve already tired of Rotorua then Hobbiton, the home of the Hobbits, is a mere 72km away. Alternatively, you can visit some of the thermal reserves. Whakarewarewa, Waiotapu and Waimangu are some of the best. There is also the buried village of Te Wairoa, the blue or green lakes to explore and a boat trip on Lake Tarawera to name but a few attractions.

DAY 5 Rotorua – Wellington ( A big ride down the spine of North Island is in store with some big sights and contrasting landscapes. Sit and marvel at the views over Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in Australasia which was created by the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the last 5000 years. Its backed by the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. The three andesitic volcanoes, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, form the southern limits of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe are two of the most active volcanoes in the world today. You will also ride the desert road, yes New Zealand has a desert too, and finish with views over the Kapiti Coastline before riding down heavily forested valleys to Wellington.

DAY 6 Wellington (free day). Sample some of the many activities on offer in New Zealand’s capital city today. A guided tour is a great way to get quickly acquainted with Wellington. Try a walking tour of the city, or go mountain biking with expert guides to take you off-road to visit hard-to-reach places, or take to the skies for a spectacular bird’s eye view. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car, climb (or ride) up to Mount Victoria lookout where you can see the whole city working below and sit on the grass with some fish and chips while watching the sun go down over the city. For history and culture, visit the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or go looking for kiwis and other native flora and fauna at Zealandia.

DAY 7 Wellington – Nelson (ferry 110 km). Most of your travelling today is aboard the interisland 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 last part of the crossing is in the sheltered waters of beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. After docking in Picton’s pretty harbor you have a lovely ride along the coast to Nelson.

DAY 8 Nelson (free day). Today it’s a free day to ride and explore Nelson and surrounding areas. Takaka and Golden Bay has some of the finest beaches in New Zealand, and Nelson has more sunshine than any other part of the country. For those who like to continue riding, hop on your bike to discover Abel Tasman National Park, or 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. And remember you are in one of New Zealand’s main wine producing areas and Nelson is also a centre for craft or microbreweries and great food.

DAY 9 Nelson (free day). If you don’t want to take it easy and sit in a great restaurant or lay on a lovely beach today, there is always quad biking, horse trekking, ATV rides and if you’re brave enough, try the ‘Skywire’ and fly like a bird soaring above the tree tops of the native forest.

DAY 10 Nelson – Hanmer Springs (300-400km). A gentle hilly ride takes you southwest to Murchison and the Buller Gorge where there is plenty of action. The Buller Gorge Swing Bridge and Adventure Park offers the longest swing bridge in New Zealand and leads to some lovely walks in the bush. There is also gold panning on offer but if that’s all too gentle you can try jet boating on the Buller River or ‘flying’ across it on a zip line known locally as the Comet Line. After the thrills of the Buller it’s time to ride east over the beautiful Lewis Pass to your overnight stay in Hanmer Springs..NZ-ThrillSeekers11-12

DAY 11 Hanmer Springs (free day). Surrounded by mountains, forests and crisp alpine air, the village of Hanmer Springs has a lovely Alpine feel. The natural thermal pools are a big attraction but there are plenty of other things to see and try. Just a few of the activities to enjoy are jet boating, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, golf, fishing and hiking. If all that is just too busy then you can just spend some relaxing time in the hot pools and enjoying a nice meal at one of the restaurants or cafes.

DAY 12 Hanmer Springs – Fox Glacier (515 km). On the road again today where our preferred route is long but takes you over the magnificent Arthur’s Pass (The shorter alternative is to return west over the Lewis Pass). Head south east to the Pacific Coast crossing over the Weka Pass and by some small rural towns of the Waipara region before turning inland to the Arthur’s Pass road that rises some 900 metres to cross the Southern Alps. This is an area of high alpine peaks, steep valleys, rushing waterfalls and some unique wildlife. Over on the west coast there are some interesting places to visit, a sheepskin factory in Ross, a greenstone factory at Hokitika and the reconstructed gold-mining shanty town near Greymouth before you reach your destination in Fox Glacier.

DAY 13 Fox Glacier – Queenstown (335 km). Today is a day of side trips and thrills, a morning helicopter ride (weather permitting), a walk up to the glacier, or a visit to Glow Worm Dell, all before leaving Fox! Heading south from Fox, the ride is through the subtropical rainforest of Haast Pass and Westland National Park before turning inland and back into the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park. Ride along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before you pass through historic Cardrona and Arrowtown, another of New Zealand’s historic gold mining settlements. End the day in Queenstown amid spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.

DAY 14 Queenstown (free day). You have arrived in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and now you have two whole days to sample some of the many activities in the area: Jet boating on the famous Shotover River, tandem skydiving, fly fishing, 4wd tours, scenic flights and of course bungee jumping. It all started in Queenstown and you can still jump at the 'World Home of Bungee Jumping'- The Kawarau Bridge Bungee! If jumping from 80 metres is too tame you can try the 134 metre Nevis Bungee, New Zealand’s highest. If the bungee is still too tame then it must be canyon swinging; dive and swing hundreds of meters into a canyon while suspended on a swinging bungee rope. Can you beat Olympian Tom Daley’s record number of 12 summersaults on the way down? After all that excitement perhaps it’s time to relax, try the Gondola restaurant, the Motor Museum, cruise on a historic lake steamer or go for a ride to Arthur’s Point lookout and Coronet Peak.

DAY 15 Queenstown – Invercargill (200-310km). After the thrills of Queenstown, it’s time to ride into the majestic beauty of Southland where you will experience rugged and breath taking scenery. The mountains temporarily give way to craggy hills and green farmland scarred by boulder strewn torrents. There is a choice of routes to New Zealand’s southernmost city of Invercargill and the southern coast. In Invercargill, discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, celebrate Invercargill’s motorcycle history at Classic Motorcycle Mecca and learn about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks. Maybe even ride to the end of highway 1 at Bluff and sample some oysters from the world’s best oyster beds in Fouveux Strait.

DAY 16  Invercargill - Te Anau (200 km). A short ride along the coast on the Southern Scenic Route before reaching the peaks and deep valleys of Fiordland. It can be a short ride of 2 hours to Te Anau allowing you to relax, take in the Wildlife and Bird Reserve or the glow-worm caves before reaching your accommodation in the small lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

DAY 17 Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau (240 km). An enjoyable morning’s ride takes you to the spectacular Milford Sound, where you take a bewitching cruise down the fiord to the sea and back. The return ride allows time to enjoy the pristine views, more waterfalls and time to take photos. The ride on twisty roads is every bit a match for the cruise.

DAY 18 Te Anau – Mount Cook (425 km). A long and varied ride through the heart of South Island takes you back between Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables (they are always worth seeing again) towards Queenstown and into Central Otago. You follow the Kawaru River Gorge to Cromwell, reputed to be both the hottest and coldest town in New Zealand before turning north over the 970 metre Lindis Pass to the highlands of Mackenzie Country. The ride is spectacular all the way, ending with the amazing Tasman Glacier and its glacial river with Mount Cook looming as the finale. Why not try glacier sea-kayaking among the icebergs on the Tasman River, star gazing at the Dark Sky Reserve, a scenic flight or just a short hike in this incredible landscape.

DAY 19 Mount Cook – Christchurch (350 km). Mountain scenery gives way to open plain and volcanic coastline as you leave the high mountains today, passing the stunning glacier fed Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mount John observatory for stunning views, ride over the Burke Pass, around the Four Peaks Range and past Mt Hutt before heading out across the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plain to Christchurch.

DAY 20 Christchurch - Akaroa – Christchurch (160 km). For a final ride, out and yet more ‘different scenery’, explore the villages and backroads of the Banks Peninsula. The road to Akaroa is a twisty treat through the heart of an ancient extinct volcano, big bends and endless curves and will take you on a spectacular journey making today a good finale for your tour. Just 75 km from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement with colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in some of the activities on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays by boat or Kayak and look out for the local Hectors Dolphins, the world’s smallest dolphin. Try some fishing, hiking, diving, swimming with the dolphins or just take your time to soak in the magic of this area before making your way back to Christchurch.

Day 21 Departure day. Sadly, today it’s time to bid farewell and head for home with all those memories. There may be time for some last minute souvenir buying before we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home. Was it worth flying around the world for? We think so!

Total distance  c. 3425-4000 km

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Price includes:

    • 20-nights’ named accommodation with private facilities (subject to availability at time of booking)
    • Airport Transfers
    • Maori concert evening
    • Milford Sound cruise
    • Inter-islander ferry
    • 19 days motorcycle hire with luggage & unlimited mileage
    • Full motorcycle insurance
    • Tourbook and maps
    • TomTom Rider GPS
    • Cable lock
    • 24-hr support

Price excludes:

    • Petrol
    • Meals not stated above
    • Personal items and expenses
    • Riding Gear
    • Additional Activities
    • Accommodation supplement for nights between 25th Dec and 4th Jan (£95 per night)

Pre-bookable extras:

    • Flights to/from New Zealand
    • Stopovers en route to/from New Zealand (available from H-C Travel
    • Travel insurance
    • Pre- / post-tour accommodation (all of these 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
    • Puncture repair / tyre re-inflation kit

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Easy Riders & Thrill Seekers Tour (21 day Self-Guided) 

Tour dates

Honda VLX
Honda VT750
Honda VTX1300
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki SFV 650
Suzuki DL650

Tri Tiger 800     Suzuki DL1000
Suzuki GSF1250

Tri Tiger 1050


BMW R1200GS (older)
BMW R1200RT (older)



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01 Dec 16 - 15 Mar 2017









16 Mar - 29 Nov 2017









30 Nov 17 - 15 Mar 2018










Easy Riders & Thrill Seekers Tour – options


Discovery Tour

2 nights Farmstays (Te Anau)

£235pp (inc dinner & breakfast)

Shorter 20-day tour itinerary

-£186 (rider), -£100 (passenger)

Extra nights in Auckland


Extra nights in Christchurch


Extend your holiday in New Zealand

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Flights and Stopovers

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Easy Riders & Thrill Seekers Tour


Discovery Tour


Quality Hotel Parnell


Bella Vista Motel


Mercure Hotel


Century Park Motor Lodge

Hanmer Springs

Alpine Lodge Motel

Fox Glacier

Lake Matheson Motel


Bella Vista Motel


Victoria Railway Hotel

Te Anau

Portobello Motel

Mount Cook

Mount Cook Motels


Ashleigh Court Motel


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