New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour

Overview

New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour Overview

Tour Date 19 Feb to 10 Mar 2017 – 20 Days

Motorcycle Tour of the North and South Island’s in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the best motorcycling environments in the world as the open roads are well constructed and unhampered by heavy traffic. More importantly, traveling by motorcycle allows visitors to fully experience the beauty of New Zealand landscapes, from sandy beaches, lakes, native forests and snowcapped mountains to rolling farm lands and rugged coastal roads. New Zealand’s mountainous country produces just the right type of twisty roads that are ideal for motorcycle adventurer. This will boost the appeal of a great motorcycle holiday.

Why not motorcycle over the Southern Alps via the picturesque Lewis Pass we will experience one of the best coastal rides in the world which takes us to the amazing geology of Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks.

We Supply the Motorcycle and Fully Accompanied by Graham Saunders and his Team

Whats Included

  • Return Airport Transfers, (NZ Only)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation and Breakfasts
  • Island Ferry (Return North and South Islands)

Take a Choice of Motorcycles

  • F800GS, F700GS*
  • R1200RS, R1200GS**
  • K1600GTL, R1200RT***
  • Include in your Tour Cost*
  • £500 Supplement, Per Motorcycle**
  • £800 Supplement, Per Motorcycle***

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and, as the site of the major international airport, most visitors’ first view of the country. Planes bank over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf and yachts with bright spinnakers tack through the glistening waters of the Waitemata Harbour towards the “City of Sails”. The downtown sprouts skyscrapers and is surrounded by the grassy humps of some fifty-odd extinct volcanoes, and a low-rise suburban sprawl of prim wooden villas surrounded by substantial gardens. Look beyond the glitzy shopfronts and Auckland has a modest small-town feel and measured pace, though this can seem frenetic in comparison with the rest of the country.

The Central North Island contains some of New Zealand’s star attractions, many the result of its explosive geological past. It’s dominated by three heavyweight features: Lake Taupo, the country’s largest; Tongariro National Park, with its trio of volcanoes; and the volcanic field that feeds colourful and fiercely active thermal areas, principally around Rotorua, where boiling mud pools plop next to spouting geysers fuelled by super-heated water, drawn off to fill hot pools around town. Accessible Maori cultural experiences abound here, with highly regarded Arawa carvings and groups who perform traditional dances and haka before a feast of fall-off-the-bone meat and succulent vegetables cooked in a hangi underground steam oven.

The Central South Island is one of the most varied and visually stunning areas in New Zealand, with expansive pasturelands, dense native forests and a history rich in tales of human endeavour, tinged with the toughness and idiosyncrasies of the area’s settlers. The region’s defining feature is the icy, white sawtooth ridge of the Southern Alps that forms the South Island’s central north–south spine and peaks at New Zealand’s loftiest summit, 3754m Aoraki/Mount Cook. Summers are generally hot and dry with long days that sear the grasslands a tinder-dry yellow-brown. In winter, snow supplies numerous ski-fields. These alpine conditions foster unique plants and wildlife, including the Mount Cook lily, the largest white mountain daisy in the world, and the mischievous kea – the world’s only alpine parrot.

From Christchurch to Westport, the forested Lewis Pass road provides access to the tranquil spa town of Hanmer Springs before passing the more rustic hot pools at Maruia Springs. Further south, both road and rail head through the spectacular Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its abundance of day-walks and longer trails.

South of Christchurch, roads lead across the Canterbury Plains towards the small foothill settlement of Methven, the base for Mount Hutt-bound skiers and summertime walkers exploring Mount Somers – often dry when Arthur’s Pass is wet and enveloped in cloud.

The Southern Alps run down the backbone of the South Island, both defining and isolating the West Coast. A narrow, rugged and largely untamed strip 400km long and barely 30km wide, the West Coast is home to just 32,000 people. Turbulent rivers cascade from the mountains through lush bush, past crystal lakes and dark-green paddocks before spilling into the Tasman Sea, its coastline fringed by atmospheric, surf-pounded beaches and backed by the odd tiny shack or, more often, nothing at all.

What really sets “the Coast” apart is the interaction of settlers with their environment. Coasters, many descended from early gold and coal miners, have long been proud of their ability to coexist with the landscape a trait mythologized in their reputation for independent-mindedness and intemperate drinking, fuelled by Irish migrants drawn to the 1860s gold rushes. Stories abound of late-night boozing way past closing time, and your fondest memories of the West Coast might be chance encounters in the pub.

Tour Area / Highlights

  • Starts in Auckland
  • Ends in Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Cape Reinga
  • Christchurch
  • Arthur’s Pass National Park
  • Devils Staircase
  • Invercargill
  • Milford Sound
  • Fox Glacier
  • Historic Towns and the Wilderness

February / March Whether

New Zealand is moderate to hot, with temperatures hovering around
20-30 degrees celsius – 68-86  Fahrenheit – Lovely

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Itinerary

New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Auckland, North Island

2017 New Zealand Flights
Departs from London, Fri 17 Feb
Arrives in New Zealand, Sun 19 Feb

Day 2 - Auckland, North Island

Day 3 - Cape Reinga, North of the Island

Day 4 - Kuaotunu, North Island

Day 5 - Gisborne, North Island

Day 6 - Wellington, North Island

Day 7 - Nelson, South Island

Day 8 - Charleston, South Island

Day 9 - Bruce Bay, South Island (Fox Glacier)

Day 10 - Mount Cook, South Island

Day 11 - Milford Sound

Day 12 - Invercargill, South Island (Burt Monroe Fastest Indian Motorcycle Display)

Day 13 - Oamaru, South Island

Day 14 - Christchurch Via Lake Pearson, South Island

Day 15 - Blenheim, South Island

Day 16 - Osaka (Via Ferry Crossing), North Island

Day 17 - Auckland, North Island

Day 18 - New Plymouth, North Island

Day 19 - Day off in Auckland

Day 20 - Fly home from Auckland

Fly Home
All Routes are Subject to Change

2017 New Zealand Flights
Departs from New Zealand, Fri 10 Mar
Arrives in London, Sat 11 Mar

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Things to Bring

New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour Things to Bring

What To Bring With You ?

  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Reflective Vest
  • Travel Visa’s*
  • Travel Insurance

If required*

Money and Currency

  • Credit / Debit Card’s
  • New Zealand Dollars

Exclusions & Extra’s

  • All Road Tolls
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Fuel / Oil for your Motorcycle
  • Hotel Parking Fee’s (Some hotels may charge)
  • Hotel Extra’s Drinks / Telephone / Food / Bar
  • Breakfast / Food & Drinks (Unless Supplied by the Hotels)

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Gallery

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Prices

New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour 2018 Prices

Tour Date 18 Feb to 09 Mar 2018 – 20 Days(2018 Cost TBC)

  • £4495 Two People, One Motorcycle, Sharing One Room 
  • £5495 One Person, One Motorcycle, Shared One Room 
  • £6995 One Person, One Motorcycle in a Single Room ♦♦
  • £500 Deposit Per Person

All Rates are Per Person
Shared Room  – Single Room all the Way ♦♦

Take a Choice of Motorcycles

  • BMW F800GS, F700GS Motorcycle Include in your Tour Cost
  • Upgrade to a BMW R1200RS, R1200GS, £499 Supplement, Per Motorcycle
  • Upgrade to a BMW K1600GTL, R1200RT, £799 Supplement, Per Motorcycle

Tour Requirements

  • Age: Min 21 Years – Max 75 Years
  • Current valid Motorcycle License (Held for the last 3 Years)
  • 3 years riding experience
  • Must be able to ride motorcycles over 500cc
  • Security Damage Deposit on a Valid Credit Card

Extra Nights Available Breakfast at Some Hotels / Lodges

Exclusions & Extra’s

  • Return Flights to New Zealand
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Hotel Extra’s Drinks / Food / Bar
  • Breakfast / Food & Drinks (Unless Supplied by Hotels)
  • Motorcycle Fuel
  • Motorcycle Helmet
  • Motorcycle Gloves
  • Motorcycle Jacket & Trousers
  • Motorcycle Boots
  • All Road Tolls
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