Guided 11 Day South Island - New Zealand
- Duration: 11 Days (approx.)
- Location: Auckland, NZ
- Product code: 11 Day South Island Guided Tour
You're in motorcycle heaven while you explore the wild West Coast and Glacier Country. Cross over stunning Haast Pass, discover primeval Fiordland and the big skies of Central Otago.
Fall in love with Queenstown - the adrenaline capital of the world, bungy, jet boat,kayak or just chill out before heading to Dunedin - New Zealand’s Heritage and Wildlife city. Ride over the divine Lindis Pass and view Aoraki / Mt Cook from the edge of the incredibly blue Lake Tekapo, then loop back to Christchurch and the end of your 11 Day guided motorcycle tour.
Distance: 2,276km / 1,412 miles
Band A – F700GS, F800GS, F800GT
Band B – R1200GS,
Band C - R1200RT, K1600GT, K1600GTL
Please Note: All tour prices are PER PERSON in New Zealand dollars and include GST (Goods & Services Tax)
- Motorcycle of your choice
- Panniers and top box
- Soft lift out luggage bags
- Motorcycle Insurance
- Good quality accommodation
- Welcome drinks and farewell dinner
- Guide on a motorcycle
- Guide in a support vehicle* minimum 4 motorcycles
- Tour booklet with route and maps
- Airport transfers
- Meals and drinks - except welcome and farewell dinners
- Gold Cover
- Personal travel insurance
- Paradise Motorcycle Tours NZ Cap
- Milford Sound Cruise, South Island, NZ
- Visit to the Burt Munro 'World's Fastest Indian' display in Invercargill
Christchurch to Hanmer Springs 134km/84 miles: Leave Christchurch and head north along the Coast Road to the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs - Enjoy the rolling Canterbury Plains and see Frog Rock along the way. Set in a basin of forest clad mountains and home to natural hot springs, Hamner Springs is where you can soak, relax and get in the holiday mood.
Hanmer Springs to Punakaiki 260km/165 miles: Ride the spectacular Lewis Pass - a fantastic scenic ride and an old Maori greenstone trail. Stop at Reefton, a historic gold mining town for lunch then head to Punakaiki on the wild West Coast. See Pancake Rocks, incredible rock formations and blowholes were 30 million years in the making.
Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier 216km/134 miles (4 hours): The West Coast road looks towards the Tasman Sea on the right and Southern Alps on the left. Known as 'The Ice Run', this road provides superb riding. The glaciers are an awe inspiring spectacle, amazing seen from the ground, and even more stunning from above. A helicopter can take you on a trip you'll never forget!
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown 355km/219 miles (5.5 hours): Heading north on the Tasman coast road - wild and beautiful, we stop to sign a pebble on Bruce Bay - a Kiwi tradition! The scenery changes dramatically to native forest as we turn inland to cross the famous Haast Pass. Tumbling rivers, waterfalls and winding undulating riding. Again, the scenery changes as we enter central Otago and the Mount Aspiring National Park - we ride beside huge lakes with a background of snow capped mountains and cross the highest sealed road in New Zealand, the Crown Ranges and descend into the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown!
Explore Queenstown: Paragliding, jet boating, bungee jumping and white water rafting are just a few of the adventure activities that you can try in Queenstown. Or, you could take a ride along the ribbon of lakeside road to Glenorchy, visit a vineyard for lunch, or explore Arrowtown a historic gold mining town full of cafes and art galleries, site of Lord of the Rings filming.
Queenstown to Te Anau 173 km/105 miles (3 hours): Take a short, but stunning ride to Te Anau and see Fiordland's primeval landscapes. This is one of the few places on the planet the wilderness is still pristine. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into forested valleys, the mirror surfaces of the fiords reflect the majestic towering mountains where the word 'silence' takes on a different meaning.
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau 110km/68 miles each way (2.5 hours each way): Ride along the shores of Lake Te Anau, through the famous Homer tunnel, and down to Milford Sound. The mountainous views on the road to Milford are almost as impressive as the Fiord itself. Keep an eye out for kea, a cheeky alpine parrot with a taste for rubber and plastic. Your cruise around Milford Sound is included.
Te Anau to Dunedin 320km/198 miles (5 hours): Today's route is a curvaceous ride that winds through central Otago, to the very Scottish city of Dunedin. Victorian architecture and the divine Otago Peninsula makes this a particularly attractive place to visit. We pass through the fly-fishing capital of New Zealand - Gore where we stop for lunch and visit a fascinating vintage aircraft museum and workshop
Free day to explore Dunedin: Dunedin is the heritage and wilderness capital of New Zealand. You can choose to explore the city or ride out to the Otago Peninsula to see albatross and yellow-eyed penguins. The Peninsula has winding roads with stunning coastal views, while the city has historic buildings, museums and art galleries waiting to be explored
Dunedin to Tekapo 434km/269 miles: Leave Dunedin for a great ride over the Maungatua Ranges. The area is typical of the dry Maniototo region - sparse, tussock clad, rolling hills. Stop at Cromwell the 'fruit bowl of New Zealand'. Then take on the Lindis Pass, the saddle with alpine landscape between Lindis Valley and the Ahuriri River to Lake Tekapo.
Tekapo to Christchurch 274km/170 miles: Lake Tekapo offers breath taking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain. At the Church of the Good Shepherd, admire the bronze statue of a sheep dog and views of the turquoise lake. Ride on to Christchurch via Burkes Pass, Mount Hutt and the Canterbury plains. Arrive in Christchurch and we relive our tour, say our goodbyes and make plans to return over a farewell meal!