10 Day North and South Island Tour Self Ride Guided Value Tour
For Dates of this Tour and our other Motorcycle Tours of New Zealand please download our 2011_2012 Bularangi Motorbikes Tour ScheduleValue Tours:
- 1 rider/1 bike/1 room NZ$7,215
- 2 riders/1 bike/1 room NZ$7,525
- 2 riders/2 bikes/1 room NZ$10,875
- Late model Harley Davidson
- Basic motel accommodation (en suite)
- New Zealand tour guide
- Unlimited kilometres
- Souvenir t shirts
- Transfer Waihi to Auckland and end of tours
- Fuel and oil for motorcycles
- Luggage support vehicle
- Personal expenditure
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal insurance
- Sightseeing activities and excursions unless otherwise stated above as included
299 kilometres / 187 miles
Today our Harleys leave behind the garden city of Christchurch and head up the stunning coastal road to the wine growing region of Wairapa, and on up to the seafood and whale watching town of Kaikoura, before heading off to the beautiful village of Hanmer Springs for our first night of the tour with some beautiful thermal pools available for a glorious soak!
261 kilometres / 163 miles
Today we start to zig zag across the South Island taking in the magnificent Southern Alp mountain passes that this country offers - we cruise through the Lewis Pass today. This is quite unlike the route through the Arthur Pass which we do in a couple of days time, Lewis Pass follows a meandering course along a succession of rivers so are almost constantly in a valley looking up.
266 kilometres / 166 miles
We start the day with viewing the magnificent splendour of the Punakaiki Rocks and then it is on the motorbikes to continue our tour. Today the ride takes us through the Buller Gorge - this is a wonderful ride of many more twists and turns as you follow the Buller River through the Gorge. We then come out of the gorge at spend the night in Nelson, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
We have a 2 night stay in Nelson so today if a free day to sightsee the local area of Nelson with its azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafes, artists and galleries, entrepreneurs and boutique shopping experiences. If you wish to do a day of riding instead then there is a wonderful ride up to the stunning Abel Tasman Park - approximate 200 kms ride.
108 kilometres / 68 miles
Today we start off with the shortest motorbike ride of the tour, with the challenging twists and turns of the Queen Charlotte Drive between Nelson and Picton- a truly magnificent ride with amazing views, beaches and native bush. We then board the ferry to the North Island and take the 3 hour ferry ride from the north to south island - the first half of the ferry crossing brings us in through the natural stunning beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound, which is wonderful.
370 kilometres / 231 miles
A long day of riding today and we get on the Harleys and head north towards the Central Plateau of the North Island, the first half of the day is spent cruising on relatively straight roads through the farmlands of the bottom half of the North Island, with its rolling countryside. We then hit the desert road and have stunning views across to the 3 volcanoes of the Tongario National Park, before dropping into Taupo for our 2 night stay.
Today you have an opportunity to rest and experience what Taupo has to offer with the Huka Falls, Geothermal Parks, Boat Trips, Sky Dives, Bungee Jumps to name but a few. However if you prefer to have a day of riding then there are wonderful day rides around Lake Taupo itself that can be done easily in an day of riding.
Photo from hukafallsjet.com
328 kilometres / 205 miles
Onto the Harleys and across a remote New Zealand road to Napier – a beautiful ride that takes us out the east coast of the North Island. We then continue on a coastal ride through the wine growing region of Hawkes Bay as we follow the road along up the coast, through the vineyards and into Gisborne for the night. For those that wish that evening we take in a Kapa Haka maori show, high above Gisborne, in the natural outdoors.
339 kilometres / 211 miles
Today we head off towards the East Cape of New Zealand - first through the kiwi fruit growing area of Katikati and we then head down the stunning coastal ride of the Bay of Plenty coastline, before cutting inland to end the day riding through the endless twists and turns of the Waiweka Gorge with its amazing range of native bush. For those that wish that evening we take in a Kapa Haka maori show, high above Gisborne, in the natural outdoors.
260 kilometres / 162 miles
Today is asplendid day of cruising the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway around the volcanic Coromandel peninsula, offering one the the most stunning motorbike rides in New Zealand. The road hugs the coastline for a great deal fo the ride giving you fantastic ocean views with golden beaches and on your other side volcanic mountains rising up clad in dense native bush - stunning!
We visiting idyllic Coromandel Township and stop here for lunch before heading on around the Peninsula for a well earned stop at the iconic Kiwi Coromandel Tavern and Hot Water Beach before heading back to base in Waihi.