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21 Day North & South Island Tour


This is a sample itinerary for a fully guided tour. Find out more about our Fully Guided Tours.

Day 1 - Auckland to Omapere

259 kilometres / 162 miles

We are off on our Harleys this morning heading through Auckland (the City of Sails) going via Helensville, and then onto the Twin Coast Discovery Highway where we stop at the well known Matakohe Kauri museum. We take our lunch here and you can discover some of the local history through this wonderful museum. After lunch we carry on through the grandeur of the Waipoua Forest to Tane Mahuta the oldest and largest surviving native Kauri tree in New Zealand. We then follow the western coastline along to Omapere where we will be staying tonight on the edge of the beautiful Hokianga Harbour, overlooking the massive sand dunes on the other side of the harbour.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 1

Day 2 - Omapere to Paihia via Cape Reinga

440 kilometres / 275 miles

A big day of riding today, this morning we catch the ferry across the Hokianga Harbour and head north following the Twin Coast Discovery Trail through the wonderful forests of Northland and we then head up to Cape Reinga to see the northern most point of New Zealand and where the might of two great oceans meet. We then make our way back down towards Paihia in the magnificent Bay of Islands.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 2

Day 3 - Speed boat ride through Bay of Islands then Paihia to Waihi

380 kilometres / 238 miles

Start the day with a high speed boat trip out to see the famous hole in the Rock and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Once we are back on dry land its time to head off on the Harley Davidsons on a big ride down back through Auckland and onto Waihi, where we have our first 2 night stay.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 3

Day 4 - the Coromandel Loop

260 kilometres / 162 miles

Following a late afternoon transfer down from Auckland the night before, we start our tour away from Auckland traffic by doing the Coromandel Loop - a stunning ride with many twists and turns over the miles and stunning coastal and mountain views all the way along this ride.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 4

Day 5 - Waihi to Gisborne via the Waioweka Gorge

338 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.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 5

Day 6 - Gisborne to Lake Taupo

328 kilometres / 205 miles

The ride today takes us on a coastal ride through the wine growing region of Hawkes Bay as we follow the road along the coast and through the vineyards. We have time for a lunch stop in the art deco town of Napier, before we then turn and head inland towards the Central Plateau of the North Island - an afternoon ride across a remote New Zealand road, before dropping in to the busy town of Taupo for a 2 night rest here.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 6

Day 7 - Lake Taupo (Free Day)

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.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 7

Day 8 - Taupo to Wellington

370 kilometres / 231 miles

A long day of riding today and we head down off through Tongariro National Park with its 3 very distinctive volcanoes in the Central Plateau of the North Island. We then head down towards the southern tip of the North Island, spend your time cruising on relatively straight roads through the farmlands of the bottom half of the North Island, with its rolling countryside.

Day 9 - Ferry crossing then Picton to Nelson

108 kilometres / 68 miles

Today we start off with a 3 hour ferry ride from the north to south island - the latter half of the ferry crossing brings us in through the natural stunning beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound, which is a wonderful cruise in. Once we are at Picton we then have a short afternoon ride along the challenging twists and turns of the Queen Charlotte Drive - a truly magnificent ride with amazing views, beaches and native bush.

Day 10 - Nelson (Free Day)

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.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 10

Day 11 - Nelson to Punakaiki

265 kilometres / 166 miles

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. You then head out to the coast and start down the West Coast of the South Island - our first stop on the West Coast is the stunning rock formation - Punakaki Rocks.

Day 12 - Punakaiki to Hanmer Springs

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.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 12

Day 13 - Hanmer Springs to Arthurs Pass

258 kilometres / 161 miles

The ride today leaves behind Hanmer Springs and takes us across the north Canterbury Plains before heading inland through the majestic mountain pass known as Arthurs Pass which is all about massive mountains and going up, up, up ...then down, down, down. We spend the night in the Arthurs Pass.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 13

Day 14 - Arthurs Pass to Fox Glacier

242 kilometres / 151 miles

Today we ride out of the Arthurs Pass and ride down the stunning West Coast of the South Island, a beautiful coastal ride with high mountain ranges on your left and the ocean on your right. We arrive in Fox Glacier and there is enough time to take a helicopter flight up the glaciers for those that wish to see the Glaciers and Mount Cook from the air.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 14

Day 15 - Fox Glacier to Cardrona

287 kilometres / 179 miles

Today we take the road further south, heading through more dramatic scenery of dense native bush and glacier valleys as we ride through the Haast Pass, past the stunning town of Wanaka on the shores of this huge lake, with some beautiful riding around the lake shores, we then head up to Cardrona for the night to be spent in this beautiful old hotel.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 15

Day 16 - Cardrona to Te Anau

203 kilometres / 127 miles

Today we cruise on down into Queenstown for a morning of sightseeing the adventure activities of this wonderful town - for those that don't wish to have a sightsee can take a ride out to Glenorchy along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Early afternoon we head off for the afternoon ride to the town of Te Anau - there is a wonderful evening glow worm tour offered here before dinner for those that wish. We settle for the night on the shores of the lake at Te Anau.

Bularangi Harley Tour - Day 16

Day 17 - Te Anau to Milford Sounds and Return

240 kilometres / 150 miles

Today we head off to Milford Sound - it is the same road in and out including a one kilometre one way tunnel. The ride has stunning mountains, glaciers, native bush and snow clad mountain tips. Once at Milford Sound you take a 2 hour boat cruise out onto the Sound for those that wish, which is a truly spectacular cruise. We then head back for another night on the shores of the lake at Te Anau.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 17

Day 18 - Te Anau to Invercargill

180 kilometres / 112 miles

We have a late start today to give everyone the chance of a lie in. Then we head off on the Southern Scenic Route to the southern town of Invercargill - once we arrive in Invercargill, we have the option of a further ride out to Bluff the southernmost point of New Zealand for those that wish. Also in this town is the Burt Munro museum which is definitely worth a visit!

Bularang Harley Tour - Day 18

Day 19 - Invercargill via the Caitlins to Dunedin

248 kilometres / 155 miles

Today we head out back towards the East Coast of the South Island, with a beautiful ride through the stunning Caitlins region of Southland, a place of hidden waterfalls, river valleys and picturesque rocky bays where the Pacific Ocean bites into the land. We also make a visit to the Petrified Forest - 180 million years old, is revealed at low tide at Curio Bay, this Jurassic forest, of petrified tree stumps and logs is amazing! We then head up to the Scottish like town of Dunedin for the night.

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 19

Day 20 - Dunedin to Lake Tekapo

290 kilometres / 180 miles

Leaving the town of Dunedin behind us we head up the coast to Oamaru where we have time to visit the penguin colony, before heading inland to the stunning lakes in the centre of the Southern Alps and the South Island - Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Both of these lakes have Mount Cook as the stunning back drop to the vividly unbelievable blue of these lakes. Tonight we spend the night on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Bularangi 21 day Tour - Day 20

Day 21 - Lake Tekapo via Rakaia Gorge to Christchurch

256 kilometres / 160 miles

Today the ride takes us back to the Garden City of Christchurch - we head off from Tekapo heading across the Canterbury Plains and through the stunning area of the Rakaia Gorge, as we head back to Christchurch - a day of relatively straight road riding after the twists and turns encountered in the last 10 days - just plain cruising home!

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 21

Bularangi 21 Day Tour - Day 21

21 Day North & South Island Tour

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