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The 5 Best Motorcycle Tours in New Zealand

by Colin Rowe

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New Zealand is a rider’s paradise! There are two main islands offering a selection of mountains, zigzagging coastlines, rolling farmland, canyons, tight twisters, thick native bush, and easy riding, while the weather ranges from sub-tropical to temperate and even some snow in the high country. All of these, combined with the amazingly hospitable people and an intriguing mix of native and immigrant cultures, make this a fantastic destination for serious riders.




Pohutukawa Tours are pleased to give you a brief insight into what is waiting for you when you embark on a motorcycle tour in New Zealand. While the riding is fantastic by itself, we believe that a balanced tour should always include sightseeing and experiencing firsthand what the country has to offer. Each day contains a wow factor as you experience the sights and immerse yourself in the local culture.



Our highly trained and experienced tour guides conducting the daily pre-ride review and agreeing on where we will be riding today.

Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to ride New Zealand, meet friends and have a great time. This is why Pohutukawa Motorcycle Tours are delighted to offer you these experiences and welcome you to make memories and experiences of your own when you join us in New Zealand.


Tour #1 – 17 Days in the North Island




Riding through the historically rich “winterless North” of the North Island, you will experience great ocean scenery while riding roads that are very lightly traveled. This North Island motorcycle tour includes a farm stay on a working sheep/cattle station along with beautiful beachfront accommodation.




The North Island has many back roads that take us well off the beaten path with little traffic and great scenery. The weather in the “Far North” of the North Island is sub-tropical, (hence the “Winterless North” nickname) and the landscape is covered with native bush, orchards, and lush farmland, crisscrossed with interesting back roads.




Top sights

  • Visit Hobbiton;
  • Glowworm caves;
  • The thermal rich center of the island;
  • The native bush.

Price: $4,910 per rider based on a minimum of 3 riders. Multiple rider discounts are available.


Tour # 2 –  17 Days in the South Island




Riding the mountain passes of the South Island will take you from rugged high peaks to fantastic rain forests while you enjoy well-maintained roads with little traffic. The sweeping corners on the west coast will remind you of California’s Pacific Coast Highway as you ride south with the Southern Alps and inland towards the east.




The temperate climate combined with a blend of rugged country and pockets of open farmland crisscrossed by rivers and streams will give you plenty of fun riding. Some overnight stops in Queenstown will drop you right in the adventure capital of New Zealand.




Top sightsRiding the South Island offers many sightseeing stops and distractions from the road, like zip-lining, jet boat rides and, for the really adventurous, bungee jumping.

Price: $5,455 per rider based on a minimum of 3 riders. Multiple rider discounts are available.


Tour # 3 – 26 Days in the North Island & Parts of the South Island




The sub-tropical weather of the North Island welcomes you with warm sunny days, starlit nights and lush bush, orchards, and farmland. The bush is alive with native bird sounds, and many peaceful back roads lead to hidden lakes and quiet locations.




Beginning in the North Island, this tour loops part of the North Island before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island and then returning to the North Island to complete the tour. In the South Island, you’ll tackle some higher elevation riding and enjoy a visit to Queenstown for some land-based attractions, such as jet boating and bungee jumping. Nice tight corners allow you to indulge your adventurous side and, stopping along the way, we enjoy relaxing oceanfront accommodation. 




Top sights:

  • Visiting a Maori village to enjoy a presentation of their songs and dances.
  • Visiting the oldest buildings in NZ.

Price: $7,745 per rider based on a minimum of 3 riders. Multiple rider discounts are available.


Tour # 4 – 26 Days in the South Island & Parts of the North Island




Touring the South Island gives you a different view of the country. With its more rugged terrain and higher elevations, you’ll find the South Island provides more challenging riding days. Combined with the lush native bush and very light traffic, this tour gives you a look at the laidback style of New Zealand. Add in hot pools for relaxation and you have some fantastic days!




In this tour, you will experience the South Island Loop. Then, crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island, you will ride through a more pastoral countryside before visiting Hobbiton, Glowworm caves and the thermal center of the island before returning to the South Island to complete this fantastic tour.




Top sights

  • This blended tour takes you through the entire South Island Loop and through parts of the North Island visiting Glowworm caves, native bird displays, and Hobbiton.
  • Easy sweepers on Arthurs Pass and the Crown Range.
  • Stopping near the southern tip of the South Island, we visit the Burt Munroe “Fastest Indian” display in Invercargill.
  • The world-famous Queen Charlotte Drive, considered in the top 10 riding locations in the world.

Price: $8,031 per rider based on a minimum of 3 riders. Multiple rider discounts are available.


Tour #5 – 33 Days Split Between the North Island & South Island




This is our Cadillac tour, with options on which Island to start and end your road trip (north to south or south to north). This full tour combines all of Tours #1 and #4 into one whole month of touring New Zealand.




This Cadillac tour adds extra days for rest stops in locations that showcase the best of both islands. You choose which starting location you want to begin in and then just ride the dream.



Your hosts Colin & Lynette taking an ice cream break

Top sights

  • On the way, we stop at the (locally) famous NZ Niagara Falls. Well worth the visit, these should become a major attraction in a few years, so get there before the crowds!
  • Great canyon riding is around almost every corner.
  • Easy sweepers riding through the backcountry.
  • Smooth cornering through lush old growth bush.

Price: $10,000 per rider based on a minimum of 3 riders. Multiple rider discounts are available.



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This is only a small taste of what New Zealand has to offer when you join us on a Pohutukawa Motorcycle Tour. For more photos and videos check out our Facebook page. If you don’t see what you’d like to do, then contact us to set up a custom tour.

There’s no better way to explore New Zealand’s dramatic landscape, culture and wilderness than on a two-wheeled journey. Go to BookMotorcycleTours.com and choose your next motorcycle tour in New Zealand!

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