Breathtaking views and natural wonders are waiting for you on the South Island roads. Your riding experience in New Zealand will be unique, as you will explore different areas such as natural hot springs, rainforests, glaciers, and mountain pass, and take a rest day in Queenstown and Dunedin. With BMW as your bike, this will be a once in a lifetime experience for you.
Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel combines a historic ambiance with 8 comfortable guest rooms, all with modern ensuite bathrooms. Here, you can enjoy an individually cooked breakfast, relax in the guest lounge or outside in the private courtyard, and have a drink from the fully licensed bar.
Experience the genuine warmth of traditional hospitality in the relaxed and tranquil environment of this 1936 relocated former convent. With breathtaking lake and mountain views, Te Anau Lodge has been lovingly restored, maintaining its original and delightful charm, with modern facilities.
Set near the shores of Lake Tekapo and surrounded by the spectacular Southern Alps, Peppers Bluewater Resort is your respite in this glimmering landscape.
Punakaiki Resort is a stunning complex located on New Zealand's wild West Coast on Punakaiki Beach. This resort is also near to the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.
Nestled in 6 acres of idyllic native bush at the base of mountains, Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. You can stay at Tree Lodges or Tree Huts which unit was built exclusively to embrace the natural beauty of the park, providing you with forest floor or mid-canopy bush views.
With its excitingly scandalous and tragic history, magnificently carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques, and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle Lodge offers you a vision of the past and present in unity. The lodge was designed as a re-creation of a colonial farm building, positioned with a spectacular harbor, ocean, and peninsula views.
The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown is a lake-front property offering a rare blend of luxury accommodation and 21st-century infrastructure. It's a fresh expression of traditional hospitality established nearly 150 years ago by Queenstown's pioneering explorer, the first settler, farmer, ferryman, builder, and first hotelier, William Gilbert Rees.
To join this tour, you should have at least 2 years of riding experience on a motorcycle of a similar engine size. Additionally, driving is on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand. The roads are in excellent condition and you will notice a distinct lack of traffic once you leave the major cities. The majority of the roads are single carriageway and some roads in the South Island are twisty and undulating. You can expect to come across some switchbacks or hairpin bends on the West Coast and through mountain passes.
On your arrival day, Paradise Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.
Begin in Christchurch, you will be heading north along the coastal road to the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs. You will enjoy the rolling Canterbury Plains and see the iconic landmark “Frog Rock” along the way. Nestled in a basin surrounded by forest-clad mountains, Hamner Springs is a place where you can soak in the natural hot springs, relax, and rejuvenate.
Today, you will ride the spectacular Lewis Pass, host to breathtaking scenery and an ancient Maori greenstone trail. You will stop for lunch in Reefton, a historic gold mining town, and then head to Punakaiki on the wild West Coast. You can watch the ocean crash thunderously through the famous Pancake Rocks, rock formations and blowholes that were 30 million years in the making.
The West Coast road runs between the turquoise Tasman Sea and striking the Southern Alps. Known as 'The Ice Run', this road is famous for the awe-inspiring spectacle of glaciers. These ice formations are even more stunning from above. Furthermore, a helicopter can take you on an unforgettable trip.
You will head north to the wild and beautiful Tasman Coast road and then stop to sign a pebble on Bruce Bay, a Kiwi tradition. The scenery will change dramatically to the native forest as the road turns inland to cross the famous Haast Pass. Tumbling rivers, waterfalls, and winding roads will create an inspiring ride. You will then continue to Central Otago and Mount Aspiring National Park, riding beside huge lakes with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. You will also cross the highest road in New Zealand, the Crown Ranges, and descend into the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown.
On this rest day, you will explore Queenstown. Paragliding, jet boating, bungee jumping, and white water rafting are just a few of the thrill-seeking adventures you can try. You may want to take a ride along the ribbon of lakeside road to Glenorchy, a famous filming site for Lord of the Rings. You may also want to visit a vineyard for lunch or head to Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town with charming cafes and art galleries.
On this day, you will take a short but stunning ride to Te Anau and see Fiordland's primeval landscapes. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters into forested valleys and the water of the fjords reflect majestic towering mountains with 360 views of the pristine wilderness.
You will 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 fjord itself, with 360 views of the pristine wilderness. Keep an eye out for a kea, a vibrant green alpine bird with a friendly personality.
Today, you will travel through Central Otago, home to vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers, deep gorges, and tussock-clad hills. Afterward, you will arrive in the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin. Victorian architecture and the divine Otago Peninsula make this a particularly attractive place to visit. You will then pass through the fly-fishing capital of New Zealand, Gore, stop for lunch, and visit a vintage aircraft museum and workshop.
Today, you will have a rest day in Dunedin, the heritage and natural history hub of New Zealand. You can choose to explore the city or ride out to the Otago Peninsula to see giant albatross birds and yellow-eyed penguins. The peninsula has winding roads with stunning coastal views, while the city is home to historic buildings, museums, and art galleries waiting to be explored.
You will leave Dunedin for a ride over The Maungatua Ranges. The area is typical of the dry Maniototo region, with rolling hills and the famous tussock grass. You will stop in Cromwell, the “fruit bowl of New Zealand” before taking on the Lindis Pass where you can enjoy the alpine landscape between Lindis Valley and the Ahuriri River on the way to Lake Tekapo.
Lake Tekapo offers stunning views of Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain. At the Church of the Good Shepherd, you can admire the bronze statue of a sheep dog and views of the turquoise lake at this iconic site. You will then ride on to Christchurch via Burkes Pass, Mount Hutt, and the Canterbury Plains. You will arrive in Christchurch to enjoy stories and memories of the tour, as well as make plans to return for a farewell meal.
On your departure day, Paradise Motorcycle Tours will transfer you to the airport.
Notes: R1200R, R1200RS, S1000XR, and R1200GS are also available.
You will begin your tour with a relaxing ride to the alpine town of Hanmer Springs. Then, you will explore motorcycle heaven through the wild West Coast, home to many rivers, rainforests, glaciers, and geological treasures. Afterward, you will cross over the stunning Haast Pass and discover primeval Fiordland as well as the big skies of Central Otago. Furthermore, you will have a rest day in Queenstown, the adrenaline capital of the world. Set amidst lofty mountains and sparkling turquoise water, you can simply relax in the serene surroundings.
Moreover, you will make your way through the winding countryside to Dunedin, New Zealand’s heritage and wildlife city. Surrounded by dramatic hills and located at the foot of a long, picturesque harbor, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Furthermore, you will ride over the divine Lindis Pass. This alpine area of tall, tussock-covered mountains is beautiful in every season. You can also enjoy Mount Cook from the edge of the incredibly blue Lake Tekapo. At the end of the tour, you will loop back to Christchurch to complete your journey.
During the tour, you will have 12 breakfasts and 9 restaurant dinners including welcome and farewell dinners.