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13 Days Kiwi Trails Fully Guided Motorcycle Tour in the North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Scenic Motorbike Tour New Zealand

Join Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring for this tour of the North Island of New Zealand which will give you a close-up view of beautiful scenery ranging from rolling pastures to white sandy beaches to rugged mountains. Don't hesitate to join this tour to experience the excitement.

Key information

  • Terrain: mostly sealed roads
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW, Triumph Tiger, Honda, or Suzuki models)
  • Mileage: 3350 kilometers / 2094 miles
  • Daily rides: 30 - 236 kilometers / 18 - 147 miles
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Auckland
  • Stop for a visit to the lighthouse located in Waitiki Landing
  • Experiencing Maori culture and interacting with friendly New Zealanders
  • Have a gondola ride above Queenstown for a spectacular view of the city and surrounds
  • Visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the glow worm caves, and a kiwi preserve
  • Visit the Kauri Museum and the giant kauri tree Tāne Mahuta
  • 12 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Auckland Airport
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Accommodation

This exciting tour includes accommodation ranging from modestly priced cabins to deluxe quality hotels and “farm stays”.

Program

Day 1

After arriving at the Auckland International Airport, you’ll be met at the airport and shuttled to your hotel to check in and then to pick up your bike.

Today is set aside to allow you to settle in and rest up before the adventure begins tomorrow. Visit some of the city sights. The day will include a safety meeting to review road rules and safety requirements, and a “Get to know you” dinner.

Day 2: (256 kilometres / 152 miles / approximately 7 hours riding)

Leaving your hotel and the city behind you, you will head out on lightly traveled country roads, through rolling countryside.

Stopping along the way for breaks and lunch in small out-of-the way country towns, combined with viewing the amazing scenery will have you pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. An overnight stay in an authentic Maori Village in an active thermal area, is a great end to the first day.

Day 3: (236 kilometres / 140 miles / approximately 7 hours riding)

Today you will follow a lightly travelled road as it hugs the coast, taking you into a part of New Zealand that is a mix of rugged hills, inspirational coastal seascapes, and rich farm land. This combined with a small population makes for an easy riding day.

Today is a GoPro day. Tonight’s stop is on a working sheep and beef farm where you’re treated like royalty, and one of the best meals you will experience. This will have you sleeping like a king or queen.

Day 4: (295 kilometres / 176 miles / approximately 7 hours riding)

Today the road will take you along the coast, before turning inland to climb towards the center of the island. A mix of rugged hills, inspirational coastal seascapes, and rich farm land mixed with great roads with lots of corners ranging from easy to twisty make this a fun day.

Have your GoPro ready. After a relaxing lakeside dinner, a soak in the natural hot pools will be the perfect end to the day.

Day 5: (388 kilometres / 231 miles / approximately 8 hours riding)

After an early breakfast, you will ride around a fantastic lake shore before heading towards the central mountain region. Today will have you riding along side amazing mountains, white water rivers, and a rugged coast line, twisty canyons, and on more twisty roads crossing rivers and gorges. This is a GoPro day so have lots of batteries ready.

Day 6: (332 kilometres / 200 miles / approximately 7 hours riding)

Heading north along the windswept coast before turning inland is a highlight of this tour; you will ride sweeping bends, rugged ranges, deep gorges, and along the tops of hills looking out over rich farm land and thick native forests, while traveling alongside deep rivers and lakes. GoPro time.

Day 7: Rest day

Today is a rest day. Its all yours. Sleep in, ride the local roads, catch up on all those important things like sorting out photos, writing down all the key points, and even getting that pesky laundry taken cared off. Don’t forget to send postcards or letters to friends or family. Enjoy the local sights. Even take an optional jet boat ride.

Day 8: (275 kilometres / 164 miles / approximately 4 hours riding)

Today will be a short ride day with lots of sight seeing. A treat for all “Lord of the Rings” fans, you will get to walk through Hobbiton and have a drink in “The Green Dragon” tavern. This location is surrounded by some great riding roads and is a fun day.

Followed by a trip to visit world famous Glow Worm caves and a easy ride through native bush and waterfalls. On the way, stop to see native wild life.

Day 9: (420 kilometres / 263 miles / approximately 8 hours riding)

You’re now heading into parts of New Zealand that are rich in history for both the native population and the European settlers that followed them. Today will take you from seaside to hilly elevations, through thick native bush.

Stopping for a break in the seaside town of Russell lets you walk in the footsteps of the early adventurers, while you live your own adventures. Crossing the bay on a ferry brings you to your stop for the night.

Day 10: (343 kilometres / 214 miles / approximately 8 hours riding)

Leaving the seaside town of Paihia, you will ride to visit some of the local historical sites as you travel further north. The island is getting narrower from this point on and you are never far from either coast.

The influence of the warmer weather is evident in the type of forest growth, parrots in the trees, and the warm friendly people. You will ride through to the most northly point of the North Island and stop for a visit to the lighthouse located there. An area rich in history, this is a must stop photo stop.

Day 11: (320 kilometres / 200 miles / approximately 7 hours riding)

After a relaxing night you will ride south cruising through “old growth” forests, small towns, and cross one of the many harbors by ferry. As you ride you will enter one of the oldest forests in New Zealand, home to some of the largest trees in the world. Here you can sense that time stands still. A stop to visit the largest tree in New Zealand is followed by a fantastic ride through to your stop for the night.

Day 12: 30 kilometres / 18 miles / approximately 50 minutes riding)

After a typical New Zealand breakfast, and a short ride, you will drop off your bike and catch your shuttle to your hotel. Today ends with a relaxing dinner. If you want to stay on for additional nights that can be arranged.

Day 13

Your last day in New Zealand begins with a relaxing breakfast and a short shuttle ride to the airport. This shuttle ride is filled with talk about the adventure you’ve just had and the fun experienced.

Riding in New Zealand

The roads in New Zealand are in good condition, with light traffic out of the cities. Other than road repairs you will not be required to ride on any unsealed roads. Please note that New Zealand drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Motorcycles available for this tour

Use your own motorcycle or rent a motorcycle, which is licensed, safety inspected and verified by the New Zealand government. A valid passport along with appropriate approval is required for entry into New Zealand.

Tour category A

  • BMW R1250GSW
  • BMW R1200GSW
  • BMW R1200RTW
  • BMW F850GS

Tour category B

  • BMW F800GS
  • BMW F700GS
  • Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit
  • Triumph Tiger 800
  • Honda Shadow Aero 750

Tour category C

  • BMW F700GS
  • Honda CMX500 Rebel
  • Suzuki SFV650 Gladius
  • Suzuki DR650
  • Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

Notes

  • The renter can choose at the time of renting.
  • The insurance bond is held on a credit card but not charged unless needed.
  • The daily damage waiver is a direct charge added to the daily rental rate.
  • The daily damage waiver is not refunded if not used.

Category A

Insurance bond: 3,750 NZD

A daily damage waiver of 30 NZD reduces the bond to 950 NZD

The daily damage waiver is the best deal. For example, 30 NZD x 12 days = *360 NZD. Therefore 360 NZD + 950 NZD = 1,310 NZD for insurance coverage plus bond in the event of a claim. The 950 NZD bond is only held and not charged unless a claim is made.

Category B

  • Insurance bond: 3,000 NZD
  • Daily damage waiver of 30 NZD reduces the bond to 950 NZD

Category C

  • Insurance bond: 2,500 NZD
  • Daily damage waiver of 30 NZD reduces the bond to 500 NZD
  • Skill level required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

During this tour, you will experience riding through old growth sub-tropical forests, along sweeping costal roads, through rugged hill country, and lush pasture lands, while enjoying gentle sweeping corners mixed with twisty back roads. Picking up your bike and leaving the modern city of Auckland, you will ride through the rolling pasture land of the Waikato, before riding the coasts and back roads of this riders paradise.

Food

You will be served breakfasts and dinners during this tour. Alcohol, all lunches and meals on rest or free days are not included

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Full guide service
  • Bike rental
  • Printed daily ride guide
  • 12 nights accommodation (extra nights before or after can be arranged)
  • Shuttles (transfers) to and from hotel, airport and bike rental location
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Ferry fees
  • Access into various attractions such as: museums and interpretive centers, various native bird displays, Glow Worm caves and native bush tours, national and provincial parks, hot springs, and visit to Hobbiton

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance coverage and damage waivers (bonds) on rental bikes
  • Optional equipment add-on’s to rental bikes
  • Fuel
  • All lunches and.rest day meals
  • Special / optional events
  • Incidentals and other costs once inside various attractions (i.e. rental of bathing suits or towels)
  • Bike rental auxiliary equipment such as GPS or optional fittings
  • Alcohol

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Auckland Airport Airport transfer included: Auckland Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Value for money
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13 days / 12 nights
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Pricing information
  • Single supplement in 2021: 958 NZD; in 2022: 1,323 NZD;
  • Tour price if you bring your own bike in 2021: 6,635 NZD; in 2022: 6,737 NZD;
  • Tour is also available on February 16th, 2023. Please send the inquiry for a quote. 
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Tuesday March 2, 2021
(13 days / 12 nights)

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