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Join this guided motorcycle tour with Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring in New Zealand. You will experience riding through old growth sub-tropical forests along with sweeping coastal roads, and through rugged hill country and lush pasture lands, while enjoying gentle sweeping corners mixed with twisty back roads. This 17-day tour of the North Island of New Zealand gives you a close-up view of beautiful scenery ranging from rolling pastures to white sandy beaches to rugged mountains!
This exciting tour includes various accommodations ranging from modestly priced cabins to deluxe quality hotels and farm stays.
After arriving at the Auckland International Airport (AKL), you will 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. Take the opportunity to 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.
Leaving your hotel and the city behind you, you will head out on lightly traveled country roads, through rolling farmland. 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. After a relaxing lakeside dinner, a soak in the thermal hot pools will be the perfect end to the day.
Leaving the lakeside resort, you will travel deep into the thermal area of the island; this combined with an optional visit to one of the important cultural interpretive centers for the native population of New Zealand, will give you a firsthand look at how New Zealand’s Maori people lived in harmony with nature. Riding the twisty roads through the lake county, you will end your day on the coast, where a walk on the white sands will be a relaxing end to the day.
Today, you will follow a lightly traveled 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 farmland. This, combined with a small population makes for an easy riding day. Tonight’s stop is a working sheep and beef farm where you’re treated like royalty and one of the best meals you will experience. Add in a soak in local hot pools and it will have you sleeping like a king/queen later in the night.
After a typical New Zealand breakfast, you will continue to follow the coast through more rugged twisty roads crossing rivers and gorges, before arriving in New Zealand’s North Island wine region. After a light lunch and a visit to local points of interest, you will continue riding on well-maintained roads towards your stop for the night. On the way, various detours provide opportunities to experience the local culture.
Leaving the university city behind, you will steadily climb towards the mountainous central part of the Island. The countryside becomes more rugged and the riding becomes more fun. A visit to a local museum, followed by a lunch break, sets you up for a fast-paced ride along one of the most fun roads in the country, through some beautiful scenery.
Today, you will have a shorter riding day along the west coast, giving you a view of the black sands found on this side of the island. The horizon is dominated by the dormant volcano known as Mount Taranaki. This mountain and surrounding countryside have played significant roles in many films, such as The Last Samurai and some of the “Lord of the Rings” films. A ride around the base of this mountain leads you to your stop for the night.
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 farmland and thick native forests while traveling alongside deep rivers and lakes.
Today, you will get a mix of easy riding and some local sights, including a visit to a world-famous glow-worm cave and seeing native birds in a natural setting.
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. The afternoon is free time for you to catch up on all those important things like sorting out photos, writing down all the key points, and even getting that pesky laundry taken care of.
After a relaxing night, you will head northeast towards some fantastic riding locations. Riding from open farm country, into twisty gorges, over bush-covered ranges, and alongside white sand beaches will have you saying “wow!!!” Today has lots of photo opportunities, so keep your camera handy. A short ride through New Zealand’s largest city brings you to your stop for the night.
You are now heading into parts of New Zealand that are rich in history for both the native population and the settlers that followed them. The roads are lightly traveled and full of easy sweepers. Today will take you from seaside to hilly elevations, through open countryside and thick native bush. Along the way, you will stop in areas where the first European settlers landed and carved out a new life as they colonized the country. Stopping for a break in the seaside town of Russell lets you walk in the footsteps of these early adventurers, while you live your own adventures. Crossing the bay on a ferry brings you to your stop for the night.
Today is a rest day, with a visit to the location where the treaty was signed between Europeans and the Maori tribes. This is a short ride from your accommodation. The rest of the day is set aside for you to explore the Bay of Islands, catch up on various tasks, walk on the beach, or to deal with that laundry thing again.
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 northerly point of North Island and stop for a visit to the lighthouse located there. An area rich in history, this is a must-stop photo stop.
After a relaxing night, you will ride south down the west side of the island stopping to walk on the “90-mile” beach, cruise through “old growth” forests and 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.
Tonight’s stop is topped off by a guided night walk through a Kauri forest where you may see kiwis, glow-worms, eels, and hear the calls of the night birds.
Leaving the most beautiful location you have stayed in, you will enjoy some fun riding through easy sweepers as you work your way south. Along the way, stop for a visit to a fantastic museum showcasing the history of the area before arriving at a sleepy little seaside town for a well-earned soak in hot pools before a short ride to your seaside accommodation for the night. A short walk across the lawn and you’re on the beach. Watching the sunset from this spot is the perfect end to a fantastic tour. Tonight is capped off with a farewell dinner on the beach, with a world-famous New Zealand cuisine.
After a typical New Zealand breakfast and a short ride, you will drop off your bike and catch your shuttle to the airport. This shuttle ride is filled with talk about the adventure and the fun you've experienced. If you want to stay on for additional nights, that can be arranged.
New Zealand drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Use your own motorcycle or rent a motorcycle, which is licensed and safety inspected and verified by the New Zealand government.
Colin and his wife, Lynette, grew up in New Zealand and have been riding since 1973, and are familiar with most of the roads there. In 2010, Colin and Lynette established Pohutukawa Motorcycle Tours to share the thrill of riding in New Zealand and western North America. Based in Colorado, jointly they have clocked over half a million miles. They both lead tours with Lynette focusing on ladies only tours. Colin and Lynette specialize in providing their clients with unforgettable motorcycling experiences through jointly developing and providing the motorcycle adventure of a lifetime.
This tour will take place in North Island, New Zealand, starting and ending in Auckland. You will ride from Mangere to Taupo, Ohope, Whiorau Station, Palmerston North, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Cambridge, Hobbiton, Helensville, Paihia, Waitiki Landing, Kaihu, Orewa, and Auckland.
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.
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