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Picturesque New Zealand Motorcycle Tour

Take part in 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. 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! Book now and join this wonderful motorcycle tour in the beautiful New Zealand!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental or personal bike
  • Mileage: 3,568 kilometers / 2,125 miles
  • Daily rides: between 16 - 457 kilometers / 10 - 284 miles


  • Starts and ends in Auckland
  • Enjoy the ride to the top of North Island
  • Visit to view the giant kauri tree, Tana Mahutu
  • Ride through white sandy beaches and rugged mountains
  • Follow the coastal route and cross rivers and gorges
  • Ride the twisty roads through the lake county
  • 16 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


16 riding days
Airport transfer included: Auckland Airport
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Your accommodations for this tour will range from modestly priced cabins to deluxe quality hotels and farm stays. You will be staying in private accommodations (single or a couple).


Day 1: Arrival

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.

Day 2: From Mangere to Taupo (354 kilometers / 211 miles / 5 hours' riding)

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, an optional soak in the thermal hot pools will be the perfect end to the day.

Day 3: From Taupo to Ohope (207 kilometers / 123 miles / 3 hours' riding)

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.

Day 4: From Ohope to Whiorau Station (450 kilometers / 268 miles / 6 hours' riding)

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 an optional soak in local hot pools and it will have you sleeping like a king / queen later in the night.

Day 5: From Whiorau to Palmerston North (339 kilometers / 202 miles / 4.5 hours' riding)

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 local culture.

Day 6: From Palmerston North to Whanganui (269 kilometers / 160 miles / 5.5 hours' riding)

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. An optional 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.

Day 7: From Whanganui to New Plymouth (205 kilometers / 122 miles / 2.5 hours' riding)

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.

Day 8: From New Plymouth to Cambridge (330 kilometers / 196 miles / 4 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 farmland and thick native forests while traveling alongside deep rivers and lakes.

Day 9: Head to Otorohanga (211 kilometers / 126 miles / 3 hours' riding)

Today, you will get a mix of easy riding and some local sights, including an optional visit to a world-famous glow-worm cave and seeing native birds in a natural setting.

Day 10: Rest day or optional short ride to Hobbiton (48 kilometers / 29 miles / 1 hour's riding)

An optional 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 off.

Day 11: From Cambridge to Helensville (457 kilometers / 272 miles / 7 hours' riding)

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.

Day 12: From Helensville to Paihia (265 kilometers / 158 miles / 3.5 hours' riding)

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.

Day 13: Paihia - Rest day (16 kilometers / 10 miles / 30 minutes' riding)

Today is a rest day, with an optional 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.

Day 14: From Paihia to Waitiki Landing (260 kilometers / 155 miles / 3.5 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 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.

Day 15: From Waitiki Landing to Kaihu (236 kilometers / 140 miles / 5 hours' riding)

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 an optional guided night walk through a Kauri forest where you may see kiwis, glow-worms, eels, and hear the calls of the night birds.

Day 16: From Kaihu to Orewa (185 kilometers / 110 miles / 2.5 hours' riding)

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 an optional visit to a fantastic museum showcasing the history of the area before arriving at a sleepy little seaside town 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.

Day 17: From Orewa to Auckland (30 kilometers / 18 miles / 50 minutes' riding)

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.

Bike rental option

Use your own motorcycle or rent a motorcycle, which is licensed and safety inspected and verified by the New Zealand government.

Tour category A

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

Skill levels


  • 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


  • 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

Included excursions

  • A visit to view the giant kauri tree, Tana Mahutu
  • A visit to the top of the North Island


This tour will take place in North Island, New Zealand, from Mangere to Taupo, Ohope, Whiorau Station, Palmerston North, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Cambridge, Hobbiton, Helensville, Paihia, Waitiki Landing, Kaihu, Orewa, and Auckland.

Things to do (optional)

  • Access to a Maori Hangi
  • Enjoy thermal hot pools
  • A night bush walk to experience the New Zealand bush and wild life up close
  • A visit to Hobbiton
  • Glowworm caves
  • A kiwi preserve visit
  • A visit to the Kauri Museum

What's included

  • Rental bike (if you choose the rental bike package)
  • Printed daily ride guide
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Ferry fees
  • Shuttle transfers from and to Auckland Airport (AKL), hotel, and bike rental location

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance coverage and damage waivers (bonds) on rental bikes (if you choose the rental bike package)
  • Optional equipment add-ons to rental bikes
  • Fuel
  • All meals
  • Entry into museums and interpretive centers
  • Entry / fees into various native bird displays, glowworm caves, and bush tours
  • Entry into Hobbiton
  • Entry into national and provincial parks
  • Entry into hot springs
  • Special/optional events
  • Incidentals and other costs once inside various attractions (i.e. rental of bathing suits or towels)

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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17 days / 16 nights
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Pricing information
  • Please note that tours booked with dates including the Christmas and New Year period (December 25 - January 4) will incur extra costs due to accommodation price rises over that period. There may also be a minimum stay period in some locations of 2 - 5 days. 
  • Tour is also available from November 22nd  2022 until March 23rd 2023. Please send the inquiry for a quote.
Special discount

You can take advantage of the following special discounts:

  • 5% discount for bookings made 11 months in advance, with the full deposit paid;
  • 5% discounts for all seniors - 65 years or older with the full deposit paid; (cannot be combined with advance booking discounts).

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