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This 17-day tour of the South Island of New Zealand gives you a close-up view of beautiful scenery ranging from rain forests, pasture land, white sandy beaches, rocky coastlines to rugged mountain ranges. You will experience riding through old growth rain forests, along with sweeping coastal roads, through rugged hill country and lush pasture lands while enjoying gentle sweeping corners mixed with twisty back roads.
This exciting tour includes different accommodations ranging from modestly priced cabins to deluxe quality hotels and a couple of authentic "turn of the century" style hotels.
After arriving at the Christchurch International Airport (CHC), 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. Visit some of the city sights.
Leaving the old English-style city, you will find that getting comfortable with your bike will take no time, as you head across the plains and begin the twisting climb into the southern Alps. Stopping near the top to watch the native parrots (Kea’s) is a great photo stop. Continuing on your way down from the pass and through scattered native bush brings you to your stop for the night. This 200-year old hotel is full of history and maybe a ghost or two. It is home to the best chef Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring team members have come across in the South Island.
After a relaxing breakfast, hit the road and cruise along between rich farmland and patches of thick native bush on smooth well-maintained meandering roads. Today, you will be taken back through the southern Alps to a lunch stop at a quaint spa resort. As you leave this picturesque location, the road will lead you along the base of the coastal mountain range to your stop for the night in a peaceful seaside town.
Picturesque seascapes, windy roads, native bush, changing elevations, and numerous photo stops make up the highlights of today’s ride. This is a GoPro day (make sure your GoPro is ready with plenty of back up batteries). Stopping at any one of the many small local restaurants to sample fresh seafood, along with some optional zip lining makes this a fun day.
Heading towards the coast through bush covered hill leads you to some great gorge riding, fantastic cornering, and great scenery. This is another GoPro day (there will be lots more on this tour, so have those batteries charged and ready.
Today is a free day 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.
Optional local ride routes are available for you to explore the area if the thought of doing laundry doesn’t appeal to you.
Today’s ride takes you along the world famous coastal highway, sweeping through fantastic corners, racing past rocky outcrops, and screaming at the top of your lungs all the way. Mix this with some fantastic stops for one of a kind scenery, and you have a ride location that is amazing.
If you love waterfalls, wild bush, misty mountains, and easy sweepers; then today is your day. The road will take you alongside lakes, rivers, and great photo opportunities. Also, today is another great GoPro day. End the day at a quaint country pub/hotel.
Sleep in, have a lazy breakfast and then set out for an easy ride through some tight corners towards the adventure capital of New Zealand. Spend the balance of the day and into the evening enjoying some of the features that are available.
Today is a treat for all adventure junkies, with an optional jet boat ride, gondola ride, zip lining, or a more relaxed steamer cruise on the lake. You will be enjoying some easy riding or you could catch up on all those important things like sorting out photos, writing down all the key points of the tour so far, sending postcards home to friends, and even dealing with that pesky laundry thing again.
After breakfast, head south and follow the sweeping lake shore as you continue south. After checking into your accommodation, head out to ride to Milford Sounds, before returning for the night. Please note that Milford Sound is suggested for advanced riders only.
Today will take you to the south end of the highway (photo op) and a night’s stay in a turn of the century pub. Imagine dinner in the pub. You are suggested to try the fish and chips and oysters and beer, over pool and darts. On the way, stop to see the “World’s Fastest Indian” display.
Imagine a visit to Niagara Falls. Yes, these are real (another photo op). After enjoying the falls, you will climb steadily through great scenery. The day ends in a city with a distinct Scottish flavor. It is also the home of a great brewery.
Taking a loop through the foothills lets you view the mountains from up close, while you lose yourself in the ride. If you think this looks like where an Orc battle could have taken place, you’re right.
Today is a rest day with nothing planned. One suggestion, however, is a visit to ride up Baldwin Street (the steepest street in the world) or you could catch up on all those important things like dealing with that pesky laundry thing again. Leave time for lunch at Speights Brewery.
Heading inland lets you enjoy some great rolling country, cruising alongside picturesque lakes, and enjoying the moment. The day ends on the coast for a relaxing evening.
The road continues to call your name for one more day of fun riding. This day loops into Christchurch through amazing scenery. With no time deadlines today, you set the pace and just live the dream. After some relaxing riding around the inlets of Akaroa, you will return to Christchurch to drop off your bike and catch your shuttle to the hotel, for that final sorting and packing. This shuttle ride is filled with talk about the adventure you’ve just had and the fun 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.
You can use your own motorcycle or rent a motorcycle, which is licensed and safety inspected and verified by the New Zealand government. Rider's minimum age is 21 years old and must hold valid drivers license suitable for the machine being hired.
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.
Lynette and his husband, Collin, 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 journey will take you from Merivale Christchurch, exploring the South Island of New Zealand. Several places will be visited including Blackball, Kaikoura, Nelson, Westport, Franz Josef, Cardrona, Queenstown, Te Anau, Bluff, Dunedin, and Timaru.
Christchurch International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Christchurch International Airport (CHC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring will pick you up from the airport.
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