OCEANIA

NORTH + SOUTH ISLANDS

COUNTRY

New Zealand

DURATION

17 DAYS

DISTANCE

4,665 kms

START / END

Auckland / Auckland

GROUP SIZE

Max 10

RIDING DAYS

14 Days

ROAD

100% Asphalt

TOUR DATE

22 Nov 2020

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Overview & Map

Kia Ora!

Fancy riding a bike across the length and breadth of New Zealand? Look no further! 

This tour encompasses both North and South Islands. Enjoy the fascinating geothermal wonders of Rotorua, marvel at thousands of twinkling glow worms in the Waitomo Caves and enjoy rafting in the highest
commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

Further south, ride across multiple mountain passes, go on a cruise at Milford Sound, ride on both east and west coast of South Island and if you are into adventure, why not try bungee jump, jet boating or even sky diving!

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

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One Tree Hill lookout in Auckland

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Gannet colony at Muriwai

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Wai-O-Tapu: The geothermal wonder of Rotorua

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Glow worm caves of Waitomo

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Take the ferry across the picturesque Cook Strait

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Rafting in the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world

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Milford Sound cruise

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Adrenaline activities – bungee jump, sky diving, jet boating, rafting!

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Ride on Te Anau – Milford Sound Road, Crown Range Road, the wild West & East coast Roads

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Enjoy a farewell dinner in Auckland

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY

01

ARRIVAL IN AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland – New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city.

A representative of BonResa Adventures will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you’ll have some time to relax and rest or do some sightseeing before the tour briefing. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow bikers In the evening.

MC North + South Islands Day 1 - Auckland
MC North + South Islands Day 2 - Muriwai

DAY

02

TEST ride to muriwai

Today is a free day to test your bikes. We will be doing a test ride of 125 kms to Muriwai. Muriwai’s main attraction is the Takapu Refuge gannet colony, spread over the southern headland and outlying rock stacks. Viewing platforms get you close enough to watch (and smell) these fascinating seabirds.

A short ride away from Muriwai is Piha and Kite Kite Falls. Piha is a beautifully rugged, iron-sand beach has long been a favourite for Aucklanders escaping from the city’s stresses – whether for day trips, weekend teenage parties or family holidays. We will return back to Auckland late afternoon.

DAY

03

Auckland - New Plymouth

First ride of the trip. Our destination is New Plymouth. Enroute to New Plymouth we would stop at Waitomo to visit the glowworm caves. The limestone caves and glowing bugs here are one of the North Island’s premier attractions. The name Waitomo comes from wai (water) and tomo (hole or shaft): dotted across this region are numerous shafts dropping into underground cave systems and streams. There are 300+ mapped caves in the area: the three main caves – Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui – have been bewitching visitors for over 100 years.

We would continue our ride to New Plymouth which is 180 kms away from Waitomo and the only international deep-water port in this part of New Zealand. 

MC North + South Islands Day 3 - Waitomo
MC North + South Islands Day 4 - Mt Taranaki

DAY

04

New Plymouth - Wellington

We would be riding to the southern most tip of North Island today to Wellington, capital of New Zealand. Enroute to Wellington we would ride to the base of Mt Taranaki, an active stratovolcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. We would visit Dawson Falls and hike for an hour or so before riding towards Wellington.

As we approach Wellington brace for the umbrella-shredding, hairstyle-destroying gales that rip through the city regularly. Visit one of the pubs in the city and enjoy craft beers that Wellingtonians are so proud of.

DAY

05

Rotorua - St Arnaud

We will be taking an early morning ferry to the South Island. The ferry takes around 3.5 hours and crosses the picturesque Cook Strait to reach the South Island town of Picton.

As soon as we get off the ferry be ready for some hill riding with hair pin bends in the Queen Charlotte Drive. At the end of the Queen Charlotte Drive we would stop at Cullen Point to soak in the beauty of Mahau Sound.

We would continue our ride to the lakeside town of Saint Arnaud. The town is located on the northern bank of the beautiful Lake Rotoiti.

MC North + South Islands Day 5 - St Arnaud
MC North + South Islands Day 6 - Punakaiki

DAY

06

St Arnaud - Franz Josef

The second longest riding day of the trip. We would ride west to the west coast of South Island. The west coast is Incredibly rugged with wild rocky beaches and a backdrop of high mountain peaks, this area experienced its own gold rush in the late 19th century. Largely untamed, wildlife and birds are plentiful. You’ll be amazed at how thousands of years of rain, wind and saltwater have formed the Pancake Rocks and the gigantic Blowholes at Punakaiki. Those who wish to try their hands on kayaking can do so at Punakaiki.

We would continue our ride southwards along the coast and cross towns like Greymouth and Hokitika. After a great ride we’ll arrive at two of the most prolific glaciers in the world – Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.

DAY

07

Franz Josef - Wanaka

Early morning risers, hop onto your bikes and ride to Lake Matheson. On a good day, the famous ‘mirror lake’ reflects extraordinary views of distant Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in its forest-shaded waters.

Post breakfast, we will be riding further south towards Haast, an inland coastal town from where we would ride eastwards to Wanaka. From Haast we’ll ride over the Alps via the beautiful Haast Pass. The road winds along steep slopes with huge views over the glacier lakes Hawea and Wanaka. So long described as Queenstown’s smaller and more demure sibling, Wanaka now feels grown up enough to have moved out of home and asserted its own identity. Enjoy the multitude of pubs that dot the lakeside and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the Wanaka Tree while you are in the town.

MC North + South Islands Day 7 - Wanaka
MC North + South Islands Day 8 - Milford Sound

DAY

08

Wanaka - TE ANAU

Today’s ride is no less interesting than the previous day in terms of twists and turns! Get ready to ride to Queenstown, the adrenaline capital of the world via an equally adrenaline road from Wanaka to Cardona. We would ride past Queenstown and keep riding south along Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau.

Picturesque Te Anau is the main gateway to Milford Sound and three Great Walks: the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks. Te Anau is not our final destination though, brace for the ultimate scenic beauty of a lifetime when you continue riding towards Milford Sound on the Milford Highway. We would go for a cruise in the Milford Sound and will ride back to Te Anau later today.

Those who wish to spend the night in a cottage in Milford Sound, a rare luxury that very few people can afford and indulge in, can avail by paying an additional amount.

DAY

09

Te AnaU - Invercargill

Those who opted to stay at Milford Sound the previous night would go for a cruise in the Milford Sound this morning (picnic lunch is included), one of the highlights of the trip. Milford Sound is a pot of gold. Rising above the fjord’s indigo water is Mitre Peak (Rahotu), the deserved focal point of millions of photographs. Tapering to a cloud-piercing summit, the 1,692m high mountain appears sculpted by a divine hand. Watch wildlife like seals and dolphins in the Sound or if we are lucky we can see some whales too!

Hop onto your bikes to ride south and then east to Invercargill. We all will be delighted to visit the Classic Motorcycle Mecca Museum in Invercargill. Invercargill has long been a revhead’s heaven, thanks in part to local legend Burt Munro, who claimed an overland speed world record by motorcycle.

MORNING MAGIC. Early morning risers in Invercargill are often treated to the most magnificent sunrises. The sky appeared to be on fire at this early scene at the Stead st bridge. 
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MC North + South Islands Day 10 - Queenstown

DAY

10

Invercargill - Queenstown

Our destination today is Queenstown, the ‘adrenaline capital of the world’ but before that we need to visit the Catlins region of South Island to witness the Purakaunui Falls, one of the most beautiful in all of New Zealand.

From Purakaunui, we would continue our ride north west to reach Queenstown. Those who want to try bungy jumping can do so in Kawarau Gorge. Overnight at Queenstown in a lux hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

DAY

11

Rest Day

A rest day to relax and rejuvenate. Thrill seekers beware – you will get dizzy at the multitude of options that this town offers to tourists to pump up their heart beat. The ‘adrenaline capital of the world’ has plenty to keep you busy. Choose from bungy jumping, jet-boating, white-water rafting, river surfing, white-water sledging, paragliding, parachuting, canyoning, mountain biking and aerial sightseeing! we’re out of breath just saying all of that. Still not enough? Add fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, yachting, horseback riding and rock climbing. You have an extra day here to make the most of the activities on offer. 

For the not-so-active it has some of the best restaurants on the South Island in one of the most scenic spots in the world on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. If nothing of the above sounds interesting, you can simply collapse onto a sofa.

MC North + South Islands Day 11 - Glenorchy
MC North + South Islands Day 12 - Mt Cook Village

DAY

12

Queenstown - Tekapo

Another day of riding and another mountain pass to cross.

Start off the ride from Queenstown and ride north to reach Lindis Pass. Crossing Lindis Pass would bring us to the shores of Lake Pukaki. We will stop at the town having the same name as the lake for lunch before continuing our ride to Mt Cook Village. The road from Pukaki to Mt Cook Village is a stunner! The road goes all along the azure lake. Like Milford Sound, Mt Cook Village is another destination that most tourists do not spend a night, but we will!

Mt Cook Village sits at the lap of Mt Cook, the highest mountain (debatable) in Oceania. The Village is a mecca for hikers and mountain lovers. We will ride back to Tekapo to spend the night today. Those who wish to stay at Mt Cook Village can do so by paying an additional amount.

DAY

13

TEKAPO - Christchurch

The road to Mt Cook Village is the same one that we will be taking today to return to Pukaki before turning left towards Lake Takapo. Such splendid Mackenzie Country and Southern Alps views are reason enough to linger, but there’s infinitely more to see if you wait till dark. In 2012 the Aoraki Mackenzie area was declared an International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 12 in the world. We would make a brief stopover at Lake Tekapo to see the lake and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Continuing our ride would bring us to Christchurch, the largest city of South Island. Also known as the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch is the most ‘English’ of New Zealand’s cities and was designed to reflect ordered class structure instead of being just another shabby colonial outpost. Stroll through exquisite gardens, punt on the Avon River, ride a tram or people-watch in Cathedral Square.

MC North + South Islands Day 13 - Lake Tekapo
MC North + South Islands Day 14 - Wellington

DAY

14

Christchurch - Wellington

The initial ride today would be from Christchurch to Kaikoura. Kaikoura is famous for the whale watching cruises. We will stop at Kaikoura for a brief lunch before continuing north to Picton. 

In case you were thinking the beauty is all over, think twice! The east coast ride from Kaikoura to Ward is one of the best in New Zealand. We will be taking the ferry from Picton to Wellington later this afternoon.

Overnight at Wellington.

DAY

15

Wellington - Taupo

Today our destination is Taupo and would be our longest rife of the trip.

Starting off from Wellington we would ride through Masterton and Palmerston. Riding past Palmerston would bring us to Tongariro National Park. Weather permitting we would be able to see Mt Ngauruhoe on our left. Travelling into Taupo on a clear day along the northeastern shores of the lake is breathtaking: beyond the lake, which is the size of Singapore, you can see the snow-capped peaks of Tongariro National Park. Adrenaline junkies can go for a sky diving over the lake in the afternoon.

MC North + South Islands Day 15 - Taupo
MC North + South Islands Day 16 - Blue Springs

DAY

16

Taupo - Auckland

We would start off early today to visit the Huka Falls and then onto the spectacle at Lady Knox Geyser at 10am. Next to the Geyser is the thermal wonderland of Wai O Tapu – a land of striking beauty and contrast.

Continuing our ride north would bring us to Rotorua, another lakeside town. Get ready to jump into your dry suits and experience white water rafting that you have never experienced in your life! We would spend a few hours at Rotorua before riding to Blue Springs, another marvel of South Island before finishing our riding trip in Auckland.

Enjoy a farewell dinner in Auckland with your fellow riders.

DAY

17

DEPART AUCKLAND

Depending on the flight, go out in the city and do some last minutes shopping for your family and friends before heading out to the airport. 

MC North + South Islands Day 17 - Auckland

OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip

Hotel - St Arnaud - Tophouse Mountainview Cottages
ST ARNAUD
Mountainview Cottages
Hotel - Queenstown - Heritage Queenstown
QUEENSTOWN
Heritage Queenstown
Hotel - te Anau - Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn
TE ANAU
Lakeview Motor Inn

BIKES & PRICES

SELECTED MOTORCYCLES ON OFFER

Suzuki DL650

Suzuki

 – DR 650

 – SFV650 Gladius

 – DL650 Vstrom

 – GSF1250

honda-VT750-1

Honda

 – CMX500 Rebel

 – VT750

BMW R1200RTW

BMW

 – 700 GS

 – F800 GS

 – F850 GS

 – R1200 GSW

 – R1200 RTW

Harley Davidson Sportster 883

Harley Davidson

 – Sportster 883 Low

 – Road King

 – Heritage Softail

 – Dyna Switchback

 – Ultra Classic

PRICING

RIDER

Starts from NZD 7,325

(Depends on bike brand/model you choose)

PILLION

NZD 5,700

PRIVATE ROOM UPGRADE

NZD 875

INCLUSIONS

   Accommodation

   Breakfast & dinner

   Farewell dinner

   Airport transfers

   Tour leader

   Motorcycle hire

   Motorcycle basic insurance

   Road tolls

   Motorcycle top box

   Activities / sightseeing:

       – One Tree Hill

       – Milford Sound Cruise

       – Classic Motorcycle Museum

OPTIONAL

   Support vehicle for luggage and non-riders/passengers

   Spare bike on a trailer & additional bike space in case of              rider illness

   Satellite Navigation (GPS) for the duration of motorcycle            hire

   Additional motorcycle insurance to reduce excess /                      reduction

   Mobile sim

   Activities / sightseeing:

– Auckland Tower

– White Water Rafting

– Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park

– Glow Worm Caves

– Gondola + Luge Ride

– Sky Diving

– Jetboating + Bunjee

EXCLUSIONS

International (and internal, if any) airfare

Visa

Lunch

Travel insurance

Motorcycle fuel

Additional motorcycle insurance for excess reduction

Any expenses that are of personal nature

Motorcycle accessories (jackets, helmets, etc)

Deposit for motorcycle hire

Note: Optionals are available on additional payment. Some of the optionals are group dependent and needs to be decided collectively at the start of the biking adventure.

Are you a group?…Want different dates?…Want something more luxurious?

1. Just give us a shout with your dates & preferences

2. Sit back and relax while we make it happen for you

PRICING

Rider

Pillion

Private room upgrade

Starts from NZD 7,325*

NZD 5,700

NZD 875

* Depends on bike brand/model you choose

INCLUSIONS

   Accommodation

   Breakfast & dinner for the duration of the trip

   Farewell dinner

   Airport transfers (pick up & drop off)

   Tour leader on a motorcycle

   Motorcycle hire

   Motorcycle basic insurance

   Road tolls

   Motorcycle top box

   Activities / sightseeing:

        – One Tree Hill

        – Milford Sound Cruise

        – Classic Motorcycle Museum

OPTIONAL

   Support vehicle for luggage and non-riders/passengers

   Spare bike on a trailer & additional bike space in case of rider illness

   Satellite Navigation (GPS) for the duration of motorcycle hire

   Additional motorcycle insurance to reduce excess/reduction

   Mobile sim

   Activities / sightseeing:

      – Auckland Tower

      – White Water Rafting

      – Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park

      – Glow Worm Caves

      – Gondola + Luge Ride

      – Sky Diving

      – Jet Boating + Bunjee

Note: Optionals are available on additional payment. Some of the optionals are group dependent and needs to be decided collectively at the start of the biking adventure.

EXCLUSIONS

International (and internal, if any) airfare

Visa

Lunch

Travel insurance

Motorcycle fuel

Additional motorcycle insurance for excess reduction

Any expenses that are of personal nature

Motorcycle related accessories i.e. jackets, helmets, gloves, panniers, etc

Deposit for motorcycle hire

Are you a group?…Want different dates?…Want something more luxurious?

1. Just give us a shout with your dates & preferences

2. Sit back and relax while we make it happen for you!

IMPORTANT NOTES

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Fly into and out of Auckland Airport (AKL).

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This is a mediocre challenging riding trip with no off-road riding involved

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Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to unavailability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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This trip involves few places which are remote and not so tourist friendly. This means that the tourist infrastructure may not be up to the standard that our trips usually cater. We have tried our level best to include the most comfortable hotels in this region. 

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You are required to have comprehensive travel and flight insurance before you begin the adventure. You would be asked to provide a copy of your insurance to us prior to the commencement of the trip.

OUR PROMISE

Joining BonResa Adventures trips comes with a few special guarantees…

Our trips symbolise adventure and independence, all our adventures are small group tours and are limited to 4 to 12 people.

Unlike others, the founders of BonResa accompany fellow travellers on adventures around the world. We guarantee your trips will always be immersive & authentic.

Being excellent photographers, our tour guides will not only show you around the world’s best bits but will also capture your trip to make it into everlasting memories.

You will definitely fall in love with travelling as BonResa trips will not break your bank. We offer various pricing options to suit your pocket.