Auckland to Christchurch
22 Nights | 5470 km | South Island | North Island
Fill your bucket list to the brim with this 21 Day North & South Island Motorcycle Tour starting in the North Island, hopping over to the South Island to finish off your adventure.
Start your tour by sinking your teeth into the gorgeous city of Auckland, dense with exquisite dining and night life experiences, or indulge in the harboring islands scattered around Auckland. Head North to the peak of New Zealand, take it all in at Bay of Island and sandy Cape Reinga. Head back south through Auckland towards beautiful Thames and Coromandel, diverse in terrain and scenery that will take any breath away. Fall in love with Tauranga’s harbor and wash away all the stress in Rotorua’s famous geothermal pools. Savior your taste for the open road amongst Napier’s vineyards before taking on Wellington city.
Now it is time to feel the pride of the south, jump on board the inter-islander which will take you through the untouched beauty of Cook Straight, docking in the South Island. The South Island introduces itself through the harbor town of Picton, famous for its fresh seafood and world-renowned foreshores. Next the tour will lead towards sunny Nelson, with a township engulfing nature, fine dining and modern-day living.
Next is the West Coast, rich in mining history, marine life and scenery filled with all terrain. Further along is the Fox Glaciers and Mt.Cook, with free floating glaciers and a mountain range making this section of the trip fit for any traveller or rider. Finishing off the tour, we will head up north to the Garden City of Christchurch. Christchurch city has the perfect mix of nice, spice and everything beautiful. Stroll through the Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city, feast in the harbor town of Lyttelton and finish your tour with a classic kiwi dinner – sunset, fish and chips on Sumner Beach.
- Coromandel Peninsula
- Thermal Pools Rotorua
- Mount Maunganui
- Tongariro National Park
- Bay of Plenty
- East Coast
- Cook Strait (Ferry crossing)
- Devils Staircase
- Golden Bay
- Gold-bearing Arrowtown River
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Lake Tekapo
- Milford Road & Sound
- Haast Pass
- West & East Coast of South Island
- 21 Day North & South Island Tour
Day 1 : Auckland to Kaitaia
The 20 Day North & South Island Motorcycle Tour starts in Auckland. Explore the Kauri Coastline on the first day.
Day 2 : Kaitaia to Paihia
Ride your motorcycle to the top of the country, passing along the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Day 3 : Paihia to Auckland
via SH 2, 16
Day 4 : Auckland to Tauranga
via the Coromandel Loop, one of NZ’s top Motorcycling Roads (via SH 1, 2, 25)
Day 5 : Tauranga to Tokomaru Bay
via SH2, 25, along NZ’s Scenic East Coast
Day 6 : Tokomaru Bay to Napier
via SH 2
Day 7 : Napier to Taumaranui
via Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5, 1, 47)
Day 8 : Taumaranui to New Plymouth
via the Forgotten Highway (SH 43, 3)
Day 9 : New Plymouth to Wellington
via the Surf Highway (SH 45, 3, 1)
Day 10 : Wellington to Nelson
3h 20min Ferry Crossing, 1h 50min of riding. Via Queen Charlotte Drive and SH 6
Day 11 : Nelson to Collingwood to Nelson
Explore the stunning Abel Tasman Area.
Day 12 : Nelson to Punakaiki
via Westport, SH 6
Day 13 : Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier
Along the West Coast
Day 14 : Franz Josef to Queenstown
via Wanaka & Cadrona SH 6
Day 15 : Queenstown to Queenstown
Rest Day in Queenstown
Day 16 : Queenstown to Te Anau
via SH 6, 94
Day 17 : Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau
via Milford Road and Homer Tunnel
Day 18 : Te Anau to Invercargill
via Manapouri and Riverton (SH 95, 99)
Day 19 : Invercargill to Alexandra
via SH 8
Day 20 : Alexandra to Lake Tekapo
via SH 6, 8 and via Mt Cook
Day 21 : Lake Tekapo to Christchurch
via SH 72, 79
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