This 10 Day South Island Motorcycle Tour starts in the garden city of Christchurch with a day trip to the French settlement of Akaroa along brilliant local mountain roads. Then taking the east coast of the South Island along the marvellous roads through Kaikoura ranges, through the tight windy roads of Queen Charlotte Sound, the sweeping hills of the Nelson ranges, the roller coaster roads of the West Coast, and magnificent Milford and Catlins’ scenic routes.

All in all, this10-day trip gives you a good taste of some of the South Island most exhilarating roads.

At a glance



3114 km

South Island/Suedinsel

Note: The waypoints do not reflect the single itinerary steps.

Day 1 : Christchurch to Akaroa

1h 58min

After leaving Christchurch on your 10 Day South Island Tour you follow SH 74 via Lyttleton Harbour to reach the small peninsula of Akaroa.

77 km

Day 2 : Akaroa to Kaikoura

3h 54min

via SH 75 & 1

264 km

Day 3 : Kaikoura to Nelson

3h 31min

via Queen Charlotte Drive, SH 1 & 6

243 km

Day 4 : Nelson to Hokitika

4h 17min

via Greymouth, SH 6, 69 & 7

325 km

Day 5 : Hokitika to Haast

3h 32min

via Franz Josef Glacier, SH 6

279 km

Day 6 : Haast to Te Anau

4h 45min

via Wanaka & Queenstown

366 km

Day 7 : Te Anau to Balclutha

4h 8min

via Catlins Forest, SH 94

315 km

Day 8 : Balclutha to Tekapo

4h 25min

via Alexandra, SH 8

366 km

Day 9 : Tekapo to Christchurch

2h 45min

On your final day you leave Tekapo and the magnificence of the Southern Alps to follow SH 79 & 72 via Mount Somers to finish your 10 Day South Island Tour in Christchurch.

234 km

Tour Highlights

Devils Staircase
Golden Bay
Queen Charlotte Drive
Buller Gorge
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Tekapo
Milford Road & Milford Sound
West & East Coast