This 14 Day South Island Tour presents the best motorcycling roads the South Island has to offer. Your trip starts with a day trip to the French settlement of Akaroa to get you ready for New Zealand’s riding conditions and roads.

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 rollercoaster roads of the West Coast, and magnificent Milford and Catlins’ scenic routes.
Surely, the trip will give you every type of sealed road imaginable, from tight twisty bends to long sweeping corners and everything in between with some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world.

At a glance



3425 km

South Island/Suedinsel

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

Day 1 : Christchurch to Akaroa

1h 58min

via Lyttleton Harbour, SH 74

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 Queenstown

3h 32min

via Franz Josef Glacier, SH 6

279 km

Day 6 : Queenstown to Te Anau

4h 45min

via Devils Staircase, SH 6 & 94

366 km

Day 7 : Te Anau to Invercargill

2h 20min

via Longwood Forest, SH 99

187 km

Day 8 : Invercargill to Raes Junction

3h 21min

via Catlins Forest, SH 8

244 km

Day 9 : Raes Junction to Dunedin

1h 29min

via Balclutha

117 km

Day 10 : Dunedin to Wanaka

3h 31min

via Palmerston, SH 1, 85, 8 & 6

295 km

Day 11 : Wanaka to Mt Cook

2h 20min

via Twizel, SH 8A & 8

199 km

Day 12 : Mt Cook to Christchurch

4h 19min

via Mt Somers, SH 8, 79 & 72

353 km

Tour Highlights

Devils Staircase
Golden Bay
Queen Charlotte Drive
Buller Gorge
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Tekapo
Milford Road & Milford Sound
West & East Coast
Mt Cook & Hooker Valley
14 Day South Island Tour