This self-guided 7 Day South Island Motorbike Tour starts in the garden city of Christchurch taking the east coast of the South Island along the marvelous 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. This 7 Day Tour gives you a good taste of some of the South Island most exhilarating roads.

Make your great escape with this short and sweet 7 Day South Island Tour, capturing all that New Zealand has to offer.

At a glance



2172 km

South Island/Suedinsel

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

Day 1 : Christchurch to Nelson

5h 23min

After starting your self-guided tour in Christchurch, you follow SH 7, 65 & 6 via Lewis Pass to finally arrive in Nelson.

416 km

Day 2 : Nelson to Franz Josef Glacier

5h 56min

via Greymouth, SH 6, 69 & 7

459 km

Day 3 : Franz Joseph Glacier to Queenstown

4h 42min

via Wanaka, Cadrona, SH 6

350 km

Day 4 : Queenstown to Balclutha

4h 25min

via Gore, SH 6 & 94

344 km

Day 5 : Balclutha to Omarama

3h 28min

via Alexandra, SH 8 & 6

279 km

Day 6 : Omarama to Tekapo

1h 1min

via Lake Tekapo, SH 8


Day 7 : Tekapo to Christchurch

3h 22min

via Mount Somers, SH 79 & 72

258 km

Tour Highlights

Devils Staircase
Golden Bay
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Tekapo
Queen Charlotte Drive
West Coast