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Two Island Guided Tour

This 14-day Two Island Guided motorcycle tour gives you the chance to see many of the key sights and different landscapes that visitors to New Zealand never forget. Our experienced local guides ensure that you get the most out of your time. They find the best riding routes and take you on memorable excursions. Ride the great passes of the Southern Alps, along spectacular coastal roads and through unique, unspoilt forests – all with unbelievably light traffic. You’ll get a great insight into the differences between the two islands and you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation en-route. It packs in a lot but it’s definitely not too much and for anyone from the Northern Hemisphere, the ‘kiwi’ summer really will take away any winter blues.


— Enjoy the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula

— View geothermic pools & Maori history in Rotorua

— Explore Nelson and the Able Tasman National Park

— Ride incredible high mountain passes

  • Day 1


    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Depending on how you feel after the long flight, take a walk around and see the sights of Auckland. Then, dinner in the evening with your fellow riders and guides where we discuss the tour itinerary, motorcycling in NZ, highlights to see and do on the tour, and questions and answers time.

    Day 2

    Auckland – Rotorua

    After breakfast and a pre-tour briefing, we collect the bikes and set off on the first day in the saddle, and a leisurely ride to the South. We’ll take in the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, the western Bay of Plenty, and some lovely backroads before reaching Rotorua where you are invited to a party – Maori style.

    Day 3

    Rotorua – Napier

    You are in an area of geothermic activity, so don’t miss a chance to visit the thermal reserve at Whakarewarewa with its geysers and bubbling mud pools or Wai-O-Tapu with its incredible bubbling Champagne Pool. At Taupo. The Thermal Explorer highway leads to the Art Deco town of Napier while the, Desert Road’ offers a different route and stunning views of the volcanic and desert landscape.

    Day 4

    Napier – Wellington

    Two main routes and several backroad options to explore as we head to Wellington. Both skirt the Tararua Mountain range, both similar in distance but one has more possible deviations, the other may be busier. See the impressive Manawatu Gorge and depending on the route, we make stops at Rimutaka Hill Summit (555 m), for spectacular views, or Southward, for its museum of cars, motorcycles and machinery.

    Day 5

    Wellington – Nelson

    Most of your travelling today is aboard the Interislander ferry, a relaxing and spectacular 3.5 hour crossing to the South Island. There are wonderful coastal views and watch out for passing whales and albatross as you cross the Cook Strait. The crossing concludes in the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Finish with a lovely ride along the coast to Nelson, South Islands sunniest city.

    Day 6

    Free day in Nelson

    A free day to explore Nelson and surrounding areas. Your guide will offer some ideas to fill your time but you’re free to do your own thing. For those who want to ride, hop on your bike to discover Abel Tasman National Park, take a 4-WD drive tour to Farewell Spit, the longest sand dune in New Zealand and view a variety of sea birds. Remember, you are in one of New Zealand’s main wine craft beer producing areas.

    Day 7

    Nelson – Hanmer Springs

    A choice of routes is available on most days and today is no exception. Your guide will offer suggestions but will also be guided by what you want to see (within reason). Take in the Buller Gorge, a seal colony, the famous pancake rocks at Punakaiki and some wonderful rural valleys before reaching the secluded Alpine town of Hanmer Springs.

    Day 8

    Hanmer Springs – Franz Josef

    A long ride ahead today; returning to the west coast, via Arthur’s Pass. Start by crossing the Weka Pass towards Canterbury before you turn inland crossing Porter’s and Arthur’s passes, both at over 900m. This is an area of alpine peaks and waterfalls. Return to the west coast highway and a gentle ride into Franz Josef. Look out for some of the indigenous wildlife – seals, kea, kiwi, dolphins and the rare white heron.

    Day 9

    Franz Josef – Queenstown

    Take in a helicopter flight, heli hike, walk up to the glacier, or visit the Glowworm Dell in Fox before riding to the adventure playground of New Zealand. Heading south from Fox, ride through the subtropical rainforest of Haast Pass, in the heart of Westland. Turning inland head into the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

    Day 10


    An opportunity to sample some of the many activities in and around Queenstown; jet boating on the Shotover River, tandem skydiving, scenic flights, fly fishing, a vintage steam cruise and of course bungee jumping, right where it all started! There are simply too many to mention! Then it’s time to relax in the Skyline Gondola restaurant, visit the Motor Museum in nearby Wanaka, or take a ride to Arthur’s Point lookout and Coronet Peak.

    Day 11

    Queenstown – Dunedin

    Say goodbye to the lakes and fiords of the west as you head for the surf of the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Ride across rolling green farmland covered in white woolly sheep, crossing wide river torrents and passing through quiet rural settlements before you reach Dunedin with its Scottish heritage, and the Otago Peninsula for a night at the historic Larnach Castle.

    Day 12

    Dunedin – Mount Cook

    Visit the famous Moeraki boulders before heading inland along the fascinating Waitaki River, or following the gold trail to the Victorian gold rush town of Cromwell, passing the Ida and Dunstan Mountain range then through the highland Mackenzie District. Stop at the historic gold-mining town of St Bathan’s, with time for a drink at the famous Vulcan Hotel, and finish with an awesome ride to Mount Cook.

    Day 13

    Mount Cook – Christchurch

    Today, it’s back down from the mountains, passing Lake Tekapo and over the Burke Pass, around the Four Peaks Range and past Mt Hutt before heading out across the flat farmland of Canterbury Plain to Christchurch. After returning the motorbikes, it just remains to celebrate the end of the tour with a farewell dinner.

    Day 14


    Depending on your departure time, the day is free for you to explore Christchurch – how about the Antarctic Centre, the famous trams, Botanical Gardens or Hagley Park? Then you will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.

    Total Distance c. 3250 km

  • For motorcycle rental information please see our New Zealand Motorcycle Rentals page.

  • Two Island Guided Tour (14 Days)
    Guided Tour Dates Suzuki DL650
    Suzuki SV650
    BMW F700 GS
    Triumph Tiger 800
    Suzuki GSF1250
    Honda VT750
    BMW F750GS
    BMW F850GS
    BMW 1200GS
    BMW R1200RT
    BMW R1250GS
    BMW R1250RT
    H-D Touring
    Passenger Single Room Supplement
    10 - 23 Feb 2020 £6,775 £7,225 £7,775 £7,775 £8,095 £4,995 £1,925
    02 - 15 Mar 2020 £6,775 £7,225 £7,775 £7,775 £8,095 £4,995 £1,925
    08 - 21 Feb 2021 tbc £6,925 £7,375 £7,925 £7,925 £8,245 £5,145 £2,075
    01 - 14 Mar 2021 tbc £6,925 £7,375 £7,925 £7,925 £8,245 £5,145 £2,075
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    13-nights standard or superior accommodation
    12 days’ motorcycle hire
    Airport transfers
    13 breakfasts, 11 dinners
    Full motorcycle insurance
    Maori cultural evening
    Interisland Ferry tickets
    Tourbook and maps
    Experienced local guide on a motorcycle
    Support vehicle
    Fuel and oil
    Meals not stated above
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Luggage transfer available and bookable locally
    Optional CDR bike insurance (see rental table for details). Available and payable locally
    Frame/seat lowering on some models – see rental info page
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
  • Two Island Grand Tour Accommodation
    Location Superior Accommodation
    Auckland Quality Hotel Parnell
    Rotorua Copthorne Hotel
    Hawkes Bay Napier Hotel or Farmstay
    Wellington QT Art Hotel
    Nelson Delorenzos Apartments
    Hanmer Springs Heritage Hotel
    Franz Josef High Peaks Lodge
    Queenstown St Moritz Hotel
    Dunedin Larnach Castle (dinner, breakfast)
    Mount Cook The Hermitage
    Christchurch Doubletree by Hilton
  • John and Alison Rains, John has been organising and guiding tours since 1987, making him not only the most experienced motorcycle guide in New Zealand but one of the most experienced in the world. He has found out that the only prerequisites needed for the job are mechanical skills, marketing skills, people skills, employer skills, a sense of humour, the occasional ‘blind eye’, and the ability to fix punctures in the rain. Widely travelled in Europe and North America on motorcycles. John enjoys meeting people and riding motorcycles – his personal favourite is a Laverda SFC1000, and he has also been seen on a Triumph Speed Triple. Happily married to Alison.

    Peter & Kate Colwell
    Retired farmers from inland NSW Australia, who now have over 30 tours in New Zealand under their belts. A sensible approach and sense of humour has made them favourites. Peter’s journalistic skills have seen his articles published in Australian and US motorcycle magazines. Widely travelled on motorcycles in Europe and North America, currently Peter and Kate ride a BMW R1200GS.

    Gordon Lidgard
    Gordon has been in the motorcycle industry most of his working life as a motorcycle dealer, tour guide and was a winner of New Zealand Tourism Awards when he owned and managed an outstanding tourism company. He has now teamed up with John Rains and having both been founders of the motorcycle rental and touring industry of New Zealand, contribute a wealth of experience to make our tours even better. Gordon’s favourite bikes are the latest liquid cooled BMW R1200RT and R1200GS.

    Reindert Dirksen
    A Dutchman born in Egypt who speaks as many languages as there are days in the year. One of our most popular guides, he has been coming to New Zealand for the last 17 years as a guide for the German speaking tours. Reini is a very experienced international traveller, spending only a short time at home each year. A fine connoisseur of New Zealand beer and a lover of old BMW motorcycles of which he has two, an R90S and R75/5, garaged in Rotterdam awaiting his arrival home.

    Laurie Bycroft
    Dual sport specialist Laurie is a New Zealander who resides in Queensland during the winter. His experience and enthusiasm have made our tours a real success. An eye for an interesting route and the ability to fix a problem, miles from anywhere make him an invaluable member of the team. He has a restored a Suzuki GS1000S as his transport of choice.

    Perry Rees
    Perry is another of the all-rounders which are essential in meeting customer needs. An organised mind and a tenacious grip on details are vital with so many different things on the go. Some people call it multi-tasking, we just call it another day at work. A long history of motorcycles means he can turn a hand to helping out in the workshop and his former position of CEO at Britten Motorcycle Company means he is well travelled and comfortable with the needs of overseas clients. Perry spends his spare time fishing and out and about on his 6 Speed Triple.

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