Actually almost all curves that you can not ride at speed limit, have a sign suggesting the safe speed, indicating how ahead will be. There are not many road works that aren’t well-signposted. One-lane bridges are a common sight in New Zealand, and they are very common on roads almost everywhere. With the very light traffic on the country roads crossing bridges is not a problem at all. Roads everywhere are winding or curvy, usually hilly, with not many straights. The road connecting Queenstown and Christchurch is an exception.
Tomorrow, it will be the ferry to Picton on South Island. But now it is dinner and evenings entertainment in Wellington. Through the central North Island,as anywhere in NZ, roads are single lane with occasional passing lane. Only some 20 km before Wellington there is actually a stretch of motorway. People are friendly wherever they go, but surprisingly, only half of motorbikers wave at each other on the road. Forecast for the northern parts of the island is gale force winds and heavy rain, warnings issued.
Add a sunny climate, a background of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping; Auckland has everything from top-end designers to street markets. Enjoy the city’s many cafes, restaurants, and nightlife while you’re here. There are also pleasant areas in the city’s Viaduct Harbor and Wynyard Quarter.
This fertile, mountainous land was left untouched by the Maoris during their motorcycle ride through New Zealand. The Maoris adapted to the temperate climate and started to explore the two islands and form clans. James Cook, a British navigator, landed in New Zealand in 1769.
Today, you will follow a lightly traveled road as it hugs the coast, taking you into a part of New Zealand that is a mix of rugged hills, inspirational coastal seascapes, and rich farmland. This, combined with a small population makes for an easy riding day. Tonight’s stop will be at a working sheep- and beef farm. Here you’ll be treated tours in New Zealand from Moatrek like royalty and served one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever have. You will feel like a queen/king when you add a hot pool soak to your night. Riding the twisty roads through lake county, you will end your day on the coast, where a walk on the white sands will be a relaxing end to the day.
This must be the only route that has very long straight stretches. Perhaps another is the road through the north island’s central plains. The only one we could find was 20 km leading to the capital, Wellington. Dual lanes are generally used for passing and can be between 50 meters and 500 meters long.
- It is a short walk to the pancake rocks & blowholes, a rock formation at Paparoa National Park.
- You could also take a boat ride out into the bay. Or you could go to Cape Reinga, the most northern point of New Zealand, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.
- Lynette and her husband, Collin, grew up in New Zealand and have been riding since 1973, and are familiar with most of the roads there.
- We are committed to making your motorcycle trip the best ever.
- In 2010, Colin and Lynette established Pohutukawa Motorcycle Tours to share the thrill of riding in New Zealand and western North America.
The stretch of road on the South Island running alongside the shimmering blue jewel that is Lake Pukaki is the perfect place to do just that. From the southern tip to the Hooker Valley Track, the ride is approximately 36 miles. Once there, park up your bike and stretch your legs on the three-mile walk along the track to a lookout point with magnificent views of Mount Cook. The team at Silver Fern are old hands at designing bespoke self-guided motorcycle tours of New Zealand. It is a wonderful experience to ride through the countryside on a classic Harley with the wind in your hair, and your hands gripping the handlebars.
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The itinerary at the top of this page outlines a 22-night self-drive tour which takes you along some of the best riding roads New Zealand has to offer. It takes you all the way to the very top of the North island and back down to the tip of the South. Along the way you’ll take in some of the most spectacular sights and experiences.