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Tour Details

(2019) 10 Feb to 01 Mar – 20 Days
(2020) 08 Feb to 27 Feb – 20 Days

Tour Area/Highlights
Ride the North & South Island
Welcome and Farewell Dinner

Tour Mileage on Tarmac
BMW Motorcycle Included
Est 3000 Miles / 4820 Kms
Longest day 269 miles

Riding Ability
Easy / Moderate Riding

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New Zealand Twin Island Motorcycle Tour

Motorcycle Tour Prices

10 Feb to 01 Mar 2019 – 20 Days
Tour Ref NZ19
£4495 Two People, One Motorcycle, Sharing One Room *
£6995 One Person, One Motorcycle, Shared Room *
£7495 One Person, One Motorcycle in a Single Room **
£500 Deposit Per Person
Your Balance will be Due by the 11 Feb 2018
08 Feb to 27 Feb 2020, 20 Days
Tour Ref NZ20
£4995 Two People, One Motorcycle, Sharing One Room *
£6995 One Person, One Motorcycle, Shared Room *
£7995 One Person, One Motorcycle in a Single Room **
£500 Deposit Per Person
Your Balance will be Due by the 10 Feb 2019

All Rates are Per Person
* Shared Room
** Single Room all the Way (Shared Cabin)
*** Single Cabin, Outbound Sailing Only

Tour Requirements

  • Age: Min 21 Years – Max 75 Years
  • Current valid Motorcycle License (Held for the last 3 Years)
  • 3 years riding experience
  • Must be able to ride motorcycles over 500cc
  • Security Damage Deposit on a Valid Credit Card

Extra Nights Available Breakfast at Some Hotels / Lodges

Exclusions & Extra’s

  • Return Flights to New Zealand
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Hotel Extra’s Drinks / Food / Bar
  • Breakfast / Food & Drinks (Unless Supplied by Hotels)
  • Motorcycle Fuel
  • Motorcycle Helmet
  • Motorcycle Gloves
  • Motorcycle Jacket & Trousers
  • Motorcycle Boots
  • All Road Tolls

Motorcycle Tour Overview

New Zealand is one of the best motorcycling environments in the world as the open roads are well constructed and unhampered by heavy traffic. More importantly, traveling by motorcycle allows visitors to fully experience the beauty of New Zealand landscapes, from sandy beaches, lakes, native forests and snowcapped mountains to rolling farm lands and rugged coastal roads. New Zealand’s mountainous country produces just the right type of twisty roads that are ideal for motorcycle adventurer. This will boost the appeal of a great motorcycle holiday.

Why not motorcycle over the Southern Alps via the picturesque Lewis Pass we will experience one of the best coastal rides in the world which takes us to the amazing geology of Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks.

We Supply the Motorcycle and Fully Accompanied by Graham Saunders and his Team

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and, as the site of the major international airport, most visitors’ first view of the country. Planes bank over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf and yachts with bright spinnakers tack through the glistening waters of the Waitemata Harbour towards the “City of Sails”. The downtown sprouts skyscrapers and is surrounded by the grassy humps of some fifty-odd extinct volcanoes, and a low-rise suburban sprawl of prim wooden villas surrounded by substantial gardens. Look beyond the glitzy shopfronts and Auckland has a modest small-town feel and measured pace, though this can seem frenetic in comparison with the rest of the country.

The Central North Island contains some of New Zealand’s star attractions, many the result of its explosive geological past. It’s dominated by three heavyweight features: Lake Taupo, the country’s largest; Tongariro National Park, with its trio of volcanoes; and the volcanic field that feeds colourful and fiercely active thermal areas, principally around Rotorua, where boiling mud pools plop next to spouting geysers fuelled by super-heated water, drawn off to fill hot pools around town. Accessible Maori cultural experiences abound here, with highly regarded Arawa carvings and groups who perform traditional dances and haka before a feast of fall-off-the-bone meat and succulent vegetables cooked in a hangi underground steam oven.

The Central South Island is one of the most varied and visually stunning areas in New Zealand, with expansive pasturelands, dense native forests and a history rich in tales of human endeavour, tinged with the toughness and idiosyncrasies of the area’s settlers. The region’s defining feature is the icy, white sawtooth ridge of the Southern Alps that forms the South Island’s central north–south spine and peaks at New Zealand’s loftiest summit, 3754m Aoraki/Mount Cook. Summers are generally hot and dry with long days that sear the grasslands a tinder-dry yellow-brown. In winter, snow supplies numerous ski-fields. These alpine conditions foster unique plants and wildlife, including the Mount Cook lily, the largest white mountain daisy in the world, and the mischievous kea – the world’s only alpine parrot.

From Christchurch to Westport, the forested Lewis Pass road provides access to the tranquil spa town of Hanmer Springs before passing the more rustic hot pools at Maruia Springs. Further south, both road and rail head through the spectacular Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its abundance of day-walks and longer trails.

South of Christchurch, roads lead across the Canterbury Plains towards the small foothill settlement of Methven, the base for Mount Hutt-bound skiers and summertime walkers exploring Mount Somers – often dry when Arthur’s Pass is wet and enveloped in cloud.

The Southern Alps run down the backbone of the South Island, both defining and isolating the West Coast. A narrow, rugged and largely untamed strip 400km long and barely 30km wide, the West Coast is home to just 32,000 people. Turbulent rivers cascade from the mountains through lush bush, past crystal lakes and dark-green paddocks before spilling into the Tasman Sea, its coastline fringed by atmospheric, surf-pounded beaches and backed by the odd tiny shack or, more often, nothing at all.

What really sets “the Coast” apart is the interaction of settlers with their environment. Coasters, many descended from early gold and coal miners, have long been proud of their ability to coexist with the landscape a trait mythologized in their reputation for independent-mindedness and intemperate drinking, fuelled by Irish migrants drawn to the 1860s gold rushes. Stories abound of late-night boozing way past closing time, and your fondest memories of the West Coast might be chance encounters in the pub.

February / March Whether

New Zealand is moderate to hot, with temperatures hovering around
20-30 degrees celsius – 68-86  Fahrenheit – Lovely

What your tour includes

Your tour cost includes the following

  • 20 Days Motorcycle Tour in New Zealand North & South Island
  • Burt Monroe Fastest Indian Motorcycle Display
  • Fully accompanied by Graham & his Team
  • Tour information document*

Accommodation

  • 18 Nights in Good Quality Accommodation
  • 18 Continental Breakfasts
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners

Ferry Crossing

  • Return Ferry from the UK to France, Portsmouth to Caen
    (Per Motorcycle Rider & Pillion)
  • 2 Berth Inside Shared Cabin (Outbound Only)

Tour Area / Highlights

  • The Dordogne Country Side
  • Ride Over the Millau Bridge
  • Ride Through the Ardeche and Tarn Gorges
  • Ride a Section of the Le Mans Road Circuit
  • Visit the Le Mans Circuit Museum*

Tour Requirements

  • This Tour is on your own motorcycle
  • Suitable for Motorcycles over 500cc
  • Male or Female Riders & Pillions
  • Age: Min 18 Years – Max 75 Years

Exclusions & Extra’s

  • All Road Tolls
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Motorcycle Breakdown Recover
  • Fuel / Oil for your Motorcycle
  • Hotel Parking Fee’s (Some hotels may charge)
  • Hotel Extra’s Drinks / Telephone / Food / Bar
  • Food & Drinks (Unless Supplied by the Hotels)
  • Breakfast / Food on the Ferries

* Sent by Email in a PDF Format
** Extra Cost Customer to Pay on Entry

Daily Tour Itinerary

Day 01 – Fly to Auckland, New Zealand North Island

Day 02 – Fly to Auckland, New Zealand North Island

Day 03 – Cape Reinga, North of the Island

Day 04 – Kuaotunu, North Island

Day 05 – Gisborne, North Island

Day 06 – Wellington, North Island

Day 07 – Nelson, South Island

Day 08 – Charleston, South Island

Day 09 – Bruce Bay, South Island (Fox Glacier)

Day 10 – Mount Cook, South Island

Day 11 – Milford Sound

Day 12 – Invercargill, South Island (Burt Monroe Fastest Indian Motorcycle Display)

Day 13 – Oamaru, South Island

Day 14 – Christchurch Via Lake Pearson, South Island

Day 15 – Blenheim, South Island

Day 16 – Osaka (Via Ferry Crossing), North Island

Day 17 – Auckland, North Island

Day 18 – New Plymouth, North Island

Day 19 – Day off in Auckland

Day 20 – Fly home from Auckland

All Routes are Subject to Change

What To Bring With You ?

What To Bring With You ?

  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Reflective Vest
  • Travel Visa’s*
  • Travel Insurance

If required*

It is Advised that you bring with you photo copies of your Important Documents like your Passport.

Money and Currency

  • Credit / Debit Card’s
  • New Zealand Dollars

FairFX Currency Card

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Travel Insurance

  • Personal Travel Insurance

Medical and Breakdown, Insurance

We would like to advise you that on all of our tours that we require you hold a valid and adequate Medical and Breakdown Recovery insurance which includes repatriation for you and your pillion and your motorcycle for the duration of the motorcycle tour (please supply a copy of your insurance cover documents)

Exclusions & Extra’s

  • All Road Tolls
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Fuel / Oil for your Motorcycle
  • Hotel Parking Fee’s (Some hotels may charge)
  • Hotel Extra’s Drinks / Telephone / Food / Bar
  • Breakfast / Food & Drinks (Unless Supplied by the Hotels)

Travel Information

All Information is correct at the time of publishing (1st January 2016)

Useful information

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Language: English

Time difference between the UK & New Zealand: GMT +11 to GMT +12

Flying time from the UK: approx. 26 hours + 1 stop

International airports: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown

Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

Visa: British citizens do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand (for a stay of less than 6 months), making it an easy destination to travel to.  (Please Bring a Photo Copy of  Your Passport)

Important rider responsibilities

Responsible riding means riding with the safety and convenience of all road users in mind. Following the information in this section will help you to become a safe and responsible road user.

Safety helmets
The Rider and the pillion passengers, must wear an approved safety helmet when riding on the motorcycle.

Rider distractions

Anything that takes your attention away from the road can be a potential hazard.
You should avoid or minimise the following distractions when you are riding:

  • Looking at things on the roadside
  • Looking at scenery
  • Talking on a hands-free cellphone
  • Talking to pillion passengers
  • Eating food
  • Lighting a cigarette
  • Adjusting controls
  • Daydreaming
  • Tiredness
  • Reading maps
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Operating Satellite Navigation Equipment

Operation of a Vehicle

You must not operate a vehicle in a condition or manner that could cause:

  • Injury to any person or animal
  • Annoyance to any person
  • Damage to any property
  • Distraction to the driver.
  • Unsafe vehicle or load

You must not Ride

  • An unsafe vehicle
  • A vehicle with an unsafe load, which is not tied down, or could fall from the vehicle, or is dragging on the ground.
  • Dangerous riding

You must not ride your motorcycle, or allow your pillion passenger to ride, in a manner or position that may cause injury.

Carrying passengers

Once you have your full licence, you may carry one pillion passenger behind you on a motorcycle. This person must sit astride a safe pillion seat, facing forwards, and have both feet on footrests. They must also wear an approved safety helmet.

Motorcycle requirements

Please Note that all Hired Motorcycles meet the Warrant of fitness (WoF) requirements

To ride your motorcycle safely and legally on the road it must have the right equipment (in good working order) and have a current warrant of fitness (WoF). This section explains what your motorcycle must have.

Warrant of fitness (WoF)

Privately operated motorcycles must have a current WoF. Commercial vehicles must have a current certificate of fitness (CoF).

A current WoF shows the vehicle has been inspected by an approved WoF inspector and was roadworthy at the time of the last WoF inspection.

The WoF label must be attached to the motorcycle where it is clearly visible.

The WoF inspector will give you a copy of the check sheet. This is a receipt of payment for the inspection and is not a warrant of fitness. If your motorcycle failed its WoF inspection, the receipt gives you 28 days to have it fixed and brought back for re-inspection without any additional payment. During that time you are only allowed to ride the motorcycle to get it repaired and re-inspected.

Features your motorcycle must have

To meet the WoF standard, your motorcycle must be in good condition (no rust around safety areas) and it must have the following equipment in good working order:

  • A – Mudguards.
  • B – A working horn.
  • C – A good headlight that can be dipped when another vehicle comes towards you.
  • D – A working speedometer.
  • E – Safe steering.
  • F – A rear-view mirror that gives a clear view behind.
  • G – A red stop light at the back.
  • H – A red reflector at the back.
  • I – Safe tyres – the tread depth must be at least 1.5 millimetres right around the tyre. Ensure tyre pressure is to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • J – Flashing direction indicator lights at the front and back.
  • K – Good front and rear brakes.
  • L – Good footrests for both the rider and pillion passenger.
  • M – A good silencer and exhaust system.
  • N – One or more red position lights and a white number plate light at the back.

Note: this checklist is a guide only. When inspecting your motorcycle, the inspector will use the criteria in the Vehicle inspection requirements manual. For further information regarding vehicle requirements, go to the vehicle inspection portal.

Carrying a load on your motorcycle

Your load must not extend more than one metre in front of the front wheel or more than one metre behind the rear wheel.
Your load must not extend more than 50 centimetres on either side from the centre of the motorcycle.
Your load must not be loose and must not touch the ground.

Keeping left on a laned road

In New Zealand, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.

It is essential to keep left, because if you don’t you are likely to cause a head-on crash. This is one of the worst types of crash, as it almost always results in death or serious injury.

Most roads in New Zealand have lanes marked on them with a white line or raised studs.
When driving on a laned road, it is important to drive your vehicle within your lane.

Where there are two or more lanes on your side of the centre line:

  • keep in the left-hand lane as much as you can
  • don’t use the lane closest to the centre line if you will hold up other vehicles.

The lane closest to the centre line should only be used when:

  • You want to pass another vehicle
  • You want to turn right
  • The left-hand lane is full with other traffic or is blocked.

Motorway driving

Motorways are designed so that traffic can flow with as little disruption as possible. On a motorway, you shouldn’t come across things that hold up traffic flow, such as:

  • Intersections
  • Turning vehicles
  • Parked vehicles
  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists.

Although the number of ‘everyday’ driving hazards are reduced on motorways, you still need to drive carefully as motorway traffic usually moves very quickly.

Motorway signs

Most motorway signs are green with white around the edges.
Pay special attention to signs that show the beginning and end of the motorway, as well as signs that show particular exits.

Breakdowns on Motorways

If you break down on a motorway:

  • indicate and steer your vehicle as far off the road as possible – don’t stop suddenly
  • lift up the bonnet and boot and, if possible, hang something white on the driver’s door handle or window – this will show you need help
  • turn on your hazard lights or use a safety triangle to warn approaching traffic
  • at night, turn on the inside light
  • if you don’t have a mobile phone and it isn’t safe to walk to a telephone, stay in your car and wait for help
  • don’t stand on the motorway
  • if you need help from other drivers, leave plenty of space for them to stop – remember, vehicles travel fast on a motorway and it will take a while for them to slow down.

Lighting

You must not use any vehicle lighting equipment in a way that will dazzle, confuse or distract other road users.

You must not ride a vehicle that:

Noisy and smoky vehicles

  • Makes a lot of noise due to:
  • The way in which the vehicle is being ridden
  • The condition of the vehicle
  • Any other means (such as a stereo)
  • Makes noise that is likely to cause annoyance to any person
  • Makes smoke for 10 seconds or more.

Make sure your vehicle’s exhaust system and silencer are in good working order. This will prevent excessive gases and noise from the motorcycle.

Making the wheels of a motor vehicle lose traction and spin on the road surface may make unnecessary noise or smoke and could be a traffic offence.

Using the horn

The horn should only be used as a reasonable traffic warning. It should not make an unnecessary or unreasonably loud, harsh or shrill noise.

Music

Don’t play music so loudly that you can’t hear:

  • The sounds your vehicle is making
  • Emergency sirens
  • The sound of warning bells or trains when you’re coming up to a railway level crossing.
  • Uphill and downhill traffic

On steep, narrow roads, it is easier for vehicles moving downhill to give way to vehicles moving uphill.

Where can you be suspended

If you’re caught committing a serious driving offence, the police can suspend your licence for 28 days. This will be effective immediately.

This is called roadside licence suspension, but it can happen anywhere:

  • At the roadside after you’re pulled over for speeding
  • At a police station or wherever the police find you after they receive confirmation that your blood-alcohol level significantly exceeded the legal limit (see below)
  • Wherever you are if you refused to undergo a blood test.

Roadside licence suspension is an instant and severe penalty for driving in a way that puts the lives of other road users at risk.

When is roadside suspension used?

Roadside licence suspension is used only when serious traffic offences have been committed. Your licence will be suspended immediately for 28 days if you:

  • have relevant convictions* in the last four years and are caught drink-driving with a breath-alcohol concentration exceeding 400 micrograms per litre of breath
  • have relevant convictions* in the last four years and are caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
  • do not have relevant convictions* and are caught drink-driving with a breath-alcohol concentration exceeding 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath
  • do not have relevant convictions* and are caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding 130 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
  • fail or refuse to supply a blood sample to be tested for excess blood alcohol
  • are caught speeding at more than 40km/h above a permanent speed limit (does not apply to speed camera offences)
  • are caught speeding at more than 50km/h above any other speed limit (does not apply to speed camera offences).

* Relevant convictions are convictions for an offence against any of the following sections of the Land Transport Act 1998:

  • Section 56(1) – driving or attempting to drive with a breath alcohol concentration exceeding 400 micrograms per litre of breath.
  • Section 56(2) – driving or attempting to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
  • Section 58(1) – driving or attempting to drive while under the influence of drink or a drug or both to such extent as being incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.
  • Section 60(1) – failing or refusing to permit a blood specimen to be taken, or failing or refusing to undergo a compulsory impairment test (ie test for drug use).
  • Section 61(1) – causing injury or death, while in charge of a motor vehicle with a breath alcohol concentration exceeding 400 micrograms per litre of breath or a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
  • Section 61(2) – causing injury or death, while in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drink or a drug or both to such extent as being incapable of having proper control of the vehicle; or a blood test shows use of a qualifying drug.
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