Guided Motorcycle Tours of New Zealand. Ride free of luggage and in the company of experienced guides on one of our guided motorcycle tours.
Aroha is pleased to be working with Mike Gilbert from Beatnik Motorsport Ltd to offer this exclusive Ducati motorbike tour. This is not your typical moto tour as you will be riding extremely cool and exciting Scrambler Ducati Motorcycles which are the perfect machines for carving up New Zealand’s best roads. This route is an epic journey that explores the best of what the South Island has to offer while riding on some of the most challenging and spectacular roads in the country. You will be provided with all safety gear (boots, pants, jackets, helmets etc). Accessories like panniers, GoPro's etc. will also be available as needed for your tour.
Private guided tour 7 nights
Category: Active, Adventure
Location: South Island
Accommodation: 4* or 5* quality Hotels, boutique B&Bs, Luxury Serviced Apartments
Next Departure: Departs Daily
LOCATION AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Marlborough – Kaikoura – Hanmer Springs
(Seal swim, Dolphin encounter, Or: whale watching, thermal pools and spa)
Day 2: Hanmer Springs – West Coast – Arthur's Pass - Lake Coleridge
(Punakaiki Blowholes, Hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park)
Day 3: Lake Coleridge – Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo
(Hiking in Mt Cook National Park, Helicopter flight, Stargazing)
Day 4: Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo– Wanaka - Queenstown
Emerge yourself in these stunning surroundings
Day 5: Queenstown – Wanaka - Glaciers
(Rainforest walks, Scenic flight and glacier landing)
Day 6: Glaciers – West Coast
Day 7: West Coast – Abel Tasman/Nelson
(Abel Tasman National Park)
Day 8: Abel Tasman/Nelson – Marlborough departure
Marlborough is one of the sunniest areas in New Zealand, with an estimated average of 2,438 hours of sunshine a year. Mountains frame the area and trap the summer heat (temperatures over 30°C are quite normal in February and March). In and around Blenheim you’ll find an array of cafes, restaurants, wineries, bars, shops, artisan food outlets and golf courses along with popular walkways along the Taylor River Reserve.
The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish. Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters.
Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.
Or: Swim with Seals for a totally unique experience seal swimming with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular marine environment on the beautiful East Coast of the South Island!
Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer Springs is a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries. Adventure activities will immerse you in the wild beauty of Hanmer.
Accommodation: Hanmer Springs
Today's journey takes you over Lewis Pass the northernmost of the three main passes across the Southern Alps.
Take a short walk through the beautiful native forest to stand at the base of the spectacular 131m Devil's Punchbowl Fall.
Arthur's Pass, climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur's Pass National Park, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. Arthur’s Pass National Park itself is a landscape of two halves. On the eastern side, you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers.
The Lake Coleridge landscape has been formed over millions of years. Massive glaciers, earthquakes, wind, rain, frost, snow and volcanoes have all helped to form the landscape we have today. Lake Coleridge was ideal for the New Zealand Government's first hydroelectric power station because of its geography and its location near the growing city of Christchurch.
Accommodation: Arthur's Pass or Lake Coleridge
The route today takes you on the inland scenic route through the Canterbury Plains and at the foothills of the Southern Alps.
Geraldine is a pretty country town set among exotic trees alongside the meandering Waihi River. It is a town with a strong artistic streak which is reflected in the variety of boutique shops offering unique art, crafts and giftware. Refresh at a friendly café and take a stroll on the historic trail around the compact and pleasant town’s centre. The village is in the heart of a prosperous farming area.
Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain, with a height of 3,754 metres. At the foot of the mountain sits the village of Mount Cook - a comfortable haven in one of the most unforgiving parts of New Zealand. On every side, the Southern Alps scrape the sky. Even in summer, the weather can change in the blink of an eye. The region is only 44 kilometres from the coast, so storms can arrive suddenly from the Tasman Sea to create dangerous conditions for climbers. Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to interact with the stunning scenery; there are various alpine walks or scenic flights to the Tasman Glacier.
Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.
Accommodation: Mt Cook or Lake Tekapo
From the MacKenzie country, you pass through some of the most evocative hill country in New Zealand. You will cross one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets The "Lindis Pass" as you head into Central Otago. It is a powerful landscape, sunny, dry and brown with weathered ancient mountains, alpine herb fields and fast flowing rivers.
Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit. Explore nearby ghost towns and soak up the tranquil lakeside scenery.
This historic town of Clyde is located at the foot of a river gorge and is surrounded by rounded hills of schist punctuated with large craggy standing rocks. Schist is gold-bearing rock and substantial strikes in the rivers nearby sparked a gold rush in the late 1800s.
If you've heard of Bungy, then you've heard of the Kawarau Bridge, home to the world's first and most famous Bungy Jump at 43 metres! Wending your way along the banks of the Kawarau River there is a picture postcard view around every bend as you climb and descend to the sparkling aquamarine Kawarau river bed.
Your destination for the day is Queenstown which sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu with the Remarkables mountains rising up behind. The resort town is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited to almost any kind of adventure, but Queenstown is just as well known as a place for indulgence. The area’s history is intertwined with gold. In 1862, two sheep shearers struck it rich at the edge of the Shotover River. The ensuing gold rush town was named Queenstown because 'it was fit for Queen Victoria'.
Located in the spectacular Alps of the South Island, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park make it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.
There are two ways to drive between Queenstown and Wanaka, and this one is the most memorable. It's the highest main road in New Zealand. On the Wanaka side of the range, the road crosses a plateau of farmland and descends steadily along Cardrona Valley. On the left is the Crown Range; on the right the Criffle Range. This land around here is old gold mining country - piles of tailings can still be seen. The historic Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand's oldest - there are many interesting local artefacts on display in the bar and restaurant.
Your day has an interesting flavour of mountains, and native flora and fauna, as you travel through the rugged terrain that divides the east from the west. A spectacular and scenic road links Wanaka and Haast. As you enter Mt Aspiring National Park you will travel through what is known as “The Neck” a formation of land that separates two of our great South Island lakes, Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka.
En route there are some scenic short walks that can be done. There is a 30-minute return walk to the Blue Pools. It features a carefully maintained gravel path and boardwalks that wind through a native silver beech forest and lead to a swing bridge strung high above the Makarora River. The views back to the mountains of the Main Divide are absolutely breath-taking.
The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. Tucked into the forested foothills of the Southern Alps, the cosy township of Fox Glacier is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights.
Or: Take a Helicopter flight a gazing over staggering ice formations and rugged South Island terrain. You’ll land on a snowfield surrounded by the glacial formations at the top of the glacier.
Accommodation: Glacier Area
Historic Hokitika is a place to appreciate the fascinating history of the west coast. Hear about the shipwrecks, gold miners and pounamu hunters. There are some lovely old buildings on the town’s historic walk. You’ll also notice galleries specialising in pounamu (Greenstone) jewellery and artworks.
Never more than 50 kilometres wide, the whole stretch down the West Coast of the South Island - of which Greymouth is the largest town - is home to only 31,000 people. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this region is 600km long and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.
Stop at nearby Punakaiki, the Jewel of the West Coast. Punakaiki is world renowned for its pancake rock formation and blowholes. Walk along some of the stunning and remote beach treks, through a dense rainforest with Nikau Palms and large ferns.
Westport was first a gold town and then a coal town. The coal mining museum provides a glimpse of what it's like to work underground. Westport is also a centre for outdoor adventures – jet boating, underground rafting, caving, white water rafting and kayaking. Scenic highlights include old coal towns, gold mining relics, forest hikes and coastal walks.
There is a seal colony nearby at Cape Foulwind. Depending on the season, there can be up to 100 New Zealand fur seals in the vicinity. Browse the local arts and crafts galleries – much of the work is produced locally.
Accommodation: West Coast
The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. A compact area of mountain ranges separated by forested valleys, the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the awe-inspiring Southern Alps. we drive you to the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park.
If time allows stopping at the edges to Abel Tasman Park, a coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life.
We drive through Motueka which is famous for growing fruit, hops and green tea. The town has a small museum and there’s no shortage of interesting places to eat – you can even dine in a converted church on the main street. Motueka also has a lively artistic community, so the craft and art galleries are worth a look.
Nelson is a lifestyle; that's the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in the area, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you. Sit in the sun, sip a wine from one of the local vineyards, and dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.
Accommodation: Abel Tasman or Nelson
Located at the meeting point of the Pelorus and Kaiuma Rivers on the coast northwest of Blenheim, Havelock calls itself the "Greenshell Mussel capital of the world". Once a gold mining settlement, the town has many quaint colonial buildings which today house boutique galleries and eating places (be sure to order the mussels). The Havelock Museum has interesting displays that explain the town's past.
The picturesque seaside town of Picton is the South Island base for the ferry service that links the main islands of New Zealand and the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. Built around a very sheltered harbour, the town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, restaurants, various types of galleries. There’s also a floating maritime museum and an aquarium. Local operators can take you cruising, fishing, dolphin watching, sea kayaking or mountain biking.
The Marlborough Sounds encompass 1,500 km of coastline, bays, beaches and native forest. It is a place of incredible natural beauty, a place that needs to be seen to be believed. The area is abundant with wildlife, from penguins and rare King Shags to dolphins and fur seals, and offers some of the world's best boating, diving, fishing and hiking.
You ride back to Blenheim.