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New Zealand Encompassed

Duration

20 Days

Ride Grade

2

Ride / Rest day

17 / 3

Sealed / Dirt

99% / 1%

Distance

5,752 km / 3,595 mi


New Zealand: Ride New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud

Ride the Land of the Long White Cloud, from her marvelous Bay Islands in the North to the untamed mountains and fjords in the South, plus everything in between. New Zealand is a kaleidoscope of Mother Nature, providing some of the most fantastic scenery and riding possibilities. It packs a punch that rivals some of the most talked about beauty on the planet and is an experience that will never leave you. It's difficult to imagine another place on our wonderful planet that contains as much diversity as New Zealand. Stunning coastal locations, vibrant cities, thermal spas, mountain ranges, fjords and native forests. Add to that a well maintained road network and exceptionally friendly hospitality, an incredible experience awaits you.

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Dates and Pricing

20th Mar 2025 to 9th Apr 2025
Tour code: NZ/200325
from US$8,560.00
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27th Mar 2026 to 16th Apr 2026
Tour code: NZ/270326
from US$9,420.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


Day 1: Your airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Our first day on the bikes we we ride north and visit the wonderful Whangarei Falls en-route to the spectacular Bay of Islands.
Day 3: We continue north on the scenic Headlands to Hidden Harbour Trail up to Cape Reinga, the northern most tip of the North Island where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. Otherwise, enjoy a free day exploring the local area or simply relax by the hotel pool or jacuzzi.
Day 4: With the Bay of Islands in our rear-view mirrors, today we'll ride across to Opononi and then down through majestic ancient Kauri forest visiting the gigantic 2000 year old Kauri Tree. There will be time to visit the fascinating Matakohe Museum, dedicated to the forests and logging of times gone by before returning to Auckland.
Day 5: Today’s riding is spectacular as we ride the Coromandel Loop a series of nearly 1000 corners that wend there way around the scenic Coromandel Peninsular. We will overnight in the beautiful beach side town of Pauanui., set on the a spit of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Tairua River.
Day 6: Entering the beautiful region of Waikato today we enter the geothermal area of Rotorua where we can enjoy therapeutic thermal springs and we will experience a traditional Maori cultural evening and Hangi. En-route, riders will also have an option that includes a visit to the movie set of Hobbiton, made famous by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (Optional Excursion).
Day 7: Today we will see the impressive Huka Falls, a popular destination for Jet Boat enthusiasts. Our destination is Ohakune which is a small town close to the southwestern slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu.
Day 8: Our last day on the north island as we ride south to Wellington, the nations capital, nestled amongst vineyards and the blue waters of Wellington Harbour.
Day 9: Its a short ride to the interisland ferry, where we cross the Cook Straits onto the South Island. The island is renown for its breathtaking scenery and we are soon amongst it as we ride the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive with superb views of the Marlborough Sound to Havelock, en-route to Nelson.
Day 10: Today we’ll ride out and over the Takaka Pass with its 257 corners in a region known for its impressive cave formations, sinkholes and streams. From there, it’s a wonderfully stretch of road out to Collingwood where we can visit the amazing Te Waikoropupu Springs with the purest water on earth before returning back to Nelson. Those choosing to have a rest day can enjoy the sites around historic Nelson, including the amazing Historic Car Museum.
Day 11: Retracing our tracks out via Havelock and onto Blenheim we reach the coastal highway 1 to Kaikoura and ride south with the superb views of the Pacific with its black sand beaches and and seal colonies. Turning inland we ride the scenic Inland Road to Hanmer Springs. The spa town of Hanmer Springs offers us easily accessible natural hot springs and pools which is always a nice way to unwind after a day’s ride.
Day 12: Today will see us ride over the ranges via Lewis Pass to Greymouth, a small town on the West Coast. Our route will take us via Westport allowing us to visit the famous 30 million year old Pancake Rocks and Blowholes in Punakaiki.
Day 13: Leaving Greymouth with ride south along the Tasman Sea coastline before arriving at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier, a glacier that descends from the Southern Alps into native forests, one of New Zealand’s must see destinations. We arrive early enough to allow us time to take an optional heli-flight over the glacier and the alps.
Day 14: We ride into the UNESCO listed Haast region, a region of jaw dropping beauty of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Today’s destination is Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
Day 15: A free day in Queenstown to enjoy all the activities that Queenstown is well known for. White Water Rafting, Jet-boating, Bungee-Jumping, Para-Gliding to name a few activities. Tonight we will experience a unique paddle-steamer cruise on Lake Wakatipu that includes a BBQ Dinner and Farm Show.
Day 16: Today we head down to Invercargillf, the southern-most town of the the NZ mainland. We'll visit the NZ Motorcycle Museum which rivals one of the finest motorcycle collections anywhere in the world with a section dedicated to local hero Burt Munro. We join the breathtaking Southern Scenic Route to will take us to the village of Te Anau.
Day 17: We ride what must be one of the most scenic rides on earth, Te Anau to Milford Sound, deep within the Fiordlands National Park. We take a boat cruise on the spectacular sound and experience one of the most famous Fjords in the world . It’s difficult to imagine another place that captures such pristine beauty.
Day 18: Back on the Southern Scenic Route we ride into the Caitlin's and visit Curio Bay with it's petrified forests and the possibility of seeing rare yellow eyed penguins. We overnight at the magnificent late 18th century Larnachs Castle!
Day 19: After a tour of Larnachs Castle we ride north along the Pacific coastline before turning inland toward the Southern Alps. It isn't long before we get our first views of the mighty Aoraki / Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The views of the snow-capped alps looming above the blue waters of Lake Pukaki are epic. We can enjoy an optional scenic flight around Aoraki / Mt Cook.
Day 20: We’ll have one final day of wonderful riding out of the Alps on the stunning Inland Scenic Route 72 that traverses the Canterbury Plains before riding into the Garden City of Christchurch.
Departure day: Spend some time in Christchurch or fly home, the choice is yours of course!

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 20 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 17 Lunches
  • 17 Dinners
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to a satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions tour shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Inter-Island Ferry
  • Mitai Maori Cultural Experience
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruise

Not Included


  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal Health/Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


If you require a lower seat, there are a limited amount available for all BMW models on offer: NZ$50

All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: NZ$3,360

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of NZ$3750, you can reduce the excess to NZ$900 by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: NZ$35/day

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Ride Details


Ride Profile

95% of this tour is on very well maintained sealed roads. Some caution may be required especially over the mountain passes.
A small section of this ride, under 5%, is on gravel and all gravel sections have alternatives if preferred.

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Tour End:  Christchurch, New Zealand
 

Climate

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. The weather is often variable, and there can be sunshine and rain alternating in a few hours, as is typical of oceanic climates. In March the average temperature ranges between a minimum of 14°C and and a maximum of 18 °C. The average rainfall is approximately 30mm.


Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle licence and at least two years riding experience.
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
  • All riders must be over 21yo and hold a suitable licence for the selected motorcycle.
  • All riders on motorcycles over 700cc must be over 25yo.
 
 
Ride Grade
2
 

Ride Distance
5,752 km / 3,595 mi


Sealed / Dirt
99% / 1%

Accommodation


  • 20 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels.
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: NZ $3,360.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 20 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 17 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 17 Dinners
 
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Bikes



 
BMW R1250GS
  • 1254cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 85 cm (33.5 In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
 
BMW R1200RT
  • Engine Size 1170cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Weight 604 lbs or 274kg
  • Seat Height 31.7 in or 805mm
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine Protection Bars
 

 
BMW R1200GS
  • 1200cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 90cm (35In) Approx
  • Inner Leg Curve 195cm (78in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
 
BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86 cm (33.8 In) Approx
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate 
  • Dual purpose tyres
 
Triumph Tiger 800
  • Engine Size 799cc 3 Cylinder (In line 3)
  • Weight 215kg
  • Seat Height 845mm-865mm (Adjustable)
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • 12V accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine Protection Bars
  • Bash Plate
  • Dual Purpose Tyres

 
BMW F700GS
  • 800cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 82cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 181cm (71in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
  • Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)
 
Suzuki DL650
  • 645cc V twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 83cm (32.8In) Approx.
  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • 12v DC accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Duel purpose tyres
  • ABS Brakes
 

Insurance


Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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