Riding on New Zealand's North Island

 The Maori Meander 

A Grand Tour of both of New Zealand's Islands.

  • Cross most of New Zealand's mountain passes
  • Overnight on a private farm
  • Enjoy a grand vacation - 3 weeks in the southern hemisphere
  • Glass-bottom boat cruise—included
  • Boat excursion to see the Royal Albatross colony on the Otago Peninsula—included
  • Helicoper flight over Fox Glacier—included
  • Sightseeing cruise on Milford Sound—included

enjoy the excitement of discovery of a new destination! a tour of new zealand may be as sedate or as exciting as you wish. the roads are never boring and rarely straight! want to take a run up the steepest street in the world? here it is! ever consider bungee jumping off a 300’ bridge, or bouncing down a raging river in a jetboat? on the maori meander, just do it!

真人网址auckland, being new zealand’s largest city and center of commerce, has its fair share of noise, crowds, and traffic. for us, however, a delightful respite beckons. our accommodation in takapuna is the first real taste of new zealand seashore at its finest. the tidal changes, the vistas across the bay, and the tranquility here will help us get into the swing of all things kiwi.

Explore The Coromandel Peninsula

after becoming acquainted with the bikes, ride southeast and end the day on the coromandel peninsula, the scene of eons of volcanic activity. violent upheavals and erosion formed the tortured topography, which the roads follow faithfully, thus translating to delightful up, down, over, and around riding!

Motorcycle on New Zealand's North Island

riding through the ancient lava fields near mt. tongariro

many places on the north island have an abundance of thermal activity—geysers, bubbling mud pools, and active volcanoes! this is an island visibly evolving. sitting on the pacific ring of fire, where two of the earth’s tectonic plates meet, the north island is somewhat “thin” in places. around rotorua huge clouds of steam billow from a vast underground volcanic reservoir.

Visit Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay And Mount Tongariro

真人网址quintessentially new zealand, rotorua has a large maori presence, perfectly manicured lawn bowling pitches, and a beautiful lake with its own ancient legend.

真人网址a dash to the coast takes us to napier, a city rebuilt in art-deco style following an earthquake in 1931. an outstanding day must end with outstanding accommodation—ours are private farmstays around hawke’s bay.

Napier, New Zealand

真人网址a street corner on the promenade, napier.

dinner, a walk about the farm, a nightcap and some banter on international trade or new zealand’s nuclear free policy or the joys of traveling this wonderful country are followed by a restful night in an area so quiet that it is almost surreal. or, skip the nightcap and take only a late night walk about the farm. you will find an inspiring view of the southern hemisphere’s night sky. the air is so clear that you can reach out and almost touch the southern cross!

depart hawkes’ bay over the old taihape road, 120 kilometers of pavement with enough turns and undulations to keep any rider happy. that wonderful ride ends at altitude near the base of mount tongariro, one of new zealand’s most significant volcanoes. the park surrounding tongariro is a dual world heritage site.

our last overnight on the north island is in wellington, the country’s capital city. much smaller than auckland, wellington is an inviting city that seems to have a perfect balance between the urban and rural.

真人网址a morning ferry across cook strait moves the group to the south island, where an entirely different new zealand awaits. here you can ride for 20 minutes and not pass another vehicle, seeing only the impressive mountains, fjords, forests, rivers, and sparkling lakes.

Nelson And The South Island

真人网址a free day in nelson provides a variety of options to spend the day as you please; riding, relaxing, or exploring. the area is known for excellent fishing, the roads nearby promise great motorcycling, and the local attractions offer a wealth of activity.

Riding on the rural roads of the South Island, New Zealand

playing around on one of the great gravel options on the south island

departing from a rejuvenating stay in nelson the pulse quickens as we ride the impressive buller gorge on the way to punakaiki. the tasman sea will greet us with a roar for our first overnight on the wild west coast!

真人网址turning back inland we cross the lewis pass, one of three passes across the alps, to hanmer springs. then, a ride though miles of open plain edged by the southern alps means mackenzie country, the very rural basin in the center of the south island.

each day here offers an ever changing scenic tone. after crossing the mighty clutha river the rugged coastline of the catlins in southland contrasts with the stunning mountains so recently experienced.

Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

larnach castle, otago peninsula. our digs for the evening near dunedin

真人网址invercargill has turned into the “motorhead’s” mecca in the southern hemisphere. here, in a marvelous motor museum are countless brough superiors, and just around the corner in a little hardware store sits burt munro’s indian.

Cruise Magnificent Milford Sound

moving away from the man-made, nature takes over again with our ride to milford sound. a sunny day at this fjord will keep your camera busy. if it is raining (yes, it does rain on the west coast—over 350 inches a year!) the multitude of waterfalls will capture your imagination.

真人网址for the balance of this tour nature continues the show, as the ride follows a route through subtropical rain forests, along windswept headlands, and parallel to sandy beaches, all in the same day! even more impressive are the glaciers. two very impressive ones, terminating in tropical rain forest near sea level. the maori meander includes an extended helicopter flight over both, for views you will never forget.

Mount Cook, New Zealand

mount cook dominates the sky over large parts of the south island

the last day on the road is a big one, both in distance and altitude. after riding the length of the south island, it is only fitting that the last riding day bisects this incredible land. arthur’s pass does that, and once again demonstrates the diversity of new zealand, as it begins in a wet, wild ecosystem and ends with a ride across grassy plains.

new zealand seems to have been created especially for the motorcyclist. no place on earth offers such a combination of scenery, great roads, and old fashioned, down home hospitality. take it all in—enjoy a maori meander!

The Maori Meander

Tour Dates

february 22 - march 14, 2021

Begins / Ends

Auckland / Christchurch
真人网址New Zealand

Tour distance Min / Max

真人网址2450 miles / your choice

Free / rest days

Te Anau

  • Day 1 - Arrival, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Day 2 - Auckland, Free day
  • Day 3 - Whitianga
  • Day 4 - Rotorua
  • Day 5 - Hawkes Bay
  • Day 6 - Mt. Ruapehu
  • Day 7 - Wellington
  • Day 8 - Nelson
  • Day 9 - Nelson, Free day
  • Day 10 - Punakaiki
  • Day 11 - Hanmer Springs
  • Day 12 - Lake Tekapo
  • Day 13 - Oamaru
  • Day 14 - Dunedin
  • Day 15 - Invercargill
  • Day 16 - Te Anau
  • Day 17 - Te Anau, Free day
  • Day 18 - Cardrona
  • Day 19 - Fox Glacier
  • Day 20 - Christchurch
  • Day 21 - Depart for home

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2019 prices are listed here.
2021 prices coming soon.
  • Rider $9,750
  • Sports car driver $7,900
  • Passenger $5,750
  • Single Room $1,300
  • BMW R1200GS upgrade $700

  • 20 nights in 3 to 5 star hotels
  • All breakfasts, 18 dinners–
    includes a variety of a la carte, choice menu, fixed menu, and buffet style dinners
  • Non alcoholic beverages at dinner
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Ferry crossing from North to South Island
  • Helicopter ride over Fox Glacier
  • Airport Transfers
  • Tour book detailing daily options & points of interest enroute
  • NZ Map Atlas
  • Support van / driver for your luggage
  • Custom duffel bag embroidered with your name and tour
  • All Prices are in USD unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices based on shared twin/double room. Single rooms available at extra charge.
  • Rider price includes a Honda Africa Twin, BMW F800GS, or Yamaha MT09 Sport tourer with unlimited mileage. A very limited number of R1200GS are available for an additional $700.
  • Sports car Driver price (where available) does not include vehicle. Please contact us if you would like to join the tour in an automobile.

Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Gasoline
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Daily expenses
  • Anything not listed in "What is included"
  • Al Walker
  • James Guy