Godric's Excellent Adventure 24 Days/25 Nights Fully Guided North & South Island Tour (On your own motorcycle)
25 Nights includes pre night accommodation and welcome evening meal, before your adventure begins and your last nights farewell meal also. If you like this brief itinerary of our fully guided tour over 24 days/25 nights, then you will love what we have in store for you as we have left all the best bits out.
Day 1Auckland to Opononi Once out of the city, we are off up the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. A stunning ride for motorcyclists riding up the West Coast and through the Waipoua forest. Stopping at a Kauri museum along the way which provides a great insight into Northland’s pioneering past. We then carry on through to the home of ancient kauri trees such as Tane Mahuta - King of the Forest. This is the oldest and largest surviving native Kauri tree in New Zealand. Then on to Opononi for your second night. The beautiful Hokianga Harbour overlooks waters towards 1000 ft sand dunes in the distance.
Day 2 Opononi to Paihia via Cape Reinga A great day of riding ahead. This morning we catch the ferry across the Hokianga Harbour and head north following the Twin Coast Discovery Trail through the wonderful forests of Northland heading up to Cape Reinga lighthouse. This is New Zealand’s most northerly point where two oceans meet. We then ride down the East Coast where you can visit New Zealand’s oldest European building and the famous ‘Waitangi Treaty’ Grounds. Then we continue down towards Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands for our third night.
Day 3 Paihia to Whitianga via the Coromandel A good way to start the day is with a high speed 1320 hp turbo charged Catamaran. Cruise out across the sea to spot dolphins and other wildlife. Your engaging crew will captivate you with tales of local characters and cultural mythology as you enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Once back on land it's time to head south, hugging the coastline and enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean, before turning inland and riding through Auckland and out again across rolling green country sides to the Coromandel Peninsular. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and more fantastic biking roads. Every corner reveals a stunning view across native forest, rugged hills and fantastic ocean views with golden beaches before heading for our fourth nights accommodation in Whitianga.
Day 4 Whitianga to Rotorua via Matamata Our next day takes us inland through the Karangahake Gorge. Then we head to the real Middle Earth where you can take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. The idyllic setting for The Shire that featured in Peter Jacksons directed films, The Lord of the Rings. See The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. Then it's onto Rotorua, the geothermal hotspot of New Zealand for our fifth nights accommodation.
Day 5 Rotorua Rest Day This geothermal region has many attractions to keep you entertained for days. Take a gondola, ride the luge, fly to White Island and see an active volcano, visit rocketing geysers, boiling mud pools, and hot springs, treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous try some white water rafting. Our sixth nights stay.
Day 6 Rotorua to Napier via The Waioeka Gorge Today we head towards the East Cape of New Zealand to Opotiki. Then cutting inland we ride through the endless twists and turns of the Waioeka Gorge with its amazing range of native bush heading to Napier. This is New Zealand's home of Art Deco. Our seventh nights stay.
Day 7 Napier to Wellington Today we carry on heading south through the vineyard country of Hawkes Bay to the winding Rimutakas down to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand where you can visit the fabulous Te Papa Museum. This will be our eighths nights stay.
Day 8 Wellington to Kaikoura Today we leave Wellington on the ferry for the South Island. The 3 hour ferry ride brings us through to Picton where we disembark and continue our adventure down the coast to Kaikoura sampling local delicacies such as crayfish and scallops along the way. Kaikoura is the Whale watching capital of New Zealand. The Whale watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings of giant Sperm Whales in their natural habitat is an awesome site. Our ninth nights stay.
Day 9 Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo via Rakaia Gorge Today we ride the scenic route towards Mt Hutt. The main skiing area for residents of Christchurch. Our ride takes us via the stunning area of the Rakaia Gorge as we head to the Church of the Good Shepherd and views of the stunning turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo which offers breathtaking views of Mt Cook. This is New Zealand's tallest mountain. Our tenths nights stay.
Day 1o Lake Tekapo to Cromwell via Mt Cook We start today with a ride to the majestic Mount Cook riding alongside the awesome aqua coloured lake of Pukaki. Then our route takes us where the scenery changes dramatically as we ride to central Otago to the fruit growing centre of New Zealand, through the Lindis pass along the shores of Lake Dunstan to Cromwell. Our eleventh nights stay.
Day 11 Cromwell to Invercargill via the Catlins and Bluff Today takes us on a beautiful ride through the stunning Caitlins region. The Southern scenic route of deserted coastline beaches, a place of hidden waterfalls, river valleys and picturesque bays and if we are lucky there is a good chance we will get you within a safe distance of huge sea lions basking in the sun. We also make a visit to the Petrified Forest - 180 million years old. This Jurassic forest of petrified tree stumps and logs is fantastic. We then ride to Bluff, the most southern most point of New Zealand. Then head on up to Invercargill and check out the real Indian motorcycle that won the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967 and was ridden by Invercargill eccentric Burt Munro. “The World’s Fastest Indian”, the movie about Burt Munro was filmed partly in Invercargill, Burt’s home town. Our twelve nights stay.
Day 12 Invercargill to Milford Sound Today we head back towards the Southern Alps to Milford Sound riding through Riverton and Manapouri which will take us into the wonderful Fiordland National Park. It won’t be long before you are riding beside the beautiful lakeside town of Te Anau and from here we join the Milford Road for one of the world’s greatest and challenging motorcycle rides. This ride has stunning mountains, glaciers, native bush, snow clad mountain tips, The Mirror Lakes and waterfall covered valley. Also we will travel through a one kilometre tunnel, one way through a mountain and out into another world. Milford Sound is your thirteenth night stay on tour.
Day 13 Milford Sound to Queenstown Today we are heading out of the lost world to Lake Te Anau and then onto Queenstown, the “adventure capital” of New Zealand. Your fourteenth nights stay.
Day 14 Queenstown Rest Day There is so much to do in this town and surrounding area that you could easily spend a week here. There are a lot of adventure activities in Queenstown such as paragliding, jet boating, white water rafting, off road tours, the list just goes on or you could relax and take a ride alongside Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy. Visit a vineyard, or explore Arrowtown a historic gold mining town full of cafes. See some art galleries or take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw steam boat across the lake for a barbecue lunch at the Walter Peak Colonel Homestead. The Kawarau Bridge bungy is home to the original 43 metre bungy jump. This is where AJ Hackett and Henry van Ash started it all. The world’s first and most infamous of leaps is still going strong, with tens of thousands of people bungy jumping each year at the world’s best loved bungy site. Your fifteenth nights sleep.
Day 15 Queenstown to Fox Glacier Today you’ll be riding over the highest tar sealed road in New Zealand called the Crown Range and then on to the oldest hotel in New Zealand, the Cardrona Hotel. We then head to the picturesque Lake Wanaka. We continue our ride north through mountain passes and lush rainforest through the Haast Pass renowned as 'The best motorcycling in the world'. You’ll experience beautiful crystal clear lakes, rivers and waterfalls on your way to the stunning pacific coastline on our way to Fox Glacier for our sixteenth nights stay.
Day 16 Fox Glacier to Arthurs Pass Today our ride goes from Fox Glacier to Franz Josef Glacier then Arthurs Pass. The glaciers are an awe inspiring site. Amazing seen from the ground and even more stunning from above. A helicopter can take you on a trip you'll never forget. Fly over New Zealand’s most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. View the incredible natural phenomenon of the glacier as it winds slowly down the carved valleys from its origin in the mountains high above you. Spend the morning enjoying Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers, the only glaciers in the world that terminate at rainforest. At Franz Josef village there’s time to visit New Zealand’s national icon, the Kiwi. Located in the centre of Franz Josef is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi the Rowi and Haast Tokoeka. We then continue our ride up the stunning West Coast of the South Island, a beautiful coastal ride with high mountain ranges on your right and the ocean on your left. After Hokitika, famous for its green stone, we head inland to the Arthurs Pass and start the climb up into the National Park for our seventeenth night.
Day 17 Arthurs Pass to Hanmer Springs The ride today takes us out of Arthurs Pass National Park and then we drop down into the plains of Canterbury where we cross over to the Lewis Pass stopping overnight at the Hanmer Springs Village. This is set in a basin of forest clad mountains and home of the famous thermal natural hot springs. There arewalks andadrenaline filled activities here making this alpine township a great place to visit. Wine and dine at one of the many restaurants and bars. Our eighteenth night stay.
Day 18 Hanmer Springs to Punakaiki has one of the best coastal rides in the world Today we head over the next mountain range while still on the Lewis Pass. We continue on our fantastic scenic ride as we cruise through to Reefton, a historic gold mining town. Then we carry on to Punakaiki on the wild West Coast. The magnificent splendour of Punakaiki Rocks, incredible rock formations and blowholes were 30 million years in the making. Our nineteenth nights stay.
Day 19 Punakaiki to Nelson Today we take the road further north on the West Coast of New Zealand. It is renowned for its staggering beauty as the road winds its way through native rain forest and amazing coastline. Then we head inland and follow the Buller River with its wonderful twists and turns through the Buller Gorge, another fantastic ride on our way to Murchison. Then it's over Mt Hope Saddle and down into Nelson, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Our twentieth night stay in Nelson.
Day 2o Nelson Rest Day A relaxing day in Nelson. This has the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Sight see the local area with its beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks, vineyards, gourmet cafes and restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping experiences. If you wish to do a day of riding instead there is a wonderful ride to the stunning Abel Tasman Park or you could just lay on the beach for the day (don't forget your sunblock). If you like beer, you’ll love the McCashins Brewery tour (bookings essential). There is just so much to see and do in Nelson you will not want to leave. This will be our twenty first nights stay.
Day 21Nelson to Whanganui Today we continue North to Wellington through the coastal bays of the Queen Charlotte Drive between Nelson and Picton. This is a truly magnificent ride with amazing views, beaches and native bush. Once in Picton, we board the ferry for our return trip back to the North Island. We disembark in Wellington and then head north to Whanganui for our twenty second nights stay.
Day 22 Whanganui to Tongariro National Park via The Forgotten Highway Today we ride to the iconic and tiny settlement of Whangamomona. This is a small village which was declared a ‘republic’ in 1988. Then we continue onto New Zealand’s most secluded Forgotten World Highway. This scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the Tangarakau Gorge and passes through a 180 metre long single lane tunnel. It won’t be long before you find yourself riding towards New Zealand’s oldest National Park, the Tongariro. This will be our twenty third nights stay.
Day 23 Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves via Lake Taupo Today we head through the Desert Road, a volcanic plateau. Enjoy stunning views across 3 volcanic mountains, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in The Lord of the Rings), and Mt Ruapehu. We head to Lake Taupo, the centre of the North Island. It's a favourite holiday playground for North Islanders. Stop for lunch and visit the Huka Falls. Then it's onward north to Waitomo for a cave experience not to be missed. Our twenty fourth nights stay.
Day 24 Waitomo Caves to Auckland via Raglan Today is a cruisey day riding back to Auckland via laid back Raglan, a cool surfing town on the West Coast with its black volcanic sands which lend a sense of atmosphere to the coastal landscape. Raglans a surfing mecca with three world class point breaks. Manu Bay is said to offer the longest left hand rides on the planet. We will then continue to Auckland for our last twenty fifth nights accommodation and also our farewell dinner.
This is one hell of an amazing adventure with memories that will stay with you for ever.
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