If you are someone who loves traveling, and your favorite mode of transportation is the motorcycle, then New Zealand has some special treats in store for you! New Zealand is known for having some of the most picturesque biking routes and smooth roads for you to enjoy riding on, and in this article we will share 3 of the best motorcycle routes you need to experience at least once in your lifetime!
New Zealand has a unique landscape, with two main islands with some of the prettiest coastlines that zigzag all the way into your heart. The beauty of New Zealand is unparalleled in the spring. Be prepared to see some of the most gorgeous farmlands you’ve ever seen, and some breathtaking high mountains that will leave you speechless.
And we’ll be honest with you – picking these three routes was not an easy task for us. Each route has a unique specialness about it, and we had to get supremely picky about picking the best ones, so there you go!
The North Island motorcycle tour
The North Island is one of the main islands that when you go to New Zealand, you just can’t miss. The best way to explore this awesome island is by enrolling for a self-guided motorcycle tour that allows you to cover almost 1600kms over a span of seven days. During these seven days, you will witness many beautiful landscapes like the lush tropical rainforests, gorgeous beaches and of course, a North Island staple, the Cape Reinga Lighthouse.
The North Island is home to some of the must-visit cities in New Zealand, like Auckland, Rotorua, and the set of the film Hobbiton! These places are bursting at the seams with traditional Kiwi culture, so don’t forget to interact with the locals along the way. That’s the best way to utilize your biking breaks, with some friendly chit-chat and culture exchange. You can start your North Island Motorcycle tour in Auckland and make your way all the way down towards the east coast, during which you will come across some gorgeous Kauri trees, volcanoes and sand dunes, all the views which will keep you wanting to ride more and more!
The Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway is also a motorcyclist’s favorite path that starts from the North Island, Auckland to be precise. Starting at Auckland and going all the way to the Hawke’s Bay city in Napier, the route is scattered with pretty sceneries like pristine beaches and other coastal treasures. We highly suggest you travel from Auckland down to the Coromandel Peninsula, which will lead you to the world famous Cathedral Cove. This pretty spot is just a walk away from the Hahei beach, and is known for the natural rock archway, which is an awesome instagrammable spot, and just can’t be missed. Apart from this, you can also head on over to the Hot Water Beach, where you can relax after a long day of riding, by soaking up some natural spring water. And if you are a sucker for waterfalls, you just can’t miss the Owharoa falls. Be prepared to be rendered speechless after this trail!
Christchurch to Westport
New Zealand’s South Island also has some great biking routes that can’t be missed, and the one that we love the most is the one from Christchurch to Westport. You can get the unique tranzalpine experience right from the convenience of your motorcycle. When you start off your journey in Christchurch, make sure that you carve out some time to stop at Hanmer Springs, the lovely hot springs where you can relax and rejuvenate your muscles so that you can gather more energy to go on for the long journey.
There are two routes that you can choose from Christchurch – one is the Lewis pass, through which you can stop by the Hanmer Springs, and the other is the Arthur’s pass. Although both the paths are quite beautiful, most people say that they prefer the Lewis pass as they get an extra spa treatment at the hot springs! Some of the other attractions that you shouldn’t miss are the Lake Sumner Forest Park, and also the Nelson Lakes National Park. Westport also offers a bunch of campsites that you can stop at with your biking crew for a day’s break. And if camping is not your style, then there are also many historic hotels that you can stop at as well, but well, be prepared to spend some big bucks on those! Cape Foulwind is about 15 minutes’ ride away from Westport as well, and some of the spots that you need to visit are lighthouse and fur seal colony, especially if animals enthuse you. Another crazy landscape can be seen at the Punakaiki Pancake rocks. Trust me, you would have never seen something like this before in your life!