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New Zealand Passes and Capes Tour
23 day tour - Cabin and Camping accommodation
the ultimate motorcycle experience!


click one of the links below to find out more about:

1. general tour-info, prices
     tour dates
2. tour route
3. tips and info

4. pretty pictures:  see below!

    

 

 

 

 

NEW ZEALAND PASSES AND CAPES TOUR 2010

2010 Tour 1:   21 Feb - 15 March 2010   AKL- CHC 

The New Zealand Passes and Capes motorcycle tour

The tour is an exciting 23 day cabin and/or camping tour with accommodation in carefully selected locations. You will see all the New Zealand hi-lights and the best riding roads of this magnificent country! Your luggage is transported by your guide in the support vehicle. The tour is approx 4500 km and there is plenty of time allowed for visits and personal discoveries, some rest days for other activities or extra riding as an option, of course.

More info on the Passes and Capes? Click here!

 



Tourprice Passes and Capes tour - camping tour

Bikes
Tourprice in NZ$
Tourprice in € (indication)
Insurance excess and bond in NZ$
Insurance excess and bond in
cat 1: Yamaha XT600e - Suzuki DR650; GS500; S40 650 Intr.
6100
3050
1500
750
cat 2: BMW F650GS/Scarver - Yamaha XT660 R
Honda CB600 Hornet - Suzuki SV650 - Suzuki V-strom
6950
3475
2500
1250
cat 3: Suzuki DL1000 - Yamaha TDM 900 - Suzuki GSF 1200
7500
3750
2500
1250
cat 4: BMW R1200 GS, 1200 RT
9700
4850
3000
1500
Pillion Passenger
3550
1775
   


Prices in Euro's are based on current exchange rate
Other bikes on request: i.e. Honda Goldwings, Harleys and more BMW's

Our Tour guides

Our tour guides have an intimate knowledge of New Zealand's roads, history, culture and natural environment because rather than coming from your country of origin they work, live and ride in New Zealand all year round. Further more they have over 15 years experience in conducting motorcycle tours in New Zealand and are able to fulfil the role of tour guide, support person, mechanic and interpreter.


Support Vehicle

Our support vehicle transports all your luggage, has a fully equipped workshop on board as well as a first aid kit and will follow the riders thus enabling you to enjoy your riding to the full. In the mornings we discuss the day's route, attractions on the way and our destination for the day. You are then on your way to enjoy the day at your own pace.

Riding Experience

The tour caters for all levels of riding experience and is classed as an on-road tour.
We make a point of avoiding a "cattle drive" by limiting the tour groups to a maximum of 10 and giving each rider sufficient freedom to travel at their own pace. A days ride is usually between 200-350 kms allowing plenty of time for sightseeing, relaxing or more bike riding.
License Requirements
A full motorcycle license must be held by anyone wishing to participate in our tours and/or rent a motorcycle. The same license restrictions will apply as those of country of origin.


Cancellation Policy

In the unlucky event you need to cancel your booking you will need to notify us in writing by fax or email.
The follow cancellation costs apply:
· 45 days and over deposit retained
· 15 - 45 days 40% of total tour cost
· 1 - 14 days 75% of total tour cost
· No Show 100% of total tour cost


Bookings and deposits

A maximum of 10-12 riders can participate per tour, so secure your spot NOW!
Closing date for bookings is 3 months prior to departure of each tour to enable us to secure bikes, accommodation and ferry crossings in time.  Exceptions to this rule ARE made, so please contact us first!

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking with the residual due 45 days prior to departure.

For further questions, suggestions and additional information,
please feel free to contact us on any of the addresses below.


We look forward to welcoming you on our tour in New Zealand!


Aussie Rider Adventure Travel
ABN 85 523 055 412
3 Alfred Street Coburg MELBOURNE
VIC 3058 AUSTRALIA
ph/fax +61 (0)3 9383 5759
email: info@aussierider.com
website: www.aussierider.com

 

 

 

Route Passes and Capes

2010 Tour 1:   21 Feb - 15 March 2010   AKL- CHC  

NZ Passes and Capes tour

We start in Christchurch with sightseeing and a ride up the port hills of Lyttleton Harbour. From here we head for the goldmining area of the west coast, crossing the southern Alps through Arthur's Pass. Places like Hokitika and Greymouth had their hay day in the 1860s with prospectors coming from all over the world. Since the gold rush many places have become interesting ghost towns.

  Tokomaru Wharf

glacier landing  

Following the remote west coast road towards Westland National Park we visit Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. From here we ride through Haast Pass which was once used by the Maori in search of greenstone (jade).

The next day we reach Queenstown where we have a rest day and the daring ones can try bungy jumping, Fly by Wire, jet boating, sky diving or paragliding. Queenstown also offers many nice walks, boat rides and visits to Skippers Canyon and Kawarau Gorge former gold mines in the area.

Leaving pulsating Queenstown behind we ride through the varied landscape of Central Otago to Dunedin. While on the east coast a visit to the albatross and penguin colonies on the Otago peninsula is a must.

From here the tour heads north through Lindis Pass to Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, some of the most illustrated and photographed places in the South Island.

From Lake Tekapo we also have the chance to take a scenic flight over Mt Cook and the glaciers. On our way through Lewis Pass we can stop to soak in the hot pools at Hanmer or Maruia Springs before reaching our camp for the day, an old ghost town near Reefton.

  West Coast Road

Maori Carvings  

Once again we meet the rugged west coast as we ride to Westport. From here we take the meandering road through Buller Gorge which leads us to the northern part of the South Island. We stay an extra day by Abel Tasman National Park so that we have a chance to explore the area on foot or by kayak.

From Nelson we ride along serpentine roads of the Marlborough region to Picton and by ferry we sail across to the North Island. The boat ride is a very scenic and relaxing trip through the Marlborough Sounds.

Once in the capital Wellington, we spend some time sightseeing before we head north to Tongariro National Park. We are now on the volcanic plateau with the active Mt Ruapehu. A visit to Taupo’s crater lake helps you understand the magnitude of these eruptions.

The tour continues to Hawkes Bay, a region famous for its wine. It was here that Captain James Cook first stepped ashore and made contact with the Maori people.

Deserted winding roads around the East Cape lead us through remote and untouched areas still dominated by Maori. To learn more about this fascinating culture we camp in Rotorua where we can visit the art & craft institute and early settlements.

 

Black Water Rafting

Before reaching Auckland, our final destination we visit Waitomo with its extensive underground water systems and glow worm caves. We can experience these while doing abseiling and black water tubing. When in Auckland “the City of Sails” and home of the America's Cup we spend time sightseeing and visiting some of the main attractions.

 

Tips for Trips

Temperature North Island in Feb and March: beween 20 en 25 degrees Celsius, South Island between 18-22 degrees.

info regarding passports and visa requirements: www.immigration.govt.nz

your passport must be valid until 3 months after your return date.

Price indications of side-trips: (1 NZ$ equals approx € 0,50)

Black water rafting (underground river with glowworms) $80
Maori culture show $85
Art and craft institute and similar attractions $20-25
Kaikoura whale watching by boat $ $100.
Seal colony FREE
Pancake Rocks FREE
Gletsjers FREE
Glacier flights $175-350
Paragliding $150
Bungyjumping $85-200
Jet boats $85-150
Milford Sound cruise $65-85
Mt Cook flight $200

What to bring on this tour:

Helmet - a full face helmet is the best option
Motorbike jacket- for safety and comfort
Extra pair of Gloves - essential
Shoes - Sturdy hiking boots or motorbike boots
Wet weather gear
Furthermore: sturdy casual clothing such as Jeans, T-Shirts, sandals or runners, a proper fleece sweatshirt, sunglasses.  There are several lakes and beaches for swimming so don't forget your bathers!

We advise to pack your luggage in one or two soft bags and not in suitcases! Softbags are easier to transport in the support vehicle.

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