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New Zealand Explorer Tour

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     tour dates
2. itinerary and tour description
3. booking form
4. tips and info

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Present the

2008 Tour 1:   7 Jan - 23 Jan 2008   AKL - CHC
2008 Tour 2:   18 Feb - 5 Mar 2008  AKL - CHC

The New Zealand Explorer motorcycle tour takes you on some of the best riding roads NZ has to offer with an emphasis on the more untouched areas of the country. Of course, some of the main attractions shouldn't be missed either, so they are included in our itinerary. For the more adventurous rider there will be opportunities to ride excellent gravel road alternatives.


tour Auckland-Christchurch

Day Route kms
0 arrival in Auckland, Welcome diner -
1 handover bikes in Auckland, Day trip 80
2 Auckland- Waitomo 200
3 Waitomo- Rotorua 170
4 Rotorua- Gisborne 292
5 Gisborne- Napier 215
6 Napier- Wellington 319
7 Wellington -Kaikoura 160
8 Kaikoura 0
9 Kaikoura- Westport 340
10 Westport- Franz Josef 280
11 Franz Josef- Wanaka 285
12 Wanaka Te Anau 350
13 Milford 230
14 Te Anau - Queenstown 168
15 Queenstown 0
16 Queenstown- Tekapo 271
17 Tekapo- Christchurch / diner included 250
18 Flight back home  
  Total kms, approximately 3610

tour Christchurch-Auckland

Day route kms
0 Arrival in Christchurch, Welcome diner -
1 handover bikes in Christchurch, day trip 150
2 Christchurch - Tekapo 250
3 Tekapo - Queenstown 271
4 Queenstown 0
5 Queenstown -Te Anau 168
6 Milford 230
7 Te Anau - Wanakaa 350
8 Wanaka - Franz -Josef 360
9 Franz Josef- Westport 280
10 Westport - Kaikoura 340
11 Kaikoura 0
12 Kaikoura - Wellington 160
13 Wellington - Napier 319
14 Napier - Gisborne 215
15 Gisborne - Rotorua 292
16 Rotorua- Waitomo 170
17 Waitomo-Auckland / diner included 200
18 Flight back home  
  Total kms, approximately 3680


Tourprice in NZ$
Tourprice in € (indication)
Insurance excess and bond in NZ$
Insurance excess and bond in
cat 1: Yamaha XT600e - Suzuki DR650
cat 2: Yamaha XJ900 - BMW F650GS/Scarver - Honda Transalp
Honda CB600 Hornet - Suzuki SV650 - Suzuki V-strom
cat 3: BMW R1150 GS - Yamaha TDM 900 - Suzuki GSF 1200
cat 4: BMW R1200 GS, 1150 RT
Pillion Passenger

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

Included in the Tour Price

· Motorbike Hire
· Welcome Dinner
· Expert Tour Guide
· Support Vehicle
· Baggage transport
· Maintenance & Repairs on the bikes
· Unlimited Kilometres
· 18 nights accommodation based on Twin Share, NZ$50/night (appr 25 Euro)   surcharge for single rooms.
  (Chalets, lodges, cabins)
· 18 x Breakfast
· Ferry crossing between North & South Island
· Detailed Roadbook and Map
· Farewell Dinner
· Transfer to the airport for your return journey
· 12.5 % GST (Goods & Services Tax) included

Additional costs:

· Bike Insurance NZ$ 12 per day
· Fuel appr. NZ$ 300 for the tour
· Lunch & Dinner appr. NZ$ 25 -NZ$ 40 depending
  on budget and taste
· Sightseeing Trips (see the separate list with suggestions)
· International Airline Ticket
· Airport taxes
· Personal Travel Insurance

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.


We carefully selected a mixture of quality 3-4 star motel units (more like chalets), self-contained cabins and lodges for you, in unique locations. Room types are based on twin share. Single rooms are available on request. Breakfast is supplied. Evening meals are up to the individuals in the group. There will be a variety of restaurants close to our nightly accommodation to suit different budgets and tastes. Many of the places also have cooking facilities if you wish to use them.

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.

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
ph/fax +61 (0)3 9383 5759
email: info@aussierider.com
website: www.aussierider.com

2008 Tour 1:   7 Jan - 23 Jan 2008   AKL - CHC
2008 Tour 2:   18 Feb - 5 Mrt  2008  AKL - CHC










itinerary and Tour description

2008 Tour 1:   7 Jan - 23 Jan 2008   AKL - CHC
2008 Tour 2:   18 Feb - 5 Mrt 2008   AKL - CHC

The New Zealand Explorer motorcycle tour takes you on some of the best riding roads NZ has to offer with an emphasis on the more untouched areas of the country. Of course, some of the main attractions shouldn't be missed either, so they are included in our itinerary.

For more adventurous riders there will be opportunities to ride excellent gravel road alternatives en-route.

During your bike tour there will be plenty of time for other activities and to experience some Kiwi hospitality.

The following tour description is a brief outline of what awaits you on your 17 days of travel through the diverse country of New Zealand.

The Christchurch-Auckland tour is more or less similar to the following description, it just needs to be read back to front!
We start in Auckland with some sightseeing and a small bike tour to the coast, to familiarise ourselves with the motorbikes we will be riding on the tour. We head down the west coast to the Waikato region with a chance to do some caving and abseiling at the end of the day.

We continue east to Rotorua, the Maori cultural capitol, with cultural shows hot pools and Geysers.
After motorcycling through some of the North Island's most spectacular forest, unspoiled East Coast beaches greet us in Gisborne. A refreshing swim in the Pacific Ocean or a wine tasting is a nice way to end a very pleasant day.

A road of curves, deep gorges and high vantage-points leads us to the Art Deco City of Napier, a region which also grows fruit and produces wine. A leisurely stroll through this well-preserved art deco town is recommended.
In Wellington we have a chance to visit the National Museum, Te Papa, as well as a little sightseeing tour of the city itself.

We say goodbye to the endless beaches and windy roads of the North Island and take the ferry through the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. Vineyards, snow capped mountains and, lazy seals along the coast are some of our first encounters of the south as we approach Kaikoura.

After some whale and dolphin watching we get on our motorcycles and ride through Lewis Pass to reach the small villages along the rugged West Coast. We continue on the West Coast road along the foot of the Southern Alps until we reach the Glaciers.
We recommend a visit to Lake Matheson or a scenic helicopter flight over the glaciers. Our next destination is Te Anau and the Milford sounds. We spend a full day in Fiordland National Park so you have time to take in the splendour and make this an everlasting memory.

We have reached our southernmost destination and so begin our journey northwards again to Queenstown. Here we will have a rest day to indulge in some adrenaline therapy before entering the final segment of our New Zealand Explorer motorcycle tour During the last two days we will ride through MacKenzie Country, visit the shores of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and cross the Canterbury Plains.
We reach Christchurch , our final destination, where we conclude the tour with some city sightseeing and a celebration!


Booking form

Click here to download the booking form as a PDF file that you can print our and fax to:
Aussie Rider Adventure Travel: + 61 3 9383 5759 (Australia) of:
That Motortours: +31 45 5441645 (Netherlands)

Click here to receive the booking form by email. You can then return it to us by email as well.

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 returndate.

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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