New Zealand Travel Guide for Motorcyclists

NZ Travel Guide

Whether you are enjoying a series of sweeping curves, or some technical hairpin bends that test your riding skills, every corner on your New Zealand motorcycle tour will reveal a new and wondrous landscape.

A tour of New Zealand is like visiting all six continents in one landmass about the size of the United Kingdom. Ride past Saharan sand dunes, dramatic mountain ranges and evergreen rain forests. See glacial ice fields, fiords and volcanoes.

The temperate climate allows for all season motorcycle touring, in summer (December, January and February) temperatures usually range from 20-30ºC/68-86ºF. The colder months (June, July and August) can see the average temperature being between 5-16ºC/41-62ºF in the North Island. 

New Zealand’s flora and fauna has evolved in isolation. If you are an avid bird watcher, you can choose to meet the shy kiwi, New Zealand’s national bird, and you will definitely meet the cheeky alpine parrots known as keas, and inquisitive wekas along the way. 

Take a cruise, as an optional activity and be introduced to New Zealand’s marine life. Depending on the time of year, you may see albatross, fur seals, penguins, dolphins and even whales. The Paradise Motorcycles team can even design a customised eco-tour just for you.

With a population of 4 million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries. Motorcycle tours in New Zealand allow riders to feel as if they are exploring a primeval land before time. Rich and fascinating history with colonial buildings and modern skylines, tours in NZ offer something for everyone’s taste.


  • A tour of New Zealand on a motorcycle was top place on my bucket list, and had been for some time. We decided on the 25 day March option, and it proved to be the best thing we have ever done. This was not just a holiday, it was an adventure. From the moment we landed in Auckland, the whole process worked seamlessly. We were met, taken to our hotel. We later met with Trevor who gave us rider equipment to supplement what we had taken ourselves and our R1200RT, and the following morning, having met with Mike and Jo, we were off. The first five days we were on our own with Mike riding his motorcycle, and Jo driving the support van. It soon became four friends out on a ride. We toured the North Island, North of Auckland in that first five days, and although a seasoned motorcyclist of many years standing, and having ridden thousands upon thousands of miles in my 58 years, I was having the time of my life. The roads and scenery is nothing short of spectacular, and the local folks we met on the way were great. Mike and Jo did everything to make our tour special and nothing was too much trouble. We met up with 5 more solo riders on arrival back in Auckland and shared the next section of the tour of the North Island with them.

    Chris P., London, UK

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North Island

Curious travellers will love New Zealand's North Island. Head out on the roads to explore its remarkable nooks and crannies and you'll be well rewarded.

South Island

Surrender to the open road and the magnificent soaring mountains, rivers and lakes that conspire to make the South Island such an extraordinary scenic stage.

Sustainability & Safety in NZ

New Zealand is known for its clean fresh air and pristine landscapes, and we want to help keep it that way.

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