Amazing Route!!! The Queen Charlotte Drive was on form with a bue bird day! Pelorus Sound is magical in every way! so peaceful and unforgettable. Very windy roads but manageable....just pull over to take snaps folks.....don't want to straight line it over the edge of those steep cliffs! P.S the coffee was amazing in havelock!
Alternate to Motueka from Nelson
Via the less crowded backroads of the Moutere Highway
Some of the best sights in the country. Start of the Able Tasman National Park.
Cruise the rural river roads looping around the beaches NZ has to offer.
This 330km route winds us northeast from Gore via the (narrow in places) Moa Flat Road, then highway 2 and up onto the nice State Highway 85 This route has a low level of traffic and some nice curves as well as some things to see (notably the viewing platform into the massive gold mine at Macraes Flat.
This tour is about 200kms and starts and ends near to Dunedin. It starts by following the twisty and scenic minor road north before joining SH1 up to Palmerston. After that it takes SH65 then a turn towards Macraes Flat and a massive gold mine (worth a stop at the viewing platform) and heading inland onto the flowing and beautifully quiet SH87 back to Dunedin.
This 330km route that follows the water, offers truly spectacular views of some of the most out of the way places and offers plenty of twists thanks mostly to the elevation changes Starting in Glenorchy (itself a place of stunning natural beauty, part of it featured in ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ films), this amazingly scenic road first leads to the resort town of Queenstown, then continues to follow Lake Wakatipu closely before reaching Devil’s Staircase and Kingston. The joining road via Mossburn is pleasant riding and this takes us to Te Anau and back to the edge of the Fjordland National Park. The SH94 to Milford Sand is simply a joy. One of the best motorcycling roads anywhere. The combination of good road, spectacular views and nice curves is simply a winner.
South Island 2/3 Day Tour (1000kms) This very long 1000km route should be done over 2 or 3 days and follows one of the most beautiful and famous roads in New Zealand. This route should not have been affected by recent earthquakes too much but it is possible, particularly as you get closer to Christchurch that you will see some of the impact of this very sad natural occurrence. Heading Northwest from Christchurch this route takes in much of the natural beauty of the South Island by combining several of its preferred biker roads. To start with it heads straight for the spectacular Great Alpine Highway / Arthur’s Pass an amazing road, lots of variation and very different at different times of the year. The weather can also be dramatically different on one side of the alps to the other, well worth continuing in bad weather! Steep climbs, ups and downs, dramatic changes in scenery and some great curves make this an excellent biking road. The route then continues onto the famous SH6 coastal route. This ripping tarmac goes round the glacier and along the coast and can keep you amused (literally) all day. The second part of this tour takes us along the SH8 which has great lake and mountain sights and nice curves, then to the twisty 79 and 77 take us back to near Christchurch
I've ridden almost all of the South Island of New Zealand and this section of road takes first place for the most fun time of them all.
It has so many great corners linked together through almost 30 kilometers of mountainous road, and all of it topped with a creamy smooth asphalt surface.
There's even some of the most spectacular scenery to be had along the way(if you care to slow down enough to look).
Book a night in Motueka because you'll just want to spend the entire day here going back and forth till you've stripped all of the tread from your tires.
Excellent ride from Dunedin to the coast, both for the corners, and the scenery. The road is right on the edge of the water for most of the journey and it's especially good at high tide.
As good a trip on the bike as the southern side of the harbour, but with a slightly higher speed limit for the most part and less of the blue lights on display.
Nice old pub in Careys Bay for lunch or a coffee as well.
Beaut road. Once you hit the rural roads there are no? police but more hazards, and the reverse particularly from Ettrick to Alexandra. Mostly the farm trucks make one or two parts of the road a little dusty. Some care is required.
Coming from Gore, the road is a little hard to follow but even if you miss the Maitland turn off, you reach a T intersection. Always turn right.
This part is mostly long and straight with good visibility but the corners at the end of the straights are often sharp.
You can stop for a tea break at Herriot at the hotel.
After Herriot, the road becomes mountainous with twisty dips and rises, it becomes quite challenging. Then the road drops off with fantastic view just before Ettrick. This part is the highlight.
From Ettrick to Alex on SH8 the road rises and dips with many tight twisties especially just before Alexandra. The main road here has a high police presence.
Frequented by trucks, sunday or public holiday rides are perfect though.
A nice short ride with twisties upon twisties.
Keep those corners wide - there isn't much room left if a big truck ends up coming through (rarely).
Heading north from the Arrowtown end you head straight up a series of switch-backs and climb quickly to a stunning view back over Queenstown.
From there it's a very fast run with a few corners as you head up into the Crown Range proper and once you start up the mountain you either go slow and enjoy the view or pour on the power and take advantage of smooth bitumen and some wicked fast corners.
Once over the top you head out through some wider bends along the gorge before finally arriving at Cardrona and enjoy a cold one at the old pub.
Not as good as the Takaka Hill just north of Motueka but still a great road on the way to and from the great Takaka Hill run.
One of the most special pieces of tarmac in the South Island. If you thought the main road over to Akaroa was good try this. Is near empty almost all the time and has the perfect balance of straights and corners in a twisty and engaging series of sections with multiple off-roads to the various bays. Gets truely unbelievable views of Akaroa to boot. Absolute Gem.
Very technical bit of road with multiple tightening blind corners several large dippers with significant weight transfer and the odd off camber corner.
Is often crowded with cyclists and some seriously quick WRX's etc on the weekends but from personal experience is often near empty in the evenings on working days. Leads into Gebbies Pass and on to Akaroa.
Great route after 30 mins from Nelson the Buller gorge is amazing, after Mercherson
Some nice views of the Alps and Rakia Gorge makes it quite interesting. Definitely the most scenic route to Geraldine from Christchurch and worth the extra time it takes if you are not in a hurry
The roads and scenery only become interesting after Geraldine. This is the quickest way to get there out of Christchurch. Main road can get busy so this is the quickest back road. Flat, straight and rather boring but if you get to Geraldine quickly you have more time to enjoy what lies ahead. Care needs to be taken in the shadows cast by the shelter belts as they can still be icy even at mid day
A really great ride in summer. Our prefered route to Kaikoura even though it is a bit longer. A lot more fun after Mt Lyford. In winter and spring, the left over grit put down to combat the ice spoils the fun of the twisty bits.
Fantastic Road Punakiki is worth a stop Pancake rocks
A very good mixture of bends and straights, with lots of amazing scenery thrown in for good measure.
A very cool road to ride. You have to keep a close eye on weather. High risk of being caught in snow. Corners are tight and twisty, and scenery is out of this world. Take some extra warm clothes aswell!
Pleasant twisty section with nice scenery.
Pleasant scenic sweeping road.