Kiwi Crusade: The Ultimate New Zealand Motorcycle Tour
The Kiwi Crusade New Zealand Motorcycle Tour by Planet Chopper is for the freedom seeker, the adventurous spirit and the die-hard rider.
We’ll ride beside lakes, mountains, beaches and rivers, experience local culture, take hidden back roads, encounter wildlife, eat delicious food and enjoy the World famous Burt Munro Challenge.
All on the edge of the world. Are you ready?
Burt Murno Challenge
The world’s southernmost rally includes beach races, street races and we’ll even see Burt’s record breaking Indian motorcycle!
Milford Sound Cruise
We have a day cruise of this UNESCO site. The views are unbelievable with vertical rock faces and dazzling waterfalls. Keep an eye out for dolphins and fur seals.
We’ll have a private tour of a historic Maori village surrounded by hot pools, geysers and traditional buildings.
You can go skydiving, white water rafting, jet boating or take a cruise around one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Auckland to Rotorua
Welcome to New Zealand! We’ll meet at our New Zealand HQ and go over our safety briefing. We’ll also hand out our tour booklet which outlines the exact itinerary including ride times, hotels, and interesting information about each destination.
Rotorua to Wellington
Today we are riding to Wellington, the world’s southernmost capital. We’ll ride alongside Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s biggest lake with a surface area of 238 sq mi (616 sq km).
Wellington to Blenheim via Cook Strait
We’re catching the ferry to the South Island today. This boat trip offers amazing views over Wellington Harbor. As we cross the Pacific Ocean the beautiful Marlborough Sounds will emerge.
Blenheim to Methven
We’ll ride along the rugged East Coast stopping to see a seal colony in their natural habitat. With luck, you may even spot an albatross with its 10 feet (3.3 meter) wingspan. Whales and dolphins also frequent these waters so keep your eyes peeled.
Methven to Mt Cook
Every ride on this trip is our favorite but this one could be near the top. We ride alongside Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, this route will provide postcard-perfect views between your handlebars.
Mt Cook to Naseby
This morning you will be able to view the mountains from your bed. If the lighting is right the sun will begin to paint colour on top of the ridges. We will make a stop in Arrowtown, gold was first found here in 1862 bringing an influx of hopefuls. The town looks like a movie set with buildings made out of old wood and riverbed rocks.
Naseby to The Burt Munro Challenge
Rise and shine, we’re heading off on a 4x4 adventure into the mountains! We will have 4 expert guides with us that will fill you in on the entire history of gold-mining in this region, including fascinating stories about the grit of the early settlers who travelled here to one of the most isolated parts of the world.
The Burt Munro Challenge
Today is a free day so it’s time to enjoy the event! You can also head to Hayes Hardware where Burt’s record-breaking Indian still resides. We recommend you go to the world-famous Motorcycle Mecca which features modern and classic motorcycles from over 60 manufacturers. Today’s events include drag racing, hill climbs and track racing.
Invercargill to Te Anau
This morning you’ll witness the famous street races through the middle of town where racers hit speeds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). There are many classes to feed your adrenaline including super moto, sidecar and street bikes.
Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound
We have a cruise booked to take us around the 10 mi (16km) fiord lined with vertical rock faces and dazzling waterfalls. Keep an eye out for native birds, dolphins and fur seals. Next stop, Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.
Queenstown Rest Day
Here are three of our favourite excursions for your rest day. 1) Bungee jumping from the exact location on the Shotover River where it was invented. 2) The Shotover Jet speeds through a river canyon within inches of the rock face at 52 mph (82 km/h). 3) The Skyline, take a ride on a gondola offering panoramic views all around.
You’ve just completed the ultimate New Zealand road trip! See you soon!
12 DAYS GUIDED KIWI CRUSADE NEW ZEALAND MOTORCYCLE TOUR INCLUSIONS
|Price if Purchased individually||Kiwi Crusade|
|Late Model Motorcycle Rental||$2,100 / Person||Included|
|One-way rental Fee||$500|
|3 - 4 Star Hotel Accommodation||$3,990 /Person||Included|
|Fuel on riding days||$490||Included|
|Support Vehicle for luggage and spare motorcycle||$2,250||Included|
|Support Vehicle Driver||$1,200||Included|
|T-shirts, ride guide booklet and keepsakes||$80||Included|
|2 professional guides||Priceless||Included|
|1 Professional Mechanic||$400||Included|
|Maori Cultural Experience||$60||Included|
|Milford Sound Cruise||$120||Included|
|Wellington to Picton Ferry||$80||Included|
|Burt Munro Events||$120||Included|
|Welcome and Farewell Function||$280||Included|
|Total Tour Value||$12,600|
|Total Tour Price||$8,499|
|Total Savings||$4,101 NZD|
Not included : -Airfare, Meals Except when Specified, and Alcohol.
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I recently was part of the KIWI CRUSADE which was my first trip to New Zealand. I cannot think of a better way to discover a country, its beauty, its flavours, its people. If your idea of visiting a new country or area, is to flock onto a bus and see ” the sights” with a herd of others so that you can tick off all the “things to see” off a list, this trip IS DEFINITELY not for you! If you your idea of seeing a country is seeing it raw, unprotected from a motorcycle, where your “sights” are every corner, every mountain top, every beach, every moment of the day, where your stops are chosen to be local cafes and restaurants which always combine character with taste. To discover a new country this way, and we covered over 2,000 miles it, lead by amazing individuals whom exude proudness for their country and their country’s heritage, whilst providing the coolest motorcycles to do the tour on, amongst a group of like-minded, free thinking, fun, non-pretentious friends which quickly became family… A trip like that is so much more than a “Chopper tour” so much more than learning about a new country and old ways… It becomes one of the trips of a lifetime!
wow!!! where to start and how to describe the most amazing tour I’ve been on. well informed trip with a short meeting each morning talking about the days ride. stopping and staying at local places that as a normal tourist you would not know existed (ex the Pohui hotel/bar, beaches, Naseby, Hayes engineering site, and an old gold mining site). great mix of different bikes made the trip interesting as we usually discussed how they rode and handled each evening over drinks or dinner. over all just a great trip and hope to make it back some day!!!
I was privileged enough to be part of the latest Planet Chopper NZ tour. It is difficult to put into words how exceptional this tour was, so let me highlight the positives, from the outset it was incredibly easy to book and any queries I had were answered promptly & efficiently. The tour itself was incredibly well organized & we were all given the option of riding different bikes which was great.
The tour started in Auckland & covered both the North & South Islands. From the outset the scenery was unbelievably beautiful, & the accommodation & restaurants had been thoughtfully curated to highlight each stop. Each morning there was a detailed briefing which I found really helpful. The tour leaders Mark & Ben could not have been more helpful & their combined knowledge of NZ provided a bespoke ‘ behind the scenes ‘ insight into this amazing country. Although each day provided highlight/s, the singular most outstanding experience was a 4×4 tour of the Buster in Naseby. This is a huge conservation park which was once used by the miners in the 19th Century to dig for gold.
To describe the scenery as breathtaking is an understatement & seeing the tailings & the historic huts is something I will never forget. Our guides on this tour were outstanding, all locals with a plethora of knowledge & humorous anecdotes. This was completely off the beaten track, literally & I learnt that it was only through Mark’s personal contacts that we were able to avail ourselves of this remarkable experience. This was literally the trip of a lifetime for me & I recommend it highly. Don’t hesitate, book now.