March Tour – Southland to Northland
16th – 24th March (plus getting there & back)
Here is a readymade holiday for you.
We’ve got the routes planned, we’ve found fun accommodation within walking distance of dinner each night, we’ve even supplied all the links to make booking really easy.
- There is no charge to join our ride
- Come for some or all of the week
- If you can’t ride with us, join us for dinner when we pass through your town
- Pick an alternate route or set off earlier or later than us to ride at your own pace if you prefer
- If you have a different budget or needs – go ahead and book accommodation that suits you best
We’re going on holiday and we warmly invite you to join us along the way! Let us know if you’re coming, we’d love to hear from you.
- Got Questions? Contact us and we’ll try to help
- Want to share costs on accommodation? Post up in our facebook group and ask away!
Scroll down for all of the details….
From Colac Bay, Southland, to Tutukaka in Northland we’ve got an epic week planned!
We’re really happy with this route and the overnight stops – some good new places that we haven’t stayed before, and some old favourites too. We can’t wait to get on this trip!!
Date: Sat 16th March
Accommodation: Colac Bay Tavern and Holiday Park Call to book: 03 234 8399
Alternative accomm options: around Riverton
Dinner at: Colac Bay Tavern and Holiday Park
Riding Distance (approx): Kinda depends where you start from
Notes: We’ve stayed here before, basic but good accommodation and a great pub!
Date: Sun 17th March
Accommodation: The Camp at Lake Hawea follow the link to book online (get in quick for the cheap cabins!)
Alternative accomm options: AirBnB options around lake Hawea
Dinner at: Either the Lake Hawea Hotel or the Hawea Store & Kitchen
Riding Distance (approx): 480km – about 6 hrs
Notes: Not only are there epic views across the lake from the camp, but the road north from here is possibly the best motorcycle road in the country!
Date: Mon 18th March
Accommodation: Blackball Inn and 08 Café book via email on the website – get in quick here!
Alternative accomm options: Blackball Hilton (next door) or the Salami Co has 3 tiny houses available – 03 732 4111
Dinner at: Blackball Inn and 08 Café
Riding Distance (approx): 466km – about 6 hrs
Notes: Blackball has been a drawcard for bikers for years, so it’s about time we stayed there – we’ve been recommended the Blackball Inn and 08 Café so we’re looking forward to a ye olde hotel experience!
Date: Tues 19th March
Accommodation: Collingwood Holiday Park follow the link to book online
Alternative accomm options: have a hunt around Collingwood
Dinner at: Collingwood Tavern
Riding Distance (approx): 350km – about 4.5 hrs
Notes: They seem to have finally?! finished the roadworks on the Takaka Hill so this will be a nice ride and hopefully get up to Farewell Spit to have a look too.
Date: Weds 20th March
FERRY: Bluebridge Ferry 2pm crossing from Picton to Wellington
Accommodation: Greytown Campground follow the link to book online
Alternative accomm options: Greytown Hotel
Dinner at: Greytown Hotel
Riding Distance (approx): 238km – 3 hrs + FERRY + 75km – about 1 hr
Notes: This looks like a nice cruisy day – but there is the ferry crossing in the middle of the day so don’t be fooled! Get in quick to score a funky cabin at the camp ground (we got the Gypsy Caravan!) otherwise have another ye olde hotel experience at the Greytown Hotel!
Date: Thurs 21st March
Accommodation: LKNZ Lodge & Cafe, Ohakune – follow the link to book online
Alternative accomm options: Plenty of options around Ohakune, but the Top 10 campground is one of the best!
Dinner at: The Cyprus Tree
Riding Distance (approx): 421km – about 5.5 hrs
Notes: Know that if there is a direct route, we’ll normally avoid it – we’re going over the Gentle Annie from Taradale to Taihape today then the reward is dinner at the amazing Cyprus Tree restaurant.
Date: Fri 22nd March
Accommodation: Raglan West Accommodation follow the link to book online
Alternative accomm options: Raglan Holiday Park or Harbour View Hotel
Dinner at: Raglan somewhere!
Riding Distance (approx): 344km – about 4.5hrs
Notes: We’d always dismissed Raglan as being too touristy, but a friend took us down there last year and it’s pretty cool!
Date: Sat 23rd March
Accommodation: Tutukaka Holiday Park follow the link to make a booking enquiry via the website
Alternative accomm options: Ummmm…..
Dinner at: Marina Wood Fired Dining
Riding Distance (approx): 371km – about 4.75hrs
Notes: We’re very happy to be finishing up in Tutukaka, it’s a great spot but we’ve never had chance to stay there before Waterfront dining for our last night too!
Date: Sun 24th March
Notes: Homeward bound….