As a couple we love escaping our working lives to get on our bikes at every opportunity. Corinne is from the UK and did many motorcycle tours through the UK, Ireland and Europe before inadvertently moving to NZ in 2003, staying on after a backpacking holiday.
Andrew is originally from Auckland but we are now based in the Waikato. With at least 5 bikes in the garage we have enough excuses to get out on the road and do so as often as we can.
Between us, we have covered almost all of the roads in New Zealand and know the picturesque South Island and the winding North Island like the back of our hands.
We’re trying to use this site as a record of where we’ve been, the best hospitality, the best coffee, but no doubt we’ll have to kiss some frogs along the way so if we see some crappy service, bland food or weak coffee we’ll mention that too, so that if you are short on time, you can skip to the good bits when you are on your own trips.
We do a nationwide tour in a week every year; a whistle-stop jaunt which leaves no time for checking email or phone messages from the day jobs – the best justification for jumping on a motorbike there is! Normal locals would do the trip in 2 – 3 weeks, people who haven’t seen the scenery before would need upwards of two months to be able to take in the sights along the way.
We love meeting new people and sharing the roads we have explored, so join us on one of our trips – there are no fees – and come ride some new roads and chat all things motorbikes over coffee or dinner.
The South Island is ideal for touring holidays – the North Island has some good back roads to get from A to B and we ride a good mix of both throughout the year.
With a form of tour guide in Corinne’s background, and supported by Andrew’s encyclopaedic memory of names of places visited, eaten at or just passed through, we piece together some unique NZ motorcycle tours, even if we do say so ourselves.
New Zealand Rides
We’ve had a few GPS tech issues, so this is an indicative rather than definitive map of our travels since about 2010:
Come join us on any of our trips and help us add to the map !!