Imagine sweeping along the graceful, rainforested curves of the West Coast highway to Haast, or blasting along the Desert Road past the huge volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. With well-engineered and maintained roads, New Zealand is beautifully suited to two-wheel travel.
Motorcycle rental companies can tempt you with favourite marques such as Harley Davidson, BMW, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. One-way hire may be available, depending on the rental company you choose.
If you don’t want to go it alone, touring companies operate guided or semi-guided adventures in both the main islands. You can even organise a dirt bike tour or an elegant cruise in a side-car. Some companies also offer pillion tours for non-riders.
You can legally ride in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current motorcycle licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP).