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You, your bike, and the adventure of the open road; guided and self-guided motorcycle tours are an exhilarating way to travel, with customised itineraries offering a sense of freedom and flexibility. Some great routes for motorcycling can be found in the South Island, where you’ll often have the road to yourself for long stretches, good visibility and plenty of scenic surprises waiting around sweeping corners.
Embrace the solitude of Stewart Island, New Zealand’s southernmost island, with some independent exploration by scooter; it’s a fun way to discover the island’s coastline, tracks and secluded communities at your own leisure. Grab a map or simply follow your curiosity; all you need to hire a scooter is a driver’s licence and a little sense of adventure. Mountain bikes and rental cars are also available on the island.
Horse treks allow access to places that four wheels just can’t take you. There is no better way to experience the beauty of places such as Glenorchy, 45 minutes from Queenstown, than by immersing yourself in the scenery for an up-close encounter with nature at a more serene pace. Fresh air, peaceful surrounds and the soothing swagger of your trusty steed as you meander across rivers, valleys, forest and farmland make for a memorable journey through an unspoiled part of the country.
For a coastal route with a difference, head north via Ninety Mile Beach, a seemingly never-ending stretch of sand spanning from Ahipara up towards Cape Reinga. This golden highway is only suitable for 4WDs and most rental vehicles are prohibited from driving on the beach. A coach tour, accompanied by entertaining insight from local guides, is the best way to experience the magnificence of the Far North’s west coast.