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Southern Passes Adventure Tour

with Special Guest

Southern Passes
Adventure Tour

5 day tour - South Island

Join Ultimate Adventure Moto NZ and special guest KTM Adventure Ambassador and Enduro Legend Chris Birch on the ultimate South Island adventure motorcycling experience! Spend 5 days riding alongside Chris on this unique tour starting and finishing in Christchurch - taking in some of the best of Canterbury, West Coast, Central Otago and Mackenzie country regions in the South Island.

This exclusive Chris Birch tour experience is limited to 12 participants only! Our guides will lead the tour with Chris riding as part of the group alongside all the tour participants. Nowhere else can you get such exclusive access to Chris on a small and intimate group ride. This is not a Chris Birch training ride or coaching clinic, however, you may pick up a few tips and tricks from Chris as you enjoy the route.


You will enjoy a large range of riding experiences from breath-taking winding highways to backcountry gravel roads, climbing over some of the most famous high country stations to historic gold mining trails and alpine passes such as Arthurs Pass, Danseys Pass, Nevis Valley, Lake Onslow and Old Dunstan Road, you will definitely not be disappointed!

Four nights accommodation is included in the tour including overnights in Franz Josef, Queenstown, Alexandra and Otematata, providing a great look around some amazing NZ towns and local experiences.

The tour has an “off-the-beaten-track” focus with some highway riding to begin with then into a lot of gravel roads, plus some 4wd tracks and stream crossings to keep the adrenaline pumping. The tour is therefore only suited to intermediate riders with gravel and off-road riding experience. 


So what are you waiting for? Join Ultimate Adventure Moto NZ with special guest Chris Birch and book your spot now!

Ability: Intermediate+

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Total Distance: 1750+ km 

Spaces Available: Exclusive to 12 participants maximum per tour

The Route

The southern South Island, an adventure riders ultimate experience!

Day 1 - Christchurch to Franz Josef  Leaving Christchurch and heading west via some back country gravel to the majestic Arthurs Pass. Jaw dropping scenery through this National Park then over to the deserted coastal highways of the West Coast with its fantastic glacier country.

Day 2 - Franz Josef to Queenstown  A highway riding day heading south through dense native bush and the Haast Pass before the stunning southern lakes and beautiful Wanaka. From here is through the Cardrona Valley, Crown Range and zig zag road down to Arrowtown and the tourist mecca of Queenstown.

Day 3 - Queenstown to Alexandra  Along Lake Wakatipu to Garston then into the gravel and the famous Nevis Valley with 4WD tracks plus creek and river crossings to keep the adrenaline pumping. Clyde and Cromwell are next, then plenty of farm gates through high country farm land and back to Alexandra.

Day 4 - Alexandra to Otematata  A steep climb on 4WD tracks thru the Old Man Range, driving over the Roxburgh hydro dam, a fuel and pie stop in Roxburgh,  back country routes past Lake Onslow to Ranfurly - wow, what a morning! The afternoon takes us over the sweeping gravel corners and vistas of Danseys Pass and up the Waitaki Valley to Otematata.

Day 5 - Otematata to Christchurch  Hakataramea Pass, Mackenzie Pass and Burkes Pass to Fairlie, or depending on conditions over Lake Benmore dam then through Black Forest Station and onto the glacial lakes of Pukaki and Tekapo to Fairlie. The inland scenic route via the Rakia Gorge and Darfield takes us back to Christchurch.

For more info and route description get the FREE Tour information guide

Adventure motorcycle tour route in New Zealand, South Island

Route is approximate for representation only and subject to change.

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  • CHRIS BIRCH Experience - Ride with the KTM legend himself for 5 days of unforgettable adventure riding.

  • Motorcycle Hire - Your choice from available KTM models on our fleet.

  • Fuel - All motorcycle fuel (petrol) for the full tour

  • Planned Routes - Pre-ridden routes, with optional extra sections for more adventurous and experienced riders.

  • Tour Guide(s) – Experienced adventure motorcycle tour guide(s)

  • Pre-Ride Briefings – Full route and safety briefing daily

  • GPS Routes – GPS devices are mounted on all bikes with pre-installed route files for full tour navigation.

  • Accommodation – Four nights twin share accommodation provided (single available for additional cost - see Tour Overview Guide). 

  • Meals – Breakfast is included daily. Lunches, Dinners and snacks are not included and are at each individuals cost. Each break location or destination offers a range of dining options. 

  • Mechanical Assistance

  • Medical Assistance

  • T-Shirt

  • (for full inclusions and T&C's download our information guide)


Duration 5 days

Pricing starts at NZD $6,490 per person (in twin share accommodation).

The price varies depending on which KTM bike model is allocated for the tour. We have limited numbers available of each model, therefore  your first choice bike selection may not be available.


Please click on "Book Now" to view pricing information.

  • A non-refundable NZD$1,500 deposit payment is required to secure your place and bike selection on the tour.

  • Each tour is limited to a maximum of 12 riders.

  • Click on 'Book Now' to check spaces and bike make & model availability

Start Dates

Spots Left


17th Feb 2025



31st March 2025


Additional standard Southern Passes Tour dates are available on our Tours Page. More dates are in the works for 2025 season - watch this space and subscribe for email updates.

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