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KTM motorcycle rider on an adventure motorcycle tour in New Zealand

South Island Back-Country
Adventure Tour

10 day tour - South Island, NZ

The South Island Back-Country Adventure Tour is the ultimate South Island adventure experience! This tour packs in ten days of epic riding, starting and finishing in Christchurch, taking in the absolute best-of-the-best adventure riding routes and experiences in New Zealand.

Experience everything NZ has to offer in one epic adventure ride! From majestic mountain passes, fantastic sweeping gravel roads, breathtaking winding highways, epic lake vistas, and traversing the most famous high country stations in NZ, we guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Nine nights' accommodation is included in the tour, experiencing overnights in 9 different towns around the South Island, each with its own unique flavor of life in New Zealand. 

The tour has an “off-the-beaten-track” focus with some highway riding linking the back-country routes and 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. 

If this sounds like you then Book your spot now, there are only limited spaces available!

Ability: Intermediate+

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

Total Distance: 3,200+ km 

Spaces Available: Exclusive to 10 participants maximum per tour

The Route

The South Island, an adventure riders ultimate paradise!

Join our epic 10 day South Island Back-Country Adventure Tour and experience arguably the best adventure riding experience on offer anywhere! Our fantastic routes cover all the best back-country riding along the following itinerary:  

Day 1    Christchurch – Blenheim  386 km

Day 2    Blenheim – Hanmer Springs  316 km

Day 3    Hanmer Springs – Westport  290 km+

Day 4    Westport – Franz Josef  352 km

Day 5    Franz Josef – Queenstown  357 km+

Day 6    Queenstown – Alexandra  287 km

Day 7    Alexandra – Omarama  415 km

Day 8    Omarama – Methven  321 km

Day 9    Methven – Christchurch  255 km

Day 10    Christchurch – Christchurch  275 km

Total distance (approx.)  3,200+ km

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

South Island motrorcycle tour map

Route is approximate for representation only and subject to change.

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  • 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 10 days - Guided tour, including motorcycle and accommodation

Pricing starts at NZD $8,890 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$2,000 deposit payment is required to secure your place and bike selection on the tour.

  • Each tour is limited to a maximum of 10 riders.

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

Tour Dates

Spots Left

Thu 16 Jan 2025


Thu 13 Mar 2025


We are always developing our calendar around demand and other dates may become available - please watch this space and subscribe below for email updates.

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