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KTM motorcycle riders on an adventure motorcycle tour in New Zealand, Danseys Pass, Kyeburn Diggings

Southern Passes
Adventure Tour

5 day tour - South Island

The Southern Passes Adventure Tour is the ultimate South Island adventure experience! This tour packs in five days of epic riding, 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.

Experience a large range of riding experiences from breathtaking winding highways, epic lake vistas, climbing over some of the most famous high country stations and alpine passes such as Arthurs Pass, Danseys Pass, Nevis Valley, Lake Onslow and Lake Benmore, 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, Book your spot now!

Ability: Intermediate/Experienced

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Total Distance: 1700+ km 

Spaces Available: Exclusive to 10 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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  • 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 - Guided tour, including motorcycle and accommodation

Pricing starts at NZD $5,390 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 10 riders.

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

2024 Tour Dates

Start Date

Spots Left

Mon 14 Oct 2024


Tue 22 Oct 2024


Mon 4 Nov 2024



Mon 18 Nov 2024


Sat 30 Nov 2024


Mon 9 Dec 2024


2025 Tour Dates

Start Date

Spots Left

Sun 5 Jan 2025


Mon 3 Feb 2025


Chris Birch Special

Mon 17 Feb 2025


Sun 2 Mar 2025


Chris Birch Special

Mon 31 Mar 2025


Sun 13 Apr 2025


More dates are in the works for 2025/26 season - watch this space and subscribe below for email updates.

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