This is a very fun road, no logging trucks and motorists will normally pull over to let you past. Has been resealed near the Paparoa end (early 2018)
Great back roads of this area ride this on a Goldwing and the corners are well marked there maybe stock on some roads but this route has little traffic
very little traffic nice roads for riding
Amazing Route!!! The Queen Charlotte Drive was on form with a bue bird day! Pelorus Sound is magical in every way! so peaceful and unforgettable. Very windy roads but manageable....just pull over to take snaps folks.....don't want to straight line it over the edge of those steep cliffs! P.S the coffee was amazing in havelock!
Alternate to Motueka from Nelson
Via the less crowded backroads of the Moutere Highway
Some of the best sights in the country. Start of the Able Tasman National Park.
Cruise the rural river roads looping around the beaches NZ has to offer.
This 220km tour from Hamilton includes and optional trip to Raglan (where there are sand dunes and the Aotea Harbour) The main route travels first south from Hamilton on SH39 a favoured route by local bikers instead of SH3, it is more twisty and with less traffic. At Waitomo we turn off and head west on the lovely super twisty SH37, passing the Waitomo caves (world famous blackwater rafting) and glow worms to be seen. This we follow up to Oparau. The SH37 road is really excellent riding. From here we can either turn left and go to the Kawhia beach where there is some natural hot water. If we go right we head back and finish the route on the SH31 with yet more turns.
This 430km twisty forest tour in the North part of the North Island starts and ends in Whangarei. It can be done in a day with stops, or over 2 days at a more modest. The route can be further extended easily by taking the ferry from Opua to Russel. Head southwest from Whangarei on the 14, then join the excellent SH12 running Northeast and then the fantastic twisty SH13 While enjoying to the ride on the SH12, there is the possibility to stop at the Waipoua forest, home to the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. Shortly after that at Omapere is one of the routes main tourist attractions, the Arai Te Uru, the southern head of the harbour entrance is steeped in Maori history and is a place of great natural beauty. As this represents about half way on this route, if you are planning 2 days for the trip, this is good choice for somewhere to stay for the night. After that the route takes you to the end of the bay and then out to the eastern coast via some lovely twisty rural roads and round the Opua forest. From Opua it is possible to extend the trip further by taking a ferry over to Russel. Otherwise turn back west and head towards Tautoro and then from there back to Whangarei. All the roads on this route are good but (as always) there is a occasional section where the surface could be better.
This 330km route winds us northeast from Gore via the (narrow in places) Moa Flat Road, then highway 2 and up onto the nice State Highway 85 This route has a low level of traffic and some nice curves as well as some things to see (notably the viewing platform into the massive gold mine at Macraes Flat.
This tour is about 200kms and starts and ends near to Dunedin. It starts by following the twisty and scenic minor road north before joining SH1 up to Palmerston. After that it takes SH65 then a turn towards Macraes Flat and a massive gold mine (worth a stop at the viewing platform) and heading inland onto the flowing and beautifully quiet SH87 back to Dunedin.
Starting just outside Stratford (south of New Plymouth) we take the famous State Highway 43 (known locally as the ‘Forgotten World Highway’). This road climbs through some rugged, beautiful countryside. About half way up the road is Hobbit’s Hole (a local name for the Moki Tunnel). After the tunnel, there is a light gravel section so care should be taken. Later the route joins up with State Highway 4 and then down on to the the amazing Highway 3 towards New Plymouth. Spectacular scenery, loads of twisties and some fast straight sections make this an awesome ride. Sweeping corners mostly with some tighter ones over Mount Messenger and Tongaporutu Gorge.
This 330km route that follows the water, offers truly spectacular views of some of the most out of the way places and offers plenty of twists thanks mostly to the elevation changes Starting in Glenorchy (itself a place of stunning natural beauty, part of it featured in ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ films), this amazingly scenic road first leads to the resort town of Queenstown, then continues to follow Lake Wakatipu closely before reaching Devil’s Staircase and Kingston. The joining road via Mossburn is pleasant riding and this takes us to Te Anau and back to the edge of the Fjordland National Park. The SH94 to Milford Sand is simply a joy. One of the best motorcycling roads anywhere. The combination of good road, spectacular views and nice curves is simply a winner.
South Island 2/3 Day Tour (1000kms) This very long 1000km route should be done over 2 or 3 days and follows one of the most beautiful and famous roads in New Zealand. This route should not have been affected by recent earthquakes too much but it is possible, particularly as you get closer to Christchurch that you will see some of the impact of this very sad natural occurrence. Heading Northwest from Christchurch this route takes in much of the natural beauty of the South Island by combining several of its preferred biker roads. To start with it heads straight for the spectacular Great Alpine Highway / Arthur’s Pass an amazing road, lots of variation and very different at different times of the year. The weather can also be dramatically different on one side of the alps to the other, well worth continuing in bad weather! Steep climbs, ups and downs, dramatic changes in scenery and some great curves make this an excellent biking road. The route then continues onto the famous SH6 coastal route. This ripping tarmac goes round the glacier and along the coast and can keep you amused (literally) all day. The second part of this tour takes us along the SH8 which has great lake and mountain sights and nice curves, then to the twisty 79 and 77 take us back to near Christchurch
A quiet backroad ride with twistie and straight section as you climb the hills.
This is a very scenic ride with a good mix of twisties and open sections, no major hazards but watch out for black ice in the shady parts during winter.
I've ridden almost all of the South Island of New Zealand and this section of road takes first place for the most fun time of them all.
It has so many great corners linked together through almost 30 kilometers of mountainous road, and all of it topped with a creamy smooth asphalt surface.
There's even some of the most spectacular scenery to be had along the way(if you care to slow down enough to look).
Book a night in Motueka because you'll just want to spend the entire day here going back and forth till you've stripped all of the tread from your tires.
Excellent ride from Dunedin to the coast, both for the corners, and the scenery. The road is right on the edge of the water for most of the journey and it's especially good at high tide.
As good a trip on the bike as the southern side of the harbour, but with a slightly higher speed limit for the most part and less of the blue lights on display.
Nice old pub in Careys Bay for lunch or a coffee as well.
Nice for a weekend avo ride. some straights. Some twistys about half way.
Beaut road. Once you hit the rural roads there are no? police but more hazards, and the reverse particularly from Ettrick to Alexandra. Mostly the farm trucks make one or two parts of the road a little dusty. Some care is required.
Coming from Gore, the road is a little hard to follow but even if you miss the Maitland turn off, you reach a T intersection. Always turn right.
This part is mostly long and straight with good visibility but the corners at the end of the straights are often sharp.
You can stop for a tea break at Herriot at the hotel.
After Herriot, the road becomes mountainous with twisty dips and rises, it becomes quite challenging. Then the road drops off with fantastic view just before Ettrick. This part is the highlight.
From Ettrick to Alex on SH8 the road rises and dips with many tight twisties especially just before Alexandra. The main road here has a high police presence.
Frequented by trucks, sunday or public holiday rides are perfect though.
A nice short ride with twisties upon twisties.
Keep those corners wide - there isn't much room left if a big truck ends up coming through (rarely).
Great ride.. Varied road but mainly twisties.. Great scenery.. Perfect afternoon or morning run...
Heading north from the Arrowtown end you head straight up a series of switch-backs and climb quickly to a stunning view back over Queenstown.
From there it's a very fast run with a few corners as you head up into the Crown Range proper and once you start up the mountain you either go slow and enjoy the view or pour on the power and take advantage of smooth bitumen and some wicked fast corners.
Once over the top you head out through some wider bends along the gorge before finally arriving at Cardrona and enjoy a cold one at the old pub.
Not as good as the Takaka Hill just north of Motueka but still a great road on the way to and from the great Takaka Hill run.