The Swiss Kiwis swisscross

TOUR NEW ZEALAND BY RENTING A MOTORCYCLE FROM MOTO TOURING NZ!

Main Tour Stops

Auckland

Get inspired by wild coastlines, sparkling harbours, modern living and an electric mix of cultures and you’ll have energetic Auckland, the City of Sails.

Sightseeing: Aquarium, Sky tower, Clevedon

Food: Covo, Bracu, Waterfront, Swiss Café and Bakery

Hamilton

Hamilton is a young, passionate and ambitious city. Its energy reflects in people and its iconic events. Hamilton is one of the fastest growing and largest inland cities from New Zealand.

Sightseeing: Botanic Garden, Zoo, Matamata, Cheese factory

Food: Slice

Taupo

Lake Taupo is the biggest lake in Australasia and roughly the size of Singapore, is known for its fantastic Trout fishing, while Taupo is a favourite holiday destination with plenty of fantastic sports activities and events.

Sightseeing: Huka Falls, Orakei Korako, DeBretts Hot Pools, Sky Diving

Food: Lone Star

Rotorua

Rotorua is New Zealand’s own hot and steamy geothermal paradise. Rotorua is also big on Maori culture and hospitality.

Sightseeing: Maori culture, Geothermal activities, Redwoods

Palmerston North

The heart of Palmerston North is the Square, a picturesque park in the middle of a vibrant shopping and business district. It is popular for its collection of public sculptures around the inner city.

Sightseeing: Rangitikei River, Rugby Museum, Friday Market, White Water Rafting

Food: McDonald

Wellington

Wellie is a prime location with a compact city centre that has great entertainment options.  New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is an awesome destination.

Sightseeing: Lord of the Rings, Seal colony, Zealandia, Museum of NZ

Picton

Picturesque Picton is the perfect base for exploring the Marlborough region. Having crossed the Cook straight by ferry from Wellington, passengers can kick back by the harbour and watch the boats and ferries glide in and out of the Picton marina.

Sightseeing: Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Wineries

Nelson

For a rejuvenating escape from the daily grind or for an action packed adventure, Nelson caters to visitors of all aspirations and is guaranteed to impress.

Sightseeing: Cathedral, Centre of NZ, Able Tasman National Park, WOW Museum

Food: Anchor

Westport

Is situated where the mighty Buller river meats the sea. Westport was first a gold mining town and then a coal mining town, with New Zealand’s only bituminous coal mine still operating. Aye karamba!

Sightseeing: Cape Foulwind, Wildlife

Greymouth

The boom time for Greymouth was in the 1860’s with the Gold rush and it’s the character gained from these days.

Sightseeing: Monthey’s Beer, Street race

Punakaiki

A sky-high layer of elephant-grey pancake rocks on a wild coast south.

Sightseeing: Pancake Rocks

Hokitika

Most attractions in Hokitika are centered on the historical and natural resources of the area. If you are looking to buy pounamu (Greenstone or Jade) there is a wide range of expertly crafted jewellery and sculptures sold here.

Sightseeing: Green stone

Twizel

Twizel was built in 1968 as the base for the upper Waitaki Power development, one of the most impressive hydroelectric power schemes in the southern hemisphere.

Franz Josef Glacier

Early Maori called the Glacier Ka Roimatao Hine Hukatere – the tears of the Avalanche girl. The village has a busy dining/café scene and a variety of services and amenities.

Sightseeing: Scenic Flights, Picnics, Ice Caves

Food: European Bakery

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier township offers a more intimate “village” experience than its neighbour Franz Josef. It’s tucked into the rainforest – clad foothills of the Southern Alps. It’s an easy hike to the foot of the Glacier.

Sightseeing: Sky diving, Walking tracks

Haast

Is a quiet, small place with a lot of fishing going on. It may has the most expensive Petrol in the southern hemisphere.

Sightseeing: Sand-flies

Wanaka

Wanaka is simply captivating, beautiful, unforgettabl and magical. New Zealand’s own little slice of heaven in the southern South island.

Sightseeing: Air Museum, Wineries, Puzzle World, Have a Shot

Food: Edge Water, Speight’s

Queenstown

Queenstown’s dramatic landscape and dynamic activities ensure its position as New Zealand’s premier lake and alpine resort. Queenstown has breath-taking scenery and offers a host of adventure activities.

Sightseeing: Shotover River, Skyline, Arrowtown, Adventures Activities

Food: Gibbson Valley

Winton

Winton is a typical, small farmer’s town with a special character. From there you can drive in four directions, Invercargill, Te Anau, Gore, Queenstown. Close to Winton is Mandeville which is well known as the capitol of deHavilland Tiger Moth biplanes.

Sightseeing: Farm Town, Croydon Aircraft Ltd.

Food: Adagio cafe

Dunedin

Dunedin is a city of culture and education and home to one of New Zealand’s largest Universities, the University of Otago. Dunedin offers a wide range of exiting things to see and do, from impressive architecture, wildlife and Golf course to fantastic restaurants.

Sightseeing: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Train Trips, Speight’s Beer, Steepest Road of the World

Food: Café 1908

Oamaru

This charming town is the main centre of the Waikati District and there are many reasons to fall in love with it. The surrounding scenery, accessible wildlife, intriguing living history and a host of activities ensure that you’ll never get bored here.

Sightseeing: Moeraki Boulders, Blue Penguins Colony

Food: Historic Town

Christchurch

Known as the Garden city, Christchurch is charming and colourful and despite the earthquake in 2010/11, the city exudes vibrancy and offers visitors a variety of attractions.

Sightseeing: Akaroa, Antarctic exhibition, Earthquake

Food: Ma Maison

Hanmer Springs

Whether you’re after relaxation or exhilaration, versatile Hanmer Springs delivers. This tranquil alpine village combines the best of both worlds, with a top-class thermal retreat and an enviable variety of adrenalin-pumping activities.

Sightseeing: Thermal Pools and Spa, Off Road Tracks

Kaikura

Is well known for attracting a generous selection of wildlife.  This town’s widespread appeal also ensures that loads of travellers flock in its direction. Kaikura’s world renown as the whale-watching centre of New Zealand and means a journey out on the water is essential during your stay here.

Sightseeing: Whale watching, Fishing

Blenheim

Is a town of indulgence. Connoisseurs of superb food and wine will be spoilt for choice here- not only is Blenheim surrounded by renowned wineries, it also boasts some fantastic cafes and restaurants serving up fresh produce from the region, particularly succulent seafood and wine.

Sightseeing: Aircraft Museum, Wineries

Food: Herzog Winery

Tauranga

The main centre of the Bay of Plenty is Tauranga, which is one of the North Island’s best holiday hotspots for  both Kiwis and international visitors. It is also the home base for Moto Touring NZ and our homestay. The beach is favoured for boating, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and fishing. It is New Zealand’s kite surfing capital.

Sightseeing: Mt. Maunganui, Kite Surfing, Sky Diving, White Island

Food: Harbour Side, Pizza Salva d’Or, India Today

Coromandel

With its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday attraction.

Sightseeing: Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove

Food: Salt, Umu

Orewa

Orewa’s long white sand beach attracts a crowd for the many water sports that can be enjoyed here, making it an attractive holiday spot as well as being ideal for swimming and surfing. The beach is favoured for boating, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and fishing.

Sightseeing: Shakespeare Park

Food: NZ Cafes

Kerikeri

The warm, sunny weather provides ideal growing conditions for citrus, kiwi fruit, tamarillos, macadamia nuts and avocados. There’s also locally produced gourmet cheese, ice cream, liquers, handmade chocolates, natural skincare and wineries.

Sightseeing: Limoncello Factory

Food: Café Cinema

Kaitaia

Is the northern most town in New Zealand and the last major stop before heading North to explore the Aupouri Peninsula. Close to many tourist attractions including Ninety Mile Beach and the Karikari Peninsula.

Sightseeing: Sand Safari, Quads, Blocarts

Raglan

There’s something about Raglan that makes you never want to leave – it could be the beautiful surf beaches, the picturesque harbour or the lively cafes, but the main reason is the atmosphere.

Sightseeing: Surfing, Fishing

Waitomo

Unsurprisingly, they’re among the most visited tourist attraction in the country; the Waitomo caves have been entertaining guests for decades. The caves you see today have been millions of years in the making, formed by underground streams carving out apertures through the limestone rock.

Sightseeing: Glow-worm Caves, Hiking Tracks, Limestone Formations

New Plymouth

Is an electric mix of diverse cultures, contemporary styles and a traditional friendliness that has characterised New Zealand since colonial times.

Sightseeing: Forgotten World Highway, Coastal walkway

Turangi

Is the perfect destination if you’re into nature and sensational scenery. Trout fishing is synonymous with Turangi and anglers flock from far and wide to catch a monster trout here. The Tongariro River is one of the most famous trout fishing rivers in the world.

Sightseeing: Tongariro National Park, Mt. Ruhapehu, Trout Fishing

Taihape

Is often packed with travellers heading up to the ski field and Tongariro National Park. The Rangitikei River is particular well known for its heart-pumping white water rafting.

Sightseeing: Gumboot Capital of the World, Flying Fox, Swing, Bungee, Mokai gravity Canyon

Westcoast

The Tasman sea pounds this region’s 600 km stretch of coastline and the views along “The Great Coast Road” on SH 6 are simply spectacular!