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The TOP OF THE SOUTH ride is an epic South Island adventure experience consisting of 60% dirt. This ride consists of 5 days of excellent riding, starting and finishing in Wellington, taking in some of the best back roads, tracks and river crossings that the north of the South Island has to offer.


Seven nights  in the ride with overnights in Wellington, Hanmer Springs, Murchison, Reefton and Havelock, providing opportunity to look around some amazing New Zealand towns and enjoy the local hospitality.

Experience a large range of riding conditions from breathtaking river crossings , riding through famous high country stations and passing through remote alpine areas.

Riders will be met the day before the tour starts at Wellington airport/hotel and dropped-off the day that it finishes.

This ride has a “DIRT” focus with some tarseal riding and a lot of gravel roads, tracks and river/stream crossings to keep you on your toes. 

This ride is only suited to riders with gravel and off-road riding abilities unless otherwise specified.

Ability: Intermediate to Advanced

Levels: 1-5 

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights

Total Distance: 1150+ km 

Spaces Available: 6 participants max per ride

Minimum Riders per ride: 2

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The Ride

Afternoon before - We will pick you up from the airport or meet you at the hotel for a introduction and handing over of your bike for the duration of our ride. We will all leave for the ferry terminal the next morning at the pre arranged time.

Day 1 - Wellington to Hanmer Springs.  Leaving Wellington on the ferry, we land in Picton and make our way south along Molesworth Station to Hanmer Springs. 236KM-  65% Dirt


Day 2 - Hanmer Springs to Murchison. We   head north along Rainbow Station Road before turning west for Murchison via dirt roads and tracks. 220KM - 70% Dirt


Day 3 - Murchison to Reefton. We head for Reefton via back roads and dirt roads before doing the Big River track and staying over in Reefton for the night. 165KM - 60% Dirt


Day 4 - Reefton to Reefton.  We explore the area south of Reefton where there are a few good tracks to explore. There are some harder options available on this day for those who dare. 200+KM - 60% Dirt

Day 5 - Reefton to Havelock. This is a long day in the saddle with 300km of mostly back roads to cover to get to Havelock before enjoying a cold beverage. 300KM - 45% Dirt

Day 6 -  Havelock to Wellington. Not much riding this day as we head for Picton to board the ferry  heading for the capital.

We ride to our accommodation in Wellington after leaving the ferry and spend our last night together.


  • Pick-up, from Wellington airport and dropped-off the day after it finishes.

  • Motorcycle - Your choice from available models fitted out for your ride 

  • Fuel - All motorcycle fuel - *Optional

  • Full Comprehensive motorcycle Insurance 

  • Guide(s) – With Emergency Locator Beacon

  • Planned Routes - 5 Days worth of routes, with optional extra sections

  • GPS Device -With GPS Routes for your ride loaded 

  • 7 Nights Accommodation  - *Optional

  • Support 4x4 - Luggage, breakdowns and emergencies - *Optional

  • First Aid Assistance

  • Mechanical Assistance

  • T-Shirt



  • Motorcycle riding gear - The individual rider is responsible for having the appropriate rider safety gear including a appropriate helmet with visor or goggles, gloves, boots and clothing.

  • Meals - No meals are included in this ride. Each stop offers a variety of dining options. All meals are at individuals cost.

  • The accommodation after the last night.

  • Flights to and from Wellington

  • Personal Items

  • Unsupported Budget- Excludes fuel, accommodation, ferry tickets, tolls and support vehicle. 
​      Tenere 700 - NZ$ 3,150.00
      Husqvarna 701 - NZ$ 3,200.00
  • Unsupported Basic- Excludes support vehicle but includes basic accommodation, fuel, ferry tickets and tolls. (Sleeping bags required)
      Tenere 700 - NZ$ 4,500.00
      Husqvarna 701 - NZ$ 4,550.00
  • Unsupported Twin Share- Excludes support vehicle but includes twin share accommodation, fuel, ferry tickets and tolls.
      Tenere 700 - NZ$ 4,900.00
      Husqvarna 701 - NZ$ 4,950.00
  • Supported Basic- Includes support vehicle, basic accommodation, fuel, ferry tickets and tolls. (Sleeping bags required)
      Tenere 700 - NZ$ 6,500.00
      Husqvarna 701 - NZ$ 6,550.00
  • Support Twin Share- Includes support vehicle, twin share accommodation, fuel, ferry tickets and tolls.
      Tenere 700 - NZ$ 6950.00
      Husqvarna 701 - NZ$ 7,000.00


Motorcycle Riding Gear


  • Helmet

  • Gloves (winter & summer gloves)

  • Boots (Adventure or MX Boots)

  • Jacket

  • Pants

  • Body Armour (Can be in Jacket and Pants)

  • Thermal pants and shirt

  • Waterproof outer shell

  • Removable mid layers


  • Helmet Comms (we use Cardo)

  • Goggles

  • Hydration Backpack

  • Balaclava / Buff

Personal Items, Toiletries, Required Medications and Personal Clothing.

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