A group of our members have been working hard putting together a Top 2 Bottom Route for New Zealand.
The North Island track consists of 10 sections, broken up around considerations of riding distance and time and includes petrol station options at the beginning and end of each section.
These tracks have been put together with a view to allowing any rider on any size bike to tour New Zealand and get a taste of the country, if you want some more rugged alternatives check out our North Island and South Island maps.
While New Zealand has an abundance of gravel roads, in some places travelling via State Highway is unavoidable due to local topography, also in the South Island we’ve also allowed a sealed run down the West Coast which has it’s own character, and takes you past the glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox.
The routes for each island are divided into chunks allowing time to stop and take in the countryside and to suit most petrol tank distances. When travelling sealed roads off the main highways average travel speeds are likely to be in the 70km/h range due to our roads many twists and turns and small towns.
Cape Reinga to Kohukohu Ferry (180 km)
Rawene Ferry to Paparoa (196 km)
Paparoa to Auckland (232 km)
Auckland to Raglan (187 km)
Raglan to Awakino (212 km)
Awakino to National Park (204 km)
National Park to Feilding (234 km)
Feilding to Castlepoint (306 km)
Castlepoint to Wellington (249 km)
Picton to Hanmer Springs (269 km)
Hanmer Springs to Arthur’s Pass (357 km)
Arthur’s Pass to Haast (377 km)
Haast to Queenstown (397 km)
Queenstown to Bluff (320 km)