FAQs

Where should I go?

Everybody, absolutely everybody agrees the South Island is the jewel in the crown of New Zealand, The highest mountains, glorious rainforests, lakes of azure blue, the hottest and coldest of places, the quietest roads and best curves are in the South. No question !  The South Island should be the focus of any motorcycle trip in New Zealand.

However, the North Island has it's gems too....the very beautiful and romantic Bay of Islands, majestic mountains, lush native forest, one of the worlds finest wine growing regions in Hawkes Bay,and a capital city Wellington located on a harbour.

Ok, both islands offer a lot for you to see and do, tell us what you want from your New Zealand holiday and we can help you plan accordingly.

For any motorcycle rental less than 14 days we would recommend the South Island, for 3 weeks spend 2 weeks in the South and one in the North. You won’t regret it and a quick look at our tour itineraries will confirm this.

What should I ride?

New Zealand does not have any autobahn or huge interstate highways so while the riding may not be fast, not much of it is in a straight line either! Very large motorcycles can be more of a hindrance in New Zealand conditions. Here’s a quick guide for the models we have,

Two larger people with luggage: BMW R1200RT, BMW R1200GSW, BMW R1200GS, BMW R1200R, Honda STX1300, Suzuki GSF1250, Suzuki DL1000, Honda VTX1300, Triumph Tiger 1050, Triumph 1200 Explorer .

Two medium sized people with luggage: All of the above plus Honda VFR800, Honda 750 Shadow, Suzuki DL650 Vstrom, Triumph Tiger 800, BMW F800GS.

Two small people with luggage: All of the above plus BMW F650GS (Twin), BMWF800GS, BMW F700GS, Suzuki SV650, Honda VLX600.

Specific styles of bikes are often preferred, so here are a few examples:

Cruiser style - Sitting upright with high handlebars and generally a low seat. The following motorcycles fit into that category. Larger bikes are suitable for long tours with pillion.

Honda VTX1300, Honda Shadow, VT750 or VLX600.

Adventure Models - Upright riding position with flat bars and a high seat height. These motorcycles are also known as enduro style.

BMW1200GSW, BMW R1200GS, BMWF800GS, BMW F700GS, BMW F650GS, Suzuki V-Strom, Triumph Tiger 800, Triumph 1200 Explorer.

Lightweight - Specifically suited to people of a short stature or have a preference for lighter motorcycles for example small women riders.

Suzuki SV650, Honda Shadow VLX600.

How do I take my personal belongings with me?

All our bikes have hard lockable sidecases either BMW issue or Givi 36 litre panniers. Topboxes and tank bags are available on request.

There is a limited number of tank bags available, whether these are used or you bring your own, the tanks must be protected with a cover or duct tape. Scratches can be expensive.

If you are on a Fully Guided Tour your personal luggage is transported in the support van.

How safe and reliable are Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Tours Ltd bikes?

All rental motorcycles comply with NZ Government regulations and have passed a current vehicle safety inspection. All motorcycles have been maintained to the highest professional standards. There are no short cuts and no cheap fixes. This is our guarantee.

What insurance do I require?

Full Motorcycle Insurance is included in the rental fee and tour cost. This insurance covers accident, fire, theft, third party damage and public liability in excess of the Bond.

Because of New Zealand's publicly funded accident compensation scheme, no fault insurance is provided to users of motor vehicles.  This means nobody can be sued by any other party involved in an accident in any circumstances. Normal insurance takes care of damage to the vehicles and the New Zealand health system takes care of the injuries. It's very neat and tidy.

If you are an overseas visitor, you don't need to arrange insurance to cover the motorcycle or yourself should you have an accident.  However, we do strongly recommend that you arrange Travel Insurance before you leave your homeland.  This will cover you personally in the event of sickness, theft of personal belongings, any cancellations, and any damage costs that may be deducted from the bond on the bike.  

Our insurance cover precludes any cover at all for those under 21 years of age and restricts those between 21 and 25 to 650cc or less.

What is the Bond?

The Bond is the excess we pay on the full insurance of the motorcycle, this varies from model to model of motorcycle in our fleet.  This is held as an electronic authorisation on your credit card until the day you return.  Should there be any damage to pay for, we go over this with you and in most cases the amount is deducted and the balance cleared on the same day.

The Bond can be substantially reduced by a bond buyout scheme if your rental period is longer than 7 days.

Can I rent motorcycle riding gear from you?

Yes you certainly can!  We can kit you out with a full riding suit (helmet, gloves, jacket, pants) for a small daily fee, the style and fit suited to you.  Although it should be mentioned here that your gear will always fit you better than anything we have and you should consider bringing your own along if your rental period is a long one.

What happens if I have an accident or a breakdown?

Call us as soon as you can.  We are available 24/7 to assist you with any problem you may encounter, we are here to help you.

Do you provide Airport Transfers?

Yes if you are a fully guided or self guided tour client, this is included in your tour package.

No, not normally if you are an independant rental client, however if your flight arrives at some ghastly hour in the morning or extremely late in the evening, we can arrange a shuttle bus for you to collect you at your cost.

For those who are visiting for the first time, Auckland Airport is about 30-40 minutes out from Auckland city centre and Christchurch airport is about 10 minutes from the city centre.

Tell us your travel plans and we are always ready to help!

If I have a one way rental how do I get my luggage that is left behind?

We can quote a charge for a courier for you priced per case island to island.  Let us know you require this service and we can arrange it.