Australia and New Zealand Motorcycle tours

Motorcycle rides Downunder and New Zealand. Further Australian motorcycle touring content can be viewed in The Cellar and in the Best Motorcycle Roads section of the blog.

The Far North

I’ve been waiting for a week of fine days in the northern tablelands to do a ride but it is the wettest place in Australia. Finally a three day window appeared so I grabbed it. All that rain feeds many waterfalls in the north of Queensland, including what is perhaps […]

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Kaputa Ride

The heat of far north Queensland had been getting me down so about 6.00pm one evening I decided screw it, I’m going for a ride. 4.30am in Townsville and it’s still stinking hot. I load up the bike then have to go and change my clothes which are wet through […]

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Highlands Tour

The New England Highlands is a region in Australia full of dramatic landscapes, interesting history and great riding. Whilst travelling downunder I took an opportunity to revisit this area. While visiting my home town Brisbane I ended up with a few spare days so thought I’d rent a bike and […]

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Down Under Tour. Part one – gold rush towns and outlaws.

I was on my way to do a motorcycle tour of Australia riding some of the best roads and exploring historic gold rush towns in the high plains of the eastern states. An area where outlaws once roamed very similar to the gold rush frontier towns on the other side […]

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New Zealand North Island – De Novo

My last visit to NZ was a bit wet so I set off to revisit one of the best places to ride a motorcycle. I had a trip to visit family in Australia coming up which placed me just a few hours away and rather last minute I phoned New […]

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Farewell Australia

The open road beckons me for one more ride. Relaxing by the wide Clarence river Countryside in the tablelands looks very different to the tropics where I live, almost like North West of the USA. I tried but cannot correct the exposure much more with the bright mid afternoon sun. […]

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Motorcycling New Zealand North Island

New Zealand truly is a paradise for motorcycle riders. I recently rode the north island and it was superb. I rented a motorcycle for this trip from Auckland Motorbike Hire who are based in a small seaside village of Maraetai out of Auckland. The owner Randall can arrange transfer from […]

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New Zealand South Island Motorcycle tour

New Zealand is a wonderful place to ride a motorcycle. I just had a week and a half riding the south island and apart from some mixed weather it was some of the best riding I have ever experienced. I flew to Christchurch to meet a mate who was joining […]

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Thunderbolts and Oxley

This post edited and photos updated 2019. Easter was  a 5 day weekend due to ANZAC day falling at the same time. I literally made my mind to go riding the day before and packed up the bike on Thursday evening and booked a room at the Top Pub Uralla […]

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Easter New England Tablelands Ride

4 days off work with more of less half decent weather seemed too good to just sit around home. Thursday evening I hatched a half baked plan to do a ride to the Tablelands way and getting all my gear ready and working out a route took late into the […]

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Meltdown tour

This post was edited and photos processed  2019 After previously having to cancel this ride I was determined to go this time no matter what so I set out only to ride into one of the hottest days on record. Yes that is 44 degrees or 111F in the old […]

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Buell Muster tour

Best laid plans … Alas this ride ended up being far shorter than anticipated. Combination of wrong gear and an old health nemesis made me turn back. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I did enjoy riding some excellent roads for a couple of days. Riding south via […]

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