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About New Zealand

New Zealand is, without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful, and at the same time, safest countries to travel in.

Where is New Zealand?

New Zealand (Aotearoa in Maori) is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.

 

 

 

Geography

Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is made up of two islands approximately 1,600 kilometres (995 miles) south east of Australia. Combined with several smaller islands, the total land area is about 270,534 sq. kms (104,454 sq. miles).

New Zealand's geography includes spectacular landscapes, incorporating the vast mountain chain of the Southern Alps (larger than the French, Austrian, and Swiss Alps combined), the volcano region of the North Island, fiords, glaciers, lakes, rainforests, and extensive grassy plains.

Climate

With opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere, January and February are our warmest months and July the coldest. Temperatures average 8 degrees celcius in July and 22 degrees celcius in January. Summer temperatures can however reach the low 30s.

Population

With a population of 4.4 million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as being a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers.

Road Rules

Please follow this link to make yourself familiar with our Road Code and driving regulations.

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/motorcycle-road-code/

We also have a short test we recommend you have a go at.

http://www.drivingtests.co.nz/roadcode/tourist/  

Mapping

While today's Smartphones carry respectable mapping thanks to Google, not all bikes come with the ability to charge phones. We suggest therefore, that your hire includes the uptake of one of our GPS navigation units, which have charging mounts fitted to the bikes.

About NZMR

We have been providing overseas tourists with the motorcycle vacation of a lifetime for over 15 years. Our fleet of motorcycles includes the latest model BMWs, Suzukis, Hondas and Yamaha's. Tour New Zealand in style!


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We acknowledge Jamileh Pott of California for taking some of the photos used on this site from her recent trip to NZ in Feb 2011.