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THE SPMT BLOG - by Carole Lester (Owner/Director)

  • The new bikes have arrived and looking good, and being booked up fast.  
  • We have also just taken delivery of a very nice looking Royal Enfield Classic 500 in a beautiful Tan with Red emblem, and we've called her 'Katie', a very apt right royal name eh.  
  • The special Easter Tour 2017 is filling up nicely, Mike and I can't wait to do this tour it's going to be such a blast.
  • We will soon be able to offer Queenstown-Queenstown motorcycle rental on a limited number of bikes, so if you or your clients need a bike in Queenstown to get around please contact us!  


"Hi everyone.  Well, July was our best month ever for sales, so all I can say, is, if you are thinking of hiring a new or reliable motorcycle between October and May - do it now!.  

New Bikes
Are turning up everywhere. Mike spotted a good deal on a beautiful BMW GTL and a new Harley-Davidson Ultra recently and snapped them both up. And currently underoing their pre-delivery inspection are 2 x  R1200GSWs, 2 x R1200RTS, and a trully thrilling S1000XR!  There are more bikes to come and I just can't keep up! 

We're absolutely thrilled to announce that 'The Bear' Peter Thoeming, famous Editor and Pied Piper of Australian Motorcyclist Magazine, will be joining us on the Adventure of a Lifetime next Easter 2017 for our special 10 Day Omaka Classic Fighters Tour.  We've already got members of the 'Bear Army' clambering to their computers for their preferred bikes, so don't be disappointed if you don't get the exact bike you want for this trip!  Mike Lester and yours truly will be joining the tour too in addition to other guides, wouldn't miss this one for anything!

New Website & Online Booking Buttons
Although we like to think of our company as 'cool old school' we just have to keep up with new technology and digital marketing, and so we've invested in a brand new website.  Many Riders know our reputation, know what they want to book, and don't have the time to spend chatting via email.  So we've created an Online booking button, wait for it, not just for rentals, but we've also developed a fabulous way of booking GPS Tours and Fully Guided Rental.  We have a fabulous Rental Vehicle Management system and have developed a way of integrating the Online booking system with this, and we are extremely happy as we can now better assist those customers need questions answered and those customers who dont.  

GPS Tours
Seem to be overtaking our rental sales just at the moment - and who can blame interested clients. We upload our expertise onto one of our Garmin Zumo Waterproof 550/660 GPSs - all you have to do is Plug-in and Ride into Paradise.  

May 2016
"Hi everyone - Well, what an amazingly superb tour our Warbirds Over Wanaka Easter Tour was!  The rave reviews on TripAdvisor are coming in, and we're trending on Facebook! Well, not quite but you know what I mean, it was really successful with over 15 bikes on the tour.   We were very sad that our intended editor from Australian Road Rider was unable to join us at the last minute, so we've been let down with a decent write up.    We're already taking bookings for our Omaka Classic Fighters Tour for Easter 2017. Are you interested in Aircraft or Classic Vehicles of any description?  We listened to our clients and next season our Easter tour is going to incorporate VIP Platinum tickets for the Show in addition to awesome activities like helicoptering over the glaciers, whale-watching, aircraft museum entries, jet-boating etc.  

As opposed to last month, we now have garages full of motorcycles ready for servicing throughout our winter months, ready for yet another fabulous season of motorcycling. But wait, it's not over yet!  We still have quite a few lucky motorcyclists on the road and we're experiencing glorious autumn weather. Mike is currently 'out and about' on a famil venture, and riding the upper half of the south island (he just can't get enough), on our brand new BMW K1600GTL. Although many of us here on the team are Triumph and Harley-Davidson nuts, we must admit that this BMW is a beauty! Neil, our Ops Manager has a headache - with less bikes on the road he's been tasked with more mundane office rolls - awwwww! David, our Workshop Wizard, is living up to his reputation and starting to miraculously turn well-seasoned machines back into tip-top condition.  Hayley, back-office Itineraries Manager, is flat out in the Graphics department and block booking hotels for our fully guided tours next season.  It's going to be our best year yet I can just feel it!  Our Tour Guides, Mike included, are all champing at the bit to become Lead for next years tours ....

As you know we continually strive to improve.  JUNE's blog is going to be just awesome as we have some fabulous surprises in store for those clients thinking of Riding New Zealand and Living the Dream with South Pacific Motorcycle Tours.  - Happy Riding everyone and keep the shiny side up ;)" - Carole, Owner SPMT

Chicken Strips

If you're thinking of touring in Europe whilst it's winter down here in the Southern Hemisphere, give these guys a call. The tours are aimed at people bringing their own bikes but they can hook you up with rentals too! Bruce & Simon have a wealth of experience on all types of bikes, we're certain that any tour with them will be a great experience all round.

March 2016
"We have garages full of suitcases instead of bikes!  We are enjoying a fabulous high season and have a full order book until April, with a few gaps here and there. Thank you to all our amazing clients who have given us their recommendations.  Word of mouth is so important and a high percentage of our custom now comes from 'a good word'.  Where has the season gone?!  The mornings are starting off a bit cooler now, and a few leaves have started to fall, but it's still gorgeous by midday. Come on guys, don't wait until Spring - Autumn is the perfect time for motorcycle touring in NZ!  We're now operating all year round, so if you're not keen on riding the alps in the middle of winter, start from Auckland and ride the 'winterless north'.  With the support of our awesome North Island Agents, Carbon Garage, it's all possible. 

New Bikes

Get ready for lots of  new bikes - RTs, S1000XRs and 700GSs to name but a few! "

Look forward to seeing you here in beautiful NZ soon" - Carole Lester

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The Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour March 2016 is filling up fast, following dozens of enquiries after the superb spread in the Australian Road Rider Magazine. Thanks guys, can't wait for Easter to come round!  Having said that though, there are still a few bikes available if you want to join our legendary 11 Day Southern Alps Fully Guided Tour or our 23 Day Twin Island Adventure Tour, both departing Christchurch 7th January 2016.  If you have the time spare we can guarantee you the best time of your life, our guides will entertain you and guide you into Paradise every day. 


1 October 2015 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - "South Pacific Motorcycle Tours is thrilled to announce a very special business relationship with the amazing Carbon Garage, Newmarket Auckland"

Experience the amazing Carbon Garage, Auckland, South Pacific's North Island agents! The Carbon Group sources the very best superbikes from around the globe. These precious jewels are carefully inspected before purchase, then pass through their modern workshop, where they are inspected and prepared for either their own private collection or their new owner. The owners of Carbon Group have a special affection for special motorcycles from the 80’s and 90’s and always have a selection of these rarities on display in our showrooms. 

Carbon Garage is open Monday to Friday to drop off your motorcycle for servicing by specialist technicians, who will pay attention to every detail and recommend the very best care for your motorcycle.

Come in and enjoy a great coffee and delicious food in the Café, which has fresh pastries, sandwiches, soup and of course sweet treats. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for customers to use so you can extend your stay and enjoy the atmosphere.


Our November 11 Day Southern Alps tour is now fully booked and we have enquiries flooding in for our January and March tours.  If you have been thinking about joining any of our fully guided tours, we advise you book now to avoid disappointment.

For details on all of our fully guided tours CLICK HERE


JULY 2015


SPMT has now been instrumental in creating award winning short films!
Lisa & Michael Austin, from Texas, are one of our returning VIP clients.  Whilst on tour with us last year, Michael created a special video of the tour.   His Video, "Allegories in the Garage: Persistence of Memory",  was nominated for the International Shorts Film Festival a while back and guess what?

It WON it's category of short documentary!  So we’re now expecting Tom Cruise and a bunch of "Hollywood" types to start contacting us very soon!
If you’re interested in seeing the film CLICK HERE to see our own very special New Zealand Motorcycle Tour Channel! 
Lisa & Michael are returning to New Zealand again this season for more amazing motorcycling adventures with South Pacific Motorcycle Tours that will surely zzcapture the hearts of many readers.  We welcome them back and we welcome YOU to Ride New Zealand ....... and Live the Dream!

Carole and Mike
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Our unique selling features would have to be our unsurpassed quality of service, our genuine passion for motorcycling and, and sharing New Zealand's hidden secrets with you - in other words, our local knowledge.
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RD2 Kaiapoi 7692, Christchurch,
North Canterbury, New Zealand.

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