Submitted By:South Pacific Motorcycle Tours
This route has got to be one of Canterbury’s most popular motorcycling roads. (Known locally as the Akaroa GP)
This route is just as good if not better in the reverse direction. A beautiful piece of winding road takes you first up to the summit and the Hill top Tavern with great coffee and a chance to take in the views of the bay. You descend quickly into an extinct volcanic which now forms a natural inlet and sheltered harbour. Once you reach sea level you follow the Shaw line twisting around many small valleys and climbing over a couple of small peninsulas. You eventually find yourself in the small town of Akaroa. Originally a French settlement it has kept its French feeling even today. If you follow the road through the town you will find a smell key side with what is reported to be the best Fish and Chips in the South Island.
If you wish to do this ride as part of a New Zealand Motorcycle Tour, contact South Pacific Motorcycle Tours.
Ride begins from the town of Little River and takes motorway 75 towards Akaroa.
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Best Thing About This Ride
Riding up the hill knowing that you will have another hill to ride up on your return.
What Else To Look Out For
Police and cars both try there hardest to stop you enjoying this otherwise perfect motorcycling road.