Submitted By:South Pacific Motorcycle Tours
If you have time on your hands before your ferry to the North Island and a bike that doesn’t mind a bite of gravel then this often overlooked motorbike ride is perfect for you.
Another great ride through some beautiful scenery that the New Zealand has to offer the adventurous rider.
If you wish to do this ride as part of a New Zealand Motorcycle Tour, contact South Pacific Motorcycle Tours.
Head north out of Blenheim on SH 1 after 9.5 km’s you reach Tuamarina. Turning right onto Hunter Rd you make your way the coast and the collection of huts and houses known as Rarangi. From here the Gravel begins along the Port Underwood Rd. The Road twists and turns through native bush on a usually good gravel surface (bends having deep natural camber) passing through eight beautiful little Bays on its way to the hamlet of Port Underwood. Reaching Port Underwood you begin the second phase of the ride as the gravel stops and the tar seal begins and what a road it is as you constantly move from one bend to another. Your tyres will be working hard, your pegs will be scraping and the smile on your face will be so wide that it hurts. All too soon you find yourself in Picton. (For More Bend continue along Queen Charlotte Drive 340 bend in 34km’s).
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Best Thing About This Ride
Beautiful Bays, hidden from the world in the depths of native forest.
What Else To Look Out For
Local Car/4×4′s use this road (all of it, not just their side) so use caution especially around blind corners.