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Burt Munro Challenge - 2020

Aussie Bike Tours are heading to New Zealand again in February 2nd - 24th, 2020 on an exciting Tour that will encompass the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill, the National Indian Rally in Invercargill and The Sound Of Thunder race meeting in Christchurch, whilst enjoying the awesome West Coast as well!

This will also include the International Hand-Shift Challenge, over the two meetings, for all the Indian and Harley-Davidson hand-shift bikes, competing for the International Team Trophy!

Classic B.E.A.R.S bikes are also invited for this opportunity to combine two iconic events with an Indian rally included. Road bikes for touring are invited also.


Our base package for one person includes race bike return freight, twin-share Van transportation and twin share accommodations with RETURN flights, (for the Burt Munro Challenge ONLY), starts at $4500.

This is a 10 day/9-night package.

Bring a partner/friend for $2400 extra, twin-share, alternatively a single room is available for an additional $800. This entails Christchurch-Invercargill-Christchurch.

Regards licensing, when we raced in NZ last year (2018), MNZ required a F.I.M. licence around $300. Please clarify your status with M.A. This cost is an additional cost, not included in the tour price.


For those coming to ride the "Burt" only, a Monday morning departure will be required to return to Christchurch (550km - 7 hours) to clean the bikes and drop them at the depot.

Please strap all your riding kit/bag to the seat of your bike after strapping your bike onto the same base from Australia. Vans can be returned at the Airport depot before flying out.

Everybody else will do the same, just two weeks later.


For our full package of the three events, after Invercargill we travel to; Milford Sound for a cruise out to the Tasman Sea, staying at Te Anau, travel the Devil’s Staircase to Queenstown and Glenorchy, visit the awesome Franz Joseph Glacier, checkout a bike collection in Ross, Jade in Hokitika and on to Greymouth (home of street racing), then north up the spectacular West Coast to Westport, on to Karamea, then travelling on to Blenheim.

There will be a group ride to Havelock and across the amazing Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton and the Owaka Airfield on Saturday. Then we head to Nelson and over the fabulous Takaka Hills to the Abel Tasman National Park. Over the next four days we travel to the Bulla Gorge, Punakaiki, Cape Foulwind, Reefton, Kumara and then over Arthurs Pass to Christchurch and the Sound Of Thunder weekend at Ruapuna!

The B.E.A.R.S Club have kindly offered free entries for all us international riders, and will also supply pit garages free of charge.

Everybody from the 2018 tour thoroughly enjoyed the B.E.A.R.S hospitality with many new friends made.

Packages for the comprehensive Tour start from $6700, twin-share (race bike in van). For two people in one van with a bike, for three weeks, add $4200.

All packages include Entry Fees and passes to all race events, souvenir shirts, and also a welcome dinner. Also included, all twin-share accommodations and return flights from Melbourne.

For the road bike participants, packages start at $6400 twin-share, bring a pillion for $3500 = $9900. Tourist Registration and Warrant Of Fitness is included.

Instead of a GST Bond, there will be a $200 charge, per bike, for a GST Guarantee Fund. This will be immensely easier than all bikes needing a 15% GST deposit!

A limited amount of rentals, being BMW F650g/s, Honda VT750, Suzuki DL650 and Triumph Bonneville are available. $7900 includes a bike with carrying capacity, flights, twin-share accommodations and all the usual extras.

This will be a fabulous opportunity to visit E.Hayes and Sons Hardware Store with Burt Munro's original bikes among many others, the amazing Motorcycle Mecca 300+ motorcycle Museum and the Richardson family's incredible 300+ trucks and cars at Transport World. We also get to ride on the famous Oreti Beach and experience Southlands amazing friendliness and hospitality.

The Southland Motorcycle Club has allowed us all FREE ENTRIES!

At usually $150 per event, this can be $600-$750 - each!! A huge saving for us all. Road riders are also welcome, with options of shipping your own motorcycle(s) or there will be a limited amount of rentals available.

Please note ALL motorcycles shipped will require a Vehicle Import Approval from Canberra. We will apply on your behalf, we require a written/typed ‘letter of authority’ as your motorcycle cannot be shipped without it.

Please also supply a copy of your passport, a receipt for the motorcycle, and a photo of the frame and/or engine number.

Our motorcycles will be shipped in Melbourne on Thursday January 2nd, 2018 at a depot TBA.

H-D factory bases will be supplied, please bring two tiedowns for each bike.

Motorcycles will be picked up at the Depot (tba) in Christchurch on Monday, February the 2nd.

We will have an overnight stop in Dunedin on Tuesday, arriving early afternoon at the Ascot Hotel Complex in Tay Street Invercargill. This is on your right as you arrive in the City Limits. I suggest a trip to Bluff (25km) to inspect the Bluff Hill where the Hill Climb is held the next morning.

The events are:

  • Bluff Hill Climb Thursday morning

  • Drag racing at Teretonga thursday from 6pm

  • Beach Racing at Oreti Friday afternoon/evening

  • Teretonga Road racing Saturday (practice available Friday)

  • Speedway Saturday night- we hope to do a couple of laps with the hand-shifters before the main racing starts

  • street racing Sunday morning/afternoon at Bill Richardson Drive/ old Showgrounds area in Invercargill.

This is a busy program of back to back events, please ensure your bike is in great shape.

For those keen to join the Indian Rally, please advise when paying your deposit as rally fees are yet to be advised.

Please contact me directly for exact quotes for flying sooner or later, from Sydney or wherever. Also for Road bike + race bike freight rates etc. and any special requests.

A $2000 deposit per person, will be required to confirm your placement on this very popular and limited Tour, by July 30th, 2019.

Balance will be payable by October 30th, 2019.

To book your spot on the tour, please contact Eddy Garner on 0416 046 901, or

  • Bank details: ANZ Bank, E. Garner

  • BSB: 013497

  • Acc no: 193479811

  • Please insert your name and Burt2020 as a reference.

Again feel free to send me an e-mail with any questions.

This will be a very memorable Tour and a bunch of fun!!

Yours in Motorcycling,

Eddy Garner, Aussie Bike Tours

Aussie number: 0416 046 901

NZ number: +64 416046901

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