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Bad Horse Bikes wants to make your dream of exploring New Zealand by BMW motorcycle a reality and an adventure of a lifetime. We know the drivers behind your riding and the reasons freedom on the road is important to you




With almost 83,000km of state and local roads, there are endless and exciting routes to discover – and with the sea never more than 120km away and mountain ranges running the length of the country, you will find yourself accompanied by our famous natural landscape on every kilometre you ride.

In a country two thirds the size of Germany but with a population of under five million, there are many opportunities for finding it’s just you and the bike. And when you’re not alone, New Zealand’s reputation as a casual and friendly nation is justified and you will never be far from a conversation over a good beer or great coffee – two of the nation’s favourite beverages.

To say we were blown away is an understatement. I’m not sure what the margin is on hiring motorcycles, but I’d bet a last-minute set of return flights to Nelson would have destroyed it. And that doesn’t count his time or the part. As we contemplated Marcus’ extraordinary level of service that evening, it occurred to me that a few businesses could take a leaf out of the Bad Horse book. (For the full story and more insights, read the full article on The Post.)

Mike O’Donnell

Fantastic bike and excellent service.

Ian Stevens

Marcus is just great. Has all the gear and knowledge to really get you going.

Andy Barker

Great bikes, great service. The owners have been also very by arranging us and being flexible. Highly recommend them and will definitely go back!


Marcus and Sally great people awesome to deal with, great experience

Kerryn Stewart

All good at Bad Horse Bikes. From initial contact, through airport pickup, paperwork, bike presentation and tank bag and bungie’s, Markus was on the ball. He was friendly and approachable. Highly recommended.

John Vercoe

– Highly recommended
– Marcus & Sally are genuine, passionate and will try their best to answer your needs. Just has to ask the right question!
– I will definitely rent from Bad Horse Bikes again.

Etienne Lefebvre

Couldn’t recommend them more highly. I hired for 4 days for a trip to the Hawkes Bay. Markus was good, communicated clearly, and the bike was in great condition. He obviously has a passion for riding, and was good to have a yarn to. Would definitely hire with them again


Marcus is genuine and has an obvious passion for riding and his bikes. Fantastic communication and commitment to my needs. The Urban GS covered 2600kms and was for me the complete package. A true Jekyll and Hyde of a beast. Totally civil in manners till the magic wand was waved by the right hand and voila instant everything right where it’s needed. Immensely capable motorcycle. Could not received the company or the bike any more highly. Thanx Marcus. 👌👌👌👌👌👌

Greg Inglis

We rented from Bad Horse Bikes for 6 days. I rode the 310 and the boyfriend rode the RnineT. We had a blast riding the north end of the south island (2 ferry rides required). The bikes were in great condition, no problems, no worries. The RnineT came with Hepco and Becker panniers, so packing was easy. Marcus was friendly and accomodating, the paperwork was easy. He had the time to pick us up and return us to our hotel (thanks!) We brought our own gear, but Marcus provided helmets at no extra charge. We are heading back home to the cold and snow today 🙁
Highly recommend Marcus and Bad Horse Bikes

Jill Proctor

Marcus was helpful and friendly and provided plenty of useful tips for our first time on 2-wheels in NZ. The bike was in great conduction and a pleasure to ride. We hadn’t brought helmets with us (too baulky to pack in hold luggage) but Marcus found helmets for us even though renting gear wasn’t part of the service. There were no undue/unfair terms or conditions applied like with some rental companies. I would rent from BHB again when next visiting NZ.

Nigel Plumb

Unforgettable experience! Nice riding all around the South Ile. Kind and professional owner. Recommended!


I highly recommend Bad Horse Bikes. It was my second time renting a bike from them. Marcus and Sally have been extremely helpful and super nice. Their bikes are in immaculate condition and well maintained. What a joy to ride!

Artur Szewczyk

Great selection of bikes, fabulous people to work with. Highly recommend!
Do look me up if you come to the States during the Sturgis Rally, I will be happy to repay the hospitality.
ka pai to mahi

Mike Wiese

Marcus keeps his bikes in great condition. Extremely easy to deal with. Highly recommend.

Craig White

Absolutely fantastic guys to deal with!


Will DEFINITELY be renting bikes from Marcus and Sally again. Bikes presented in immaculate condition, and you can see that they are both passionate about motorcycling and people enjoying the experience of renting their bikes and touring this amazing country.

Highly highly recommend

Warren Marshall

Marcus was very easy to deal with, bike was top notch. Good selection of helmets

Jason B

Had the adventure of my life with bad horse bikes! Couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing ride. Marcus knows his stuff and has a variety of amazing BMWs to choose from. He even lent me a helmet and gloves. Stand up guy and definitely the best to rent from in Wellington!!!

Jesse Hinton

Fantastic service, both Marcus and Sally helped me greatly with things such as adding gear to my trip as coming from Australia I wasn’t able to bring my own wet weather gear! Wouldn’t have survived without it. Excellently cared for motorcycle, the R nine T was an absolute workhorse for the 1500ks I put it through, never an issue with the bike whatsoever. Will definitely be going through Bad Horse again if I need another bike rental. Thanks again guys!

Dane Struyf

Had an amazing time in southern NZ onboard a gorgeous BMW1250GS. Bike was well maintained and was well worth the price, owners are lovely people and really cared about my trip. I’ll be back again for sure


Fantastic company to hire from. nothing was ever too much bother. Marcus and Sally were awesome, friendly, welcoming and so helpful. The bike I hired was just the job for me, set up and equipped perfectly. recommending routes and places to go were spot on and could have asked for more. DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND Bad Horse Bikes to everyone!

Colin Moon

Great experience – bike was perfect, nice folks – quick responses. I would definitely recommend them.

Stephen Jalickee

A short trip back home to New Zealand was made ever better by Sally and Marcus. Bike was awesome totally suited my needs, simple easy rental thanks Bad Horse you guys made my weekend.

Raegan Bruce

Great impromptu day of riding. Did not plan ahead for this outing but Marcus had us all geared up. He also joined as our guide and took us on an awesome 400km ride to Castle Point and back. Bikes are in mint condition. Good stops along the way. Highly recommended and will go again if back in Wellington. Thank you !

Simon Skjøde Knudsen

Marcus and Sally were very easy to work with in arranging our trip and just genuinely nice people. The bikes were well maintained and in excellent condition, I highly recommend Bad Horse Bikes.

Gareth Hughes

We have just had the ride of a lifetime thanks to Bad Horse Bikes limited. Sally and Marcus were excellent in their service to us. They went the extra mile and even lent us helmets and jackets as we are on a long haul travelling holiday. The bike was my husbands favourite type of bike a BMW so he had an absolute blast on it and what a way to see and experience South Island, New Zealand, we will never forget this trip. Well worth every penny. Thanks to Bad Horse Bikes, would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Jane Beckett

Last week I rented the BMW R9T. The rental was easy, Sally and Marcus were very accommodating and helpful in advancing me. The bike was well maintained and a lot of fun to drive. The ride itself was awesome, the roads around Wellington are great for driving a motor bike.

Michael Brouwer

Had a great ride in NZ. Bikes was low km near new.
Marcus was easy to deal with as he is a rider himself.
Would recommend Bad Horse Bikes to any rider looking for quality and friendly service

Maritz Du Plessis

Incredible experience with Marcus & Sally, service & knowledge is next level.
They went above & beyond for us.
Hired a BMW R 1250 GSA & rode 2 up for 9 day trip of North Island, beyond comfortable! Bike in pristine condition.
Will definitely be hiring with Bad Horse again, hard to give bike back!!😂🏍️🖤

Bridget Sullivan

Marcus and Sally were great to deal with, helpful with advice and really knew the bikes. All the gear was new panniers first rate, bike had new tyres and low km. Roads were fantastic, lots of hills and corners, courteous drivers who pull over to let you pass and very few speed traps. We did 1600 km, would have ridden more but for a few rained out days. Hope to return.

Shane Fitzgeraldd

I’ve had a great experience with Bad Horse Bikes. Marcus and Sally are very helpful. They lend me a jacket and gloves and even a gopro with multiple batteries and a charger so I could make some videos along the way. The bike drove fantastic and the roads are very nice! So many beautiful views. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who would like to rent a bike.


What an awesome experience!! Great people to deal with.
I highly recommend Marcus and Sally and plan on hiring again in the future.
Thanks for making the holiday one I won’t forget in a hurry

John Anso

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