About Us

We provide driving lessons and motorbike lessons all over the wider Bay of Plenty region, including Tauranga, Katikati, Waihi, Mount Maunganui, Rotorua and Taupo.

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Motorbike and Driving Instructors

Our Driving and Motorbike Instructors

Western Bay Riding has been operating in Tauranga and surrounding areas since 1997.  It is owned and operated by Chris Welch, who has continued to build on the success and excellent reputation of Western Bay Driving School.

Christine Welch

Motorbike Instructor: Chris Welch

Christine is a Kiwi but is UK trained (BSM) instructor. In the UK, training to be a motorbike and car instructor can take up to 2 years to qualify. The training is very intense but guarantees a highly qualified instructor.

After finishing her 2 years training, Chris went on to gain more advanced high speed motorway training on one of the UK's busiest motorways, the M6.When Chris moved back to NZ, dropping her UK standard was not an option and she has carried on with the high quality of instructing.This is reflected in her 99% pass rate! Chris is also a motorbike instructor with over 35 years of riding experience, 10 years of which is motorcross.

Chris owns and operates Western Bay Riding and prides herself in keeping the highest quality, and will endeavour to never drop her standards.


Andy Edgar

Motorbike Instructor: Andy EdgarI've been riding for 33 yrs. I was born in NZ but moved to the UK where I started my motorbike instructors training with the metropolitan police 15yrs ago. After two years of intensive training, I was qualified as an advanced motorcycle Instructor, I became a motorcycle instructor for the metropolitan police and paramedics in London, and I trained them to ride safely at speed through the traffic of London. This was intense and required a lot of concentration for the rider.

In 2015 I started training with Western Bay Riding. I'm very lucky to be working in a firm that has high qualified instructors where we all teach the same but at a very high level. We all like to have fun when we're teaching, have a laugh but at the same time keeping you very safe.