New Zealand South Island April 2018

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by FleshWound, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. FleshWound

    FleshWound Adventurer

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    I am going to ride New Zealand's South Island for 5.5 days from noon on April 16 to 5pm on April 21 starting and ending in Christchurch. The bike I am renting is a BMW F800 GSA and I will be bringing my gear along. The plan is to tent it 4 nights and spend 1 night in a bed where I can shower and wash clothes. I start the business part of my trip on April 22 in Auckland.

    Any advice and tips is greatly appreciated.
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  2. A1107

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    Hi Mate, my wife and I are heading down that way for four weeks of the same in March. So far we've decided we're going to rough it as much as we can. However,
    • Make sure you have your route planned carefully so as to see as much as possible. Distances are far and there's plenty to see and do.
    • Carry Insect repellent. Sandflies in the South Island are the worst imaginable.
    • Wear a high-viz vest over whatever jacket you're wearing. Be seen!!!!!
    • Watch out for tourists and campervans on the wrong side of the road. Some of them cannot drive for shit. Not pointing fingers but soooo many forget that in New Zealand we drive on the LEFT!!!! If you can put a sticker on the inside of your windscreen to remind you to do the same I would highly recommend it.
    • Wave to other bikers. One of them might be me. Talk to them at rest stops. They might have some good info on things to see and do.
    • Talk to the locals. They will be only too happy to share a yarn and tell you the history.
    • Look into camping at the Top10 holiday camps. Not plugging them for reward, however they do seem to have really good facilities meaning you most likely will have to carry less on the bike. Hot showers and cooking facilities every day if you want.
    • Must visits - Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Kaikoura.
    • Carry a bladder of water with you. A roll of Toilet paper too.
    • Consider making your trip a bit longer and ride further afield. There is more to New Zealand than meets the eye. You wont regret it.
    • Try include as many of the mountain passes as you can. Best scenery in the world.
    • Have a trawl through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdventureRidinginNZ/
    • Stick to the speed limits. You will gain nothing by riding fast, other than speeding fines. The cops are ruthless when it comes to speed. However they are very friendly.
    • Have fun and enjoy the ride.
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  3. FleshWound

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    Much appreciated for the information! I wish I could ride for more days but I have already killed my vacation for all of 2018 by adding the ride to my MBA business trip. It is time to do some research via the inter-webs with some of the information you provided. I dropped in a request to join the AdventureRidinginNZ Facebook group.

    Cheers!

    Casey
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