NZ South Island trip advice requested fast

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by slartidbartfast, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    I did the same thing, overthought it. I had a few concerns since I was travelling solo by bike and being a girl and all. I rented an R12GS in Nov. Travelled from North to South Is. Was great. You will do fine and have an amazing time. If you look in the NZ forum you can see the route I took somewhere. It is all good in my book. Not a bad road in the entire country and it was real easy to get around.

    Have a great time. I have been there 3 times and plan to be there more for work. Awesome place.
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  2. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Not at all concerned about the solo travel etc. piece (I travel to some far less benign places by myself all the time.) My probably unnecessary anxiety is mostly about trying to do as much as possible in what is seeming to be a very short time. I'm SURE it will work out and even if I do spend a cold night under a hedge somewhere the whole experience will be fun :D
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  3. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    +1 on that. The wife & I spent 4 weeks over nov/Dec in NZ. The South Is is bloody fantastic!!! Go to the Britten "showroom/museum" if you want to see some motorcycling history It is right near the Cathedral in the centre of Christchurch at 103 Gloucester st The E.Hayes hardware store in Invercargill is where you will find the burt munro bike ( original not a replica) along with a shitload of other bikes (unless they were only there for the race weekend) Any of the roads that give access from east to west are a blast; pick one & go. The weather is VERY CHANGABLE normally from cold to colder!!Unfortunately we were in a van but I lost track of how many times is said to the wife " wish I had the bike here". Didnt notice that many cops on the south Is especially on the west, different story on the north however, reminded me of the gestapo they have here In 12 days your only going to scratch the surface, unless your really into the "adventure sport/ bungy" stuff I'd give Queenstown a wide berth If you get some good weather ( in your dreams!) the ride from Wanaka to Haast is one of the best around. Just take it as it comes Enjoy!!!! Dont forget to try some Montieths black---- Mmmmmmmm
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  4. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    I wanted to do a lot more hiking/trekking than I did. But it wasn't because of time, it was because I could not get off the bike as I was having way too much fun on the bike. I was in heaven for sure. iPod going, great bike, great roads. Simply amazing. My favs were the Haast pass, Te Anau & Mt Cook. Hell, Bueller Gorge, the glaciers, Desert Road. It was all good!:clap
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  5. cooneyr

    cooneyr terra firma rider

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    One of the replicas of Burts bike used for the movie is in Casabolts Honda on Manchester Street in Christchurch at the moment. It is about 10 mins walk from the square. Much closer than Invercargill!
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  6. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    I live 30km b 4 Te Anau on main road, u can stay in The Shaggy Shed if u like , weather has been crap this summer , I was in your state in 06 , email me, Cheers Toddy BTW bring a sleeping bag or get 1 at Mitre 10 or The Warehouse when u get here.
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  7. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Thanks to all for the most useful information. I am leaving tomorrow and just got an email to say the Atlas isn't coming, so very glad I asked here instead.

    Have worked out a rough plan, which I hope to type up en-route and will probably more or less ignore once I get there :lol3 . Will get a RR going and post the link here. Hopefully can stay well enough connected to keep it up more-or-less real time for once (but probably not!)

    I'm packing lighter than ever before so I can hand carry everything but have still run out of room and, as I'll be schlepping my bags around Auckland, etc., for a day as well, decided not to bring any caving gear. :cry Still would like to get together with some folks for a chat and a beer whether in caving country or not. So long as I can check on here every day or two that shouldn't be too hard to arrange. :beer
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  8. Howiezowie

    Howiezowie Been here awhile

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    If you make it to Dunedin, give me a call at Backroads Bikes.
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  9. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    Don't worry about the Atlas not making it. I brought one with me and never really used it except for reading while I was at lunch or dinner.

    Have a great time! I did!
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  10. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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  11. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Well it's all over now and I'm back home. Had an awesome time. Yes, I did over-plan - although I ended up more or less going with my original ideas based upon feedback from here. No, I didn't need the atlas - Picked up a good (free) AA map in the airport and then got a better one with my NZ YHA membership pack. Bought a guide book a few days before I went, mainly out of impatience to learn a bit more about where I might be going - WASTE OF MONEY!!! Not that it is a bad book, I hardly know because once I got there it was just like carrying a brick about as I never felt the need to crack the cover.

    I really lucked-out and had almost perfect weather every day. Did not run out of gas. Used some sunscreen but never had to apply any insect repellent and had only a couple of little nibbles from blackflies one evening at Punakaiki. Used my GPS and it even found me a couple of interesting places I would have missed otherwise. Did not need my heated jacket liner and it stayed in my bag along with the guidebook the whole time.

    Thanks again to all who offered their advice. Sorry to those whom I missed in my travels. I WILL be back!
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