** The Official NZ FAQ Thread** Bike hire, trip planning, NZ info etc look here first

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by kiwipeet, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Hi. It's been discussed a few times in the NZ forum. You'll find many of the basics in this thread here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=702718

    Costs vary depending on several factors. (explained in the thread above). Whether it's worth it or not is a personal choice. The short answer is if the bike is rare or desireable, has sentimental value to you or you're just busting your nuts to have one, then maybe yes.

    If you could reasonably buy one here... then probably not.

    If it's purely a money thing I would say youd have to be able to buy it overseas for $3-5k cheaper than you can here just to break even, let alone make it worth while. If you're doing it to make money then it'll need to $4-6k cheaper to make it viable.
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  2. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    http://aussiebikeshipping.com.au/
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  3. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    I'll be over in NZ early next year (been there several times before, but only once on a bike) and this time I'm getting a Super Tenere to do some gravel riding. All good info here, but given that I'll be 2 up on a big bike, what would a 'gnarly' road/track be defined as?
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  4. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    One that you shouldn't do 2-up on a big bike :lol3

    Unless you are Chris Birch :wink:

    Cheers
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  5. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    Ha ha, yeah OK, stupid question. Although it isn't the gnarlyness I'm bothered about so much as the potential damage to someone else's bike. And my wallet.
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  6. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    gday legends
    i just ordered the hema new zealand motorcycle atlas and mark wilsons 4wd north island but the south island one seems to be out of print? can anyone recommend a south island 4wd map book?
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  7. NZDave

    NZDave Adventurer

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  8. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    Grab yourself a KiwiMaps South island drivers atlas. It has lots of the same tracks as the 4wd book marked. It's also more comprehensive than the Hema maps.
    If you "must" have the proper book, I can loan you my copy :D
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  9. nz gravel man

    nz gravel man ADVENTURE RIDER

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    G' Day Philth.

    Check out www.adventureguide.co.nz it may help with some ideas.
    I have volume1 & volume2 of Ken Sibley & Mark Wilson's South Island 4x4
    books.
    I have just been talking to Westy & he will flick you an email.
    Some dvd's of NZ with your humour would be a good watch.

    Cheers G.M.
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  10. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    thanks legends!
    i do like paper maps!
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  11. PowerSlide

    PowerSlide Adventurer

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    I met Roddy from James Cargo at a Horizons unlimited event in Northern Ireland. He freights bikes out of the UK all over the world. I haven't used him yet but he seemed like a good bloke.

    Gar
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  12. 2wheelvagabond

    2wheelvagabond n00b

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    Hi you may want to ad www.biketoursnz.com aka Enduro Touring NZ they offer a few models suited for back country touring.
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  13. Southmt

    Southmt Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    I'm into dual-sporting in the US West, camping all the way. I'm wondering what camping is *generally* like in NZ (I just discovered this topic and haven't done much research yet). Is camping along the road possible other than on public (like our BLM or Forest Service) land? Do people care? I guess I'm wondering what the cultural norms are.

    Many Thanks,
    Bob
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  14. trustme

    trustme Long timer

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    We call them ' freedom campers ' & they have pretty much pissed in their chips [ fries ] in NZ. Budget tourists in campers without toilets who camp wherever to enjoy the scenic beauty & then shit all over it . It has got pretty ugly on occasions when locals take exception to stupid thoughtless behaviour.
    On the positive side there are plenty of DOC campgrounds [ like your parks service ] & plenty of fully serviced campgrounds like your KOA sites. Backpackers are another cheap alternative
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  15. Southmt

    Southmt Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I can certainly understand the problem.... some places here are like that.
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  16. Micawberism

    Micawberism Been here awhile

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    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9562248/Roving-campers-leaving-their-poo-behind

    Its not all about the campers sadly, New Zealand is not the safe haven to visit that it used to be

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9564432/Fifth-teen-charged-in-attack-on-tourists

    Not quite as bad in the South Island yet but there are a lot of angry people slowly ruining this country. For safety sake camp in designated areas, let people know where you are going, store valuables safely. Secure your bike when unattended. The country is awesome, most people in it are too. But not all of us
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  17. vaara

    vaara Been here awhile

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    I hope this isn't the wrong place to ask this question; I have looked for a similar thread elsewhere but haven't found one. Mods, please delete/move as necessary.

    I have a big milestone birthday coming up :freaky and am thinking about celebrating this disastrous event with an epic, if unfortunately rather short, moto vacation in New Zealand. Specifically, I'd be there for 2 weeks in October, maybe a bit more.

    So I'm pondering whether I should try to visit both islands, or just focus on one or the other. I realize NZ isn't huge, and I could cover plenty of territory in 2 weeks, but I don't want to rush around; I want to stop and smell the roses, as it were. I'd be doing a mix of camping - weather permitting - and hotels/backpackers. And I expect to be staying mostly on pavement, since I'm sure the moto hire companies don't take too kindly to offroad riding (or do they?).

    Could I get an adequate taste of each island by spending only a week on it, or would I better off staying on one of them?
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  18. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    With only 2 weeks I'd just hit the South Is. Have fun.

    Cheers
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  19. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    I did a big figure 8 tour of the south island over two weeks...it was awesome. PM if you want details.
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  20. iny46

    iny46 Adventurer

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    I agree with Clint
    two weeks are not enough time for one Island
    Take the south island, if u like high mountains and lake views
    take the north island for stunning views at the coast and impressive roads to ride

    watch my blog for more information ;-)
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