Neuseeland titel eng by Michael, auf Flickr The year 2017 was rather unsuitable for vacation, ten month on crutches were a very good reason not to drive my bike. The cause was a small accident on old-fashioned dirtbike terrain in late 2016 in Romania. I terminated the lower knee joint plate, all treating physicians noticed, a bad thing. A little video? Knieputt by Michael, auf Flickr After two surgeries, I almost can walk normally, complete stretching is no longer possible, it is more worrying that the diffraction is limited. But life goes or limps on. So how to spend the saved money and holiday days? New Zealand has been on my list for a long time. A country very, very far away, at the other end of the world, sparsely populated, with people speaking a language that resembles something like English. So what has kept me away from travelling in New Zealand by motorbike? Point 1: The long flight, about 30 hours are already an announcement and most in an aircraft on limited space with uncomfortable sleeping conditions. Point 2: How can I get around there with a motor powered two-wheeler? Shipping my own bike, but is too expensive for a planned 3 weeks stay. So only the rent remains. But there are some New Zealanders that penetrated this gap in the market. Point 3: What does it cost? The travel fund empties quickly, considering the first two points. You also forced to eat in New Zealand and somehow, when it gets dark, you would like to have a more or less fixed sleeping space .................... In short, whoever wants to travel that way will not get away cheaply. But you only live once, if you believe the usual religions. Flight was searched and booked at Emirates, about 1300 EUR, flight time about 29 hours. There are cheaper options, but they fly even longer, no alternative. The choice of the motorcycle. Basically I travel with my KTM 690, so an adventure bike is a good choice. So I rented in Germany, company MoVe, a Yamaha 660 Tenere. Was the cheapest, but also the "lighest" bike, about 1600 EUR for 3 weeks. A good choice, because on the island the side roads often turn from asphalt into gravel. Well, and the remaining expenses? In short, 1 NZ dollars costs about 0.60 EUR. Fuel, about 2 dollars Restaurant visits, two courses, around the 40 to 50 dollars, whereby the alcoholic beverage is expensive. Bed&Breakfast, Backpacker hotel, from 50 to 90 dollars Campsite 5-10 dollar, "wilderness" only toilet 13 dollar DOC toilet, cold shower 20 dollar TOP 10 Holiday Park. Landscape priceless. If you are traveling via Garmin GPS, this card is available for you: http://nzopengps.org/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=11 It is routable and works very well. For the adventure bikers, who prefer it unpaved, recommended: https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/welcome-to-adventure-riding-nz/ Lots of tracks with description and GPS tracks. Just log in and you can download the data. or https://www.remotemoto.com/ You have also to sign up, but they want 99 Dollar for the data. I think they offer more tracks. Also a good source: http://advrider.com/index.php?forums/new-zealand.65/ There is a lot reading material, I got this four items. _ _ Threre are no different items for travelling by bike in New Zealand nessecary, so I packed: The camping stuff Tent: https://www.wechsel-tents.de/zelte/travel-pathfinder-231060/ Sleeping bag: http://www.sirjoseph.cz/en/products/sleeping-bags/i6-rimo-ii-600-968.htm Mat: https://www.thermarest.com/mattresses/prolite-plus the photo and electronics department Neuseeland 2018 001 Start-4 by Michael, auf Flickr Kamera Olympus E-M10MarkII mit Olympus M.12-40mm F2.8, Akku Ladegerät Patona Olympus/Sony, FiiO - X3 Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player, Kopfhörer Koss KSC 75 Garmin GPS Montana, Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows Tablet, Powerbank TROND G4U 4-fach-USB-Reiseladegerät, Flugzeug Kopfhörer Adapter, Tablet USB Hub/Kartenleser, CSL - Ultra Slim Bluetooth Tastatur, Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Backup Kamera Sony NEX 5 Normal and motorcycle clothes and a pack sack disappear into my dive suitcase. Exactly, I bought it cheap for a trip to Canada, very spacious and if necessary also usable as a "backpack" . Neuseeland 2018 001 Start-3 by Michael, auf Flickr In the middle of february, I take the train from Cologne to Dusseldorf airport. The suitcase has exactly 29 kg, the new passport is also accepted and nothing stands in the way of the start. Almost nothing, a small immigrant from Iceland were hidden in my backpack. Neuseeland 2018 001 Start-1 by Michael, auf Flickr Does he have to go into the cargo hold, what do the New Zealanders say? They are a bit weird with plants, animals and stuff like that. The plane takes off and after midnight, for the first time I celebrate my birthday at an altitude of 10,000 meters. Economie class, the seat is quite ok, there is a plentiful supply of new films, series, etc., only in the game department they are somehow stuck in the 80s. Food is ok, plentiful drinks, so you do not dehydrate. After 6 hours stopover in Dubai, check out, a 3 hour stay, you can buy some diamonds or just search for a couch and try to sleep, don`t forget to check in. The flight goes nonstop to Sydney. At some point you do not know, is it day, night, should I try to sleep or catch the fifth movie? Like bus driving in the jet stream. Landing in Sydney, check out again. Great, I'm in Australia. Should I buy the boomerang or do I feel like one? Get back in the plane, a small hop and the pilot finds Christchurch, thank God. Truthfully I specified I had a tent, please queue in the luggage control, hopefully the Icelandic immigrant keep quiet. They do not want to see boots, only the tent is picked apart and considered to be clean. All wrapped up again, you have officially arrived in New Zealand. First steps lead to the ATM, trying out whether the new credit card is usefull to get some cash in foreign countries, it could. I booked a room at B & B Airport Magnolia Accommodation, not far from the airport. Practically reachable by bus 29, but with the heavy bag I take a taxi. A few minutes later and 20 dollars poorer, I arrive there in the middle of an residential area, the entrance leads through the garden. The landlord is present, tells me the code for the door, shows me the room and the dining options in the area. Dollars change hands and I first check the quality of the bed. Mr. Jetlag is not noticeable, only the lack of sleep slightly dampens the holiday joy. I have some spare time to take the bus to the city center. You can also get used to the traffic on the left as a pedestrian, always looking to the right. But unfortunately I will be a victim of unfamiliar traffic guidance, as I see the bus arriving in the correct direction, but unfortunately this happens on the wrong side of the road. I spare myself the sprint over the four-lane road, go to dinner, enjoy the evenings 20 degrees in the garden and try later to sleep upside down, works without problems.