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Old 12-27-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Revisit NZ Sept 2013

Hi all,

Did a tour of the South Island by motorhome in May/June 2010 and loved the place, you people have one of the most beautiful places on earth to play in.

Look like coming back to to do the North Island and then over to Picton and into Christchurch, in Sept 2013.

This is not bike related, but what would you suggest would be high on a tourists list of places to see at that time of the year, especiallly in the North?

Also, I was wondering how I would go about buying a prepaid phone/data package over there, and what might be the best provider for that sort of thing? I picked up a Vodafone SIM last time and that worked okay.

Anyway, can't wait to get back there, any help would be appreciated - maybe I can return the favour one day.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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http://www.skinny.co.nz/

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for that. A few options to digest.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for that. A few options to digest.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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Gidday Trev

Good to hear you had a great time here last time and hope you enjoy the North just as much.

In the FAQ section there is a few route suggestions for bikes: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...6#post16545486

But I guess you're more looking for destinations than the hardest way to get between them...

A couple of things you could add to help us with reccomendtions.
1. You don't say how long you have. 1 week? 1 month?
2. What kind of things do you like? Cities? wilderness? Touristy stuff? Nature?
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:58 AM   #6
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Hi Peet,

A great thread you started there and I found it after posting this one. A very helpful resource indeed and I saw Clint's bike route suggestions too ........wished I was taking one.

We should be there for three weeks starting at Auckland and want to be in Wellington two weeks in, then across to Picton and revisit some of the wine areas between there and Christchurch, over to Akaroa and then back to Christchurch to fly home.

The motor homes are a really easy and comfortable way tro see your country, with everything being so close, but we like food, wine and scenery. I enjoyed the mussel pies and the abundance of seafood chowder around the South Island....

Loved it.

Thanks for your interest.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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Here are a few more links to RR's...the first one a 5-week touristy-style ride on roadies
(5 or 6 part story)


South Island "snail-trail " type of ride + touristy bits


North Island "snail-trail " type of ride + touristy bits


Good experiences with this:
http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...icing/prepaid/
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I rate the places I visit by the quality of the seafood chowder :cool:
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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Fantastic Glitch, thanks. Your North Island snail trail has almost convinced me to ditch the wife and the motorhome idea and take the Tenere (she can't ride and would get bored on the back of mine). She doesn't like chowder either!!!

I've browsed through the tourist brochures, read a few ride reports on here and google searches but I'm going to linger on your RR.

I'm slowly making my way through it but that is exactly what I was looking for.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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I rate the places I visit by the quality of the seafood chowder :cool:
I had to read this a few times thinking you might have been taking the p*ss, but I'd go so far as to say that I'd eat a dog turd dipped in salt water, so quality of food from the sea excites me. There's no doubt that the Coromandel is high on my list as everytime I read about it their food produce is highly aclaimed......cheese, wine and mussels............I'm in.

Beautiful country NZ, I'm just about the retire but I will see a lot more of it before I give up travelling......a bike trip is high on the bucket list too!!

It certainly is a contrast to the Flinders Ranges here in SA and I'm there in April with over 100 riders at the Flinders Ranges Classic (see Aust section) in dust, rocks and at night, flowing beer.
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I'm slowly making my way through it but that is exactly what I was looking for.
Yeah, they're rather large RR's (scratch head), but the place just is like that.
We're back on the SI in 6 weeks from now, for more of the good stuff
Another crew, another 2 weeks....can't wait
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