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Old 11-02-2013, 03:22 AM   #31
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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.

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Old 11-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #32
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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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There are several companies that rent motorcycles in NZ.

To find them you could Google: "NZ motorbike rentals", or search the yellow pages for motorcycle rentals.

A couple of better known companies that rent bikes are:

http://www.aucklandmotorbikehire.com/

http://www.nzbike.com/

http://www.gotournz.com/

http://www.citymotorcyclerentals.com/

http://www.motorcyclesnewzealand.co.nz

http://www.nzmotorcyclerentals.com/

South Pacific Motorcycle Rentals

http://www.garners.co.nz/
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:03 PM   #33
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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.

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Old 12-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #34
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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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Old 12-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #35
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Thanks, I can certainly understand the problem.... some places here are like that.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:46 PM   #36
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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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Old 08-05-2014, 09:48 AM   #37
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North, South, or both?

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 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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Old 08-05-2014, 03:09 PM   #38
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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?
With only 2 weeks I'd just hit the South Is. Have fun.

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Old 08-05-2014, 05:01 PM   #39
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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 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?
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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Old 09-13-2014, 03:25 AM   #40
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Vaara

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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