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Old 11-02-2013, 04:22 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, 04:19 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, 08:03 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, 09:18 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, 08:07 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, 10:46 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, 10:48 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, 04:09 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, 06:01 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, 04:25 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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Old 10-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #41
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Just thought of another question. Does Biosecurity care about motorcycle gear? I know they're strict about gear used for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and motorcycling is obviously one of those. I have some fairly new gear that's never been on dirt, though I suppose it's possible my foot could have been placed in a spot where there once had been cow shit, so (even if the authorities are not concerned) I'll still clean my gear.

Just wondering how much of a hassle it's going to be at the airport.

I'm also probably going to bring a sleeping bag, which - like my moto gear - has never touched dirt, but maybe I should have it dry-cleaned just to be sure?
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:59 AM   #42
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Just thought of another question. Does Biosecurity care about motorcycle gear? I know they're strict about gear used for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and motorcycling is obviously one of those. I have some fairly new gear that's never been on dirt, though I suppose it's possible my foot could have been placed in a spot where there once had been cow shit, so (even if the authorities are not concerned) I'll still clean my gear.

Just wondering how much of a hassle it's going to be at the airport.

I'm also probably going to bring a sleeping bag, which - like my moto gear - has never touched dirt, but maybe I should have it dry-cleaned just to be sure?
Honestly, I've found it comes down to the mood the customs officer is in that day.
I've had boots with a smudge of mud get through fine, while another time I had to pay to have some spotless boots cleaned.
Friends of mine have found the same.

Better to play it safe and have your gear pretty damned clean.
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:10 PM   #43
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Just thought of another question. Does Biosecurity care about motorcycle gear? I know they're strict about gear used for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and motorcycling is obviously one of those. I have some fairly new gear that's never been on dirt, though I suppose it's possible my foot could have been placed in a spot where there once had been cow shit, so (even if the authorities are not concerned) I'll still clean my gear.

Just wondering how much of a hassle it's going to be at the airport.

I'm also probably going to bring a sleeping bag, which - like my moto gear - has never touched dirt, but maybe I should have it dry-cleaned just to be sure?
I went through without much inspection, but out of sheer respect for the unique environment down there I would suggest making sure everything is as clean as possible. It's gorgeous and downright prehistoric and we don't need to contribute to ruining that. I scrubbed my boots with a toothbrush and cleaned them well. Bought a brand new tent for the occasion and ran everything through the washer and packed it as soon as it dried. I only carried down some spare dog hairs with me.

But they were clean dog hairs.


Enjoy your trip, the south island is the most beautiful place on the planet. Great people, great roads, great food. You have to eat the Red Deer when you're there.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:42 AM   #44
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So long as you're not trying to bring gear that has been rocking around and waist deep in 'farm activities', you'll be sweet. They don't like that farm word ;)
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:48 PM   #45
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Rego, Wof and insurance and licenses
Could someone give me a little insight here? The line quoted above was from over three years ago as "reserved" in the header.
I'm thinking about renting a motorcycle in NZ for 3+ weeks this coming March. The rental rate adds up to so much that it drove me over to TradeMe.NZ. Half the bikes there need "rego, wof, and insurance. Could anyone give me a clue as to how much this could add up to? Are there dealerships that would sell me a bike and buy it back for a half way reasonable amount? $3-6000 seems a steep price for a three week rental of a used bike.
Thanks for any guidance, Tom
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