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Old 03-31-2015, 10:42 PM   #1
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Supper Ténéré rental.

Hope I'm posting this in the right thread. Need a bit of help guys and girls, I'm planing on a retirement trip to your beautiful country around February , March 2016 or when ever you folks recommend. Would like to rent a super Ténéré for two weeks ( that's my current ride ) would rather camp than hotel it. What I need help with is best time of year, renting a bike, should I stay in the South Island only? Would I need to book camping spots? And one more thing the wife will be meeting me there after my trip and we will rent camper van for two weeks and explore the North and south islands. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-31-2015, 11:06 PM   #2
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thats a great time of year limey. weather is most settled those 2 months, and most kiwis are back at work after the xmas/new years break. traffic has eased and campsites have freed up. shouldnt need to book as a rule. havent seen a s10 for rental but you might be lucky.

north or south island? you'll get opinions both ways but for mine, the scenery, great mix of windy sealed and unsealed roads, lack of traffic (and people!) the south island is easily the pick for motorcyclists

as a rule of thumb, if the forecast is for wet weather on one side of the country, the other is often ok, and vice versa.

check out the stickied nz faq thread for help on the logistics

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Old 04-01-2015, 02:19 AM   #3
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Agree with everything Wairau has said. The South Island is a big ADV bike mecca. This site has heaps of useful info on the South Island riding spots. RemoteMoto.com

NZ doesn't have an oversupply of bike rental companies and you may find a GS1200 easier to come by than an S10. If you google bike rentals in Christchurch there are 1 or 2 to choose from (that's if you're planning on flying into NZ there).

Good luck and hope the trip pans out well
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:28 AM   #4
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Feb is the Chinese New Year, so heaps of Chinese here for their holidays. Does pay to book then, especially round the bottom of the South Island.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:24 AM   #5
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the last time the chinese camped in the south is in any great numbers, they were panning for gold
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:45 PM   #6
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As the guys say, Feb or March are both as good as it gets & with only 2 weeks you should just hit the South Is. Have fun!

Distances aren't big in NZ, but there's a high density of stuff to see.

Camping options in NZ are pretty good, the commercial campsites are mostly of a high standard, then the Dept of Conservation sites in National parks etc tend to be more basic but are in some great spots. For a moto & a small tent there's no need to book a site anywhere in Feb/Mar.

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Old 04-01-2015, 07:38 PM   #7
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Google search throws up a few places claiming to offer the Super Tenere for rent, but don't know how current they are.

Auckland
http://www.aucklandmotorbikehire.com/?id=145

Queenstown
http://www.motorcycletoursandrentals...-super-tenere/

Near Christchurch
http://www.citymotorcyclerentals.com...er+Tenere.html

Auckland and Christchurch
http://www.nzbike.com/bikes/2011-yam...00z-super.aspx
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your help guys. Just sent a bunch of emails and have lots of home work to do.
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