Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Alexandra Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
A tour of New Zealand by LT?
I'm just kicking around an idea here.
One of my long term goals has been to tour N.Z on a bike, preferably on "MY" bike. I did look into the cost of shipping my LT to NZ last year, and I think at the time I was quoted $3,200 (or there abouts) return. I know it was a lot dearer than most smaller bikes, because they can only fit four LT's to a container. So the cost to ship the container is spread across four bikes, rather than the usual ten.
To make it worthwhile to ship my bike over, I figure I'd have to allow at least 4 or 5 weeks to tour around, and that should give me sufficient time to tour parts of both the North and South Islands.
I'd thought of staying in onsite cabins, because I didn't want the hassle of carrying a tent, or camping if I encountered wet weather. I felt I could live well on about $150 per day, as long as I was relatively self sufficient, and I'd have to budget for around $10,000 - $12,000 in total to do the trip, taking into account sight seeing costs etc.
This will be one of those things I've wanted to be able to cross off my "must do" in my life list, and my plan is to start saving now, and do a trip in the later part of 2010.
Why 2010? Well simply because by 2010 my kids will both be old enough to stay home and look after themselves. So I can't see myself doing this kind of trip before 2010, even if I had the time and money.
So by planning well ahead, it allows me plenty of time to research and save up for the trip.
Most motorcyclists I talk to share the same dream as I do, to one day tour N.Z on their own bike. I'm wondering if there are any other members here that would "seriously" be interested in doing a trip like this as a group? Remember I'm talking about doing this in the later half of 2010, so its still 3 and a bit years away.
If we were able to get a group together of say, four bikes (one container load of LT's), then we might be able to pool our collective wisdoms, plan a fantastic trip, and perhaps get some better deals.
Anyone interested in kicking the idea around a bit more seriously?
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Last edited by barryst1100; Jun 15th, 2007 at 6:59 am.