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post #1 of 8 Old Jun 15th, 2007, 6:49 am Thread Starter
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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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It sounds like you have a good plan. I do plan on going to New Zealand, but I'm not sure yet what year. When I do I will ride a different bike. I haven't decided if I will take a tour or do it by myself.

You can check Whitehorse. They seem to have some good books on traveling there that would likely be a good help to you.
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You may want to check how much Airfreight is to ship the bike. From the costs you mentioned it sounds like air shipping would be almost the same price and a lot faster.



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Sounds good. We were actually thinking of doing it 2009 because we probably won't go to Penrith AGM. 2010 would mean more time to save though.

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You may want to check how much Airfreight is to ship the bike. From the costs you mentioned it sounds like air shipping would be almost the same price and a lot faster.



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I was talking to a German guy who lives part time in Florida. He said he air shipped his LT basically for the cost of a ticket on Lufthansa. He rode it to the cargo/luggage/baggage area and they parked and secured it to a pallet.

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Hi Barry
Not to sure here But I think that I'm the only Kiwi here LOL heading back there next week to queenstown for the week then up to auckland to see parents. So if there is any info you need please ask.
I was in the army there and know there is not many places I have not been camping training or just touring over there.
we also took all our kids over for a two week tour of the south Island and that was not enough time lol. any way cut this short lol
if there is anything you need to know please ask
also note airfieght goes by wieght not size and I would expect the cost to be vary high One way
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Thanks for the feedback Guys. I don't think air freighting the bike over is an option from here, but will check it out further to be sure.

Brian we'll talk more at the Snowy ride about this idea. If you and MIm were looking at doing something in 2009, then it might suit us both to do the trip together?

Kevin thanks for the offer to pick up any info I need while your over in N.Z next week. Really the only thing that would be nice to have would be some good road maps of both islands, and any information on caravan and camping parks, or other budget style accommodation options. Theres so much other info on the internet these days, but a good map to spread and plan off is priceless, so anything you can find in the way of local and regional maps will be greatly appreciated, thanks!

I've also had the most amazingly generous offer from another member of this forum, who has been kind enough to offer me the use his LT that he will shipping back to New Zealand some time in 2008. There are some exceptionaly nice people in this forum.

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