New Zealand Touring - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 Old Apr 7th, 2007, 11:56 pm Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 5
New Zealand Touring

Will much appreciate hearing from folks who have done any of the bike tours in New Zealand. Am planning to head down under in 2008.
barney is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old Apr 8th, 2007, 12:31 pm
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3
check ou BMW MOA

Owners News had a recent artlice about kiwi riding----last year I think JD
jamesgang1950 is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old Apr 8th, 2007, 4:21 pm
Senior Member
 
rmg08057's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Posts: 1,092
Being from there but now living in the US I can answer queries not related to the actual organized tours, but to riding in NZ and NZ.

Ralph
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....

"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam
rmg08057 is offline  
 
post #4 of 20 Old Apr 8th, 2007, 5:34 pm
Senior Member
 
kdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Posts: 3,098
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmg08057
Being from there but now living in the US I can answer queries not related to the actual organized tours, but to riding in NZ and NZ.
It's so good you have to ride it twice?
kdog is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old Apr 8th, 2007, 11:26 pm
Senior Member
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central, CO, USA
Posts: 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by barney
Will much appreciate hearing from folks who have done any of the bike tours in New Zealand. Am planning to head down under in 2008.
Will rent bikes following business trips to overseas destinations. Did this November '05 from Auckland. Rented a bike from NZBIKE.COM. No need for a tour. Seriously. Go at your own pace, go where you want to go; it is easy, flexible, and you'll save a bundle. NZ especially -- everything in English and straightforward. Easily found hotels when riding into towns. Easily found restaurants. Easily found the best roads. Great memories and a fantastic time.

sfarson is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old Apr 8th, 2007, 11:30 pm
Senior Member
 
tarheel_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Redmond, WA, USA
Posts: 365
We're in NZ now - with good advice from Ralph - and really enjoying the visit. We're only doing the north island this time around and rented a car to get around. Next year, south island and for sure and hopefully a motorcyle tour. The roads are stunning everywhere we have been so far. I think riding in a group, following someone who knows where they are going, it would be ok. Wouldn't want to have tried it solo fresh off the plane. A couple of days into it, now comfortable in traffic, jonsing for a bike really bad. Haven't seen an LT anywhere, but lots of motorcycles around. Not many sport touring bikes of any sort, mostly sport bikes. At a gas station, an Aprilia RSV pulled up and a couple jumped off, both were in their 60s easy.

Joel
'02 K1200LTC
"Mauve Mile-Eater"
tarheel_rider is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old Apr 9th, 2007, 8:53 pm
Senior Member
 
rmg08057's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Posts: 1,092
Joel...if you want to make a long day of it south of Taupo and the Central Plateau, you can do the circuit around Mt Egmont/New Plymouth and if the day is like the day sfarson saw it, you will have a grand memory.

Ralph
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....

"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam
rmg08057 is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old Apr 9th, 2007, 8:54 pm
Senior Member
 
rmg08057's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Posts: 1,092
Joel...at least......I meant ....NZ and about NZ.

Ralph
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....

"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam
rmg08057 is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old Apr 9th, 2007, 9:11 pm
Senior Member
 
rmg08057's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Posts: 1,092
Well Joel, they are there...here is a couple we linked up with in Auckland a few years ago...we had GS's and together we went around Coromandel for the day. He regularly rode long distances in NZ (a tough thing to do let me tell you) mainly by taking the ferry across Cook Strait and running down the length of the South Island. I've lost touch with them now. This shot is just north of Thames, looking west across the Hauraki Gulf back towards Auckland.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	NZ_Coromandel_LT_s.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	57.1 KB
ID:	10950  

Ralph
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....

"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam
rmg08057 is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old Apr 9th, 2007, 9:28 pm
Senior Member
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central, CO, USA
Posts: 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmg08057
Joel...if you want to make a long day of it south of Taupo and the Central Plateau, you can do the circuit around Mt Egmont/New Plymouth and if the day is like the day sfarson saw it, you will have a grand memory.
Grand memory all right!

Egmont the following morning...


Lake Taupo...


And even this memory isn't too bad...
sfarson is offline  
post #11 of 20 Old Apr 10th, 2007, 10:04 pm
Senior Member
 
tarheel_rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Redmond, WA, USA
Posts: 365
That last photo is a classic! Fortunately, have avoided that scenario so far.

We went down through Tongariro and National Park, some great scenes there as well. I'll post some photos when we get back.

Joel
'02 K1200LTC
"Mauve Mile-Eater"
tarheel_rider is offline  
post #12 of 20 Old Apr 11th, 2007, 8:31 pm
Senior Member
 
kdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Posts: 3,098
Steve, beautiful pictures! Love that first one with the snow-capped peak. Got any more good shots?

Every picture I've ever seen of NZ is sparkling and green. I really hope to get out there some day.

Ralph, maybe I'll even beat you back there.

Cheers,
-joel
kdog is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old Apr 13th, 2007, 1:08 am
Senior Member
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central, CO, USA
Posts: 250
Joel...

Pretty much blew my wad with the pics in the post here. Ha! Have others of NZ (whenever the red VFR is seen) embedded in my '05 ride vid... http://www.farson.com/video/ibhat.wmv

But here's two not making the cut...

A sign south of Auckland...


Lake Taupo...
sfarson is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old Apr 13th, 2007, 12:06 pm
Senior Member
 
kdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Posts: 3,098
Quote:
Originally Posted by sfarson
Joel...

Pretty much blew my wad with the pics in the post here. Ha! Have others of NZ (whenever the red VFR is seen) embedded in my '05 ride vid... http://www.farson.com/video/ibhat.wmv
Dude you are really talented. That video is awesome!!! Really enjoyed it.

-joel
kdog is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old Apr 15th, 2007, 4:39 am
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: , ,
Posts: 348
New Zealand Touring

Have a look at www.kiwibiker.com. Good forum. They even have a section on the forum for people who are trying to plan trips etc.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
axamax is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old May 4th, 2008, 11:09 pm
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1
Smile Re: New Zealand Touring

Hi Barney,

I was wondering if you have managed to organise your motorcycle holiday in NZ yet? If not then we are happy to help Try our website -
motorcycle-hire.co.nz or chat to Don Norwood who was out with us recently.

Cheers
Alison
Alicat is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old May 5th, 2008, 7:48 am
Junior Member
 
lhilsa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Reno, NV, USA
Posts: 18
Smile Re: New Zealand Touring

My wife and I have been to NZ three times. The first was by car, the other two by bike. As far as I'm concerned, the South island has some of the best riding in the world. We rented our bikes from GoTourNZ.com in Nelson on the South island. Great people with a good selection of bikes.

Lee Hilsabeck

2005 LT Light Yellow Metallic
2000 KLR "Camo" SOLD
2004 R1150RT SOLD
2001 R1150GS SOLD

Reno, NV
lhilsa is offline  
post #18 of 20 Old May 9th, 2008, 3:16 am
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 5
Re: New Zealand Touring

Hi,

We lived in New Zealand for three and half years (Mt Maunganui and Hamilton in the North Island) prior to moving to Australia. If you are interested in some ideas for a rough itinerary by motorcycle let me know how long you will be there and where you start and finish. The time of year will also help regarding weather considerations. Have also been back there twice on touring holidays since moving here.

Cheers..........Martin
martincraig is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old May 9th, 2008, 4:03 am
IBR# 366
 
meese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: West Linn, OR
Posts: 16,479
Garage
Re: New Zealand Touring

Quote:
Originally Posted by sfarson
They have coppers in NZ? Well, that ruins everything.

NZ is definitely on the list of must-ride places. One of these days.

Ken
Pacific NorthWet
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#143, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
meese is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old May 10th, 2008, 3:26 am
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Stuart, FL, USA
Posts: 121
Re: New Zealand Touring

We are in NZ now also. Six weeks on the south island and about a week and a half on the north, so far. We rented a car, are traveling slowly. We saw alot of dual sports on the South Island, more sports and others here. Not to hijack but- www.123southbound.blogspot.com is where we've been dumping pix.

Now-
New Zealand is the BEST motorcycle territory I have ever seen.

I probably should have typed that all in caps. A dual sport is called for (mostly South Island) because of the widely varied conditions. Gravel, etc. In a car, most of my right hand curves are seen through my side window. Astounding countryside. The people are so nice that initially it is a bit disconcerting. A beautiful and humorous place.

Anyway- Coromandel now, Bay of Islands next.

Jim
arwadowd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome