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post #1 of 7 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 6:49 pm Thread Starter
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I've got a business trip to Japan in early March and planning on extending my trip to visit New Zealand on vacation and will have my wife join me there. I'm planning on a week there. I'm guessing we'll stay in Auckland and visit around. Anyone have any advice on where to stay (hotel recommendations), what to see, where to go, etc? I don't know much about New Zealand except always wanted to visit that part of the world. I don't want to do a full motorcycle tour, but would like to rent one for any sightseeing we do around the country - a couple of days. Any ideas on who to use and/or if it requires any special licensing outside of the US motorcycle endorsement? I guess it's time to go get some guide books out of the library and start planning this in earnest.

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I have been twice and stayed several weeks each time...always had a car no bike.

If I had just a week I definitely wouldn't hang out around Auckland but would go immediately to Queenstown on the South island and do the boat trip out in Milford sound. This is overall the most spectacular part of New Zealand.

If you can't get to the South Island then go to Rotorua and that area to see the glow worms in the caves and the boiling springs etc. Up on the northeast coast is very picturesque too and the "hole in the rock" is a well known site that is worth visiting by boat.

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I read the Australia, New Zealand and Asia forum on this site. Why don't you post and ask the guys that live there?

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I lived in Auckland for 15 years before coming to the US. I still have a house there and visit "home" regularly each year. I have lots of ideas for you and can give you some good routes/trips both car and bike. If you like, send me a PM and lets chat on the phone as it may be more effective.

Americans love NZ, its like they imagine the US was like in the 50's :-)

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Way to much to see in one week, fantastic country and awesome motorcycling venue.
Did three weeks in 03 and I agree the Queenstown area is great but for quick non-cycling stop with the wife I would go to Christchurch. Beautiful architecture, botanical gardens and nice countryside.
Then go back soon and do the whole thing, its #1 on my list of places to do again.

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It's been some time since I visited New Zealand but if I had to make a choice, I would visit the South Island. The terrain is so varied you can see a great deal in a short time.

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Way to much to see in one week, fantastic country and awesome motorcycling venue.
Did three weeks in 03 and I agree the Queenstown area is great but for quick non-cycling stop with the wife I would go to Christchurch. Beautiful architecture, botanical gardens and nice countryside.
Then go back soon and do the whole thing, its #1 on my list of places to do again.

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