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    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Hello all!

    My friend and I are traveling a large portion of the North and South island over three weeks on our two R1200GS bikes we have imported from the U.S. Our ride begins in Auckland on 29 Dec and ends in Christchurch on 20 Jan with various stops where we are either tent camping or an staying in an airbnb. I’ve made a google map showing our “suggested” route but we will be flexible upon suggestions for rides or re-routes. I know its a pretty aggressive itinerary; so, it’s flexible.

    Some of the rides from this site I really want to do (and we are planning on):

    – North Island “The 309 Road”
    – South Island “The Nevis”
    – South Island “The Von Road” (hopefully including taking the ferry)

    Here are my route maps if anyone is interested:

    North Island

    South Island

    I’m just posting to see if anyone wants to join us on a route or has any more suggestions. Any comments are greatly appreciated! I’ll be taking tons of pictures and try to post some things on here as we go.

    One other thing, I hope to sell my bikes in Christchurch at the end of the trip to save the hassle of return shipping. I’ll post them on this forum and trademe.co.nz. I should arrive in Christchurch around the 19th and depart the 20th. Let me know if any one has any interest in them!

    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    South Island map doesn’t open without being logged into Google.
    North Island looks like paved main roads only?
    I’d concentrate on ONE island and try to catch a bit more of that, rather than trying to
    just brush over the lot and getting only the superficial stuff…and in a mighty rush at that.

    Work on about 150-180mi/ 250-300km/ day….NZ ISN’T like the US or Australia where 300 miles get you to lunch.
    It’s a heck of a lot more intense and involved!!

    The Nevis on a GS12? It’ll be a sweaty day….do the Molesworth instead….add Skippers Canyon near Queenstown. Ride into Milford Sound at 6am (to stay ahead of all the tour buses and other traffic).

    Consider the legalities of leaving your bikes in NZ (you’ll forfeit the 15% VAT/GST tax, that’s collected at time of import, for the start).
    Been looking at buying a bike over there for a while, but prefer something in the 400/650 thumper class.
    Happy travels.

    Just 2 links to 2 different South Island trips in 2012 and 2013.
    Those “teasers” will link to the full stories, perhaps for some ideas…

    And a bit from the North Island…

    Aaron Robertson
    • Town/City: Te Awamutu
    • Bike: R1150 GSA
    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    hi, when are you planning to cross on the ferry to the south island?my wife and i are heading down to Kaikoura on the 3rd and will be catching the 12pm ferry that day.we are doing the run in one day from Te Awamutu.about 10 hours n the saddle ,its a good thing the GS is such a comfy bike and so easy to ride.if our trips match up it would be cool to meet up.

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