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- August 31, 2017 at 7:26 pm #19252
Couple of nice looking ATs in Whangarei on Trademe……August 31, 2017 at 10:21 pm #19253
Ohhh…when, where, who, how long?
Hi Glitch…not for a while yet…are you over here at the moment? Or still planning?September 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm #19264
Rank: 400cc Rider
Hi Glitch…not for a while yet…are you over here at the moment? Or still planning?
Planning’s over… looking forward to some shenanigans around Pakiri and the Sawmill Brewery late Oct to kick off the Northland loop. Staying with one of the KR-shutterbugs on his farm for that night.
Gotta get me some tide-tables to check on Pouto/ Baylys/ Aranga etc and a few other bits along the WestCoast/ Hokianga yet… but the rest is mapped out, subject to weather (plenty of alternatives).
Off to Europe first, for a few weeks.September 1, 2017 at 9:07 pm #19265
Good luck with Europe.
Keep your eyes on the forum for the northland ride, if it happens you should see it there.
All the bestSeptember 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm #19266
Rank: 400cc Rider
Got a bunch of 6 Aussies and 2 locals for the Northland, happy to join some more locals for a day or 2.
Will be off-grid for the next 3 weeks. :-)) (I don’t do electronics while trippin’)September 4, 2017 at 4:10 am #19274
my name is Joseph, I come from germany.
I would like to make a motorcycle tour with my wife for 23 days through New Zealand, North and South Island. We drive a Bmw 1200 RT. I’m looking for GPS data for such a tour. Only asphalt roads, no gravel. It should be nice winding roads. Who can help me? Sorry for my bad English.
Thank you for your help
Best greetings from Germany
JosephSeptember 4, 2017 at 8:19 am #19275
Viele grusse Joseph.
Your English is better than my German!
I am not sure why you want GPS data if you are staying on main roads. Google maps would be good enough.
NZ is not a huge country but I think 23 days is not enough time cover it all. You will spend a lot of time riding.
There are not many straight roads anywhere! The Roman Empire didn’t make it as far as NZ.
If you have some ideas about where you want to go and where you start and finish we might be able to help a little better.September 4, 2017 at 8:35 am #19276
I just did some googling. There are quite a few self drive tours advertised which take about 3 weeks to go to most of NZ but they start in Auckland and finish in Christchurch. There are only a couple of days off (not driving somewhere) and the routes are mostly the main roads. They are OK but not as much fun on a bike as the back roads (secondary roads).
Tchuss!September 5, 2017 at 5:11 am #19288
Thank you for your answer.
I have planned the following stages:September 5, 2017 at 5:19 am #19289
Thank you for your answer.
I have planned the following stages:
Start: Auckland – Hokianga – Waimate Tane Mahuta, Sand Dune Hokianga Harbor
Waimate – Pahia Bay of island and back
Waimate – Okura along Old Russell Road / detour to the coast
Okura – Whitianga Hotwater Beach Cathedral Cove
Whitianga – Rotorua
Rest day in Rotrua Thermal Wonderlands Geysers East Cape Hangifest
Rotorua – Napier Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, Eskdale Vineyards
Napier – Wellington Road Rimutakas, coastal road Te Papa Museum
Wellington – Motueka Ferry
Rest day at Abel Tasman Park Abel Tasman Park white sand beaches.
Motueka – Hanmer Springs Hot Springs Excursion Kaikoura Waale?
Hanmer Springs – Punakaiki Pancake Rock
Punakaiki – Fox Glacier Glacier Tour Fox, Franz Josef Mt. Cook (Heli)
Fox Glacier – Queenstown Bruce Bay, Haast Pass Lookout Point
Rest day in Queenstown adventure skyline gondola
Queenstown – Te Anau Te Anau Caves cave system firefly
Trip to the Milford Sound Boat trip Milford Sound
Te Anau – Dunedin along the Southern Scenic Hwy
Day of rest Dunedin, possibly tour Culture and penguins & albatross
Dunedin – Lake Tekapo Drive over the Lindis or Danseys Pass
Lake Tekapo – Christchurch Through the Land inside and over Fairline
Of course, I’d prefer sidewalks, but they should be asphalted and not dangerous.
I already know that in 23 days the beautiful New Zealand can not get to know completely, but my time does not allow a longer journey.
Thanks again for your help,
Greetings Joseph (Tschuess)September 5, 2017 at 8:15 am #19290
That’s looks good, I think you have got most of the main highlights there. I think you will be pretty tired by the end of it.
I am more familiar with the north island routes do I will have a look at those and can maybe give you some suggestions. If you are coming between December to March the roads may be quite busy.
Hopefully you are used to riding on the wrong side of the road! If not, suggest you put a big arrow pointing left on the inside of your windscreen. If it’s a rental bike it will probably already be there.
CheersSeptember 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm #19301
Rank: 50cc Rider
- Location: Jiangsu, China
- Bike: Cagiva Gran Canyon, KTM 1190R
I am a kiwi currently living in China.
My wife and I will also be back to NZ to tour.
My main aim is the ‘Burt Munroe’ motorcycle festival in Invercargill February 2018
If you are close at that time, then I think you would enjoy to see some of the activities.
Anyway, no doubt you will enjoy all of NZ’s great riding.
ColinSeptember 5, 2017 at 10:41 pm #19331
Just had another look at your route. Those will be long days on the bike but I guess you are used to that.
I don’t really have any better suggestions. If you are keeping to main roads, there aren’t that many options!
CheersSeptember 6, 2017 at 6:40 am #19332
Thank you for your answer,
so, driving left should not be a problem, since I was already in Australia on the way. My trip starts on 5 January 2018. The flights are booked and the motorcycle is rented. I want to drive as much as possible secondary roads and avoid the motorway. I hope that my Garmin Navi also finds the side streets.
Also I am used to long motorcycle tours. We have at least 10 hours daily.
Greetings JosephSeptember 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm #19340
Then I suggest, going north between Auckland and Wellsford use State Highway (SH) 16 not SH1
Going South to Whitianga, go around the coast road through Maraetai, Whitford, Kaiaua, Miranda to Thames.
Hope you enjoy your trip.
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