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Artig,

Thank you for the reply. I need 8 posts to send PMs so you are helping/giving me reason to create more.

If I wanted to start a new thread in order to get more responses, would I post it under Australia / New Zealand? (Can you tell I am really new at this?)

Are you planning on going to the meeting?

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Laura, the Australia/New Zealand forum would be the best place to post a new thread. When you are viewing the forum threads page you should have a button "New Thread" near the top. Click on that, and fill in the title, message, etc.

See for example also this thread started by a Canadian girl recently in this forum for some related answers.

I won't be going to the HU meeting, but if you are in the Tauranga area on your travels you are welcome to call in, and perhaps go for a ride on some of the interesting local roads.

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Laura - I've sent you a PM regarding my e-mail address. Just to be sure, I also cc'd the same message to your e-mail In Box.

BTW, your msg never got to my Skype account.

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The cheapest bike hires I could find were Waikato Car Rentals and Colemans Suzuki.

Insurance is not compulsory in NZ, but 3rd party insurance is usually cheap and is highly recommended. Included in the registration fee is a contribution to ACC, a compulsory accident compensation scheme for those who are injured in accidents. It does not cover any damage to property.

You could try contacting Star Insurance who have previously covered overseas riders in NZ, to hear what their prices and conditions are. Their email address is on the contact page.
Great advice from artig there.
If you are hiring from Waikato Car Rentals, say Hi to Murry Mark, the owner. He is a very good friend from since we were babies! They don't come more straight or friendly than him. Say hi from me.

And thanks to all for your kind and encouraging words, I really appreciate the messages and emails. It's kinda over-whelming really.

Looking forward to meeting you all in about 6 weeks.

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Nigel
Sorry to hear about your health issues and applaud you for continuing to host this meeting
I am currently planning a trip via Asia to the UK, therefore was eagerly wanting to attend workshops at the meeting to gather as much information from experienced motorbike travellers.
My question is, as this meeting has to be scaled down can you give some indication of the new format and will there be opportunities to get one on one advice (this will be my first meeting).
As I live in Auckland I need to judge whether or not to extend my budget to fly down to CHCH for the weekend.
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Hello from Canada

I thought that I should introduce myself and join in this thread. Deb and I are the other "Canadian couple" who are renting bikes for our 6 week vacation in New Zealand (starting in just over 1 week). I've been exchanging e-mails with Arne for the last month as we have worked out the details for our bikes during our trip.

Keith pointed me to this site and the HU gathering last fall when I was e-mailing him for tips about travelling in NZ. Although Deb and I would like to join in and meet some more people, it just won't fit into our schedule. We will likely be heading back to the north Island on Feb 16 or 17 as we will be flying back to Canada on Feb 28. Our plans are not as flexible as they might be since we will be travelling with 2 other Canadian couples for much of February and we have to ensure everybody get to see some of the areas they want.

Laura, if you want any details about our rental situation, please contact me. I will be riding a Honda Transalp from Waikato (my dealings with Murray Mark have been super to date and the rental price was very good for our purposes). Deb will be on a Suzuki DL 650 from Coleman Suzuki (thanks to a nudge from Arne that worked out very well). We spent a lot of time checking into the option of buying bikes then re-selling them, but felt that the possibility of not being able to sell them quickly might increase the cost past that of renting.

By the way, we both ride Honda ST 1100's here in Canada and love them for their ability to eat up lots of miles in North America. For our trip to New Zealand, we wanted to go with dual sports so we can see if we enjoy the gravel road riding as much as the pavement. If so, we might have to add some to our stable back home.
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Nigel
Sorry to hear about your health issues and applaud you for continuing to host this meeting
I am currently planning a trip via Asia to the UK, therefore was eagerly wanting to attend workshops at the meeting to gather as much information from experienced motorbike travellers.
My question is, as this meeting has to be scaled down can you give some indication of the new format and will there be opportunities to get one on one advice (this will be my first meeting).
As I live in Auckland I need to judge whether or not to extend my budget to fly down to CHCH for the weekend.
Hi rossmac.

That's a good question, and I should have put something up before.
What will happen is there will be a blackboard up so people can write who they are, and where they are going/have been as well as what they want to get from the meeting. That way you can track down the people who may be able to help, as well as knowing what other people want to hear about. Also people can write suggestions for what they want to do the next day.

Officially, things start at 1pm, but anyone can arrive earlier then that, but will run a serious risk of being given a job! I do the spit roast the traditional way, with a hardwood fire and hot coals under the lamb, which is rotated by hand by everyone for the five hours or so that it takes to cook. It's great fun and VERY thirsty work

There could easily be a couple of informal workshops during the afternoon, should anyone want to kick one off.

Peter and Kay Forwood are speaking in the evening. As they are the most travelled motorcyclists ever (in fact they are the most travelled of anyone in the world on any motor vehicle), they are a veritable wealth of information and they both have a great manner when it comes to imparting what they have learnt. They have stayed with us twice now, and we have hung on every word. 12 years, 193 countries, 515,000km and they are off to China if all goes well, right after the meeting. They are worth the price of admission alone!

There will be lots of time and opportunities to get one-oon-one time with people, and I'm pretty sure I could organise to collect you from the airport if you come down.

Hope we see you.

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Just a note to all that I will be unable to reply to emails and PM's very often over the next 12 days as I am away from the computer for work reasons and and then 10 days holiday, camping on an island on Lake Ohau, fishing and reading..... I may not come back...
I will check a couple of times while we are away, when I get near an internet cafe, but we are only planning one fresh food run in that time.

If you are looking for accommodation close by, the nearest cheap hotels and backpackers are in Lyttelton Tunnel Vision Backpackers Accommodation Hostel Home
Empire, Lyttelton Hotel
Royal Hotel - Lyttelton, Hotels & Taverns in Lyttelton - finda New Zealand

Of course Google will also help you find something. Be a bit careful to check that the address for accommodation is Lyttelton itself, as there are many places around Lyttelton Harbour and could be 40 or 50 minutes drive away. Lyttelton is 5 minutes away through the tunnel, and we will be running a van to pick up anyone from there and probably a return as well (although there are buses every 10 minutes past our house).


We are looking forward to meeting you all.

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Nigel,
Thanks for that info, looks like you have got things well organized.
Sounds like it will be worth making the trip (if only just for the spit roast )
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Hi Nigel

We have not spoken befor but i am looking to attend the meetimh in Feb but do not know venue location or if we can get accommodation at this late stage could you please advise venue so i canm sort out accomodation .

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Hi Andrew, around a week or so ago Nigel posted the change of venue details:

"Venue: 25 Rollin St, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch
Date:Saturday 21st February 2009 (covered area so on even if raining)

Time: from 1pm with the meal at 6pm
Cost: Donation toward the cost of the meal and drinks
Please email or PM me directly if you are coming, as there will be no enrollment form here. This will give us some idea of numbers."


Look back a page or so in the thread.

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Okay, we DO have a registration form now to make life easier for Nigel! Sorry for the delay, it's been nuts here too.
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Hey folks,
haven't spent much time in the HUBB lately, i'm glad i stumbled across this today. i helped my buddy Pete plan the ride at the first NC meeting a few years ago, it was a great weekend; the lectures were quite inspriational. it just so happens that i'll be on South Island next month so i'll do my best to join the meeting (even if i won't have a motorcycle).

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All right, I'm back on deck after the best holiday ever. Lets just say there are a lot of trout that used to be swimming around Lake Aviemore that are now in our freezer.
Thanks for all the registrations, there is about 25 confirmed and more every day (including Jo Morgan http://www.worldbybike.com/profile.php?id=2 ). Even if you had already earlier sent me an email or PM, please use the registration form in this link:
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/meetings/NZ2009
that Grant so kindly set up. He will email me the details in the form of a spreadsheet so it makes life easier for us. If you don't it's not a problem as we will check the list against earlier messages so you should not be forgotten. Conformation emails will go out about a week before.
Also note that the rego form says show up morning, but that's not quite true. We would like a few people in the morning to help set up the spit etc (send me a PM or email if you want to offer) but otherwise come at about 1pm. The food will start from about 6pm.

Google Maps link to venue is here:

Google Maps

We have found a nice camp ground not too far away. The link is here:
Christchurch Holiday Park in Christchurch Campgrounds holiday parks christchurch campervan camping accommodation New Zealand
It's about 5km away but most of that distance is clear 100km/hr by-pass roads. If enough people are camping there we will run a van trip to pick up, and maybe also do a return. A taxi van would also be a cheap option to return.

Otherwise I still recommend the cheap hotels at Lyttelton that I mentioned in my earlier post, or Google until you find something that looks to be what you want.

Kind regards

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A note about this coming weekend; we will be sending out an email to all those confirmed for the rally. This will also allow those who are staying at the same place to get the chance to share transport. We have about 30 confirmed now so it will be a good chance to meet and chat with other travellers and would-be travellers.

If you are coming and have not registered, please do so soon. It's getting to the stage with numbers that we are going to have to make decisions about food.

Looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting all the new ones.

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