Hi Keith. I think you will find the importation costs pretty reasonable by international standards (about NZ$150 US$90 for paper and inspection fees), but it depends a little on who you get once you are in the country as to the on-road costs. I have seen people just pay the plate fee and tax (NZ$42) and other who have had to pay the full fee including personal accident levy of NZ$210 for 12 months (Although you can buy anything from 3 months to the full twelve, saving a lot). There will be a cost for a safety inspection (Warrant Of Fitness, called a WOF and pronounced "WOF" too!)at about NZ$30 and any costs to bring your bike to NZ standard. Almost always this is only a sticky patch on one side of the headlight if you are from a country that drives on the right. If you bike is a Irish spec one, it won't need that. Some people don't even have to get a WOF. Check this link too.: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tri...wZealandImport
Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Make sure you drop by here when you come. I have a small cabin set up for travellers, and a big workshop for the bike! Good luck with your planning, and you have the perfect bike for travelling the many back roads and mountain trails all over NZ.
Nigel in NZ
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