Bring your bike.
Originally Posted by amzahsulaiman
It is a 'must do' for me to ship my bike to NZ and tour both islands. Heard so much about all the papers req and costs etc that can drive you crazy to almost give up the idea but no challenge no adventure, right? I am dreaming to do this tour somewhere in mid 2010. It will not be far wrong to say that if I tour NZ for about 3 months then shipping my bike would be the best way to go.
I am a Malaysian (going to retire from the Navy) and ride a Kawasaki KLR 650 model 2008. Awesome machine! Want to tour NZ with this bike. Looking for another biker to join.
If you are here for three months, then it's probably a good idea to bring your bike. there is a shipping link over there <----- on the left sidebar under the Planning heading. NZ is one of the easier places to bring a bike into. You don't need a Carnet De passage if you are prepared to put up a 12% refundable bond on the value of your bike. You have to get a Kawasaki dealer to write you a value, but they are usually happy to do that for free. Other than the GST bond, it will cost you about NZ$4-500 (about US$300) in fees, inspections and registration costs.
Mid-2010 would of course put you here in NZ in winter. Much better to try to come in late summer if you can. The best times would be from mid-January to April. By the middle of January most locals have finished their summer holidays.
There are many tens of thousands of kilometers of back roads and gravel trails that your bike would be perfect for.
Nigel in NZ
The mouth of a perfectly contented man is filled with .
-- 2200 BC Egyptian inscription