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Old 28 Oct 2008
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Bike Hire in New Zealand

We are thinking about a trip to New Zealand (Feb 09) South Island. Thre are lots of rental companies to pick from. We are looking for recent information from people who have hired recently - ie condition of bikes, information provided, all the information one would look for when you hire a bike, etc etc etc.
It is a long way to go, not to get what you are looking for, I have hired in the past in Canada and Spain and have had great service etc.


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Bike Hire in NZ


I hired a F650GS from Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Tours (not sure about spelling!) in Feb 08 for about 15 days. Their website is at New Zealand Motorcycle Tours, Rentals and Hire NZ - Rental Motorbikes

They have depots in Auckland and Christchurch so I was able to do a one way trip from Auckland to Christchurch for a small additional fee.

Everything was absolutely fine. I communicated with them by e-mail before I left and there were no problems in booking the bike. I think they offer a reasonable selection and their rates were about par for the course.The bike was in good clean condition and I had no problems with it.

I didn't really need any info from them as I'd already sorted out my route and accommodation, but I reckon they would give you help/advice if you needed it.

It was the second bike trip I've done in NZ and I would absolutely recommend it. So much stunning scenery...........

Hope this is of use.
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Thumbs up I'd second that

I have had dealings with Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Tours, both getting bikes sorted for friends and I bought a bike that had recently been one of theirs. The maintainance on it was very good, and it went on to go from 70,000km when I bought it, to 150,000km when I sold it to a friend. It's still running well ('94 F650 Funduro). There are other hire companies, and I have not heard bad about any really.
Plus the owner lent Ted Simon a bike to use while his one was held up in the USA with a shipping strike.


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Thanks for all the information, I may get back to you for places to visit etc, if that is ok with you.

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Just Google bike hire in NZ - I'm not aware of any bad ones.

I travelled around the South Island the summer before last:
Three weeks around New Zealand’s South Island – Part I - ADVrider

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Thanks Frodo, lots of good information and pics, just might do some of the roads you did. Is Feb the best month to visit South Island from a warm weather weather point of view, some say it is ?

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Hey Tourman,
Nigel Marx should have mentioned, he is arranging the NZ HU meeting in February (20,21,and 22)
check out his thread, under Regional Australia / New Zealand,
you should come, February probably the best time to come, weather-wise.
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