NZ 2009: Fifth Annual HU Travellers Meeting

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings

5th New Zealand Mini-Meeting

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009, Christchurch

Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!

More Details and updates here on the HUBB for this meeting.

Many apologies for the lateness of this information - lots of changes, plus I (Grant) have been insanely busy and running way behind and not able to keep up-to-date on the meetings info.

Want to know what people thought of other HU Meetings? Is it worth coming to the Meeting?

"I'm so looking forward to another UK meet. My only problem is that I simply can't get to every talk I want, such is the amount of terrific presentations on offer. Each year I've been astonished at how articulate, intelligent, informative and entertaining the speakers are. I'm willing to help with anything that doesn't keep me from a talk - and my timetable will be full to bursting!" More comments here.

Short History of HU Meetings

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up by Saturday morning, meet people and eat! Food is including spit-roasted lamb, and a keg of beer from a friend of Nigels who has a boutique brewery.

2009 Speakers and Tech Seminars (so far, more to come):

  • 12 years, 515,000km, 193 Countries!
    • Peter and Kay Forwood, Australia
      Every country in the world, and still going
  • Experienced Travellers - ask the experts anything you want! There will be loads of experienced travellers there and lots of opportunity to bend their ears!
  • and more to come as we get closer to the date.
  • How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact me here to volunteer.

Leaving on a big trip in 2009?

Plan on leaving from the Meeting! We'll make it a great send-off! Or coming home around the time of the Meeting? What a great place to arrive at!


All times - and everything - approximate!

Saturday from 1:00 PM

Saturday, dinner at 6:00 PM

Speakers presentations


Please PRE-BOOK so we can have an appropriate amount of food on hand, by filling in the form below and click the "Count me in" button below it. NOTE: Use one form per person!

Pay on the day please: Donations to Nigel for cost of food and drink - and effort!


One form per person please!

First Name * (*=required field)

Last Name *

Email *

HUBB User Name

City, County/Province/State


Are you a Contributing Member? *(HUBB or Ezine registration doesn't count)

Mobile or Phone number

Help us plan future Meetings!

Which travel bike do you use?

Past bike travel destinations?

(For more than one location hold down the
control key and click on your choices)

Future trips planned? Where?

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control key and click on your choices)

* Previous HU Meetings you've been to:

(If you've been at more than one meeting hold down
the control key and click on your choices)

I have read and agree to Horizons Unlimited's terms and conditions for entry to this event. I understand I will also be asked to sign a written waiver at the event before I can participate.
Yes No *

Comments, notes?

Do you want to volunteer to help as needed at the Meeting?
Please Volunteer to help out!

Would you like to put on a Tech Clinic or slide show?
Any special requirements, e.g. food, any comments?

Greyed out? Click YES to the Terms and conditions - yes, again!

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Just to clarify the membership situation: Currently there is no requirement to be a member to access the website, the HUBB or to receive the monthly e-zine. For now, what you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive.

We will also upgrade your status in the HUBB to Member. In addition to recognising your contribution through your status, this will allow you to upload a custom profile picture and custom avatar, store up to 50 private messages, upload more pictures (10 MB maximum storage) and create polls.

Another benefit we can provide is if you decide you want a t-shirt, mug, fleece jacket or other Horizons logo product from the Souk, you can purchase Member logo products at the basic price. Just let us know and we can arrange access to the Members Private Store.

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location for 2009

25 Rollin St,
Heathcote Valley,

Getting There - GPS, Maps


Map to the Meeting coming

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

Other Accommodation Possibilities

If you have any information for the area please let us know.

Other accommodation options: Christchurch has a hotel or two ;)

If you are looking for accommodation close by, the nearest cheap hotels and backpackers are in Lyttelton:

Tunnel Vision Backpackers Accommodation Hostel
Empire, Lyttelton Hotel

Royal Hotel - Lyttelton

Information about the area


If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

Local Hosts

Nigel Marx is the lead organizer of this event. Thanks for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to New Zealand once again Nigel!

If you have any questions, or would like to help out, give a presentation or whatever, please contact

See you at a meeting this year!

(though sadly not this one), Grant and Susan

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