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Old 11-01-04, 02:34 PM   #1
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Shipping a bike to New Zealand questions

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I have never shipped a bike by airline, or even traveled out of the US and have a few questions. I want to send the bike in a plastic bike box, but once I get there where can I put the box while I ride for a month?????? Do they have large lockers or someplace to store things in the Aukland Airport?

Also any suggestions on the North or Southern Island, what would be the most scenic or fun? I am going without any real plan and see where things take me.

I will be there from Nov 17 to Dec 17, if anyone is there at that time.

Any suggestions would be cool.
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Old 11-01-04, 02:48 PM   #2
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Also any suggestions on the North or Southern Island, what would be the most scenic or fun? I am going without any real plan and see where things take me.

I will be there from Nov 17 to Dec 17, if anyone is there at that time.

Any suggestions would be cool.
thank you
Can't help you on shipping.

On North or South, I'd say South by a landslide. Whadda you want, mountians? beaches? Glaciers? Volcanoes? They got 'em all. Well, maybe more volcanoes on North Island, but I know there are hot springs on South Island. Which is not to say the North Island is worthless, just that the South Island has a very diverse geology / geography in a very small area. And with only a month & travelling by bicycle, I think it would be difficult to do both.
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My vote would be for the South Island as well. On the North Island I would visit the Coromadel Peninsula, then drop down via Rotorua and Tongario NP to Wellington (takes about a week). Plenty of scenery on the South Island.
As fas as shipping the bike, make sure it is clean, they don't want new bugs in NZ and will check the bike. I always take my bike as luggage, packed in a bike box (free at most bike shops). I just dump the box on arrival and pick-up a new one where I leave.
I cycled around the world and NZ is one of my favourites because of all the diffrent landscapes and very friendly people.
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Old 11-03-04, 01:48 AM   #4
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Hi

I'm not sure what you can do with your box at Auckland. I've always put my bike in a cardboard box from a bike shop, disposed of it at the airport and got another one for the journey home. When you come out of Auckland airport, turn right and at the end of the building you will find a couple of workstands for reassembling your machine.

November/December can still be a bit dodgy weather-wise, especially in the South Island. It should be a good time of year to head North from Auckland where it should be warm and the tropical storms don't start until January/February time. Other parts of the North island well worth visiting are the Coromandel and East Cape. We had a great Christmas tour around East Cape a couple of Christmases ago.

I don't want to put you off the South Island, it's spectacular, but be prepared for some wet and windy weather, especially on the West coast.

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id like to add a few tips on packing your bike if you do go the cardboard box route.

ask the bike shop if they have any fork spacers.. they come w/ the bike to give the fork support at a very fragile area during shipping. theyre free. .or you could just fabricate a wedge of some sort out of wood. some shops actually charge for you for a box (in the states anyway)

also, put your saddle, seatpost, pedals, tools and any small gear in a separate box inside the bike box to keep it all together. wedge that under the bike.
hang the bars loose, and pad every bike to box contact point before sealing the box, with some foam or clothes or pillows or whatever.

your going to pay at least 50$ to bring a bike on the plane... mightas well stuff that box to the tits.

i just did a google on "pack a bike" and so much came up.

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I made arrangements with a hostel near the Aukland airport to pick me up from the airport, and they stored my box the 2 months I was in NZ. I just stayed there the first and last nights in the country. Can't remember the name of the hostel, but I found it online... Skyway Lodge, I think it was. Use google.

International flights may take your bike as luggage without any additional charges. I flew Air Tahiti Nui, no extra $. Check w/your airline for weight size and number of pieces requirements.

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time in the airport for inspections - it's just a little bit of hassel if you are not rushed, but it's horrible if you fear missing your flight.

South Island was spectacular, but the East Cape of the NOrth Island was also great. With only a month, I'd say go south. You can get a night train from Auckland to Wellington and take a ferry to the south island, for not too much $. Just roll the bike onto the train. Busses require you to partially dissassemble the bike - again, be prepared in advance, so as not to piss off the driver.

don't bother with a stove if you are going to stay in campgrounds, they all have nice kitchens - just bring pots/fork etc.

Cheers, and have a great time - NZ is FABULOUS for riding.
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Old 11-03-04, 02:34 PM   #7
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its easiest to take the bike with you when you fly. for international flights its included in the 2 pieces of luggage you are allowed. if you are going to take 3 pieces of luggage i would still fly with the bike as its much cheaper than shipping it by far.
i would recommend a cardboard box that you can dispose of and simply pick up another from a bike shop before you return. but if you do a google search for local bike shops in the area i am sure they will put up with your box for that time. or ask a hostel or hotel. NZ is a very friendly place!
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Hello

I have never shipped a bike by airline, or even traveled out of the US and have a few questions. I want to send the bike in a plastic bike box, but once I get there where can I put the box while I ride for a month?????? Do they have large lockers or someplace to store things in the Aukland Airport?

Also any suggestions on the North or Southern Island, what would be the most scenic or fun? I am going without any real plan and see where things take me.

I will be there from Nov 17 to Dec 17, if anyone is there at that time.

Any suggestions would be cool.
thank you
Hi there,

Last time I looked they had removed all the storage lockers from NZ airports because of security risks ... best bet is to stay first and last nights at same place and ask them nicely to store it for you, most are quite happy ...

Auckland airport does have bike worktands mounted on the walls of the itnernational terminal, so you can assemble/disassemble your bike at the airport ...
I use a ground effect tardis bag that folds into an A4 package and stores in a fornt pannier ...
Have a look on my website for pictures of what i could stuff in there ... my bike came through unscathed and i didn't have to pay any excess charges either ...
my website also gives soem cycletouring in New Zealand info that you may find handy too ...

For touring here, I would suggest spending more time in the South Island, bigger, more scenery, less people, etc ... feel free to email me for more hints or tips or advice ...

cheers,
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Old 11-04-04, 02:31 PM   #9
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Agree with all above. Usually you cannot store such a large item at airports, but in general a local hotel or hostel you stay at the first couple of nights can store it for you. If you have your bike fitted with S & S Machine's bicycle torque coupler devices the frame splits in half and can fit in a regulation sized suitcase, thus avoiding any fees for a bike box.
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It should be fairly easy to find a bike box in Auckland to ship it home,if you so desire.
I flew there 20 years ago on Air NZ- they took my bike as is with just the bars turned and the pedals removed. I made a stop in Fiji and pedalled from Nandi to Suva. Boy it was hot!
Unfortunately when leaving Fiji the baggage agents made me completely deflate my tires which resulted in a slow leak that plagued me for weeks in New Zealand.

There was good cycling on both islands, the South has spectacular mountain scenery, but the North is gorgeous too. I had rain in the North and hot weather in the South. The North may not have huge mountains but there are lots of hills with steep grades, I remember one called 'the devils elbow' which seemed to climb on forever. It was good fun.

I shipped my bike back to Canada by boat and I continued on to Australia. At the time it cost me around $100 NZ for shipping, then Canadian customs made me pay duty on it! I had attempted to sell it in New Zealand, it was a 1982 Specialized Stumpjumper, it had cost me $1100 Cdn and I was offered around $100 Cdn for it, so I decided to ship it home. This was in 1984.
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Make sure your bike is spotlessly clean when you bring it over here, check everywhere including under the seat etc ... customs are very hot on that kind of thing ...we are very protective of biological/pest entry ...

getting a bike box in Auckland will be no hassle ... ther ...e are a few bike stores in Manukau and Great South Road which are about the closest to the airport
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Rico, I'll be arriving in New Zealand on Nov. 19th. I plan on heading South via the Coromandel and East Cape. I'd be happy to ride together, but am afraid our schedules
may not mesh. If interested, let me know what your plans are. See "New Zealand Tour" post. You shouldn't have any trouble storing your box at a hostel. I use a Trico Iron case and have shipped my bike overseas twice. Both times I've booked a room at the same hotel for two nights upon an arrival, and two nights prior to departure. Both times they have kept my case for free. Hvae fun, maybe we will cross paths. Steve L.
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Old 11-09-04, 10:08 AM   #13
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Hi Rico,

I was recently in the airport of Auckland on my way back to Denmark. I got a box for free from a store in city, but it was too small for my bike, but it was the only size they had. I couldnīt use it, so I went to a small store in the airport, as far as I remember: "Pack and Security" - they are selling used bikeboxes and store boxes too untill you are leaving Auckland airport again. Their boxes didnīt fit to my bike (fenders and so on). I went to the counter of Quantas. They have new and strong boxes for 20 NZ$. I bought one and my bike arrived in Copenhagen together with me free of charge.

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Rico,

Storage at the airport can be quite expensive. When we were at the Auckland airport a year and a half ago, storage of a bicycle box was around 10 NZ$ a day !

We ended up sending our tandem back without a box (long story). Although we were lucky and had no damage, I would not recommend it. The 20 NZ$ from Quantas sounds good to me.

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