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#27637 2-Nov-2008 14:41
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I would like to transport the mountain bike (aprrox 12Kg) down to Queenstown for a spot of riding on the mainland, late feb time and wondered if anyone had any good or bad experince with couriers / transport people? I want to also take a small ruc sac down (about another 8kg) and would like to send it in the shipment if possible. Air nz metro - non metro air courier comes in at around $250 from WLG - ZQN airports but any other ideas would be good. I'm heading to Invercargill to tramp the dusky track 1st so not able to drop the bike off in person,.. Post Haste wont take the bike as its too large I think for example, PBT dont take credit cards  and DHL is a bit excessive as I can hire a bike for $50 per day.



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  #175493 3-Nov-2008 17:29
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I've sent bikes with couriers before, with post haste as well. Gore to the north island normally costs about $70-80.

The trick is to have the bike boxed up first. Go to your local bike shop and get a cardboard bike box, normally they give them away free.

Remove both wheels, saddle/seatpost and unbolt the handlebars and it will all fit in the box.

Couriers are always reluctant to carry bikes unboxed because of the high risk of damage. Get it boxed up and you should be fine.

If you can't be bothered boxing it up yourself your local bike shop will do it on your behalf and even arrange a courier, you might have to pay a bit extra though.

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  #175497 3-Nov-2008 17:42
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well that in interesting. The local computer shop are post haste agents, I gave then rough dimensions of a bike box but they said no. They did give me the exact specs for sending so I think I might be wise to double check. Susepct that the local bike shop might get some business as I never get the pedals right.




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Ultimate Geek

  #175532 3-Nov-2008 20:15
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This is on the FAQ of the post hast site

What are the maximum weights/dimensions I can send? How do I measure the item?

The maximum weight per item is 25kgs. The maximum length is 1.9 meters. Our Ticketing Guidelines will help you to calculate the size of your parcel.

I have shipped a bike overseas and had it boxed up in a box around 30cm wide 1.6 meters long and 1.2 meters high so it should be within code.
I had to remove the pedals wheels and seat (you pack them in the box) , turn the handle bars so they are pointing front to back instead of side to side, if you can score a box from a bike shop they should be able to give you some tips on packing it.
It is best that you actually call the company and ask them directly as they would know best over their franchise outlets.


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  #175562 3-Nov-2008 21:57
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I have used the bike shop cardboard boxes and they have the advantage of being able to hold the rest of your gear like helmets,shoes etc.However I purchased a "Tardis bag" from Ground Effects that measures 1150 x 700.It holds my Full suspension bike,helmet,shoes and bike clothes.I have had it on the plane to Chile/Bolivia/Peru with no damage.Also recently went from ChCh to Auck return,AirNZ up and Qantas back with the bike and had no extra charges to pay as bike weighs 12.5kg and bag 1.45kg.I know that baggage allowances have changed recently but why not ring AirNZ to see how much it would cost as on plane luggage if you can arrange storage while tramping.If you are a "downhiller" bike up to the top of the gondolla(bit of a grunt) then hoon down the purpose made down hill sections.Good ride.



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  #175571 3-Nov-2008 22:04
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I should add that I'm actually flying into Invercargill to tramp the Dusky track 1st. There may be a chance of the bike being transported from Invercargill to Queenstown seperatly but would be nice to have someone just send it down so I pick it up in Queenstown and ride. The excess baggage for air NZ is now 1 piece at 25kg and each extra bag is a fixed rate. My tramping pack will come in at around 15kg to start with and I like to travel light if at all possible.



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