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New Zealand travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
ordering drinks and food in New Zealand
Submitted by M18409
- In New Zealand, do not expect a waiter or waitress to come to your table when you want to order a coffee or beer. You order at the counter and pay in advance.
- In restaurants, it is considered good manners to wait at ... view more the entrance until you are shown a table.
- New Zealanders do not expect a tip. Just pay the amount shown on the bill.

How To Pack Your Bike For Air Travel
Submitted by M07701
There are man options for traveling with your bike on aircraft:
- Standard cardboard bike boxes available from your local bike shop are a cheap and effective way of transporting your bike.
- Bike Bags often come with ... view more wheel compartments and frames to mount your bike to.
- Hard Bike Cases are heavier than cardboard boxes and bags, offer the most protection and come with wheels.

We recommend the following steps to minimize your risk of damage in transit:
- Release most of the air from tyres,
- Remove rear derailleur from derailleur hanger,
- Remove handle bars from head stem,
- Remove your seat along with the seat post still attached,
- Remove wheels – for extra insurance you can remove your disc brake rotors as well if fitted,
- Remove quick release skewers,
- Remove pedals,
- Remove accessories such as mirrors, lights or fenders,
- Fit fork and frame spacers – these are available from your local bike shop,
- If you have disc brakes, fit disc brake caliper spacers between the brake pads so they do not get compressed.
- Cardboard tubing can be placed around the frame to minimize the risk of scratches whilst packing and give extra piece-of-mind.
- Tape the rear derailleur to the rear triangle out of harms way and tape the handle bars to the top tube being careful not to crimp your cables or hoses.
- Place the frame in the box, bag or case and carefully place your wheels along side the frame with the cassette towards the frame.
- Don’t forget to add your pedals, skewers and other loose items including tools to reassemble your bike on arrival.
- Often you can pack your helmet, shoes and other items in the loose space and use this as additional protection for your bike.

Make sure you clearly label your luggage with name, destination and contact details. Adding an up arrow and Handle with Care or Fragile can sometimes help.

Bicycle Tours - Check Grading
Submitted by M07701
We highly recommend you check the details of a tour grading when booking your bicycle tour. A trip is often graded a certain way, not because of the amount of cycling you will be doing, but because of the terrain you ... view more will be cycling in.

For example, a tour which offers biking at a high altitude but offers less overall riding is likely to be graded higher than a tour which promises to cover larger daily distances at a lower altitude over considerably flatter terrain. The reason for this is the fitness level required.

Cycling at a high altitude requires a high level of fitness, and almost guarantees you'll be a lot fitter by the end of the tour!!

Ten Ways to Make the Most of Your Travels!
Submitted by M16603
Ten Ways to Make the Most of Your Travels!

1. Be safe: Travel insurance is a definite must! Take a few spare photocopies of your passport and a couple of spare passport pictures as well – just in case. Vaccinations. ... view more
2. Travel light, pack right: Packing your backpack can make a huge difference to the weight of your load!
3. Be inspired (pre/during trip): Good guidebooks will usually suggest a selection of contextual reading and this is a good place to start.
4. Speak: Learning the basics is a great way to break the ice and find a common ground the local people.
5. Eat: Local delicacies can range from extraordinary to shocking but whatever they are they’ll give you an amazing insight into the local culture!
6. Guidebook: A guidebook has everything from maps to phrases, attraction listings to local histories and you won’t want to be without one!
7. Sleep: Traditional guesthouses and youth hostels may require you to respect the local customs but will give you a great insight into the local culture.
8. Go with flow: Some of the best travel stories come from journeys that haven’t quite gone to plan so don’t worry if your travel experience takes an unexpected turn, it could be for the better.
9. Share: Whether you want to raise funds for your volunteer project, tell your story to the local newspaper or just speak to your fellow travelers.
10. Beat the Blues: Your return home can go one of two ways; you’ll either be really excited about seeing your friends and family, or really depressed that the whole experience is all over. Re-accustoming yourself to the 9-5 can be a mighty task but there are ways to make it easier!