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Old 20th August 2015, 14:00   #16
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We basically did a full loop of the south island (well almost!). Only wish I had a week more to cover the whole south island in its entirety.
Wow...eagerly awaiting Queenstown part
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[center]The journey to 'Middle Earth'​
Hey Praful
Congratulations on your wedding and this beautiful travelogue. You have explored the country in the perfect manner. Great writing and amazing pictures. Later in the post, can you share the detail of expenses incurred. Even better to know that you were able to find vegetarian food which is a big concern for veggies on such overseas trip (including me).

Looking forward to further details. thanks
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Awesome, awesome report! Must be awesome to plan and travel to such a lovely location with your loved one.

Very nice pics!!
Thanks man !!

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Praful,

An excellent writeup and the pictures are wonderful too. Biking around lovely NZ would probably be so much more fun than driving around NZ (Which is something I did way back during my honeymoon too, have a Team BHP travelogue lying around as well).

Wish you many enjoyable miles travelling new countries and a lovely married life.

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Thank you Premjit. I must thank you, your trip log last year kindda re-affirmed that NZ has to be the destination for us. Not sure if you remember, but we exchanged a few PM's as well regarding a few questions I had.

Biking was indeed fun, but there were days we wished we had the comfort of four wheels. More on that later in the Tlog.

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Amazing Praful, a very belated congratulations but here s wishing you both the very best ! The pictures and the write up just makes me want to do it too !

The BnB is simply classic, a feeling much better than any luxury hotel i guess. I will be contacting you soon.
Thank you so much !! BnB's are way better than overpriced hotels any day. Plus the added bonus is to meet and interact with locals.

But I must confess, I did stay in hotels too

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Superb Narration Praful. Excellent pictures which shows how beautiful the land down under is (ANZ). What makes it even more special is when your partner is on the same page as you in such excursions . Luckily i'm blessed with same & I'm planning something for year end.

The pic which talks about the view from your uncle's house is mind blowing. If such is the case for all, why would anyone hate their relatives
Thank you! NZ is truly stunning, the diverse views it has to offer are unparalleled. We are glad to have made the decision for NZ!

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Brilliant write up . You have written it so well that I was visualizing all of the stuff you have written. Cant wait for the next ! And Congratulations !!
Thank you. My job keeps me a little too occupied over the weekdays. Will definitely by trying to do the next day's log over the coming weekend!

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Truly amazing. Rated five stars.

Your wife rightly said "In later stages of life, one will be more disappointed with the things not done, than the things done".

Salute to you for accomplishing dream NZ road-trip by listening to your heart and convincing your mind.
Thanks a lot !

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Hey Praful
Congratulations on your wedding and this beautiful travelogue. You have explored the country in the perfect manner. Great writing and amazing pictures. Later in the post, can you share the detail of expenses incurred. Even better to know that you were able to find vegetarian food which is a big concern for veggies on such overseas trip (including me).

Looking forward to further details. thanks
I have mentioned a brief estimate of how much it would cost in the intial planning posts. The only fixed expenses are flights and visa, the rest like stay, food and travel are totally dependent on you. Of course the seaon also matter, the prices are higher in summers as compared to winters.

Vegetarian food was available, as long as you willing to compromise with pasta's, pizza's and sandwiches. And a lot of sweet stuff for breakfast, as opposed to our aloo paratha and masala dosa adapted palates! Lol! The best way and works our a lot cheaper is cook on your own as much as possible. Most BnB's will offer basic kitchen facilities which can be used. And that will work out a LOT cheaper than eating too. But doing that was not feasible on the bike as we just didn't have the space to carry food.

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Wow...eagerly awaiting Queenstown part
Ah Queenstown, there was so much planned and so little happened. I am definitely going back there, so much to do but we had so little time!!
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Later in the post, can you share the detail of expenses incurred. Even better to know that you were able to find vegetarian food which is a big concern for veggies on such overseas trip (including me).

Looking forward to further details. thanks
Vegetarian food is very much available.If you try a little there are Indian restaurants as well. Since Queenstown is coming up next in this amazing write up , there is a food court in queenstown which serves Indian dishes(though less spicy), the name of the stall is Sangam.

To give you an idea two pieces on Naan and one plate of paneer costed around 20 NZD. I even found a bengali(Bangladeshi origin) restaurant as well in Christchurch by the name 'Nobanno'.

@Praful:Lovely post, lovely pictures and many Congrats. Waiting for pictures from the Gondola ride in queenstown.

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Awesome travelogue!
I don't read much of these but your style made me read the whole!
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Congratulations on your marraige
Man, what great set of pics and what a bike!
Please keep it updated.
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@Praful:Lovely post, lovely pictures and many Congrats. Waiting for pictures from the Gondola ride in queenstown.
I forgot that in my previous post, actually Indian and Thai restaurants came to our rescue more than once. Because after a while we were craving for some spice

Thank you, Gondola ride pics is still a few days away. I still have to get through to days 3-6 logs before I reach Queenstown.

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Awesome travelogue!
I don't read much of these but your style made me read the whole!
Thank you so much. Comments like these keep me from getting lazy and writing more

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Congratulations on your marraige
Man, what great set of pics and what a bike!
Please keep it updated.
Thank you. I do wish this bike gets launched in India someday. Will be perfect for our roads !!!
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I love the way your "honey" boosted you to do this bike trip. My hats off to her spirit. Does she ride? Or was she just a pillion?

Nice to know easy availability of vegetarian food
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Praful, an excellent write up!
And great photos . . I liked the YouTube videos as well...
I recently got married and am looking for honeymoon options, and thank you for bringing this piece in! I shall be in touch with you if we zero in on this....
-Cheers
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That is an excellent detailed write up Praful about your trip.
Nice pictures.

Looks like you guys had an amazing time visiting down under.

Cheers.
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whatte idea.

A new journey of life, in a new interesting way.

Amazing initiative. Incase you have end up with a child from this honeymoon, he/she would be the coolest kid around the block

Keep on riding.
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Congratulations and thanks for sharing a wonderful travelogue!

Been two weeks, where's the next update?
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Where to go ?

my wife chanced upon a article about motorcycle trips in New Zealand and she was already more than convinced.
Congratulations on the Wedding!

And you are one lucky guy! Insane memory for life! All thanks to the support from your wife...please pass on the appreciation to her in case she is not reading. Great show buddy!
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Wow. Congratulations for the trip and hearty wishes for your happy married life.
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Apologies for the delays guys, stuck with work on the weekdays and family stuff over the weekend. Plus stuck with the next video to edit.


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I love the way your "honey" boosted you to do this bike trip. My hats off to her spirit. Does she ride? Or was she just a pillion?

Nice to know easy availability of vegetarian food
Yes she rides, but managing a 250+ kg bike is another ballgame, so only I was riding.

Vegetarian was not easy, it was just available. Sometimes it took some work finding food.

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Praful, an excellent write up!
And great photos . . I liked the YouTube videos as well...
I recently got married and am looking for honeymoon options, and thank you for bringing this piece in! I shall be in touch with you if we zero in on this....
-Cheers
Thank you so much !!

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That is an excellent detailed write up Praful about your trip.
Nice pictures.

Looks like you guys had an amazing time visiting down under.

Cheers.
Thanks a lot !!

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whatte idea.

A new journey of life, in a new interesting way.

Amazing initiative. Incase you have end up with a child from this honeymoon, he/she would be the coolest kid around the block

Keep on riding.
cheers,
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Thanks and lol nothing of that sort happened, I can assure you of that

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Congratulations and thanks for sharing a wonderful travelogue!

Been two weeks, where's the next update?
Thank you, I hope I can squeeze in sometime this weekend to complete the next set of logs.

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Congratulations on the Wedding!

And you are one lucky guy! Insane memory for life! All thanks to the support from your wife...please pass on the appreciation to her in case she is not reading. Great show buddy!
Thank you and she does read

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Wow. Congratulations for the trip and hearty wishes for your happy married life.
Thanks a lot !!
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