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Not long ago my parents and my family did a South Island driving trip in a Honda Odesyee (sp?). My father bought it on the side of the road, performed a service, fixed a few things and off we went.

We first used it to go up to the Bay of Islands and we experienced bottoming out with the rear of the car, ie. hitting the bump stops.

So Dad and I had a look and the rear springs and shocks were stuffed. Chucked in some new shocks from Repco or somewhere, and went to Para Rubber (sp?) and bought a rubber mat about 1/2 an inch thick. Removed the springs and cut the mat so it acted like a packer to lift the rear of the car, reinstalled springs + packer ... and problem solved in a very NZ'er way.

Off we went around the South Island and we never opened the bonnet and never had any issues and was a great drive. On one very long and tedious stretch I was given permission by my wife to get a move on and with 7 up in the car we were sitting on 140+ and thoroughly enjoying myself. Perfectly safe as wide open and very good visibility.

We drove the car all the way home and eventually my father sold it. Don't think he made any money but didn't loose and was a great car for the task.

Buy the car, do a service and test run and don't worry about the cost of the ferry ... not that expensive and enjoy yourself ... but take good rain coats!
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post #17 of 108 (permalink) Old 12-03-2014, 11:08 PM
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Could be fun, but is the riskier option. I guess, unless you get to drive a pretty cool car, I kinda don't see the point. I know Richard wants to drive an Alfa, I did as well, and got to (a 2002 V-6 Spider, thanks AlexG), but renting is much more worry free for actually seeing the country.

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Could be fun, but is the riskier option. I guess, unless you get to drive a pretty cool car, I kinda don't see the point. I know Richard wants to drive an Alfa, I did as well, and got to (a 2002 V-6 Spider, thanks AlexG), but renting is much more worry free for actually seeing the country.
True but driving is a big part of a holiday in the South Island. It is a long drive from some stops with very similar scenary.

Anyway one day I'd like to do the drive again in my Alfa ... and things are happening at the moment that might mean this is a possibility Well worth the $300 ferry costs IMO.

In your situation, rental was a no brainer because you don't live in NZ. Too much hassle buying cars
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post #19 of 108 (permalink) Old 12-04-2014, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like a car for 43 days, maybe longer. Rent A Dent, NZ want NZ$2037. The 33 is looking better

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We got a lower rate than that from Hertz (we check all companies) when we were there, everything included. I think the trick is to reserve the rental before you leave the States. We've gotten good deals that way with these overseas specials. Did find that some didn't let one rent a car for more than a month, however; and a couple have upper limits on the age of the driver, no less.

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What about a 164?

How about a 164?

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I'll buy it, you can use it in return for leaving it at Christchurch. I could even contribute to ferry / flight costs (it would cost me about $900 to get it here).

Let me know if you're interested.

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Kerry. Definitely interested. I'll PM you.

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There you go.

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hmmmm... its adventure! Do it!

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And if you don't come back, at least I do know where there a lot of spare parts for my cars, lol.

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Picked up Kerry's 164 this morning. Dennis, the seller went to Australia for work. His wife picked us up at the bus station and when she found out we hadn't made Hotel reservations yet, insisted we stay with them. In fact, she even took us out to dinner
Left Auckland this morning in the car. Its the dark metalic green. The paint shines brightly and look great the engine bay is clean and tidy. The car starts, runs, brakes as an alfa should. A really nice car. The drivers o?s door handle has a good creak...I'm trying to be careful! The gas door hinge is broken in two. I can't find the gas cover release button so using the emergency pull string to open it. The transmission whines in 1st and 2nd, but should last a while. A great car to drive in NZ...Thanks Kerry!!
Some pics tomorrow of the car.
Did some fly fishing in Turangi for rainbow trout before going to Auckland.
Going back to Turangi tomorrow to do some painting at a non profit training center run by Sam Chapman, a Maori, who works rehabilitating prisoners and youth.
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Did some fly fishing in Turangi for rainbow trout before going to Auckland.


And we have a +7*C and it rain

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Yup, that Turangi area is well known for the fishing. We stayed there for a night, the rain coming down like it was a toilet being flushed.

That's one beautiful fish. Reminds me of the rainbow trout we used to catch in Ross Lake in the North Cascades. Maybe not quite that big, but almost.

Glad you found an Alfa to drive down there. Should be fun.

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met a Canadian sheep shearer in Hamilton who missed his bus and delivered him to his job site in style in the 1989 164. Back in turangi now.

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while you were in Hamilton, did you have a chance to hook up with AlexGS?

How about a picture of the car?

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