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    how long does the crossing to the south island take, anyone know ?

    I'e , is it short enough time for you to stay on top of your bike instead of tieing it. I'm thinking as a maximum of say 30 minutes. Just asking as I wanna go down that way too once it warms up a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOTO View Post
    how long does the crossing to the south island take, anyone know ?

    I'e , is it short enough time for you to stay on top of your bike instead of tieing it. I'm thinking as a maximum of say 30 minutes. Just asking as I wanna go down that way too once it warms up a bit.
    Allow three and a half hours, and you are NOT allowed on the rail deck while the ferry is at sea.
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    O I see. Useful info to know.

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    Anyone got any pix of their bikes tied down in preparation for crossing so I can see what it looks like - the 3 of us are taking our bikes over at christmas (23rd Dec, return 2 Jan).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balu View Post
    Anyone got any pix of their bikes tied down in preparation for crossing so I can see what it looks like - the 3 of us are taking our bikes over at christmas (23rd Dec, return 2 Jan).
    Been across heaps but never by bike but do remember seeing a few tied down by stropes over seat etc when boarding
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    Pic of ferry rope tie downs.
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    Cheers for the pix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goblin View Post
    Pic of ferry rope tie downs.
    How come i never get it that easy, there never seems to be anywhere to secure the bike to and definitely no tie downs, take as many as you would need to tie a bike on a trailer and then some i say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtwo Fiend View Post
    How come i never get it that easy, there never seems to be anywhere to secure the bike to and definitely no tie downs, take as many as you would need to tie a bike on a trailer and then some i say.
    I've only been on the ferry four times but there was plenty of tie downs provided. The pic was on the way to the Brass Monkey so there was more bikes than usual and we had to park outside. Apparently they can only fit 12 bikes inside. There are tie down points at all the bike parks. Take your own tie downs if you want tho, they dont take up much room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goblin View Post
    Pic of ferry rope tie downs.
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    If ya like. I would call it more of a faded red than pink tho.
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    Faded red it is then!

    I was noticing the scuppers (opening in the ship's side) and thought "hope that a helmet can't fit through there!"
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    if you want to sleep get on one of the blue bridges. one has cabins and if your on the other 1 find the room with the couches and turn the lights off then no one else comes in. but if youve never been on the ferry before id say youd want to be having a good look around and enjoying it. gets pretty boring tho its very very slow


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    Quote Originally Posted by Balu View Post
    Anyone got any pix of their bikes tied down in preparation for crossing so I can see what it looks like - the 3 of us are taking our bikes over at christmas (23rd Dec, return 2 Jan).
    Hi just read your post ,we are going down on 20th and back on 2nd so may see you on way back,booked on Blue bridge

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    Been there, done that now. There was heaps of tie downs on the Arahura in the pic.

    The Aratere on the return (Goblin's pic I think) I was right at the back corner on the inside, took a few tie downs to find some good working ones.
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