New Zealand with One Van, Four Bikes & No Plan - Video

Mar 13, 2018 at 16:16
by Freehub Magazine  

Guaranteed Adventure // New Zealand, One Van, Four Bikes and No Plan


Adventures don't have to be deliberate affairs. They don't need to involve remote destinations, premeditated objectives or detailed plans. Last winter, four of us explored the South Island of New Zealand in a severely clapped out van, but our adventure could have really taken place anywhere. So pack your friends in a van, or whatever vehicle you have access to, and go find some new trails to ride. Don't worry, something will go wrong.

From Until the Bitter End from Freehub Magazine Issue 8.4. Photo the.free.radicals

From "Until the Bitter End" as seen in Freehub Magazine Issue 8.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue / Photo: @the.free.radicals


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62 Comments

  • + 57
 Great video, and agreed. Go for it ladies and gents.

Other responsibilities will, at some point, start to limit the opportunities you have for such adventures; so take them when they appear.

I can both look back on some epic ones, and know there will still be some more ahead. Just don't let that sense of adventure get lost.

Have a good day!
  • + 32
 I’m doing this as we speak. One bike, one car and no plan. Currently in Queenstown and loving it !
  • + 34
 Is a spicy tinder something that requires a doctor afterward?
  • + 5
 Thankfully there was no dr. required.
  • + 5
 @FreeRadicals: Maybe a nurse though eh?
  • + 22
 i really need more time off work fml
  • + 4
 Sounds like we were thinking the same thing. Just make it happen, all you need is the will... and a bit of cash wouldn’t hurt.
  • + 11
 @Dont-hit-trees: let's run away together lol
  • + 14
 Just send it. I dropped everything and came to work and ride in NZ a few months back. You just gotta make it happen. PS. the riding here is as sick as it looks. PPS. All the vans here are heaps of shit as per the video.
  • + 1
 @sam264: easier said then done my friend, one day.
  • + 2
 @IsaacO: that's what I said
  • + 3
 @sam264: Agree about vans downthere. I just sold my Mitsubishi L300 1990 and it continue its live on NZ gravelpseudoroads..
  • + 3
 @IsaacO: A new bromance is born. Let me run this by my wife first Wink
  • + 1
 @Moshino:
Aw man my legacy is only a 91, was shooting for a 90 same as my birth year. One day I'll own a vehicle that shitty 3
  • + 1
 @sam264: what do you do for work? I want to try this
  • + 1
 @sam264: Didn't own a Toyota Hiace when you were here then?
  • + 2
 @Moshino: yeah one day we'll get round to paving our roads...
  • + 2
 @green727:
I'm a bike mechanic - if you have some qualifications or experience you can get work almost anywhere, and usually where there are good trails.
I worked in Sydney, Aus last year. Currently working in the rental shop at Cardrona Alpine Resort (I get to ride park laps in my lunch break). Moving to Christchurch soon, mechanic at evo cycles. It's not the best paid job (though the pay in sydney was crazy good), but you get to work in some sick places.
  • + 1
 @streetkvnt-kvlt:
Nah man, well-maintained vans are too much cash for me. Even a hiace will suffer when it's been owned by a string of backpackers!
  • + 12
 NZL; the land of sick trails and spicy tinders
  • + 18
 Nah it's spicy trails and sick tinders.
  • + 8
 The Momo racing wheel is a nice touch.
  • + 11
 I think it added 4hp to the van's existing 48.
  • + 1
 was thinking the same!
  • + 2
 I went to NZ about 15 years ago, I was there for 5 weeks and rode a bike twice, one was a new hardtail that I put together for the hotel owner so he let me take it for a spin. The second ride was a MTB experience in Queenstown, they gave me an old GT idrive with v brakes!
  • + 3
 with the risk of sounding like my father, "Quit mumbling and form your words properly when speaking." there i said it, tsk tsk tsk, kids this days.
  • + 2
 darn kids, get off my lawn
  • + 4
 Sorry Dad.
  • + 4
 Mark is a big Migos fan.
  • + 1
 I loved the wee glimpse of Signal Hill in Dunedin @ the start. Hope you guys made good use of the shuttle service while you were there!
  • + 3
 Doing your rock and roll duty. Kim Mitchell would be proud.
  • + 3
 stoked to see people visiting and loving it chur fellas
  • + 2
 Black Mamba? I would've gone with something like "The Black Vanther" or "Van Atherton". Still, looks like a rad time.
  • + 3
 Sigh...this vid really put the hurt on to travel again.
  • + 3
 That turn at 1:46 had me like, "well alrighty then!"
  • + 2
 we missed that shot a good 10 times so there was lots of practice
  • + 3
 That visor swap still paying dividens eh Haff
  • + 1
 We probably should've snuck you into the credits for wardrobe huh?
  • + 3
 Sick Boner !
  • + 1
 Hebebühne
  • + 2
 Not an enduro specific van then?
  • + 3
 Yeah boys!
  • + 2
 Just representing the shit out of Camp Fortune.
  • + 2
 Fantastic video, what a beautiful place!! nice riding too Smile
  • + 1
 I just quit my job to go do this very thing Smile
  • + 2
 That was great!
  • + 1
 Don't let the Utah "skidding is bad form" Nazi see this video......
  • + 1
 Love all of the adventure and riding around this video, need more of this.
  • + 1
 Such a good movie and such a rad journey!
  • + 2
 That was incredible.
  • + 2
 Sick video guys!
  • + 2
 quite a story to tell!
  • + 1
 The real question is - What's after Wanaka?
  • + 3
 It's strange, I thought that trail was in the public domain but I guess I have to keep quiet. You'll find it easily if you come visit.
  • + 2
 Alexandra- well worth a visit
  • + 2
 Excellent. Thanks
  • + 1
 Roadtrip in a Ford! that's an adventure in itself.
  • + 1
 Ssshhh it's really just a rebadged Mazda but don't tell anyone.
  • + 1
 Only one way to live and that's your way
  • + 2
 feckin' life man
  • + 1
 Great
  • + 1
 This is just incredible!

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