When I went to New Zealand last year, I decided to take my bike with me. I’d have a van the whole time, so moving it around with me would be easy. And Air New Zealand allowed me two free bags, one of which could be a bicycle.
If you’re interested in travelling with your bicycles, here’s what it will cost you:
Packing the bicycle
Before you can take your bike on a plane, you need to pack it in a bike box. Almost any bike shop will give you one of these for free. There are many YouTube videos teaching you how to box up your bicycle.
Aside: If you have an expensive bike or are planning to travel with your bike a lot, it’s worth investing in a hard case.
If you don’t want to pack the bike yourself, you can pay a bike shop to do this for you.
Bike shops in San Francisco
I called many of the bike shops in San Francisco. Here’s what they charge to box up a bike, sorted by price:
|Warm Planet BIkes||$35-40|
|Sports Basement||$45 ($30-60)|
|Box Dog Bikes||$70|
|Mission Bicycle Company||—|
I’m not sure what Mike’s and Performance do for $100. Maybe they use gold tape on the box.
Bike shops in Auckland
Here’s what the bike shops in Auckland charge:
|Shop||Price (NZD)||USD equivalent|
Once your bike is all packed up, the airline may charge you another fee to accept the bicycle as a checked bag. This table’s sorted by airline name:
|Air New Zealand||free|
|Virgin Blue/Pacific Blue||$20||1|
 Included in your standard (paid) baggage allowance (cost is $20)
 Small bikes (measuring under 62 “dimensional” or “linear” inches) are free (included in your baggage allowance)
 $35 for flights within Hawaii