I'm currently cycle touring in New Zealand (North Island), and I brought my own much loved touring bike for this purpose. I did not take the bike on the plane because, together with the equipment, it was way over the baggage allowance. Taking it on the plane would have cost me more than 700 AUD (with Qantas). It turned out that I could send it for less than 200 EUR by mail (split up in 2 smaller parcels - size was the main problem, not weight).
However, New Zealand Post has much tougher size restrictions. And the max. insurance is 250 NZD per parcel, which is a joke. I have been looking around and doing some research. Most excess baggage companies would charge 700 NZD and more. I might be able to book a flight with a more generous airline, but I would still have the problem that I would go over the baggage allowance. Plus I'm planning on stopping over in Australia for 2-3 weeks, which means I would need to haul the box around and store it somewhere (I'm not going to cycle in Australia, this time).
So my question is: does anybody know of a better solution (apart from selling frame and wheelset, which I'm thinking about as well) that I might have overlooked? Any Kiwis here who took their bikes abroad? I'd be grateful for useful tips.