So next month I'll be arriving in Auckland and I'm going to spend 3 1/2 weeks cycling through the north and south islands. I was advised to spend less time in the north due to there being more people and less interesting nature. When I land I'll rent a bicycle from Natural High next to the airport.
The problem is that I want to skip the first part of the journey and find a way to get to at least Hamilton via public transport. However, with a train this seems to be impossible because of their infrequency, and with Intercity it seems a bit difficult too because they demand that you remove both wheels, cover the chain, contact them in advance... etc etc... and I don't really want to fiddle around with a rental bike and hope that it survives the journey. I know how to ride a bike but when it comes to fixing them... well....!
So my question is does anyone have any advice for getting from Auckland to/past Hamilton with a bicycle? Maybe there's an alternative company that transports you and the bike...