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Campervan........ accommodation 06 Jan 2018 21:05 #96164

We hired a camper van last year. There are several companies, Maui, Apollo, to name just two. We were able to take it on the ferry north to south, but you may need to check with the hire company. There are many sites, some wild and basic, others more luxurious and expensive. There are sites you can download which will give you details, location etc. We used Rankers but others are available. I would recommend the camper van , for freedom, flexibility and pure fun. Happy to provide more info via P M
Janet & Chris
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Campervan........ accommodation 17 Dec 2017 04:40 #95895

May I add Lake Taupo near Rotorua and Wangarei and the Bay of Islands in the far north.
The food and beer is excellent throughout NZ and allow extra time on the roads as they can be a bit slow and the scenery is spectacular.
The weather on top of Mt Cook can close in very quickly, if you have the chance to take a plane to the top from either the east side or west side then do so immediately. Last visit it was closed for 4 days, open for 3 hours then closed for 6 days.
Queenstown is the bungy jumping and also jet boat ride world champion.
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Campervan........ accommodation 16 Dec 2017 10:14 #95880

10 weeks in New Zealand will be an ideal time frame to do both islands and as both are very different from each other and both are worth a good look.
If you are going to hire a campervan make sure you have one with plenty of room in it, self contained and plenty of power to get up all the hills. There are apps and FB pages that will give you places to stay and where "Freedom Camping" is allowed. Most towns have unload stations for campervans. But it would probably be great to book into a camping ground every 4-5 days for washing etc.
Often flights into Christchurch are early morning or late evening. It is probably best to have your first night in a motel or hotel in Christchurch before you pick up your van.
Some of our favourites in the South Island are
Akaroa - an amazing place (we are somewhat biased on this as we live there now) - if you come look us up. Akaroa is a small village with a french flavour. It is by the sea and well known for its hector dolphins and other sea-life.
Mt Cook - NZ tallest mountain. The drive through here is stunning - beautiful lakes and scenery.
Dunedin is worth a visit - very Scottish. From there a drive down the Catlins to Invercargill is well worth it.
Te Anau and Milford Sounds are stunning - especially good if there is or has been some rain and you will see amazing waterfalls.
A drive up through Queenstown, Wanaka and surrounding lakes and up the West Coast should also be on your agenda. There are two options for the top of the South - depends if you are returning the campervan to Christchurch in which case you could do both - You could come across Arthurs pass and up the coastal road through Kaikoura (whale watching fishing etc) or over the Lewis and on to Nelson and then Picton ( this is where you catch the ferries to the North Island). Wellington is the port you'd arrive at in the North Island. Its our capital city. Very good national museum and arts here.
In the north Island we would recommend visits to the Hawkes Bay - wines and sunshine, East cape and Gisborne for it's wild natural coastline, the Bay of Plenty for kiwifruit, beautiful beaches and also Rotorua which is the best place to get an appreciation (from a tourist prospective) of our Maori cultures and natural thermal areas. From here a trip up the Coromandel is fantastic - we spent many summer holidays camping up here when our children were young.
Our largest city Auckland is like many large cities however boast many lovely restaurants particularly near the harbour in the centre of town. From here you can ferry out to lovely island in the Hauraki Gulf.
From Auckland there are great roads going through many smaller towns all the way to Cape Reinga. Well worth spending some time up here. Fantastic beaches and native forests including our giant Kauri.
Places like Waitomo Caves are lovely for seeing the Glow worms ( Can also do this in a less commercial way in Te Anau in the South Island).
If you are trampers there are some fantastic "great Walks" - google this - bookings are essential.
We're possibly overloading you - if you like you could email us on - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can answer any questions or even make contact by phone.
Regards
Charles (and Jan)

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Campervan........ accommodation 13 Dec 2017 18:09 #95862

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Hi we have 10 weeks, starting and finishing Christchurch.
Looking forward to chat!

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Campervan........ accommodation 12 Dec 2017 10:11 #95843

I will contact you in the next few days what do you want to see and now long are you planning to be in New Zealand for?
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Charles

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Campervan........ accommodation 10 Dec 2017 21:56 #95835

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Looking at traveling around New Zealand --
both islands---- January 2018...........
Any suggestions help regards this welcome!
Annette & Malcolm.

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