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Easter Weekend Driving tips

Easter is a great time for getting away and exploring New Zealand. However with so many people travelling on the road, it's important to take extra care when driving your campervan. It's a sad fact that 12 people died on New Zealand roads last Easter break, this year Police are focusing...

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Ohau Point Seal Colony

Just out of Kaikoura (on the east coast of the South Island) you'll find Ohau Point Seal Colony, a great spot to pull over and catch a glimpse of seals frolicking around on the rocks. It's a great sight to see seals basking in the sun (if you get lucky with...

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Driving Your Campervan In Wet Conditions

No matter what the season or where you are in New Zealand, you'll likely encounter rain during your stay. Sometimes it will rain so hard that the fastest setting on your window wipers can't keep up. It can be a very difficult and dangerous time to drive, so here are some...

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Freedom Camping in Picton

Picton is situated at the top of the South Island and has a population of around 3,000 people. It is a stunningly beautiful town surrounded by lush green bush and amazing views of the Queen Charlotte sound. The town is the arrival and departure point for the Interislander/Bluebridge ferries which have...

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Campermate checks out the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park

Yesterday Campermate visited the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park, located in the heart of Wellington and billed as one of the premier locations for campers in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2011. Each night costs $50 (may vary onpeak or special rate dates) with power, private showers and toilets available. The convenience...

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Day trip to Akaroa

Taking a day trip to Akaroa is high up there on the 'must do' list for anyone visiting Christchurch in their campervan. While the roads aren't exactly flat, it's a spectacular drive and plenty of pull off points in case you end up holding up the traffic. Stopping in at either...

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Exiting the Interislander into Wellington

Exiting the Interislander into Wellington can be a stressful time if you have no idea what to expect once the doors open. Campermate has created this video so you can breathe easy when the captain announces it's time to depart. The Interislander ferry terminal is just a few kilometers from the Wellington...

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Campermate at the NZ Motorhome and Caravan Expo

Last week the team at Campermate spent a few days at the New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Expo, held at the Claudelands Showgrounds (3 March - 6 March 2011). The expo was a great chance for Campermate to meet with councils, tourism agencies, accommodation providers, associations and talk with NZMCA members about what's missing...

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Kaikoura Freedom Camping

Kaikoura is probably my favourite place to hang out, on a good day with clear vis that is. This photo was taken on one of those days where by some stroke of luck conditions were good. There are many places along the Kaikoura cost that are good for freedom camping. Beware...

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