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Freedom Camping in New Zealand

New Zealand is a great country for exploring in a campervan. However it's important to know that you can't just camp wherever you like. Many councils have laws against roadside camping and by avoiding these rules will risk an instant fine of around NZ$200. To avoid this risk, you should know...

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Climbing Avalanche Peak (Day Trip) in Arthurs Pass

If you're travelling through Arthurs Pass and looking for a nice, challenging walk that you can do in a day, look no further than Avalanche Peak-a 6 hour or so round trip that will give you fantastic views from the top. There are two options either the up and down Avalanche...

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Free sausage sizzles to reward responsible campers

There remains a fair bit of confusion around freedom camping in New Zealand, and recently there has been a lot of negative media attention around those that flout the rules. At CamperMate we take our responsibility to educate tourists pretty seriously so I decided to hit the road in a campervan...

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Climbing Mt Alexander in Arthurs Pass (Canterbury)

I'd just come back from a solid week of eating and sleeping over the Xmas holidays when I got a text from Jo, a born and bred Cantabrian mate and keen outdoorsman to say he was climbing Mt Alexander (1958m). In need of some exercise I jumped at the chance, and together...

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Announcing our freedom camping fine guarantee

Here at CamperMate HQ, we are pretty clear on what our role is. Make it easier to camp responsibly in New Zealand. We do it primarily using new technology. What powers the technology though is the database that sits in behind the CamperMate app and is central to showing people where they can...

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A Day Whale Watching in Kaikoura

When you meet a tourists visiting New Zealand and they've been to Kaikoura, there's a pretty high chance that they've done either the Whale Watch tour or the Swimming with the Dolphins, or sometimes both. I've spent quite a lot of time there over the years but have always considered it...

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A long weekend on the West Coast (Castle Hill-Franz Josef-Haast)

If there's one thing that can be expected before the start of any long weekend is the exodus of local leaving Christchurch at 4pm. It seems that almost everyone is doing a mad dash to beat the traffic and get away early, bags packed and heading into the outdoors. For the...

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Exploring Magnet Bay on Banks Peninsula

There are plenty of secluded little bays dotted right around Banks Peninsula, each beautiful in their own unique way and tucked away from a main road. One in particular greets the southerly swell head on resulting in it being one of the famous Canterbury left hand surf break when the conditions are...

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We've just added high risk/dangerous road warnings to CamperMate

At CamperMate, we have an ongoing commitment to road safety in New Zealand. Over the last few weeks we have compiled a list of the top roads in New Zealand which you need to take extreme care on. These warnings are in addition to our 'real-time' road warnings which we display on...

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6 Days in Australia (Kangaroo Valley-Jervis Bay)

It was a clear, blue sky with not a breath of wind in Christchurch. While today’s great weather made perfect flying conditions, I’d prefer to leave behind gloomy, dark and depressing weather bound for sunny Australia as I boarded NZ888. To rub salt in the wound, just an hour after arriving...

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