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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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A Week in a Campervan- Northland and the Bay of Islands

As a child growing up in New Zealand, I have fond memories of seemingly endless warm summer days on the east coast of the North Island. There's something about the golden sand beaches lined with pohutukawa trees that we just don't get  in the South Island and I was eager to experience...

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Horse Trekking in North Canterbury

It has been 15 years since I was last on a horse and from memory it didn't particularly want me there. Nevertheless for a surprise birthday party it sounded like a fun trip and I was happy to make my peace with horses again for a two hour trek with the help of...

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A Weekend Road Trip to Tekapo

'The Salmon are on...' read the text message mid week. My friend is a keen fishermen, and is eager to share his success. While always great to hear from him, it often makes for hard reading when stuck inside working on a sunny day. That text however, was enough to spark a...

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Sylvia Flats Natural Hot Springs in Lewis Pass

14th July 2014-There are a number of DOC walks along the Lewis Pass-St. James Walkway, Doubtful River, Nina Valley are just some to pick from. If you want a relaxing soak in the hot pools after completing one of these or if you are just travelling around New Zealand and in the...

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We've just added LOTR (Lord of the Rings) filming locations to CamperMate

We've received a bunch of feedback from users over the years asking us to add Lord of the Rings filming locations to the free CamperMate travel app, and it's with great pleasure that I can now finally announce it. You can read more about it here. You'll need to download CamperMate,...

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Freedom Camping in Queenstown (Lake Hayes)

Queenstown is arguably the jewel in the crown of the south island. Fishing, skiing, partying, music festivals, shopping, paragliding, jet boating, bungy jumping..You name it, you can do it in Queenstown. In previous years, it was seasonal and known mainly as a winter destination however now with the wide range of...

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Freedom Camping in Colac Bay, Southland

Colac Bay is right at the bottom of the South Island, about 45 minutes or so from Invercargill and one of the eleven designated campsites offered by the Southland District Council. In the summer, this would be one of the top sites in New Zealand. It's got abeautiful beach with occasionally...

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