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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 a beautiful beach with...

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Freedom Camping in Cromwell

Cromwell is a small town (population 4,146) within the Central Otago district and is pretty much the furthest point you could be from the sea in New Zealand (approximately 120km either side). It has highly productive land which produces arguably some of New Zealands finest orchards and vineyards. Being just 60kms from...

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What to do in Christchurch? A day trip to Mt. Herbert (highest point on Banks Peninsula)!

On an ongoing quest to find new things to entertain ourselves while living in Christchurch, we thought of giving the Mt. Herbet track a go on Saturday. It's a 5ish hour hike and the highest point on Banks Peninsula. It's suitable for tourists or locals alike, as you can do it all without the need for a car...

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Freedom Camping at Lake Pukaki

The McKenzie Basin has to be one of the most visually spectacular areas in New Zealand, contrasting dry, barren land with three spectacular lakes (Ōhau, Pūkaki and Tekapo). This area attracts a lot of visitor for the clear nights where stargazing (staring at stars) is a popular activity.  If you're looking at staying in...

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