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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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A weekend trip to Queenstown

Leaving Christchurch on a Friday afternoon is always going to be a slow crawl and a bumper to bumper race to get out. It's amazing the risks some people will go to such as passing on corners, to get just a few spaces ahead, even when there's another 40 cars ahead...

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Local music playlist for travelling New Zealand

If you're planning on driving in New Zealand and want to experience some New Zealand music, you might like to follow this playlist on Spotify which contains 37 awesome songs. It's currently filled with 2 hours and a half hours of tracks by kiwi artists, or putting it another way-the time it takes to get...

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Announcing our tourist quiz to help driving in New Zealand

To compliment our video we released last month to help tourists understand what it's like to drive here in New Zealand, we thought we would create a quiz for tourists to see how well they were doing. While it's aimed at educating tourists coming to New Zealand, there might be a...

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Reid's Farm Recreation Reserve in Taupo

Reids Farm Recreation Reserve is a very popular campsite on Huka Falls Road, on the banks of the Waikato River. It’s popular not only due to it’s location (just a few minutes minutes out of Taupo) but also as it allows both self-contained and non-self contained vehicles for a maximum stay...

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Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve (Amenity Area)-Lake Taupo

I should declare a bias for Lake Taupo having spent many weekends as a child there getting into all sorts of mischief in and around the lake. The 'great lake' is the largest in New Zealand by surface area (616 square kilometres) and located in the centre of the north island....

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