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Camping at Cathedral Cove

Ok so regardless of if you are planning on freedom camping or just sight seeing, Cathedral Cove near Hahei is a must do. The entire area you see in the photo below is a marine reserve and is managed by the Department of Conservation, meaning that no fishing takes place so...

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Rays Rest Freedom Camping Area

Driving around the Coromandel Peninsula toward Auckland city is like the calm before the storm. The calm being the the gentle sea breeze on your face as your drive with the window down alongside the First of Thames, the storm being the motorway and the general chaos of driving a campervan...

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Announcing our 7 minute video to help driving in New Zealand

We've just released our 7 minute video to help educate tourists about driving in New Zealand (also available in Chinese). We're getting some great feedback on the video! In the video we touch on: -Left hand driving -One lane bridges -Navigating a roundabout -Road signs -How to pass a tractor -Freedom camping...

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Crowdsourcing; Geocaching a new location using CamperMate App

We're lucky enough to have an awesome community of CamperMate app users travelling around New Zealand and geocaching new locations that haven't been found already. We've got most of New Zealand covered as we've been crowdsourcing since day one, but it has only been since version two was released in March 2013...

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A Day In The Sky! Para-gliding in Christchurch

Living in Christchurch these days means searching high and low for new and exciting things to keep you entertained. While we don't have much city life yet, the outdoors provide plenty of opportunity for fun. One of those options is para-gliding; free flying with an inflatable wing. I had absolutely no...

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Public Showers In New Zealand

Over the last few months we've had a number of emails from CamperMate users requesting us to display the locations of public showers in New Zealand. Here are a couple of those emails..  I love your app. I'm using it a lot. You did an awesome job and a great favour...

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Camping in Akaroa

Akaroa is a beautiful historic 'french' village located on Banks Peninsula, 75 kms from Christchurch. It's in the news a fair bit at the moment given that freedom camping around the boat ramp (on the right just before you enter the town) is increasing. I'd heard reports of 20 or more...

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Weekend Trip To Kaikoura

Kaikoura is my favourite place in the world. Being located just 2 and a half hours drive north of Christchurch, it's the perfect driving distance for a weekend getaway. The only problem that you'll find is that there's so much to do in Kaikoura that often you have trouble packing it...

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A Weekend At Okains Bay Campground (Banks Peninula)

This summer in New Zealand we've experienced pretty random weather. Here in Christchurch we've seen only a couple of 30+ degree days, the last on Thursday was followed by a big southerly chill that brought the temperature down to about 12 degrees that night. Regardless of the weather, the Okains Bay...

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St James Cycle Trail (Maling Car Park Across Fowlers Pass)

St James Conservation Area is a large area (78,000 hectares) managed by the Department of Conservation, nearby Hanmer Springs in the South Island. DOC purchased the land in 2008 from private ownership and created the 64km St James Cycle Trail in 2010 and a smaller 15km loop early last year. Although far...

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