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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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Freedom Camping at Meatworks, Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a seaside town (population 3,860) on the east coast of the South Island, two and a half hours drive north of Christchurch. It's an amazing spot with loads of activities (both free and paid) to keep you entertained. If you're planning on visiting the South Island, this place is...

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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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Merging The CamperMate Youtube Accounts

We've used videos quite a bit within the CamperMate project from showing how to enter the interislander ferry to our '2 eggs' road trip where we cooked free bacon and egg breakfasts for tourists during the rugby world cup in 2011. Some of the videos seem to get a high number...

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