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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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Kayaking/Canoeing Down The Whanganui River

Whanganui..A city with a population of around 43,000 and New Zealands third-longest river which cuts right through the middle of it. Yet, during the sixteen years that I spent growing up here I'd never known anyone to paddle down it in a kayak. Swimming at Mosquito point, water skiing and a spot of...

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A Quick Trip Down The West Coast (Westport to Lake Paringa)

A few years ago, the drive down the west coast of the south island was voted one of the top 10 drives in the world by Lonely Planet. Alongside the trip around the East Cape this would have to be one of my two favourite drives in New Zealand. There is something...

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Driving Around The East Cape

Every few years, I like to make the trip around the East Cape of New Zealand. This to me, is like cracking open a bottle of New Zealand culture and taking a shot. Quick, in your face, and it hits home real quick. Too much, too often and you'll find yourself...

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Travelling to the Catlins

This Canterbury anniversary was the historic 150th running of the New Zealand Cup at Riccarton Park. Rather than get caught up in the mayhem, we decided to head south to the mighty Catlins, south of Dunedin. Mighty because of the beauty, and mighty due to the long drive from Christchurch-something that...

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Relocating a Car From Christchurch to Auckland

Last week I used the website www.transfercar.co.nz to relocate a campervan from Christchurch to Auckland, taking mainly the main route (State Highway 1) aside from a detour to Whanganui and around the Bay of Plenty. One advantage to living in Christchurch, is that many people start their campervan journey in Auckland...

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