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The Wet West Coast (Hokitika and Lake Kaniere)

The West Coast of the South Island is a special place in New Zealand. It's an area with a lot of space (23,000 km² to be exact) and some of the most amazing mountainous scenery you'll ever lay your eyes on. Surprisingly, the West Coast was the only area with remotely good...

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CamperMate Becomes NZ's Most Popular Travel App + Reaches 10,000 downloads!

It has certainly been an intense week. It's amazing how much press we've received since last week hitting #1 most popular travel app on the New Zealand app store.At the same time we reached 10,000 downloads. Oarsome! Statistics aside, what really gets the fantastic CamperMate team going is the fact that...

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The All New Version of CamperMate for iPhone/iPad!

Hot on the heels of the new CamperMate Android app, comes the new version of CamperMate for the iPhone and iPad. We are pretty stoked with this version actually, mainly due to a new menu style, faster adding of new locations and a new 'interesting tips' category that allows travellers to...

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Free Photos Of New Zealand

Recently CamperMate had a request for some high resolution photos of New Zealand for an overseas publication. Fairly random I thought, as there a quite a few on stock photography websites, however I knew I had a few from my travels. Thought I would post some more here also, on the off chance others were...

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Announcing The Arrival Of The (new) CamperMate Android App!!

It was tough to admit, but the old version of CamperMate wasn't great..Especially on Android which with the low end devices provided a terrible, almost horrific user experience. It was such a bad performer that we removed it from Google Play, vowing for it to not surface for air until it...

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Gore Bay...A Hidden Gem Of The South Island.

Having passed the sign-posted turn off to Gore Bay around 50 times, it was finally time to travel the 1.5 hours from Christchurch to go and check out this hidden gem. At just 21 kilometres off State Highway 1, Gore Bay is a small village of mainly holiday homes mostly of...

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A CamperMate Cruise to the West Coast (South Island, New Zealand)

With all the stress of releasing a brand new version of the CamperMate app, it was time to take a weekend break and head away for a bit of quiet time, in one of the few areas of New Zealand without cell phone reception..Haast, on the wild West Coast! I can...

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A Wee Sunday Stroll to Wainui, Banks Peninsula

When someone mentions Banks Peninsula (in the amazing South Island) most people think of Akaroa, the beautiful French flavoured town 84 kms from Christchurch. While Akaroa is a must, it's definitely worth checking out some other areas such as the Southern Bays of Tubledown Bay, or if you're wanting to watch some surfing,...

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Christchurch-Kaikoura-Whanganui-Coromandel-Nelson; Tale Of A Classic Summer Roady

Summer time in New Zealand is amazing..The weather is fantastic, Cicadas are making that amazing sound and everyone has a smile on their face no matter what town you pull into. Starting the journey on Xmas eve in Christchurch heading North there is always traffic, mainly due to a large number...

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Making Tea From The Manuka Tree...

Following on from last months post about edible New Zealand plants, what better way to follow up on that than with a practical example...The classic cup of tea! Most New Zealanders have heard at one time or another the tale that you can brew a good cup of tea from Manuka...

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