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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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Yum Yum..Edible New Zealand Plants!

What better way to get at one with New Zealand nature by going bush..DOC provide many walks throughout the country and provide an excellent way to get in the thick of it, check out http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/ for a full list. Have you ever thought about the native plants you are walking past as a source...

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Spring Is In The Air!

The last few weeks of winter have been surprisingly mild for most of the country, a nice welcome and hopefully a sign of a good Spring/Summer! This Winter has been spent in a state of hibernation..Venturing out when the weather allows it for the odd road trip to Kaikoura, a trip to the...

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Upper South Island Snow Storm

If the article on the press website earlier this week were anything to go by, the South Island was going to be in for a cold few days with snow predicted. Then came the reports that the storm had been cancelled. You can imagine the surprise when you wake up to this view.   ...

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The New Road Rule Change

Yesterday, at 5am in the morning, New Zealand made it's most significant road rule change in over thirty years. The government even spent $1.2 million dollars (U.S.$981,191) informing Kiwis about the new rule with internet, TV advertising and pamphlets. So what is the new rule and what do tourists need to know?...

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CamperMate Version 1.082 now live!

We've listened to the feedback that has come through the app stores, social media or by email (actually we even had someone fax us!) and rolled out some new additions to the CamperMate app. A cool feature we added into CamperMate Version 1 was the ability for fellow travellers in New...

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