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Exploring your own backyard

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It’s always a great feeling to travel to world to see how different cultures live and to experience new destinations but I also believe that we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so you should definitely explore your own backyard too.

This is exactly what I did with my family over Easter with a 6-berth Campervan.

 We collected the campervan from the depot out by the Airport and brought it home to load up all the food and clothing etc. that we would need for our 4-day road trip.  The campervans come with everything that you will need from bedding to pots and pans to cutlery and crockery.

When you are in a self-contained camper (has a toilet within the camper) you can freedom camp, which is what we did on the first night in Dunedin – there is a website that you can visit that will tell you where you can freedom camp for free.

After exploring Dunedin we made our way to Te Anau where we spent 2-nights in a camping ground, I found it good to be able to have a ‘proper’ shower at the holiday park instead of squeezing into the camper shower and it gives you the opportunity to recharge the campers batteries.

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A must when in Te Anau is a cruise up the lake to the Glow Worm caves – I would recommend booking this ahead of time as it could be very busy.   We also did a road trip up to Milford Sound and did a nature cruise out to the Tasman Sea.  I had absolutely ‘bucketed’ down with rain overnight so the waterfalls in Milford Sound were spectacular.  We were lucky enough to see seals and dolphins during our cruise.

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The next stop was Lake Tekapo, via Queenstown, Cromwell and Lake Pukaki – where we were lucky enough to see Mount Cook.  We also stayed in a Holiday Park, overlooking Lake Tekapo.  There we visited the Hot Pools.

 

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Our New Zealand road trip ended back in Christchurch were we unpacked our belongings and return the campervan.

It is very important that you have all the correct Insurances for your Campervan hire – roll over insurance etc., this can be discussed with the rental company when you pick up the camper.

 

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