Hi, My wife & I are spending 16 days in November 2006 touring the South Island by motorhome. We commence & finish the tour from Christchurch. Would welcome any information, advice, guidance on where to go, see, & places to stop, either camp sites or free parking spots. Thank You, regards, Ken.
I'm sure you will enjoy your stay, give yourself plenty of travelling time, many places are hours apart. There aren't too many free places to park nowadays,but they are around, if you go to the information office that you will see in most places,usually on the maid road, they will have a lot of info on where to visit, etc.with plenty of brochures.(free)
[ Edit: Edited at May 29, 2006 7:20 PM by Fern1 ]
So much to see. The scenery around Mt Cook and the glaciers is pretty spectacular. Also very spectacular down in the fiordlands in the south of the country (Milford Sound) - but it is a fairly long drive in there and back, in a campervan.
Just about everywhere you go in NZ you're never too far from coast or mountain or both, so there's plenty to keep your camera occupied.
A quick word of caution on the roads up to the ski areas, I found them to be fairly tricky in a campervan - especially in snow which you shouldnt be contending with in November - but be prepared.
Heres a travel dairy (not mine) that might be worth a read ...