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Rented NZ Camper Van Dec 2 through Dec 24

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1. Posted by dlmrdrm (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi guys, I am travelling to New Zealand Dec 2, 2006 (Auckland)through Dec 24, 2006 (Queenstown) via Camper Van Rental and wanted some feedback as to your recommendations. I decided on a campervan rental because I did not want to spend all my time in a hotel room and wanted the freedom to go on hikes and explore the outdoors. Here's a list of a few of the things I want to do while I am there;

Ocean to Ocean walk (Is the convergence of the tasman sea nd pacific really spectular)

Bay of Plenty - Coromandel

Matamata - Hobbiton

Waitamo Caves / Abseiling

Rotaroura - heard the gondola ride and go-cart ride down was fun

Tongariro Crossing

Wellington - (Lord of the Rings Tour)

Nelson - Abel Tasman (hike it, is there enough time?)

Lake Tekapo

Wanaka - sky diving

Mt Cook - Hooker Valley hike

Queenstown - Routeburn Track (Arrowtown - Skippers Canyon)

Milford Sound

Te Anua

I would like to spend most of my time on the South Island becuase I hear its the most beautiful, but do not want to miss out on the North either. What campsites are the best? Any tips, recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Zoe NZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi. We'll be there around the same time (I am there Nov 14 - Dec 18, with some time in the Cook Islands if the Dengue Fever outbreak doens't get worse).

My list looks a lot like yours - but I would definitely add a few days in the far north - which my friends in Aukland tell me is the favorite place for many locals. I plan to spend a good three or four days there, though you could probably drive the loop in two. Doesn't leave much time for hiking though, as it is about seven hours to the peninsula... Pukenui could be remote and camping friendly - based only on the fact that the hostel there has only 16 beds, so pretty remote I'm guessing.

Good luck and travel safe,

Zoë

3. Posted by dlmrdrm (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Quoting Zoe NZ

Hi. We'll be there around the same time (I am there Nov 14 - Dec 18, with some time in the Cook Islands if the Dengue Fever outbreak doens't get worse).

My list looks a lot like yours - but I would definitely add a few days in the far north - which my friends in Aukland tell me is the favorite place for many locals. I plan to spend a good three or four days there, though you could probably drive the loop in two. Doesn't leave much time for hiking though, as it is about seven hours to the peninsula... Pukenui could be remote and camping friendly - based only on the fact that the hostel there has only 16 beds, so pretty remote I'm guessing.

Good luck and travel safe,

Zoë

Thanks for the tip on Pukenui..looks quite beatiful ;-) I found a listing of holiday parks http://www.holidayparks.co.nz/index.php?page=custom&id=15 here and it listed Pukenui as well as everyone on the North and South Island. Watch out for Dengue Fever (make sure you boil the water before using it) the bone breaking disease. Thanks again ;):)

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 10y

Your trip sounds similiar to the one I did. I actually thought the North Island was more beautiful, but we did get storms when we were in the South. Bear in mind if you want to go to Milforsd Sounds you need Snow Chains, and possibly extra insurance.

Dont worry about the campsites, theyre all pretty good and theyre everywhere. Top Ten ones are probably best.

Campervans a great way to see the country, but one disadvantage is that you don t tend to meet many Kiwis at all.

Marlborough Sounds near Pictons really nice if you can fit it in.

5. Posted by Block (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

If your trip is in December you definitley won't need snow chains to get to Milford Sound. One place I would recommend if you like hiking is Arthurs Pass. Lots of good day or 2 day walks with a cheap DOC campsite. Also when your in Queenstown go into the DOC office and ask about all of the walks in the area as at that time of year the routeburn will be really busy and you may be able to find a walk thats almost as beautiful with hardly any people on it.

6. Posted by dlmrdrm (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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Quoting Block

If your trip is in December you definitley won't need snow chains to get to Milford Sound. One place I would recommend if you like hiking is Arthurs Pass. Lots of good day or 2 day walks with a cheap DOC campsite. Also when your in Queenstown go into the DOC office and ask about all of the walks in the area as at that time of year the routeburn will be really busy and you may be able to find a walk thats almost as beautiful with hardly any people on it.

Playing it by ear was exactly what I had in mind when I reach Queenstown. I think it will be more fun to act on spontaneity and see what's available when I get there. I here the dart-safaris http://www.aatravel.co.nz/101-must-dos-for-kiwis/Glenorchy-and-Dart-River.htmlare a good option if the tracks http://www.doc.govt.nz/Explore/002~Tracks-and-Walks/Great-Walks/Milford-Track/index.aspare booked. You never know, there may be last minute cancellations or no-shows for the tracks ;-). I will definitely keep the Arthur's pass DOC campsites in mind. The campsites are very reasonable and many have modern facilities and with nature at your back door, you can't go wrong. Thanks for the suggestions, every little bit really does help

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 26, 2006 1:24 AM by dlmrdrm ]