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New Zealand trip, travel with campervan

A road trip is the best way to explore the beauty of New Zealand’s very diverse landscapes (The NZ South Island landscapes are amazing!), as you can cover many of its highlights over the course of short time. The best way to travel around New Zealand is by campervan and I also recommend you to sleep at that campervan. The reasons are:

  • If you sleep at campervan, you are pretty flexible with your schedule and can rearrange things if needed. For example: you planned to stay at certain place of interest for 1 day, but when you arrive at that place you want to stay there for 2 days (because you like the place), so you can just change your plan easily because you sleep at campervan. But if you have booked a hotel room or holiday park’s rental room (instead of sleeping in campervan) then you cannot change your plan because you have to be at the hotel (or holiday park’s rented room) at the date you have planned if you don’t want to lose your booking money (in other words, you need to stick to your planned schedule, if you have booked a room).
  • It’s more fun to travel by campervan and sleeping in a campervan
  • Sleeping in campervan is cheaper than sleeping in a hotel or in holiday park’s rented room.

If you plan to sleep in campervan, you need to park your campervan in a holiday parks sites because you are not allowed to park anywhere you like (such as on the side of the road or at other not supposed place). If you park somewhere you’re not supposed to be, you’ll very likely have an encounter with a policeman, not to mention a hefty fine.

In holiday park:

  • you can park your campervan in “powered sites” or in “non-powered sites”.
  • you can take a bath in public bathroom (shower & toilet room).
  • you can cook at public kitchen and eat at public dining room.

To know more about holiday parks, read it at this post New Zealand trip, sleep at holiday parks (cheaper than hotel) .

You’d better rent a campervan from a good company. You need to choose which campervan is suitable for your need because there are many types of campervan. These are some types of  campervan:

  • “powered campervan” or “non-powered campervan”
  • for 2 people or 4 people or 6 people.
  • Toilet or without toilet.
  • some have these equipments and some don’t have: fridge, microwave, stove.
  • Etc

I recommend you to choose “powered campervan”. If you choose “powered campervan”, then when you want to sleep and park the campervan in holiday park (in the powered site), you can connect the external power cord from your campervan to the power source in powered sites of the holiday park. By doing that, you will have electricity in your campervan so that you can keep the fridge on, charge a cell phone, laptop, camera or even use a hair dryer. If you have raw meat in your fridge, you need to keep the electricity on. That’s why it’s important that you rent a “powered campervan”.

We used Britz campervan in our trip. You can see several types of campervan on this Britz site

This was the campervan that we used in our trip:

my sister wanted to connect power cord from campervan to power source

connects the power source to campervan using power cord

 

Inside the campervan:

campervan (seat before turning into bed)

campervan (seat turns into bed)

campervan bed on 2 floors

campervan (put things under the seat)

kitchen equipment in the drawer of campervan

 

My other New Zealand trip posts:

New Zealand Trip, where to go

New Zealand Trip, tips and tricks

New Zealand trip, sleep at holiday parks (cheaper than hotel) 

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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? Final part

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

LAKE TEKAPO → CHRISTCHURCH, via SH 8, SH 79, & SH 1

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Fairlie via state highway 8, then from Fairlie to Geraldine via state highway 79, then from Geraldine to Ashburton via state highway 79 and state highway 1, then from Ashburton to Christchurch (final destination) via state highway 1. From Christchurch airport you can fly back to your country. End of trip.

When you’re driving from Geraldine to Ashburton, before you reach Ashburton you will find farmers corner/ highway one restaurant. In that place you can eat at the restaurant, or buy somethings in the shop, or see many flowers & alpaca animals on the outside of the building.

In the shop, they sell any kind of things, but my favorites are the animal toys. The animal toys are so great & cute (penguin, sheep, alpaca, etc). There is a penguin toy that can be transformed into a pillow. And there is a sheep toy that can be transformed into a pillow.

These photos are taken at farmers corners/highway one restaurant, on december (summer):

alpaca, farmers corners

alpaca, farmers corners

The location of farmers corner/ highway one restaurant:

We have come to the end of this series “new zealand trip, where to go?”. I hope my posts can help you in planning your New Zealand trip. Till we meet again in the next post (New Zealand trip, tips and tricks).

Have a nice day everyone 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? part 13: Lake Tekapo

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12.

MOUNT COOK → LAKE TEKAPO & CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, via SH 80 & SH 8

Drive from Mount Cook to Lake Pukaki via state highway 80. Then drive from Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo via state highway 8.

Lake Tekapo & Church of the good shepherd

Lake Tekapo is surrounded by rugged mountains, wide open skies, tussock vegetation, and at times, brightly colored lupins.

Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

Lake Tekapo has been ranked one of the best spots in the world for stargazing. Most of the areas in the Northern Hemisphere had too much light pollution which prevented good stargazing, whereas the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, of which Lake Tekapo was part, had used special shields and lightbulbs for 30 years to point the light downwards in order to preserve the night sky.

Lake Tekapo (and Lake Pukaki) are my most favorite lakes in New Zealand. The view of the lakes and surrounding area are so breathtakingly beautiful. I was mesmerized by the view. The color of the lakes are turquoise (bluish-green color). Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise color from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water. The lakes looks much more impressive when you see it in person than it does in photograph or video. But you have to catch the lakes on a sunny day to get to see its mesmerizing color.

There are lots of beautiful lupin flowers on the shores of the Lake Tekapo when I was there on December (summer).

On the shores of the Lake Tekapo, you’ll see the Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake.

Built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie region, the Church has been home to thousands of weddings, and has seen more than its fair share of visitors to its grounds.

The foundation stone was laid by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, on January 15 1935. The builders of the Church were instructed that the site was to be left undisturbed, and that even the matagouri bushes surrounding the building were to remain.

Videos (Lake Tekapo & Church of the good shepherd):

video by Mark Gee

video by Fraser Gunn (beautiful night sky in the Tekapo – Mt Cook area: milkyway, aurora, etc)

Photos (Lake Tekapo & Church of the good shepherd):

Church of the good shepherd

lupin flowers on the shores of Lake Tekapo

lupin flowers on the shores of Lake Tekapo

lupin flowers on the shores of Lake Tekapo

we slept here, in front of Lake Tekapo

in front of Lake Tekapo

we had breakfast here, in front of Lake Tekapo

 

To be continued to New Zealand trip, where to go? Final part

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? part 12: Mount Cook

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11.

LAKE PUKAKI → MOUNT COOK, via SH 80

Drive from Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook via state highway 80.

MOUNT COOK

Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand.It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island.

Mount Cook and it’s surrounding alpine peaks were used as backdrop while filming the movie “The Hobbit”.

There is a village at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook. The village provides a range of accommodation from an international style hotel to motels, backpackers and camping.

When staying in Aoraki/Mount Cook village, you become immersed by mountains.

To know more details read it at this link: Aoraki/Mount Cook

Video by Raw Cinematics

To be continued to New Zealand trip, where to go? part 13 (Lake Tekapo, via SH 80, SH 8)

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? part 11: Lake Pukaki

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10.

LAKE OHAU → LAKE PUKAKI, via Glen lyon Rd

Drive from Lake Ohau to Lake Pukaki via Glen lyon Rd.

LAKE PUKAKI

Lake Pukaki is a glacial lake. It is the largest of three lakes (others are Lake Tekapo and Ohau) occupying ancient glacial valleys in the Mackenzie Basin.

Stunning Lake Pukaki was chosen as the filming location for Laketown in the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

Lake Pukaki (and Lake Tekapo) are my most favorite lakes in New Zealand. The view of the lakes and surrounding area are so breathtakingly beautiful. I was mesmerized by the view. The color of the lakes are turquoise (bluish-green color). These lakes looks much more impressive when you see it in person than it does in photograph or video. But you have to catch the lakes on a sunny day to get to see its mesmerizing color.

Mount cook with snow on its peak (even on summer you can see the snow on its peak) on the background of Lake Pukaki adds the beauty to the lake scenery.

There are spectacular views of the lake on the drive on State Highway 80 to Aoraki/Mount Cook Village, and also along on the road between Twizel and Lake Tekapo Village.

Photos (Lake Pukaki):

Click the link (word with color) to see a great photo of Lake Pukaki with snow-capped Mount Cook in the background 

video by Richard Magid

To be continued to New Zealand trip, where to go? part 12 (Mount Cook, via SH 80) 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? part 10: Twizel “salmon”, Lake Ohau

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

OMARAMA → “High Country Salmon” Twizel, via SH 8

Drive from Omarama to “High Country SalmonTwizel via state highway 8.

TWIZEL

Twizel – the region’s main country town – appeared in movie of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as the location for the Pelennor Fields. This was the largest scene filmed in the Trilogy with over 1500 actors and crew involved. Twizel was also being used as filming location of The Hobbit movie.

“High Country Salmon” Twizel

I recommend you to stop at “high country salmon” (salmon farm) to purchase fresh salmon. You can eat the salmon in the restaurant or take it with you to the hotel or car or wherever you want to eat it. Their sashimi (fresh raw salmon fish sliced into thin pieces) and their smoked salmon are very delicious. I love their sashimi and smoked salmon. You can also feed the fish in high country salmon.

To know more detail, go to their site: high country salmon.

Open: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Phone: T: 0800 400 385. M: 021 400 385
Address: State Highway 8, Twizel

Photos (High Country Salmon, Twizel)

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“High country salmon” Twizel → Lake Ohau, via Glen lyon Rd

If you want, you can go to Lake Ohau after visiting high country salmon because its location is near to high country salmon. Drive from “high country salmon” Twizel to Lake Ohau via Glen lyon Rd.

LAKE OHAU

Lake Ohau is a glacial lake in the Mackenzie Basin of New Zealand’s South Island. It is fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers, which have their headwaters in the Southern Alps, and has its outflow in the Ohau River.

Lake Ohau is the smallest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo).

To be continued to New Zealand trip, where to go? part 11 (Lake Pukaki, via Glen lyon Rd) 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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New Zealand trip, where to go? part 9: Omarama “sheep sheering”

Before reading this post, you might want to read part 1 (road trip map), part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

CROMWELL → OMARAMA, via SH 8, stop at Wrinkly Rams “sheep shearing” show

Drive from Cromwell to Omarama via state highway 8.

Lindis Pass

When you are driving from Cromwell to Omarama via state highway 8, you will see stunning scenery (Lindis Pass) in front of you, and also on the left and right of the road. I don’t have a good photo of Lindis Pass, but you can see a great photos of Lindis Pass from this person: Lindis Pass photo 1, Lindis Pass photo 2.

The Wrinkly Rams “sheep shearing” show & “heading dog” show

Want to buy the finest Merino garments? or want to see a “sheep shearing & heading dog” show? Just go to the Wrinkly Rams. The Wrinkly Rams is located on twizel-omarama road.

Merino wool is the exquisite, finely spun fiber from the Merino sheep, practically beyond reproach when it comes to insulating the body from the cold—and incredibly, the heat, even when it’s wet.

In the wrinkly rams shop, they sell merino wool products. They wrote this in their shop site: “Not to mention we are the area’s only stockist of Icebreaker pure merino garments and sportswear, as well the RM Williams brand of clothing and accessories”.

To see the products that they sell in the shop you can see it in this site: wrinkly ram shop.

It’s very interesting to see “sheep shearing” show & “heading dog” show, at the Wrinkly Rams.

In “sheep shearing” show, you will see a professional shearer doing the shearing process to a live sheep on the stage.The sheep will transform from a woolly sheep to a shorn sheep, using both modern and traditional methods of shearing.

In “heading dog” show, you will see dogs that use its visual prowess and quick movement to control sheep.The dog will brings a mob of sheep together from out on the farm and gets them to go into a special pen.

Showtimes vary throughout the day, so before you go there, call the wrinkly rams to check when their next show starts.

Video of heading dog show at Wrinkly Rams:

Photos of sheep shearing show at Wrinkly Rams:

heading dog and the sheep

 

Location & Phone of the Wrinkly Rams:
Phone: +64 3 4389751 .Fax: +64 3 4389731
Address: 24-30 Omarama Ave, Omarama

For more detail information, go to these sites:
http://www.thewrinklyrams.co.nz/show.htm
http://www.thewrinklyrams.co.nz/findus.htm

To be continued to New Zealand trip, where to go? part 10: Twizel “salmon”, Lake Ohau

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in new zealand, travel

 

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