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www.britz.co.nz/campervans-nz/Pages/discovery-4-berth-campervan.aspx#intro
A journey through New Zealand for 3 weeks time with a 4 berth selfcontained campervan. We will arrive in Auckland the 24th of December and fly to Christchurch the 27th of December, were we will pick up the campervan. The campervan will be returned...
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New Zealand roundtrip

A journey through New Zealand for 3 weeks time with a 4 berth selfcontained campervan. We will arrive in Auckland the 24th of December and fly to Christchurch the 27th of December, were we will pick up the campervan. The campervan will be returned in Auckland the 18th of January. After that we will explore the nearbys of Auckland.

Orchard Road, Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ, 8053

Hire of Campervan Explorer Auto 4 berth.
Vehicle Make: Volkswagen
Vehicle Dimensions:
Length - 7.22m
Width - 2.28m
Height - 3.25m
Interior Height - 2.15m
SafetyABS brakes
2 seatbelts in the driver's cab
2 seatbelts in the main cab
Driver and front passenger airbag
Child and Booster seat info
Personal safe
Other Features:
​12 V battery / 240V mains
Air-con: Drivers Cab
Solar Panel
Heating: Drivers Cab + Main Cab
Internal Access
2WDAutomatic transmission
Power Steering
Engine: 2.5L Turbo Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 75L
Fuel: 12 litres per 100km approx.
External storage locker
Awning: included
Fresh water tank: 82L
Waste water tank: 82L
Hire bicycles may be fitted: x3
General Equipment:
Toilet chemicals
Dustpan and brush
Fire Extinguisher
Bucket & hose
Matches
Coat hangers
Clothes line & pegs
Biodegradable toilet chemicals
Dishwashing liquid sachet
Dishwashing cloth and scourer sponge
Bin and degradable bin liner
Vehicle Operation Guide
First Aid Kit (to be purchased if opened)
Travel Wallet
Travel GuideRoad maps
Discounts on New Zealand's leading attractions
Free supermarket discount card
Waitomo Glowworm Caves driver goes free
Complimentary Tourism Radio Guide
Free Travel App for your iPhone & Android smart phone
http://www.britz.co.nz/campervans-nz/Pages/discovery-4-berth-campervan.aspx#intro

Rue Brittan, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ, 7542

Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays and harbour, French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. In Flea bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.
http://www.akaroa.com/
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Broken River Skifield Road, Selwyn District, New Zealand

Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, NZ

Arthur's Pass is the highest pass over the Southern Alps. Long before surveyor Arthur Dudley Dobson found his way over the pass in 1864, it was known to Maori hunting parties as a route between east and west. The eastern side of Arthur's Pass National Park is characterised by wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast beech forests. The western side of the park, where wet weather is more common than dry, has deeply gorged rivers flowing through dense rainforest. Down the middle of 'the great divide' is an alpine dreamland of snow-covered peaks, glaciers and scree slopes.

Most people arrive in Arthur's Pass National Park by road - a spectacular piece of extreme civil engineering involving viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls redirected into chutes. When Arthur Dobson first encountered the precipitous Otira Gorge, the pass was almost impassable - he had to leave his horse at the top and lower his dog on a rope.
http://www.arthurspass.com/

Jacksons, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, West Coast, NZ

The glacier is currently 12 km (7.5 mi) long and terminates 19 km (12 mi) from the Tasman Sea. Fed by a 20-square-kilometre (7.7 sq mi) large snowfield[7] at high altitude, it exhibits a cyclic pattern of advance and retreat, driven by differences between the volume of meltwater at the foot of the glacier and volume of snowfall feeding the névé.

The glacier advanced rapidly during the Little Ice Age, reaching a maximum in the early eighteenth century.[8] Having retreated several kilometres between the 1940s and 1980s, the glacier entered an advancing phase in 1984 and at times has advanced at the phenomenal (by glacial standards) rate of 70 cm a day. The flow rate is about 10 times that of typical glaciers. Over the longer term, the glacier has retreated since the last ice age, and it is believed that it extended into the sea some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Josef_Glacier
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Haast Pass Makarora Road, SH 6, Queenstown-Lakes District, New Zealand

Wanaka, New Zealand

Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown-Lakes District, New Zealand

Queenstown, Otago, NZ

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/

Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand

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Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

Real Journeys offers an amazing opportunity to view the Te Anau Glowworm Cave. The tour begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western side of the lake, on-board the catamaran Luminosa with live commentary. Upon arrival there is time to view informative displays at Cavern House before the friendly guides invite you to accompany them underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight. Experience the underground beauty of the Glowworm Caves on your next visit to the South Island of New Zealand, this is one tour not to be missed.
http://www.travelonline.com/new-zealand/tours/real-journeys/glow-worm-caves.html

Manapouri, Southland, New Zealand

Visit New Zealand’s largest hydroelectric power station, the Manapouri Underground Power Station, located deep beneath Fiordland.
The construction of this power station was one of New Zealand's greatest engineering achievements, with the majority of the work completed underground in a remote location. The only external signs are the above-ground control building, a switchyard and two sets of transmission lines that loop across the head of the lake on their way to join the national grid.
https://www.realjourneys.co.nz/en/experiences/tours/manapouri-underground-power-station/
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Dunedin, Otago, NZ

Rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony share residence in Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. When you're not watching wildlife, this South Island Otago Coast town also boasts impressive historic architecture from its days as a gold-rush mecca. Visit the 1906 Flemish Renaissance railway station or the country's largest center of higher learning, which resembles Glasgow University, thanks to the area's early Scottish settlers.
http://www.dunedinnz.com/visit/home
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Moeraki, Otago, NZ

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.
Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain. In 1848 W.B.D. Mantell sketched the beach and its boulders, more numerous than now. The picture is now in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The boulders were described in 1850 colonial reports and numerous popular articles since that time. In more recent times they have become a popular tourist attraction, often described and pictured in numerous web pages and tourist guides.
http://www.moerakiboulders.com/

Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand

Penguins are a reason to stay a while in Oamaru. At sunset, little blue and yellow-eyed penguins waddle ashore to get comfortable for the night.
The whitestone townscape of Oamaru contains some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, the town prospered through goldmining, quarrying and timber milling. Some of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone. The Harbour-Tyne Street area is particularly special – and the shopping is great too. After exploring the Victorian precinct, swing by the steampunk playground and museum.

Oamaru Harbour is home to a colony of little blue penguins, and you can also see yellow-eyed penguins from a special hide. Penguin viewing is best just before sunset.

The public gardens in Oamaru are widely acclaimed. They include a Victorian summerhouse and an oriental garden.
http://www.penguins.co.nz/
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Duntroon, Canterbury, New Zealand

Duntroon is home to the Vanished World Heritage Centre, dedicated to showcasing the geology of the Waitaki region and preserving fossils of extinct species that have been found in the region. These include two species of the penguin genus Archaeospheniscus, Lowe's penguin and Lopdell's penguin, found in the Kokoamu Greensand formation. The town is also located near two sites of centuries-old Māori rock drawings.

5 kilometres (3 mi) south of Duntroon, in the Maerewhenua Valley, a group of large rock formations called "Elephant Rocks" has been used as a filming location for the first Chronicles of Narnia movie in 2005.[2] The rock formations are located in a private field and can be seen from the road.
http://www.duntroon.co.nz/

Kurow, Canterbury, New Zealand

Kurow is a small town set in the Waitaki Valley in the Otago region. Kurow and the Waitaki District enjoy a huge range of activities including hunting, fishing, canoeing and jet boating.
http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/otago/otago---kurow
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Tekapo Twizel Road, SH 8, Mackenzie District, New Zealand

Christchurch, Canterbury, Neuseeland

Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand

The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish.
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough.
Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.

Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.
http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/content/kaikoura/
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Inland Road, Canterbury, NZ

http://www.mapmyride.com/nz/kaikoura-canterbury/kaikoura-inland-rd-to-hanmer-route-5699029

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand

Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer Springs is a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch.
The resort town of Hanmer Springs is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.

Adventure activities will immerse you in the wild beauty of Hanmer. Go forest hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking, bungy jumping, jet boating or, in winter, hit the slopes and go skiing. Once you've caught your breath, you might enjoy a leisure round of golf.
Don’t miss the iconic Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in naturally heated, mineral-filled waters or treat yourself to a range of indulgent spa therapies. The family fun area is complete with hydroslides and New Zealand’s only aquatic thrill ride, the Super Bowl.
http://www.newzealand.com/int/hanmer-springs/
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Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand

Greymouth is a town with a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. Sample the beer and listen to wild west coast stories.
Once the site of the Maori pa Mawhera (which means ‘wide spread river mouth’, in reference to the town’s river mouth location), Greymouth is the largest town on the South Island’s west coast. The area has a history of gold mining, which can be appreciated at the local museum and nearby Shantytown. The local brewery is something of a New Zealand legend; it runs tours that include a tasting session.

Other Greymouth entertainments include sea fishing, fly fishing, a quayside walk and hiking the Elizabeth Track, which passes through a scenic reserve and old goldmining sites. Around the town you’ll find galleries specialising in pounamu (New Zealand jade).
http://www.newzealand.com/int/greymouth/
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Punakaiki, West Coast, New Zealand

Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.

The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.

The Pancake Rocks are presently explorable by a number of walkways winding through the rock formations, parts of these wheelchair-accessible and others carved into stairways up and down the rock faces. State Highway 6, the only through road on the West Coast, passes through the town.
http://www.punakaiki.co.nz/

Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

Picton is a town in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. The town is located near the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound, 25 km (16 mi) north of Blenheim and 65 km (40 mi) east of Wellington. Waikawa lies just north-east of Picton, and is often considered to be contiguous part of Picton.

Picton is a major hub in New Zealand's transport network, connecting the South Island road and rail network with ferries across Cook Strait to Wellington and the North Island. The town has a population of 4,310 (June 2014 estimate), making it the second-largest town in the Marlborough Region behind Blenheim.

The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.
http://www.newzealand.com/int/picton/

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington (/ˈwɛlɪŋtən/) is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 393,600 residents. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. Wellington is the world's southernmost capital city of a sovereign state.
The Wellington urban area comprises four cities: Wellington city, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half the population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities; Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are largely suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley.
The 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011, referring to it as the "coolest little capital in the world"
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/wellington
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

Taupo

Sunk into a stunning volcanic landscape and surrounded by bush clad mountains is New Zealand's largest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo. The township of Taupo can be found on the banks of a large bay at northeast part of the lake, where it discharges to the mighty Waikato River.
The river flows over one of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, Huka Falls, a short distance north of the town. The thundering Huka Falls is New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. More than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over the cliff face per second!
Taupo township is located right on the edge of the lake, and many hotels offer panoramic views over the lake to the snow-capped volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. Dine on the lakefront on a summer's evening or have fish and chips on the shore just like a local. Take in spectacular views while watching the sun sink behind the mountains.
A few minutes south of the Lake is Tongariro National Park. Gifted to the people of New Zealand by the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe in 1887, the park is one of only a handful of sites in the world to be given dual World Heritage status for its cultural and natural importance. Experience the dramatic and eerie scenery with tramps through the park ranging from 2 hours to 6 days. Cover desolate fields of volcanic ash and scoria, rolling tussocklands, glacial valleys and tranquil lakes.

Lake Taupo Huka Falls
Taupo is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity, and stunning geothermal attractions litter the surrounding area. The Taupo Volcanic Zone stretches from Tongariro National Park all the way to White Island, and here you'll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools, floating rocks and beautiful volcanic plateaus.
The lake and its network of rivers offers a true wild trout fishing experience, bringing anglers from around the world. Skiers and snowboarders flood the region in winter time, drawn to Mt Ruapehu, with New Zealand's largest ski area. The region is also home to a number of adventure activities including sky diving, jet boating and paragliding, everything to satiate that lust for adventure.
http://www.greatlaketaupo.com/
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Waitomo Caves Village, Waikato, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Caves is a caves system and small village in the Waikato region of the North Island. The nearest large town, Hamilton, is one hour's drive away (78km) and Auckland, two hours away (200km) and Rotorua, two hours away (156km). The Waitomo Caves can be found 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3.

Waitomo Caves village itself is very small, but the caves have formed a major tourist attraction and are well-known for their population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa found exclusively in New Zealand. Visitors to the caves can visit easy-to-access caves, raft or crawl through caves depending on their interests and abilities. A popular guided activity is 'blackwater rafting' in which visitors float through the caves in huge tubes viewing glowworms and cave decorations as they go.
http://www.waitomo.org.nz/waitomo-things-to-do-and-see/
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Hobbiton, Hill Lane, Waikato, New Zealand

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.



The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will remain as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.



During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.



We very much look forward to welcoming you to Hobbiton Movie set.
Masterfully recreated, we invite you to relax at the Inn of the Hobbits as part of your tour. All guests recieve one complimentary refreshment from our exclusively crafted Southfarthing™ range.



The inn also offers traditional fare, including our famous beef and ale pie.



The Shires™ Rest cafe is conveniently located at the Entrance to Hobbiton Movie Set. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal.
http://www.hobbitontours.com/Home/tabid/38/Default.aspx

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Geothermal Sites

Rotorua is one of the world's most spectacular Geothermal Wonderlands. Geothermal activity, from the Greek geo meaning earth and therme meaning heat, seethes from cracks in the streets, steams from backyard hot pools, bursts from geysers throughout the area, and bubbles from cauldron-like mud pools.
The phenomenal creativity of nature can be seen in all its glory right here in Rotorua. Multi-hued lichens, moss and salt structures blend harmoniously with lush native greens, crystal blue lakes and earth tones ranging from rust to ochre. Splendid examples of silicate and mineral formations rise from and mould into a landscape sculpted by the region's turbulent volcanic activity for thousands of years, and the resulting terraces, valleys and lakes are beyond beauty, they are nature's own art form.
Rotorua and its surrounding areas are charged with a primordial ambiance that challenges the auditory, visual and olfactory senses.
There are five main Geothermal Areas in which a variety of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and hissing craters can be experienced up close.
http://www.rotorua.nz.com/
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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

The Bay of Plenty, known in Māori as Te Moana-a-Toi, is a large indentation in the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island. It stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east, a wide stretch of some 259 km of open coastline. The Bay of Plenty Region is situated around this body of water, also incorporating several large islands in the bay.
http://www.newzealand.com/int/bay-of-plenty/

Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand

From Whitianga you can enjoy the beaches, water sports and boat excursions of Mercury Bay. Expect great seafood and enjoy a forest walk or two.
If you’re exploring the Coromandel Peninsula, you’ll soon come to Whitianga – the main town in Mercury Bay. When native forests were being harvested on the peninsula in the 1800s and early 1900s, Whitianga was a timber port. Ships from Europe sailed in to Whitianga's deepwater harbour to load up with valuable kauri. Today, the township depends on fishing, farming and tourism for its prosperity.
http://allaboutwhitianga.co.nz/
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Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand extends 85 kilometres north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty, forming a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames in the west from the Pacific Ocean to the east. At its broadest point, it is 40 kilometres wide. Almost the entire population lies on the narrow strips along the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty coasts. In fine weather the peninsula is clearly visible from Auckland, the country's biggest city, which lies on the far shore of the Hauraki Gulf, 55 kilometres to the west. The peninsula is part of the local government areas of Thames-Coromandel District and the Waikato Region.
http://www.newzealand.com/int/coromandel/
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Kawakawa Bay, Auckland, NZ

Kawakawa Bay is a small settlement facing North / North West on the Hauraki Gulf / |Firth of Thames. In the early days Kawakawa Bay was also known as Sandspit. In those days the horse was the sole means of transport and then the area was serviced by the ship "Hirere" captained by William Couldrey. Roads were later developed for the timber mills. As access to the area improved families moved into the area to farm the land. Descendants of those early Settlers are still in the area today farming the land or living locally. Those families include the Ashby, Deery, Couldrey, Cashmore, Renall, Luke, Munro and Adams families.

Kawakawa Bay has also been settled by the Maori. Evidence of that early occupation can still be seen today with the earthworks of Pa sites still visible on some headland sites. The first Bay is known to local as "Maori Bay" as many residents recall the Maori families still occupying that land up until the 1960s. There is still some local land in Maori ownership today. The Turei family was well known in the area, with the hill coming down into the Bay known as Turei Hill.
http://www.kawakawabay.org.nz/
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Shortland Street, Auckland, Auckland, NZ, 1010

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