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New Zealand Campervan Rental Guide by Motorhome Republic

New Zealand Campervan Rental Guide by Motorhome Republic

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Read the insider's guide to campervanning in New Zealand. Find out more about driving on New Zealand roads, handling your campervan rental, invaluable campervan tips, travel distances, top places to visit, kiwi culture and much more!
Read the insider's guide to campervanning in New Zealand. Find out more about driving on New Zealand roads, handling your campervan rental, invaluable campervan tips, travel distances, top places to visit, kiwi culture and much more!

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Published by: Motorhome Republic on Jun 13, 2013
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction 3Map of New Zealand 4A Rundown of the Regions 5Driving on New Zealand Roads 8Ten Practical Things You Need to Know 10Handling Your Campervan 11Mapping the Way 12Crossing Cook Strait 13Invaluable Campervanning Tips 14NZ Distance Calculator 16All the Camping Information You Need to Know 17What You Can Expect from the Weather 19Geography, Scenery and Wildlife 21The Indigenous Culture - Maori 23An Oenophile’s Paradise 25Famous Pubs 27Eating, Kiwi-Style 28The Ten Best Beaches in New Zealand 2950 Places You Absolutely Must Visit! 31These Boots Were Made For... 39Lesser-Known Gems from Local Insiders 41Experiencing Middle Earth 43Hot ‘n’ Steamy! 44Speaking “Kiwi” 46Forgotten Anything? A Checklist of Final Things to Consider 47Planning your Route 48Touring Routes 49Sample Itineraries 50More Handy Sites to Check Out 55
 
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INTRODUCTION
For generations of New Zealanders,or “Kiwis”, setting off in the familycampervan (motorhome or RV) to exploretheir magical country at their own pace isthe kind of relaxed, free-spirited holidaythey take for granted. If you’re readingthis book, congratulations on making thedecision to follow in their footsteps!Consisting of two main islands andseveral other small ones, New Zealand (orAotearoa in Maori – meaning “Land of theLong White Cloud”) is a perfect destinationfor a campervanning holiday. It’s friendly,uncrowded, compact, and is like nowhereelse you’ll go, in that the landscapeschange from one spectacular vista toanother every 20 minutes or so.New Zealand is notable for its stunningscenery (including recognisable locationsfrom the Lord of the Rings trilogy); itsunique flora and fauna (even if its nationalemblem, the kiwi, is a rather odd-looking flightless bird); its geographicalremoteness (even Australia is nearly2000kms away); its innovative people (itwas the first country to give women thevote and Kiwi Sir Edmund Hilary was thefirst man to climb to the top of Mt Everest);its delectable food and wine (MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc and Bluff oystersanyone...?) and its love of adrenaline-pumping extreme sports (bungy-jumpingwas invented there!).In New Zealand you can absorb thefascinating Maori culture, experiencesophisticated cosmopolitan society with alaid-back twist, and travel to remote spotsit’s possible no other human has ever evenset foot on.
CAMPERVANNING IS AN IDEAL WAYTO EXPERIENCE THIS LITTLE SLICEOF HEAVEN – YOU CAN TRAVELAT YOUR OWN PACE AND STOPWHEREVER YOU LIKE, FOR AS LONGAS YOU LIKE!
 
There’s a vast number of campsites andholiday parks dotted all over the countryto accommodate you and campervans tosuit any budget – and best of all, there’san extremely favourable exchange rate totake your money a lot further.Read on to get the BEST advice, tips, tricksand secrets on where to go, what to do,how to plan and mistakes to avoid, to trulyget the most out of your New Zealandcampervanning holiday.

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