About Us

Hi my name is Caroline Ord-Hume. I have had some long holidays in New Zealand and am so impressed that I want to pass on my experiences to others via this web site... I love NZ.

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At Moeraki Boulders, South Island, New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders

To give you a bit of background about us and on my passion for New Zealand, my first tour was for six months and such a totally unforgettable experience that was the beginning of a real love for the country.

My second trip to New Zealand was with my daughter but unfortunately we could only visit for three weeks that time. It took us a lot of time over a few months to gather all the information we needed. The time and effort put in was well spent as we had the best holiday, everything went smoothly, and we got to see most things on our list of 'must dos' (for this trip anyway).

My third tour was after my daughter left for university and I went to New Zealand on my own for 6 weeks in a hired campervan. That time I only toured the North Island.

My fourth NZ visit was for 6 months, again by myself. I purchased a van and toured both North and South Islands. When I left I put the van in a storage yard in Tauranga so I could use it again the following year.

The fifth tour was again for six months in the same reliable campervan, most of which was in the South Island and the lower part of the North Island.

New pages of the places I have visited, what I have seen, and experiences I have had, are being added to this site all the time but I have to admit that the information below on this page hasn’t been updated with the most recent trips.

Please use the navigation above to browse the site and I hope you will find plenty to help you also plan the trip of a lifetime to this beautiful country.

New Zealand Tour

The links below will be to more detail about each travel day, the attractions and locations... so do please follow them as the text on this page only provides a basic outline of our tour.

The real detail is on the linked pages.

17th October

Our first day in NZ! Provides you with an insight into our visit to Auckland Museum, Mount Eden, Mangere Mountain, Out in the Styx accommodation, and the Maungatautari ecological island 'Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari'.

18th October

On leaving our accommodation after breakfast, we walked the Southern Enclosure of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust reserve, drove down to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park for NZ birds & reptiles, and then on to the Waitomo Caves before heading for our accommodation at Whakapapa Village.

19th October

Early morning start in the Tongariro National Park looking for snow! We left Whakapapa Village to drive up to the ski fields to take a look at the last of the snow and the views of Tongariro National Park, spring was on it's way! The itinerary of our day took us along part of the Desert Road, to the Tokaanu hot springs, past Lake Taupo with a stop for lunch in the town, a visit to Huka Falls, and finally on to Rotorua. We had booked an evening out at the Mitai Maori Village with a pick up and drop off service included. We were due to be picked up from the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park at 5.45pm so just enough time to unload our gear at the holiday park first.

Exploring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Near Rotorua, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua New Zealand
Rotorua New Zealand

20th October

Rotorua thermal City
Te Wairoa Buried Village
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Lady K Geyser
Waimangu Thermal Valley
Pohatu Geyser
Hells Gate
Town / Museum
Maori Crafts / Arts Carvers

21st October

Hot Springs Road, Katikati
Easy one hour return walk to magnificent Kauri tree. One of the biggest left in the Kaimai forest, the southern most limit of Kauri trees in New Zealand.
Soak in hot pools on way back
Visit Katikati museum for a guided history of this little area of NZ, where logging the magnificent Kauri and mining for gold have taken their toll on the diversity of the forest.
Refreshment in The Landing, Katikati
Papamoa beach, swim, surf, collect shells.
Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

22nd October

Coromandel Peninsula, home of spectacular beaches and dense New Zealand bush.
Gold Mines Museum
Twin Kauri Scenic Reserve
Hot Water Beach to our bach accommodation, Taumata Holiday Home

23rd October

Coromandel Peninsula. Walk along Hot Water Beach before breakfast
Cathedral Cove walk
Marine Reserve
Drive round top of Coromandel
Coromandel town for lunch

Hot Water Beach in evening / barbeque

24th October

Morning drive from Coromandel Peninsula to Auckland via Square Kauri / waterfall walk, visit to the Mineralogical Museum on the way past, then to Miranda. On to Papatoetoe for visit to Maori carver and on to accommodation at Kiwi International Airport Hotel

25th October

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch, South Island

Pick up campervan and stock up on food and petrol in Christchurch

Drive down to Olive Grove Lodge and Holiday Park

26th October

Moeraki Boulders beach

Cromwell - Creeksyde camp ground

27th October

Drive on to Queenstown

Creeksyde camp ground

28th October

Read about our day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound on the BBQ Bus.

29th October



Accommodation - Campervan Park, Lake Outlet Holiday Park, Wanaka

30th October

Puzzling World

Accommodation - Lake Outlet Holiday Park - Lake Wanaka Tourism

31st October

Haast Pass

1st November

Fox Glacier

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

2nd November

I love Hokitika so we decided to stay here and relax for a few days instead of doing more driving.

Visit to Ross and Gold Mining Museum

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

3rd November

Hokitika town and relaxing beach day. Looking round the town and shops and visiting jade carvers.

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

4th November

Camper Van, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park, New Zealand
Campsite at Pancake Rocks
Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park

Hamner Springs camping ground
Our Campervan at
Hamner Springs camping ground

Our friend Kea from the North Island turned up in the late afternoon to travel with us for a few days.

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

Visit to an old reconstructed gold mining town


Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park

Accommodation - Punakaiki camping ground

5th November

Drive across Lewis Pass in the snow to Hamner Springs

Accommodation at a Hamner Springs camping ground

6th November

We wanted to go to the Hamner Springs hot pools but they didn't open until 10am! Rather late we thought so we decided to give it a miss and head off to the coast.

7th November

Drive down to Christchurch with a few scenic stops on the way before dropping off the campervan before the 5.30pm deadline when the depot shuts. We also had to give the camper van a good clean out to ensure we did not lose on the deposit.

Leave Christchurch 8.30pm to fly to Auckland, then from Auckland back to the UK via Hong Kong.

8th November

The worst part of the whole journey! Trying to get from London back to Wales.

1992 - 6 Months Holiday in New Zealand

My first experience of NZ was a six month holiday in 1992 with my partner. The purpose of the trip was partly to visit relatives and friends, but mostly aimed at travelling round the country and seeing the sights. We couldn't plan very well in advance then as we didn't even have a computer... and such freely available access to information on the Internet was in the distant future.

However, we didn't really need to gather a lot of information at the time as we would be staying with friends initially. This meant we had the luxury of being able to make our plans once we got there.

My Travel Stories

My holidays have inspired me to create this web site and provide you with an insight into what a holiday in New Zealand is really all about.

Looking for semi precious stones on the beach at Hokitika
Looking for semi precious stones on the beach at Hokitika, South Island
Our campervan on a site near Moeraki Boulders
Our campervan on a site near Moeraki Boulders, South Island
Mount Tongariro at the end of October
Mount Tongariro at the end of October, North Island
Swing bridge at Fox Glacier New Zealand
Swing bridge at Fox Glacier, South Island