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At Moeraki Boulders, South Island, New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders

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New Zealand Tour

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Day 1

Boiling mud at Tokaanu Hot Springs New Zealand

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'.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

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

Day 8

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

Day 9

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

Day 10

Moeraki Boulders beach

Cromwell - Creeksyde camp ground

Day 11

Drive on to Queenstown

Creeksyde camp ground

Day 12

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

Day 13

Arrowtown

Wanaka

Accommodation - Campervan Park, Lake Outlet Holiday Park, Wanaka

Day 14

Puzzling World

Accommodation - Lake Outlet Holiday Park - Lake Wanaka Tourism

Day 15

Haast Pass

Day 16

Fox Glacier

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

Day 17

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

Day 18

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

Accommodation - Hokitika Holiday Park

Day 19

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

Greymouth

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park

Accommodation - Punakaiki camping ground

Day 20

Drive across Lewis Pass in the snow to Hamner Springs

Accommodation at a Hamner Springs camping ground

Day 21

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.

Leaving NZ

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.

Getting Home

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

I was inspired 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