While getting a quick tour of Auckland by a local fren, she was telling me one good thing to do here is to hire a caravan (those with cooking and sleeping facilities) which can fit 6-8 ppl (but if comfy then 6) and take it all the way from Auckland down to Wellington and Christchurch, soaking in the atmospheric landscape of New Zealand.
Or even drive thru the tour of the Lord of the Ringshttp://www.tourism.net.nz/tours/lord-of-the-rings-tours/
Now this is TEMPTING me??
Caravan? Lord of the Rings? I'm so SOLD!
For info, I did a river boat self-driven down Murray River in Australia, one of the best experience of my life. I can imagine it now, Lord of the Rings sights by day, boardgames by night under the lonely stars... OMG!
friends wedding still up in the air due to economic downturn.
bring back lots of brochures first!
suggested iteneries as per the motorhome website
Basket... another depature tax NZ$25. But this one at least can claim back. Hate airports with these taxes  Siem Reap also has USD25 departure taxes... haiz.
there are also certain places to park caravans - cannot just park them anywhere you want - and in those places, they provide water and electricity piped-in to your caravan for cooking, etc
That's one of the reasons I proposed caravaning in NZ as they are caravan-friendly place.
I was in NZ (South Island) in late 2004. I rented a caravan (for 3-4 people) and drove out of Christchurch with it. Went south through the Canterbury Plains, all the way down to Queenstown (it's just one straight road). From there, went further south to Te Anau and after that to Milford Sound. Then, took the road north to Arthur Pass and Nelson. Then, back to Christchurch. Took me 3 weeks to finish touring south island.
Actually, you can park anywhere and sleep in for the night. The only places that you cannot park in are by the side of the highway, in parks, and in big cities. Otherwise, you can stop anywhere for the night. I did that in/near Lake Wakatipu area, and several other whistle stops along the way. It's much cheaper than stopping in those Caravan parks as they charge per night, per person. So unless you want to pay through your nose, I don't really recommend using the Caravan Parks. But, once every 5 days, you have to empty out the waste products (read : crap and piss) from the caravan, so you might have to stop in one of those caravan parks to do it. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
I'm actually planning on going to either Venice or New Orleans again at the end of the year. I figure that I should travel more before the kids come. I'm more partial toward New Orleans as I love the Jazz Festival there (a week after Mardi Gras). I spent a week backpacking in the Big Easy during spring break back in early 2000. Bunked in at a backpackers inn somewhere in the middle of Canal Street. Can't remember the name of the place though. Good times.
I still prefer Nawlin' to Montreal tho. Canada is a bit too cold for my liking even tho I went in the summer. But NZ is worse. It gets really nippy at night, even in the summer. So dress warm before heading down to New Zealand. And have fun.
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