Category Archives: New Zealand

Hire a campervan in New Zealand. You can find out the cost of campervan and motorhome hire in New Zealand from our user-friendly booking engine. It is secure and easy to use. Add in the extras , check out the camper van from inside and out. See how old it is. Read all the terms and conditions and see exactly how much it will cost before you book.

Campervans.com In my In-box: USA,Canada, New Zealand…

USA best beach:  Great overnight stopover.

Dr Beach has voted Florida’s Siesta Beach as the top beach in the USA.  It has the best beach safety, environmental protection and has adopted non-smoking policies.

It also has find white sand and is environmentally healthy.  If you want to visit in your rv then we would suggest checking out:

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which has links to sites. I haven’t yet been to visit these, so check out independent reviews to help you make your choices.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/florida/siesta-key

Canada:

I also received a link to this exciting option to do on a road trip when you need a few days adrenalin rush.

not for the feint hearted!

Maybe on my next trip!

Of course, there is always a tamer option of the Calgary Stampede:

If you want to park up your rv while visiting the Stampede the check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/alberta/calgary

Know Before You Go:

This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers.  Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.

“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

Portuguese Met Office.

New Zealand Short Day Walks

The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.

One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.

Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.

Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.

Short Walks in New Zealand – camp for the day in your campervan and head off for a good day’s walk.Wall

Day walks in New Zealand
Park up in a campervan, pack a snack and head off on a walk.

This site NewZealand.com

is packed with information to help you plan your road-trip around New Zealand.  We rent out campervans http://campervans.motorhomerepublic.com/new-zealand-special-offers.html

and cars: http://carhirez.com

Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:

Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.

They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.

Wildlife photography needs a 300mm or 600mm.

Keep a uv filter on your lens to protect it.

Take The Iceland Pledge…

http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com

Iceland is promoting responsible tourism.  Iceland has seen visitor numbers rise and promoting responsible tourism helps preserve the natural habitat that visitors go to Iceland to see.

We promote Iceland campervan and motorhome rental so are pleased to promote this too.  @campervans.com

Iceland campervan rental.

WE have taken the Iceland Pledge

Will you?

 

Campervans.com In My Inbox Today: Scotland, Road Trips, Polar Bears, Grizzley Bears, Orcas….

Campervan and Motorhome rental Scotland
Add castles to your road trip around Scotland.

Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.

I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is.  We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.

A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.

The official tourist site Visit Scotland  

has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:

Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.

They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!

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USA Road_trip

You can read the full article here.

  • 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
  • 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
  • 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
  • 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
  • 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
  • 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
  • 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
  • 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
  • 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
  • 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
  • 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • 13: Route 62 – South Africa
  • 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
  • 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
  • 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica

Canada:

Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada.  Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:

Kayak with Orca.  This is amazing!

Polar Bears?

Grizzley Bears?

 

Campervans.com In My Inbox today South Africa,

Where to See the Total Eclipse in the USA.

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This from National Geographic:

WHERE SHOULD I BE FOR THE BEST SKY SHOW?

In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.

Where to rent an rv for the ecipse viewing: http://www.campervans.com/usa.html

Live Stream  of Eclipse from NASA

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream

South African Tourist Board sent me this little beauty:

Campervan and Motorhome rental in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique: http://www.campervans.com/southafrica.html

If you are following the Lions’ Tour of New Zealand then check out this latest weather forecast.  Take care all you Barmy Army!

New Zealand weather update for Lions’Tour Video

Portugal – A tour from the FT

Portugal has a really good website that can help you plan your road trip. https://www.visitportugal.com/en 

Campervan hire in Portugal http://www.campervans.com/portugal.html

Meanwhile in Canada

On a scale for 1-10 how beautiful this is to baby cubs BEAR playing <3Credit: @Jeff Molyneaux

Posted by Like if you love Animals on Friday, 9 June 2017

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This clip came from one of our suppliers Fraserway Rentals http://www.campervans.com/canada.html 

They have a full range of campers from truck campers right the way through to the C class RV.  You can book any of these with great discounts on our website.  That’s the plug for us!

Finally…

We are updating our website www.campervans.com 

We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly.  We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars.  There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles.  Watch this space .

PS

We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on.  Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.

 

Jucy camper van hire

Jucy camper van hire all you need to know.

Jucy camper van hire offers great value.  You can book these vehicles online to get the best rates here:

USA Jucy campervan hire in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Jucy Champ 4 berth USA to rent.
Jucy Champ 4 berth USA to rent.
Jucy Champ 4 berth USA bed layout
Jucy Champ 4 berth USA bed layout.

Australia Jucy campervan hire in Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

New Zealand Jucy campervan hire in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington

Jucy New Zealand 4 berth to rent.
Jucy New Zealand 4 berth to rent.
Jucy New Zealand 2 berth to rent.
Jucy New Zealand 2 berth to hire.

Pete’s Dragon – in New Zealand

check out this link to see what Pete’s Dragon sees of New Zealand.

 

Book a campervan to explore the sites that Pete’s Dragon sees http://www.campervans.com/newzealand.html

Take your family to New Zealand to see where the remake of Pete’s Dragon was made.  Explore the country and the sites at your own pace by motorhome.

The setting is Millhaven in America but in reality it is Tapanui in Otago in New Zealand’s grand South Island.

You will also spot Rotorua, Wellington and Queenstown in the movie.

The Shotover Canyon near Queenstown is where Elliot the Dragon flies through and over.

Pete’s Dragon opens in cinemas in September 2016.

The best time to tour New Zealand in a campervan or motorhome is anytime from November to April. It is cooler outside of those months but then you may like it that way!

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Depot locations for campervan and motorhome rental
Where shall I collect my Motorhome from?

This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.

They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.

I do need to know the age of the driver.  In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25.  This is not the case in all countries though.

In many you can hire at 21.  You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.

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Hire a campervan or motorhome.

One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.

This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.

One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.

One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out.  Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.

Family holidays in a campervan.
Family holidays in a campervan.

There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing.  We do change these from time to time.

The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made.  (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)

All the depot locations are listed on this link:

Campervan and Motorhome Rental locations by Country

If you click on any of the names of the country you can select a drop down menu to see the depot locations for them individually.

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Belgium

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Botswana campervan and 4×4 rental.

Canada RV rental and campervan hire

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Germany campervan hire

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Hungary motorhome rental

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Ireland campervan and motorhome rental.

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Italy campervan and motorhome hire

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Mozambique 4 x 4 camper rental and motorhome hire

Namibia 4 x 4 rental and motorhome hire.

Netherlands campervan and motorhome rental.

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New Zealand campervan and motorhome hire.

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Norway campervan and motorhome rental.

Portugal campervan and motorhome rental.

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South Africa campervan and motorhome rental.

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Spain campervan and motorhome rental.

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Sweden campervan and motorhome rental.

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Tanzania campervan and motorhome rental.

United Kingdom campervan and motorhome rental.

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USA campervan and motorhome rental.

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Zambia campervan and motorhome rental.

Zimbabwe 4 x 4, campervan and motorhome rental.

 

British Lions Tour Motorhome rental and campervan hire update.

How much does it cost to rent a motorhome to follow the British Lions Tour of New Zealand in 2017? Here is a link to the special offers:

Special Offers and Discounts on New Zealand Campervan and Motorhome Rental for the British Lions Rugby Tour of New Zealand in 2017.

The main depots are based in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.

You can book a one-way hire to maximise your time in New Zealand.  See the fixtures list below.

There will be campsites ready for motorhomes and campervans close to where the games are being played.  Remember last time?  the Barmy Army toured the country following their teams.

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Lions Tour Fixtures for New Zealand 2017:

Match Dates:

Game 1 – Saturday 3rd June 2017 Provincial Union Team Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Game 2 – Wednesday 7th June 2017 Blues Eden Park Auckland
Game 3 – Saturday 10th June 2017 Crusaders AMI Stadium Christchurch
Game 4 – Tuesday 13th June 2017 Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Game 5 – Saturday 17th June 2017 Maori All Blacks Rotorua International Stadium
Game 6 – Tuesday 20th June 2017 Chiefs FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Game 7 – Saturday 24th June 2017 All Blacks Eden Park Auckland
Game 8 – Tuesday 27th June 2017 Hurricanes Westpac Stadium Wellington
Game 9 – Saturday 1st July 2017 All Blacks Westpac Stadium Wellington
Game 10 – Saturday 8th July 2017 All Blacks Eden Park Auckland

Plan your route and follow the games.

Lions rugby has produced a map to show where the games are being held: Map of New Zealand Lions tour.

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Map_Lions_Tour_New_Zealand

 

Reviews

We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room.  We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers.  We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision.  To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.

Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.
Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.

Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen.  All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.

4 berth camper hire
Explore the world

Our customers will often search online for reviews.  However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.

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6 berth campervan rental in America.

Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to.  We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.

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Rating

You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.

We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles.  This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one.  This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early,  fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.

Bike rental with motorhome rental.
Take your bikes on your campervan hire holiday.

If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure.  You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.

The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.

2 berth hi-top rental
Rent a campervan for your honeymoon.

If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA).  The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn.  But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.

5 berth hi-top rental
You can all sleep in comfort in your camper home for you holidays.

They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement.  Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.

The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes.  This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked.  If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.

Luxury motorhome rental.
Luxury motorhome rental.

Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.

It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.

Upstairs bed.
Climb up to your bed.

The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another.  We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer.  These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space.  They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.

Sleeper car rental.
sleeper car rental.

Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens.  They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles.   These vehicles are basic, older and cheap.  They are more like sleeper cars than campervans.  But they are on our lists.  The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.

The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed.  The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board.  You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping  bag.

These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.

Always consider the sleeping arrangements.  If you are tall check out the bed sizes:

Check the bed size of your campervan.
Check the bed size of your campervan.

Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.

If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.

Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.

Are you happy making the bed up each night?  Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.

Day layout of a campervan

Night time layout of your campervan.

The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper.  You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both.  You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.

Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply.  Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.

Rent a 4 wheel drive camper.
Rent a 4×4 camper.

All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them.  Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for.  If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?

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Relax. You are on holiday.

Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan.  Ask us…its our job to help.

Happy holidays! 🙂

Current special offers.

List of countries we arrange campervan and motorhome rental:
Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Canada
Croatia
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
United Kingdom
United States
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

Lions’ Tour of New Zealand

Rent a campervan for the Lions Tour of New Zealand

Book Your Campervan and Motorhome Hire for the Lions Tour of New Zealand.

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Lions Tour Fixtures for New Zealand 2017:

Match Dates:

Game 1 – Saturday 3rd June 2017 Provincial Union Team Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Game 2 – Wednesday 7th June 2017 Blues Eden Park Auckland
Game 3 – Saturday 10th June 2017 Crusaders AMI Stadium Christchurch
Game 4 – Tuesday 13th June 2017 Highlanders Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Game 5 – Saturday 17th June 2017 Maori All Blacks Rotorua International Stadium
Game 6 – Tuesday 20th June 2017 Chiefs FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Game 7 – Saturday 24th June 2017 All Blacks Eden Park Auckland
Game 8 – Tuesday 27th June 2017 Hurricanes Westpac Stadium Wellington
Game 9 – Saturday 1st July 2017 All Blacks Westpac Stadium Wellington
Game 10 – Saturday 8th July 2017 All Blacks Eden Park Auckland

Plan your route and follow the games.

Lions rugby has produced a map to show where the games are being held: Map of New Zealand Lions tour.

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Map_Lions_Tour_New_Zealand

 

Safety tips for a motorhome holiday in New Zealand

Safety tips for a motorhome holiday

By Courtney Whitaker

Courtney Whitaker’s tips on how to have a safe and comfortable motorhome holiday. From the New Zealand Herald.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom - but you still need to know the ground rules.
Motorhomes give you the ultimate freedom – but you still need to know the ground rules.

1 Road rules: Most road rules in New Zealand for motorhomes are similar to those for cars. But though the rural speed limit is 100km per hour, if you are travelling in a motorhome with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GMV) of more than 3500kg, this speed limit is reduced to 90km per hour. Don’t fret if your motorhome won’t fit on the bathroom scales though, your rental company will be able to confirm whether your vehicle fits this criteria or not.

2 Insurance: Make sure you have insurance to cover your trip. Most motorhome rental outlets will offer some form of accident liability cover when you hire the vehicle, though it pays to shop around. Some will offer roadside assistance.

3 Dump stations: Only dispose of your waste water in designated dump stations. These are usually located at camping grounds, holiday parks, or on the outskirts of a town or city. You can find maps of the dump stations located around the country on websites such as AA Traveller: maps.aa.co.nz. If, like me, you’re not well-versed in the intricacies of motorhome waste management, check out camper mate.co.nz for a handy “how-to” video.

5 Safety: To make sure you and your passengers are as safe as possible in your portable hotel, check it complies with road rules. Seatbelts must be fitted in motorhomes manufactured on or after October 1, 2003. If your camper is a “vintage” model, pad sharp edges and objects that could fall or move. The number of safety belts in newer campervans must also match the number of berths.nzta.govt.nz lists the requirements your motorhome must meet.

6 Motorhome sites: If you’ve done your dash with freedom camping and are looking for something a little more upmarket, try holidayparks.co.nz.You can specify the area you want to stay in and amenities you require.

7 Rest: There are rest stops dotted along most open roads in New Zealand, and it’s important to use them if even slightly fatigued. If you’re niftier with technology, use a time and distance calculator to estimate how long your trip will take before you leave. Driving in NZ can take longer than expected because of winding roads or weather conditions. newzealand.com has a useful map for planning siestas ahead of time.

NZ Herald

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