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Part II - South Island

Motueka/ Kaiteriteri (Two and a half hours drive from Picton ferry port)
After our ferry crossing, we headed North towards the Abel Tasman National Park. Before we got there, however, we decided to take a day to explore around the town of Motueka and the neighbouring beach resort of Kaiteriteri. Motueku has a thriving cafe culture and is reached via a stunning drive through the vineyards, fruit farms and rolling hills of Nelson. It is worth spending a few hours in Motueka itself to explore some of the cafes and galleries nearby before heading on to Kaiteriteri. This little town has a real laid-back vibe and is a great place to kick back and relax while sunning yourself on the golden sand. After a hectic few days in the North Island we found this to be a great destination to catch our breath.








Abel Tasman National Park (45 minute drive from Kaiteriteri)
Next stop on our tour was Abel Tasman National Park, just a short drive up the north west coast of the South Island. Before you set off, …
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Part I - North Island

Auckland
Chances are you will be flying into Auckland. Great. First thing you should do once you arrive is leave. I may be risking the wrath of all Aucklanders here but, although I'm sure Auckland has plenty to offer, it is ultimately just a big metropolitan city and, with only one month in NZ, you'll be wanting to move on ASAP to make the most of your time.
"What if we were unlucky enough to not have read your blog before we set off?"
Fear not. Unfortunately we weren't able to read our own amazing and super-helpful blog before we left either so found ourselves with a couple of days to fill in Auckland before we could get our hands on our campervan. If you find yourselves with some time to kill we'd recommend heading up to the pretty Mount Eden village area just 10 minutes bus ride from the City Centre. It is a quaint village with plenty of hipster coffee shops, appealing eateries and, best of all, the eponymous Mount Eden; a dormant volcano which offers stun…

How to Prepare for a Campervanning Trip Around New Zealand

They say you should never overhype a destination before you arrive but we all fall into the trap. You frantically read the reviews telling you how amazing it is, you've seen literally all the best Instagramsof the destination and before you know it, you've put your trip on a pedestal which it might never reach. My girlfriend and I both did this before heading to New Zealand but thankfully this is a place which you cannot do justice in words let alone pictures. I'll attempt to do both for the rest of this blog but I promise you, the only way to truly experience the fun, the culture and the awe-inspiring scenery is to go there yourself.

There is too much to see in a month but fear not, we have put together the ideal one-month itinerary for New Zealand which will ensure you see the best this magnificent country has to offer. But be warned, this trip fits in ALOT and therefore can involve a fair bit of driving. You don't mind? You want to see it all? Good. Us too. Let'…