Sunday, 14 October 2012

Christchurch to Auckland: See NZ on the cheap

Campervan suppliers often face the dilemma of needing vehicles relocated- and their dilemma presents customers with an opportunity to travel cheaply!

Have a look at this page- Amongst the general earlybird deals are a number of deals for one-way travel between Christchurch and Auckland. There are a variety of suppliers and vehicles with this deal, so have a look around for the one which suits you.

A trip between Christchurch and Auckland is ripe with opportunity for exploration! You could visit the deep south before heading north- the student city of Dunedin and the stunning Fiordland National Park are both south of Christchurch, as well as Queenstown, the Adventure Capital.

Fiordland National Park
by Matthew Hunt Flickr Creative Commons

 The Wild West Coast is a very scenic way of heading North, or should you choose the East coast, you can visit watch whales and dolphins in Kaikoura. Picton is where the ferry crossings take place, and it is a gorgeous little town set in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. This is a wine-soaked area, so be sure to visit a winery or two, and assign a sober driver for the van!

Once across Cook Strait, the North Island sprawls above you. A great place to visit is  sunny Hawkes Bay and its Art-Deco city of Napier. Also a must-see is the Central Plateau which is easy to detour to no matter which route you take up the island. Located between State Highways 1 and 4, this area is home to 3 magnificent mountains- Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro. There are 2 skifields on Mount Ruapehu. Not far from the mountains is Lake Taupo and the lakeside city with the same name. This is a fun place to stop for watersports, lakeside cafes and great views!

Mount Ruapehu
by Abaconda Flickr Creative Commons

The Coromandel Peninsula is another playground for holidaymakers. Just south of Auckland, this peninsula is full of beaches, friendly beach towns, forests and campgrounds. Check out Cathedral Cove near Hahei, a gorgeous spot only accessible by foot, where the beginning scenes of the second Narnia film were shot.

If you have time to spare, the north of Auckland is known for great weather, great beaches and a completely laid-back pace of life, so head up there for a relaxing end to your road trip.

Have a look at Motorhome Road Trip for more ideas for trips in New Zealand and all over the world!