A FAMILY CAMPERVAN
ADVENTURE IN NEW ZEALAND by Eva Lewis
NEW ZEALAND IS A TRULY MAGICAL PART OF THE WORLD AND ONLY A SHORT FLIGHT FROM BRISBANE WHICH MAKES IT A PERFECT OVERSEAS DESTINATION FOR FAMILIES. BUT HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF TRAVELLING AROUND THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND WITH YOUR FAMILY IN A CAMPERVAN? There are many benefits of a New Zealand campervan trip. It is a lot cheaper than staying in hotels and apartments, you see and experience more, and it really does become a family bonding experience. When it comes to most holiday parks in New Zealand, they really are second to none. They’re clean and fully equipped with kitchens, dining rooms, hot showers, laundries, internet kiosks and Wi-Fi, picnic areas, barbecues, change stations for babies, activity desks and dump stations (for your toilet & kitchen waste).
WHEN TO TRAVEL If you’re not a fan of very cold weather then perhaps travelling in winter is not the best option, although you can opt for heaters and extra blankets. Winter temperatures on New Zealand’s South Island can range from 1°C to 12°C but it’s the best time to go skiing and enjoy the snow, see glaciers, build snowmen and participate in a good old snowball fight. If warmer weather is more your thing, summer days on the South Island are long and sunny with mild nights (10°C – 22°C), perfect to experience various outdoor activities. Autumn is a little cooler than summer but the changing colour of the deciduous trees is very picturesque. Spring can experience a mix of cold and warm days but is quite beautiful with new growth after the winter.
A SUGGESTED ITINERARY CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch is the best place to pick up your campervan as flights from Brisbane to Christchurch are usually cheaper than flying into Queenstown. Campervan depots are located close to the airport and depending on when you arrive, you can either take off on your adventure straight away or stay overnight at one of the many hotels right near the airport and collect your van the next morning.
Kids on the Coast – SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015
LAKE TEKAPO HOLIDAY PARK Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo Only a 3-hour drive from Christchurch, the turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo is magnificent and so are the Southern Alps that form its backdrop. Drive in, park your van on your lake view powered site and enjoy the many activities within walking distance from the holiday park. At Tekapo Springs, located right beside the holiday park, you can enjoy ice skating, tubing, hot pools and for the mums, a day spa. In the summer months you can canoe, pedal boat or Zorb ball on the lake. Take a walk down the road to catch a game of mini golf and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd where you can marvel at the way the church window frames the Southern Alps like a picture. Don’t forget to take a photo of the famous Sheep Dog Monument by the water’s edge. Come nighttime you will be amazed by the clarity of Tekapo’s night sky, unobstructed by any pollution or light. Experience it in full at The Mount John Observatory just up the road. www.laketekapo-accommodation.co.nz
ARROWTOWN HOLIDAY PARK 12 Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown Before venturing into Queenstown, consider staying a night or two in the old gold mining town of Arrowtown. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, it’s a laidback town with plenty to enjoy. The Arrowtown Holiday Park has not long been redeveloped and offers very modern facilities. Just a short stroll from the holiday park will have you in the centre of town where you can eat fudge from the famous The Remarkable Sweet Shop, visit the Lakes District Museum & Gallery, pan for gold on the historic Arrow River, marvel at the historic miners cottages lining the street or visit the Chinese Settlement that dates back to the early 19th century. If you’re here to ski, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are close by too. www.arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz
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