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On the road to Lake Tekepo © Akemazing

North Island

Thrifty Car Rentals
Thrifty Car Rentals

There's so much to see and do in New Zealand and what better way to do it than travelling in a Thrifty rental car! If you're after convenience Thrifty . . . More . . . 

GO Rentals

Kia ora and welcome to GO Rentals. We're a big team of extremely passionate people who GO further in every way to make your journey a roaring success. . . . More . . . 

Interislander

*Where the journey becomes a destination.* Interislander travels between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacula . . . More . . . 

Britz Campervan and Car Rentals

Whether you're after an exciting family adventure or an intimate break for two, Britz Campervans has the right vehicle for you. A Britz holiday is all . . . More . . . 

Apollo Motorhomes

Fancy a self drive escape? Enjoy quality New Zealand campervan hire, motorhome and car rental with Apollo Motorhome Holidays, New Zealand's favourite  . . . More . . . 

Central Auckland

Maui Motorhomes & Car Rentals
Maui Motorhomes & Car Rentals

maui motorhomes provide you with the room to live with style and comfort while on the road. There is a motorhome for even the most discerning traveler . . . More . . . 

Editor and writer Leonie Freeman's kids fall in love with their campervan as they travel around Hokianga and decide it should be their new home.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Reinga Te Rerenga Wairua

The Twin Coast Discovery Highway is a perfect blend of volcanic plateaus, coastal plains, exquisite pohutukawa, surf breaks, giant kauri trees and native wildlife.  Read the story . . . 

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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This transcendent, transformational traverse is beautifully scenic, however you do it, and will take you across the width of the South Island through charming historic towns and dramatically changing landscapes. Read the story . . . 

Out and about

Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Go from Christchurch through Oxford, Methven, Geraldine, Ashburton, Akaroa and back to Christchurch on straight roads under blue skies.  Read the story . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Surf Highway 45: New Plymouth to Hawera

Taranaki's hemispherical coastline between Fitzroy and Hawera is home to 180 degrees of ocean swell where you can almost be certain of solid, pumping surf. Read the story . . . 

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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Johanna Bennett takes the road less travelled from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga.  Read the story . . . 

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Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

Paul Hersey loves the toughness of the West Coast. The way civilisation in this part of the world has only chiselled a few narrow paths into and through the landscape, and how the elements — the wind, the rain and the ocean — are always trying to claim that land back. Read the story . . . 

Where to stay in New Zealand

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Mainstreet Lodge

Kaitaia is a GREAT BASE for exploring the unspoilt landscape of the Far North. Affordable, comfortable tourist and family accommodation in central Kai . . . More . . . 

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Paraparaumu Motel

12 ground floor units, serviced daily: 4 studio (sleep 2-3); 4 x 1-bedroom (sleep 4-5); 3 x 2-bedroom (sleep 7). Free Wi-Fi. Units with fully equipped . . . More . . . 

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Panorama Motel

Situated only metres from the beach of the Pacific Ocean, with Kaikoura Bay in the foreground and the majestic Kaikoura Mountain range in the backgrou . . . More . . . 

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Marine Reserved Apartments

Welcome to The Coromandel Peninsula and Whangamata's new Marine Reserved Holiday Apartments. Just 120 metres from the fabulous Whangamata beach, we of . . . More . . . 

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