New Zealand - South Island 14 days Campervan Explorer

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I am planning a holiday trip for my family members (MIL, wife and 2 kids - age 6 and 3)

After much consideration, I decide to have a trip to South Island with rental of Campervan.

This thread is sharing more on campervan road trip and some tips of driving a campervan.

Summary of Expenses Breakdown:
1. Air Tickets: S$6,050 (3 adults, 2 kids)
2. Rental of Campervan: S$5,150 (13 days)
3. Diesel: S$450
4. Food and Snack: S$1,150 (14 days)
5. Hotel: S$230 + Campsite: S$600
6. Others: S$400

Total Damage: S$14,030

Total distance cover: ~2,200km

It consisted of 2 parts. Part 1 and 2 for this thread.

Part 1 - Our itinerary plan for this trip

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Day 0

We choose Air New Zealand because the ticket is slightly cheaper than other Airlines.

Inter connecting flight is also one of the important factors as we will be doing a transit from Auckland to Christchurch. We use the same airline for the domestic transfer.

While waiting for the flight at Changi Airport
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The flight takes off in the evening time
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Air New Zealand is the only Airline offers Skycouch where you can buy addition seat at slightly lower cost under economic class and convert them into a bed considering long flight hour.
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Finally, we have reached Auckland. We will do transfer from Auckland to Christchurch by domestic flight. By the way, the transit time is 2 hours. I think the transit hour is quite reasonable.
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Day 1 - Christchurch

After we have landed at Christchurch, we check in their local hotel call Jucy Snooze. It is a budget hotel where the campervan comppany is located nearby. In additional, they also offer POD bed (like capsule). Due to a family of 5, my MIL, wife and kids will be sharing 1 room and I will be staying at the POD.

My Capsule - Outside
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My Capsule - Inside (They provide USB port for handphone. A plus point)
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We can utlise their kitchen to cook for our meal. But make sure you clean the area after finishing your cooking
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Day 1 continue...

Some play area for kids and adults
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Day 2 - Christchurch

After checking out, we head to the campervan company to collect the vehicle.
Both office and depot are located at the same area.

Inside of their office, we are waiting to sign off some documents before collecting the campervan.
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This is a 6 berth self-contained campervan. There are total of 3 double beds. It is enough for 6 adults and I will explain to you what is self-contained in the later part of this thread.
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After collecting the campervan, we proceed to the supermarkets (Countdown or Park and Save or New World) to buy groceries. When we arrive at the supermarket, we notice that the shop is closed due to Easter Day holiday. No wonder carpark so empty...
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Day 2 continue...

As we are driving a campervan, we need to find campsite to park our vehicle. There is a designated campsite we can utilise. Some need to pay and some is free of charge. We are lucky enough to find a house where the owner allow us to park our campervan at their drive way for minimum sum.
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Day 3 - The Farm Yard

We finally can stock our food for ~ 3 days and we are ready to head to Geraldine where the farmyard is located.
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This farmyard is a pay holiday park where we can park our campervan inside. If you are bringing your kids here, they will love this place.
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Day 3 - Lake Tekapo / Church of Good Shepherd

Before we continue the journey, I have to do the **** job every morning. That is to clear the human waste, drain away the waste water and the top up clean water. That is reason why we call it self-contained campervan. If you do not like to do dirty job, I recommend you get a normal car and stay at their motel or hotel.
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Next, we are heading to Lake Tekapo where their famous lake view and Church of Good Shepherd are located. We will be camp a the same location as well. It is a paid campsite.
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Before we call it a day, we cook our favourite dish: Bak Kut Teh
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Day 4 - Lake Pukaki / Mount Cook / Tasman Glacier Lake

The **** job continue every morning...
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Next we continue our journey to Mount Cook. On our way, we stop by Lake Pukaki for toilet break and lunch.
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While on our way to Mount Cook, we are fascinating by the scenic view.
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Day 4 continue...

Finally, we have reached white horse hill where we will camp over here
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This is a paid campsite and you need to pay cash by using the envelope given. There is a envelope box where you can drop them into it.
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Next, we do abit of hiking over here. However, the first bridge is under maintenance and it is closed over a period of time. Therefore, we could not continue further.
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It is also a good spot to capture milky way during late night
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Day 5 - Tasman Glacier / Blue Lake / Nice Scenic towards Moeraki

Before we head towards to Moeraki, there is a scenic view near to white horse hill where Tasman Glacier and Blue lake is located.

Blue Lake
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Tasman Glacier
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Day 5 continue...

While the way to Moeraki, we amaze by the scenery.
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Finally, we have reached Moeraki and we call it a day.
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Day 6 - Moeraki Boulders

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Day 6 continue...

Beautiful scenic while we are on the way to Arrowtown after Moeraki visit.
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Day 7 - Arrowtown (Autumn Festival)

This is the last day of Autumn Festival in Arrowtown. We manage to get a glimpse of their yearly festival with food, parade and local stuffs.

It is like a carnival event in Singapore.

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Day 7 - Wanaka (Tree) / Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Today, we are going to Wanaka just to have a look the only tree that appear in the sea.
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After that we head toward to Kawarau Suspension Bridge where the bungy jump takes place.
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At the same time, we have decided to camp overnight at the same place. In most of the free campsite, there is a signage to indicate where and when to park your vehicle.
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It is a clear sky and we manage to catch a beautiful milky way.
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Part 2 - Our itinerary plan for this trip
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Day 8 - Queenstown

Basically, we move to Queenstown is aiming their famous burger. The name of the shop is called Fergburger. At first, I think it is crazy to have a burger at NZ$12.00++ but even BK burger cost you around NZ$9.00++.

In addition, I read the review about this shop and most of the consumers are in praise of their burger taste. Therefore, I have decided to give it a try...

As expected, you will find long queue even during raining season...
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The burger are freshly cooked upon order...
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You can have it just in front of the bar table. Due to the crowds, we have decided to do a take away.
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There is nothing much to show during our stay at Queenstown. For instance, I would to share with you about the Diesel price in NZ since my campervan is driven by Diesel

In NZ, the price of Diesel varies from point to point. It can be a range from NZ$1.45/litres to NZ$1.80/litres depends on the location.

When I am at the Southern part of South Island, the price of Diesel is cheaper compare to Christchurch or Queenstown. Example, when I am at Queenstown, the fuel per litre is around NZ$1.80.

If you buy grocery, please keep the fuel receipt. You can use it for some discount. As far as I know, the discount is 6cent per litres
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Next, I would like to share with you about the campsite and holiday park.
Some of the campsites provide free camping while others need to pay. It is very important, you have a self-contained vehicle. Some campsite do not offer toilet facility so you need to do it inside your campervan.

For the holiday park, most of them are chargeable. This is because they provide you with shower/bath room facility, kitchen and even power point.

If you want to use mircowave and some power charge up (laptop and camera battery charging) inside the campervan, then you need to connect it to power point (or we call it as powersite holiday park)

They are calculated based on per person basis. Example, NZ$15/person for adult and NZ$8/person for kids 5-12 years old and free for 4 years old and below. If you have total 4 adults and 2 kids (age 6 and 3), you need to pay NZ$68 for 1 night stay.

Most of the kitchen is well maintained. Be sure that you clean the area after using it. One of the advantages of using the kitchen is that you can eliminate the oily smell inside the campervan if you plan to fry or grill the food.
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Even their toilet and shower area are well proper kept.
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Day 9 - Invercargill / Stirling Point

While moving from Queenstown to Invercargill, it takes about 2.5 hours drive down.

Cow and sheep are the most common animals you can find over here
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One of the iconic structures in Invercargill is the Water Tower and water work
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As we further move down, we have reached the Stirling Point.
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There is a small light house situates in this area.
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This is an interesting sign pole. It tells you how far each direction measure from here.
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Beautiful Rainbow at Stirling Point
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Day 10 - Nugget Point

We continue to move towards to Nugget Point where the beautiful lighthouse is located.
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The view from the Nugget Point Lighthouse
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This is the catline coast where it is a hiding bays and beaches between long, low folds of mountains
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After much of the walk around at Nugget Point, we head towards to Brighton Beach for overnight stay
 
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Day 11 - Brighton and Bushy Beach

It is a beautiful Tuesday morning where rise and shine takes place
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About late afternoon, we head to Bushy Beach to catch the yellow penguin and seal.
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We manage to spot some seal lying on the beach. However, penguin is not sighted.
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Day 12 - Oamaru City / Penguin Colony

As we have not given up to catch the Penguin, we decide to head to Oamaru City where penguin colony is located.

A beautiful building structure and pier
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We will be staying at the campsite where penguin colony is located
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There is also a nice playground where the kids love it very much.
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During the day time, we only notice seal is lying on the rock... We hear from the local that penguin will only be back at night.
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At last, we manage to catch the penguin hide out during night time (11pm)
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Day 13 - Rakaia Gorge

On our way back to Christchurch, we plan to have a drop by at Rakaia Gorge.


On our way to Rakaia Gorge. Nice landscape
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Rakaia Gorge as we arrive.
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Day 14 (Final Day) - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

As our flight is at night, we decide to make a final trip to Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch
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It was a fantastic trip as we bid farewell to NZ. We will be back again some day...

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I'm surprised you didn't go to Milford or Doubtful sound.

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