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First stop from Christchurch


We have 17 days altogether for South and North Island in a campervan but haven't planned our itinerary yet. Any suggestions of an itinerary starting Christchurch and ending Auckland are welcome!

We fly into Christchurch late at night and pick up our campervan the next day. We'll need to do some food shopping (any suggestions where?) but then want to set off to make the most of our days. We don't really want to stay in Christchurch the first day. Where is a reasonable target for the first day? Oamaru or beyond? Do we have to book a campsite or can we just park up somewhere nice if our campervan is self-contained?



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First you need to check the rules about freedom camping. Because of abuse by many campers in recent years, freedom camping is totally banned in some municipalities.

Have you thought about your route around the SI? Do you have 10 days or longer? Oamaru would be a lowly third on my list of options; first would be Punakaiki or Hokitika, if heading down the West Coast; & 2nd would be Lake Tekapo or Aoraki/Mt Cook if heading south via the inland route.

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Presuming you are picking your campervan up from around the airport then on your way south you will head through Hornby. There's a "pack'n'sav' there which is New Zealands cheapest super-market, but has a wide range.

Oamaru is a lovely place, ensure that you check out the Victorian precinct, it's about 3 hours from CHCH, in a camper maybe 4.

I presume you had opted to do a loop of the South Island before cutting across to the North.

Generally, you can park up almost anywhere in yoyur camper, but it's worthwhile doing some research on where you can't park before hand. I know that Queenstown is pretty regimented about it, and I guess for good reason. A lot of people travelling in campervans leave rubbish, both from food and person, all over the show and people find that fairly "interesting" to say the least.

Good luck and have fun.

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Despite what EE says, you cannot just park up anywhere. Or to be truthful you can - but in most cases you will then get a $200 fine for illegal camping!

best to follow the rules - you can camp at holiday parks, at DOC camps and at designated spots, anywhere else will get you a fine. The locals are fed up with those who abuse the countryside and you will be photographed and reported.

if in doubt over where you can stop - check at any i-SITE or DOC ofice http://www.camping.org.nz/

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Check with the local councils about freedom camping around the south island, its fine in most areas but in the places where it has been banned it is strictly enforced. When choosing somewhere to pull over best to be somewhere with facilities on hand if your not self contained however. The areas where it has been banned are generally well signposted.

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What time of the year are you visiting? What are your likes and dislikes? What's on your bucket list?

Providing this information and reading the "Things to do" tab and posting a draft itinerary will see you provided with much better, (informed), advice.


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