New Zealand
New Zealand

In 1999 we visited New Zealand for the first time, we spent just over 6 weeks there - based in Napier, on Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of North Island. We were lent a Toyota Landcruiser in which we toured the southern portion of North Island and almost the whole South Island - staying in the tourist flats / bungalows which most camp sites have in New Zealand. The standard varies greatly so it is a good idea to check them out before booking, if you are travelling in low season. In high season they are generally booked out well in advance. Most were of acceptable standard, with their own kitchenette and bathroom, but there were a few sub-standard huts. One in particular was so small it resembled a doll's house, but as it was late and we could not find an alternative place to stay, we stayed there overnight, but left early the next morning. Prices averaged NZ $35 per night. Motels average about $50 - $75 per night per room (1999), between $125-$180 per night, 2 adults (2014). Most motel and hotel rooms in New Zealand have small kitchenettes. Roads, other than city freeways are very narrow and rural, but are generally well paved - the speed limit is low but the road conditions warrant the slower speeds, although most locals ignore the speed limits and drive fast and generally not well.

In 2000, we went back to New Zealand to settle and in December/ January 2001 we toured the North Island extensively. After a short break, we returned to New Zealand in 2002 and have lived in Napier ever since.



It is a fantastic place to live and we enjoy it tremendously.
Click on the links below for more trip details.
Motorhome trips
2000 North Island car trip
1999 NZ car trip
Motorhome Trips
PDF documents
2014 Motorbike trip on South Island