6 Reasons why travel to Australia and New Zealand in June

reason #1

It’s a month long school holidays ! Don’t you think the kids ought to relax and chill from the paper chase?

children and campervan

reason #2

It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Don’t you think you have enough of the heat here?

reason #3

It’s low sandflies and low creepy crawlies season . Don’t you have enough mozzie bites here with all the recent dengue scare? Good time to do freedom camping in the parks and beaches without worrying about getting bites. By the way, most of our campervans come with insect- screened windows.

reason #4

It’s visitors non-peak season. Don’t you think it’s nice not to fight with others over bookings? You don’t need to pre-book every campervan parks throughout your holiday or do advance bookings for attractions.

reason #5

It’s one of the very few places where you can see real snow in June. Don’t you want to lie on the fluffy white snow?

reason #6

It’s the time when rental rates are the cheapest. Don’t you want to  save more? Winter-time deals offer good discounts.

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New Zealand’s Art Deco City

Napier is ‘The place’ if Art in Architecture is your thing. Famous for its art deco in buildings of the 1930s. Situated at NZ North Island, Hawke’s Bay , this city was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 but it was rebuilt quickly while carefully preserving it’s architecture of the classics which still stands today.

Take a walking tour to soak into the era of the 1930s. Every February, the locals celebrate the Art Deco heritage by having a festival where vintage cars and bikes are paraded with people donning clothes of that 30’s era. Activities include outdoor jazz concerts, aerobatic flying displays, steam train rides and so on.

If you think only Singpore has a Marine Parade,  Napier has one too. A favourite place among the locals and visitors too . Walk by the coast, dine, cycle, stroll among flower gardens and if you’re lucky some vintage cars may just come by too.
Nearest place for motorhome to rest for the night for free :
Perfume Point Carpark, Napier

Photo Credit : Naoki Sato

Photo Credit : Naoki Sato

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Driving the Mildford Sound

Climbing through the Southern Alps, State Highway 94, is one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand with the highest part at 940 metres above sea level. The Milford Road, part of SH94, takes you from Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, touted to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Driving the Milford road is an exhilarating experience, great care should be taken when doing it in the winter season, as these high mountain roads are prone to avalanches and the road are often closed in snow conditions thus making the carrying of snow chains a mandatory requirement during this time.
Check out road status of SH94 before heading out https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh94-milford-road/road-status/

One of the most memorable part of this journey is going through the Homer Tunnel. It stretches for 1 . 2km long. During the popular summer months, it operates one way with traffic lights outside the tunnel. During NZ winter season, the traffic lights don’t operate and it becomes 2-way. If you are driving your campervan, go slow and keep left, always looking out for coaches coming from the opposite side.

Outside Homer Tunnel during winter

The most incredible thing is that campervanners can stay along the Milford Road (between Te Anau and The Divide) at DOC camping area.
Spending your night among picturesque spots beside bush, rivers and lakes, often with opportunities for bush walks or trout fishing nearby.
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/places-to-go/milford-road-milford-sound-area/?activity=Walking-tramping&actionId=124#findplaces

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Be Star-Strucked ☆゚.*・。゚

New Zealand’s Lake Tekapo is known as a Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places to view the night sky .
It is free of artificial light pollution so the night sky is a canvas for star-gazing. On top of Mt John is an observatory where the Southern Sky is waiting for you to be explored. Earth & Sky conducts twilight tours where you can view through their powerful telescope and see planet Saturn and the Southern Cross constellation. You’ll get a nice treat of hot chocolate at the cafe with some lessons on astronomy.
Nearest place to park your motorhome for the night : Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park

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