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How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by wuzhengrong

I am planning a 3 week's family (2 adults/2 kids) trip to NZ for this July. One friend recommended me by campervan, which is the way I haven't experienced before. But is it OK to drive further south in NZ winter time? Will it be too cold to sleep in the Campervan in July?

Thank you in advance.

Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by swissfondue

Without knowing what size campervan you are thinking of getting, I wouldn't imagine you would be too cold with four sleeping in a reasonably confined space. Some campers have plug in fan heaters.

A couple of years ago I did a similar trip in April and we had some early winter snow. Friends of mine did a three week trip in June last year and had no bad weather at all. You may find some roads closed due to weather conditions but most of the tourist routes (ones suitable for campervans anyway) are well used even in winter. If you are a confident driver you should be fine.

Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by Kakapo2

Many tourists travel by campervan in winter. I would surely not do it because I prefer a cosy and warm room. It is not just sleeping in a cold van, it is also having to dry wet clothes, and probably cook and air the van, and walk to the showers and toilets...

In case of snow a motorhome is the worst thing you can drive. With two kids you would need a bigger van/motorhome. The compact vans have, as far as I am informed, only two seats for adults and one for a kid between them. I have seen people with kids playing in the rear area of the van while driving but I do not consider this a safe option, as everybody should wear seatbelts.

The other day I saw a long-term weather forecast which said that we will not get a lot of snow this winter. But since when can you trust the weather forecast?

We had the first snow last Saturday, some people were even skiing on Mt. Hutt. But it quickly melted away and did not create any danger on the roads. The rule of thumb is: The further south you get, the higher the risk of snow on the roads. You should make sure that you have snow chains aboard. And, as said, I would prefer a car and have a warm room at the end of the day. Reservations are not needed in winter, apart from festival time in Queenstown. And you can get two bedroom/family units in motels.

Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by swissfondue

On reflection, your idea Kakapo2, sounds much more civilised. You made me feel cold just reading your post. Might be nice to be able to get more than 3 feet away from the kids too. Unless they are little angels of course!

Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by Kakapo2


Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by wuzhengrong

Thanks. Swissfondue and Kakapo2.

I think I will hire a 4 berth Campervan in North Island, and then drop off at Wellington to shift to a 4WD to further down to South Island.

100% pure New Zealand, we are coming!

Re: How's Visiting South Island by Campervan in July?

by Kakapo2

Good plan. Have fun - and make sure you get chains on the South Island. 4WD is great but not absolutely necessary if you do not travel off road.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Spend some time at the Square....

by Gypsy_Saskia

Spend some time at the Square. I had a ball listening to a concert band from Perth (ok, they will probably have left by now), enjoying lunch while watching the skaters, and listening to the Wizard (attached photo found on the net).

Teddybear Picnic in the Park

by Kakapo2

Every year in summer - like in other cities in New Zealand - a teddybear picnic takes place in Christchurch. Until 2008 it was in Hagley Park.

This pinic is a good opportunity for grown-ups to display their childish side without being regarded as childish. Over 70 year old teddies also join the party. Some people smuggle other toy animals than bears onto their blankets but probably it is only because those animals would get frustrated in the empty house ;-)

Anyway, lots and lots of people join the picnic party.

Nearly forgot to mention: It is a great event for children and their bears as well... ;-)

No entry fees apply.

Ah - and in 2007, then still in Hagley Park, a lady came to me and my bears and said she had just said to her daughter that she would leave her grand-children at home next year because they stress her too much, and that she would join the party with her bears only, like me, and have a nice and relaxed day, as the bears are so much easier to handle. I agreed and said my bears had never ever behaved badly on this special occasion LOL

Update Feb 2010: Teddies had to move out of Hagley Park!

In 2009 they shifted the Teddybear Picnic to Mona Vale's gardens because of the preparation of the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.

In 2010 - on Sunday, 7 March - it will be held at the Groynes (Johns Road, in the north of Christchurch) as part of the PSIS Children's Day.

There will be bouncy entertainment, performing arts, boat rides, soap and stone carving, face painting, water activities, sports and much more.

Time: 11am to 4pm.

In case of rain the event will not take place.


by fishandchips

This another sport not too widely played around the world. It is very popular in NZ, Australia, the UK and the Carribean. In Christchurch the main place to play is at the Netball Courts on South Hagley park. Hundreds of girls and their supportive parents playing on chilly winters days. The photo is my niece - the great defender! Court shoes are the only essential plus the right uniform.

Cedric's Track

by fishandchips

This track starts just over the road from the Sign of the Kiwi and up to the left of Sugarloaf giving you great vistas of both the Canterbury plains and Lyttelton Harbour. The track is steep to start with and levels out a bit as you carry on up and around the peak. A couple of side tracks branch off to the right - the first being Mitchells which is a nice walk through bush and trees so you have options for which direction you want to go around the peak. If you carry on up to the top of Cedric's you will arrive at the Sugarloaf Car Park. From here you have the option of taking one of the tracks down into Victoria park on your left or carry on to the right and toward Summit Road. The first valley you will come to if you go right is Bowenvale which is over the road on your left.

$10 all day ticket on the Red bus

by Josilver

The red buses are the main public transport around christchurch and its suburbs. It cost $12.50 from the airport, but if you buy a $10 all day ticket you can also go anywhere else you like. Red buses will take you to New Brighton Beach, Lyttleton harbour and the gondola. Just ask the bus driver for the day pass ticket as it is not advertised anywhere.


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