New Zealand, north island

Scroll aaaaaaall the way down to find my favorite spots! 


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eats

+ After all the camperfood you’ll be happy to have some sharing tapas from Abracadara Café in Rotorua. Works for both lunch or dinner.

+  What’s better than winetasting and brunch mixed into one meal? Poppie’s in Martinborough only serves one food platter, but oh-so-good. You can rent a bike afterwards or walk to the other winehouses to try some more local wines!

+ The capital Wellington has more than a few good dinner options, but Dragonfly blew us away. Asian sharing tapas with good cocktails, right next to the Reading Cinema. Talk about a perfect date night…

do’s

+ Known as the most beautiful day walk in New Zealand, Tongariro Alpine Crossing is not to be missed. Don’t forget to double and tripple check the weather and arrange some crampons in case of snow.

+ After rafting the Kaituna River in Rotorua, you earned some spa time. Don’t fall in the tourist trap of Hell’s Gate, but rather go to the Soda Springs. You will most probably be there by yourself and can enjoy a moments peace surrounded by the trees.

+ Three days canoeing on the Whanganui river is as amazing as it sounds. No connection to civilization whatsoever, you sleep in huts (or tents) along the riverside. The only thing there is a friendly hut garden, cold running water and a gas fire to cook. 

sleeps

For cars/tents/campervans, no hotels here :-) we found all our campgrounds on the Campermate app

+ Skip sleeping in Auckland and drive straight to Whatipu campground. You’ll sleep next to an endless black beach, and if you ask really nicely you might even get a hot shower! Hike to Karekare falls for a nice 6-7hour day walk.

+ Park next to lake Taupo and wake up with the water at your feet.

+ Cuddling with lambs is our favorite way to wake up in the morning. Waitomo Farmstay has a shower, toilet, kitchen and a whoooole lot of very cute animals you can help feed. Very close to the Waitomo glowworm caves.