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Our New Zealand Campervan

Kia ora! We’re currently traveling around New Zealand in our campervan called Big D. 

We arrived on January 28, 2020 and will be here through May 2020. Woot, woot! A total of 4 months in New Zealand! 

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Trip Over Life – New Zealand Travelogue
Date
Island
Region
Item Type
Item
Tuesday, January 28, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyAccommodationCust Domain, Cust
Wednesday, January 29, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyAccommodationArundel Bridge Campsites, Geraldine
Wednesday, January 29, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyActivityAoraki Mackenzie: International Dark Sky Reserve
Thursday, January 30, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyActivityLake Tepako Scenic Reserve: glacial lake and Church of Good Shepherd
Thursday, January 30, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyActivityDark Sky Project Summit Experience - TOUR CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS
Thursday, January 30, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyAccommodationLake McGregor, Tekapo
Friday, January 31, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyActivityLake Pukaki Reserve: glacial lake and views
Friday, January 31, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyAccommodationLake Pukaki Reserve
Saturday, February 1, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyActivitySouth West New Zealand World Heritage Area / Mt. Cook National Park
Saturday, February 1, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyTrampHooker Valley Track, Mt. Cook National Park
Saturday, February 1, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyTrampKea Track, Mt. Cook National Park
Saturday, February 1, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyAccommodationWhitehorse Hill Campground, Mt. Cook National Park
Sunday, February 2, 2020SouthChristchurch & CanterburyTrampBlue Lakes & Tasman Glacier Track, Mt. Cook National Park
Sunday, February 2, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityClay Cliffs Scenic Area
Sunday, February 2, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityOmarama Hot Tubs
Sunday, February 2, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationAhuriri Bridge Campsite, Omarama
Monday, February 3, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityLindis Pass Scenic Reserve
Monday, February 3, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingMt.. Difficulty Wines: wine tasting
Monday, February 3, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingSpace at the Base - Scott Base Vineyards: wine and beer tasting
Monday, February 3, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationLowburn Harbour Campervan Parking, Lowburn
Tuesday, February 4, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingCarrick Wines: wine tasting
Tuesday, February 4, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingThe Stoaker Room
Tuesday, February 4, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationLowburn Harbour Campervan Parking, Lowburn
Wednesday, February 5, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityKatiki Historic Reserve and Lighthouse
Wednesday, February 5, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityMoeraki Boulders Beach
Wednesday, February 5, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityOamaru Victorian Precint
Wednesday, February 5, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationAll Day Bay Free Campground, Herbert
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivitySignal Hill Lookout
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityBaldwin Street: world's steepest street
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityDunedin Public Art Gallery
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityDunedin Railway Station
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityDunedin Street Art Trail
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingThe Speight's Ale House: beer tasting
Thursday, February 6, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationMarket Reserve, Dunedin
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityTaiaroa Head: albatross sighting
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoTrampSandymount Recreation Reserve: Chasm and Lovers Leap
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivitySandfly Bay Wildlife Refuge: viewpoint
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingEmerson's Brewery
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoActivityRoyal Albatross Centre: Little Blue Penguin Viewing
Friday, February 7, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoAccommodationPortabello Road, Otago Peninsula
Saturday, February 8, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoTrampTunnel Beach Track
Saturday, February 8, 2020SouthDunedin & OtagoEating & DrinkingNoisy Brewing Company
Saturday, February 8, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationRiverside Motor Camp, Kaitangata
Sunday, February 9, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityRoaring Bay & The Nuggets
Sunday, February 9, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityCannibal Bay
Sunday, February 9, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityBarrs Falls, Barrs Falls Scenic Reserve
Sunday, February 9, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampJack's Blowhole
Sunday, February 9, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationPurakaunui Campsite, Purakaunui Scenic Reserve
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityPurakaunui Falls
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityMatai Falls + Horseshoe Falls, Purakaunui
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityThe Lost Gypsy Gallery, Papatowai
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityFlorence Hill Lookout, Papatowai
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampLake Wilkie, Papatowai
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampMcLean Falls Walkway
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandEating & DrinkingThe Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityNiagara Falls
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityCurio Bay: petrified forest
Monday, February 10, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationWaikawa Recreation Reserve, Waikawa
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampCathedral Caves
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampKoropuku Falls
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityCurio Bay
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivitySlope Point: southern most point on NZ South Island
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityWaipapa Point Lighthouse
Tuesday, February 11, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationFortrose Township A, Fortrose
Wednesday, February 12, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationMonkey Island Road Reserve
Thursday, February 13, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityGemstone Beach, Orepuki
Thursday, February 13, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandActivityMcCrakens Rest and Lookout, Orepuki
Thursday, February 13, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampClifden Caves, Clifden
Thursday, February 13, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandAccommodationClifden Suspension Bridge, Clifden
Friday, February 14, 2020SouthFiordland & SouthlandTrampManapouri Circle Track
Friday, February 14, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationLake Wakatipu Lookout, Kingston
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampGreat Walk: Routeburn - CLOSED / CANCELLED FOR SEASON DUE TO STORM DAMAGE
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaActivityGoOrange Doubtful Sound Overnight Kayak and Camp - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampQueenstown Trail: Frankton Track
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingAltitude Brewing: beer tasting
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampQueenstown Hill Walking Track + Summit
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingSearchlight Brewery
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingCaribe Latin Kitchen
Saturday, February 15, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationLake Wakatipu circular pullout, Kingston
Sunday, February 16, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingThe Empanadas Kitchen
Sunday, February 16, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingAtlas Beer Cafe
Sunday, February 16, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingSmith's Beer House
Sunday, February 16, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationLake Wakatipu circular pullout, Kingston
Monday, February 17, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampBen Lomond Summit
Monday, February 17, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationMoke Lake Campground, Otago
Tuesday, February 18, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampMoke Lake Track
Tuesday, February 18, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampBob's Cove Walk
Tuesday, February 18, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampLake Hayes Walkway
Tuesday, February 18, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationCrown Range Road Summit Carpark, Cardrona
Wednesday, February 19, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingCardrona Distillery: tasting
Wednesday, February 19, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaActivityCardrona Bra Fence
Wednesday, February 19, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampMt Iron Loop Trail
Wednesday, February 19, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationpullout near Diamond Lake Conservation Area, Glendhu Bay
Thursday, February 20, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampDiamond Lake & Rocky Mountain
Thursday, February 20, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaActivityRoy's Bay
Thursday, February 20, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & DrinkingRhyme and Reason Brewery
Thursday, February 20, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationpullout near Diamond Lake Conservation Area, Glendhu Bay
Friday, February 21, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaActivityBremner Bay
Friday, February 21, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaEating & Drinkingb.effect / b.social brewery & bar
Friday, February 21, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaActivityLake Hawea Lookout
Friday, February 21, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationKidds Bush Reserve Campground, Hunter Valley
Saturday, February 22, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaTrampIsthmus Peak Track, The Neck
Saturday, February 22, 2020SouthQueenstown & WanakaAccommodationBoundary Creek Campground, Makarora
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampBlue Pools Track
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastActivityFantail Falls
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampThunder Creek Falls
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampHaast Ship Creek Walks
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastActivityKnights Point Lookout, Haast
Sunday, February 23, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationbeachside, Bruce Bay
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampLake Matheson Walk, Fox Glacier
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampFranz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, Franz Josef
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationBeach Road, Kakapotahi Scenic Reserve
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampHokitika Gorge, Hokitika
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastActivityHokitika Beach, Hokitika
Monday, February 24, 2020SouthThe West CoastActivityGlowworm Dell, Hokitika
Tuesday, February 25, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationSeaview Lodge & Backpackers campsite, Hokitika
Wednesday, February 26, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampPoint Elizabeth Walkway, Cobden
Wednesday, February 26, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampPancake Rocks, Punakaki
Wednesday, February 26, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationMcMillan Road, Punakaki
Thursday, February 27, 2020SouthThe West CoastActivityPunakaki Cavern
Thursday, February 27, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampPororari River Track
Thursday, February 27, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampTruman Track
Thursday, February 27, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampCape Foulwind Walkway: Seal Colony & Lighthouse
Thursday, February 27, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationHector Freedom Campsite, Hector
Friday, February 28, 2020SouthThe West CoastTrampCharming Creek Walkway
Friday, February 28, 2020SouthThe West CoastAccommodationGentle Annie Seaside Accommodation & Campsites
SouthThe West CoastActivityKaramea Express: pick up rental vehicle
SouthThe West CoastTrampCrazy Paving & Box Canyon Caves, Oparara Basin
SouthThe West CoastTrampMoria Gate Loop and Mirror Tarn, Oparara Basin
SouthThe West CoastTrampOparara Arch, Oparara Basin
SouthThe West CoastActivityKaramea Express: drop off rental vehicle
SouthThe West CoastAccommodationKawatiri Beach Reserve, Westport
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityLake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWest Bay Campground, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivitysunrise at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampMt. Robert Circuit, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampBellbird Walk, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWest Bay Campground, Nelson Lakes National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingToad Hall, Motueka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityJanie Seddon Shipwreck, Motueka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationPort Motueka Beach Reserve, Motueka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivitySkydive Abel Tasman, Motueka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & Drinkingdonuts @ The Smoking Barrel, Motueka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingRoots Bar, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWaitapu Bridge Freedom Campsite, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampWainui Bay, via Gibbs Hill Track, to Anapai Bay
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationAnapai Bay Campsite, Abel Tasman National Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampAnapai Bay, via Separation Point route on Abel Tasman Great Walk, to Wainui Bay
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWaitapu Bridge Freedom Campsite, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingDancing Sands Distillery, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampTe Waikoropupū Springs
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingMussel Inn
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityOnekaka Wharf
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampWharariki Beach Track
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationTuapata Gravel Reserve, Pakawau
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampFarewell Spit
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampCape Farewell
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingKiwi Spirit Distillery, Motupipi
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampThe Grove Scenic Reserve, Clifton
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampRawhiti Cave, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWaitapu Bridge Freedom Campsite, Takaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampRiuwaka Resurgence, Riwaka
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingEddyline Brewery & Pizzeria, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationNew World car park, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityPic's Peanut Butter World, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityThe Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityQueen's Gardens, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingSprig & Fern: 134 Milton Street
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingThe Free House
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationBuxton car park, Nelson
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityTahunanui Beach Recreation Reserve, Tahunanui
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityFrench Pass Scenic Drive
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationFrench Pass Campsite
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityFrench Pass Scenic Drive
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityElaine Bay Recreation Reserve
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationBrown River Reserve, Rai Valley
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingEmerald Pool, Mount Richmond Forest Park
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampWeta & Tawa & Waterfall 1 walks, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationPelorus Bridge Campground, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingPelorus Bridge Cafe, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampCullen Point Lookout, Havelock
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationKenepuru Head Campground, Kenepuru Head
SouthMarlborough & NelsonTrampQueen Charlotte Track: Kenepuru Saddle to Eatwells' Lookout (out and back)
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationKenepuru Head Campground, Kenepuru Head
SouthMarlborough & NelsonEating & DrinkingThe Mussel Pot Restaurant, Havelock
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationMistletoe Bay Reserve and Campground, Onahau Bay
SouthMarlborough & NelsonAccommodationWairau Diversion Reserve, Rarangi
SouthMarlborough & NelsonActivityInterislander Ferry: Picton to Wellington
NorthWellington RegionEating & DrinkingTuatara Brewery, Parapaumu
NorthWellington RegionEating & DrinkingThe Salt And Wood Collective (North End Brewery), Kapiti
NorthWellington RegionAccommodationWaikawa Stream Recreation Reserve, Manakau
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiEating & DrinkingOpunake Fish Chips & More, Opunake
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationAhu Ahu Road Reserve, Taranaki
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiTrampTahurangi Translator Loop Track, Egmont National Park
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationNorth Egmont Visitor Center car park, Egmont National Park
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiActivityGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiActivityLen Lye sculpture on Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiEating & DrinkingMike's Brewery and Bistro, New Plymouth
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiActivityThe Forgotten World Highway
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationTe Maire Scenic Reserve, Kirikau, Whanganui National Park
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationKiwiCamp National Park, National Park Village
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationKiwiCamp National Park, National Park Village
NorthTaranaki & WhanganuiAccommodationOwhango Airbnb: https://abnb.me/T36EtCqa84

 

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travel dates: January 28, 2020 – present

last updated: February 26, 2020

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