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New Zealand’s South Island

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Rent a camper van and head out to this beautiful, sparsely populated wilderness full of mountains, coastlines, and glaciers—plus glowworm caves, the "Lord of the Rings" set, and a chance to play the peculiar sport of GolfCross.
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194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson 7071, New Zealand
Something that we figured our kids wouldn’t appreciate quite as much were the renowned vineyards of the nearby Marlborough region. Knowing that we couldn’t subject them to hours of wine tasting, we settled for having lunch at a couple of the...
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1 Cadillac Way, Annesbrook, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
The city of Nelson itself is quite quaint and very accessible. Perhaps its most celebrated tourist attraction - that we were told not to miss - was the WOW Museum, a rather eclectic gallery featuring a strange mix of award-winning garments...
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Lake Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand
For an unusual and equally as memorable family outing, venture to the Te Anau glowworm caves. This mysterious place can be reached only by crossing Lake Te Anau by boat and traveling the 200-meter long network of caves by foot and then small raft...
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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
The village of Franz Josef is home to one of only three glaciers in the world that meets a temperate rain forest. In fact, it almost reaches the ocean. One of the others, Fox Glacier, is just 12 kilometers down the road. To make our visit...
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3 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point 9371, New Zealand
Queenstown is the home of every kind of wild thrill imaginable, all amidst a magnificent scenic backdrop. My boys have never been ones for extreme adventure, so going to the top of Bob’s Peak via a slow-moving gondola to see the city from a...
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246 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka 9381, New Zealand
Located on Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, Rippon Winery is as well known for its view as it is for its wine. For more than 25 years, the Mills family has been producing world class wines on their family estate overlooking Lake Wanaka. Like many New...
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Christchurch, New Zealand
After we crossed Cook Straight by ferry to the South Island, we rented an RV and headed straight to Christchurch to check out the New Zealand Cup & Show, which we thought would give us a good taste of some more contemporary New Zealand culture....
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Seeing New Zealand by camper van is considered one of the best ways to explore the country. Its popularity stems largely from the fact that there’s just so darn much beautiful nature to see here, and it’s all compressed into a relatively small...
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Hampden, New Zealand
Legend has it that these boulders are the food baskets of the great ancestral canoes that brought the Maori to New Zealand. On a recent trip to New Zealand to celebrate my retirement, my husband and I enjoyed walking around the beach marveling at...
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Lonely Planet voted Christchurch one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2013. The gateway to New Zealand's South Island, vibrant Christchurch is surrounded by a region of natural wonders. A city where you can cycle alongside the river, indulge in...