We’ve had a lovely time on our South Island tour to date, traveling from Nelson to Queenstown down the West Coast.
Along the way, I managed to renew my visa for another three months (application required a certified passport copy, proof of boat insurance and $165 NZD processing fee). The Captain’s application is still being processed.
I am more of a sailboat or m/hotel type myself, but the Captain loves camping and money is dear, so we’ve divided our time between both.
The Captain manages to make the camping experience a pleasant one with yummy food and a comfortable bed crafted out of Amandla’s cushions arranged perfectly in the back of our Honda Odyssey.
We’ve found relatively inexpensive (and sometimes free) campsites using the Campermate App and when we’re lucky (which is rare) along a road less traveled.
Scott Cook’s New Zealand Frenzy serves as a good resource to take us off the beaten track.
Joining the New Zealand Automobile Association has helped us further reduce fuel and ferry costs.
And the most important advice I can give for people touring the South Island is don’t forget the bug spray and the mosquito netting. Sand flies are in abundance in New Zealand. Still, the landscape is beautiful to behold.