Monday, October 11, 2010

Discover New Zealand's Gorgeous South Island by Motorhome Rental

If you've ever dreamed of taking to the open road to experience the raw nature of a particularly beautiful country then you have a lot in common with Kate Rew, whose book Wild Swim is all about a motorhome vacation she took to New Zealand's South Island. "One campervan, two friends, three weeks, four feet on the dashboard and a cold beer when we pulled up at night," is the getaway as Rew describes it in The Guardian. This kind of unstructured voyage of discovery is the type of vacation that just calls out for a motorhome rental as your means of transportation. With your own RV rental you can go at your own pace, stopping when you please to explore your areas of choice. If New Zealand is your destination you can expect rainforests and wildlife, cold rivers and pristine streams, as well as acres and acres of stars.

New Zealand's South Island is the larger of the country's two main islands, although less populated than the North Island. Often referred to as the "Mainland," this area is rich with natural beauty from gorgeous sandy beaches to breathtaking mountain peaks. Here you can indulge in everything from adventure tourism and whale watching to hiking and skiing. You can fly into cities like Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin where you can pick up your campervan rental to start your voyage. Head to Kaikoura, Fiordland National Park, Westland National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Abdel Tasman National Park or the Marlborough Sands, all of which rank among the Top 10 tourist destinations in the whole of New Zealand.

As for Kate Rew, the author recalls of her own South Island vacation, "We set off with a monumental greed to experience New Zealand's wild places, to spend as much time as possible in the non-human world...We wanted to swim with dolphins and fur seals, wake to the piping of bellbirds, hear trees sigh and flightless birds shuffle. In elemental form, the route was dolphins – backcountry – mountains – stars – rainforest." Rew's motorhome rental drove the roads between Christchurch and Kaikoura to the marine reserves of Picton, the Marlborough Sands and Abel Tasman before turning back along the west coast towards Mount Cook and ending in the city of Queenstown where Rew embarked on a three-day hike through the rainforest.

If you would like to experience a nature-rich getaway like the one enjoyed by Kate Rew then head to New Zealand Motorhome Roadtrip to find out more about New Zealand campervan rentals and vacationing on the South Island.

1. Steffen Hillebrand via Wikimedia Commons
2. David Shapinksy via Wikimedia Commons

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