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Post by BA » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:44 pm

Was gonna hijack M.F's thread, but thought better of it.

Anyone been? Thinking of going in early April. Maybe hire a Winnebago and drive around. Are waves fairly accessible? Crowds? Any other touristy things worth doing?

I would think that North Island water temps would be similar to Sydney? 3x2 would be enough?

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Re: NZ

Post by tonks » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:44 pm

Hey BA,

Haven't been but have looked into it a bit... what I've read and heard has made me put it on my list of places to go. Good to great surf, low crowds and reasonable water temps around that time of year. Well, for the Nth Island anyway.

I say go for it.

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Re: NZ

Post by alakaboo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:04 pm

I swam in NZ in boardies a couple of weeks ago. Would've wanted a springie or a 3/2 for surfing though, fairly windy.
Conditions weren't great but crowds didn't seem a factor where I went. Good thing about the Nth Island is you just swap sides based on the weather maps. We had a cylone pass overhead but it only took a day.

The roads are a bit interesting, it looks like it should take an hour to drive somewhere but takes 2. Sort of like west coast Tassie.
I think they still have a rule that if you are in a campervan and have 3 people behind you that you have to pull over. Get something with a bit of grunt or an auto, the hills will drive you nuts.
Petrol is fairly expensive, NZ$2.15 -2.20 a litre for unleaded. Don't know about diesel.

Lots of wine to drink, awesome fishing, kayaking and hiking.
Take a good rain jacket.
They've got great bacon, good beer.


If the weather was better I'd move there.

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Post by BA » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:13 pm

Thanks Boo. The van we're looking at is a diesel. But apparently there is some sort of extra daily tax for diesel. RUC it's called. Still apparently works out cheaper than petrol I think.

Like wine, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bacon and beer. So that all sounds good.

Good seafood?

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Post by Trev » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:15 pm

BA wrote:Thanks Boo. The van we're looking at is a diesel. But apparently there is some sort of extra daily tax for diesel. RUC it's called. Still apparently works out cheaper than petrol I think.

Like wine, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bacon and beer. So that all sounds good.

Good seafood?
Plenty od Paua.
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Post by BA » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:17 pm

Trev wrote:
BA wrote:Thanks Boo. The van we're looking at is a diesel. But apparently there is some sort of extra daily tax for diesel. RUC it's called. Still apparently works out cheaper than petrol I think.

Like wine, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bacon and beer. So that all sounds good.

Good seafood?
Plenty od Paua.
Think I'll leave that to the Maoris.

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Re: NZ

Post by alakaboo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:18 pm

Yeah, really good.
We were there for some sort of seafood festival, I made a complete Grooter of myself for about $25.

I don't eat abalone, though.

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Post by channels » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:09 pm

Spent a lot of time in NZ, both in the North & South.

Firstly, don't hire the Winnebago/Campervan. The roads are hilly and windy and they handle like a piece of shit. You'll like the romanticism at first however you'll be over by the time you get to the top of the first decent hill. You are far better off hiring a decent car, enjoy the drive and find accommodation each night.

Wetsuit wise, 3x2 is fine until about April/May down as far as Taranaki region, maybe hoods and/or boots if you are there in winter. North Island East Coast and North Coast could do a springie at a pinch. South island would need a 4x3 probs and full hood, boots gloves etc if you are thinking June, July or August

Seafood = awesome.

Heaps of waves all over. Crowds are low. PM me if you want more details.

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Post by BA » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:42 pm

channels wrote:Spent a lot of time in NZ, both in the North & South.

Firstly, don't hire the Winnebago/Campervan. The roads are hilly and windy and they handle like a piece of shit. You'll like the romanticism at first however you'll be over by the time you get to the top of the first decent hill. You are far better off hiring a decent car, enjoy the drive and find accommodation each night.

Wetsuit wise, 3x2 is fine until about April/May down as far as Taranaki region, maybe hoods and/or boots if you are there in winter. North Island East Coast and North Coast could do a springie at a pinch. South island would need a 4x3 probs and full hood, boots gloves etc if you are thinking June, July or August

Seafood = awesome.

Heaps of waves all over. Crowds are low. PM me if you want more details.
Thanks Channels. Yeah, there was a bit of romanticism with the van. Have never done it. Wife has always wanted to. But if it's gonna be a pain, might stick with a car. Def. would be April, so 3x2 should be right.

Once we make a firm decision, I'll PM you for some more detailed info.

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Re: NZ

Post by andy2476 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:58 pm

alakaboo wrote: Good thing about the Nth Island is you just swap sides based on the weather maps.
No that never happens.
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Re: NZ

Post by alakaboo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:18 pm

?
Why not?
I chose which side of the island to go to based on the wind. Obviously the swell is different too, but it is completely doable.

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Re: NZ

Post by andy2476 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:26 pm

from where to where?
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Re: NZ

Post by alakaboo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:45 pm

Piha to waipu.
Not talking about a surf check, driving around like BA said he'd be doing.

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Re: NZ

Post by otway1949 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:11 pm

Just a heads up camper van Winnebago = thief magnet, especially the winnie yells I've got money!!!!!
Get a Subaru Outback station wagon there is even a cheaper mob which has cars that don't look obvious.
Some have roof racks or you can soft rack it. :d
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Re: NZ

Post by tonks » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:24 pm

What about something like this?

http://www.sling.co.nz/

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Re: NZ

Post by otway1949 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:32 pm

tonks wrote:What about something like this?

http://www.sling.co.nz/
Looks OK but still yells tourist as much as the Hippy campers and the Wicked vans but much more up market.

I got a subie outback and had soft racks, but wasn't camping though. Might do one of those vans if I was doing it as a singleton.
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Re: NZ

Post by tonks » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:37 am

Yeh, I'll be flying solo next year, so will probably get something like that

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