Issue 1, Spring 2022
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Let’s go camping: Editorial
Camping the Kiwi Way brings you the positive side of camping in NZ.
Cycle touring: Canterbury to Southland
Tent and gear on board, Stephen sets off on the first leg of his tour around the South Island. We tag along, this issue, as far as Winton in Southland.
Thinking of Cycle touring?
From my first trip as a teenager on a 10-speed I’ve developed a love of independent cycle touring.
Te Rātā Bay, Lake Tarawera
Our trip was full of swimming in the thermal-warmed water around the lake, jet skiing, exploring, and cooking in the ground.
The big picture on the proposed changes for freedom camping
The problems and the solutions do not match.
The controversial Nash Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill
The proposals, should they go ahead, will not achieve the outcome Nash intends and they are not workable. There is no identified benefit to any sector of the NZ leisure camping industry or to local authorities.
Time to have your say on the “Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill”
If passed this legislation will affect ALL campers and the camping industry in New Zealand for many years to come
Biking in Southland
A three-hour late-night drive to Lumsden freedom camping spot at the station, arriving 11.30pm. Woke to a stunning day, chilly, but an awesome day for riding.
My 2 cents on the Nash proposals
As a freedom camper, campervan business owner and citizen of NZ, I find these proposals extremely concerning.
Piano Flat DoC standard campsite is a favourite spot an hour from Gore, Southland in the Waikaia Forest Conservation Area with the Waikaia River flowing through the expansive camping area.
Travelling the world on a motorcycle
There are more ways than one to travel the country, or the world, for that matter. LeRoy Knierim decided to do it on a motorcycle. It took ten years to circle the globe.
A North Island freedom-camping adventure
After my South Island trip, I decided I wanted to road trip the North Island and go all the way up to Cape Reinga. For me, freedom camping in the car was the best way to do it.
TIPS Camping with preschoolers
We started our camping trips over this past summer with a then 3yo and 4yo (and two large dogs).
What makes a great and safe freedom camping space?
Enough room for comfort and safety; services and things to do nearby; a good sign (everyone wins with good, clear signs); and its fantastic if there is also a great view.
Make a difference: Let's CHANGE the narrative
Let’s spread message that responsible Freedom Campers are a help.
Lake Camp — freedom camp
This is one of the Ashburton Lakes in the Hakatere Conservation Park. You reach it by turning off at Mt Somers then just drive until you reach it on the left.
TIPS for the cold
Spring still sends cold weather our way. Consider these winter tips, and don’t be daunted.
Roady: The new App on the block
The Roady App gives you access to local travel knowledge and makes it easy to plan epic New Zealand trips.
Getting the internet on the road
There are two ways to get on the internet while on the road: with your mobile phone or with mobile broadband.
A teardrop camper
My little teardrop started life in 2016 as an idea to have something I could use to get away and recharge myself.
Do you know what you want in a caravan — or are you just winging it?
What we thought we wanted soon changed as we sat in and viewed a number of vans over about 3 months.
Understanding your rv: Australian Collyn Rivers has travelled in a wide range of different sorts of RVs and learned in real life.
DOC and its Campsite Pass
There is a 30-day pass or a 365-day pass, that covers most DOC campsites.
Sleeping with the sandflies: Lake Monowai
Lake Monowai was quiet and still as if time itself had stopped.
Stop and Stay: Lake Rotokare & Pakawau Beach
Each issue we feature a couple of places from the online stop and Stay directory.
New Zealanders go Camping: Clubs & groups
Meet our first two camping groups: All Points Camping Club of NZ & Kiwi Pop Top Campers
News from clubs and groups
Share stories and images from your group’s meetings and events. Anything that would be of interest to other campers, and or would encourage others to join your group or participate with you.
How to organise a group weekend
We all look forward to the catch ups, the fun, laughter and good times; doing as much or as little as we choose.
A weekend at the Geraldine Classic Caravan Club Rally
Great weekend in Geraldine at the Geraldine Classic Caravan Club Rally which included over 30 retro caravans.
Kimbolton Sculpture Festival
The outdoor art and sculpture exhibition is accompanied by food, music, and lots of family fun. The most recent festival was in 2021.
A Trifecta in Hauraki: The Maritime Museum, Rays Rest & Steampunk The Thames
We spent Monday night at The Maritime Museum at Paeroa and freedom camped at Ray’s Rest the next night before heading in to Thames for Steampunk.
Any event with a camping component can list here free. Country fairs, music festivals &c, if they cater for campers.
About Camping the Kiwi Way
We hope this magazine will unite the many different camping groups we have in NZ to create a unified voice and energy for sustainable camping for current and future generations of New Zealanders.
Biking in Otago in Autumn
Taking a bike trip around Otago. The teardrop camper at Champagne Gully on Lake Dunstan. Autumn. Andrew Morton.
A national network of qualified testing officers
NZ Lifestyle Camping is proud to support NZ campers with a national network of 160 qualified testing officers from Keri Keri to Invercargill.
RV & Camper Business Services
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