Camper trip of a lifetime around New Zealand

I fell in love with New Zealand watching it on the big screen. For years I held the epic scenery from The Lord of the Rings in my mind: the misty mountains, the blue rivers and the rolling countryside with the Hobbit holes. But it didn’t occur to me to go there. It was too far, too expensive, too traumatic a flight, especially with a young child. Perhaps, unconsciously, I didn’t want the reality to spoil my dream of the place.

When a friend suggested a road trip in a campervan - a relatively keenly priced way to see the country - my husband and I were fantastically hesitant. We were deeply entrenched in our EasyJet-to-southern Europe inertia. Once we shook ourselves out of our torpor, thanks in no small part to our 11-year-old son, who shares my cultish Tolkien devotion, we realised that this would be our very own Bilbo Baggins-style adventure. And so it proved. New Zealand is magisterially beautiful on a different scale to any place I had visited before. From shell-strewn, golden beaches to Garden of Eden-like fjords, it is incomparable.

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