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New Zealand Camp Sites: 12 Of The Best From The South Island

New Zealand Camp Sites: 12 Of The Best From The South Island

Exploring the South Island by road? Looking for somewhere to pitch your tent or park your campervan? Here are 12 hand-picked New Zealand campsites with views to die for
Is This The World's Best Road Trip?

Is This The World’s Best Road Trip?

New Zealand’s South Island is absolutely perfect for a road trip, and we reckon this one is up there with the very best on the planet
Auckland To Wellington: A Kiwi Road Trip By Camper Van

Auckland To Wellington: A Kiwi Road Trip By Camper Van

Explore volcanic landscapes, world-class beaches and Maori culture in this New Zealand North Island itinerary – a two-week Auckland to Wellington road trip
3 New Zealand Walks You Won't Want To Miss

3 New Zealand Walks You Won’t Want To Miss

In a land blessed with sublime walks, here are three of our favourites
There And Back Again: A Visit To Hobbiton

There And Back Again: A Visit To Hobbiton

The one where I got to be a hobbit for a day – at the Hobbiton movie set. And, if like me, you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you really shouldn’t miss it
The Day We Flew Into Milford Sound

The Day We Flew Into Milford Sound

Quite simply the best way to see the full majesty of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Milford Sound

The Amazing Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand – where volcanoes and emerald lakes meet Middle Earth
Mount Sunday And A True Middle Earth Experience

Mount Sunday And A True Middle Earth Experience

The awesome New Zealand landscape that doubled for Edoras, home of the Rohan people in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Lord Of The Rings

Housesitting in New Zealand

What is housesitting?

Housesitting has exploded in the UK over recent years – and it’s now one of the most popular destinations for this type of travel.

Basically, it’s an exchange of services between volunteers (housesitters) and homeowners, whereby the sitters are on site to look after the owners’ pets and provide security for their home while they’re away for a period of time. In return, the sitters typically enjoy rent-free accommodation.

Usually, the cost of utilities such as gas and electricity, are covered by the host, too. So, for the housesitter, any financial commitment is normally limited to transportation and living costs. Where a financial contribution is required by the host it’s usually stipulated as such in their listing.

For more information, you can read our extensive guide to the world of housesitting.

Get started with Trusted Housesitters

Most newcomers to housesitting get started by registering with one of the main online platforms.

The largest of those is Trusted Housesitters who have thousands of opportunities across the world listed at any one time.

We’re members, too. And, if you’re interested in registering yourself, we can offer a 25% discount on your first year’s subscription via this direct link.

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Ian and Nicky New Zealand

Hi, we're Ian and Nicky, an English couple on a voyage of discovery around the world, and this blog is designed to reflect what we see, think and do. Actually, we'd like to think it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So please feel free to pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around.


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