If you’re heading to the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, pick up a motorhome in Christchurch. Pack your luggage away, stow your chocolate supplies for the road (don’t worry you can pick up more at the Cadbury Factory in Dunedin) and head south. Stop in Geraldene for lunch, where the pretty main street with its venerable trees, gardens and historic buildings is always bustling with visitors and locals.
Take a look at the Giant Jersey, recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the largest jersey in the World, and The Medieval Tapestry - a complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It was created out of 1,500,000 pieces of spring steel and took over 20 years to construct! Surely even the kids will be slightly impressed by its size and intricate detailed images.
Park your motorhome overnight at Lake Tekapo.
Come morning, cook yourself up a feast in your motorhome kitchen, then get ready to hit the road to Oamaru via the fabulous hot Alpine Springs at the base of Lake Tekapo. Overnight at the fabulous Oamaru Top 10 holiday park.
Get the family up early for a fabulous visit to the famous Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, where the penguins will get you giggling, then enjoy the easy 1.5 hour drive to Dunedin.
Dunedin is home to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory year-round, and proud host of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival each year in July. Of course a chocolate tour is a must, and participation in the Carnival, if you’re lucky enough to be there in July – will give you plenty of delicious tales to tell your friends and family back home.
Need to work all that chocolate off? Try Off Track Mountainbike Tours, a great group who can get you by mountain bike to iconic tourism locations such as the Taieri Gorge Railway, stunning Otago Peninsula, historic Larnach Castle and The Royal Albatross Centre.
Feeling tired? Ready for a good night at Aaron Lodge Top 10 holiday park? Thought so.
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