Kombi Diaries

One couple, one campervan, one unforgettable road trip around New Zealand.

Episode 1

Missed the train? No problem. Get your Kombi kitted out and you're good to go. 

Auckland's a great starting point for a road trip - a city surrounded by a vast natural playground, where you're never far from beaches, hiking trails or enchanting islands. 

Auckland's West Coast Beaches

Auckland’s wild west is renowned for its rugged beauty; this is where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf...

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Hauraki Gulf and Islands

With over a million hectares of sparkling blue waters dotted with emerald islands, the Hauraki Gulf offers...

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Climbing Auckland's volcanoes

Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones provide not only a unique landscape, but also some truly spectacular views.

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Episode 2

When the wheels came off. Not that you need them in Wellington - this city was made to be explored on foot. Stroll from museums to galleries, cafes to bars, and delve into the heart of New Zealand's film industry. 

Food and wine

Tuck into Wellington’s delicious city food experiences before journeying to the wine culture of...

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Museums in Wellington

Celebrated as New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington is home to over 55 galleries and museums.

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Movie experiences

The buzzing city of Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand's film industry. If you're a movie buff, don't...

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Episode 3

Get acquainted with some of the curious locals and natural wonders on the wild West Coast. Here, you can amble among the tree tops, or wander through a deep gorge.

Punakaiki

Gaze in wonder at the Punakaiki pancake rocks and blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks...

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Cape Foulwind Seal Colony

Enjoy a close encounter with New Zealand fur seals in their natural habitat on the wild west coast of the...

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Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier

Witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. Here the...

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Episode 4

Time for a birthday you'll remember for years to come. Park up lakeside and and enjoy an alfresco feast as the sun goes down.

Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll...

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Wanaka

45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect...

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of...

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Episode 5

Drive New Zealand's most scenic highway from Queenstown to Glenorchy - it's a short journey, but allow time for lots of stops. You'll recognise these landscapes from the Lord of the Rings films. Near Glenorchy lies a place called Paradise (yes, really). Nobody can say for sure how it got its name, but the one thing people agree on is its breathtaking beauty.

Scenery of Glenorchy

The only thing better than the drive to Glenorchy is the road to Paradise. How much scenery can your camera...

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy filming locations

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Experience the stunning locations ...

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Dart River Jet

Your Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt...

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