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Planning a Campervan Trip to New Zealand

Planning a Campervan Trip to New Zealand

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If you are planning a campervan trip to New Zealand, then avoid these five common campervan hire conundrums.

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Assumption is the mother of all…well, I’ll leave the rest to Steven Seagal. The point is that for those looking to embark on a roaming adventure of New Zealand in a home on wheels, there are a few assumptions that could cost you dearly.

Done right, there is undoubtedly no better way to explore the ridiculously beautiful north and south Islands of this particularly blessed little country tucked away in one of the most alluring regions on the planet.

Endless, white sandy beaches fringed with fish-rich waters, volcanoes, geothermal magic wonderlands, rainforests, towering snow-capped alps, lush rolling farmlands and not a poisonous insect or reptile within thousands of miles – it is no wonder that New Zealand ranks in the top five of practically every ‘must-visit’ holiday destination list in existence.

Apart from the limitless adventure and fun-filled activities to be had – offshore game fishing, heli-boarding, downhill mountain biking, bungee jumping, jet boating, horse trail riding, spelunking, zorbing, wakeboarding, hiking, rock climbing, sky-diving, glacier trekking, fjord exploring, whale watching and this could go on a while – New Zealand boasts a rich, authentic culture and some of the finest cuisine and locally produced wines in the world.

There literally is something for everyone. But be warned, that idyllic roving getaway in a campervan could fast become a nerve frazzling, budget draining and energy sapping waste of time and money. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your own campervan hire NZ adventure is stress and hassle free.

  1. Bigger isn’t (always) better:

Go big or go home is a great maxim for poker, reaching for the stars kind of dreams and ordering at McDonald’s after a marathon surf session. When it comes to opting for the perfect RV for your trip in NZ however you may find yourself shelling out a ton of cash only to find yourself manhandling a leviathan on four wheels through spaghetti like ribbons of road in the Southern Alps, one hairpin bend after another.

Whilst there are instances where a certified self-contained camper (the ones with their own toilets and enclosed water capturing systems) is warranted, the vast majority of campervan trips here don’t warrant them. There are an abundant number of clean, cheap and very well-maintained campsites along all the popular travel routes.

All it takes is a little route planning and browsing online and you can ensure that you never have to find yourself frantically digging a POW pit in the wilds as hordes of sand-flies dive-bomb in blitzkrieg bombardment of your nether regions.

Hot water is not a camping a luxury in NZ, it is a norm, and laundry services can be found in almost all featured campsites and motor inns.

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  1. There is not an infinite supply of hire campervans to be had

Campervans for hire are a hot commodity in-season. Whilst you may luck out by just flying into Auckland, calling up the first campervan hire company that catches your eye and negotiating your way to a killer rate, you are also equally as likely to cavort freely with a pod of Hectors dolphins within minutes of jumping into the cool and inviting waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

Out of season you should have no problem securing the ideal little gypsy wagon for your needs, but if you are planning on heading over to NZ during peak times then you’d be well advised to conduct your research and book a chariot before you arrive.

  1. As the crow does not fly

Whilst a certain degree of enthusiasm is admirable in a journey where distance needs to be covered, when it comes to gauging how much distance you can reasonably and comfortably travel in a day is one aspect of your trip planning you need to get right.

If not, you will no doubt end up with the impression that New Zealand is one long monotonous blur of blue and green. Far too many campervan captains have plotted a course based on the average speed limit of 90KPH and in doing so chartered routes that had them spending marathon amounts of time behind the wheel, pedal the metal, gunning it toward the daily milestone without time to stop and smell the, well, whatever the natural vegetation of the region happened to be.

A good benchmark to use when chartering your course is to bank on an average speed of 50kph – and be warned, the roads in NZ resemble a serpent in the throes of tantric yoga more so than a neat crisscrossing patchwork of perfectly paved tarmac. In NZ it seems, the only things that move in a straight line from point A to Point B are the airplanes.

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  1. Do not pack as if preparing for the zombie apocalypse

I not so fondly remember the days of our family vacations to the seaside, where an old dilapidated Mercedes was hitched to a house sized trailer which my mother had filled with half the kitchen, including the refrigerator and enough clothing to provide for a moderate sized colony of displaced refugees.

I have seen the same thing with campervan vacationers in New Zealand; a cornucopia of clutter all rocketing around hairpin bend after hairpin bend. Campsites set up at night that resemble humanitarian aid stations with crates of canned food and every camping and kitchen utensil known to man stacked alongside.

Honestly, less is more. Your campervan hire NZ vehicle will more likely than not come fully kitted with everything you will ever need on your trip including dishes, cutlery, cooking supplies and silverware. Save the clutter for the journey back when you stash your bags with gifts and souvenirs.

  1. It’s not a supermarket sprint to the finish

And last but not least. Don’t approach your trip like it’s a trip to the supermarket with your goal being to check as many destinations off your list as possible. Give yourself time to relax, soak in the surroundings, kick back, sip on award winning wines, roast freshly caught crayfish and snapper over a campfire – give yourself the space and time to put the world down for a while and be where you are, in paradise down under.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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