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5 Places to Take a Campervan in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of those countries with such amazing landscapes and natural surroundings that you won’t even want to step foot into a city. Granted, the cities in NZ have plenty to offer but for the most part, you’ll want to experience the rugged outdoors. A wilderness campervan is a great way to experience this gorgeous country. You can stop as often as you like, and explore areas that might not be very inhabited or have accommodations available.

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The Coromandel

Start in the north of the country in this rustic, unspoiled area of beaches and rainforest. Enjoy the unique art done by craftsmen in the local town or simply soak up nature- swimming, kayaking, sky diving and more await you in this amazing area. There are miles of beautiful beach to walk and lagoons to explore- don’t miss the secret lagoon on Donut Island.

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Lake Taupo

Drive your campervan in New Zealand south from the Coromandel down to Lake Taupo, a lake the size of Singapore! There are also great beaches here, and plenty of campsites to park your campervan and enjoy a few days of outdoor fun. Just north of Lake Taupo is also home to Huka Falls, the most visited attraction in New Zealand.

Manawatu

Continuing south in your campervan, you’ll experience the real heartland of New Zealand. A campervan is perfect for this kind of trip because you can stop anywhere and everywhere that strikes your fancy! Experience country life by visiting a stock auction where farmers put up their animals for sale, or take part in one of the many outdoor activities in the area.

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The West Coast

Heading down to the South Island, your campervan is the perfect vehicle to take you through the West Coast of the country. This region is a wild place filled with rivers and rainforests, so you really need your own transport. There’s plenty to see: the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, pancake rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki are among the most interesting natural sights to see here.

Fiordland

Some of the most dramatic and stunning landscapes are found in the Fiordland region at the south end of the South Island. It was carved by glaciers so hundreds of waterfalls cascade into the deep black fiords from which the region was named. It’s the perfect place to park your campervan and head out hiking- check out the Milford Track, New Zealand’s most famous walk.

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Cultural experience in Stockholm

Stockholm is both the capital city of Sweden and the largest city in the whole of Scandinavia. As you might expect from such an important metropolis there are numerous attractions and entertainment options to be found here, including plenty for culture vultures to enjoy. The city’s impressive architecture, theatres, museums and landmarks all combine to provide options for several days of seeing the sights and evenings of artistically rich entertainment.

Denmark in Winter

Flights to Stockholm regularly depart from a large number of major airports in the UK such as London Heathrow International Airport. People who take the time to search for the latest deals and discounts will soon discover that there are plenty of cheap flights to Stockholm to choose from, especially in the low season. For example take a look at SAS’ cheap flights to Stockholm and it is very likely that you will find the fare that suits you.

Birka the Viking Town is situated on the island of Björkö in the middle of Lake Mälaren and is a great place to explore during the day. The town is the remains of a real Viking community and visitors will be able to spend time exploring the town before learning more about its rich history and culture in the onsite museum.

The Royal Dramatic Theatre is Sweden’s most important venue for spoken drama and more than a thousand performances are staged here each and every year. The theatre boasts a total of six different stages and some of the world’s most celebrated actors have travelled to tread the boards here over the years.

Drottningholm Court Theatre can be found in the magnificent Drottningholm Royal Park and boasts a magnificent stage that dates back to the 18th century. Visitors who arrive in Stockholm between May and September will have the opportunity to take in one of the numerous opera and ballet performances that mark this season.

Few culture vultures could resist the chance to enjoy a night at the Royal Swedish Opera. This impressive institution is known locally as the Kungliga Operan and has been hosting unforgettable performances since 1773. A large number of famous figures from Stockholm society including visiting dignitaries and celebrities can often be seen at the Royal Swedish Opera and tickets are highly sought after.

Visiting the Museum of Dance is a great way to discover Stockholm’s cultural roots. The museum is located on Gustav Adolfs torg and features numerous artefacts related to the arts including Russian ballet costumes, African masks and Indian demon statues, while the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions offer an interesting glimpse into the history of dance.

Stockholm also features numerous other interesting and informative museums for visitors to explore that provide an insight into the city’s rich culture. The Stockholm City Museum is the largest museum in the whole of Sweden and contains a collection of more than 300,000 historical artefacts as well as three million photographs and 20,000 pieces of artwork. Art lovers will want to allow plenty of time to fully soak up all of the treasures that located within the walls of the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts, while a trip to the Swedish Museum of Architecture is a must for lovers of architecture.

All this and more combines to make Stockholm an extremely exciting cultural destination. Visitors who have limited time to spend in the city and want to get the most out of their experience can also arrange to take a tour with a knowledgeable local guide, who will be able to provide inside information about certain attractions as well as revealing a number of hidden gems that are often overlooked by tourists who choose to explore the city independently.

 

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