New Zealand by VW camper van
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New Zealand by VW camper van

New Zealand by VW camper van
That orange camper van proves to be downright chamelonic at a campground run by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation. Such overnight stays are basic, inexpensive (usually about $4 a night) and in pristine settings as varied as a wave-lapped shore and this pioneer homestead park. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by camper van
The wild beauty of New Zealand invites exploration. To wander at whim, many locals and visitors alike choose to travel the Pacific island nation by camper van. Particularly popular are vintage VWs, which can be rented. One such vehicle, in a glorious shade of orange, is parked for easy-access hiking in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
In New Zealand, sheep outnumber humans 40 million to 4 million, down from a high of 70 million in the 1980s. No wonder, then, that the sheepdog is a national hero, commemorated here at Lake Tekapo. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
The Routeburn Track, near the majestic fjords in the southwest of the South lsland, opens up to this view of the Hollyford Valley. Usually traversed in three days, Routeburn is one of nine designated Great Walks. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
The Routeburn Track climbs above the tree line. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
A camper van is a room with a view when it’s parked near Moke Lake, not far from the adventure-seeker’s capital, Queenstown. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
New Zealand wines are growing in reputation. Here, Peregrine vintages, from the Central Otago region, are poured at the winery’s tasting bar. (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
Outside Queenstown, the road cozies up to Lake Wakatipu. (Mary Engel)
New Zealand by VW camper van
The grapes are ready for harvest at Mt. Difficulty vineyard in Bannockburn in Central Otago, so nets have been erected. Sorry, birds: No snack today.  (Nolan Hester)
New Zealand by VW camper van
Lake Tekapo, in the heart of the South Island’s Mackenzie Country, gets its opalescence from silt released from glacier melt. The Church of the Good Shepherd, built of local fieldstone, stands on its shore. (Nolan Hester)
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