February 16, 2005 GMT
NZ-AUS Feb 2005

We spent Jan- mid Feb travelling the north island of New Zealand. We hired a motorhome privately through www.trademe.co.nz The commercial companies were charging $330 per day to hire a 6 berth motorhome, over 6 weeks= $13,000!! which is rediculously expensive, so we looked into buying and then reselling and found the website above. Pat came up with the fantastic idea of emailing all the motorhomes for sale in the website and asking them if they would privately rent their motorhome to us over summer if they were not using it. We got 3 great responses at $100/day (it would have been cheaper in the off season), chose the best one and they delivered the motorhome to us and picked it up from the airport carpark once we were finished!! Perfect win-win situation and the only way to go and highly reccommended.

We slowly moved around NZ with our motorhome that had a shower, toilet, kitchen, 2 double beds and a single bed for Grandma!! We were completely self sufficient and cooked up big curries every night. We free camped next to a beach, river or on the top of a mountain with different million dollar views everynight!! Motorhoming is the perfect way to travel New Zealand with a family.

Colleen (Pats Mom) had a very relaxing holiday and Pats children (Kate and Johnathan) were a constant source of entertainment for us all. Johnathan had a campfire going every night with his beloved hatchet and Kate was a vegie chopping assistant from Heaven!! Kate has finished year 12 (18 years old) and is now working as a model. Johnathan is 17 years old (6'2 tall!!) and is passionate about drama and was the star in the school play!! Proud parents arent we!!

All good things have to come to an end (unfortunately) and this years travelling has also been very high in the best years of our life!! We felt really free and easy and enjoyed every moment of every day.

We are now in Brisbane, Australia catching up with friends and will back in Cairns, Australia on Sunday 20 Feb and back to work :(

Our next trip we will pick up our bike that is stored in Spain and will either travel through Africa or Eastern Europe starting Jan 2006. Stay tuned and thank you for taking an interest in our lives!!!

Posted by Patrick Peck at February 16, 2005 01:39 AM GMT
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