On our one day in Auckland Henry guided us on a 7 hour walking tour, and we had a good time taking in this city (Henry agrees with me, we are not so much city people). We even picked some grapefruits for breakfast that were growing in one of the city parks. They were good, but a bit sour.
After another early morning flight, this time to Christchurch, we boarded our Wilderness Camper. If you go through New Zealand, camping is a popular way to go, and if you are a couple (or fewer) a Wilderness Base Jumper is about as good as it gets. It is a sporty rig based on the Fiat cargo van, and all custom designed by the owner of the camper rental (he also sells them under the road craft brand name).
After gearing up at a local supermarket we headed up and out of the city through Arthur’s pass and into the New Zealand Alps. We “free camped” for our first night right along side one of Southern New Zealand’s plentiful glacial rivers. It was a beautiful and secluded campsite indeed.