When two friends and myself were considering options on how to travel around the South Island of New Zealand we had the choice of buying a van or trying to piece together a trip via bus, train, and hitching. The choice was easy: we wanted the freedom of having our on vehicle as a home and transportation. It was as if New Zealand was made for travelers like us. There is free camping everywhere and almost every town has an information site, called an i-site, staffed with folks who have intimate knowledge of the land surrounding their town to help you with campsites and activities.
All photos by the author.