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Living out of a van – is it worth it?

We’re now almost a month into our New Zealand roadtrip and our latest stint living out of a van. It’s not exactly our first rodeo.  We lived out of a car in Alaska, a people carrier masquerading as a camper van in Oregon and tent camped through Australia to save cash. Our current ride is a four door Nissan mini van with a mattress platform built into the back.  We’ve named him Nigel.  This seems appropriate whenever he’s panting dejectedly up one of New Zealand’s many hills, though he does occasionally surprise us with a sexy little gravel slide...

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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura

It’s not often that I voluntarily set my alarm for 4.00 in the morning. Sure, I’ll get up early if we need to break camp in good time or if there’s a flight to catch.  But organising an activity which starts before the sun gets up? Errm, no thanks. So when Terry’s phone started beeping at us in the ungodly hours of a morning sometime last week, it took a lot for me not to throw it at him. But why did you have to pick the early tour? I grumbled, struggling into my clothes in the back of...

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What is the best way to get to Uluru (Ayers Rock)?

Over here at Drive and Hike we may be a tad biased on what the best way to get to Uluru is, but give me 10 minutes of your time and I think you’ll agree that driving is definitely the best way to get to Uluru. With Australia being 31.5 times bigger than the U.K, you’re in for quite a journey whichever way you approach it. We will look at the following factors when assessing the best way to get to Uluru: Cost Duration Experience How to get to Uluru? Drive Direct flight to Ayers Rock A tour from...

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Driving to Uluru (Ayers Rock): Tips and Safety

If you’re looking for an epic roadtrip, then look no further than driving to Uluru.  This outback roadtrip is without doubt the best way to get to Uluru, but you need to be prepared.  Over 2 days and 1,000 miles, driving to Uluru will completely submerge you into the outback; you will arrive with a completely new perspective. Below are our best tips for driving to Uluru. Staying Safe while Driving to Uluru Just to be clear, driving to Uluru is perfectly safe.  However, by adhering to a few common sense rules you can eliminate even more risk. We did this...

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Outback Roadtrip – Driving the Red Centre

We left the outback the same way we came in, along the hot, flat road that stretches from Port Augusta in South Australia 1,761 miles to Darwin on the North coast.  After seven days of driving through the red centre, we’d expected these last few hours to be tedious at best.  But the outback had other ideas. For a full six hours out of Coober Pedy we found ourselves beneath a canopy of clouds, each one discrete and perfectly formed.  They hovered like weird jellyfish, pressed uniformly flat against an invisible ceiling some way above the car.  The open...

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