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Old 06-05-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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We are starting to fantasize about bringing our 25' Int'l CCD over to New Zealand for a year. Any experiences, links, advice, etc? Please help help us solidify or obliterate this fantasy asap!


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Old 06-05-2005, 05:08 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by iamsusanq

We are starting to fantasize about bringing our 25' Int'l CCD over to New Zealand for a year. Any experiences, links, advice, etc? Please help help us solidify or obliterate this fantasy asap!


Susan Quinn

2005 Int'l CCD 25'
Okay, here goes.
1- Is your trailer even legal on the roads of New Zealand? If not, how much time and $$$ will it take to make it legal, if it even can be made so?
2-How much is a round-trip ticket for your Airstream from the nearest port to a port in New Zealand that can handle your Airstream?
3-What driver's license do you need to be legal to drive, and tow your Airstream while there? Can you get one? Will you have to wait 'till you get there before you can (hopefullly) get one?
4-Will you be buying a tow vehicle there, or will you be $hipping yours to tow with, and is your tow vehicle legal there? If not, again, what will it take to make it legal? If not, is there anything besides a lorry (semi tractor) there that can haul your Airstream around?
5-What kind of electricity do they have there? 110v? 220v? 60hertz? 50 hertz? Something else?
These are the first things to come to mind, to check out. I am sure there are many others, but these will be biggies. Good luck with your adventure.

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Dear Susan Quinn,
Overlander 63 asks all the right questions. All electric in NZ is 220, so you would need a heavy duty transformer. There are virtually no rv trailers being towed, as the roads are almost exclusively two-lane, many with one lane bridges, very hilly and curvy.....think Dolly Parton....Tennessee. The south island (2000 miles around the periphery) has no four lane roads.

I was recently involved, first person, in shipping a vintage car, both ways, to Adelaide, South Australia for an automobile rally. Daunting, even though the Australian tourist bureau paid for the shipping. Be assured that the cost and effort required to move both a 25' trailer and its tow vehicle, even for a year, and then return....well, a heart transplant would seem a bargain.

Securing a driver's permit is simple, but staying in NZ for > 90 days requires a special visa extension. All vehicles require a "certificate of fitness" (COF) every 6 months. Even if you add a hitch assembly to a car, a new COF is necessary. Insurance costs are reasonable as there are fewer people, fewer junk vehicles on the road, and they haven't discovered the U.S. passion for insurance fraud.

Now, for the good news. Camping is quite popular, mostly by people traveling in camper vans, minivans, the B type, (much more common than here) with plentiful accomodations available, although not quite as sophisticated or homogenized as jellystones and koa's. I assume that rentals would be available or if you plan a 12 month stay, perhaps to purchase a unit on arrival and sell it upon departure. With all the money you saved, you should have a nice reserve for several cosmetic surgeries, or at least tuition to anger management school. I can't imagine twelve months in a camper van, but Steinbeck did it in his Rocinante along with a one-eared poodle, Charlie.

If you insist on pursuing this fantasy, you will have the time of your life. The people are gracious, yet there are few adjectives to describe the scenery. We have best friends that live in Whitianga on the Corumandel peninsula, North Island, that will provide courtesy parking if asked. Should you make the leap, send me a PM and I can provide specific information. We plan to be there in January, 2007, sans our airstream

Just the thought of bushwhacking both islands in a CCD has the footprint of a major contribution to Airstream Life, the magazine. Now, if only Editor Luhr would assist you in the subsidy of this high adventure................

Kind regards,
Dr. C.
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South Bend, In
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