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Week 5 of our Campervan World Cup tour

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The Mighty Fellas

rugby-roadtrip12-300.jpgWhat a week. With the backdrop of England narrowly beating Scotland and making it through to the knockout stages, we made our way up the west coast of South Island en route to the North Island for the final weeks of our trip.

Leaving Queenstown for the final time was a struggle. Arguably the most spectacular town in the world, it once more offered a treat of activities with horse riding in Lord of the Rings country the highlight. We drove across the picturesque Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka, offering birds-eye views of Lake Wakatipu, arriving in bright sunshine to see the mountains reflected in the ice-blue waters of Lake Wanaka.

There was a quick stop for a bit of skydiving – as well as being thrilling, the views of the area were unbelievable – before a dip in the glacial meltwaters of Lake Wanaka. A refreshing way to spend a day to say the least!

After watching a thrilling Tonga victory over France, and a tense and less enjoyable England-Scotland game, we set off for Franz Josef glacier. Dispensing with the usual glacier trek we decided to be more adventurous and give ice climbing a go. A fantastic experience, it is a great way to see the glacier and delve deep into the blue crevasses.

rugby-roadtrip11-300.jpgTouring New Zealand in a campervan seems to be the only way to see the country in the detail we are, and with such freedom. It is interesting to see so many different nationalities adopting this method, with increasing numbers of French and Argentinean fans making their way southward.

For us, North Island will be the destination for the rest of our time in this wonderful country. It promises to offer a different landscape, and some different experiences as well. Exciting times beckon as the rugby hots up, mirrored by some great activities we have planned over the next few weeks, and we will of course keep you updated in the coming weeks.

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