It’s not often you’ll hear from the Base Camp team here on the blog. But heck – the Trans-Tasman travel bubble is officially open and it goes without saying, but that’s kind of a big deal!
Friends, family and colleagues have the chance to reunite for the first time in over a year, and for a limited time we have exclusive VIP access across one another’s borders, which is pretty damn neat. Two-way quarantine-free travel across the ditch also brings much-needed business to struggling tourism areas that rely on international visitors, so it’s wins all around as far as we can see! (As long as no-one does anything stupid, of course).
Yeah, we know it’s not the ironclad guarantee we hoped for, as governments can still lockdown in the event of an outbreak, but we’re also seeing some flexibility with airline T&C’s (AirNZ for one has free date changes until the end of the year) so we reckon it’s worth reading the fine print and going for it.
We’re not just for finding awesome campsites, caravan parks and holiday parks in Australia and New Zealand
While we patiently awaited this arrangement to be announced, our teams in Christchurch and Sydney have been busy promoting homegrown adventures as well as working on some exciting stuff in the app. And now that we’re free to bounce around in our bubble, we figured we should catch you up on some of our nifty app features that you may not know about, so you can take full advantage of your time in both Australia and New Zealand.
Discover new activities and experiences
It was around the same time that we dropped HUNDREDS of new experiences in the app for your next Australian or New Zealand Road Trip. We always had a great Things to Do category, but now it’s even better, with a heap of activities ranging from wildlife encounters and water sports, to winery trails and cultural tours that you can book straight from the app in under 60 seconds. And guess what? Winter is actually one of the best times to travel in Australia and New Zealand to do something different, particularly new experiences! Whale sharks are migrating along the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, it’s cool enough to do some serious exploring in places like the Red Centre and Kakadu, and the weather’s stable right across tropical north Queensland so you can get up close and personal with the rainforest, coral and fishes.
When it comes to iconic experiences in New Zealand, you really can’t discount our epic tramping culture and backcountry hut network. There are few better places in the world to explore on foot for days at a time, and for Australians it’s a particularly novel experience to walk hut-to-hut among dramatic snow-cloaked peaks, steaming springs and glacial streams.
Plus, we know it can get wild out there, which is why we work with NZ’s Mountain Safety Council to send you safety alerts on some of our most popular trails – so make sure you’ve got your notifications on.
Find seasonal work in NZ with ‘JobMate’ & Work The Seasons
Locked borders saw fewer overseas workers coming to New Zealand, and there’s been job insecurity for locals across the board. So a few months back we teamed up with Work The Seasons, a fantastic initiative that supports industries with high demand for temporary seasonal workers. Our role was to connect CamperMate users with seasonal job opportunities right around Aotearoa New Zealand.
Most of these are summer opportunities working with world-renowned products (think wine and fresh produce) in fabulous areas like Hawkes Bay, Central Otago and Bay of Plenty. On top of earning cash in the great outdoors, you get to be part of a community, make friends, and feel good that you’re helping out in regions that were badly affected by COVID-19. If you’re looking to travel long-term, it’s a pretty good way to keep the money rolling in while spending the warmer months in some truly stunning regions.
See you on the road!
So now you’re all caught up, we hope you’re able to get out there and experience the magic of the outdoors. Whether it’s campsites and RV amenities you’re looking for, pet-friendly digs or places to stop, eat, rest and explore on the way, we’re stoked to be able to help you find what you need on both sides of the pond.
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