I'm an expat Kiwi, born in Ruatoria, but haven't been back to the East Cape since I was 2. Our family are coming to NZ this Xmas and we're planning to check out my 'roots' with a trip around the East Cape. Now my husband (non-Kiwi) has decided we should hire a camper van for the trip and our three kids are all gung-ho. While I don't want to rain on their parade,
i'm just wondering how good this is for campervan novices? I can still remember hearing my parents talking about hellish drives down to see relatives in the Waikato, with a toddler and baby in tow. While I'm sure the roads are much better these days, I am still a little concerned that it might be tough. We live in Japan, so are used to narrow roads but I think the East Cape is a law unto itself. Our kids are teens and tweens, by the way.
Any thoughts would be welcome!