Escapes

South Island Van Life

Bikes and boards loaded on the VW Kombi Camper

Moonrise on New Zealand's South Island.     Photo: Camilla Stoddart

Our two-week road trip around New Zealand involved hitting up the South Island's best trails and surf breaks. With bikes on the backs and surf boards on the roofs of our 1970 VW Kombi Camper vans, we were prepared for anything.

One night, we chose to bed down at Meat Works, one of the country's most loved surf spots just outside Kaikoura. After cooking dinner over the fire, we drank cold beer under the stars, talked rubbish, and soaked in the serenity. Much to our delight, the moon began to rise from the ocean and cast the most amazing light around us. We truly felt like we were in the best place in the world.

TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 14mm, 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 400 

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