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Traveling in New Zealand in A Self-contained Campervan



Exploring New Zealand can be fun. The best way of doing it is obviously by renting or buying a self-contained campervan. You will have the opportunity to travel wherever you want, often camping under the starry skies.

There are very few experiences that come close to how united you will feel with Mother Nature while exploring in a self-contained campervan. Nevertheless, before you decide to ride off into the beautiful New Zealand sunset, you need to understand what having a self-contained campervan means.

For more information about self-contained campervans, you can check the following link: Self-contained Guide.

  • The Ease Of Using a Self-contained Campervan?

A self-contained vehicle is what you will need since they come with amenities that allow you to store your items and dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way. Once you’re done exploring for the day, you will need somewhere to rest and pack your campervan.

Luckily, there are many freedom camping sites dotted around the country where you’ll have access to some amenities without paying a single cent! Nevertheless, freedom camping sites come with some conditions. For instance, New Zealand has stringent rules when it comes to preserving the environment and ecology.

  • What a Campervan Needs to Be Classified as Self Contained

Self-contained campervans usually have a government-approved blue sticker. This means that they have all the required amenities to get parking at freedom camping sites. If you park your campervan in a freedom camping site without the self-contained sticker, you are liable to pay hefty fines.

It’s not a risk you want to take since government officials patrol freedom camps frequently. Additionally, for a van to qualify as self-contained, it needs to have the following items:

  • Either a fixed or portable toilet
  • A freshwater tank
  • A covered rubbish bin
  • A grey water tank
  • A sink that has a water trap with connections to a water waste tank

Your van may have all these items, but it isn’t classified as self-contained if it doesn’t have the government sticker.

  • Where to Camp for Free

Just because New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world with plenty of nature trails and landscapes, it doesn’t mean you can park your campervan anywhere you wish. There are numerous designated spots for this in the North and South Island. Here are a few of them:

North Island

– Long Beach Domain

– Rankers Koha Camping

South Island

– Robin Hood Bay

– Lake Pukaki Rest Area

Do prior research and make a list of these locations based on the places you plan to visit.

  • Where to Dispose Of Water Waste

When you have a self-contained campervan, it is your responsibility to ensure it’s clean. You will also have to dispose of the waste responsibly. To empty the wastewater, you have to use the multiple dump stations all over NZ.

These stations will help you to dispose of the wastewater in your campervan correctly. Most local maps and camping apps will show you where they are located.

The Benefits of Using a Self Contained Campervan

As we mentioned earlier, New Zealand has stringent rules regarding taking care of the environment and being ecologically friendly. That’s why acts like dropping wastewater on the floor aren’t considered environmentally friendly: It is not only harmful to the public but the vibrant ecosystem of NZ.

Therefore, the first benefit of using a self-contained campervan is that it is eco-friendly. Apart from taking care of the environment, a self-contained campervan will allow you to park in all of the campsites in New Zealand. Most camps don’t allow vehicles without the self-containment certificate to park in their areas.

Besides, there are almost 340 campsites all over NZ for you to enjoy. Thus, you will have the freedom you need to get adventurous while being confident that you can access toilets, water, and showers. Make sure to ask your NZ rental for referrals to campsites along your route before leaving to explore.

Moreover, with a self-contained caravan, you can freedom camp on any public land with the necessary permissions. You will also find signs to show you if there isn’t camping allowed on a specific piece of land. If there aren’t any signs, it means most campers can park on the land as long as they have self-contained campervan certification.

However, it is not unusual for local councils to change their regulations on freedom camping. Districts all over New Zealand have differing freedom camping laws. Therefore, if you want to explore New Zealand on a self-contained campervan, you should make sure that you’ve done sufficient research about the locations you wish to visit.


Any person who thinks about New Zealand should consider exploring the nation with a campervan. Driving a campervan through NZ comes with both freedom and comfort and experiences that you’ll never forget.

Before you set off to start your adventure, there are things you have to consider. For instance, New Zealanders (who are fantastic people) have to bear the brunt of tourists who don’t do their part to conserve the environment. Be careful not to litter or let your toilet overflow. Treat the country as you would your home for future generations of Kiwis.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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