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 #99587  by John&Helen
 Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:50 am
Toying with the idea of eventually spending Mothers Day to Fathers Day touring Australia, chasing the warmth.

So, Im looking for peoples experiences with doing just that and how they get on with things like where they parked their MH, car/caravan in the off season, how they kept a battery charged, registered & insured, where and how they spent their time, travel insurance, medication, NZ banking.

Any hassles regarding NZ insurance on unoccupied property, NZ Super, mail, keeping in touch.

Our recent holidays at $10K a month are out of the question (thats includes airfare, MH hire, food, camp fees btw) so I guess we will be moving on every 3-4 days enjoying the sights in between times.

The above title should be a nice catch all for those contemplating something similar.

Thanks John.
 #99637  by kathyn2
 Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:12 pm
Hi. We have wintered in Queensland, but mostly been working so not moving as often as your plan. Nevertheless can tell you how we dealt with some of your queries.

Storage - mostly left vehicles at friend's properties. Gave them battery charger to charge battery. Another time left at storage property and rigged up a small solar panel.
Registration - Paid on line, note no option in Queensland to "hold" rego.
Insurance - just insured through Australian company, when in storage vehicles had to be in secured yard.
Buying vehicle - we got QLd licences (makes it much easier). For this you need evidence of garaging address (examples on Transport dept website - letter from Oz bank works).
Bank account - open an Oz account, do it online 4-6 weeks before arriving.
Travel insurance - could not find anyone who would do more than 90 days.
Medicine - only had one visit to GP, cost $60. Understand hospital emergencies covered through reciprocal agreement with NZ.
Mail - we get posted to us every 3 months care of Post Office counter.

Hope this helps.
 #99640  by hort1
 Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:49 am
Interesting that you got referred to this forum on facebook John
 #99641  by John&Helen
 Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:00 am
I cross posted on FB, hort1
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