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How to campervan in New Zealand?!??

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My husband and I (ages 24 & 25) are vacationing to New Zealand's south island starting the first 10 days of December. After reading some of the posts we've decided that renting a campervan or staying in hostels seem to be the best option for us. We fly into Queenstown and fly out of Christchurch so we will need to rent a campervan that allows us to do one way travel. We DON'T need to have a toilet and shower in our van if we are able to park and stay at sites that provide these. We DO need the van to be automatic since we have never taken the time to learn how to drive a manual (tisk tisk on us).

So....here are a few questions we would love to have answered:
1. Anyone know of any good rental companies that would suit our needs?
2. What do camp sites charge for campervans to stay per night?
3. Is using a campervan that much cheaper than staying at a backpackers' lodge every night?
4. We are leaving behind our 1 year old daughter at grandma and grandpa's and would like to chat with her via skype while we are away. How is the wireless connection in New Zealand or do the campsites have access to computers?
5. What do most campervan travelers do for food while on the road? Eat out at restaurants or go to grocery stores and cook their own food at the camp sites?

Any other advice on where to stay, what to see, what to do, good travel books etc. would also be greatly appreciated. As said above we are mid 20s, like to hike and enjoy scenery, NOT foodies, enjoy walking around small towns with charm and reading on the beach. We are not too adventurous so we won't be bungee jumping or white water rafting, but would probably do para sailing or whale watching.

Thanks everyone!!

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