Awatuna Campervan Hire Holiday

Whitebait Fritters - Photo by Inanga, Wikimedia Creative CommonsWhitebait Fritters - Photo by Inanga, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Awatuna is home to just a handful of West Coast folks and the Awatuna Homestead, a popular Bed & Breakfast. Organised activities are few and far between in this neck of the woods however for a taste of the West Coast foraging lifestyle, head to Awatuna River where whitebaiters shanties – rough corrugated iron shelters – line its banks from top to toe.

Whitebait is a local delicacy and these tiny fish are most commonly eaten in fritters. Everyone has their own secret recipe however as a general rule of thumb, around 250 grams of whitebait, one egg, plus salt, pepper and parsley to taste, makes a jolly fine feed! Do stop to say gidday to local whitebaiters; chances are they will revel in telling you more about their favourite pastime.

Obviously there are no Awatuna Campervan Hire depots, so most drivers hire campervans in Christchurch (which has a wide range of vehicle choices) or rent campervans in Queenstown.

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