The most beautiful place in the world, Aotearoa
There are attractions in the country and heaps to see especially for first time visitors.
Read the below which may be helpful to those planning a holiday around NZ.
NZ Weather and Climate
Spring is on the 1st of September
New Zealand has a temperate climate in the south island and sub-tropical climate in the North Island and the nature of the terrain,. Maximum daytime temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C and only fall below 0°C in the elevated inland regions. Generally speaking, rainfall and humidity is higher in the west than the east of the country due to the north-south orientation of the mountain ranges and the prevailing westerly/north westerly winds.
Un-sheltered areas of the country can get a bit breezy, especially in the centre, through Cook Strait and around Wellington.
New Zealand has a great selection of cuisine and dining options where you can experience fantastic NZ food and wine. New Zealand's Pacific rim cuisine takes influences from Polynesia, Europe and Asia which is reflected in the food. As New Zealand has thriving farming and fishing industries, diners are spoilt for choice for cuisine from both land and sea. The famous Kiwi beef and lamb is commonly featured on menus, as is fresh seafood and a variety of fresh and local produce. World class restaurants can be found in New Zealand's larger towns and cities.
New Zealand Slang expressions (to get you started)
You may get a strange look if you use Kiwi slang in New Zealand, but it may be used inadvertently to in conversation. If you don't understand just ask and most New Zealander's will explain.
If you are looking to be in New Zealand for less than a month, then renting a campervan is the no-nonsense way to get on the road as quickly as possible.
If you have more time in New Zealand, buying your own campervan can be the best value for money, but there is a few things to keep in mind.
A major advantage of renting a camper in New Zealand compared to buying is that you can get on the road straight away. By renting a camper you can book prior to your arrival in New Zealand.
Renting a camper is affordable. Some campers can be hired for as little as NZ$70 a day, rental prices are sky high in the summer season (December – February), so consider traveling in the shoulder and off-seasons (June-Sept).
If you buy a camper it is likely to be an older model as the cost to buy a newer model is very expensive. In most cases the campers have already done high kilometers and will have a few issues to sort out along the way.
The hardiest thing is finding a good camper because as the season get closer it is very hard to find a good reasonable low km camper that is in good condition without spending a lot of money. Also you are limited in most cases as to where you are landing and leaving from and you can spend a lot of your holiday time just finding the camper rather than relaxing and enjoying your holiday.
Break down would be the main issue with your own camper. If it breaks down in say the middle of nowhere and you have to take it to someone to fix it; first off it will be expensive and secondly there is a very good chance that they will not have the time to do it straight away, especially if its is over the high season November to April. The other problem will be getting parts. Sometimes you have to wait for 2 weeks for parts to arrive from over seas depending on the make and the year and model of your camper. In the case of an older camper these parts can also be hard to get. Plus keep in mind that you will need your own insurance cover which will be expensive for short term and hard to arrange with no fixed address etc. Then of course you have to sell the camper and the fact that you are leaving the country and have to sell it is a disadvantage when trying to get a good price.
So my advice is to just hire a camper and relax.
As if you break down or have a accident all our campers come with replacement options.
If you break down we have 24 hour roadside assistant and you are not liable for the cost which includes the towing etc which you would have to pay if it was your own camper.
So it may seem cheap to buy and sell the camper but in most cases it can turn pear shaped real fast and turn your holiday in a hassle instead of enjoying this great country. So paying for a rental seems the best way to go. It your holiday after all and you only live once right?
Campervan Travel in New Zealand
Self-driving is the best way to see New Zealand.
Having a vehicle in New Zealand means you have the freedom to visit places anywhere you like.
A campervan gives you the options to get off the beaten track as well. So long as your camper has self-containment with the likes of house battery to run lights, gas to run heaters, hot water and of course toilet facilities it is a great way to see New Zealand and to get away from the hassle of the main tourist spots.
So why not camp down by a lake and try some fishing or on a beach or river bank and really enjoy the real side of new Zealand that a lot of people just do not get to see.
New Zealand has many beautiful out of the way spots that you can cruise out and really take your time to enjoy.
Below are some itineraries that you might want to follow to help plan your next trip http://www.nzonline.org.nz/nzo/itineraries
Campervans are made for likes of New Zealand. It seems as though every other vehicle in New Zealand is a camper so there is plenty of like-minded people on the road that will give you advice on where they have been and what great spots they have managed to find.
Every town, national park, beach and tourist attraction has a campsite nearby. You won't have a problem finding accommodation if you have a campervan to stay in.
Natural beauty is all over New Zealand, so we say split the trip between the North and South Island over say a 3 to 4 week trip. This will give you plenty of time to really discover New Zealand and its interesting people.
The driving in New Zealand is relatively easy. The roads aren't overly busy and traffic is minimal as a rule, if you are outside the big cities that is.
Note that in New Zealand we drive on the left-hand side of the road so the simple rule to remember is to always keep left and to make sure when you are out on the open road where there is no traffic to always remember to keep left. This can be the time without other traffic to follow that you can forget to be on the left hand side of the road. So get a GPS and have the person you are travelling with help you with directions so you can focus on the driving.
Check out our website for whatever camper will suit your needs and book early to get the best deal.
New Zealand campervan bookings are best done early. Most New Zealand campervan companies book out for the Christmas and New Year period well in advance and you will find it very difficult to get a camper over this time if you do not book now. In fact from December till end of March 2020 most companies are fully booked by the time the season hits in November. It is best to book early so you can get the camper that most suits your needs and also for the period of time you are wanting and the locations that you want to drop off and pick up. My advice is to book your New Zealand camper van holiday way before you book your flights or you could be left high and dry. In fact it is even hard to get a rental car over this time. So if you are planning a New Zealand holiday get in now, get some quotes and confirm your booking then go looking for flights. As far as booking camp sites it is not hard to find a powered site at most times of the year with the exception of Christmas and New year in holiday hot spots like Queenstown and the Bay of Islands. In fact over this 2 week period is when Kiwi holiday-makers plan their holidays and fill up the holiday parks so it can get hard to find a power site.
Freedom camping is still allowed in New Zealand in certain spots but you will need a self-containment certified camper. Be careful that you do not park in the wrong spot as you will get a NZ$200.00 fine. Normally you will be woken early in morning by a man with clip board who will be delighted in issuing you a freedom camping fine and there is no way to talk your way out of it. Plus in some areas you will also have some locals that police it as well who get up in arms about freedom campers leaving behind their rubbish etc which is fair enough really so best to take your rubbish with you and save the environment.
Cook Strait Ferries
Once you have booked your camper if you are planning to travel over the Cook Strait on one of the ferries it is best to pre-book well in advance or you could find your self stuck in Wellington or Picton for a couple of days waiting for space to cross over the Cook Strait.
You can book ferries by going to:
Self Drive Itineraries
Go here to help plan your touring route. Allow plenty of time to see New Zealand as it takes longer then you think - http://www.nzonline.org.nz/nzo/itineraries
Find New Zealand Holiday Park Accommodation here -
Sweet as Campers now has 3 new 6 berth campers which are later model
2 x 2008 6 Berth Fiat (Manual) and a 2009 6 Berth Mercedes (Auto)
These campers are ideal for families and have all the gear you need to freedom camp. They are diesels so are cheap to run. The Mercedes is an auto so its easy to drive and the 2 Fiat Ductaos are turbo so they drive like a car. They both climb hills very well and get along the highway no problem. These campers are available New Zealand wide but are booking out fast for the summer season so if you are keen on a camper van holiday these summer holidays it is best that you get on and book asap.
Check out photos and details here
All of these campers come with:
There are many ways to experience the beauty of New Zealand. The best way as far as I am concerned is on a road trip in a campervan.
If you are looking at a visit to New Zealand, consider a visit during the off-season which is less crowded. International visitors boost the population to nearly 5 million during the peak period. Autumn and spring both have their advantages.
New Zealand is a great place for skiing in both the North & South Islands and we have a large number of ski fields.
New Zealand's weather is extremely variable from season to season and from one end of the country to the other. Below is some information on New Zealand weather and climate so you can work out what to expect during your New Zealand holiday.
New Zealand's Seasons
As a southern hemisphere country, New Zealand’s seasons are the inverse of Europe and North America: