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
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