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: