Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Campervan Around New Zealand

By Jonny Blair

If you are planning a holiday this year, consider renting a campervan in New Zealand and spending some time there.

There are a variety of reasons to rent/buy a campervan in New Zealand and the epic scenery and stunning beauty of this country should be just one reason. You can relax under starry skies and park by a lake while you watch the sun set behind the mountains.

Having a vehicle means you can go wherever you want at your own leisure. There is no time-frame on available days to travel or a set time to get up out of your bed. Life is yours to control and you should take advantage of this and explore all of the amazing places the New Zealand has to offer. Both the north and south islands have adrenaline pumping activities to get your heart racing and jaw dropping scenery around every corner. The further off the beaten track you get the more beautiful the location. In your own 4x4 campervan you can even explore more places than most.

Cost Effective

This is a tricky one because camper-vanning is often seen as a very expensive option for travel. If you weigh up the options and consider the money saved on accommodation and the ability to cook for yourself, you have a cheaper than backpacking scenario. The price of a bed in a 12 bed dorm in New Zealand is upwards of $28 per night. It might even work out cheaper to get a campervan and split costs with your friends. Doing this you don't need have accommodation costs, and the kitchen sink is right behind you.

The Landscape

Campervans create a convenience to be able to stop anywhere and relax, have a cup of tea or coffee while by the beach (at no extra cost), and keep food cool for your trip. Everything you own is with you at all times. Your laptop, camera, kindle, bed.. All in one place, on the road, exploring a fantastic country in comfort.

Friendship and Romance On The Road

When you and a friend chose to travel together in a campervan, you will have the best time of your lives (well, most of the time!). There wil be no more missed sunsets along the West Coast of New Zealand, and plenty of nights cuddled up under the stars in your cosy camper. There is something very intimate about living in your camper for a few weeks while traveling around.


This depends on the length of your stay in New Zealand. If you come on a working holiday, then I recommend having a look at buying a campervan as you will have one year to use it. If you rent your campervan, it is pretty expensive for most unless you are sharing the costs between friends. Good news is that campervans in New Zealand will hold their value and you should be able to sell it for as much as you bought it for after a few months of travel.

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