Choosing the Right Campervan for Your New Zealand Trip

New Zealand can be a haven for campers and travelling families, which is why campervan trips are common throughout the country. But if you still need to think about why a campervan for hire would be best for you, understand its benefits first, then decide which one would be ideal for your situation.

Benefits of Using a Campervan

You won’t likely hesitate to spend for a campervan on your next New Zealand trip if you know that they come with a lot of benefits. For one, they can help you cut costs. You don’t have to book a hotel room or buy expensive foods from restaurants when there is a kitchen on board.

It is also more convenient to live in a campervan for a few days. You control your own itinerary so you can make as many stops as you’d like. You can also choose where you can park the van, as long as you find the legal sites to do so.

It’s hassle-free to travel with a campervan. If you already have everything you need from food to other supplies stocked inside the van, then you won’t need to stop at convenience stores every now and then.

It is definitely more fun to travel on a campervan around New Zealand. You may feel closer to Mother Nature as you see more beautiful spots, the stars at night, or the warmth of other campers as you celebrate with barbecue dinners.

Factors to Consider in Choosing One

If you have decided to get rent a campervan for your trip around New Zealand, these factors should be considered in picking the right van for your needs:

Number of campers. A campervan should be bigger for four campers than for two. For everyone’s safety and comfort, each camper should have a bed and a seatbelt.

Space. Think of all the campers in your van and the type of family that you have. Traveling with young kids would mean choosing a campervan with separate living and sleeping areas.

Campsite. If you plan to stay in powered campsites, then you can rent a campervan with appliances, such as electric heaters or microwaves, and you can do without a bathroom because these sites usually have common toilets. But if you think of staying at a freedom camp, an ideal campervan should have bathroom facilities and a kitchen.

Time. A winter trip would call for a fully insulated and heated campervan. If you’re staying in unpowered sites, the van should have diesel or gas heating.

Location. Some campervan rental companies don’t allow their vans to be used in certain roads, which often include the Mt. Cook’s Ball Hut Road, the Skippers Canyon Road near Queenstown, or the Northland’s Ninety Mile Beach. Make sure to ask the company about their restrictions first before renting out their vans.

Other needs. Look only for appliances or fixtures that you really need to avoid an overcrowded motorhome.

Safety. Have a safe and happy trip on a modern campervan with safety features. Older models may be cheaper, but not all of them might be safe.

Driving. You need to choose between manual or automatic transmission, a small or a large powerful rig, depending on your driving preference.

Equipment. Campervans may vary in terms of the equipment onboard, such as kitchen and cooking utensils, towels and linen, baby seats, GPS system, or picnic tables.

Assistance. Be proactive and choose a campervan rental company that offers 24-hour on-road assistance so you can call them whenever you’re met with any mechanical problem on the road.

Insurance. It would be a safer to rent a campervan with an all inclusive insurance package.

  • Bond. Some companies automatically deduct his bond from your credit card, although it will be given back to you once the van is returned. But you may enjoy it more if the rental company only takes your card’s imprint instead of deducting money directly from your account.

You can enjoy your trip around New Zealand more if you’re in a campervan, especially if it’s the right one for you.


Jack Kent

About Jack Kent

Jack Kent loves the outdoors and nothing is more enjoyable than driving his Britz campervan around the North and South islands of New Zealand. When Jack isn't driving his motorhome around, he is drinking beers with his mates, mountain biking through country New Zealand and blogging about what New Zealand has to offer.

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