New Zealand is a country naturally endowed with beauty. This is the reason why passionate tourists would not want to be hurried as they enjoy the scenic roads, the seemingly endless coastline, and the many lakes and mountain ranges along many possible routes. The best way to enjoy all of these is to explore the country in a campervan. However, touring the New Zealand countryside in a campervan is easier said than done. To make sure that you do not end your trip in disappointment and regret, learn from the following key pointers how you can get your mobile vacation right.
Plan out your itinerary
There are simply too many things to see and do in New Zealand. Exploring it without a plan is a vacation suicide. You can end up rushing and overspending along the way which of course affects the quality of your trip. Bring out your map, research online what other campervan adventurers did with their itinerary, and choose the best designated camping sites along your final route. Consider how long you can afford to stay (many campers would argue 10 days is the bare minimum to fully enjoy a campervan trip in NZ) and how much you can spend considering the costs of the campervan rental, fuel and insurance, food, and campsite fees.
Tip 1: Choose to make the trip in early December or late February. These times mean thinner crowds on popular tourist sites and lesser traffic on the roads.
Choose the best campervan rental company
There are many campervan rental companies in New Zealand. Read the reviews on these companies, consider their rankings published by local tourist websites, and read the fine print of their offers. Price is not the only thing that matters. You need to remember you want a hassle free vacation. The quality of your trip will be dependent on the quality of the vehicle you are driving and the service that comes packaged with it.
Tip 2: You can choose to fly back to your point of origin rather than drive the same route back to where you came from. There are rental companies that offer a pickup service of the rented vehicle.
Decide carefully on the campervan you will rent out
Compare carefully the layout of the campervan, the size and comfort level of its sleeping areas, the availability of key features and amenities important to you, its rated horsepower (very important if you will be driving through hilly roads), handling details (size will be a key factor on this one), transmission, and storage space available to you. These small details can sometimes define your vacation experience so be sure to serve your personal preferences best when it comes to campervan rental decisions.
Tip 3: Most camping sites in New Zealand offer common amenities like toilet and bath. This being said, you might want to forego renting out a campervan with a toilet and bath. Both can use up a lot of space on the layout of the vehicle and can cramped other more important living spaces for you and your companion\s.
There you have it. Follow these pointers carefully and increase your chances of having a great time driving in New Zealand’s countryside, lazily enjoying the sights and sounds of this wonderful country.