Driving a motorhome in New Zealand’s North Island is not a challenge, even if you choose to hire a large four-berth or six-berth motorhome from a company such as Cheapa Campa. These vehicles are well-balanced and far easier to turn, park and navigate than most people expect.
The rewards are fabulous – New Zealand has some of the most scenic drives in the world. Traffic is light compared to many popular international destinations. Other drivers generally respect the road laws, which also makes it safer and more pleasant. This is important because it can take hours to get between cities and towns. You can check the status of highways at the New Zealand Transport Agency site.
There are a few key considerations if you are planning a driving holiday in New Zealand. Always drive in the left lane, and obey speed limits and traffic lights. If you’re holidaying with your family, make sure young children are restrained in legal child or baby car seats.
Be conscious of the country roads where extreme weather, bridges, unsealed roads and one-lane stretches are common. Check MetService for updates in each region. It’s important to watch out for other vehicles, and avoid driving these when you are tired.
On the North Island, it’s approximately 750kms (460miles) from Auckland to Wellington and it’s definitely worth the journey. Along the way, visit picturesque Huapai, hike in Waikato, get steamed at Rotorua and visit the gardens at Hamilton. Stop off at Kaimanawa Forest Park and get a Lord of the Rings fix at Otaki. You can toast your driving success when you roll into Wellington.
Rental motorhomes from companies such as Cheapa Campa offer great visibility through big windscreens and side windows and mirrors, rear-view parking cameras and optional GPS tracking to ensure that driving is a pleasure.
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