7 Reasons to explore New Zealand by campervan this Winter

New Zealand is a fantastic camper van destination in summer, but increasingly it's becoming a must visit winter location too.

You'd think summer would be the obvious time for your New Zealand campervan adventure. Sure, NZ is a fantastic camper van destination in summer, but increasingly it's becoming a must visit winter location too. Maybe it's the stunning snow-capped mountain vistas, cooler temperatures, or just the unique activities that draw people to visit. Regardless, there are a number of benefits of taking your New Zealand campervan trip during winter.

Smaller Crowds

You'll find a lot less people travelling in winter, which means you'll have your pick of the campgrounds in New Zealand, without the queues. With no need to book ahead, you can let your free side run wild - exploring and making your trip up on a whim. The same goes for attractions and experiences too - you'll be able to book last minute for most things, or just turn up on the day. Perfect for those who prefer to travel at their own pace.

Price With less people

You'll find some spectacular deals available. This extends from the flights, to attractions and experiences, even including your New Zealand campervan rental. Chances are you'll have your pick of the fleet and be able to strike a great deal. One of our most popular campervan New Zealand tips is to upgrade to the next model, allowing you more space and comfort for only a few dollars more.

Winter attractions - skiing and dogsledding

There are a whole host of unique wintertime activities available in New Zealand. If you're in Central North Island, or in lower South Island, there's plenty to keep you entertained - from alpine skiing and snowboarding, to backcountry heli skiing and more mellow cross country skiing. If you want to partake in something a little more special, try dogsledding at Snow Farm in Wanaka.

Stunning vistas

Whilst you're caravanning in New Zealand you'll see plenty of spectacular scenery. We're talking those picture post card images, snow-capped mountains, blue lakes and golden trees. And of course winter is a fantastic time to go and visit one of New Zealand's multiple glaciers. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even take a helicopter that will drop you on the glacier for a guided walk.

Crisp clear and sunny winter days

If your image of winter is doom, gloom and rain, then clearly you have never experienced New Zealand. With a more stable winter climate, crisp bluebird days are abundant, even more so if you continue south to the main ski areas. The perfect weather for adventure, throw on a down jacket and good footwear and get out and explore!

Hot springs and spas

There's nothing better than winding down at the end of a long day with a relaxing soak. Well actually, there is – outdoor hot pools with mountain views. There are some fantastic locations dotted throughout New Zealand where you can enjoy hot pools to a stunning backdrop. Frequently our New Zealand campervan customers give the hot pools in Rotorua, Taupo, Tekapo and Queenstown rave reviews!


If you want to inject a little culture into your camper van trip, then Matariki, aka Maori New Year is perfect. Marking the beginning of the winter solstice, this winter festival observes the arrival of the Matariki constellation to the southern skies, and the end of the harvest season. There's plenty of festivities to enjoy with cultural performances, art exhibitions and a great chance to meet some genuine New Zealand locals.

With lower prices and smaller crowds around during winter, you'll be able to pick up some great deals on flights, accommodation and activities for a lot less than you expect. A great way to travel on a budget, or just to extend your spending money, make use of the winter specials you'll find on our New Zealand campervans and enjoy some unique holidaying experiences whilst everyone else is at work.

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