There is nothing like a campervan to explore and experience the best New Zealand has to offer. The great thing about a campervan or motorhome is you can be very flexible with your itinerary, and these days campervans can be very luxurious with all the comforts you would have in a nice hotel. The bonus is you camp by the lapping ocean or under a snow capped mountain and you get step right out into the Wilderness first thing in the morning!
It is always good to have a few 'Must Dos to tick off' and then wander and explore in between. Stop where you want. Sleep where you want! Eat where you want!
We recently asked people who returned from their campervan and motorhome journey what the highlight was on their journey. It might help you plan a rough itinerary for your campervan journey.
This 12km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of the South Island was a winner for a lot of explorers! The glacier is unique that it descends from the Southern Alps to just 300 metres above sea level making it one of only three worldwide to come this close to the coastline. It will blow you away!
The stunning fiords of Milford Sound also seem to have captivated a lot of our travellers. We certainly see lots of pictures of Mitre Peak coming through on our Facebook page! Sheer cliffs rise spectacularly from the ocean, and it is approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, with some of the depths in the fiord reaching 450m. This means the underwater world below is just as spectacular.
One theme that seems to ring through in highlights from our Wilderness community is those life changing experiences of seeing NZ’s wildlife, in particular its marine mammals up close. In most of NZ’s tourism communities like the Bay Of Islands, Tauranga, Kaikoura, Dunedin and Doubtful Sound you will find unique chances to experience marine wildlife up close and personal.
There is nothing quite like having a pristine beach all to yourself! It is one of the joys of touring in a motorhome! Head to Northland or the Coromandel and go hunting for one of the many magic camp spots.
5. Getting off the Beaten Track
Of course there is nothing like finding one of those gems that not many ‘tourists’ get to do so get out and explore.
6. A couple of quiets…
One of the best ways to discover the West Coast’s heritage and wet your whistle at the same time is a tour of the Monteith’s brewery - founded in 1868 to quench the thirst of the flourishing gold miners. (just make sure you park up for the night first if you’re going to have a couple!),
Of course no road trip through New Zealand is complete without doing our quintessential adrenalin activity – the bungy jump! A J Hackett pioneered this crazy adrenalin activity and now has bungy sites at Auckland Harbour Bridge (40 metres). Kawarau (43m) or the crazy high Nevis (134m) in Queenstown. Then there's sky diving, canyong swining, jet boating, white water rafting and the list goes on
8. Lake Tekapo and Mackenzie Country
One region we see so many photos of is stunning MacKenzie country – a basin near the centre of the South Island, fringed by the Southern Alps, with turquoise coloured lakes of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. It is no surprise this area was one of the main locations for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
And another of the South Island’s lakes that seems to captivate travellers – Lake Wanaka! This was high on the list of must do's from our recent explorers.
10. A campervan meal under NZ's night sky
NZ's pure night sky captivated a lot of our explorers. Sitting out under stars enjoying some homegrown good collected on the road, and cooked up in a modern motorhome kitchen! Does it get any better!
If you'd like to know more about touring NZ in a modern motorhome get in touch with the Wilderness team.