Campervan Rental and Riding the New Zealand Cycle Trails.

Mt Cook view.

Campervan Rental and Riding the New Zealand Cycle Trails. Plan your Cycle Trip around New Zealand. So, you are a keen cyclist and want to explore New Zealand by bike on the cycle trails. The most exciting way is by renting a campervan or motorhome with bikes and a bike rack. Then you have the ultimate freedom to see New Zealand’s back roads. There are those who will have weeks of time to tour the whole of New Zealand and cover every inch of the 2,500km of cycle trails now available. Then there are the rest of us who want to tour New Zealand and select the trails that we want to do. The first websites to visit are:  New Zealand Cycle Trails New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide pdf This site offers a full and comprehensive guide including maps of all the current cycle trails that you can have access to … Continue reading

Pete’s Dragon – in New Zealand

Explore the land of Pete's Dragon in New Zealand by campervan.

Check out this link to see what Pete’s Dragon sees of New Zealand.   Book a campervan to explore the sites that Pete’s Dragon sees Take your family to New Zealand to see where the remake of Pete’s Dragon was made.  Explore the country and the sites at your own pace by motorhome. The setting is Millhaven in America but in reality it is Tapanui in Otago in New Zealand’s grand South Island. You will also spot Rotorua, Wellington and Queenstown in the movie. The Shotover Canyon near Queenstown is where Elliot the Dragon flies through and over. Pete’s Dragon opens in cinemas in September 2016. The best time to tour New Zealand in a campervan or motorhome is anytime from November to April. It is cooler outside of those months but then you may like it that way! Future Campervans?

Top 7 tips tourists wish they had known before coming to New Zealand.

Motorhome in the Snow New Zealand.

Top 7 tips tourists wish they had known before coming to New Zealand. This is a great introduction to driving around New Zealand. Some of the information relating to payments is now out of date. The rest is worth a watch. Visiting New Zealand by CamperMate Top Safety Tips when travelling around New Zealand. 50 things to see and do in New Zealand

Self Contained NZS 5465 in New Zealand – what does it mean?

Self Contained NZS 5465 in New Zealand – what does it mean? What is Certified Self Containment? Certified Self Containment is maintaining and certifying your motor caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001. The creation of the Standard  by the NZMCA to provide a solution to the increasing problems associated with the use of motor caravans and the disposal of waste. The NZMCA encourages all motor home and caravan owners to make their vehicles self contained, and help protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal. A self containment vehicle is designed to completely meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants (including water for drinking and cooking) for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services or discharging any waste. Waste Water: Waste water is collected in holding tanks then disposed of via a … Continue reading

Great Walks in New Zealand that you can do from a campervan.

Great Walks in New Zealand that you can do from a campervan. Walking and Hiking in New Zealand GREAT WALKS of New Zealand. You have probably heard of the Milford Track but there are literally hundreds of walks that you can take through the wilderness on New Zealand. The Department of Conservation manages these great walks that offer a guide to take you into areas that you may not want to explore on your own.  These walks build your confidence to go it alone in the future after you have found your feet….forgive the pun. Department of Conservation visitor centres Campervan and motorhome hire New Zealand Rent Bikes with your Campervan hire

New Zealand photographs. Now you know why it is on everyone’s bucket list.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

Whale watching You can spot whales in the North Island, but it’s Kaikoura in the South that is the main centre for whale watching in New Zealand. Photo: Whale Watch Kaikoura Free Camping in New Zealand

Billy Connolly’s driving route around New Zealand.

Billy Connolly Drives New Zealand Driving Routes Overview Day 1 Auckland to Paihia Day 2 Paihia to Kaitaia Day 3 Kaitaia to Auckland Day 4 Auckland to Waitomo Caves Day 5 Waitomo Caves to Taupo Day 6 Taupo to Palmerston North Day 7 Palmerston North to Wellington Day 8 Wellington to Kaikoura Day 9 Kaikoura to Christchurch Day 10 Christchurch to Dunedin Day 11 Dunedin to Invercargill Day 12 Invercargill to Stewart Island Day 13 Stewart Island to Te Anau Day 14 Te Anau to Milford Sound Day 15 Te Anau to Queenstown Day 16 Queenstown to Franz Josef Day 17 Franz Josef to Greymouth Day 18 Greymouth to Christchurch   Overview Start Auckland / Finish Christchurch Recommended Length: 18 Days Distance: 4055 km (2534 miles) Billy Connolly’s Tours from North to South During his tour of New Zealand in 2004, Billy Connolly traversed 8,500km – a lot of ground in a country … Continue reading

50 Top Sites to Visit on a Motorhome Road Trip Around New Zealand.

Campervan and Motorhome Hire in New Zealand.

50 Fantastic Places to Visit On Your Campervan Holiday to New Zealand. If you think that you will see the highlights of New Zealand in under a month, then think again.  These are just the main sites that travellers try to fit in on their visit to New Zealand. Although New Zealand is not a vast country it does have an extreme variety of geological features from glaciers and fjiords to volcanoes and thermal areas and everything in between. There are so many things to see and do in New Zealand in your campervan that it’s impossible to list them all. Of course, there are the main ones, such as Rotorua, or visiting “Middle Earth”, but don’t forget that New Zealand has so much more to offer. You will not miss the breathtaking beaches,   lakes,  mountains and  farmland. Here are our Top 50 sites you must not miss! Kayak the … Continue reading

If you are going to New Zealand to Ski or Snow. Rent a campervan.

Diaries Downunder Episode 4 – Mt Hutt Road Trip from WinterVolume Productions on Vimeo. If you are going to New Zealand to Ski or Snowboard. Rent a campervan.  You can collect a sleeper car, a camper, a luxury motorhome from Auckland and drive south to Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu if you want to ski in the north island of New Zealand. Check out the latest mountain conditions here.Mt Ruapehu Mountain conditions. Skiing in the South Island of New Zealand. Fly in directly to Queenstown and drive to the famous Cardrona ski slopes and park up on the mountain to access the main ski areas. Check out the ski conditions here. Cardrona New Zealand ski conditions. Fly into Christchurch and Mt Hutt is only an hour’s drive away.  Access to the ski slopes is good by campervan or motorhome and you can park a long way up the mountain to get close to … Continue reading

Great websites for camping in New Zealand. Includes advice on free camping.

So you have heard that you can free camp, boon-dock or wild camp in New Zealand.  Yes and No. Yes, if  you have a fully self contained campervan or motorhome. No, if you are in a sleeper car or hi-top, low-top campers that don’t have onboard facilities. This is because the impact on the local environment has been too great. Local people are finding debris that has been left behind after a camper has stayed the night and are quite rightly not happy about this. So, if you do want to travel New Zealand like a Nomad check out our links below. These will point you in the right direction where you can legally and safely spend your days. We do say that if you are free camping you should only stay for one or two nights. Also, if there already someone camping close by, let them have space and … Continue reading