The only way to travel New Zealand is by campervan. You could spend a lifetime exploring everything this country has to offer without even coming close to seeing it all. The good news, with affordable mobile homes for hire in New Zealand, you can do exactly that! Hitting the open road has never been easier than now, and if the idea of travelling New Zealand in a campervan appeals to you, now is the time to make plans.
But what about seeing everything? Of course, you don’t have a lifetime to spend on a rental, but if you have two weeks to explore, there’s still so much you could see. Here’s how you could do it:
The North Island
The largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is a great starting point. If you like cities, feel free to explore, but really this is all about hitting the road. So, once you’re in your campervan hire, start driving towards Waitomo.
Heading southeast out of Auckland you come to the smaller communities of Rotorua and Matamata. This farming area boasts a couple of famous attractions, including Hobbiton (also from Lord of the Rings) and the Whakarewarewa Redwood forest.
Heading farther south, plan to spend a day or two near Taupo. Nearby is Tongariro National Park, which has one of the most famous hikes in the entire country, the Tongariro Crossing. There’s a day-hike option, or you can hike the full circuit which takes three or four. Hike past active volcanoes and take in some of the spectacular scenery that was used in the Lord of the Rings movies.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capitol, which gives you the chance to shop and take in more “modern” activities. It also happens to be located at the south end of the island, so you and your campervan can hop a ferry south to your next adventure!
The South Island
Travelling New Zealand in a campervan has never been easier. Once you’re off the ferry, head south. You’ll pass Christchurch and soon move into the town of Kaikoura. If you’re a seafood lover, this is a must-do, as it is world-famous for crayfish (the name Kaikoura actually means “to eat crayfish” in Maori, so you know they know how to do it right!)
Leaving Kaikoura, head west towards Mount Cook National Park. This is one of the most famous spots in the entire country, so planning to stay an extra day or so here is a must. There’s so much to see and do, we can’t possibly cover it all. Suffice to say that this place is worth the trip in its own right.
South from Mount Cook is Wanaka, This quiet area is famous for having beautiful scenery, winding country roads and a lone tree in the middle of a lake. It’s a nice place to stop so you can say you’ve been there, done that!
Home to mighty fjords, this is another must-see destination for anyone on the South Island. Take a scenic cruise or even a flight to take in the view and see sights that rival anywhere else on this Earth.
Queenstown isn’t at the south end of the island — another three hours or so gets you all the way there — but it’s the last major city you’ll encounter on the way, so it’s a good final destination. From here you can catch a flight back to where you need to go, enjoying everything you’ve seen over the past few weeks (if you do want to go farther along, there is an airport in Invercargill that could at least get you part of the way, most likely).
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