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Campervanning NZ in Winter

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1. Posted by Balfer (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hey
Ilm planning to campervan around New Zealand in July/Aug and i have been warned that it may be too cold to sleep in the van as it is winter, Any suggestions?
We also plan to get some skiing in but are wondering where the best (and most affordable) ski spots are.
Thanks for ur help
B

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi Balfer,

I have travelled around NZ in a Campervan for almost a year and unfortunately you're right it gets too cold to sleep in the van around July and August. During this time we were living and working in crazy Queenstown, a perfect spot to go skiing and boarding.
Don't know what the prices are now and the temperatures on the North island in winter, it's said to be warmer there.

Enjoy NZ!!!

Steff

3. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Even in May on the South Island it was bloody freezing in the camper van at night. Thank God for the small Fan Heater that came with it. Thermal underwear was also a life saver.

The other downside about camping in winter is that you don't get the long warm summer evenings to lounge about outside watching the sun go down. Instead you're trying to keep warm in a tiny and very cramped camper. Just make sure you really enjoy the company of the person you're travelling with!

On the plus side they're a lot cheaper to rent at this time of year so maybe you can splash out on a bigger, fancier and better insulated one!

4. Posted by jeffp (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Wow, it will be soooo cold in there.

Even in Spring (November) it got quite cold when we toured (it even snowed one night in Queenstown). Still it could be an excuse for some warming whisky night-caps.

Have a good trip.

Jeff
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/jeff.jane (Our travelogue of 3 weeks in New Zealand)

5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting Mikey B

Just make sure you really enjoy the company of the person you're travelling with!

On the plus side they're a lot cheaper to rent at this time of year so maybe you can splash out on a bigger, fancier and better insulated one!

That's camper vans NOT travelling companions!!