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1. Posted by Radis (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hello!

My friend and I are visiting NZ from april 26 (We will be in Auckland april 28 because we come from Canada and its a long way! haha!) to May 21st 2006! After a lot of thinking we decided to choose a Motorhome to travel across NZ! Im really excited to have the possibilitie to see this beautiful country in a roadtrip! But I have a question about motorhome and place to sleep...

We were wondering if its a necessity to sleep in a campsite or can we stop anywhere we want (in a town for example) if there is no sign of "you can not park during the night!" Also... is it essential to rent a camper with a toilet or can we take the camper for 2 without a toilet and use our "imagination"!

During this month of travelling we will do some tramping too (Tongariro and Rees-Dart)! We were wondering what is the average temperature in the south island in May (we will do the Rees-Dart track)!!

Thank you and sorry if my english is not 100% accurate... My first language is french... I bet i'll be better in english after my month in NZ :-D!!!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

Quoting Radis

We were wondering if its a necessity to sleep in a campsite or can we stop anywhere we want (in a town for example) if there is no sign of "you can not park during the night!"

No, you must stay on campings (of which there are luckily lots and lots).

Also... is it essential to rent a camper with a toilet or can we take the camper for 2 without a toilet and use our "imagination"!

That should be fine. Plenty of roadside stops.

During this month of travelling we will do some tramping too (Tongariro and Rees-Dart)! We were wondering what is the average temperature in the south island in May (we will do the Rees-Dart track)!!

It's going to be pretty cold already; you can even expect some snow at some point when in the Mountains on the South Island, although on average the temperature should be between 5 and 15 degrees. Which still is pretty cold to be staying in a motorhome; I travelled in one until early April, but by the end the nights were getting quite cold already. You might want to consider renting just a small car instead, and staying at hostels, which should work out the same, pricewise. Plus, that way you won't have the frustration of crawling up the steeper mountain passes with a train of cars behind you. :) *g* (But seriously, even though travelling by car would have my personal preference, you should be fine in a motorhome.)

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Campervans are quite cheap at the time of year that you are travelling (its low season), and you can camp anywhere unless there are signs that say you cannot. It's preferred that you stay in camp-sites, but many choose not to.