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1. Posted by Boaters (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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Hi We are a British couple hoping to visit New Zealand in a camper in Sept-Oct.Any advice -tips would be gladly welcomed.We intend to travel throughy both Islands.Following this we will hope to head to Australia .Thanks Roy and Diane

2. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 9y

Hi Roy and Diane,

I haven't been to New Zealand myself but have many friends who are from there and from what they have told me you will have a ball!

There was a post a few months ago that gave some good detail on how to do both the islands - I will try and find it for you and point you in the direction of it.

With regards


3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

Hi Roy and Diane,
Where do I start. This is probably my favourite subject!
We (2 adults, 2 kids) did the same as you in 2002, but it was Dec/Jan, so perhaps a bit warmer.
Our own journal is here (
There are dozens of companies hiring vans, so you will have a huge choice. Maui and Britz used to be the big guns, but we used Pacific Horizon, who were a little cheaper and had bigger vans. And have some nice small ones for couples.
You can't go far wrong really, but one slight snag is crossing from north to south. It costs quite a bit to take the camper on the ferry, so I looked at hiring one separately for each of the islands, but I don't think the hire companies like this, although they can't really stop you. Maybe they've come up with a way around this more recently.

So we used motels in the north and a camper for the south, which suited it perfectly, as all the sights are so spread out and driving around the south island is a pleasure as it's so quiet and has fabulous scenery.
Queenstown was stunning and you don't have to do a bungy jump to enjoy being there! Te Anau, Milford etc are wonderful, Christchurch is a nice city and the Akaroa peninsula is worth the drive, as is Kaikoura for its coastline and possible whale-watching. Blenheim has good vineyards and there's lots more around Nelson and the Marlborough region. We unfortunately missed out the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers due to lack of time.

In the north you should visit Rotorua, Waitangi and maybe the Tongariro national park amongst others. The list is endless. If you want to ask anything specific, feel free.
Oh, yes, take warm clothes and waterproofs - the weather can be very English.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 6:00 AM by stevieh ]

4. Posted by pabear (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

We was in New Zealand in May this year and about 5 years ago it was great so much to see it is very hilly both islands have so much to see we moteled it both times but a lot do use campervans you see lots on the road
The north island is more warmer than the south the must see parts are the Bay of Islands in the North and Rotorua thermal area and Lake Taupo and the drive down to Wellington
The sea crossing to the south island can be rough but the trip up the channel to Picton going through the island is very good
The south island we travelled down the west coast and seen the glaciers from there to Queenstown then to Milford Sound a boat trip is a must do there from there we went around the bottom and up the east coast to Christchurch and flew back to Australia this took 20 days this year we only did the north island and had 10 days
New Zealand is very good to see you will find it English fide in the south island than the north island
if you want more info just ask of Aus or NZ and i will help you

5. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

December 2005 ago I traveled both islands in a camper van. We purchased the ferry ride over in advance however if was Christmas time and therefore a busy time to cross. We flew into Auckland from Los Angles and then flew to Wellington to pick up the van and cross to the south island. I would recommend flying to the south island like into Christchurch and getting a van, for the sake of time fly to Queenstown and get a camper there if possible. The drive from Queenstown to Picton is long so better to only drive it one way. Plus only crossing once from Picton to Wellington will save some money.

I got a map of NZ campgrounds ahead of time online, however was not necessary on the either island for the camp grounds are plentiful and well equipped. Depending on how long you are staying is NZ you may want to get a season membership to a chain of camps. If you only have 2 weeks I would stay on one island. If you have 3 – 4 weeks you can get in quite a bit.

1 night at a camp was 20 – 30 dollars and the ferry was 600 dollars for round trip with a camper van. Fly into Christchurch and out of Auckland or vice versa so you are not driving more than needed. Enjoy it. What a beautiful place with warm people!

6. Posted by norliah (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Quoting Boaters

Hi We are a British couple hoping to visit New Zealand in a camper in Sept-Oct.Any advice -tips would be gladly welcomed.We intend to travel throughy both Islands.Following this we will hope to head to Australia .Thanks Roy and Diane

We're Malaysians. in our early 50's Also planning a trip to New Zealand.But don't kow how and went to start.If we could join you . we know nothing about NZ.I am seraching the net for info too.