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Winter Campervan in NZ

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1. Posted by Dan_Sas (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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We are planning a trip to NZ in August this year and are hiring a campervan for some of the time. We have been advised that it will be fine on the North Island, although cool and wet. What we are not sure about is how comfortable we will be sleeping in the van on the south island and how tricky the driving will be.

Has anyone stayed in a motorhome on the south island during the winter and if so, will we freeze our bits off?

2. Posted by Claire4 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Not much help but woulod be very interested in the answer as I am due to do the same this year in September!! what weather can we expect? would it be worth campervan in North and hostel's in south?

Thanks

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

My best friend and I travelled around N.Z. in our campervan for 9 months in total and spent the 3 winter months (June til August) working in Queenstown. No way we could have slept in the van during the time there, the temperature sometimes dropped to minus degrees at night and we therefore had to get proper accomodation. So unless you have a great heater and are willing to pay for it, I don't think you can sleep in a camper in winter on the South Island. It might be slightly warmer on the North island but you'd still need plenty of blankets and heating. As for driving, we didn't have any problems. Usually it was only snowing on the mountains and you just had to be extra careful on windy roads.

Quoting Claire4

Not much help but woulod be very interested in the answer as I am due to do the same this year in September!! what weather can we expect? would it be worth campervan in North and hostel's in south?

Thanks

September is already springtime, so the weather is getting nicer and warmer. We were back to the North Island then and sleeping in the van again with an additional blanket. On the South island it might still be better to stay in hostels though.

Hope this helps,

Steff

4. Posted by Dan_Sas (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Many thanks. That kinda confirmed what we expected. Do you know any good hostel web sites?

5. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

WWW.hostelworld.com
Nz also has some of the best backpacker accomodation around. Hope you all enjoy holiday welome to NZ

6. Posted by natalie13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

We stayed in a campervan rented from bedmobils during winter in new zealand and had an awesome time. We had a heater with a thermostat so the temperature always stayed nice and warm. Probably that is a solution for you as camping is really the best way to see new zealand.

7. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 8y

Im going in a campervan for 3 weeks in July around the South Island. If its cold, i'll get more blankets, hot water bottles etc. It'll be fine.

8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Im in Queenstown now in my campervan. Admittedly its been warm the last few days, but we did have it dip into the minus a couple of nights. Sleeping in the van has been perfect and toasty under one nice duvet. I bought my van so I also bought a $15 electric heater. The campsites have power hook up, so if your rental van doesnt come with a heater which most do, then you only need to buy an extension cord and a heater and your all set.

9. Posted by travel56 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Staying in a campervan is not that cold in winter in New Zealand. I did it in 2007 and just took an extra duvet and turned the gas heater on just before I went to bed for 30 minutes. The North Island was a lot warmer and I never had a frost there.

The campervan experience is such a great way to see NZ and you should not let a little bit of cold keep you back (plus over the winter rates for campervans are so cheap!)

Edwin