Looking at going to New Zealand on my RTW trip next year for six weeks...
We will prob be there from the end of August until beginning of October
Really would love to hire a mobile home for our time there...not sure if it is such a great idea seeing that we will be there from the end of the winter - early spring
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Would it be too cold for a mobile home or manageable?
Any feedback would be great, cheers
A campervan will be v. cold in the southern parts of the South Island around September time so make sure it has plenty of blankets and a decent heater! I live in inland Canterbury (halfway down S.Island) and it gets very very cold in the dead of winter (beautiful, but cold!). The further south you go, the colder it gets. Expect snow and impassable roads in the South Island. Think thermals... or a snug motel... and take snow chains.
another reply from a Cantabrian!
I would have no problems re being in a mobile home. yes the weather could be cold, it could also be a fabulous spring!
so its not in the camper-van that will be cold but outside . so think layers , long johns etc.
heaps will be in camper-vans at the same time ( in fact all year round) thats market would have dried up if it was so bad.
as for snow chains . only needed if you you are going into the mountains ... ask the rental company when you arrive and show them your plans
The smaller cheaper rental campervans wont have independent heat other than the engine heater. I bought a electric heater from the warehouse for $20 http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/for-the-home/heating-cooling/heaters/1018417.html it was a life saver! But it does mean you have to pay extra at campsites for a powered site.
The information already given is great. I am a complete campervan junkie and am travelling for a year in one around Australia at moment before we head to New Zealand. Check out www.maui.com or www.britz.com for great deals and just pack some layers of clothes, you will have a ball!