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has anyone ever campervan'd around new zealand?

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1. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y

As part of a round the world trip im flying into Auckland in August and out of ChristChurch 3 weeks later.

Im thinking about renting out a campervan, and im wondering if there would be any problem just parking up places for the night outside the cities.

Does anyone know if you need to park them in a proper campervan park each night or can you just park and sleep anywhere?

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

oooh sorry Mark (i'm assuming thats your name)

If anyone want to buy a campervan in the UK-check out e-bay-well if your interested in a VW-say the word and i'll link you up-just were selling a camper thats all!

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y

Sorry lil j,

Just looking to rent one for a few weeks. Be kinda difficult to get it across to New Zealand anyhow.

but good luck selling anyway.

4. Posted by kiwimuzz (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

I'm in Wellington n.Z. and I quite often see campervans parked up in rest areas beside the highways, and on the side of the road in towns, so it shouldn't be a problem.

5. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y

Cool, thatll save me a packet. Anywhere in New Zealand thats a must-see?

6. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

Hi Mark,
Me and my partner are also thinking about hiring out a campervan for a month round nz.

I will read this thread with interest.

I'm not sure if you have started looking for prices, but we are going from mid oct for 4 weeks and have got the price down to about £800.

Have you seen any good rental websites?


7. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y

Hi Mj, were paying just under £400 for ours for 3 weeks, but were doing it on a real budget in the low season.

The website is if your interested.

8. Posted by jeffp (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

Hi there,

My wife and I toured NZ by van. It was a great way to see this stunning country.

Free camping is not strictly legal in NZ but is tolerated if you do it sensibly and stay 'out of the way'. However, the sites are well equipped and cost about £10-£12 a night. We would go to a proper site every 3rd or 4th day to empty the waste and refil the water. There are also some roadside waste disposal points, these should be marked on the map you get from the hire company.

If you'd like to see our trip you can here
It's got a full diary of the trip, a gallery and maps and stuff.

Hope you find it useful and have a great trip.


9. Posted by amostoh (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y


It's great that you are sharing on your trip as I am planning to visit NZ South Island in Mid April. Was considering if it is exciting to go around in the Campervan? It sure seems fun the way you described in the diary.

Anyway, have not got a chance to read the whole trip yet as it is about 2 am and got to wake up to bring my kid for tuitions early in the morning, I would like to check with you on a couple of questions:

1) How safe is it to drive and then park at a deserted place? I would probably go with my wife, 5 yrs old boy & 1 year old baby girl.

2) Can you let me know what kind of van you were driving and which company you get from? It seems that you did not complan much about the van which means it must be pretty okay.

3) How long can the water supply in the van last and what do you need to do to clear the waste and add water? You mentioned that there are points where you can dispose waste. But how about adding water and cahrging battery?

4) As not everyone can sit at the front, is it comfortable to sit at the back while the vehicle is in motion?

Well, that's all for now. Hope to hear from you soon.


God Bless!!

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


1. Safety? Hmm, it's a relative term. Just because I was fine doesn't definatively mean it's OK. Does anyone else have a view?

I think NZ is a pretty safe place but as with any country there are risks depending on areas, there is crime and so on. I felt fine, usually another van would turn up also.

The benefits are the views. Waking up to some stunning vistas. My favourite being the Pacific ocean at Haast. We drove down a lane almost onto the beach. It was great.

2. We used Maui. The waiver insurance came as a bit of a shock when we got there, but the van was new, very clean, a good size, a cd player and so on, nothing outstanding, but a good van.

3. We would normally go for 3 to 4 day between empting and refilling the tanks.

4. Don't know. There were seat belts and kids would probably love the adventure anyway.Amostoh

Hope that helps you a bit.