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1. Posted by Benson18 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi we are hoping to plan a 3 month trip to Oz and New Zealand. Could anybody advise on the best way of travelling around ? We were planning on buying a motor home in the uk and not sure if it’s a good idea or not to ship it over ??? Any advice would be appreciated x

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1430 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I've never heard of anyone doing that. People fairly commonly buy them out there and sell them on once done, but 3 months seems a short time for that. Once you factor in repairs, licensing, and difference between cost price and sale price you may be better just renting one.

Also you'll not easily be able to ship your own between Australia and New Zealand, so again hiring in each place makes sense.

3 months is not a lot of time to see both countries in any detail. And I'd suggest allocating more time to NZ than Australia.

3. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 124 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

This would be quite expensive, i think it's cheaper to rent it in both countries, and since distances are very big and parking fees in some town are very high in Australia, could also split it to different parts.
Any problems with the camper would be the problem of the rental company and not yours.
Air tickets can be quite cheap in Australia.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Dec-2018, at 03:07 by UliS ]

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 735 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Australia (and I think NZ) has very tight rules on importing vehicles/motorbikes etc.
They need to be cleaned within an inch of their life to ensure they aren't carrying any insects or non-native species of plants/seeds etc. Then go through all their tests etc, and if it fails then it's either fix it (no matter the cost), ship it straight back (rather wasteful for zero usage) or scrap it (even more wasteful).
Very definately cheaper to buy in Australia than to go through the very costly (potentially extremely costly) temporary import process, even if you lose a load of money on resale.
I'd guess renting would be the best option though.

5. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 151 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I'm planning heading there in couple weeks time and we are going to rent one...

6. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 252 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Agree with Uli that in Australia, flights can be cheap but if you do decide to do some driving then choose wisely. For example I would suggest that the drive from Brisbane to Sydney has a lot more to see than for instance driving from Cairns to Brisbane.

Also weather needs to be factored in. Not a good idea to be up the top end of Australia between December and March. Too hot and cyclonic weather.

As a rule - top end of Australia April to September and bottom end of Australia September to May.
Best time to do both is April/May and September/October.

Hubby and I recently did a drive in Tasmania which has some amazing scenery and fun stuff to do. I have a blog here if you are interested. I also have blogs on most of the great places to visit as well as a couple of blogs on drive trips like Cairns up to Cooktown and the Great Tribulation, Cairns across the top end to Darwin, Darwin up to the top of Australia through Aboriginal land, Perth to Wave Rock, down the Albany and back up through Margaret River wine country including the amazing Western Australia Wildflowers and another trip north of Perth during Wildflower season.

7. Posted by TakeOnTheWorld (Budding Member 5 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Definitely agree with those saying renting a van when in arriving. Shipping I imagine would be extravagant and then you have the whole process of registrations, insurances, road miles (if driving diesel in NZ), WOF/RWC for each country. Then you have to ship it back.

NZ has freedom camping, so that saves money wise, but a lot of AUS is restricted and many places require you to camp in operated camp grounds/resorts.

Summer time for NZ is the best time to visit, as is southern half of Aus. North QLD, Darwin etc will be pretty humid during summer/wet season.

Agree with Aussirose about the drive between Brisbane and Cairns, quite boring scenery. But you can stop off in Rainbow Beach, 1770/Agnes Waters, Whitsundays (recommended), Mission Beach etc. And head to Port Douglas for Cairns.

Good luck!

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1209 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Renting a motorhome (campervan) in New Zealand is not cheap during peak season (Dec-Mar). If you are mechanically minded, a possible option is to buy a second hand campervan when you arrive in either Auckland or Christchurch and then sell it when you finish - it usually works out a lot cheaper than renting.

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1430 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Another point against motorhoming is that freedom camping restrictions are appearing in NZ more and more. It’s peak season here now and some places are overrun, so I can understand why they're setting limits.