If your first ever road trip is in New Zealand, you will be setting the bar high for future trips! Whether you are a local tourist or coming from another country, there are many bucket list places to visit in New Zealand. To have the most epic experience in New Zealand’s top camping sites, here’s Feet Do Travel’s guide to planning the perfect campervan road trip.
A campervan comes with many amenities such as a storage area, bed, kitchenette with sink and gas cooker, a fridge, and power plugins. In short, you have everything you require at your fingertips which ensures you have maximum fun with no worries.
If you want to have an outdoor experience, you will need to pack:
● Warm sleeping bag and a mat for a good night’s sleep
● High-quality tent and tarps
● Kettle for heating water
● Plugins to charge flashlights and mobiles
● Lighters, gas, and firewood for spectacular outdoor grilling
The ultimate goal of outdoor camping is cooking. It does feel special whether you are cooking in the open campfire or over your campervan. It is challenging to buy cheaper food in New Zealand, but with proper planning and research, it is possible to eat well whilst you are on the road.
The best food to stock up on is rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits. To add flavor to any meal, buy salt, pepper, herbs and don’t forget sauces to spice things up a little.
The best time of year to visit New Zealand is during the winter – which occurs from June to August. During this period vans are cheaper by as much as 80% compared to summer, and there is a bigger selection of drop off and pick up locations. It’s also worth noting that campervans are generally cheaper to pick-up on the South Island.
If you have ever wanted to snowboard or ski, travelling during the winter months will enable you to do this. To ensure you are warm and toasty during your camping adventure, Travellers’ Autobarn offer a heater, water bottles and an extra sleeping bag!
The second recommended time to travel to New Zealand is during autumn which runs March to May, with temperatures of up to 29°c. If you are travelling on budget, autumn is the best time for you.
Do not rule out travelling during spring, specifically October. During this period, the weather is starting to warm up, and if you are a lover of Mother Nature, spring is the best time to visit.
Lastly, we have the summer period. Though the prices are a bit high, it’s worth it to experience hot weather, and the best time to experience New Zealand's warm beaches.