NZ Natives for CampervansHave you ever wanted to really get the feel for a country you are visiting? To be less of a tourist and more of a traveller? NativeParks.co.nz is a site for that type of visitor. Also for the budget-conscious kind, and admittedly the two often go hand-in-hand.
Native Parks is sort of a club, sort of a directory. membership is $75 for 2 years, and this covers your motorhome (whichever you happen to be using) and everyone in it. With your membership you will receive the directory of 88 private sites around New Zealand, where you can park your campervan free of charge.
The service is available only to self-contained vehicles, as the sites (called 'Motorhome Havens') vary greatly in the facilities they offer. Some sites offer power hook-up for a fee, and these are indicated in the directory. Around half of the Motorhome Havens provide up to 5 sites for those travelling in groups.
the Havens are privately owned properties, and the owners are benefited by meeting interesting people from all over the world, possibly promoting and networking their business, and they also receive a free subscription to Native Parks should they wish to travel.
No bookings are taken, so there is a risk there- but according to the website, Motorhome Havens are not often full and they are well distributed around the country so it will likely be possible to find an alternative.
For more information see nativeparks.co.nz, and for great deals on campervan hire in New Zealand click here.
Author: Phil Wright+