New Zealand Destinations
New Zealand has a fortuitously long coastline (over 15,000 km) compared to the country's size - almost the same length as mainland USA's coastline. Even though New Zealand is only about the same size as the state of Colorado, the plentiful coastline results from the many irregularities and indentations that create countless coves, bays, harbours, sounds, and fiords for you to discover on your campervan road trip.
After spending at least a day exploring the beautiful university town of Dunedin with its great surfing beaches, championship golf courses and the ‘must visit’ attractions of Speight’s Brewery and Cadbury World, head south in your motorhome rental or campervan hire towards your first stop Milton.
There are also some main signposted touring routes in New Zealand that you may want to incorporate into your New Zealand motorhome holiday itinerary. They usually take a few days to complete and there are brochures on each one available at any i-site, giving you more details on exact length, attractions and points of interest. Check out the websites that most of them have, as they may influence your route!
The route between Napier and Gisborne is one to slip into a longer motorhome rental or campervan hire itinerary of New Zealand’s north island. Its just 213Km long, so the day can be spent on a leisurely drive, with lots of stops in between.
Since the 1930’s when Napier was rebuilt after an earthquake the weather and the art deco buildings have been a magnet for visitors both local and foreign. This is especially true for visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan adventure on the north island of New Zealand.
Few countries in the world can boast New Zealand's range of natural features - from high peaks in vast mountain ranges to sub-tropical rainforests, lush rolling farmland to geothermal activity, white and black sand beaches to desert-like plains and unpopulated islands - all within one compact land. It makes for fascinating scenery out the window of your campervan!
There are so many things to see and do in New Zealand in your campervan that it’s impossible to list them all. Of course, there are the main ones, such as Rotorua, or visiting "Middle Earth", but don’t forget that New Zealand has so much more to offer – charming towns, breathtaking beaches, jewel-like lakes, imposing mountains and picturesque farmland. Here are 50 highly-recommended spots to visit by motorhome.
From New Zealand’s sub-tropical far north, where you can stand on the tip of the North Island to witness the merging of two oceans, to the deep south of the South Island, the last landmass before the ice shelves of Antarctica, each region has individual character and stories to tell. Location, climate, culture and society have shaped each New Zealand region into the destination it is today. No two are the same, and each is equally worthy of further investigation in your motorhome.
Planning an itinerary obviously depends on what style of traveller you are and what types of things you want to see. You might be a relaxed campervanner who prefers to drive at a leisurely pace, allowing yourself the time to stop at whatever river or park takes your fancy on the way, or you may want to travel at a fairly swift pace. You might be interested in scenery, or you may want a balance between nature and cities. Here are some sample itineraries of various lengths.
Another short and sweet route to piece together a motorhome rental or campervan hire adventure through New Zealand is the Taranaki Circuit on Highway 45. This is another of those routes dedicated to surf enthusiasts, but even if you don’t like getting your feet wet the stunning views and the pumping swells will make you want to have a go.