Coming to New Zealand for your holiday means for many tourists to take a plain and fly to the other side of the world. As you want to make the most out of your time here, you are wondering how to get around the country and where to stay. Here are our 5 reasons, why you should rent a Campervan to explore the country!
1. The Ultimate Freedom!
And that’s what camping in a van is all about! Go where you want, when you want it and stay how long you like. It is literally that easy! It is mostly the weather, which can destroy all your plans. You wanted to go and visit the famous Pancake Rocks on the west coast on your 5th day? Checking the weather report is telling you it is about to rain that day.. Damn! And rain on the west coast means A LOT OF RAIN (even though Kiwis on the Westcoast would never admit that ;).
So what should I do now?
And there it is, your home on wheels! Your stylish and cozy Next ONE Campervan is waiting for you. Throw your rain coat in the van and jump behind the wheel. Weather can be beautiful at the same at another hot spot and you are just a few hours away from it. How about a fresh brewed cup of coffee in the sun at Lake Tekapo around noon? We love it!
2. Home Far Away From Home
“Home” is being yourself! And thats what you can be in our vans. It is about comfort and a feeling of safety. We designed our vans to make you feel at home. You can easily reach all your belongings and still have enough space to relax and spend time with friends on the dinner table our lounge area (which is probably more comfortable than your sofa at home..). Cook and have dinner, enjoy a glass of wine, watch Netflix movies or play cards with your best buddy..
3. Get in touch with fellow travelers and locals
A campsite is a public place where all kind of people are coming together from small kids to retired couples. You are never too young or too old to go camping! Not just tourists, also Kiwis are enjoying their country throughout the school holidays and it is easy to get to know people.
When my partner and I went on our very first camping trip, we were on our way to Milford Sound. We stopped about 45 minutes from Te Anau on a beautiful campsite, hidden in the forest on Lake Te Anau. The weather was turning bad and we were only 2 vehicles on the site. We had a 6 Berth Motorhome with a Diesel heater back than and my partner just cooked dinner for us. The other travellers, a young couple from France were kind of stuck in that mini sleepervan which looked self made. It was cold and windy so we decided to knock on their window and invited them to have dinner with us. They brought a bottle of wine (well a couple ;)) and we spend a beautiful evening together.
It is easy as to meet people, Kiwis and tourists from all over the world while you are out camping!
4. Get Off The Beaten Track
When traveling in a campervan, you have no schedule when you need to check in or check out. You can leave as early or as late as you feel like! You can rush to the next spot or take your time to explore the route. Sometimes you find hidden gems, which are not listed in your lonely planet or on your traveling app. And there are soo many in New Zealand! One day while we were driving, we saw a sign saying “cheesemaking. turn right”. We thought ‘why not’ let’s check out this place. We met an old lady with her husband (who was obsessed with his model railway) who explained us everything about cheese making. She had only 5 cows and knew exactly from which one the cheese is we were degustating. She even had pictures of them all over her walls 🙂 Such a cool hidden spot somewhere in the middle of nowhere..
5. Save Yourself Some Money
Does it actually save you any money?
Renting a campervan in New Zealand isn’t necessarily cheap. A van (even an older, cheaper model) will almost always be more expensive than just renting a small car. But where you can save money is in accommodation and food costs. Instead of spending $100-$200 NZD per night on a hotel room, you can spend between 0$ to $50 NZD per night on a campsite. Read more about the differences between campsites in our “Camping in NZ” guide.
And instead of spending $40-$60 NZD on a meal at a restaurant, you can shop at the grocery store and whip up meals in your van for a fraction of the cost. the kitchen of every Next ONE Campervan is equipped with a double gas burner, a proper fridge with freezer and all cooking utensils you might need.