If you’re wondering whether or not you should stay in an RV or stay in a hotel. I asked the same question! After watching countless others travelers on YouTube and their journey in a camper van, the more I was convinced that this was a no brainer! The camper van was the only way to see what New Zealand had to offer.
As first timers RVing, we didn’t expect to love being in an RV so much! The road did not feel long and winding and the traffic was slim to none (unless you’re going through the major towns like Queenstown).
Being in an RV defined relaxation for us and we recommend RVing to anyone visiting New Zealand.
Our RV was rented from Maui Motorhome Rentals. It had a great ideal size for people like us who have never driven a large vehicle before and for first time right side drivers! Yes, you read that correctly. It is right hand drive and you have to remember to drive on the right side of the road. It takes some getting used to, but none the less, it got much easier for Emil with time.
Now let’s get down to the details…
There are TWO types of camping to consider:
Freedom Camping: Which is basically camping in a space available for RVs with no outlets, power stations, and no cost!
Community Camping Grounds: These are camping sites that you can park your RV (at a cost) that have power stations to plug in your campervan (this gives your outlets juice so that you can use every outlet in your camper to recharge), dumping station, communal bathroom and showers (my favorite!) and bar-b-que area for dinner. This is also a great way to meet other RV-ers.
We highly recommend downloading CamperMate on your iphone or android before going. This pinpoints everything from camping grounds, dumping stations, gas, etc. Very handy!
Getting a pocket wifi was definitely ideal for us as some places we stopped by did not have any wifi connection and we needed it for our google maps. We initially had our rental with a GPS monitor, but it did not work well for us so we’re glad that we got the pocket wifi so that we can easily use our phone.
The campers do come stock with a lot of your necessities, like pots and pans, cups, stovetop, etc. Depending on your rental, you can also get a full shower and toilet, sink, a decently large fridge, toaster, heater for the cold nights, etc. The only thing you will need to do is shopping for food. So definitely find a Pak N’ Save if you can after picking up your rental; It’s like a the Costco of New Zealand.
Parking in busy towns are also not that bad. Just look for a public parking area, you are sure to find other camper vans parked there no matter where you go.
Other than that, staying in an RV brought us the opportunity to get a different view, feel and freedom nearly everyday. You can literally stop on the side of the road, in front of an amazing mountain view all while enjoying a cup of coffee or sleep under the stars. I can honestly say that this would not be possible by renting a hotel room in every city.
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