There’s no better/freer way to travel – you say where, you say when, and you say for how long. There are a huge number of places to choose from, but naturally you’ll want to include the very best, the most captivating spots on your route, and here they are; our choice of the 10 best places to visit in your campervan in New Zealand.
Blue Lakes, Rotorua
Blue Lakes on the North Island is a just a lazy 10 minutes drive from the center of Rotorua town itself. Swap your campervan for a mountain bike and explore the local lake and hills or rent a boat and take to the water.
Paradise Valley, Glenorchy
Around a short 46km journey from Queenstown on the South Island you’ll find the picturesque region of Glenorchy. Expect seriously dramatic landscapes of cascading mountains and turquoise lakes. Just prepare for your jaw to drop.
Coromandel is found not too far from the very north of New Zealand and is an excellent place to explore on foot. There are numerous hikes and treks through the area as well as paddle boarding on Pauanui beach, so pull that big campervan of yours over and enjoy the clear, fresh air that comes with being in the north.
Langs Beach, Northland
A peaceful and utterly gorgeous stretch of beach about 115km north of Auckland. Park and go swimming, fishing and snorkeling in the chilly, blue ocean.
You couldn’t paint a more beautiful picture than Lake Tekapo on the South Island which is why this must make it onto the list – so you know the drill… park your camper and take as many pictures as you can, this is one of the jewels in New Zealand’s crown.
Snow capped mountains meet the impossibly bright blue waters of the lake. Throw in some pretty plants and the odd wooden shed and there you have one of the most famous vistas in New Zealand bought to life.
Waihi Beach and Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Waihi is a small coastal town on the Bay of Plenty close to Coromandel and one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, you guessed it, parking spots – and in a country that is famous for it’s jaw dropping camper sites, you’ll understand as soon as you see it.
Head slightly further along the road and you’ll reach Mount Maunganui. Expect white sand, clear waters and an abundance of wildlife roaming the area to complete that ‘outdoorsy’ feeling.
A peaceful stop on the route to busy Queenstown, Wanaka provides the perfect relaxation spot for those looking for some chill time. However, don’t write off Wanaka as a place to simply relax – there’s a huge amount to keep you entertained!
Pull your campervan over and get exploring the famous lake by hiking or biking around it, fishing or skiing over it or, if you’re brave enough you could jump out of the sky over it!
Lucy Dellow, STA Travel Sales and Development Coordinator, a big camping fan says ‘An amazing place to visit in your campervan is Dunedin. This University town has a great variety of things to do. My choice would be the Speight’s Brewery tour or, if you are a little more adventurous, take the Otago Rail Trail, which has some amazing bike rides.’ In case you haven’t picked it up yet, NZ is MT bike heaven.
When I was putting this blog together, as part of the research I asked our Travel Experts for their choices for the best places to visit in their Campervans around New Zealand. I was pretty inundated with the love for Mt Cook and here’s why…
With its expansive views across lush green plains splashed with the color of wild flowers to the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the horizon.
Our spot is east from the main road near Twizel along the valley up to Mt Cook where you can admire New Zealand’s biggest peak and the turquoise blue glacial lakes.