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Highlights of the New Zealand Islands

White sandy beaches, unmistakable nature, exotic animals and exciting adventures - New Zealand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Every year thousands of holidaymakers visit the island state in the South Pacific to experience highlights like the Fiordland National Park, cities like Wellington and Auckland as well as phenomena like the Bay of Islands. The journey becomes an adventure especially when you rent a campervan and explore New Zealand on four wheels!

If you are travelling through New Zealand by campervan, you should definitely plan several weeks for the trip, as the country has countless sights to offer. These include cities such as Auckland, Queenstown, Wellington and Christchurch, which offer an insight into the life and culture of the inhabitants.

However, the fascinating phenomena that New Zealand's nature has to offer are also a must. You can travel through New Zealand by campervan and visit fjords such as Milford Sound, Kurort Rotorua and Abel Tasman National Park. With its sandy beach and crystal-clear water, the latter makes for an incomparable sight.

Film lovers should also plan a visit to the town of Matamata: Close to this small community is the filming location for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, called Hobbiton. Fans can visit the set and, for example, the "Green Dragon" inn or the small Hobbit houses.

Campervan offers in New Zealand

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Whether city trips, beach vacations or trips through nature - with a campervan you rent the freedom to arrange your leisure time completely according to individual ideas! You can flexibly discover new places and countries and experience the country and its people up close. Plan your own route and linger to your heart's content in cities that you like, or in the midst of picturesque natural landscapes. If you rent a campervan, make your holiday your personal adventure and spend an unforgettable time with your loved ones!

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Discover New Zealand via campervan on the most beautiful routes

If you rent a campervan to visit New Zealand, you should plan a tour of both the North Island and the South Island. In the north of New Zealand, for example, a trip from Wellington to Hamilton is a good idea.

  • Wellington
  • Levin
  • Taihape
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Pureora Forest Park
  • Cambridge
  • Hamilton

Start your tour with the campervan through New Zealand in Wellington where the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary invites you to hike and a trip in the Wellington Cable Cars ensures a very special experience. If you have explored the city enough, you might want to travel to Levin. At the Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum, you will learn about the importance of the railway for the city and the entire region. After a relaxing stay you will continue to Taihape. This is a comparatively small community whose most important sight is the giant rubber boot sculpture - but anyone looking for a relaxing and quiet area is in excellent hands here.

Further on in your journey you will reach the Tongariro National Park: The oldest National Park in New Zealand is both a World Heritage Site and a World Heritage Site. Visitors will find here several Maori places of worship as well as three different active volcanic mountains. In any case, plan a whole weekend to get to know the national park with all its facets. Your next stop will also be a highlight of nature - the listed Pureora Forest Park offers several hiking trails that bring the flora and fauna of New Zealand closer together in an impressive way.

Your penultimate stop is at Cambridge, a town in the Waikato region. Close to the city is the water reservoir Lake Karapiro, on which both residents and tourists can row excellently. After a tour across the lake, you will finally travel to Hamilton. The beautifully laid out Hamilton Gardens are just as worth a visit as the Hamilton Zoo, where visitors can observe countless native animals.

Journey across the South Island
If you have explored the North Island sufficiently, you should rent a campervan and get to know New Zealand's South Island too.

  • Nelson
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Hanmer Conservation Park
  • Weka Pass
  • Waikuku Beach
  • Christchurch

Start your campervan tour through New Zealand in Nelson at the north tip of the South Island. Here you should definitely visit the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum - sleek 20th century vehicles and unique clothes can be admired in this museum. Afterwards your journey with the campervan leads you through New Zealand to the Nelson Lakes National Park. The largely untouched area in the north of the New Zealand Alps is about 1,020 square kilometres in size. Two larger lakes and several mountain ranges characterise the landscape of the national park.

Afterwards the tour continues to Hanmer Conservation Park, a paradise for hikers and cyclists. The park offers bird watching and the chance to get to know local plants. Your tour then takes you past the Weka Pass, a gorge where the Kiwi, the Kaka and other native birds live. At Waikuku Beach you can take a break, enjoy the New Zealand climate and let off steam in the clear water. And last but not least you will reach Christchurch: The city on the east coast of New Zealand has highlights for animal lovers with the International Antarctic Centre, the Orana Wildlife Park and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. However, thanks to numerous museums, art and culture lovers also get their money's worth!

Rent campervans worldwide

Depending on the number of travellers, the destination and the level of comfort you require, you can rent different campervans to explore New Zealand individually:

  • Small campervans: This campervan is chosen by New Zealand visitors travelling in pairs or up to three people. The model is manoeuvrable and can also be navigated through the narrow streets of large and small cities.
  • Large campervan: Families and groups of four or more benefit most from this model. Thanks to the alcove bed, which is located above the driver's cabin, there are enough sleeping places. A high level of comfort and plenty of space round off the offer.
  • Luxury campervan: This campervan is characterised by maximum comfort and exclusive equipment. If you want to spend your holiday in a "hotel on four wheels", you should choose this campervan.
  • For tours in difficult terrain, you can also rent four-wheel-drive campervans (4x4).

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If you want to explore New Zealand with a campervan, you can also book the right equipment. Families, for example, have various child seats at their disposal, and GPS' can also be hired.

Campervan rental worldwide

Important information for your trip to New Zealand

To enter New Zealand you only need a visa if you want to stay there for more than three months otherwise your passport is sufficient. Payment is made in New Zealand dollars; you can exchange British Pounds or Euro at airports in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Queenstown.

If you are travelling through New Zealand by campervan, please note that they drive on the left. This also means 'right before left' applies at junctions without priority signs. If you stay up to twelve months on the island, you can drive with your UK driver's license - for longer stays a New Zealand driver's license is required.