Looking for a unique holiday? Travel on your own terms, at your own pace in a 4-berth Campervan. New Zealand is know for its amazing scenery, so roam the country side looking for beautiful and remote places to park and picnic. Holiday Park sites offer kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities and many sites have great positions at the edge of a lake or by the beach. There are also DOC sites and Freedom camping options available. Plus, we’ve added a few local experience to get your adrenaline pumping.
Travel Bets Bets Package Includes
- Round trip economy airfare to Auckland and return from Christchurch aboard Air New Zealand
- 15 night / 16 day Mighty Campervan rental (Double Down-4 Berth)
- Sightseeing tours:
-Rotorua Local Experience: Tamaki Maori Village Tour
-Rotorua Local Experience: Waitomo Glow Worm Express Tour
-Wellington Local Experience: Introducing Te Papa Tour
-Blenheim Local Experience: Standard Biking Wine Tour
-Franz Josef Local Experience: Franz Joseph Heli Hike
-Wanaka Local Experience: 9,000 FT Fall Tandem Skydive or Wine Tour
- Wellington to Picton Passenger Ferry
February 21-March 10
Vancouver: $4999 + $585 tax
Victoria, Kelowna: $5299 + $585 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $5399 + $585 tax
Packages available from other departure cities operated by an Air New Zealand partner
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Please Note: Campervan drop fee of $250 NZD and insurance additional (Both paid locally)
Overnight site fee’s additional $0-$50 per person per night depending on the site. Might Campers also has an app you can download prior to heading over to New Zealand! More details after itinerary about Camping in New Zealand.
Day 1: Auckland
Arrive, pick up campervan at the airport and drive south from the city towards Rotoua. Choose a camping site to stay at for the night. Maybe Athenaree Hot Springs & Holiday Park will suit you. Located in New Zealand’s sunny Bay of Plenty region, at the northern end of Tauranga Harbour. This Holiday Park offers kitchen facilities, BBQ area, hot shower and of course, hot springs to soak in after the flight to get you ready for your adventure.
Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua (D)
Make your way to Rotorua for a traditional Tamaki Maori dinner show. Journey to an authentic Maori village nestled in a Rotorua forest and be formally welcomed onto sacred grounds. Amidst crackling village fires, discover Maori art forms, take part in ancient rituals and learn fascinating Maori traditions. Let us share our impressive song and dance before enjoying a traditional feast, cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.
Day 3: Rotorua
Experience the Waitomo Glowworm Express – Take a scenic drive through Waikato region to the Waitomo Caves. Leaving Rotorua in the morning, travel through lush farmland, enjoying commentary from your local driver guide, who will point out sites of interest like Fitzgerald Glade, where trees have formed a tunnel of natural greenery arching over the road. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo in the King Country, take a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which were discovered in 1887 and are now one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions. See vaulted caverns, stalactites and stalagmites and hear how these limestone formations were created over millions of years. Your tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. It’s magical!
Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington
Drive to Wellington
Day 5: Wellington
Today, enjoy the highlights of New Zealand’s unique treasures at Te Papa, New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum. Join a host for an informative and inspiring tour of treasures and stories from the natural, Maori culture and history.
Day 6: Wellington – Picton – Blenheim
Take the Inter Islander Ferry Picton – Your Premium Plus ticket will give you access to an exclusive, premium, on board lounge. Drive from Picton to Blenheim.
Day 7: Blenheim
Depart on the Standard Biking Wine Tour – Taste 5-6 wineries in the day, bikes and helmets and free pick up from Blenheim hotels. (Lunch not included).
Day 8: Blenheim – Franz Josef
Drive to Franz Josef and stay the night at your choice of sites. Maybe it will be Glacier Country Camper van Park located in a peaceful rainforest setting with Glacier Hot Pools with its newly refurbished showers, BBQ area and free Wifi – just $35 for 2 people.
Day 9: Franz Josef Heli Hike
Today, if you stayed at Glacier Country Campervan Park you will walk down to the end of the drive where you will meet up with your guide for the Franz Josef Hike – Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region. Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment. You’ll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above, and then up close, on an unforgettable guided walk. Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike operates all year round.
Day 10: Franz Josef – Wanaka
Drive to Wanaka
Day 11: Wanaka – Queenstown
Experience the thrill of a 9,000 metre tandem Skydive! Includes transportation to airport, tandem skydive with skydiving instructor and all equipment. If you prefer a wine tour through six of the regions finest wineries with lunch included, we can arrange that instead. Drive this afternoon to Queenstown.
Day 12: Queenstown
Take a leisurely 90 minute scenic cruise on the 104 year old, coal fired vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown Bay to Walter Peak High Country Farm (without going ashore) and return.
Day 13: Queenstown-Milford Sound
Milford Sound Coach/Cruise/Fly – Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau, a quiet town on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the skyline. Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand.
Day 14: Queenstown (D)
Tonight take the journey up the Skyline Gondola, where you are greeted in the Restaurant lounge by an experienced stargazing guide. After a quick orientation the tour will begin with a short walk to the purpose built stargazing viewing platform on top of Bob’s Peak. The clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown are the perfect setting for Skyline Queenstown’s stargazing experience. Perched high above Queenstown and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a ‘hidden world’ not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world. Skyline Stargazing takes visitors to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky. Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets and the Milky Way.
Day 15: Queenstown-Lake Tekapo
Free day to explore before heading home. Choose to stay in the Lake Tekapo area but this would still be a 3-4 hour drive to Christchurch. So all depends on your scheduled flight home the next day if this is the best location or if you want to move on and stay closer
Day 16: Christchurch
Return Camper at Christchurch Airport and board your flight home
Camping in New Zealand
New Zealand’s Holiday Parks are amongst the world’s best, combining comfortable built accommodation with spacious grounds for campers. Campervan sites are landscaped with lawn, hedging, shade trees and picnic tables, and supplied with power and water. Sites typically have hard, free-draining surfaces for easy drive-on and mud-free shoes. Communal facilities include bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, TV/internet lounges and barbecue areas. Games rooms, playgrounds and swimming pools are also common, with spa pools, go-karts, bike and kayak hire a bonus. Most are owner-operated, ensuring genuine hospitality, informed local advice and activity bookings. Sites range from $30-$40 per person, per night.
Department of Conservation (DOC) Campsites
If you like back-to-nature camping, you’ll be wowed by the Department of Conservation’s campsites in New Zealand national parks and scenic reserves. There are more than 200 campervan-friendly (and stunning) locations, some of which have power points, hot showers, garbage collection and possibly laundry facilities and barbecues. Most DOC campgrounds, however, have much more basic facilities, with a toilet and water supply the absolute minimum. Many feature fire pits, cooking shelters and picnic tables. Sites range from $0-$15 per person, per night. Some need to be pre book while others are on a first come first served basis, with payment made to the warden or dropped into a self-registration box
‘Freedom camping’ refers to staying overnight in an area that is not a designated campsite, such as a riverside or beach reserve, or even a town car park. Some wineries even allow it! Only self-contained campers with onboard toilet, greywater and fresh water systems are allowed to freedom camp, so that includes campervans. The rules around such camping vary between regions – some have a blanket ban, while others encourage it with plenty of allocated sites. If you’re not sure whether freedom camping is permitted ask before just pulling over. Just because there’s a toilet, garbage bin, or other campervans parked, doesn’t mean it’s okay to stay. Fines are issued regularly for illegal camping. As the name suggests, this type of camping is almost always free, although some districts levy a small fee or a permit may be required.
For additional information visit New Zealand’s Camping site http://www.camping.org.nz/
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