We’re enjoying a wonderful long hot summer here in my part of New Zealand – but already I find myself looking ahead and thinking about a winter holiday.
With our long holiday period taking place at Christmas time in New Zealand, it’s a long slog through to the end of this year and our family like to get away somewhere in the middle of the year just for a break.
Contrary to what you might think, we’re not planning to escape New Zealand in search of a sun-drenched beach. This year we’re planning to stay local and take a winter campervan holiday. Here are some of the reasons why travelling in New Zealand by campervan in winter is a great idea.
Why take a New Zealand campervan rental holiday in winter
Less crowds – with winter generally being a much quieter time for tourists, you can have the place more or less to yourself. Great for visiting tourist attractions and photo opportunities.
Better value – campervan or motorhome hire in winter (or indeed in the ‘shoulder season’ months of April-May and September-October) is significantly cheaper than during the peak tourist season – leaving you more money to spend on fun stuff while you’re here!
Amazing scenery – New Zealand is well-known for our awesome alpine scenery and what better time to view (and get photos of) it than when it’s covered in a good dusting of snow?
Skiing and snowboarding – if you’re into winter sports, New Zealand is the place to come. Our South Island offers some of the best skifields in the world, and even in the North Island you’ll find wonderful ski areas to play in.
Thermal pools – there is nothing like a soak in a natural outdoor thermal pool when it’s snowing. Visit Hanmer Springs, near Christchurch, during winter and you’ll see what I mean!
Renting a campervan in New Zealand in winter
Of course, if you are considering a New Zealand campervan rental holiday during the colder months, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the facilities in the campervan or motorhome you hire. Make sure you rent a motorhome with insulation, thermal window coverings and decent heating – particularly if you plan to wild camp. Some motorhome bathrooms act as drying rooms which are handy for keeping your towels and ski gear nice and dry for the next day’s adventures!