Motorhome Travel in Winter

A New Zealand winter road trip in a motorhome rental can be a memorable and rewarding experience. Motorhome rental rates are usually very cheap so your travel budget can go a long way. The roads and camping sites are quiet so you’ll often have the best tourist spots to yourself. But just like the weather, your dream holiday can quickly turn into an uncomfortable and even traumatic experience if you haven’t thought about the right motorhome rental.

Most motorhome rentals are designed for three season travel ie you’ll find most motorhome rental fleets parked up over the winter. They have little in the way of heating or you can only operate the heater when hooked up to mains power at a holiday park. Most are not insulated and have inadequate windows for cold weather.

If you are planning a quick getaway, you may be comfortable enough in a typical three season motorhome rental as long as you ask the motorhome rental operator for extra blankets and you stay at a holiday park each night and plug in to mains power. You can operate the heater as soon as you plug in. Since the motorhome rental won’t have insulation or good curtains you may need to keep the heater running all night.

If you are planning a longer road trip and fancy some wild camping then you’ll need to choose a four season motorhome rental. Here at Wilderness we specialise in four season motorhome rentals. In fact, we've gone out of our way to create the ultimate winterised motorhomes.

Choosing a Suitable Campervan Hire

A winterised campervan from Wilderness is the perfect vehicle for exploring New Zealand's winter wonderland. The fully winterised campervans in our fleet will satisfy the most adventurous and demanding winter traveller. On the snow covered and icy roads, you’ll need a campervan that is front wheel drive, has excellent traction, a superb ABS braking system and a low centre of gravity. You'll also need a insulated vehicle plus thermostatically controlled central heater that doesn't need mains power to operate. Our motorhomes are perfect for your winter trip. And what’s more, you can hire snow chains when you pick up your motorhome so you’ll be stress free if you find yourself on a snow covered road.

To help you understand some of the common pitfalls you may get with other motorhome rentals through winter, we've made a list of winter scares and fears.

Winter Activities

It’s playtime

New Zealand offers a winter wonderland you can only dream about. Spectacular snowy peaks rise out of icy blue lakes. Vast areas of untouched terrain lay in wait. Be warned, those who stop to catch their breath risk filling their heads with unsurpassed scenery. New Zealand is the ultimate winter destination and using one of our four season campervans as your base while you experience the great winter activities is a novel way to do it. Whether you’re hooked on the adrenaline rush of diving head first off tall bridges or the peaceful and often surreal sight of humpback whales surfacing only meters from you, then this is one playground you are not going to want to leave.

Cold Stuff

Welcome to our slopes. New Zealand has a stunning and diverse range of snowfields offering skiing and boarding experiences for everyone. In the North Island, there are two commercial ski fields on Mount Ruapehu (Turoa and Whakapapa), an active volcanic cone.

In the south, the Southern Alps offer a large choice of ski fields with spectacular alpine scenery and lively resort towns for fun at the end of the day. The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Coronet Peak fields are centred on the resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. There’s also a Nordic skiing area near Wanaka, with 25 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails. The ski and snowboard season generally lasts from early June through to early October. The Mount Hutt field in Canterbury has the longest ski season in the country.