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- Save money on accommodation
- Experience ultimate freedom when travelling
- Great for taking the road less travelled
- Save money on food
- Wake up to incredible new views each morning
- Easy to meet like-minded people
- Makes it easy to connect with nature
- See everything the country has to offer
- Enjoy stress-free travel
- Sleep better every night
- No need to continuously pack and unpack
- Easy to work remotely whilst travelling
- You can have everything you need on hand
- See a lot in a short space of time
- You can experience quality time with your nearest and dearest
1. Save money on accommodation
Travelling by campervan is a fantastic way to save money on accommodation. While the average motel will set you back around $150 NZD or more per night, a great holiday park or campground campervan site can be a fraction of the price – some as cheap as $10 per night! In fact, you can even enjoy free camping at some of New Zealand’s beautiful freedom camping sites and DOC campgrounds. With all that money saved on accommodation, you’ll have more to spend on some of the great things to do around New Zealand.
2. Experience ultimate freedom when travelling
Exploring New Zealand by campervan offers an unbeatable sense of freedom and spontaneity. If you like a bit of certainty, then set yourself up with a road trip itinerary planner to follow. But if you want to be completely spontaneous, you can just hit the road and see where it takes you! In a maui campervan hire, you’ve got everything you need on board. Chances are you’ll find a campground or freedom camping spot along the way, so there’s no need to worry about schedules or check-in times. And if you arrive at a destination that doesn’t suit – simply drive on to another. Feeling tired and in need of a rest? Pull over safely and grab 40 winks!
To help you enjoy the freedom of the road, download the thl Roadtrip App. This handy app is a campervan traveller’s best friend. Use it to find nearby campgrounds, petrol stations, dump stations and pretty much everything else you need as you explore New Zealand.
3. Great for taking the road less travelled
When you rent a travel van, it’s not just about travelling from one spot to another. The road trip becomes the destination. Road signs pointing to beaches or attractions you might otherwise drive past become exciting new adventures. You often meet others on the road with suggestions on places to see you didn’t even know existed. When you travel in a campervan, you’ll discover plenty of these!
4. Save money on food
One of the big costs of travel is food and drink. Cooking in a motel often just isn’t practical or enjoyable. But the opposite is true when you’re travelling by motorhome. Not only that, but somehow home cooked meals taste so much better when you’re parked up by a lake or in a picturesque campground.
Maui campervans come with a fully equipped kitchen. That includes a fridge, cooktop and oven. You’ll also have all the basic cookware you need to create your favourite meals, including:
- China plates and bowls
- Cups, wine glasses, and drinking glasses
- Cutlery and bottle/can opener
- Coffee plunger
- Mixing bowls and colander
- Saucepans and frying pans
- Chopping board
- Electric jug and gas kettle
5. Wake up to incredible new views each morning
New Zealand has some of the best scenery in the world. That means you can choose to wake up surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush bush one morning. On another, wake to the sound of ocean waves as you watch the sunrise. There’s no better way to escape the daily grind than by surrounding yourself with nature at its finest. It sure beats waking up in a motel room!
6. Easy to meet like-minded people
One of the great things about campervan travel is all the friendly folk you meet along the way. New Zealand has an active and welcoming motorhoming community. So, whether you’re parked up at a campground, or just parked at the beach for lunch, chances are another campervan traveller will say hi. Motorhomers love to share their travel tips and advice on the lifestyle, places to stay, things to see, and hidden gems worth diverting to. Many campervan travellers often meet up at the same campgrounds regularly and become lifelong friends. If you travel with kids, it’s a great way for them to make friends too.
7. Makes it easy to connect with nature
New Zealand is known around the world as a country of incredible natural beauty. Whether you’re on a South Island road trip or exploring the north, you’re never far from close to a beach, forest, or bush walk.
Research shows that reconnecting with nature benefits your health. When you travel by campervan, it encourages you to spend more time exploring the great outdoors. Evenings spent in front of the TV become evenings stargazing. Lunch at the office desk becomes a picnic by the lake. And all that tiresome housework is forgotten about as you swim, hike, and relax in the fresh air.
8. See everything the country has to offer
Because campervan travel is all about taking your time and making plenty of stops, you’ll naturally see more as you travel. Rather than driving straight past those lookouts and picnic stops, pull over, pour a coffee, and check out the views.
9. Enjoy stress-free travel
There’s just something about van travel that is so much more relaxing and carefree than driving in a car or travelling by plane. You’ll find yourself wanting to slow down and enjoy the sights along the way. And isn’t that just how life should be?
10. Sleep better every night
When you travel in a campervan, you get the pleasure of sleeping in the same comfy bed every night. It becomes your little home away from home. All maui campervans come with everything you need for a great night’s sleep, including pillows, pillowcases, blankets and sheets.
Many campervan travellers (adults and children alike) also find they sleep better and feel replenished as they travel. This is often because you’ll start to wake and sleep with your body’s natural rhythm.
Children are often happier to head to bed after an active day and find sleeping in a campervan exciting and novel. There’s plenty of room for them to bring along their favourite pillow, blanket, or soft toy to sleep with too.
11. No need to continuously pack and unpack
Packing and unpacking as you move from one destination to another can be a total headache. If you’re travelling with kids, it’s often a source of stress and frustration. When you travel by campervan, you can move between endless destinations and only unpack once. That also means you’re less likely to lose something or waste time that could be spent relaxing or out having fun.
12. Easy to work remotely whilst travelling
With so many office workers now enjoying the benefits of remote work, holidays that were once a rarity become easier to arrange. If you need to keep an eye on emails, attend a Zoom meeting, or work on a document, chances are you can do it from your campervan. Many campgrounds and holiday parks provide free WiFi, so bring along your laptop, connect, and get some work done when you need to.
13. You can have everything you need on hand
Packing for a holiday often means having to be selective about what you bring with you. And there’s always that worry about leaving behind something that you wish you’d packed. When you travel by campervan, you’ve got plenty of space for all your must-haves and nice-to-haves. There’s even room for the things you might need… but might not. Bring them anyway!
14. See a lot in a short space of time
Because you’ve got your transport and accommodation all in one, it’s easy to go from one place to another… to another. That means you can see a lot more of the country than if you were based in one spot. If you’re planning a long weekend or a week away, it’s very easy to plan your trip for a stop in a different town or region every night.
15. You can experience quality time with your fellow campers
A road trip by campervan is a great opportunity to enjoy quality time, whether with friends or family. Long drives are often when good conversations happen. It’s the ideal time to check in with those hard-to-pin-down teenagers. If needed, let the kids know in advance that your road trip is a device-free holiday. They may just thank you at the end of it!
Ready to head off on an epic New Zealand road trip?
There are plenty more great advantages of a New Zealand road trip by campervan. But the best way to discover them is to get out there and do it! Don’t put it off any longer, book your maui motorhome today. You can pick up and drop off your campervan from any of our three maui New Zealand branches in Auckland, Queenstown, or Christchurch.
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