A beginner’s guide to campervan and motorhome holidays

Campervan adventures have always been a popular way to explore our beautiful country. There’s a very smug feeling that goes with packing everything you need into a house on wheels and hitting the road knowing there will be no erecting of tents, lugging suitcases into hotel rooms or trying to get out by checkout time (why is that always so hard?).

Motorhoming has many of the joys and general outdoorsiness of camping but with an extra level of freedom. Like the area? Stay longer. Want to move on? Secure everything, close all the cupboards and drive off. It’s such a liberating way to travel.

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While Covid has been pretty awful in so many ways, one of its small positives has been that taking this kind of holiday has become a little more affordable. Deals to help boost our tourism industry have meant there’s no better time to take a campervan trip than now.

Lindsay Cowley, CEO of Motorhome Republic (an aggregator site for people booking campervans across any motorhome company in New Zealand), says they’ve seen a huge surge in Kiwis keen to try a motorhome for the first time.

“A first motorhome trip can be a bit daunting. It’s great to see New Zealanders taking this time to explore our own backyard and make new memories.”

Here are some top tips for anyone contemplating their first campervan holiday.

Booking your motorhome

• Booking well in advance is always a good idea, so you can get exactly what suits your party.

• Consider hiring a vehicle with more berths than people travelling (e.g. a five or six-berth for four people) as the extra room will make all the difference.

• If you want to be able to park in (authorised) spots outside of holiday parks, you need to make sure you hire a self-contained vehicle. This is a vehicle that is able to store at least three days’ worth of fresh water and wastewater and has a toilet onboard.

• Check and see what’s included in your booking – such as sheets, towels and kitchen utensils. It will vary from company to company and vehicle to vehicle.

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