Explorer Tour, Two Islands in 24 Days.
My preferred camper van route and the one you are most likely to choose. Unforgettable!
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Your Trip Day by Day.
Here are the steps of the journey with available activities.
For each day, you can book the campsite and activities of your choice. You book online and save 30% of the travel price.How to book online?
Free dayDAY 1
An entire day in the biggest city of the country to recover from jet lag. Climb to the top of the Sky Tower, enjoy the beaches and museums. There are even shuttles to the volcanic island of Rangitoto.Book camping for this nightGuide Auckland
540 km (6h40)
A long but beautiful road for this first stage which makes a stopover in Kaitaia. Ride the sand of the 90-mile beach and rent surf boards to slide along the sand dunes!Book camping for this nightGuide Cape Reinga
End of morning + AfternoonDAY 3
Bay of Islands
110 km (2h25)
The hottest climate in the country and a bay dotted with paradise islands. Discover the cities of Paihia and Russell before going swimming with dolphins.Book camping for this nightGuide Bay of Islands
400 km (4h55)
The Coromandel Peninsula has one of the most beautiful beaches of the North Island. With its arch in the cliff, Cathedral Cove served as a setting for the adaptation of Narnia's Trilogy.Book camping for this nightGuide Cathedral Cove
Late afternoonDAY 4
Hot Water Beach
9 km (10 min)
Second stage of the day, this beach conceals a secret that deserves a visit. You just have to dig in the sand to get hot water. Enjoy a natural spa to regain strength.Book camping for this nightGuide Hot Water Beach
170 km (2h15)
Discovery of Hobbiton, the scenery of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit in Peter Jackson's movies. The visit of the village ends with a refreshment at the Green Dragon Inn.Book camping for this nightGuide Hobbiton
90 km (1h10)
Descend the underground river aboard a boat and gaze at the vault studded with glowworms. The rest of the afternoon is devoted to the discovery of the stalactite caves of the region.Book camping for this nightGuide Waitomo Caves
End of morning + AfternoonDAY 6
230 km (3h)
Visit a volcanic island off the Bay of Plenty. Follow a guide among the rivers of sulfur to reach the smoking crater!Book camping for this nightGuide White Island
Late afternoonDAY 6
85 km (1h15)
Arrival in Rotorua in the late afternoon. Visit the city and enjoy the lake before visiting the kiwis in the Rainbow Springs Park.Book camping for this nightGuide Rotorua
Free dayDAY 7
The geothermal park of Wai-o-tapu and the geysers of the region await you. Discover the Maori culture in the Rotorua Museum and explore the Redwoods Forest.Book camping for this nightGuide Rotorua
Early morningDAY 8
75 km (1h)
Walk up the Waikato River to a fall that can fill an Olympic swimming pool per second. Taste giant prawns and visit the craters of the moon!Book camping for this nightGuide Huka Falls
Late afternoonDAY 8
145 km (1h45)
Cross the fascinating desert of the Tongariro National Park to reach the town of Ohakune. Rest before tomorrow's great walk.Book camping for this nightGuide Tongariro Crossing
Full day excursionDAY 9
New Zealand's most famous trek crosses a desert, climbs to the summit of a volcano, descend to turquoise lakes and ends in a refreshing rainforest.Book camping for this nightGuide Tongariro Crossing
285 km (3h30)
Discover the capital of New Zealand. Visit Peter Jackson's studios, stroll through Cuba Street and do not miss the great Te Papa museum and its Maori art collections.Book camping for this nightGuide Wellington
Free dayDAY 10
The beach of Oriental Bay and the Botanical Garden of Wellington are wonderful, but it is highly recommended discovering the protected species of the Zealandia reserve.Book camping for this nightGuide Wellington
Departure at the end of the morningDAY 11
270 km (3h10 de ferry + 2h40 de route)
The magnificent ferry crossing to reach Picton on the South Island. The rest of the journey takes you to Motueka in the Abel Tasman National Park. At nightfall, observe the glowworms in the forest.Book camping for this night
Free dayDAY 12
The Paradise of New Zealand. Learn the kayak and meet the fur seals of Tonga Island. Orange sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons await lovers of sunbathing.Book camping for this nightGuide Abel Tasman
305 km (4h)
Watch whales during a cruise and enjoy lobsters on the beach. Follow the forest trail to the waterfall where the baby fur seals learn to swim.Book camping for this nightGuide Kaikoura Peninsula
375 km (4h30)
These strange cliffs give rise to prodigious geysers. Follow an ancient trail of gold seekers up to a canyon like in Jurassic Park.Book camping for this nightGuide Pancake Rocks
240 km (3h)
Hiking in the forest to reach a glacier that descends into the valley. Explore the blue ice caves with a mountain guide.Book camping for this nightGuide Fox Glacier
Early morningDAY 16
5 km (10 min)
Short stopover on the road to admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. A path in the blue mushroom forest leads to Reflection Island. Admire the mountain that is reflected on the surface of the lake.Book camping for this nightGuide Lake Matheson
265 km (3h10)
Picnic in the vineyards and savor the best ice cream in the country. Visit the museum of illusion and take a bicycle ride along the lake. In the evening, watch a movie in a sofa or an old car!Book camping for this nightGuide Wanaka
End of morning + AfternoonDAY 18
75 km (1h15)
The ancient city of gold seekers has become the World capital of adventure. Discover the bungee jumping or summer luge rides in a breathtaking landscape!Book camping for this nightGuide Queenstown
Free dayDAY 19
Hiking in the mountains that overlook the lake or enjoying a cruise aboard an authentic steamboat. You even have time to drive along the most beautiful road in the world to reach Glenorchy's Paradise Valley.Book camping for this nightGuide Queenstown
Late afternoonDAY 20
171 km (2h)
Te Anau will be your base camp for the next two days. The majestic lake shelters spectacular caves with glow worms.Book camping for this night
End of morning + AfternoonDAY 21
236 km (3h aller-retour)
The Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful fjords in the world. A cruise explores this majestic place up to the Sea of Tasman where a colony of fur seals lives.Book camping for this nightGuide Milford Sound
290 km (3h25)
Famous for its architecture and its fairytale railway station, Dunedin has the world's steepest street. Join the beach via a tunnel pierced with dynamite!Book camping for this nightGuide Dunedin
Early morningDAY 23
75 km (55 min)
There are so many explanations to explain the origin of these strange rocks on the beach of Moeraki... Forge your own opinion during a road-trip break.Book camping for this nightGuide Moeraki Boulders
305 km (3h30 avec A/R à Twizel)
Leave your luggage at Twizel and head to Mt Cook. The journey along the most beautiful lake of the country will take you to the village of l'Hermitage. Set sail in the middle of icebergs or go hiking in search of the kea.Book camping for this nightGuide Mount Cook
285 km (3h20)
Last stage before the return flight, Christchurch in full reconstruction forces the admiration. The new buildings replace the ruins left by the earthquake and the third city of the country regains its charm.Book camping for this night
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The advantage of a campervan?
Visiting New Zealand in motorhome allows to save money, but it is mainly autonomy and freedom that attract travelers.
In a country where the weather is constantly changing, the campervan allows to modify the itinerary to avoid the rain.
Moreover, you do not have to unpack your luggage everyday, and it makes a big difference. Especially since the kitchen of the motorhome allows to cook meals and thus reduce even more the expenses of the stay.
There are different sizes of motorhome and the basic model is perfect for a couple. The other models can accommodate three, four and up to six passengers. Beyond, it will be necessary to consider renting an additional vehicle.
Should we buy the deductible?
The deductible part corresponds to the amount that remains at your charge in case of accident.
The purchase of the deductible costs about 30 NZ dollars per day. In case of accident, you will not pay anything if you have subscribed this option.
Kiwipal recommends not skimping on this extra expense that can save your holidays.
This advice is all the more valuable if you have never driven a campervan until now.
In addition to reduce the risks, the offer often includes camping table and chairs, baby chair and a discount card for some campsites.
Questions & Answers.
Is it difficult to drive? I answer any question you may ask about motorhome driving on the roads of New Zealand.
- Is the country suitable for camping-cars?
New Zealand is the country of the camper van par excellence. A population of 4.5 million inhabitants spread over a territory as large as the United Kingdom. People needed a means of transport to compensate the small number of hotels, and it is the motorhome that New Zealanders prefer to drive.
- Is it difficult to drive a motorhome?
Your camper will be an automatic model and the only real difficulty will be to park in town. Just take your time and everything goes well. Have a companion go out to help you in the maneuver. As for the road, you should know that the speed is capped at 100 km / h throughout the country. This limit allows you to easily insert into the traffic.
- Is it easy to drive in the country?
It cannot be simpler! The road network is excellent, and traffic is low outside the cities. With the exception of office schedules in major cities, the country does not have traffic jams. However, you will sometimes be blocked by the passage of a herd of sheep...
- What are the speed limits?
The limit is set at 50 km / h in the city and 100 km / h in the rest of the country (including on the expressways).
- How many passengers can accommodate the motorhome?
The models are designed for 2, 3, 4 and 6 passengers. You are not allowed to board a number of passengers exceeding the capacity of the vehicle, otherwise the insurance will be broken.
- Are campgrounds heated?
The heating is sufficient to face the rigor of winter, you will have no problem about this, especially the rest of the year, even if the nights are cool.
- Is there a shower in the motorhome?
Yes, a small shower allows you to wash with hot water.
- Is there water in the motorhome?
You have a reserve that you must fulfill according to your consumption.
- How will I learn how to use the motorhome?
A visit is planned during which the entire operation of the motorhome is reviewed. You will be given a notice of the vehicle and a map of the country with the dump stations.
- What is the budget for gasoline?
One can expect a consumption of 10 cents per kilometer ($ 10 per hundred kilometers). Provide a 10% margin on your total route and you should be close to the account. Remember to fill up well before attacking a long journey, gasoline stations are not numerous outside agglomerations.
- What is the autonomy of a motorhome?
You will have to drain and renew the water tank every two or three days.
- Is motorhome heated?
Your motorhome is heated by gas. Gas bottles are recharged if necessary at gas stations with the symbol LPG.
- Can we cook in the motorhome?
Yes, you have two hotplates, a refrigerator and all necessary utensils. All you have to do is go shopping.
- Should we bring blankets, sheets or quilts?
No, this is part of the standard equipment of the motorhome. Of course, the laundry service runs between each rental.
- Will I sleep well in a motorhome?
If the comfort was unsatisfactory, this transport mode would not be as popular. It is difficult to give you a categorical answer, because it depends mainly on you. In general, feedback is positive.
- Is it necessary to use dump station regularly?
Depending on the model and your use, you have to empty the camper and fill the tank with water every two or three days.
- Are there roads to avoid?
Your insurance does not allow traffic on the 90-mile beach (a beach where driving is permitted at low tide). In winter you have to inquire at the information center (i-Site) before driving in mountain roads (especially on Cardrona Rd between Queenstown and Wanaka) because there may be ice storms. Dunedin owns Baldwin St (the steepest street in the world) and trying to drive a camper-van would be very risky. One just need to pay attention to road signs!
- Are there insecurity problems in the country?
New Zealand has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Thieves mainly target unoccupied motorhomes parked in nature. Do not let hang out visible business from the outside and keep your valuables on you as much as possible.
- Should the motorhome be cleaned at the end of the stay?
You do not have to wash the bed sheets, but you have to return the vehicle in the state where you found it.
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You can book tickets to park the motorhome, or purchase coupons to use whenever you want.Book camping nights
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From which city do you want to start?
- Auckland at the beggining and Christchurch to finish
- Christchurch at the beggining and Auckland to finish
What comfort do you want?
Which model of motorhome?
- Camper matching the number of travelers
- Camping-car for 2 passengers
- Camping-car for 3 passengers
- Camping-car for 4 passengers
- Camping-car for 5 passengers
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- One traveler
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- 5045 km
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This circuit is distributed on each island. It begins in the north and ends in the south, but you can reverse the route.
Visits of this tour are among the best in the country.
- Abel Tasman
- Bay of Islands
- Cape Reinga
- Cathedral Cove
- Fox Glacier
- Hot Water Beach
- Huka Falls
- Kaikoura Peninsula
- Lake Matheson
- Milford Sound
- Moeraki Boulders
- Mount Cook
- Pancake Rocks
- Tongariro Crossing
- Waitomo Caves
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