"KNOW BEFORE YOU GO"
1. GETTING AROUND
Undoubtedly, the best way to explore New Zealand is by renting a camper-van. Public transport is very limited outside of main cities.
Drive almost everywhere you want, the rest can then be done on foot!
2. MUST-HAVE APPS
"Rankers Camping App"
Your NZ Bible! It has mapped everything you could possibly need, supermarkets, dump stations, camp sites. Offline maps also available.
(Click icon for Apple App download link)
3. QUICK FACTS
New Zealand Dollar
£1 (GBP) = $2.05 (NZD)
(figures as per April 2020)
From 1st October 2019, all visa-waiver countries (including UK citizens with a British passport) must now apply for a NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand. It costs $9 via the NZETA free app, or $12 online. You will also have to pay an additional $35 international conservation levy. The NZeTA is then valid for 2 years. Click here for full information.
The two main supermarkets found across the majority of NZ are 'Countdown' and 'Pak 'N Save' (larger and less expensive). Another is New World, but they are scarce. In small towns, you will mostly find 'Four Square' or 'Fresh Choice' (smaller and more expensive).
Click here for New Zealand vaccination recommendations. Always consult your local travel nurse for the latest advice.
You will require an adaptor to suit Type I. Their standard voltage is 230V.
Common New Zealand petrol stations are Mobil, Caltex, Gull and BP. You can find at least 1 or 2 in the majority of towns. It costs approx. $60 for half a tank of diesel for a large camper-van (7m).
4. RENTING A CAMPERVAN
There are numerous camper-van rentals in NZ. We rented through Britz, offering a wide range of Britz, Maui and Mighty style camper-vans with a great on-the-road helpline. The smaller green 'Jucy' vans were popular also.
We hired a Britz 2+1 berth venturer for 2 people. It was self-contained, meaning it had an on-board toilet & wet-room style shower.
Tip: You are not allowed to freedom camp (camp for free in designated areas) if you are not self-contained, and will always have to pay for campsites.
Book as soon as possible for the best deal. We managed to get £700-£800 all insurance included for 1-month rental via STA Travel.
Additional cost: For every 60km you do, you'd have to pay $7.50. At pick-up, you'll be offered a package deal to be inclusive of your KM, and would not have to refill diesel & gas on drop-off - we paid $575.
Additional cost: If you want to pick-up on North Island (Auckland) and drop-off in South Island (Christchurch) or vice versa, there is an additional $100 (approx £55) 'one-way' fee.
our baby bertie
5. MUST-HAVE CAMPERVAN WIFI
New Zealand occasionally has unpredictable internet and phone service, proving difficult to get a strong signal outside of main cities, near impossible if driving through the mountains. Wifi is available at some camp sites, usually free for 500MB, any extra at an additional charge.
Wireless Nation provide you with strong, high-speed broadband in even the most rural areas of New Zealand. We installed their Broadband router into our camper, relying on it solely for navigation across New Zealand via Google Maps, FaceTiming home, streaming movies and daily trip planning. It was a life-saver and our made-easy trip would've been completely different without it.
Sign up directly through the Wireless Nation website for their standard lifestyle plans. You purchase the modem (to keep), the 12V adaptor and pay the set monthly price. The modem and adaptor can be shipped to any location in New Zealand to pick-up.
Type of Plan
This depends on your required internet usage. for streaming movies and shows, the 120GB plan is recommended. For general browsing and connectivity, go with either the 65GB or even 30GB plans.
Become a Member
Become a NZMCA (New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc) member for access to even better deals & plan prices. Learn more.
Any questions or queries, contact the friendly team at Wireless Nation directly:
0800 101 143
+64 928 036 672 (Overseas)
"When campsites try to sell you their WiFi knowing full well you've got Wireless Nation back at the van..."
READY? LET'S GO!