12 Amazing Photos That Will Make You Want to Hire a Campervan in New Zealand

In New Zealand, campervan hire for the ultimate road-trip is almost a right-of-passage for any adventurous visitor. As an American road-tripper living in New Zealand, let these photos inspire you with some ideas on where to take a campervan for your bucket list road trip.


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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. A majority of travellers fly into Auckland to start their epic adventure. Auckland is set between two harbors and an old extinct volcano. If you find yourself hanging out in Auckland for a few days, take a ride to any of the surrounding islands, check out a few museums and enjoy the lively nightlife.

2. Pick Up the Camper Van

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The best way to see New Zealand is by hiring a campervan. There are dozens of companies to rent from and depending on what time of year you are traveling, there can be great deals to find. Hiring a campervan is ideal because  it’s basically a house on wheels, allowing the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. New Zealand has made road tripping incredibly easy, there are public toilets and bbqs and loads of places to park your home away from home. 

3. Hit the Open Road

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Once you get out of the city, New Zealand’s roads are open and free. Some are super curvy with hills and others are flat and straight. No matter where you are driving, stay alert and follow the speed limit. Use vehicle bays if their are cars driving faster than you are comfortable with and be aware of the one way bridges. New Zealand’s roads will lead you to breathtaking places.

4. Take Time to Stop at the Green Signs

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As you begin driving around the country you will start to see green signs on the side of the roads. Take the time to stop and check these spots out. They usually lead to an epic view, hidden waterfalls or a fun swimming hole. The best part is, these spots are typically a short walk from the side of the road.

5. Ask locals about Secret Spots

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New Zealand is filled with hidden gems and who better to find the most hidden than hearing about it from locals.  Strike up a conversation wherever you might be - getting a coffee, getting petrol, ect..  And just ask where their favorite spot is or what their favorite thing to do is. 

6. Do Something Wild

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New Zealand is one of the adventure capitals in the world. It is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies from canyoning to bungee jumping and skydiving. If you are not into propelling yourself off of things thats okay, there are loads of other things to do. You can go hiking or mountain biking amongst other things.

7. Take a Dip

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New Zealand has some of the most stunning beaches in the world and are mostly uncrowded and their oceans are pristine. There is no better way to feel refreshed after driving in the car all day than to jump into the sea.

8. Watch the Sunrise Over The Ocean

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When you find yourself on the east coast of New Zealand make a point to wake up and watch the sunrise. It is always breathtaking and the perfect way to start the day.

9. Watch the Sunset Over the Ocean

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The West Coast of New Zealand is wild and beautiful. The mountains come right up to the sea creating some spectacular viewing points to watch the day wind down.

10. Swim Under a Waterfall

Photo by Jinal Govind

There are SO many waterfalls in New Zealand and they are all stunning. Some are easy to get to while others are the reward after a long hike. Either way, swimming near a waterfall is powerful. 

11. Relax in a  Hot Tub

Photo by Amanda Strube

New Zealand is still a very young country and some spots have daily volcanic activity. This is what creates natural hot springs. Make sure you find one that is open to public so you know it is safe to sit in.

12. Take a Hike


Photo by Amanda Strube

Hiking in New Zealand never disappoints. There are countless hikes to do and at any level. From easy to extreme, New Zealand offers it all. You can find hikes that take 20 min or hikes that a;st several days. No matter what type of hike you do, you will never be disappointed. 

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