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Now is the best time for a roadie in NZ!

COVID-19 has messed up international travel plans for lots of kiwis. We’ve always been big travellers and now with borders closed people are starting to wonder what they can do instead. Well, now is the perfect time to get out and explore New Zealand – and what better way than taking a roadie in a campervan!

I’ve spoken to many people who have asked me what I love about campervanning in New Zealand. So here are a few of the reasons I choose to travel in a van, and why now is the absolute best time to do it. Huge thanks to Britz NZ for helping make this trip possible. 

Britz Campervan parked at Slope Point under a pink sky
Slope Point Sunset
Britz campervan parked at night under the Milky Way
Campervan under the Stars
Enjoying a cup of coffee with a Britz camper on the West Coast
Pleasant Flat Campsite on the West Coast

A campervan gives the ability to be flexible

For those looking to explore NZ, this is a great benefit. Your campervan is both your vehicle and your accommodation and so you can make and change plans without much hassle. Right now, you won’t need to be worried about booking campsites or holiday parks too far ahead. You can be as structured or unstructured as you like – part of the fun can be waking up in the morning and mulling over where the road will take you next. If the weather is bad, you can carry on to another spot. If the weather is amazing, you can stay an extra day. Planning the next day is all part of the fun!

Reading a magazine in the back of the camper, with a view to Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
Parking up with some amazing views!

All the comforts of home are with you

Modern campervans and motorhomes are cleverly thought out and have everything you could need for a holiday away. Most have indoor cooking and dining spaces, a fridge, a lounge with windows to take in the view, lots of storage space, and a toilet and shower. Plus, you’ll often have heating in your van, and warm cosy duvets at night. There’s no worrying about check in and check out times, what a room will be like – so you can focus more on your holiday and less on the admin.

A whistling kettle in Britz campervan in St Bathans
Time for a cuppa!
Reading in the back of the motorhome on a rainy afternoon in Queenstown
Comfy and cosy even on rainy days

Looking at the view of Lake Wakatipu in Wilsons Bay, Queenstown
Enjoying wine and lollies!

You can stop for a coffee anywhere!

One of the loveliest things about life on the road, is that there is often no hurry. Everything you need is always with you. Which means when you are driving past a stunning view, it’s easy to pull over, throw the doors open, put the (cute, whistling) stovetop kettle on and enjoy a cuppa whilst taking in the beautiful scenery. Relaxing with a cup of hot coffee is a favourite thing to do. 

Campervan parked in the snow near St Bathans in Otago
Snowy scenes near St Bathans Lake
Ice covers the trees during a hoar frost near Ranfurly in Otago
Otago Hoar Frost
Foggy misty weather and a lone tree on the road to St Bathans
A very foggy sunset!
View over Lake Wakatipu and the road from Bennett's Bluff in Queenstown
View from Bennett's Bluff

New Zealand has campsites in the most amazing places

Whether it be a Department of Conservation campsite, a holiday park, or a designated freedom camping site, some of the places you can sleep overnight will actually take your breath away. Many camping spots are right there by the beaches, rivers and mountains. Whether you wake up to the sound of waves crashing or forest birdsong, there is nothing quite like being immersed in nature. There is something quite special about waking up in the morning, opening your curtains and taking in an amazing view. 

The road through the forest near Lake Hauroko in Fiordland
The road to Lake Hauroko in Fiordland
Trees tower over the Britz campervan on the road to Lake Gunn in Fiordland
The road to Lake Gunn
Lake Gunn reflections on a sunny afternoon
Beautiful reflections at Lake Gunn

New Zealand is quiet right now

The benefits of getting out on the road right now are two-fold: firstly, hitting the road will help support NZ’s local tourism economy. That’s great for NZ. Secondly, with not many tourists in NZ currently, the roads and attractions are quieter, and none of the best campsites are fully booked! There are some great deals out there for kiwis, so right now is a great time to tick this off your list – or discover a love of this special way of travelling.  You're gonna have a great time!

Beautiful pink and orange skies near St Bathans township on a snowy evening
Winter sunset on the road


I travelled in June 2020 courtesy of Britz Campervans. You can view their campervan options here.

I always recommend camping in holiday parks, DOC conservation campsites or designated council camping spots. Please travel and camp responsibly, and help keep NZ beautiful. 


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