We had been planning a trip to Japan for years but at the last minute swapped it for a campervan holiday in New Zealand.
I guess the reality of travelling to a busy city with our two super active kids finally set in. I have zero regrets and am a total campervan holiday convert now. If you have little kids this just might be the perfect holiday style for you too.
No Fixed Itinerary Or Schedule
Travelling in a campervan gave us the opportunity to explore the countryside without a fixed itinerary and I can’t tell you how helpful it is being able to pull up if bub needed a nappy change or we found a nice spot for the kids to play.
All up we spent two weeks exploring the stunning South Island in new Zealand. I had been advised that if we could stretch our budget, a 6 berth campervan would make for a more comfortable trip for the 4 of us. I totally agree, having the third bed space allowed us to keep the kid’s bed set up for daytime naps and meant we didn’t need to make their bed every night.
Where We Stayed
We spent approximately half of our time staying in holiday parks and the other half totally off the grid in some amazing DOC run campsites. If you are planning on staying bush I would recommend downloading the Rankers Camping App, it is a great source for finding places to park up, just make sure you download the OFFLINE maps as there are a lot of areas without any telephone and wi-fi reception! I think if we had been a bit more organised we probably would have been able to DOC camp most nights, they are very economical and from what we experienced well maintained.
I was surprised by how relaxed and easy this campervan holiday was, even with a one and four year old. The campervan came supplied with all the bits and pieces we needed and New Zealand was a breeze to travel in. Aussies can travel without a visa (for short stays), your ATM card works everywhere and you can find a lot of the same products on their shelves. It was the perfect first overseas family holiday.
We can’t wait to get back there and explore the rest of this stunning (and I do mean seriously stunning) island.
Have you done a campervan holiday before? Share your tips below.