NZ is famous around the world for its stunning scenery, friendly people and fine wines. From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, the NZ adventure is best explored behind the wheel of a comfortable campervan. When your mode of transportation doubles as your accommodation, you can enjoy the freedom to go wherever the mood takes you – whether that’s to gorgeous white sandy beaches, pristine snow-capped mountains or lush green forests. Thanks to New Zealand’s well-maintained roads, the drive will be as pleasant as it is photo-worthy. To help you find your way around this incredible country, we have a comprehensive guide to driving around New Zealand by motorhome.
If you have flown a long way be aware that you could be jet lagged and very tired, this increases the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Try to limit your driving for the first couple of days, swap drivers frequently and schedule rest stops where you can get out, admire the scenery and recharge your batteries.
Once you get out of the cities there are no motorways. The majority of the roads are single carriageways. On main routes you will come across passing lanes and passing bays. If you are holding drivers up, make sure to keep left in your motorhome and give them an opportunity to pass.
There are still plenty of roads that are unsealed gravel, especially if you are in the South Island or the top of the North Island. Take care if it’s dry as dust can obscure your view of the road. Some roads are not permitted to be driven on by rental vehicles, so check your policy wording carefully.
We are super passionate in minimising our impact on the environment and in contributing to the communities we are a part of which is why we are part of the Tiaki Promise (please see link) https://tiakinewzealand.com/ and hope you feel the same way.
My wife (Varnier) and I (Leon) started expanding Kiwi Motorhomes in 2017, up until that point we had been involved in the beautiful world of hiring motorhomes for 7 years but it wasn’t until 2017 that we made the decision to expand and now have bases in Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau), Christchurch (Otautahi) and Nelson (Whakatū) allowing us to service the whole of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Our spirit and vision is to connect whanau, friends and guests from all over the world thru hiring a campervan or motorhome with us here at Kiwi Motorhomes, it is a taonga (treasure) when you meet as total strangers and leave as great friends.
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