Hiring a campervan can be an exciting way of exploring New Zealand with the whole family.
It can be an amazing experience, especially for your kids – imagine the delight on their faces at the prospect of living in a house with wheels!
However, if this is your first time going on a campervan holiday or you’re unfamiliar with the concept, there are a few handy tips you should keep in mind to ensure a hassle-free adventure.
What to take
Your New Zealand campervan hire will not only be your mode of transport, it will also double as your accommodation – so make sure you pack everything you need.
In most cases cutlery and crockery, bedding, washing equipment and everything for day to day living will be included with your rental. take plenty of clothing and use soft cases as these will fit more easily into your campervan’s storage compartments.
Also remember to take rubbish bags to store your litter in case there are no disposal units at your destination, as you’ll want to keep New Zealand as clean and green as you found it.
Space could be limited depending on the size of the campervan, so only take what you need – remember to leave room to fit the kids in as well!
As campervans are much more spacious than the average car, it is important to keep yourself and your passengers secure whenever the vehicle is in motion, so make sure there is a seatbelt to account for each occupant.
You will also have to drive slower than usual due to the large size of these vehicles. KEA recommends an absolute limit of 90 to 100 kilometres per hour on the open roads, and you should of course slow down in adverse conditions. You will be surprised at how easy the larger vehicles are to drive these days.
The chances are your camper is wider and taller than your own car remember to make allowances for that. Finally don’t take your campervan off sealed roads or above the snow line – in the event of any damage or an accident you’ll find that your insurance cover will be void.
You don’t want to run out of gas while you’re in the middle of cooking a delicious dinner, so make sure you understand which sources of energy your vehicle runs on.
For example, ask your rental provider how long the gas bottle and battery will last for, and what you can do if the battery goes flat. Most campers will come with a lead to hook-up to an external mains outlet for electrical power whilst in Caravan parks and many vehicles operate from 2 batteries – one to manage the running of the vehicle and an auxiliary one to power your living quarters.