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A campervan is easier to drive than you might think
Are you keen to explore Wellington by campervan but nervous about getting behind the wheel because of the size? Don’t panic, modern campervans are actually a lot easier to drive than you would expect. It won’t take you long to adapt to the size, and with power-steering, you’ll barely feel a difference between driving a camper and your typical vehicle at home.
If you’re planning on exploring more of the North Island during your trip to Wellington, a relocation camper is a great way to travel for as little as $5 a day and often with fuel included. The key to snaffling up one of these deals is being able to be flexible with travel dates s relocation vehicles can only be booked one month out . Check out relocation deals (updated daily at 9am) from Wellington to Auckland and explore the North’s two largest cities, discover volcanos and caves along the route as well as soaking in the culture of New Zealand’s Maori people.
Travelling around New Zealand gives you the freedom to park up your van and camp wherever you wish, as long as you’re respectful of the local environment. The abundance of natural beauty spots makes the adventure of the open road and waking up in a different idyllic spot each day even more exciting. Or, perhaps you’d rather amenities like hot water and the chance to make friends with other campers; luckily there are plenty of great campsites around Wellington. Check them out below.
When deciding what to pack for your Wellington campervan hire, it can be quite a daunting thought. As you will be cooking, cleaning and sleeping in your camper, it could make for a rather significant packing list. Fortunately, when you hire a camper with DriveNow you’ll have all the items you need provided, from bedding to cutlery and cooking equipment. You also have the option to add on any extras such as fold out furniture or high chairs, just be sure to check when you are booking your campervan in Wellington. One tip is to use soft cases rather than hard back suit cases as you'll find these easier to stow away within your vehicle.
Wellington offers a cool marine climate all year round
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Wellington has a relatively cool climate all year around, it rarely reaches above 25 degrees during summer months. Due to its seaside location on the Cooks Strait it is a windy city, as it is rather exposed which funnels the wind from the ocean right through Wellington. Despite it having a cooler climate, in the winter months lows rarely exceed 4 degrees. Be prepared and bring warm clothing for when you are exploring this beautiful place, and your campervan will make sure you stay warm and dry.
So you’ve landed at Wellington Airport, picked up your campervan rental and you’re ready to hit the road and discover what New Zealand’s capital has to offer! Check out some of these unmissable attractions on your Wellington campervan trip.
Allow the impressive Putangirua Pinnacles to transport you to middle earth!
Transport yourself to middle earth and explore the locations in and around Wellington that were used across every film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. One not to be missed is the spectacular Putangirua Pinnacles, used for the ‘Paths of the Dead’ scene in the ‘Return of the King’. These magnificent weathered rocks formed from an island from around 7 million years ago are reachable in just under 2 hours from Wellington, and are a must-see on your road trip.
Wellington's Cable Car runs from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn
You can’t visit Wellington without taking a trip on the famous Wellington Cable Car . Take in the dramatic views of the city and its surrounding harbor on this historic trip that has been running for over a 100 years. This short excursion takes you from the heart of the city uphill to the lookout perch high above the city in five-minutes. It’s an attraction not to be missed when passing through Wellington.
The scenic rolling hills in Martinborough
Don’t miss out on a trip to wine lover’s paradise, Martinborough. With around 20 vineyards in this charming colonial village, it’s the perfect place to spend a few days exploring by bike and soaking in the culture. It’s a key stop on the classic New Zealand wine trail due to it being home to some the country’s best Pinot Noir. You can reach this quaint little village in under an hour’s drive from Wellington in your campervan hire.