How can you know that NZ is the perfect destination for your next motorhome holiday?
New Zealand packs one hell of a punch. For travellers thirsting for full immersion in rugged, wild and awe-inspiring landscapes as well as the opportunity to unleash their inner dare devil, the land of the long white cloud has long been regarded as the premier travel destination for pleasure and adventure seekers across the globe.
But here is the catch. How can you take what was just written at face value? If you are graced with above average critical faculties, if your bulls**t meter is hardwired to above average sensitivity, then you are no doubt in doubt as to the veracity of everything you read online when researching the ideal destination for your next rental campervan trip abroad.
As someone who has driven the length and breadth of the South Island, and a good deal of the North, I can assure you that the hype is true. However as someone who is reading this looking for the catch, the hook, the sell, you are in a bit of a quandary.
Caught in the conundrum
You would love to believe that the rave reviews you have read whilst researching NZ campervan hire trips are all authentic and unbiased, yet that inner sceptic remains unconvinced. What would it take to convince the doubting Thomas within?
Well of course you would have to see for yourself. But that puts you back where you began, having to commit to a decision that will drain significant resources in terms of time, logistical planning and of course your hard earned money in order to know for sure if the proposition that NZ is the ideal campervan rental destination is actually true.
The way out
Now, sitting across from this conundrum, I and all the others who have wagered on the hype being real know for a fact that a motorhome vacation in NZ will no doubt meet – and most likely exceed – your expectations. Here’s why:
New Zealand doesn’t need a sales rep
The country is beautiful – it sells itself just by being there. Not in an ‘ooh, that’s beautiful’ kind of way, but in a ‘….’ kind of way. This is a place where you will be left speechless at the natural tapestry of towering snow-capped Alps, arctic blue glaciers, lush indigenous rainforest, steaming geothermal sites and endless, impeccably pristine beaches. And let’s not forget all the awesome, warm hearted and unique people you will meet on your travels – some who will become lifelong friends, others who will teach you invaluable lessons about your own character.
NZ caters to all your passions and pursuits, and then some
The country reads like a who’s who list of the big outdoor pursuits with world class locations to follow every heart’s desire – whatever that may be. Head to Northland and the Coromandel for some of the best offshore fishing anywhere in the world or if fly fishing is more your cup of tea then the South Island is home to more top tier trout and freshwater salmon spots that you can shake your fishing pole at.
Skydive above the Abel Tasman National Park, snow climb the Fox Glacier, snowboard the Southern Alps or trek along miles and miles of wide open coast on horseback. Bunjee jump the highest water touch bungee in the world or jet boat at death defying speeds inches from picturesque canyon walls – whatever it is you’re after, you will find it in NZ.
Freedom only rolls on four wheels
Campervans offer the perfect combination of mobility, comfort and shelter to ensure that your trip is as independent and open to new and adventurous experiences as you’re willing to enjoy. No check-ins. No daily distance benchmarks. No mindless roaming with the tour group herd, your every move calculated to the minute, your movements confined to the straightjacket conformity of the dreaded itinerary. With a campervan your destiny is yours to command.
Usher in the unexpected – open up and live a little
Whilst you may go in to your NZ campervan trip with a certain journey in mind, more often than not your path will connect with totally new and unexpected opportunities – you may take a wrong turn and wind up swimming naked in a glacier fed lake as a waterfall cascades with a deafening roar just meters away and a dinner of freshly caught trout and a bottle of award winning wine is shared under a vaulted night sky bejewelled with more stars than you will have ever seen in your life.
Love, life and laughter
Chance encounters with a group of European backpackers may lead to a night of fun, music and possibly something more – when you set out on the road with an open mind and yearning for new experiences, love lingers behind every bend in the road.
You will meet storytellers and characters that no work of fiction could convey – like the deep sea shark fisherman throwing pints of Guinness down his neck before heading out to see for two months – regaling you with tales of derring-do on the high seas and passionate encounters in more than fifty shades of grey.
Your vacation on your terms
Whatever the case may be, cruising through NZ in a campervan will allow you to harness the winds of the unexpected and transform your trip into a journey – and that makes all the difference.
But you will only know this once you get behind the wheel of your campervan rental NZ and head out onto the open road in search of the sublime as well as everything you never thought to look for in the first place.