New Zealand travel tipsNew Zealand is an easy, relaxed place to travel and one of the safest places in the world.
New Zealander's also called "Kiwis" are extremely polite and very helpful. If you ask for assistance in a rural area in New Zealand you are more likely to be invited to join them in their home than to be turned away.
Campervans New Zealand put together some information to help you relax and enjoy your New Zealand holiday!
On arrivalAfter landing in New Zealand make your way to the immigration counter with your valid passport, visa (if applicable), your completed passenger arrival card and customer declaration. New Zealand visa
ImmigrationNew Zealand has strict immigration rules and laws to protect its agricultural industries. Items such as food, camping equipment, etc. must be declared as no or incorrect declaration may result in an instant fine e.g. NZ$ 200.-- fine for an undeclared apple.
Items that need to be declared in New Zealand include:
food and the products and ingredients used for preparing food
plants and parts of plants (alive or dead)
animals (alive or dead) or products from animals as well as equipment used with animals
camping gear, golf clubs, hiking boots, shoes, equestrian equipment and used bicycles
For exact details visit New Zealand official immigration website
CampgroundsCamping your way around New Zealand in a campervan is a great way to see New Zealand.
New Zealander's are a camping nation and New Zealand itself is a paradise for camping.
New Zealand has hundreds of campgrounds catering for different budgets and providing a great experience by getting you in touch with the real New Zealand.
Campgrounds are very well sign posted and due to numbers you should not have a problem to find a New Zealand campground.
Tourists are impressed with the comprehensive facilities of commercial campgrounds on offer such as well equipped kitchens, clean shower and toilet blocks, barbeque areas, TV and gaming lounges, washing machines and dryers.
New Zealand DOC campgrounds are an excellent alternative to commercial campgrounds. The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages over 250 vehicle accessible camping areas. These are generally "back to nature" style campsites in the most beautiful scenic settings. DOC also has a network of over 950 backcountry huts, lodges and cabins, info on national parks, walks, marine reserves and safety info for the backcountry.
New Zealand campground price range from NZ$0.-- up to NZ$ 18.-- per night per pp.
Information on the various New Zealand holiday parks and New Zealand campsites is also provided by Campervans New Zealand with your camper hire.
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Road rulesFirst and most important rule: Drive on the left side of the road!
Once you get that, the rest comes naturally as all sign posting follows standard international symbols.
Give way to your right, turn the lights on when driving at night and try not to hit any animals on the road. Distances are in kilometers.
Speed limit: 100 km/h on the open road and 50 km/h in urban areas. At single-lane bridges (of which there are surprisingly large numbers in NZ), a smaller red arrow pointing in your direction of travel means that you have to give way.
Seatbelts: Compulsory to wear for both drivers and passengers.
Child restraint: By law children under 5 have to be properly restrained by an approved child restraint. The appropriate child restrains can be made available by Campervans New Zealand at a one off fee.
For more details on New Zealand traffic rules check out New Zealand rode code
North Island - must see attractionsNorthland (North of Auckland)
Sailing trip in the Bay of Islands
Waitangi in Pahia, where the Treaty of Waitangi has been signed
Poor Knight Island and dive the Rainbow Warrior
Beautiful Northern beaches, Hokianga harbour and sand dunes before Cape Reinga
Sky Tower and Auckland Domain
Piha and Muriwai Beach (Paradise for surfing New Zealand)
Raglan, 90 minutes south of Auckland (Paradise for surfing New Zealand)
Cathedral cove and Hot Water Beach
Check out Maori culture incl. a Hangi and Haka performance in Rotorua
Visit Taupo for the cheapest Skydive in New Zealand
Check out the Tongariro National park and central Plateau for a totally different side of New Zealand
Visit Wellington and the free national museum of New Zealand Te Papa.
South Island - must see attractionsNorth
Drive the scenic route from Picton to Nelson and visit the Abel Tasman National park.
Kahurangi National park and Oparara Basin
Take a guided walk or helicopter ride at Franz Joseph or Fox glacier
Drive all the way out to Milford Sound, even if its raining as it is even more spectacular
Queenstown offers nearly all sportive activities imaginable
Drive the south east scenic route from Invercargill to Dunedin. This stretch is like a living museum with an amazing array of flora and fauna
Mt. Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand with an unbelievable scenery.
Visit Christchurch and check out one of the popular festivals during summer weekends.
WalksAbel Tasman Coast Track Many travelers kayak around the coast rather than walk the three to five day, 51km Abel Tasman Coast Track. Either way, your are in for a treat: sheltered beaches, craggy cliffs, islands and aquamarine inlets await.
Heaphy Track The 82km Heaphy Track remains one of the most popular tramps in New Zealand. There is plenty of wild, abandoned coastline and craggy mountain terrain here ( it is almost entirely within Kahurangi National park) to ensure you get your dose of solitude.
Milford Track One of the world's finest walks, the four day, 54 km Milford Track runs from the top of Lake Te Anau to the heads of Milford Sound. Expect a stunningly beautiful rainforest surrounded by towering mountains, sculpted canyons and valley vistas.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing The 18 km, one-day Tongariro Alpin Crossing in Tongariro National park traverses spectacular volcanic landscapes, complete with steaming vents, alpine tussock vegetation and lush forest.
Queen Charlotte Track Darting through the Marlborough Sounds is the fabulous three to five day, 71 km Queen Charlotte Track, tackled on foot or by mountain bike. Camp at isolated inlets, traverse forested ridges and dip your toe in dolphin-infested waters.
This information is provided by Campervans New Zealand Ltd Backpacker budget campervans for rent, hire, sale in Auckland New Zealand.New Zealand information