Motor Homes in New Zealand

Old May 24th, 2002, 01:47 PM
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Jenny
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Motor Homes in New Zealand

Hello,

Has anyone had any experience of hiring a motor home and travelling around New Zealand for a month? There will only be my husband and myself. No children.

I would love some general hints and tips, such as how hard are they to drive, park etc. And would you recommend them over hiring a car and staying in motels?

I am considering hiring a car in the North Island and motelling it and changing to a motor home in the South Island.

I can see the advantages of both, but would really like to hear of some first hand experiences and opinions from those who have done it.

Any ideas?

Jenny
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Old May 27th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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We drove a campervan (that's what Kiwis call them) around NZ for 6 months a couple of years ago and enjoyed ourselves immensley! I think that it is the only way to see these islands. Just about every single town has at least a couple of 'Holiday' parks where you can get a spot to park and plug in to power. They almost all have well-appointed communal kitchens and dining areas where you will meet all sorts of other interesting travelers.

You can hire all sorts of different vehicles from various companies. For just the two of you, I would recommend getting a hi-top or pop-top van, as opposed to a full-size motorhome.

Many of NZ's roads are twisty and narrow, so a big vehicle is not always a good choice. Judging from your email address, learning to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road should not be an issue!
 
Old Jun 6th, 2002, 06:28 PM
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We have twice rented a motor home in New Zealand. We had wonderful experiences both times. I would recommend a small unit, sort of a van that has been converted because they are much easier to drive and park. We rented from Maui both times and were completely satisfied. You will find lots of very nice campgrounds (what they call caravan parks. They all have toilets, kitchens, etc. Staying at campgrounds gives you the oportunity to meet lots of local people.
 
Old Jun 7th, 2002, 05:45 AM
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maui is a great company, can get cheaper but maui is one of the safest in case something goes wrong.

Do as these guys said. Don't motel it unless the driving worries you.
 
Old Jun 9th, 2002, 06:42 AM
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Hi Jenny,
If you decide to do the motorhome trip I would love to hear about it once you return. We are visiting NZ for one month in February and are in the early planning stages. We will nedd a car and motels or a campervan, can't decide.
Have fun!
 
Old Jun 9th, 2002, 03:10 PM
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Thank you to everyone for the helpful advice. I also posted on the thorn tree on the http://www.lonelyplanet.com site and got a lot of useful information. Log on to there and search for NZ Motor Homes and you should find my thread if you are interested.

Lin, try these sites, you can also send an email to most of them and they will send you brochures and maps by snail mail to have a look at. Most helpful.

http://www.topparks.co.nz/
http://www.goldenchain.co.nz/
http://www.maui.co.nz
http://www.jasons.co.nz
http://www.holidayparks.co.nz/index.html
http://www.purenz.com/

Thanks again,
Jenny
 
Old Jun 9th, 2002, 07:32 PM
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Thank you to everyone for the helpful advice. I also posted on the thorn tree on the http://www.lonelyplanet.com site and got a lot of useful information. Log on to there and search for NZ Motor Homes and you should find my thread if you are interested.

Lin, try these sites, you can also send an email to most of them and they will send you brochures and maps by snail mail to have a look at. Most helpful.

http://www.topparks.co.nz/
http://www.goldenchain.co.nz/
http://www.maui.co.nz
http://www.jasons.co.nz
http://www.holidayparks.co.nz/index.html
http://www.purenz.com/

Thanks again,
Jenny
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 01:17 PM
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Another vote for Maui. I rent from there every time I go to New Zealand. I have traveled by campervan in the South Island, and it is the way to go. The previous replies have been right on target.
 
Old Jun 15th, 2002, 07:58 PM
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We rented from Maui a couple of years ago and can highly recommend. We were upgraded to a bigger vehicle but didn't have any trouble driving except the first few confusing hillarious driving on the wrong side minutes...
We enjoyed the South Island more than the North. South Island has beautiful beachs north east coast with lots of whole shells. Same area has lots of farms and winerys. Queenstown is not to be missed.
One note of caution...ask the rental agency BEFORE you leave the areas of tourists trouble sites and break ins...or get the info from the Police. New Zealand is reasonably safe except for those thieves who look for motohomes to rob. Our trouble spot
was HUKA FALLS Park South Island. The thieves troll the parking lot looking for motorhomes unattended. They smashed our window and grabbed an overnight bag that had my medicines in it and a few other items.
Police said it was a commen are and well known... on the good side we had the extra motorhome ins. and Maui was very hekpful in getting us to a garage. The garage was very helpful in getting us to a medical clinic. The MD was very helpful in replacing my prescriptions and only charged me 10 US dollars for an office visit. The pharmacy was very helpful in filling my prescriptions but it was 500 dollars US for 2 prescriptions. MEdicines cost alot more than doctors in NZ!
We were advised by the Police not to leave bags out where thieves can see them and grab them...always put them away out of sight.
Having said that the people of New Zealand are Wonderful...the scenery like PAcific Northwest/Seattle and we had a great time.
 
Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:26 AM
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We too are planning on renting a motor home to travel around the South Island of New Zealand. We are considering a Spirit 3 motorhome from Maui rental. Has anyone had any experience with this model? I'm also very interested in what comes with the motorhome in the way of kitchen utensils, towels, etc.

Any other suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
 
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