5 Places To Travel To In A Campervan These School Holidays

New Zealand is bursting with stunning scenery, from crystal clear lakes and golden sand beaches to snow-capped mountains and lush native forest. To help you decide on your next journey, we’ve put together a list of our top five not-to-be-missed spots to take the family in a campervan in the next school holidays.

The joy of travelling as a family in a campervan is that once you have unpacked – that’s it. You can set out in your home away from home and explore without the hassle of constantly packing and unpacking (and losing things!). So, jump aboard and go explore somewhere new.

Please note: Venue information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with individual venues for the latest opening dates, times, prices, etc, before making plans.

1. Arrowtown


Year-round, Arrowtown is a top spot, but in autumn it’s extra special as the cottonwood trees that are abundant in the town turn a stunning red and gold. The piles of leaves are perfect for the kids to play in too.

In late April the Akarua Arrowtown Festival is on which includes a number of fun family activities.

Explore Arrowtown

2. Mitre Peak and Milford Sound

Mitre Peak and Milford Sound

Any season is a beautiful time to visit Milford Sound and soak in the stunning views. Soaring peaks and thundering waterfalls make this a memorable stop – and the drive through the Homer Tunnel on the way is an adventure in itself.

Explore Milford Sound

3. Te Waikoropupū Springs and Golden Bay

Te Waikoropupu, photo credit www.nelsontasman.nz

Photo credit: www.nelsontasman.nz

The scenic drive over the Takaka Hill from Motueka is second in its beauty only to Golden Bay itself. Enjoy the laid back vibe of Takaka and then marvel at the Te Waikoropupū Springs (also known as Pupu Springs) – the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and the largest coldwater springs in the southern hemisphere.

Explore Golden Bay

4. Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

Generally considered New Zealand’s northern most point, Cape Reinga also marks the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. The iconic lighthouse stands guard and the nearby beaches are a glorious place to paddle, swim and play.

Explore Cape Reinga

5. Coromandel and Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach

An almost surreal experience can be had at Hot Water Beach. The best time to visit is the two hours either side of high tide when an the underground river of hot water flowing under the beach bubbles up through the sand. Take or hire a spade and dig yourself a DIY spa experience.

Explore Hot Water Beach

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Written by Kidspot New Zealand for Tourism New Zealand.

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