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.
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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.
3. Te Waikoropupū Springs and Golden Bay
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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.
5. Coromandel and 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.