There’s no better time to explore our own backyard, so pack all your gear and the kids into a campervan and go somewhere new!
You may have always wanted to try a campervan trip and now, without all our usual international visitors, it’s a great time to do it. We take a look at why a campervan holiday makes a great getaway for families.
Home away from home
Once you have unpacked into the campervan, that’s it! You can follow your nose, or a route you’ve preplanned, but the beauty of a campervan holiday is that you only unpack once. There’s no need to pack bags and schlep them into a vehicle and then into new accommodation each and every day.
Depending on the type of campervan you choose, you can have enjoy all the comforts of home – even the kitchen sink!
You choose your holiday
Some families like to keep on the move, exploring new places every day while others prefer to stop and settle for a few days while doing day trips. With a campervan you can choose the holiday that is as individual as your family.
You might prefer the facilities of a holiday park or you’re happy to stop at a camping spot with minimal facilities – with a self-contained campervan you can mix it up to match your preference and budget.
Top tips for family campervan trips
- Encourage your family to help budget, plan and pack so everyone is involved
- Plan your route, but leave room for spontaneity
- Pack light, layered clothing with good thermal properties and a waterproof jacket for changeable weather
- Let the kids choose a few favourite games, books, and toys to bring
- Playing cards and compact travelling games like mini backgammon can be bought at dollar stores
- Stock up on non-sugary snack foods like fruit, salted popcorn, chips ‘n’ dips and cheese and crackers and have water bottles close at hand
- Spend or splurge? Eat in or use community barbecues to save some money
- Consider hiring a campervan with a bike rack – this gives you the freedom to explore on two wheels without taking the campervan everywhere
- If you’re on a lean budget check out city and regional council websites for free events and activities like day walks and cycle paths
Main photo credit: Mark Clinton
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Written by Kidspot New Zealand in partnership with Tourism New Zealand.