Seeing New Zealand by camper van is considered one of the best ways to explore the country. Its popularity stems largely from the fact that there’s just so darn much beautiful nature to see here, and it’s all compressed into a relatively small amount of real estate. Almost one-third of the country is designated as national parkland, and on the South Island, you can essentially see turquoise blue ocean, temperate rain forest, rolling farmland, and snow-covered mountains all within a couple hours' drive.
One of the main draws, besides the fact that it provides for a terrific family bonding opportunity, was the luxury of having a single place to call home for an extended period of time. I think we were smart in taking our travel agent’s advice to spend a little extra money to get the six-person model offered by Maui Rentals. There were several less expensive four-person makes to choose from, but we were urged to consider that the space in the six-person unit would be far more comfortable and accommodating. This certainly proved to be the case, and the sleeping arrangements, which included three double beds, two of which we assembled each night, worked out perfectly.
Having a campervan gave us a great deal of flexibility and freedom, for one of the beauties of traveling this way in New Zealand is the fact that you can seek out your own remote mountain view, beach, or valley for the night, and there are certainly plenty of those just off the side of the road to choose from.