Surfing and turf are an all-time classic combo, both in the restaurant and in the travel world. New Zealand is one of the top RV vacation destinations on the planet. It has a lot to offer both in the sea and on land, which means that anyone looking for a motorhome rental trip to New Zealand will not be disappointed.
The mobile and free character of a motorhome makes it an ideal choice for travelers who want to immerse themselves in a variety of different activities in a diverse and constantly changing terrain. In New Zealand, you can snowboard and surf on the same day, which is why so many surfers, fishermen, boarders, skiers, climbers, hikers and thrill seekers from all walks of life and from all corners of the planet flock here.
While there’s nothing wrong with keeping your trip centered around your hobby of choice – whether it’s surfing or downhill mountain biking – we think the best way to enjoy an RV adventure in this devastatingly beautiful country is to mix it all up. Nothing rivals the feeling of experiencing something challenging, fun and an indescribable paradigm shift than trying something new for the first time.
New Zealand is guaranteed to offer you the opportunity for many adventures for the first time – from offshore big game fishing or left hand surfing perfection under the shock of the Raglan to ice climbing glaciers and long equestrian trails through virgin forests, river valleys and endless stretches of coastline. The best of What New Zealand has to offer-both from the sea and the land-is open to everyone with the spirit of taking on new challenges and the right camper to get you there.
New Zealand has some of the best surf spots in the world, with the perfect point break to the left of the Raglan standing head and shoulders above the rest. Being such a widely considered and well-known place, it is guaranteed to be quite crowded when it is good and very crowded when it is epic.
That said, the wave, if you’re lucky enough to catch one, is worth the wait. Remember that if you are going to surf here, always respect the locals, be humble and wait your turn.
If you’ve never surfed before, you should consider going to one of the many beach breaks on the North Island. Piha and Muriwai are both great places to catch waves in the whitewater section and learn how to get up.
Northland has some of the most beautiful offshore fishing areas in the world. Depending on the time of year, you can catch Marlin, shark, Kingfisher and, of course, New Zealand’s best fish-snapper. The offshore fishing industry is very touristy and regardless of your level of experience, you are guaranteed to find the right charter to take you to open water, or for a day alone, or even a 5-day marathon of maritime adventure.
For anyone who wants to experience one of the real natural wonders of the world in a fun and adventurous way, taking a kayak tour and paddling on the majestic Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island is the way to go. Although there are ferries that take tourists on tours of the Sound, we think that by far the best way to do it is by kayak.
As a hub for overland adventures, there’s simply no better place than the iconic small town of Queenstown, cradled in the imposing Southern Alps, on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.
A few hours away by motorhome from the town itself, you will find a range of activities to enjoy-from snowboarding to Mt. Hutt or the aptly named remarkable mountain ranges, downhill mountain biking, heli-skiing and hiking on nature trails or horseback riding through the incredibly beautiful and open river valleys near Glenorchy.
Further to the west coast you will find the famous Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers where you can do ice climbing and try ice climbing and glacier walks.
The northern tip of the South Island, near Picton, Nelson and Havelock, offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the world-class plonkries and restaurants New Zealand is famous for. And a walk through the indescribable Abel Tasman National Park is also recommended.
RV rental in New Zealand is affordable and easy, but be sure to book in advance once you’ve established your decision and a date. In the season, most motorhome rental companies are fully booked.