Campervans = Comfort and convenience
R.V's) are one of the most
popular methods to travel through New Zealand.
The convenience of having your vehicle and
home as one, means that you can stop virtually anywhere in New Zealand, prepare a meal or
snack and stay the night.
Examples and stories of campervan travel in New Zealand
Travel to the classic fighter airshow and Kaikoura coast by campervan story
Travel up the through the Marlborough Sounds to French Pass by campervan
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Camping In New Zealand
Providing travellers with good information about camping in New Zealand is making a real difference to their behaviour, according to the New Zealand Responsible Camping Forum.
Campers are an important sector of New Zealand’s tourism industry, as they travel widely throughout the country, tend to stay a long time and spend money on a wide range of goods and activities.
Educational programmes, combined with a new fines regime, has resulted in more campers staying in holiday parks, Department of Conservation campsites and other designated areas, Forum Chairman and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Advocacy Manager Geoff Ensor says.
The Forum brings together New Zealand’s leading campervan companies, the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, local government representatives, government agencies and tourism organisations.
The Forum is behind the ‘Where can I camp?’ campaign which provides camping information to travellers hiring campervans or wanting to camp in New Zealand. It has also developed the www.camping.org.nz website which offers comprehensive information on camping in New Zealand.
“Most visitors want to do the right thing, but they need to have good information that clearly shows where camping is acceptable. Doing the right thing doesn’t happen by chance,” Mr Ensor says.
The Forum’s work over the past four years has focused on giving visitors better information and achieving a united understanding of how to better manage camping around the country. Most of New Zealand’s major vehicle rental operators are giving responsible camping information to their clients, and the information is also available online, in car yards and on backpacker notice boards.
For the second consecutive summer, the Forum is working with the Inter-Islande ferry companies handing out responsible camping brochures to campers crossing Cook Strait.
The www.camping.org.nz website is receiving about 60,000 hits a year, and the most viewed pages are those carrying regional information.
The Freedom Camping Act passed last year allows councils to fine campers who ignore the rules, although the Forum is keen to see fines used as a last resort.