Summer’s the perfect time to set out on a fun road trip! You don’t need to go far, New Zealand boasts some of the best views in the world, along with incredible flora and fauna. And there’s no better way to take it all in than with a camper van! You’ll have the freedom to go wherever you want at your own pace, while camping in some of the most breathtaking locations in the country.
Imagine riding through the sunset, camping through affordable (and sometimes free) campsites, relishing all of the nature New Zealand has to offer. Who would say no to that? Itching to explore outside of your retirement properties, and looking for something fun to do this holiday? Read on to check out our top locations that make for perfect road trips for seniors!
Travel During Red Restrictions over Summer
If you’re worried about travel restrictions during the pandemic, here’s what you need to know. You can travel around New Zealand even at Red, except for possible temporary restrictions. Even if you live in Auckland, you can still travel in and out of the city for any reason, including leisure, as of mid December. The only thing you need to remember is that you must be fully vaccinated and have your My Vaccine Pass with you. Alternatively, you can carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before crossing a boundary.
Now, on to the fun!
According to current COVID-19 regulations in New Zealand, Northland is likely to be the trickiest place to travel in and out of, but again, you should be fine as long as you have your My Vaccine Pass. Checkpoints will be on State Highway 1 at Uretiti and State Highway 12 near Maugaturoto.
If you’re keen for awe-inspiring sea views, you’ll enjoy your time journeying through Northland. It’s a huge region at the very top of the North Island where you can enjoy camping in one of the many gorgeous coastal towns. You can also camp and relax on nearby beaches, including Sandy Bay beach.
Northland is always a popular summer destination, offering some of the most stunning views in the country! No matter where you go in Northland, you’re likely to come across something jaw-droppingly beautiful.
The Catlins is an area in the southeastern corner of the South Island. Here, you can expect to see majestic waterfalls, rare wildlife, and some of the most amazing campsites in New Zealand.
Located at the very north of the South Island, this area is home to a wide array of wildlife, including whales, seals, and rare birds. This is an exciting trip if you’re an animal lover!
A short drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is a must-see place if you’re on the South Island. Enjoy hiking up to marvellous viewpoints such as Roy’s Peak. You can also drive up to see scenic views of the Blue Pools and experience pristine waters or wander its beautiful native forests.
Don’t skip camping in the gorgeous Bay of Islands! Only three and half hours north of Auckland, Russel is a small seaside town featuring cute waterside cafes and beautiful English cottage-style gardens. A relaxing getaway, without the fuss!
Tongariro National Park
A big draw for holiday-goers and camper van lovers alike, the Tongariro National Park is a must see. This area boasts gorgeous views surrounded by majestic, sacred volcanoes that are sure to inspire and mesmerise you.
Tongariro National Park
Another spectacular national park in New Zealand is Mount Cook. No words can really describe the views the park has to offer, you just have to visit to understand its beauty. A perfect place to watch the sunrise, plus you can camp at Whitehorse Hill Campground at an affordable rate!
Enjoy your summer campervanning around NZ!
We know it can be hard to get out of your comfort zone, but there’s a whole lot of world to see out there, and it’s never too late! Road tripping is one of the best ways to explore this beautiful country, so we always encourage our residents to get out there and explore, as we will always be here to welcome them back home to our beautiful Albany retirement village. Start planning your campervan trip in New Zealand today!