If you want to go on an awesome adventure around NZ, but you haven’t got any solid plans laid out yet, we can help. To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together this guide on how to find & book deals – even last minute!
We’ve also included some general advice on how to think when booking your travel last minute. It might help you think more clearly about what you must have and do, plus what you can do without.
Deals on flights to & around New Zealand
If you’re already in New Zealand and you’re looking to travel across the country on a flight, there are loads of great websites and apps that can help you find cheap deals on flights. We’d recommend doing your research and comparing costs using these:
Skyscanner: Skyscanner hosts all the lastest flight deals and can help you compare flight prices across multiple airlines all at once
Google Flights: Yep, Google helps you find cheap flights on top of everything else they do! You can set up alerts based on your current location and destination to help you find the cheapest flights possible.
Kayak: This one’s an offshoot of Booking.com so they’ve got a good pedigree behind them. Just pop in your current location, your ideal destination, when you want to travel and your maximum budget. It will show you the cheapest flights possible.
Deals on campervan hire in New Zealand
Now maybe we’re a bit biased, but we happen to think that campervanning is one of the best and cheapest ways to get around New Zealand. Here’s a few ways to save if you’re looking to hire a campervan in NZ:
Campervan Specials: Every campervan hire company has specials – some 365 day a year! You can check some dedicated campervan special right here. Most campervan hire companies update their special pages regularly so its worth keeping an eye on those….
Campervan Relocations: Relocation are basically driving a vehicle from spot A to spot B within a short period – often for free. It is a great way to see a country on a cheap. Check out some of the current relocation deals here.
Package deals on travel experiences in New Zealand
You’ll sometimes find that smaller travel providers (like us locals) will band together to offer great deals on experiences. Some hotels offer discounted vehicle hire, low-price movie tickets at the local theatre, or cheaper meals at restaurants they’re in partnership with.
Some campervan companies have partnered up with tour operator which will save you along the trip. When you hire a campervan with Travellers Autobarn you get several deals along the way via their travel app…
Deals on accommodation in New Zealand
If you’re planning on travelling to a new city in NZ but you don’t have anywhere to stay, you’ll need to book some accommodation. Hotels can be the biggest expense a traveller faces, but staying somewhere decent doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg — accommodation venues often have last minute deals for you to take advantage of.
Lastminute: This is a website designed to help last minute travellers, with a dedicated section on last minute hotel deals. This can really come in handy if you’ve just landed and plans have changed, or you have some unexpected delay. Just select ‘Hotel Only’, then chuck in your destination, check-in and check-out dates, how many rooms you need, and how many people you’ve got. Lifesaver!
Booking.com: Tried and tested, this website is popular with all sorts of travellers. Pop in your dates, number of people and search. Then, sort by price to find the cheapest deals possible.
Call them up: One problem with booking sites is that they sometimes have hidden costs like booking fees. To sidestep this issue, you can always try looking for good deals on those sites, then call the hotel or motel directly to explain what you’ve seen and ask if they can match the offer without the fees. It won’t always work, but independent operators may appreciate that you’re coming to them directly since times are tough these days.
Holiday Discount Websites
If you are flexible – and are after a real bargain – it is always worth to check out some of the typical discounting websites – you be getting real savings – these companies have anything from discounted flights, campervan hire deals as well as accommodation discounts.
Treatme: Treatme offers a variety of holiday deals – you can even search based on budget or holiday style!
GrabOne: GrabOne is NZ #1 favourite discounting website & app and you be finding lots of great holiday deals in no time!
3 tips for thinking like a last minute traveller
When you’re looking for a great last minute deal, you need to get into the mindset of a seasoned traveller. If you’re a natural procrastinator, you’re already pretty well equipped.
Here are 3 tips to keep in mind while searching travel deal sites:
1. Be flexible
Sometimes when you’re looking for a great deal, you need to be flexible with timing and destination. You can save a tonne of cash by allowing some leeway with travel dates and destinations. For example, you can get a great deal on a campervan relocation and drive a campervan across the country for $1 in vehicle rental — you just need to be flexible with dates and destinations.
2. Be open to new experiences
Never been camping on a beach? Give it a crack. Never been to the northern tip of Northland? There are tonnes of great free spots to stay on the North Island. Never gone surfing or kayaking? Well, we’ve got more on that below…
Travel is all about seeing and trying new things, so don’t write off options just because you don’t know what you’re in for!
3. Do your research, but trust your gut
If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track.
You should shop around, compare deals, and make an informed decision. That said, if something looks like a great deal but you get a bad vibe from the reviews or pictures, always trust your instinct. Chasing cheap deals for too long can be exhausting, disappointing and give you serious FOMO.
Hopefully now you’ve got a better idea of where you can find some great last minute travel deals in New Zealand! If you’re having any trouble with a campervan booking through us, or if you need a hand with some more information, get in contact with us. You can use the buttons below to contact our reservations team, or call us directly on 0800 348 348 (we also have overseas contact numbers in case you’re outside New Zealand). For more information about our dedicated current specials & deals visit our campervan specials & deals page or cheap campervan hire deals section.
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.