Setting off in a campervan is undoubtedly the best way to explore New Zealand. While summer is the most popular season for campervan adventures, winter is also a great time of year to hit the road for a more tranquil and secluded adventure.
Our guide covers the benefits of campervanning in winter, top tips on things you need to bring and a rundown of the best campsites in New Zealand. Download the guide for extra tips and information.
Why should you consider camping in Winter?
Even Popular Tourist Spots Are Quiet
If you prefer solitude and peace and quiet to crowds of tourists, winter is definitely the time to explore New Zealand.
While there are plenty of places you can go to escape the crowds even in peak season, in winter, you can drive for miles without seeing a single other car or campervan on the road. You can enjoy stunning empty beaches and landscapes without a soul in sight.
You also won’t need to book ahead at popular campsites so you have more flexibility – you can just turn up as and when it suits you.
Popular skiing locations will obviously be at their busiest times in the winter, but you’ll feel as if you have the rest of the country to yourself. It really is the ultimate wilderness experience!
Amazing Snow-capped Vistas
Talking of stunning landscapes, you’d be hard pressed to find a prettier time in New Zealand than the winter months. Snow on the mountains makes for amazingly beautiful views and photographs that are sure to make your friends and family back home jealous.
All that snow isn’t just pretty to look at either. If you’re looking for a great opportunity to teach the kids to ski, or you want to hit the slopes and try out snowboarding for yourself, New Zealand has no shortage of mountains and plenty of powder snow in the winter months