New Zealand is breathtaking; from the cities, rolling hills, curvy roads, wine tasting, and great treks. There is something for everyone. This beautiful place is for those who seek adventure and adrenaline. After all, this is the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping.
The currency in New Zealand is called the New Zealand Dollar. 1 NZ dollar is around 0.85 CAD
You will need a plug adapter when you’re traveling to New Zealand. Standard voltage is 230/240 volts (50 hertz),. I recommend buying a universal adaptor.
Languages: English, Maori, New Zealand sign language
When To Visit?
September is when we went, it was shoulder season and also the beginning of spring.
It felt more like fall for us, but it was perfect hiking weather, minus all the rain we got (climate change). However I don’t think there is a bad time to travel to New Zealand. If you’re a big hiker you might want to wait until March – May, to do the big treks.
One of the best ways to explore New Zealand is with a camper van. You can rent a camper van that’s the size of a minivan or as big as an RV, all depending on your preference. The best part is that there are campsites everywhere. We used an app called Campermate where you can find cheap affordable sites to charge your vehicle, or freedom camp, if you have a self- contained van (with a shower and loo inside).
Paid campsites range from $30-$40 CAD
Campervan Meal Ideas
- Taco Bowls
- Salmon, Rice & Veggies
- Steak, Rice & Veggies
- Beef Stir-Fry
- New World – Noticed some stuff was more expensive, but there were more snack options (Protein bars etc).
- PackN’ Save – Cheapest one, best for budgeting.
- You MUST rent a car or campervan to be able to see what NZ has to offer.
- Make sure you have an International Driver’s Licence with at least a month validity left. And make sure the licence is in English or has been translated to one.
- Fill up the fuel tank before returning your vehicle, or it’s going to cost you later. The rental place will fill it up for you and charge you a premium for it!
- In smaller towns, most amenities are closed by 6 pm.Yes, even grocery stores, so plan ahead if you need to replenish resources. But in bigger cities like Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown you’ll be fine.
- For the driver, factor in some extra hours for the drive, The GPS isn’t always accurate. The roads can be very curvy, which means your vehicle is constantly slowing down.
- Try not to drive late at night, the roads can get very sketchy. Up on the cliffside with no railings and lots of traffic coming the other way can get very stressful. Don’t forget to take some rest, stop and chill for lunch. That’s the nice thing about the campervan, just pull over and start cooking.
- KEEP TO THE LEFT when driving.