New Zealand is magical! From the gorgeous cities, big green rolling hills, intense winding roads, wine tastings everywhere, and great treks. This place offers everything for every different person out there!
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 Should You 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. It was a big difficult to go on the hikes that we wanted due to weather.
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.
- Renting a car is a MUST!
- 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.
- Make sure to fill up your campervan before you return it! They can charge you if you don’t.
- In small towns, most places are closed by 6pm! Even grocery stores. Plan ahead and make sure you stock up on things that are crucial. Being in a city they would be open longer.
- 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.