There has never been a better time to travel New Zealand by RV. With our borders closed to international tourists, Kiwis have the rare opportunity to explore our country without quite as many people around. And by doing so, we help support our tourism community, and the townships that rely heavily on visitor spending. But there are many more reasons why owning an RV is a great idea… here are a few to consider.
Travel in comfort
RV travel is all about doing things on your terms. That means you can stop and stretch your legs when it suits, pull over for a comfortable sleep if you’re tired, or make your favourite snack and a hot drink along the way. What could be better?
Freedom to explore
One of the best parts about travelling in your own RV has to be the freedom and flexibility to go where you choose, when you choose. Your accommodation is always sorted, you can take your time travelling, and if you fancy a last-minute change of destination, it’s no hassle.
Make some extra cash
There are several trusted businesses now operating that can help you rent out your RV during those times when you’re not using it. Mighway, Share a Camper, and Camplify are all worth checking out if you fancy putting your RV to work instead of having it take up room on the driveway when you’re not travelling.
Kids love it
There is just no better way to get the children off their computers, out of their rooms, and having a great time than heading off on holiday in an RV. And if a friend can come too, even better. Plan plenty of stops along the way, and remember to keep it simple and fun. Toasting marshmallows, hot chocolates under the stars, discovering new places, and sleeping in an RV… all memories that kids will treasure.
It doubles as a spare room
Got family or friends coming to stay? Your RV is perfect as a spare room for extra guests. What’s more, it can become your own quiet escape for those days when you just need a little peace and quiet.
Packing is easy
Once you’ve set up your RV with your favourite travel basics, packing for holidays becomes a matter of a quick top-up, and off you go.
When you travel by RV, you soon realise just how many material possessions you can do without. And when you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty on your travels, you soon become aware of the impact our ‘stuff’ has on the environment, making you think twice before buying so much of it.
Be part of a community
Being a part of New Zealand’s motorhoming community is a fantastic way to meet new, like-minded people. From quick carpark chats to motorhome rallies and events, motorhomers are a friendly bunch and newbies are always welcomed. You’re sure to come away with helpful motorhoming and travel tips, memorable experiences, and great friendships.
Home away from home
Travelling in your own RV means always sleeping in your own bed, having everything the way you like it, and never being without the travel essentials that provide those extra comforts of home.
Be more active
New Zealand has so many wonderful walking paths, beaches and tramps (not to mention beautiful cities), waiting to be explored, and a motorhome is the perfect way to do it. Just park, slip on your walking shoes, and get discovering!
Forget expensive motels and airfares; an RV eliminates the need for them all. Many motorhomers find other great ways to save, too, such as getting together with other travellers for meals and enjoying the simpler (and cheaper) things in life.
The dog can come too!
A holiday isn’t the same when you have to book your beloved furry friends into a boarding facility first (often at great expense too). But with your own motorhome, your canine companion can join the adventure.
A good investment
If you keep your RV well maintained and serviced, you may well recover a good chunk of the purchase price when the time comes to sell. In fact, some caravans are in such hot demand right now that you could get back more than you paid for it if you do any restoration work.
Enjoy the spur of the moment
Ever have one of those weekends when the sun is shining, the work is done, and you just feel like heading out? With your own RV, you can take advantage of those moments – no planning required! Just throw in what you need, lock the front door, and head off on whatever adventure takes your fancy.