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Here´s everything you need yo know if you want to road trip in New Zealand

Roadtrip to New Zealand – Here’s what you need to know!

When traveling to New Zealand, you’re probably asking yourself questions like, “Where can I buy a motorhome?”, “Should I even rent or buy?”, “What are the rules of the road in New Zealand?”. We understand your uncertainty and are here to help.

In this article, you’ll find tips and advice for traveling in New Zealand with a motorhome and share our knowledge and experience of roadtripping in this beautiful country. We want to make sure you’re fully equipped to have the best possible trip in New Zealand.

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Roadtrip to New Zealand – Here’s what you need to know!

When traveling to New Zealand, you’re probably asking yourself questions like, “Where can I buy a motorhome?”, “Should I even rent or buy?”, “What are the rules of the road in New Zealand?”. We understand your uncertainty and are here to help.

In this article, you’ll find tips and advice for traveling in New Zealand with a motorhome and share our knowledge and experience of roadtripping in this beautiful country. We want to make sure you’re fully equipped to have the best possible trip in New Zealand.

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Buying or renting?

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries to road trip in. With 83,000 kilometers of road, it makes sense to do it in a motorhome.

There’s no concrete answer to whether you should buy or rent. However, we do advise our travelers to rent a motorhome if they plan to be in New Zealand for less than two months. We do this because it’s easier to rent a motorhome. You won’t spend the first week of your adventure searching for the right motorhome and you won’t have the hassle of registering, finding insurance and selling it again at the end of your trip.

On the other hand, if you’re traveling in New Zealand for around two months or longer, you may be lucky enough to save money by buying a motorhome rather than renting. However, you’ll need to set aside a few weeks to sell it again, so you don’t end up selling it at a discount or, in the worst case, not getting any money for it. That’s why we always recommend renting over owning when it comes to motorhomes in New Zealand.

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Where to rent your motorhome?

You need to go through Trinus Travel.

We have partners in New Zealand who rent out motorhomes.

Why rent through Trinus Travel?

  • You are guaranteed the best price
  • You are guaranteed not to get ripped off
  • We help 24/7 to solve any problems or issues
  • All the motorhomes we help you rent come with the best insurance available.
  • There’s roadside assistance available 24/7 should any issues arise.

 

In addition, all motorhomes rented through us come with kitchen equipment, so you won’t be short of pots and pans to cook your meals. There are tables and chairs that fold out so you don’t have to sit in the car to eat or rely on the availability of tables and benches.

The side of a green car, road and ocean view seen from the backseat of the car

What kind of motorhome should you rent on your road trip to New Zealand?

Just as cars come in all sizes and variants, so do motorhomes. So it can be difficult to decide which size or variant to choose. On the one hand, more space is always nice, but on the other hand, you have to decide if it’s worth the money, as a large motorhome costs more to rent.

If you’re two people traveling together, smaller motorhomes have plenty of space and are great because they can park in many more places than larger motorhomes can. However, if you’re planning to travel as a group, you’ll need to find a larger motorhome.

The next thing to consider when renting a motorhome is whether it’s self-contained or not. If it’s self-contained, it will have a toilet, sink, water tank and waste water tank. In New Zealand, there are rules on where you can park depending on whether your motorhome is equipped with this or not. If your motorhome is self-contained, you can park in multiple locations. If you’re traveling in a sleepervan, chances are it’s not self-contained.

There are also a number of advantages to traveling with a non-self-contained motorhome:

  • Cheaper to rent
  • Cheaper in road tolls
  • Cheaper ferry tickets
  • Easier to find parking as it’s smaller than self-contained ones
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Tips and rules of the road in New Zealand

  • In New Zealand, be aware that people drive on the left side of the road. It may take some time to get used to driving on the other side of the road.
  • On most highways, the speed limit is 100 km/h and within city limits it is 50 km/h. There are some places where you can drive a little faster and some places where you have to drive a little slower. So always keep an eye on the signs.
  • It is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving in New Zealand.
    If you are under 20 years old, it is illegal to drive if you have been drinking alcohol. If you are over 20 years old, you can have a maximum of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
  • We recommend that you do not drive when you have been drinking.
  • Always keep an eye out for animals on the roads, especially in rural areas!
  • The roads can be very winding in some areas, so keep in mind that it always takes a little longer to get to your destination than planned.
  • When driving on the smaller roads, you may encounter many smaller bridges. Most of these bridges only have one lane of traffic, so always make sure you know who can cross first.

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Ready for your road trip adventure in New Zealand

Now that you’ve learned a little more about how to plan your road trip, you might want to learn a little more about New Zealand. You might also want some tips for your next trip.

We’ve got you covered!

We provide you with plenty of articles to help you get ready for your amazing trip and our travel consultants are always ready to advise you.

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