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Freedom camping is generally permitted in New Zealand. However, while allowed, it is strictly regulated. Rules and guidelines must be followed at all times and can vary depending on the area and any council bylaws (local laws) that may apply.
In general, to freedom camp anywhere in New Zealand, your vehicle must have a self-containment certification.
If you are unsure of the rules that apply in a specific area, it is best to visit the nearest i-SITE (visitor information centre) and ask about any local regulations or bylaws.
Yes, many companies allow a bike rack to be fitted to the vehicle. Please note that these may not be compatible with all makes and models, and usually must be arranged in advance.
A good idea is to plan for a minimum of 7 days. However, even a 2- or 3-week road trip around the South Island will easily be filled.
Popular attractions include Mount Cook, UNESCO-designated Fiordland National Park with Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, and the adventure capital of Queenstown.
Most campervan rental companies in New Zealand require the driver to be 21 years of age or older to access their full range of vehicles.
Some companies will rent to drivers between 18 and 21, but only certain models may be available. In those cases, additional insurance may be required.
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Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.
Discover NZ is a privately owned Nelson-based motorhome hire company established in 2003 with depots on the North Island and South Island. The company has newer-model vehicles for groups of 2–6. Most are self-contained and come with some additional luxuries.
Another part of the Tui family, Sleepavanz is aimed at the backpacker market. It supplies the sleepervan style of camper at a budget price point.
Popular with both tourists and locals, the track heads through lush forests and offers splendid scenery of golden shores and crystal waters. The trail is in excellent condition. However, it’s a long walk and requires planning. It may take 3-5 days to finish the whole route.
Held in Montgomery Square every Saturday, Nelson Market is a vivid event, filled with vendors and customers. Tourists come here for fresh food, handmade souvenirs, unique atmosphere, and an unforgettable experience.
The Harwoods Hole Walk takes visitors through a fantasy-like beech forest, over granite rocks and boulders to the entrance of an enormous sinkhole.
The hole is 176 meters deep. It is New Zealand’s deepest vertical shaft and one of the deepest natural sinkholes. It’s not an easy walk, so take care and consider your level of fitness before embarking on the trek.
Known as the gem by the sea, this fabulous sand stretch is Nelson’s beach suburb, and it’s perfect for an active day of beach fun. In Tahunanui, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for swimming, jogging, roller-skating, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, or just sunbathing.
Golden sands and clear waters add up to a perfect relaxed day by the sea. A selection of cafes, bars and restaurants makes Tahunanui a great place to spend a whole day with family or friends.
The museum opened in 2001 and has been a well-known tourist attraction ever since. The exhibit shows a collection of wearable art, as well as a collection of vintage cars.
The Wearable Art collection consists of colourful masks, headwear, bright costumes, many of which have won the Wearable Arts Awards. The car collection includes over 140 veteran, vintage and classic cars.