Travelling New Zealand Info
Petrol and diesel prices as of 20 June 2018
The national price of fuel Fuel fell 2 cents per litre on 20 June bringing the price of 91 Octane petrol to $2.22/litre
Motorhomes travel 8 - 12 km per litre of fuel depending on the size of the motorhome and how they are driven.
New Zealand Weather Overview
The weather in
Weather is at times unpredictable wherever you go. Below is a basic breakdown of what you should generally expect during each
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.
New Zealand Seasons
Winter starts in June and continues through the months of July and August. This is when the mountain ranges become snow covered and the locals and the tourists take out the skis and snowboards and experience the joy and fun of the white blanketed landscape. The weather is generally very cold so it is advisable that you pack your warm clothes and be prepared to spend countless nights snuggled up in front of the heater or fireplace.
Emerging buds and blossoms signal the start of spring in the months of September, October and November. The weather can change from cold and frosty to warm and hot, with many of the mountains remaining snow capped, well into September and October. The season of spring is celebrated in
2018 school holiday dates for New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
- Saturday, 14 April 2018 until Sunday, 29 April 2018
- Saturday, 7 July 2018 until Sunday, 22 July 2018
- Saturday, 29 September 2018 until Sunday, 14 October 2018
Primary & Intermediate Schools: Friday, 21 Dec 2018 to Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019
Secondary & Schools: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018 to Between Sunday, 27 Jan 2019 and Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019
2019 school holiday dates for New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
- Saturday, 3 April until Sunday, 28 April 2019
- Saturday, 6 July 2019 until Sunday, 21 July 2019
- Saturday, 28 September 2019 until Sunday, 18 October 2019
Primary & Intermediate Schools: Friday, 20 Dec 2019 to Friday, 7 Feb 2020
Secondary & Schools: Friday, 13 Dec 2019 to Between Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 and Friday, 7 Feb 2020
2020 school holiday dates for New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
- Friday, 10 April until Monday, 27 April 2020
- Saturday, 4 July until Sunday, 19 July 2020
- Saturday, 26 September until Sunday, 11 October 2020
Primary & Intermediate Schools: Friday, 18 Dec 2020 to Friday, 6 Feb 2021
Secondary & Schools: Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020 to Between Sunday, 25 Jan 2021 and Friday, 6 Feb 2021
New Zealand and Road Rules
A motorhome road trip across
Always take care when you are driving on open country roads and keep a look out for native wildlife and wandering farm animals. Be sure to take notice of the road signs as these indicate road rules and changes in the road's conditions. Most roads in
Driver Fatigue is a big problem on
- Take a break every two hours (Stop, Revive, and Survive)
- Share the driving if possible
- Avoid eating large meals
- Drink plenty of fluids
Licence Requirements for Campervan Rentals
To drive a campervan in
Overview of Road Rules
- Drive on the left side of the road.
- The maximum speed limit on open roads is 100 km/h.
- The maximum speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h.
- All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt or child restraint.
- Always use your indicators when turning.
- At STOP signs, stop completely and give way to all traffic.
GIVE WAYsigns slow down and be prepared to stop.
- When turning, give way to all vehicles that are not turning.
- In all other
GIVE WAYsituations, give way to the vehicles crossing or coming from your right.
- The legal alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20 is ZERO.
- The legal alcohol limit for drivers over the age of 20 is 50mg/100ml of blood.
Vehicles can only be driven on sealed roads/bitumen roads or well maintained access roads to recognized campgrounds and parking areas. Travel on unsealed roads voids all insurance and coverages. The renter is liable for the total cost of any damage to all parties involved whilst travelling on unsealed roads. Further vehicle movements will be restricted in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions.
- Ninety Mile Beach - Northland
- North of Colville Township - Coromandel Peninsula (Cape Colville to Port Jackson Road)
- Tapu-Coroglen Road - Coromandel Peninsula
- Skippers Canyon Road - Queenstown
- The Crown Range Road/Cardona Valley Road from Cardrona to Arrow Junction - Queenstown
- Ball Hut Road - Mt. Cook
- Any beach or unformed/ gravel road in New Zealand. The only exceptions to this are any recognised campground access roads less than 500 metres in length or road works.
Yes you can have more than one driver. The additional driver will need to be named and show his/her license at pickup. Some companies charge a small fee of about NZ$5 per day for this, some companies do not charge any extra.
Most Hire Companies require the driver(s) to be over 21 years of age although there are variations. License age requirements are shown in the terms and conditions section for each motorhome.
New Zealand law requires that you carry a valid driver’s license at all times, and that all fields of the this license including conditions must be able to be read in English, please see http://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/new-residents-and-visitors/approved-translators/ for further information on how to obtain a license translation.
A driver's license must be in English, or a licence from the country of origin with English translation by an accredited translator, or an International Driving Licence.
All visitors require a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after their intended departure. A visa is not required for most visitors travelling to New Zealand for a stay of less than 3 months.
You should check with your local New Zealand embassy or consulate for the latest information.
New Zealanders do not depend on tips for their income and tips are not expected for normal service, however you may wish to show your appreciation for extra special attention.
Since July 2010 New Zealand departure tax has been included in the airline ticket price for those leaving New Zealand.
Yes, most campervan hire companies offer a free shuttle service from the airport (and some from near-airport hotels).
No, unfortunately there are no rental camper van vehicles that are suitable for wheelchair access. The vehicles are not wide enough inside for movement.
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