There are so many things to see and do in New Zealand in your campervan that it’s impossible to list them all. Of course, there are the main ones, such as Rotorua, or visiting "Middle Earth", but don’t forget that New Zealand has so much more to offer – charming towns, breathtaking beaches, jewel-like lakes, imposing mountains and picturesque farmland.
1. Boat Trip Down Milford Sound: Amazing, even in the rain when the waterfalls pour off the hills that edge the Sound. The scale of the landscape is phenomenal.
2. Scenic Flight Over Mt Cook: Well worth the NZ$270 or so it costs. Even the people who slog through the snow to get there don’t get such a view.
3. Kaikoura: The Dolphin Encounter lets you swim with or watch the delightfully exuberant dusky dolphin. Don’t be surprised to see whales off this beautiful coastline either.
4. The East Cape Road: Journey back in time as you travel this remote highway in your motorhome and see wild horses, stunning coastline, Maori culture and empty beaches. It’s also the first place in the world to see the sun.
5. Skippers Canyon: Relive the pioneer days as you travel to an old gold-mining area via a treacherous road, and bring yourself back to reality with a bungy jump! Rental vehicles aren’t allowed on this track, so leave the campervan behind and do a 4WD safari.
6. Fiordland: Even better on a wet day (not hard, as it’s the rainiest place in New Zealand) – a living set of Lord of the Rings. Some would say it’s the ultimate must-see.
7. Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki: These thirty-million-year-old limestone formations on the South Island’s west coast are huge and look like sky-high stacks of grey pancakes.
8. Queen Charlotte Sound: Take your campervan on a scenic loop from Picton to the little fishing village of Havelock to admire the bush-clad sounds and indulge in green-lipped mussels.
9. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers: One of the few places on earth you’ll see glaciers this close to the ocean, creeping down from the Southern Alps to the untouched rainforest.
10. Hamilton Gardens: Stretched along the banks of the Waikato River, this relatively new 143-acre reserve contains an English herb garden, an Italian Renaissance garden, a Japanese contemplation garden and scented gardens to name a few.