Article 10 Must Haves for Travellers in NZ
Bike Rack & Helmet
Because of all the amazing walking and biking trails around New Zealand, you might want to consider getting yourself a bike and helmet to add to your list of campervan “accessories”. You won’t necessarily need a to purchase a bike to discover New Zealand, as there are many bike shops around the country where you can rent bikes for the day, week or month. A bike rack will make it a lot easier for you to get around with your bike, plus biking is a wonderful way to explore a country such as New Zealand.
Warm Winter Jacket, Scarf and Hot Water Bottles
When you look at New Zealand on a globe, it is located very low on the map, not too far from the South Pole. This will probably explain why the further south you go, the colder it gets.
While New Zealand has some nice warm summers in the North Island, the South Island tends to stay temperate. Even in the summer months in New Zealand, it’s a good idea to have a warm winter jacket and scarf nearby, as the weather can fluctuate and nights (and early mornings) can be quite cold even in the summer months. We even recommend to stock up on hot water battles as you might need them for colder nights in your campervan.
Jandals & Wellies
New Zealand is a country of many contrasts, especially when it comes to the weather.
As you will be trekking through all kinds of landscapes, extreme types of footwear will be needed. Forget the heels, you’re in New Zealand now… and what’s more, in a campervan! Jandals and Welliesare what you need!
What is this peculiar footwear I speak of? Jandals are the Kiwi lingo used for flip flops or thongs - originally coming from the word Japanese Sandal. Welliesare rain boots or gumboots and a mainstay in New Zealand, especially on farms and when trekking around in the rain. You can’t live without these, no way! Trust me, you’ll be happy to have them. With jandals and wellies lying around the campervan, you’ll be ready for anything, whether stomping around a paddock or barbecuing on the beach, you’ll have it all covered.
GoPro or Wide Angle Lense
New Zealand is a country of adventure, so of course a camera made for adventure is a must! Whether you are biking around the countryside, jumping off a bridge, or hiking through the steep glaciers, you are going to want to keep this experience alive at all costs.
Most of these adventures require the use of two hands and a lot of concentration, so getting your iPhone or Canon out when you are halfway down a crevice, is not always going to be an option. With the GoPro (or any similar action camera) you can attach it to a helmet, a bike or surfboard, your wrist, or even a chest harness. The images will also be A+ in quality for both your photographs and videos.
To capture the beauty of New Zealand's nature it is also well worth investing in a wide-angle lense.
With the amount of walks, treks and bike rides that you will do when exploring this majestic country, there will be many times when you will just want to sit and enjoy the moment… perhaps with a glass of wine or maybe a cheese and tomato sandwich from your lunchbox.
Whether on a mountaintop, at the beach, or at the campground, a picnic blanket will always be a subtle yet happy find.
Whether you are a digital nomad working on the road, or a holidaymaker uploading your pics to Facebook, we tend to rely on our connectivity more than we might realize.
So where can you always find wifi in the world? Two places, Starbucks and McDonalds. Other locations where you might want to seek out some free wifi include public libraries, campgrounds, hostels, cafés and restaurants. That being said, cafés and restaurants don’t commonly offer wifi to their customers in New Zealand. Other locations you might want to go if you are desperate, would include hotel lobbies and even your local bungy or skydiving office.
Currently the city centres of Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua and Dunedin, and many more have free wifi. There are also options for wifi enabling your campervan, so do ask your campervan owner for advice or head to one of the local phone stores in town.
Below are a few great websites to help you figure out ahead of time, where you might want to head when you need a digital fix.
With so many hours of driving, walking, and discovering all the nooks and crannies that New Zealand has to offer, you are surely going to want some down time every so often. Those are the moments when you just want to sit around the campfire with a hot cuppaand a toasted marshmallow on a stick. Those are the times when you just want to laze around in the campervan in a daydream, staring out over the rolling hills or crashing waves. These are the relaxing times when a board game is a priceless “accessory” to have on board. Pick your poison… whether it be Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit or Risk, board games are great to wind down after a big day of adventure.
Kiwis LOVE their food. So when you come to New Zealand, be prepared to loosen your belt. The meals are large and food is always available in large quantities wherever you go. There is a lot of high quality produce, dairy, seafood and meat in New Zealand, but there is also a lot of great junk food to be had! Kiwis certainly know good treats! Some quintessential things to try are:
- A typical Kiwi meat pie with tomato sauce. These are available everywhere, especially in dairies (corner stores) and bakeries, which are on almost every corner. Apparently at the chain restaurant, Georgie Pie, you will find New Zealand’s best pies. They actually closed down a few years back, but reopen a few years later because of the demand.
- Ice Cream. New Zealanders are up there as one of the biggest ice cream eating countries in the world. Although their weather is not always suited to ice cream, they seem to love it in any weather. Hokey Pokey and Goody Goody Gumdrops are a must! You might also want to read: New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream Stops
- Rashunsand Biguns. Great campervan food. Cheese and bacon flavoured chips, and REALLY bursting with flavour. All dairies, service stations and supermarkets will have these.
- Mallowpuffsand AnzacBiscuits. The quintessential Kiwi cookies. Available everywhere.
- L&P (aka Lemon & Paeroa). An iconic Kiwi soft drink, which has been around since the early 1900’s. L&P was originally created with mineral water from Paeroa. Also easily available everywhere.
Torch & Army Knife
No matter which country you are in, a campervan is never a campervan without a torch (flashlight) and a Swiss Army Knife.
Campervans have so many nooks and crannies, that sometimes a torch is desperately needed to find things, especially at night when the lighting might not be the best or when you need to head outside when nature is a calling. A Swiss Army Knife,well that really goes without saying. There are always things to be tightened, loosened or fixed.
What would you add to the list?
We've got your heart pumping for a trip to New Zealand and all you need to jump into the adventure is a campervan?