Camper Van Hire New Zealand
New Zealand is perhaps the world’s best country for Camper van travel. The Camper Van Hire New Zealand infrastructure and services are very well established. There is always room for improvement but overall NZ provides everything you need for a successful Camper van Hire New Zealand.
The network of campgrounds, holiday parks and wilderness campsites is fantastic and suits everyones needs. Almost every town and village provide at least one secure campground to accommodate your Camper van Hire New Zealand vehicle. Every settlement has it’s public toilet facility, which means, you may not even need to use your camper van toilet. Of course all campgrounds and holiday parks feature toilets, showers and cooking facilities as well.
Should you plan to travel during the main peak season, December to February, I recommend booking your Camper van Hire New Zealand well in advance. The majority of hire camper vans and rental motor homes are fully booked over the peak season by early November. To make the most of special offers, like early booking discounts, I advise booking your Camper van Hire New Zealand at least 150 days before your planned holiday.
As you should recharge your house batteries every three to four days, it is also advisable to book a powered campsite in advance. Especially over Christmas and New Year’s it is hard to find a spare camp site anywhere. There is nothing worse than trying to find a legal campsite when it’s already getting late. If you organize your accommodation up front you can look forward to sitting back and watching the sunset with a glass of New Zealand wine.
“Freedom Camping” in wilderness spots can be a very special experience. As you are not able to reserve these unique locations, you are best to get there early enough to make sure you get a free site for your Camper van Hire New Zealand vehicle.
As Freedom Camping is not allowed everywhere in New Zealand, please respect all signage and do not stay at prohibited locations. Due to the numerous Camper van Hire New Zealand visitors, Enforcement Officers have been put in place to check prohibited locations regularly during the night. If they find a camper van parked illegally, they will wake its occupants and move them on to the next campground. Not a good experience on a holiday.
The choice of Camper van Hire New Zealand is huge and can be overwhelming. Of the top of my head I can think of 20 Camper van Hire companies and that does not include all the small companies established all over NZ. The differences between Camper van Hire New Zealand companies are major and the choice of vehicle has a big influence on the quality of your New Zealand Camper van Hire experience. Vehicle maintenance, cleanliness and customer service quality are just three characteristics that differ from company to company. On top of that hire terms, insurance conditions and additional charges separate one company from the other.
If you are a perfectionist, like me, and you want to make sure you book the best suitable and available Camper van Hire New Zealand, then you will need to spend a long time and effort to get a clear idea of what is on offer and what the general terms and conditions are.
If you simply just go with the cheapest price available, you are likely to pay through your nose on extra fees and charges. There is also considerable risk involved with Camper van Hire New Zealand insurance liabilities in case of accidental damage to the vehicle or third party property. You are at risk of being held responsible for thousands of dollars and there is no way out of it after signing the rental contract on pick up of the camper van.
This is were a Camper van Hire New Zealand Booking Agent can be very helpful, explain the different rental terms and help you find the best suitable camper van for your holiday. When using a Booking Agent or Camper van Hire Broker, make sure their advise is independent from any rental company and that they provide a personal, individual service to cover your needs.
Automatic online booking engines are always risky, as there is no guarantee of availability and price. Once you book and pay for a Camper van Hire New Zealand via an online booking engine, you are at the mercy of the people behind the scenes. It is best to have personal contact with the agent or camper van consultant over e-mail or telephone before deciding and booking a Camper van Hire New Zealand.
There are many factors that make or break your Camper van Hire New Zealand experience and careful planning is the key to success. After all New Zealand is certainly worth a visit and the absolute best way to see the country is by Camper van Hire.
Posted by Gigi - 2 December, 2012 at 11:49 am, Posted in Campervan Hire New Zealand