Start of Winter School Holidays | Campervan Hire
Time seems to fly and the kids are jumping with joy because it's already time for the Winter School Holidays in New Zealand and Australia again! Although the days are short and climate cold, there are many exciting things you can get up to with your family during the holidays this year.
It's obvious the most popular places are thermal pool resorts and ski fields, but perhaps a cross-country campervan hire adventure will bring some unforgettable memories for your family. In a campervan you can experience new locations every day, taking the kids to the beach one day, going skiing the next - anything is possible.
New Zealand schools are closed from 5 July to 20 July 2014 with different parts of Australia on holidays during July as well. Most campervan hire companies are fully booked during the New Zealand school holidays. It's becoming increasingly popular to travel by campervan, as vehicle insulation and heating has been greatly improved. A campervan hire during winter does no longer mean cold and damp beds with multiple layers of clothing and sniffly noses. These days many companies have upgraded to new model campervans with gas or diesel central heating systems, double glazing and proper insulation.
Before booking a campervan, make sure, however, that the offered vehicle features independent heating systems and a comfortable, warm interior. There are still many vehicles that I would describe as unsuitable for winter travel. They usually come with a cheap price tag, but there certainly is a good reason for that.
Here is a summary of things your ideal winter campervan hire vehicle should include:
- Independent Gas or Diesel Heating System
- Double-Glazed Windows
- Insulated Vehicle Body
- Gas Water Heater (not only electric!)
- Snow Chains
- Storage for Skis
If you are planning to go skiing it is also important to check that your hire company's terms & conditions allow you to travel on unsealed roads.
Some companies (e.g. KEA Campers) do not permit their campervans to be driven on unsealed ski field access roads. Even if you are allowed to drive on unsealed roads, please use extra care when driving on exposed, narrow, winding gravel roads. Especially if there is snow on these steep roads, you are best to go up by bus or alternative transport instead. You do not want to be stuck on a mountain road during winter!
Let us know if we can assist with your New Zealand campervan hire experience.