All of the photos above are from the first few days of our trip, which covered the Coromandel Peninsula.
I’ll share our full 11 day route with the van in Part two tomorrow!
Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Get a few tips for planning a NZ road trip after the jump!
Tips for renting & traveling with a Classic Camper:
1: Make sure to request folding chairs. They were handy be able to sit and relax outside of the camper.
2: Go grocery shopping as early on as you can since you may not run into a food store or restaurant for who knows how long (we ended up with a dodgy fried fish sandwich that was debatably edible while on our way to our first campsite)
3: If you can’t drive a manuel gearshift these vans are obviously not for you.
4: They aren’t joking when people say New Zealand roads are not like our roads and that they take extra time. The entire Island is hilly and mountainous with a lot of our favorite places being down long winding gravel roads. So, expect driving distances to take a lot longer then you think it will, especially when in a campervan.
5: If you ever stay at this campsite don’t park your campervan next to all the boats on the racks like we did… unless of course you want to be woken up at 7 am by a crowd of 50 teenage/college age boys (from what I assume was the Cambridge Rowing Club) surrounding your van while getting their boats off the racks. Even my ear plugs couldn’t save me from that one.