Swapping Motorcycles for Campervans on Our New Zealand Road Trip

By CrustyCanucks - May 31, 2017

It can be easy for people to forget that New Zealand is made up of islands. And here at Crusty Canucks, we are no different as when the word 'island' floats into both of our minds, spots like Jamaica, Tahiti, and Fiji come up first. Maybe it's because New Zealand two main islands are so humungous that they feel more like continents than islands? We can't completely say for sure, but what we do know is that when visited New Zealand, we quickly found out that you are never far from the sea, and this was the best part of the road trip we took across the top of the North Island a couple years ago.  


The trip started in Auckland, where we picked up our campervan and it was off to the sea from there. It was a bit awkward at first, as up to that up to that point in our lives we hadn't really been a campervan kind of couple. It may be sacrilege to all of our friends back home in Western Canada reading this, but we've only actually gone proper camping twice in our lives. While we love road trips, and have taken plenty across the USA and Canada, we typically travel by motorcycle, hitting bikebandit.com before the trip, and then just taking to the open road on a whim on two wheels.   So yes, driving this campervan felt like steering a house, but there was another first that we had to deal with: driving on the left side of the road!  

Coromandel Peninsula

It was scary, to say the least, but somehow, a few hours later, we safely pulled into our campervan park on the Coromandel Peninsula. We parked in one of the last open spots on the beach and it didn't take long for the romance of the campervan life to become obvious to us as we heard the sounds of waves crashing and a view of the Pacific Ocean out our windshield. At this point, we weren't quite ready to trade in our michelin tires for motorcycles for campervan tires, but it was definitely growing on us. We spent the night grilling food and meeting other travelers, and that is where the campervan life really started to connect with us.  


We headed out the next morning for Rotorua and ready to start doing touristy things. There, we went zorbing and saw some of the famous geothermal attractions the region is famous for. Our holiday park there was just as cozy as the night before as it was situated right on the edge of Lake Rotorua.  

Our final stop on the road trip was the gorgeous beach town of Raglan by way of the Waitomo Caves and their famous glow worms. We spent the day down in a dark cave observing eerie, creepy glowing worms and then spent the night watching the glow of the campervans built-in DVD player. We were within earshot of the beach again, but this time on the opposite side of this island nation.

While I won't say that we are ready to trade in the motorcycles for campervans, it was a week we will never forget and we can't recommend a New Zealand campervan road trip enough.

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