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Top 5 reasons to rent a campervan in Australia & New Zealand

9th October 2014 Print

Opting for the open road has many advantages and choosing to explore a country in your own time, rather than working to someone else’s timetable, allows more opportunity for adventure - which is why Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl) believes campervan holidays are, quite literally, the way forward! As the largest provider of recreational vehicles across Australia and New Zealand under the Maui, Britz, Mighty and KEA brands, here are thl’s top five reasons why travellers should choose a self-drive campervan holiday:

1. Explore the lesser-known areas of a destination away from the tourist trail

thl prides itself on knowledgeable in-branch staff who are on hand to direct customers to the best spots and hidden gems that New Zealand and Australia have to offer. thl customers have access to suggested driving itineraries that include highlights and must-do experiences and activities as well as the best off-the-beaten-track experiences. There is also a travel app for each of the four brands which lists the campgrounds and holiday parks in each region making it easier for customers to identify where to stop off for the night.

The beauty of road trips is that they can be adapted to suit different time frames from a few days to a few weeks and a range of distances from exploring one region to the whole country. Travellers can also adapt their route according to their own interests such as The Classic Wine Trail (Hawkes Bay to Marlborough, North Island) highlighting three of New Zealand’s wine growing regions and The Sydney to Melbourne Touring Route taking in magnificent stretch of coastline between two of Australia’s most popular cities.

2. Not having to continuously pack and unpack means more time to explore

Campervan holidays are hassle-free, just climb in, unpack once and hit the open road! Self-drive gives customers the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds, the experience of freedom and adventure all whilst being surrounded by the comforts of home.

3. Working to your own timetable – no check-in and check-out times to worry about

Freedom and flexibility is a huge motivator for a campervan holiday. The biggest benefit is being able to travel at your own pace with no set agenda and the chance to be spontaneous. No airport delays to deal with or sticking to someone else’s schedule. Enjoy the luxury of waking up to a different view of your choice every morning from beaches to mountain vistas and lakes to vineyards compared to the same old garden view from a hotel room! Australasia is also a food lover’s paradise with many roadside stalls, local farmers markets, and cheese and chocolate factories. Luckily motorhomes are equipped with a portable gas stove and many include a fridge allowing customers to make the most of the fresh produce on offer.

4. Better value and peace of mind

With a campervan holiday accommodation and transport is already organised and travellers tend to buy food as they would at home with a big supermarket shop rather than foregoing the expense of eating out. All customers hiring campers in New Zealand receive a free supermarket discount card and a holiday grocery box service is also available allowing customers to pick up both their motorhome and holiday groceries in one easy pick-up.

5. Exclusive benefits to take advantage of by booking with thl

There are a wide range of exclusive benefits for thl customers to enjoy during their Australasia adventure, for example, in New Zealand when customers book with any of the thl brands, the driver goes free at the Waitomo Gloworm Caves. Meanwhile for cycling fans, Britz is a proud national partner of New Zealand’s National Cycle trail which is made up of 23 trails for a range of cycling abilities and so customers in New Zealand can hire bikes as part of the extra hire items available with their campervan. All the essentials from helmets to pumps are included in one low per day hire price (from $12 per day).

Wine loving Maui customers in New Zealand can enjoy overnight vineyard stays from the comfort of their premium Maui motorhome from just NZ$140 (approximately £84) per night. The Maui Winery Haven vineyards have all been selected to showcase each region’s best wine from the finest Pinot Noir in the Mercury Bay Estate in Coromandel, North Island to the Sauvignon Blanc at Forrest Wines in the Wairau River Valley, South Island.

KEA travellers can also enjoy foodie benefits with membership to KEA Nests for just NZ$45 (approximately £22) per year. Members gain access to over 50 food and wine producers throughout New Zealand and free overnight stays at vineyards, olive groves, micro-breweries, orchards, lavender farms and other artisan rest stops. A chance to gain insight into a lesser known side of Australian culture is also available to Maui, Britz and Mighty guests through a 25% discount on diverse indigenous experiences through the Tourism Australia Indigenous Tourism Champions Programme.

With thl’s top campervan tips there’s never been a better time to take a road trip and explore Australasia in style!

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