The fascination of the North Island of New Zealand – exploring the dream island in a camper
Do you want to travel halfway around the world? Please. What do you need? Lots of time, enough money and an ideal means of transport. New Zealand is not exactly easy to reach. You have to plan for a full day of travel. Expect it to be around a day and a half. Depending on flight availability. After all, you are literally traveling halfway around the world. And then not to Australia, but to the smaller neighboring island of New Zealand.
About New Zealand
New Zealand looks a bit like the boot of Italy. The only difference is that it looks torn apart at the shaft and is in the southern hemisphere. The state's area measures around 270,000 square kilometers, 113,000 of which are in the north. In total, around 5 million people live on the island state, over 3 million on the North Island, where the capital Wellington and the largest city Auckland are also located. English is spoken and payments are made in New Zealand dollars.
New Zealand is interesting in many ways. Flora and fauna are unique. This is probably due to volcanic activity. In addition to active volcanoes, you can also find geysers, hot lakes and much more inland. Enough reasons to undertake this long journey if you have enough time and money.
The camper as an ideal vehicle
When you look at New Zealand, it's clear that if you want to explore everything, you should be mobile first and foremost. There are not just the two main islands, but hundreds of small offshore ones - and that makes the coastal sections very worth seeing. In the interior of the country, where it is quite mountainous, you sometimes have to cover longer distances if you want to reach the next worthwhile excursion destination, such as a national park. If you don't want to go through the hassle of looking for and booking accommodation every day, you can rent a camper before you arrive in Wellington.
The best destinations for stopovers
The Waitomo Caves are a must-see. A gigantic network of caves that can be explored by boat. Do you know Māori culture? No? You can get to know them in Rotorua. How about a trip to Hobbiton? Yes, the place really exists. Many scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed here. The Poor Knights Islands are indispensable for divers. We are here in the marine protected area and one of the 10 most rewarding diving destinations in the world. And because we mentioned volcanism - it also provides healing things: in Rotorua you can bathe in the healing geothermal water. The hot pools can be found hidden in the forest under the open sky. Where else can you get this than the paradise of New Zealand?