Wildest New Zealand Destinations To Visit With Your Campervan Rental

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Big things come in small packages. This adage sums up the experience you’re in for when you go on a thrilling tour of New Zealand’s wildest destinations on campervan rentals. It may be a small country, but it truly packs a wallop!

To get you started on that wild New Zealand holiday, we’ve made a list of some of the best places to go to for that ultimate adrenaline rush. These destinations are accessible via an NZ motorhome hired at either Auckland or Christchurch!
 

Auckland Skywalk and Skyjump

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city. It’s home to the country’s tallest building, the SkyTower, where tourists can experience a hair-raising walk in the clouds. Tourists are escorted by guides on a narrow walkway encircling the SkyTower, 192 metres above the ground. If you want a 360-degree panoramic tour of Auckland, this is where you’ll get it.

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If you would like to have a speedy descent from the dizzying heights of SkyTower, why not try the sky jump? Think modified base jumping with safety wires attached to you. The experience is not for the faint hearted!

 

Manu Bay, Raglan

Manu Bay in Raglan is one of the most popular surfing destinations in New Zealand as well as across the globe. Also known as “The Point,” Manu Bay is home to the Point Board Rider’s Club. The club hosts annual surfing events open to professional surfers around the world.

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Go bananas over the giant waves or take a relaxing walk at the beach with while the salty breeze touching your tanned skin. Manu Bay also has several brilliant fishing spots where you and your mates can cast lines.

 

Franz Josef Glacier

It was named after an Austrian emperor and is truly a sight to behold. The Franz Josef Glacier is just 5 kilometres from the town with the same name. It was first explored in the late 19th century by Julius von Haast. It would take you around 20 minutes from the town before reaching the glacier’s terminal face.

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Apart from the sheer size of the glacier (not to mention the crackling sound it makes as it slides downward), the national park is surrounded by rainforests as well as waterfalls. You can choose to take a guided ice walk or take a helicopter and be awestruck with the vastness of the ice carpeting the mountain.

 

The Remarkables

The Remarkables is a famous mountain range among skiers. The ski fields are just a 35-minute drive from Queenstown. The breathtaking slopes of the alpine mountains call out to experienced skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand and across the globe.

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There are also lessons for amateurs and beginners. You can even take advantage of the “kids all-day lessons” as well as the “kids school holiday lessons” this winter season.

 

Stewart Island Shark Dives

The coastal waters in between the Bluff and Stewart Island offer some of the best spots to observe the great predators of the deep. You get to have a close encounter with great white sharks while enclosed in steel cages, which are used by professional underwater videographers.

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Of course, you’d be guided by a professional while you’re under water. Some of those who manage the tour had been in the business for more than 3 decades. However, always take all the necessary precautions before making that dive.

Complete your day tour of the southern tip of New Zealand with a scrumptious meal in any of the restaurants and cafés on the island.

These are just some of the wildest destinations you can visit in New Zealand. Check out camper van rental services for the best motorhome options for a power-packed adventure!

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