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Freedom Camping Tips For First Time Campers

Freedom Camping NZ

​Everything you need to know about freedom camping in New Zealand, including camping tips for first time campers and a list of New Zealand’s top camping grounds.

Tags: Freedom Camping, New Zealandread moreBritz Crew
Freedom Camping, New Zealand

WIN a Summer Campervan Trip

Waitomo roadtrip campervan​Have you got your summer sorted? Enter our competition to be in to WIN a 7 day Summer Fleet campervan hire.Tags: win; competition; summerread moreBritz Campervans
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Rat and Dragon go on an adventure

Waitomo roadtrip campervanSaxon and Nicola (aka Rat and Dragon) had an epic adventure road tripping around New Zealand's North Island.  Read more to find out what they thought of Hobbiton, the surf in Raglan and the beautiful Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Tags: Waitomo, caves, North Islandread moreNicola and Saxon
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North Island roadtrip

Britz campervan raglanAuckland to Wellington and back again. Whitney and Kato tell us exactly what made them fall in love with New ZealandTags: North Island, road tripread moreWhitney and Kato
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Sebastian's roadtrip highlights

New Zealand road mountain

​We had the very best view when we skydived with NZONE Skydive in Queenstown! It was a perfect, sunny autumn day - blue skies and the Remarkables were covered in while sprinkles as it had snowed a few days before.

Tags: Sebastian, skydive, South Island, North Islandread moreSebastian
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13 inspiring New Zealand photos

Hobbit House New Zealand

At some point many years ago, New Zealand (more specifically, Queenstown) was dubbed the adventure capital of the world.  We couldn't agree with this statement more if we wanted to, however we'd also like to remind you there's more to your visit to New Zealand than hurling yourself out of a plane or off a bridge.

Here are our 13 favourite photos of New Zealand and fire a serious case of wanderlust in our bellies!

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New Zealand Adventures

​​New Zealand is made for adventures. Seriously, there's a good reason that Peter Jackson filmed Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit there. It's a country filled with hiking, bungy jumping, jet boating and exploring. But where do you start? What adventures can't be missed? Don't worry we've been adventuring our hearts out and we've narrowed down the 12 best adventure experiences in NZ. Have a read and let your imagination run wild.

Tags: Adventure, kiwi, new zealand, bungy jumpread more
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Five minutes with Dan Aux

​Britz is partnering with George FM to bring you the 2015 George FM Yearbook! We have a double pass to give away to the launch party and George FM giving away an epic summer roadie!  To celebrate epic summer road trips with the best beats on your radio, we've had a quick chat with George FM star, Dan Aux

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Perfect Picnic Spots in New Zealand

​Whether you find yourself on the North Island or the South Island, New Zealand is known for its wild adventures on offer. Having said this, the abundance of lush green countryside, secluded beaches and dynamic mountain-scapes means there's no shortage of spots to take some time out to stop, relax and appreciate the breath-taking scenery.

Tags: Picnic, lunch, food with a viewread more
Picnic, lunch, food with a view

Safe driving in New Zealand

​New Zealand has one of the most unique road networks in the world. Rather than four lane super-highways, New Zealand has lush green countryside on each side of the highway, sealed roads nested in the side of steep mountains and clear views of a pea-green ocean as you meander along the coast. Remember, you are on holiday so relax, enjoy the slower pace!

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Go Explore: Raglan

​Nestled in the foothills of the Waikato peninsula, on the North Islands West Coast, is the beachside town of Raglan. Famous for its epic surf beaches, alternative lifestyle and artistic flare, Raglan promises a sun-worshippers dream holiday.

Tags: Raglan, Surf, Beachesread moreOlivia Bellini
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TVNZ Epic West-Coast Tour

This week is an exciting week for those of us at Britz HQ. With stars in our eyes we watched on as Breakfast Sam embarked on an epic west coast adventure in a Britz Campervan.

Unfortunately, the weather didn't play nice and the guys on the road ended up looking bedraggled by lunchtime most days.  

We'd probably advise doing this road trip on a sunnier week than our friends at TVNZ, so we thought we'd share the love and let you in on some of the fun activities they got up to and inspire you to take your own west coast trip.

Tags: TVNZ, Breaking News, West Coastread moreBritz HQ
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TVNZ competition: What kind of campervan traveller are you?

This week we're out on the road with Breakfast Sam, travelling the stunning west coast.  The weather is promising to be horrible, but with a roof over our heads, a nice dry bed and somewhere to cook something warm to fill our tummies - we're not letting it put us off.

Take this quiz to enter the competition to win your own Britz road trip!

Tags: Competition, quiz, TVNZ, winread moreBritz
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5 first world problems for a van wife

​Recently Whitney and Kato travelled around New Zealand's North Island in a campervan. Life on the road can sometimes throw the girls a few challenges so Whitney sent us in some of her top tips on how to combat first-world problems and still stay glamorous while out on the road.

Tags: North Island, Van wife, Healthyread moreWhitney Kaye
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8 things every surfer should know about campervanning

​Kato and his girlfriend Whitney recently spent some time travelling around New Zealand in a campervan. Taking every opportunity to check out the local surf, here is Kato's take on how to explore New Zealand with a surfboard!

Tags: Surfing, beaches, North Islandread moreKato Simpson
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What type of camper traveller are you?

What is YOUR style of campervan travel? Take the quiz now to find out.

Tags: quizread moreBritz Crew

​Discover “The Hobbit” Filming Locations with a Britz Campervan Tour

​For visitors to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the natural wonders of New Zealand hark back to a landscape when the Earth was very young – indeed the time of J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth. It is little wonder then that Sir Peter Jackson, one of New Zealand’s favourite sons, chose his homeland as the destination to film his “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Tags: Hobbiton, Matamata, Lord of the Rings, Waitomoread moreBritz crew
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​​3 crazy adventurers, 9 great walks, 9 days and 1 world record

​During November, Ben Southall, Luke Edwards and Patrick Kinsella from the global adventurers will be tackling New Zealand's 9 great walks in 9 days. The team, will have somewhere to rest each night and reliable transport to get them to each walk – thanks to their Britz Campervans.

Tags: walking, hiking, world recordread more
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Life's a beach

​ New Zealand's 15,000-kilometre coastline is as diverse as it is long and dishes up everything from sunbathing, swimming and relaxed strolls, to more active pursuits such as kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding. And with plenty of coastal campsites dotted around, you can easily turn your Britz campervan trip into the ultimate beach holiday.

Tags: beach, summer, coastread moreBennet and Slater
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Ohakune’s Coach Road

​The New Zealand Cycle Trails bring landscapes to life with interpretive displays sharing remarkable stories of yesteryear.

Tags: Cycling, Ohakune, bikes, bicycleread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater
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New Zealand’s Great Day Hikes

​When it comes to hiking holidays, New Zealand is most famous for its Great Walks –multi-day adventures such as the Milford and Abel Tasman Coastal Track. While these are amazing and deservedly popular, walkers can also explore the wilderness on day trips. Here are some of the best, all readily accessible on your Britz campervan trip.

Tags: Walks, great walks, New Zealand, hikingread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater
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Spring Cycling

​Spring is here, and it's the perfect season to start exploring New Zealand by bike.  With extended daylight hours and warmer weather, you won't want to be cooped up inside anyway. 

Tags: Spring, cycling, cycling trails, bikes, bicyclesread more
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New Zealand's 9 Great Walks

​One of the best ways to explore New Zealand is to really immerse yourself in its beauty. Going by camper not only offers you the flexibility and freedom to explore any of the Department of Conservation 9 Great Walks

Tags: nature, walks, hikes, wild liferead more
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5 unique NZ animal experiences that will complete your South Island road trip

Did you know that over 71% of the wildlife in New Zealand is not found anywhere else on Earth?

From extinct three metre tall 'Moa' and man-eating Haast Eagle; to reptiles with three eyes and creatures that glow in the dark, New Zealand's wildlife could easily have been ripped from the fantasy pages of the Lord of the Rings.

Tags: animals, native, new zealand, GoByCamperread more
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Wildlife Encounters

​Cast adrift from Gondwanaland and propelled by awesome geological forces into a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand has evolved in mysterious ways. So too has its wildlife. Visitors will discover plenty of opportunities to meet its native creatures – in their natural environments and conservation reserves, often up close and sometimes in emotional encounters

Tags: Wildlife, New Zealand, Nature, Campervanread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater
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Secret campervan adventures

​For many people, a holiday is a quest for adventure – a chance to explore unfamiliar territory, try something new, and perhaps test some personal limits along the way. This needn’t mean climbing Mt Everest or swimming the Amazon. Opportunities for inspiring and achievable experiences will often take you by surprise.

Tags: holiday, road trip, adventure, cycling, holiday, new zealand, camperread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater @BennettnSlater
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Queenstown Cycle Trails - Pedalling the Crown Jewels

​The Queenstown region boasts one of the jewels in New Zealand’s national cycle trail. Ranging from easy lakeside jaunts to cross-country treks – easily accessible from Queenstown and Arrowtown – the 110km-long Queenstown Trails network is an unbeatable way to drink in the area’s famous scenery with ample rewards along the way.

Tags: Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Arrow River, Gibbston River, Lake Hayesread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater - @BennettnSlater on Twitter
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Where Can I Camp?

Waihi Top 10 Holiday Park

​New Zealanders have had a love affair with camping holidays for generations, and as a result you’ll encounter a camping culture that is welcoming and well organised. There are more than 800 vehicle-accessible campsites throughout the country, ranging from remote wilderness camps to groomed inner-city holiday parks. Here is what you can expect.

Tags: Holiday parks, DOC Campsites, Council Campsites, Freedom Campingread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater @BennettnSlater
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Cycling the Hauraki Rail Trail

Couple relaxing after bike ride

​One of the easiest of New Zealand’s 22 national cycleways, the Hauraki Rail Trail offers Britz Bikes riders a close encounter with small towns, verdant countryside, and a bush-clad gorge rich in mining history retelling stories of the region’s past.

Tags: Hauraki, Karangahake, Coromandel, Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi Rail Trailread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater - @BennettnSlater on Twitter
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Why Campervanning?

​ We quickly realised that the campervan road trip is the ultimate way to see New Zealand. Here are just a few reasons why.

Tags: Britz, Campervans, road trip, home comforts, campingread moreSarah Bennett & Lee Slater - @BennettnSlater on Twitter
Britz, Campervans, road trip, home comforts, camping
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