I'm very pleased we found the Mighway website and were able to find a solution for the lack of Hotels in Napier. Also pleased to meet Paul and rent his camper "ERL" - Paul was very accommodating - he's obviously very proud of his vehicle and maintains it well. We'll certainly look at this as an option for future trips around NZ.
Bay of Islands - Auckland - Hamilton
There's a couple great places to check out radiating from Auckland. While you're in Auckland you can make use of the Auckland Explorer bus, before picking up your motorhome, to visit some of the city's famous sites. These include historical and cultural scenic sites such as the War Memorial Museum, the Sky Tower, and Eden Park for the matches. Once you're ready to travel, there are lots of great day trips to take.
Head north to the Bay of Islands, and visit amazing scenic beaches like Paihia and Cathedral Cove. Waitangi is another great spot up north for history, such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and New Zealand's first capital, Russell. On your way back to Auckland, check out the picturesque Whangerei Falls.
Head south to the Bay of Plenty, the sunniest place in the North Island, where you can visit amazing beaches, quality wineries, and even a working kiwifruit orchard. You can also head out to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Visit the Waikato, heading to Matamata for Hobbiton and other Lord of the Rings experiences, or Hamilton for boutique stores and NZ-made items.
Or take a ferry to Waiheke Island, and take a walk around the beaches, the trails, or the amazing vineyards and olive groves.
Rotorua - Napier - Wellington
Visit Rotorua for New Zealand's best geothermal wonders. Here you'll find great opportunities to explore volcanic areas like White Island, pamper youself in a spa, or learn about Maori culture in Whakarewarewa.
On the way to nearby Taupo, you can visit the Waiotapu Thermal Reserve to see the Lady Knox geyser erupt, then visit the Huka Falls Lookout. Once here, you can grab some lunch on the picturesque shores of Lake Taupo, or even try out the Hole-in-One driving range.
Heading further south you can visit Napier, Hawke's Bay, the Art Deco Capital of the World. Tour the region with a company (or the city in a classic car!), by yourself with a map of food and wine spots, or by taking the cycle trails from one winery to the next. In Hastings, you might like to visit the traditional farmers market.
On the way to Wellington, drop into Martinborough and take the wine trail to over 20 wineries, all within cycling and walking distance of the town centre. Wellington itself is a great cultural spot, with lots of museums, art galleries, and theatres to visit, as well as the famous Cuba Street. There’s lots of outdoor activities to do as well, from biking, to kayaking, to scenic walks all around.
Picton - Nelson - Christchurch
The Interislander Ferry takes you through the stunning Marlborough Sounds between Wellington and Picton, making Picton your jumping off point for the rest of the South Island. While you’re here, make sure you spend some time exploring Blenheim.
From here, you’ll have a beautiful trip into Nelson along Queen Charlotte Drive, one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. You can then explore this great little town, all the while taking in views of Tasman Bay. Or you can drive to Kaikoura, a beautiful coastal town well known for marine mammal encounters. You can go on one of the many whale-watching trips, and afterwards explore the shops and restaurants in town.
Further south you will find Christchurch and Akaroa. Following earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch has created some unique and innovative experiences playing off the new features of post-earthquake life, with some great pop-up spots from food to fashion in the Container Mall. Christchurch shines in winter, with whale-watching, spa villages, and natural thermal pools. Not far from Christchurch is Akaroa, a quiet spot with lots of history. You’ll find restored historic cottages, the Akaroa museum, and lots of French flair, reflecting the early French settlement.