It may be colder, but don’t let that dampen your spirit for adventure and new experiences: just add a good coat, comfy scarf or your trusty boots and you’re good to go! Our Motorhome Friendly Towns offer the intrepid traveller unique discoveries, breathtaking scenery and heart warming hospitality.
So grab a hot drink, put your feet up and browse through our suggestions for a day trip, or let it inspire you to plan a bigger adventure.. whatever you decide we’ll be delivering you fresh ideas throughout the Winter period.
Let us know and get to WIN A NESPRESSO ESSENZA Mini coffee machine!
Simply submit a photo with a short description of no more than 100 words* either on Facebook or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be on the short-list of must-do recommendations, one of which will win the perfect winter-warmer.
*Terms and Conditions: (1. Only submissions that complete the criteria- photo and description- will be considered valid - 2. Multiple entries are allowed bearing in mind that the quality of submissions is also an important factor; eg. two great entries will be considered in the shortlist, increasing chances of being picked as the top entry - 3. Submissions which make it into the short-list will be used in our MHF promotions for the duration of the Winter Experiences campaign - 4. Judges’ decision is final - 5. Winner will be chosen on the 19th of August, 2019 and will be announced in the Motor Caravanner).
We've extended the competition closure date to give adventurers more time to submit their stories and photos - get involved!
While you’re on the road this winter, be sure to visit some of our 53 Motorhome Friendly Towns. There are plenty of hidden gems out there, just waiting to be uncovered.
Our towns have a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes, with wine tasting, heritage trails and excellent restaurants. If your idea of relaxation is hitting the course for a leisurely round of golf, then you’re in luck, manicured greens are a feature in many of our towns. If an arts excursion is more your kind of indulgence, you’ll find that there are numerous galleries and studios which feature unique Kiwi art, or, unearth a new treasure by exploring a vintage shop. Whatever you decide, our towns will have you sorted.
An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Come and enjoy a leisurely 45 minute to one hour stroll through the beautiful West Coast rainforest tree tops.
Join us on our brewery experience as we guide you through the traditions and heritage of our brewing establishment. You will experience and taste our ever changing and innovative brews; some of which are exclusively produced and sold here by our brewers at Monteith's Brewing Company.
Enjoy Oamaru stone buildings in a wonderful rural setting, join in with farm activities and feed the sheep. A walk to the Brydone Monument, celebrating Totara's place in history, can be followed by a delicious farmhouse tea in the old cookhouse and a browse in the gift shop. Arrange a group tour and be guided by Totara's farm characters telling their stories and enjoy billy tea and scones round the campfire.
If you love wild winter walks or cycle trails, then we have the tracks to warm you up. Our trails are a great way to get off the beaten track and offer tranquil views along the way. Regardless of age and fitness level, there is something for everyone - whether it’s a personal challenge you’re undertaking, or a leisurely adventure, you’re sorted. Check it out for yourself here: www.mhftowns.com/trails
The Remutaka (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. One of New Zealand’s Great Rides, this 115km trail is rich in history with diverse terrain rideable by most people. The trail can be accessed in many places so you can tailor your ride to suit your needs and fitness levels.
The Waitomo Walkway (16 km northwest of Te Kuiti) traverses classic limestone landscape, meanders beside the Waitomo Stream through forest and open farmland. The walkway is an easy grade except for some short steep parts. It starts in the Waitomo Village (opposite the Discovery Centre) and passes up through bush and across farmland with some great views back to the Waitomo Village.
Winter brings a new magic to events, you might just need a thicker coat or add a scarf to your outfit! If you’re looking for a new motorhome or the latest accessory, why not attend the NZMCA Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure Show in September, or get trackside at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Whatever you’re into, New Zealand offers a wide selection of great events to sink your teeth into. Click the tiles below to find out more.
For a list of all the special parking events we have advertised click on the button below, the page is updated regularly so make sure to check back for more great events.
Below are upcoming events with organised Motorhome parking - get wrapped up, and amongst it with the locals! There's something for everyone.
Do you have a favourite festival or event? Below are some tantalising choices over winter that are sure to become a regular fixture on your event calendar! They don't have any organised motorhome/caravan parking, but since they're in a Motorhome Friendly Town you won't be far away from a beautiful place to set up.
Recognised the world over for its fine wine and fresh produce, Hawke's Bay is a gastronome's dream destination. It's a tough job knowing where to start, so that's why we created F.A.W.C! - your one-stop culinary festival that brings together the best on offer from across the region.
Now in its fourteenth year, the event has grown into one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood celebrations. The concept of the event is simple – Scallops cooked in a myriad of different ways by talented national chefs, restaurants and community groups and matched with quality entertainment including live bands, seafood cooking classes and demonstrations. Make sure to explore the rest of what Motorhome Friendly Whitianga has to offer the adventerous traveller! Hope to see you on Saturday September 21st!
Experience the wonders of Kaikoura’s marine wildlife and rugged coastline! Get close to nature as you’ve never seen it before and take your own iconic ‘tail snap’. NZMCA members are being offered 50% off their next Kaikoura Whale watching excursion. Click the button below to find out more - truly a Kiwi must-do.
The Great Journeys of New Zealand 2019 Winter Offer!
Experience a winter wonderland and enjoy an unforgettable journey through the heart of the North and South Islands. Take a journey on the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington or take the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth through the stunning Southern Alps. Include stopovers along the way in National Park or spend a night in Moana in the South Island. Experience the best of New Zealand’s winter, all from the warmth and comfort of the carriage.
This winter, you can enjoy 15% off our Northern Explorer or TranzAlpine trains.
Ts&Cs Apply: Travel period between 1st May to 31st August 2019. Valid to current members of the NZMCA only. Fares are non-transferrable. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount offer. Seating is subject to availability and may not be available on all services. Membership card must be shown at check in. Bookings can be made online or via our call centre on 0800 TRAINS (872 467) or
The CampSaver program, is the latest exclusive NZMCA member benefit. We've partnered with select independent campgrounds nation-wide, to provide a heavily discounted nightly rate to members on campground parking in the off-season months. Make sure to have a look at what campgrounds have signed up to this programme and incorporate them into your travel plans.
Riverside Motorcamp (Wairoa)
Gentle Annie Seaside Camping Ground (Westport)
Stay overnight in your self-contained campervan in secure parking facilities and listen to New Zealand’s legendary dawn chorus when you wake. Experience the magic of the kiwi bush on a night walk through the forest – if you’re lucky you may hear the call of a kākā, kiwi or takahē.