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 email@example.com 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 5th of July, 2019 and will be announced in the next Motor Caravanner).
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
What makes a town special? What draws the crowds regardless of the season? We believe our 53 (and counting) Motorhome Friendly towns have a lot to offer the winter traveller! Be it a museum, geothermal spa, town icon or an inspiring local wilderness adventure - there really is something for everyone.
Experience an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights.
Please Note: the 'Waitomo Glow Worm Caves' is 19km and a 20 min drive north of Te Kuiti.
The Historical Maritime Park has a significant collection of local importance relating to the history of the town of Paeroa and the Hauraki Plains region. As New Zealand’s only inland port, the Museum has significant links dating back to pre-European settlement and the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769 in HMS Endeavour.
Park Up: The Maritime Park is also a beautiful parking location for self-contained motorhomes and caravans. Listed on the NZMCA Travel Directory as site #2294.
Cycling Link: The Hauraki Rail Trail is only a kilometre away from the Maritime Park. A link track from the main Hauraki Rail Trail offers cyclists and walkers a diversion to the Historical Maritime Park and Museum.
Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka offers Tui lovers and new comers the chance to celebrate all things Tui. Enjoy a tasting of our latest and often exclusive drops, stroll the historic grounds of this New Zealand icon and watch the brewers in action. If you're adventuring in your Self Contained motorhome or caravan make sure to check out the beautiful nearby freedom camping spot (#4929) 'Mangatainoka Reserve'.
Your private tub has been cleaned and re-filled with fresh mountain water just for you. No chemicals are added. The wood fire is lit, so all you have to do is adjust the temperature, sit back and relax in the Omarama landscape under the MacKenzie Sky.
We are blessed to live in a country with an amazing array of different beautiful landscapes and all right at our finger tips. NZ’s renowned beauty transforms over the the cooler months, making a lot of its many walks, cycling tracks and hikes into a new experience and challenge - just waiting for you to take it on. Below is a short list of what we believe are some must-do outdoor adventures across our Motorhome Friendly Towns.
If you don’t already know, recently the Motorhome Friendly towns website added a fresh new feature: a listing of walking and cycling tracks! They range from ‘easy’ to ‘expert’ so if none of the below fit the bill - have a look around. You can filter by difficulty, location, duration, distance and even whether you can take your furry friend with you or not!
Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast. Look and listen out for great spotted kiwi/roroa and takahē around Gouland Downs and try and spy the nocturnal carnivorous land snail around Heaphy Hut on a damp night. Get on your bike! Mountain bikes are allowed between 1 May and 30 November!
The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest cycle trails in the country, with the 160km track made up of 5 sections. This allows for a range of scenic day rides, and comfortable 3 - 4 multi-day tour rides. As a Grade One cycle trail, the Hauraki Rail Trail is suitable for all fitness levels and cycling skills. The Hauraki Rail Trail boasts some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer.
Scenery and history combine in this walk along an historic bush tramway, with spectacular vistas up and down the Ngakawau Gorge, alongside an unfolding view of the Mangatini Falls. This walk mostly follows an historic bush tramway through the lower Ngakawau Gorge and the Charming Creek valley to the abandoned Charming Creek Coal Mine, passing historic sawmilling and mining remains. The gorge nestles among steep bluffs while below, water foams past immense boulders in the riverbed.
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 July. Whatever you’re into, NZ 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!
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.
Bazil's Hostel (Westport)
Gentle Annie Seaside Accommodation & Camping Ground (North of Westport)
Riverside Motor Camp (Wairoa)
Mill Creek Bird Park and Campground (Whitianga)