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 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.
Travel in style, and discover Aotearoa’s rich diversity and breath-taking scenery. Explore the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine which travels daily from Christchurch to Greymouth via Arthurs Pass!
Experience the extremes of New Zealand’s scenery from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau and the sparkling Kapiti coast aboard the Northern Explorer. The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu – is a highlight, a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side by side.
Take advantage of a 15% discount for any of these services for NZMCA members.
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.
Revel in Rugby and all its heritage with a visit to the New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North. The home of one of the best collections in the world devoted to the oval ball, this is a must see! You’ll be rewarded with a trip back in time exploring the rich history and folklore of our nation’s mighty game, with an unmasking of our rugby heroes and legends as their stories unfold. Get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how it’s rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country.
Journey to Whitianga, New Zealand’s Geo-Thermal Ocean village. There you will discover The Lost Spring; a perfect retreat for you and your special someone. Indulge in a truly relaxing experience after the many hikes and walks that Whitianga has to offer - a perfect winter experience!
Central Otago’s best kept secret – a free visitor attraction that has something for the whole family. When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell’s main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860’s were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.
Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, a wonderland of native wildlife cradled in the beauty of Wairarapa and Tararua’s 70 Mile Bush. Take up an offer to stay overnight in your self contained Motorhome or Caravan and really experience the diverse wildlife of the area. Visit Manukura the white kiwi, feed the eels, take a tour with our amazing rangers, feast at Kākā Café surrounded by cheeky kākā, walk through native bush and rongo te mauri – feel life’s essence! The centre can be found on SH2 in between Motorhome Friendly Masterton to the south and Motorhome Friendly Pahiatua to the north.
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!
Pedal back in time and experience an amazing historical tour on New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail. The Forgotten World Highway starts at Taumarunui, a railway town in the Central North Island. The cycle route traverses the quietest state highway (SH 43) in New Zealand, with approximately 200 cars on average using the main section per day. The trail can be done in sections, and is do-able all year round.
The Riverside Walkway leading from the Wairoa lighthouse to Whakamahia beach is 7.7kms long. If you walk this it will take you about 1.5 hours, if you bike it will take you about 30 mins one way. Experience the history of Wairoa at your own pace while you walk or peddle.
More than 40 poles comprise the collection, with each one reflecting the variety of cultures that reside in the South Waikato area. The Pacific Memories and Professional Business Women Poles, the interestingly named Crazyman Pole, named because of the grass growing out of his head, and The Pine Man which stands tall along the main highway through town, are among the collection.
The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail is the longest continuous ride in New Zealand and takes in some of the country’s most incredible scenery. Some say winter can be the best time to attempt this iconic kiwi trail - imagine the scenery as you tick this off your bucket list! More information on how to prepare and what to expect in the link above.
The track crosses the peninsula’s clifftop, with excellent views of the Seaward Kaikōura Range, ocean and coastline, to South Bay. It returns to the township via South Bay and Toms Track. Distinctive marker posts and, at some locations, interpretation signs link a loop walkway, from West End the town centre, to Point Kean car park. To fully explore and enjoy the features of the walk, allow at least three hours to complete the whole walkway. Why not also take up the offer of half price whale watching since you're in Motorhome Friendly Kaikoura? Perfect.
Winter brings a new magic to events, you might just need a thicker coat or add a scarf to your outfit! Get the family together to watch hot air balloons lighting up the night sky, burning in unison to music at the Hororata Night Glow in mid-May. If seafood is more up your alley why not experience what Bluff has to offer and enjoy fresh seafood served to you by the friendly Southland locals. Or 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)