"Making the most of the NZMCA Campsaver scheme we stayed at the Pakawau Beach Park (#6003) near Farewell Spit. Absolute beachfront meant we were treated to the best sunsets and sunrises that would match or better anywhere else in the world. It was also the ideal base for us to walk a section of the Spit where the landscape mirrored the undulating craters of the moon. It was also a special moment to stand on the most northern part of the South Island at Cape Farewell."
Robyn Greening, Denise Farr and 'Buster McBus'. Thank you to all who entered the competition! We've really enjoyed seeing your photos and reading up on your special kiwi winter memories.
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 greater Winter period.
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.
Robyn describes her experience: "What a fabulous adventure we had at The Real Dog Company in Ranfurly early June 2019. It was a stunning day with fresh snow and brilliant sunshine. When we arrived Nigel took us to meet the Alaskan Malamutes & Canadian Eskimo Dog teams. He explained the social structure of dog teams, including the fact that within the team there was an all important 'pecking order'. He also emphasised the importance of his role as 'the boss'. Chaos would have prevailed without the dogs accepting him as top dog! We then went on to experience a totally exhilerating dog sledge ride through snow covered forest tracks. The dogs were in seventh heaven! By the end of our half day experience we really appreciated why these dogs have been so valued over the ages in polar regions as the trusted means of transporting people and supplies. All up a truly stunning experience!"
Raewyn describes her experience: "Went on the Glass Bottom boat trip from Whitianga. Wonderful day to be on the water. Saw lots of snapper, kina and other fish in the marine reserve. Staying at the Whitianga waterways NZMCA park."
Denise & Robin describe their experience: "The perfect end to a winter’s day cycling on the 'Te Ara Ahi / Thermal by Bike' Great Ride! There is a small campground with access to the pools included in the price, making for a good deal. Early in the morning the almost deserted pools are open to campers before the public. Who can resist a winter soak in a thermal infinity pool overlooking the steaming countryside? 648 Waikite Valley Road, thirty minutes south of Rotorua off SH5."
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 Whananaki Coastal Walkway is one of the longer walks in the district with unspoilt coastal scenery and a monument in memory of the freighter Capitaine Bougainville which caught fire and sank off this coast in September 1975.
Linda describes the track: "Wintering in the wild and wonderful West Coast is not for the faint hearted but there is no excuse to feel woeful. In the small settlement of Runanga (just 8km from Greymouth) we explored the Coal Creek Falls. Just a 1 hour return walk, you wander your way through native bush, catching glimpses of the clear cool waters of Coal Creek. You know you’re getting close as you begin to hear the sound of rushing water. The waterfall vista unfolds before you - wide, loud and proud as it cascades down the undulating layers of rocks."
This trail offers a 48km adventure through a thermal wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers.
Between the trail heads at Rotorua and the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, this cycle trail takes riders to four significant geothermal fields: Whakarewarewa, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waikite Valley Thermal Springs. Each has its own unique geothermal features, including rare flora and fauna, and is rich in Maori history and folklore.
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, get trackside at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint or get on the dance floor at the Branded Country Music Festival in Te Awamutu. 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.
Rod & Stacy share their experience;
"Winter is an excellent time to take advantage of the NZMCA member discount at Whale Watch Kaikoura because of the possibility of seeing both migrating humpback whales and resident sperm whales. We had an awesome trip in early July. The friendly guides gave excellent commentary. We saw several individual sperm whales on the surface, and then their tail as they dived. We also saw at least two humpback whales, accompanied by many dusky dolphins. Some dolphins swam close to the boat and several did spectacular aerobatics. Binoculars are useful as the boats have to keep their distance from the whales."
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.
Mill Creek Bird Park & Campground (Coromandel)
Bazil's Hostel and Surf School (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.