We want to ensure our hirers have a SAFE and enjoyable journey around New Zealand, so we’re playing our part:
- Every hirer will receive a copy of the ‘What’s different about driving in NZ’ handbook when you collect your campervan. Please read it and familiarise yourself with our rules and driving conditions.
- You will also receive a pre-arrival email from Escape filled with useful travel tips. There’s also a link within that email to a video which our hirers MUST watch before commencing your NZ road-trip. Here it is again for you to check out.
- We want you to undertake the following online NZ driving test before you arrive to familiarise yourself with our rules and conditions: www.drivingtests.co.nz
- We have strategically placed some new ‘KEEP LEFT” stickers within all of our campervans. We realise driving on the left is a bit different for many of you and it’s easy to slip into old habits and drift over to the right. Don’t do it! Keep left at all times. All times!! (just so we’re clear) :)
So please check out the following website: www.drivesafe.org.nz This is a new site aimed at educating our international visitors about driving in New Zealand.
Guys – This is all about keeping you all safe on our roads. If you’re not comfortable with this, if you’re uncertain about driving in unfamiliar conditions, if you lack driving confidence or competence, you need to ask yourself if a self-drive holiday is really right for you?
Have a look at this ‘Driver Assessment Form’ to check how prepared you are to driving in NZ (We’ll be presenting you with this document when you collect your van also.)
But if you are an experienced, safe and considerate driver, if you’ve checked out the websites above and completed the online driving test, that’s great. Travel safely with Escape. You won’t regret it.
That’s all for now. Be safe. Enjoy your journey.
Where to camp?
We need all of our Escape campervan hirers to respect and protect the environment, particularly when choosing where to camp.
There are over 6,000 camping sites throughout New Zealand and many are free or cost very little. And because there are so many great campsites available, Escape Rentals does NOT recommend freedom camping (where you simply pull up where you want and camp for the night).
A ‘Freedom Camping Bylaw’ was passed in 2011 which provides local councils the authority to issue infringement notices which will incur an instant fine for illegal camping (generally $200…maybe more). This cost will be the responsibility of the driver so we urge you to consider carefully where you’re camping (check for ‘no camping’ signs and respect the directives from the local authorities).
To help you plan where you should camp, we have our ‘Respect NZ’ map/website and we urge you to use it (or download the app). ‘Respect NZ’ is basically a detailed interactive NZ map featuring thousands of campsites, key attractions and popular activities.
It profiles the 300 plus campsites operated by the New Zealand Department of conservation (DOC). These are free or low-cost sites ($8-$10 a night) and you’ll receive a guide to these within your campervan also. Respect NZ features all of the commercial campsites throughout New Zealand also. These are a bit more expensive (about $20 per night) and a bit more ‘swanky’ with hot showers, cooking facilities, Wifi etc.
Click on the banner below to find the best places to park up your campervan…
If you do choose to Freedom Camp, well, that’s your call, but always check with the local I-site (information centre) first.
Still uncertain where to camp? Use these:
But don’t sweat it if you’re in one of our non-certified vans. As mentioned above, there’s literally thousands of campsites and camping spots throughout NZ available for you to use.
And of course, our customer service team is here for you also. We’ll happily help you plan your itinerary, tell you more about where to camp – we may even tell you some of our own favourite spots! Just look after the environment and have a brilliant trip!
Escape Rentals Offers Discounted Campsite Vouchers!
Escape Campervans, in conjunction with our mates at Rankers, is proud to offer our hirers Department of Conservation Campsite vouchers at a discounted price.
You can get a three week DOC camping pass for just $120 (for two adults) which is a saving of $300!!
The Department of Conservation Campsite pass gives you access to 100 scenic/standard DOC campsites around New Zealand. Weekly passes are available to be purchased online
And when you buy your DOC Campsite pass, you’re not only getting a great deal, but you’re contributing to conservation in New Zealand, whilst saving yourself the hassle of buying a single pass several times over throughout your trip. So go for it!
To find out more or to purchase your pass, click here.