North Island of New Zealand.
It was an ultimate family goal to go away in a self-contained campervan. Follow the journey of Jay, Sarah and their kids Aiyana (7), Aizaya (5), Arkiya(1) & nana Adrienne (52). Read their story below.
Auckland to Auckland
Best Time of the Year
- Lake Taupo
- Huka prawn farm
- Quality family time
- Whakapapa ski field
Auckland to Hamilton
Distance 133km - Driving Time 2 hours
We chose to travel in the late night to Hamilton where we will pick up nana Adrienne (Sarah’s mum) to come along for the ride and have a weekend away for her birthday.
We arrived just after midnight and had already pre-made the beds before we left so all we needed to do was jump into bed and catch some zzzzzz.
Hamilton to Whakapapa village
Distance 233km - Driving Time 2 hours
Woke up to a beautiful cool morning in Hamilton and packed the 6 berth Britz campervan up with everything but the kitchen sink – bags of clothes, shoes, food, laptops & things to keep the kiddies happy i.e. colouring in books, reading books and toys. We were off to Whakapapa Ski fields which was quite a drive with 3 kiddies in tow.
There were a few awesome conveniences about having the Britz campervan was that it was spacious, plenty of room for all our belongings and for all 6 of us to lounge around when we were making a pit stop. We loved the aspect of having a kitchen on the go, we are huge foodies and it made our first day so much easier especially after a long 3 hours drive (which actually took 3 and a half hours – after stopping a few times for coffee etc) to the Whakapapa village.
We were able to relax and take time to make and early lunch before catching the mountain shuttle up to the ski fields and enjoy the day which ultimately saved us money by not sitting at the cafe, AND allowed us to be comfortable in our own surroundings. The snow was absolutely amazing, what an awesome day to choose to come to the snow! We went tobogganing and missed out on the ski lessons – Dammit! But we will definitely come back next year. The sunset on the way back from the Whakapapa Ski fields on the shuttle across the Taupo Lake side was incredible! After a long day at the snow we returned back to our campervan, then to the Lake Taupo Top 10 holiday Resort.
*Please note, during June to October, road restrictions apply on all ski field access roads in New Zealand.
Lake Taupo to Auckland
Distance 147km - Driving Time 2 hours
Our Taupo getaway went by too quickly, and it was time to head home before a bit of sightseeing at the Taupo lakeside and our Marae. Off home we went, stopping off in Hamilton to drop nana Adrienne home before heading straight back to Auckland. An awesome and easy trip, the Britz 6 berth motorhome is a dream to drive, such a powerful motor – there was no lagging at all.
Road trip highlights
The Taupo lookout when you first arrive in the city has an awesome view of the snowy mountains in the background, and the lake centered.Where did you stop for a picnic?
We loved our visit to Taupo especially as a winter getaway, there are so many awesome attractions for families to visit. We choose the most perfect day to visit the snow too!What was your favourite experience/activity and why?
The Whakapapa Ski fields was our favourite experience especially because we dont get to see snow everyday, it was a beaming beautiful day with awesome sun and not very windy!Did you have a favourite Holiday Park you stayed in and why?
The Taupo Top 10 holiday resort, was more than we thought it would be! Such a beautiful family lagoon pool with a built in bar. We swam everynight till 10pm it was an absolute bonus to come back to everyday after sightseeing.What would be your top tip for other campervan travellers?
It’s really handy to pack snacks i.e fruit, yoghurts, and ingredients to make sandwiches etc because eating on the go is a MUST! And it keeps the costs down of your trip as well becoming very convenient. Buying bottled water is also essential, and is really handy having it there for you to refill your drink bottles. In regards to driving – take it easy! Never be in a hurry to get anywhere, the campervan is such a joy to drive and enjoy.Can you share a recipe from something you cooked in the campervan?
We made alot of awesome food in the campervan but it was very easy meals you could have ready within minutes. A winner was chicken filled pita pockets.
½ green cabbage (shredded, or cut finely)
½ purple cabbage (shredded or cut finely)
2 tbsp mayo
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
optional 1 grated carrot
Combine ingredients together in a bowl, then set aside to serve. This is a great salad that is easily refrigerated for up to a week, so an awesome go to salad during the week of travel.
Breast chicken 500g-‐1kg of chicken – chopped into small cubes (or 200g per person)
1 onion chopped finely
1 garlic clove chopped finely
Heat a fry pan on to a medium heat, add the oil and saute the onions and garlics for a couple minutes before adding the chicken pieces – cook till cooked through. Toast your pita pockets in the toaster, And add ingredients to your pita pocket including extra mayonnaise.What is your greatest memory of the whole campervan holiday?
We loved driving to each destination in the campervan, it was always an easy exchange getting to each activity and being able to rest in the vehicle when we were finished for a quick snack and a small family gathering.