Monday, August 31, 2009

Obama thinks that Hybrid Motorhomes are the salvation for the RV Industry

Taken from here

The corpse of a company that made some of the biggest, gas-guzzling vehicles consumers could buy will now be used as a breeding ground for energy-efficient technologies, thanks to a little help from the U.S. government.

Speaking at an old Monaco Coach plant Wednesday, Barack Obama announced that Navistar Inc., which purchased most of the assets of the RV-maker out of bankruptcy, will receive a $39 million grant from the government. If all goes according to plan, the money will transform the graveyard of towable trailers and luxury motor homes into an oasis of battery-powered exploration. (Keeping in mind, of course, that Navistar currently describes itself as “a manufacturer and marketer of medium and heavy trucks and mid-range diesel engines” - albeit one that’s trying to reduce emissions.)

The grant is part of a $2.4 billion program designed to help America ditch its clunkers and manufacture its own hybrid vehicles.

“I don’t want to have to import a hybrid car, I want to build one here,” Obama said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I want the technologies to be developed here in America.”

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Campervan from Christchurch to See the South Island

Christchurch Campervan hireChristchurch is a great central departure point for sight-seeing around New Zealand's South Island.

Heading south, you can take in the cities of Timaru and Oamaru or head to ski fields at Mt Hutt near Methven. The Methven pubs -- known as the Brown Pub and the Blue Pub -- are a great stop-off.

If you fancy travelling further, head through central Otago (wine country!) to Queenstown or the main centre of Dunedin -- in fact you can get pretty much anywhere in the South Island with less than a day's travelling from Christchurch (you might have to get up pretty early to get to Bluff, south of Invercargill, though).

It's also easy to get to the wild and woolly West Coast of the South Island or travel north to Nelson and Marlborough (more wine country!).

Check the weather conditions if you're heading through any of the Southern Alps passes - Lindis Pass, Lewis Pass, Arthur's Pass, Haast Pass -- some of these roads can be quite snowbound in the colder months.

If you're looking for a great deal on Christchurch Campervan hire head to http://christchurchcampervanhire.co.nz

Video: Photos taken while driving by campervan looping the South Island. Starting from Christchurch, over Lewis Pass to Westport, south via Hokitika, Haast-Pass to Wanaka, Queenstown, back up North via Mount Cook to Akaroa Peninsula, on to Blenheim, Nelson, and back to Christchurch

Remember, for a great deal on Christchurch Campervan hire head to http://christchurchcampervanhire.co.nz

Council Considers Campervan Park for Downtown Wellington

Wellington Campervan HireAfter years of negotiating over whether or not to have a Hilton Hotel on the waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand, the Wellington City Council is being asked to support a very different plan for the site -- a temporary campervan park.

According to the story, published on Scoop.co.nz, the idea has been put forward in a draft waterfront development plan for the next12 months, and councillors will be asked to approve it this week.

If you're looking for Wellington Campervan Hire check out the deals at http://wellingtoncampervanhire.co.nz

The story says that the council’s plans to have big new buildings on the waterfront are on hold because of “prevailing economic conditions which have resulted in much reduced tenant demand.” So the council-owned waterfront company has come up with the idea of a temporary campervan park on publicly-owned land that the council wants the hotel to occupy.

If the campervan park is approved, the waterfront company will seek up to $500,000 from rates, to build “the necessary infrastructure including amenities and ablution facilities.”

Video: A short film about Wellington, by film students Luke Frater, Derek Wood and Melissa Reeve of Victoria University (warning: a small amount of NSFW language)

Remember, if you're after Wellington Campervan Hire there are great deals at http://wellingtoncampervanhire.co.nz

Quick Book Review: RV Rentals: A Vacationer's Guide

A few months ago, we bought this book to have a look at, and we were happy we did. This book is the most thorough book on RV Rental we found. We highly recommend you pick this up. We give this book a five star review. The only nuance is that it is biased to North American market, however, the common sense approach and detailed planning and questioning can be valuable no matter where you go. Click on the link below to read the table of contents.

Notice that the book has 5 star reviews from all the reviewers - we can vouch for that!


If you are curious about what kind of RV/Campervan/Motorhome home to rental - check out our Campervan Rental types here.

For the best prices on USA RV Rentals, click here!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Announcing the Arrival of Campervan Hire Sale Finder

Campervan Hire Sale FinderCampervanHireSaleFinder.com.au, a new site from iMall Brands, launched this week.

CampervanHireSaleFinder.com.au is where Australia campervan suppliers present you with their best specials and sale prices. This site is operated by one of Australia's, and the world's largest bookers of rental motorhomes, iMall Motorhomes.

From the website: "Strong buying power ensures we access all the best sale prices and packages on campervan hire - many of which are not available elsewhere."


Some of the great new features include:
  • Lowest Price Guarantee - We won't be beaten on price. So in the unlikely event you find a better price for the same vehicle on another website, tell us and we'll beat the price. Not only that - we'll give you an extra $25 AUD discount for your effort!
  • Find Every Major Australian Motorhome Supplier under the sun - and several smaller local suppliers you wouldn't find elsewhere. You won't find a larger selection of Australian Motorhome Companies on one site. Not only that, but our bulk buying power gives you incredible discounts with these brands.
  • Advanced Features: No more sifting through pages and pages of listings online. Filter your campervan search results in seconds with options with many useful options. Filter by price range, berths, people travelling, specifications, and age of vehicle. You can save the vehicles to a short list and compare them. Can can also book in a variety of currencies such AUD, NZD, CAD, EUR, USD or GBP.
So what are you waiting for? For a great deal on Campervan Hire Australia, go to campervanhiresalefinder.com.au

Campervan to Alice Springs -- It's Comfier Than a Camel

Alice Springs CampervanThere are more than a million feral camels in Australia, and they have the potential to double their population every ten years. They're descendants of camels imported into Australia from the mid-1800s onwards -- they came largely from the Indian subcontinent, but also from Yemen, Iraq and the Canary Islands.

It's often argued that Alice Springs owes its existence to the camel and their handlers. The town was founded in the early 1870s as a repeater station for the Darwin-to-Adelaide Overland Telegraph Line - also built by men who depended on camels for supplies and equipment. Camels also brought the first piano in on the back of one during the 1880s.

But in some Outback communities they're often seen as a pest -- they trample plants and destroy water pipes as they search for food and water. The Australian government has set aside $16m to "contain the problem" and one controversial proposal is to shoot the camels from helicopters or on foot. Naturally, animal welfare groups are opposed to a mass slaughter.

Today camel races are still a popular attraction, and include the annual Imparja Camel Cup, raced with up to 15 camels at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs. Tourists are catered for with camel rides at places like www.austcamel.com.au

But if you ask me, I'd rather ride with the comfort of a fine automobile; it's easier on the butt for a start. If you're looking for Alice Springs Campervan hire go to http://alicespringscampervanhire.com.au/

Video: BBC clip of Jeremy Clarkson catching camels (or trying to).

Remember, for Alice Springs Campervan hire go to http://alicespringscampervanhire.com.au/

Touring NZ in a Campervan? Visit Auckland's Sky Tower

Campervan Hire AucklandAuckland's crowning glory is the 328 metres (or 1,076 feet) tall Sky Tower. It's the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. And just to put that height into perspective, it's the same as standing 37 buses end to end.

Built between 1994-1997, the Sky Tower hosts telecommunications and broadcasting services as well as being a hotspot for tourists. A member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the Sky Tower has three observation decks, restaurants and even bungy jumping on offer. It's also part of the SkyCity casino complex.

Take a ride up the glass-fronted lifts to enter a world of fine dining at restaurants -- take your pick from Orbit Revolving Restaurant, The Observatory brasserie or just go for coffee at the highest altitude cafe in the Southern Hemisphere.

So if you're visiting Auckland, don't forget to take in the Sky Tower -- and remember, for a fantastic deal on Campervan Hire Auckland, check out the deals at http://aucklandcampervanhire.co.nz

Some Sky Tower facts, sourced from www.skycityauckland.co.nz:
  • At 328 metres tall Sky Tower is the 12th tallest tower in the world (taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Sydney's AMP Tower)
  • It took two years and nine months to build Sky Tower
  • Sky Tower has three circular public observation levels - Sky Deck, Main Observation level and Sky Lounge - from each of which you can get a 360-degree view of Auckland
  • Three glass-fronted elevators can take 225 people to the observation levels every 15 minutes. The elevators travel at 18km per hour and the ride takes only 40 seconds
  • There are 1,267 steps from the base of Sky Tower to Sky Deck. It would take someone 29 minutes to reach Sky Deck walking at 4km (2.5 mph)
  • On a clear day you can see approximately 82 kilometres (51 miles) from Sky Tower. That's as far north as Leigh Peninsula, as far east as Great Barrier Island, as far west as the Waitakere Ranges, and as far south as the Bombay Hills
  • During one Sky Tower Vertical Challenge race a contestant ran up over 1000 steps in only five minutes and 17 seconds.
  • The Sky Tower consists of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, 2,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 600 tonnes of structural steel – including 170 tonnes in the mast
  • Sky Tower is constructed from a high strength, high performance concrete
  • The foundations go down more than 15 metres and are designed to spread force load
  • It has been designed to remain essentially undamaged during storms with winds gusting to 200 km/hr (125 mph), which can result in sway at the top of the concrete shaft of approximately one metre
  • In the extreme event of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurring within 20 kilometres of the tower, analysis shows that Sky Tower would remain standing.

Video: A quick look at the view from the top

And remember, for a great deal on Campervan Hire Auckland, check out the deals at http://aucklandcampervanhire.co.nz

Campervan to Adelaide Festivals and Events

Adelaide CampervanAdelaide, South Australia has a population of over 1.1 million, making it smaller than other Australian cities like Sydney , Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth -- but it sure punches above its weight as far being a travel destination. It's a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan outlook and a ring of parks providing plenty of greenery. And events. Oh boy does Adelaide have events.

Sporting events in Adelaide include the Adelaide 500, known by its sponsored name, the Clipsal 500. It's a huge V8 Supercar race event -- attended by a massive 291400 spectators in 2008, the event also features concerts every night, air shows, and social events that bring in people from Adelaide, interstate and overseas. Next year’s Clipsal 500 V8 event in Adelaide will run from March 11-14.

It's a great city for arts festivals too. During the 1970s the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Fringe Festival were established, and over the years sister events have emerged, including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week and WOMADelaide, the WOMAD festival of international music and performance.

If you're looking for a good deal on Adelaide campervan hire go to http://adelaidecampervanhire.com.au.

Here are some videos - a performance from Womadelaide and a song from Ben Folds.

Video: Ska Cubano perform 'Tequila!' at Womadelaide 2009


Video: Ben Folds sings about Adelaide


Remember, for Adelaide campervan hire go to http://adelaidecampervanhire.com.au.

Book Ahead and Save With These Motorhome Bookers

Motorhome BookersEarly Bookers is a site that rewards people who make an effort to book early, by offering unbeatable deals that just aren't available anywhere else. Each offer is only available to a very limited number of customers, just like an airline deal.

Deals vary according to supplier and inventory, but the offers range from heavily discounted hire fees through to deals where you get free days for booking a campervan for a certain length of time. And in some cases, there are free ski passes or two for one Milford Sound cruises offered as incentives.

So if you're thinking of hiring a campervan or motorhome, book early to get a great deal. To check out these astonishing deals, look through the range of motorhome bookers at Early-Bookers.com

Video: Early to rise? Check out New Zealand's beautiful scenery in this video clip. "One of the benefits of travelling around New Zealand in a Motorhome is waking up to beautiful scenery such as this... try to find this view in hotel, motel or hostel! "

Don't forget to check out the range of offers through our motorhome bookers at Early-Bookers.com

Hire a Campervan in Queenstown

Queenstown campervan hireHeading for the ski fields surrounding Queenstown, in New Zealand's gorgeous Central Otago district? There's so much to see and do that it really is worth hiring a campervan -- if you're looking for a great deal on Queenstown campervan hire check out QueenstownCampervanHire.co.nz.

Queenstown is an international resort town in New Zealand's South Island. Built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, the town has spectacular views of nearby mountains. It's a centre for adventure tourism, skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, tramping and fly fishing. People travel from all over New Zealand and many parts of the world to ski at the four main mountain skifields -- Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone.

Queenstown and the surrounding area contains many locations used in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and other international feature films. The Central Otago region is also known for high quality food -- and the local wineries are outstanding.

Video: Snowboarding at the Remarkables, Queenstown NZ

If you're visiting New Zealand's Central Otago region and looking for a great deal on Queenstown campervan hire check out http://queenstowncampervanhire.co.nz

Sunday, August 23, 2009

CampervanHireSaleFinder drives some great bargains!

CampervanHireSalerFinder.co.nz, a new site from iMall Brands has launched this weekend. Rohan Marx, General Manager iMall Brands Motorhome Division states:
"We are excited about the launch of our site CampervanHireSaleFinder.co.nz. Great value for money was the overriding message we were getting from our customers, so we concentrated on sourcing as many of the best deals and specials as we could. We have also developed some innovative new features to further assist our customers in finding the best campervan deal, while keeping the search and reservations process as simple as possible. We'll continuously innovate the information and functionality of this website and would love any feedback from customers to how we can further improve our site."
Some of the great new features include:
* Lowest Price Guarantee - we will conditionally beat any motorhome rental price by $25 New Zealand Dollars.
  • Find Every Major New Zealand Motorhome Supplier under the sun - and several smaller local suppliers you wouldn't find elsewhere. You won't find a larger selection of New Zealand Motorhome Companies on one site. Not only that, but our bulk buying power gives you incredible discounts with these brands.
  • Advanced Features: Gone are the days of having to wade through 100's of listings online. Filter your campervan search results in seconds with options with many useful options. Filter by price range, berths, people travelling, specifications, and age of vehicle. You can save the vehicles to a short list and compare them. Can can also book in a variety of currencies such NZD, AUD, CAD, EUR, USD or GBP.
  • Superb Downloadable DVD: For every online booking, there is a great downloadable DVD - The Great Kiwi Campervan Roadtrip - which includes useful tips on places to visit for your New Zealand Holiday.
  • Great Videos of Campervans and Motorhomes to help you decide which vehicle to book.
Here's a sample from the DVD, The Great Kiwi Campervan Trip:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Campervan Hire New Zealand -- Don't Try This At Home

campervan hire New ZealandHere's a link to a great blog from someone who had campervan holiday around New Zealand. The original post can be read here. If you're after an affordable deal on campervan hire in New Zealand, check out http://campervanhirenz.co.nz

Here's an excerpt from their blog: "Had a night in a motel/hotel before we picked up our home for the next 4 weeks - a Toyota Hiace Camper Van with fitted kitchen, toilet, bed, dinning area and shower!! In one day we drove 500K. All the way from Russell to Rotorua."

Add to that mountain biking, sky-diving, a visit to the national museum Te Papa in Wellington and a ferry ride across Cook Strait -- and these guys were having a blast.

Video: A blast of a different nature: Mr Dizzy jumps two motorhomes. A word of advice, don't camp in a speedway!

For a great deal on campervan hire in New Zealand, check out http://campervanhirenz.co.nz

Fuel Efficient Campervanning in New Zealand

Campervan Hire New ZealandSome campervan hire companies really are aware of the cost of running their vehicles, and choose to hire out campervans which provide better fuel economy.

One example is Enviro Campers operator THL, who also take environmental responsibility very seriously -- in conjunction with VTNZ, New Zealand's leading vehicle testing company, THL has introduced a rigorous vehicle emissions standards test - the VTNZ Five Star benchmark - which far exceeds the equivalent European emission standards.

But campervans also need some help driver-side to be fuel efficient and lessen the environmental impact. Here are some tips for fuel-efficient driving; they're really simple and you'll be surprised at the savings you'll make when campervanning around New Zealand. By the way, if you're looking for a fantasic deal on New Zealand campervan hire go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

Here are some tips:
  • Avoid short trips
  • Drive smoothly
  • Lay off the gas when driving around town
  • Accelerate smoothly and slowly away from green lights
  • Stop gradually for red lights.
  • Change gear early (but don't tax the engine)
  • Don't accelerate hard from rest, but let the car move off gently.
  • Maintain a safe following distance -- if you look ahead and check what's happening, you'll keep at a more constant speed
  • Ease off the pedal if the traffic lights, speed limit or traffic flow is about to change.
  • It's better to slow down early rather than brake late
  • Corners -- slow gently, exit the corner on a light throttle.
  • Build up speed before an uphill stretch and lift off the throttle as you top the hill
  • Only use air conditioning when absolutely necessary as it tends to eat fuel
  • Keep your load down
  • Don't park for long periods with your engine idling

For more tips, check out the AA New Zealand's Motoring Tips

Video: New Zealand by Motorhome

Remember, get a fantasic deal on New Zealand campervan hire at http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Courtesy with Campervans in New Zealand

campervan hire New Zealand TV presenter Paul Henry reckons campervans hog the road and drive too slowly and says that they should only be operated between 1am and 4am. He's obviously taking things too far with this rant -- but it does illustrate that slow-coach driving can be a huge source of irritation, not to mention downright hazardous.

Whether you're driving a campervan, caravan or trailer, if you're using the New Zealand roads, the need for courtesy is ever present. And beautiful scenery can be distracting, making you forget about the vehicles travelling behind you.

Motorhomes or Campervans generally don't travel very fast. And roads in New Zealand twist and turn, especially when winding through gorges where passing lanes are not always present. Remember to be courteous and pull over when and where possible, allowing the traffic behind to pass. If you're in a spot where the view is that good, and there are plenty of those, pull over into a roadside rest area. It's a good chance to stretch your legs and enjoy a cuppa.

If you're looking for a great deal on New Zealand Campervan hire go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

Video: Funny rant by Paul Henry, Breakfast TV host, about how campervans ruined his Easter driving pleasure


Remember, for a great deal on campervan hire New Zealand go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz

Airport Campervan Hire in NZ

airport campervan hire
Why wait until you clear customs to start the process of booking a campervan when you can book ahead and have one waiting for you at the airport? That's right, skip the city, get straight into your holiday and see the sights. For more on NZ airport campervan hire check out http://airportcampervanhire.co.nz

After all, why do you need a hotel room for a night when you can rent one on wheels! Check out this Mercedes Benz 6-7 berth super cruise motorhome from Adventure Motorhomes. Huge windows, comfy deep foam seating with lap and diagonal safety approved seat belting, hot air climate central air conditioning, a gas oven, grill and cooker, fridge/freezer, instant gas hot water, full water pressure shower, CD player, 12 volt colour TV, an on-board central vacuum system, mobile cellular phone and a security safe for your valuables.


airport campervan hireIf you're heading for the snow-capped mountains on a skiing holiday, the bathroom converts to drying room for ski gear and there's an under-floor security locker for seven sets of skis and boots. Central heating is supplied from the motor to the rear of the cruiser while travelling, and it's over to hot air blown gas central heating whilst free camping. Luxury, comfort, space -- and the best news is that this puppy can cruise easy all day, every day, up and down hills at 100 kph.

Video: edited highlights of a road trip around New Zealand, shot from the front seat of a campervan. Great music too.


Remember, for NZ airport campervan hire check out http://airportcampervanhire.co.nz

Monday, August 17, 2009

Zorbing in New Zealand

When you take your campervan over to Rotorua, why not give Zorbing a go? If you don't know, zorbing is the practice rolling downhill in a sphere, generally made of transparent plastic sphere.

Check out this fellow inside the Zorb!



Once you get to New Zealand, you gotta see the place in with the freedom of a campervan. Check out some great New Zealand Campervan Hire Deals here!

Hot Water Beach New Zealand

In New Zealand, there are times when you want to get in "Hot Water" - and the best place to do that is at Hot Water beach in the Coromandel Peninsula. Park your motorhome by the beach and relax!



For great deals on New Zealand Motorhomes, check out Campervan Hire New Zealand!

New Zealand Traffic Jams

Contrary to what people might think, New Zealand sometimes has severe traffic problems. When you rent a campervan in New Zealand, you might experience something like this!



Here are some interesting facts about Sheep in New Zealand:
  • Sheep were introduced by Captain Cook in 1773.
  • The sheep population in New Zealand is 43.1 million
  • Thats 12 sheep for every person in New Zealand
  • There are 36,000 flocks of Sheep with an average flock size of 1400.
    source link: Sheep World
Now here are great sites for awesomes campervan deals in New Zealand:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to rent Motorhome in New Zealand

Today I have the luxury of interviewing our Motorhome expert Douglas Brown, who has 6 years of experience within the Motorhome Rental industry. Here's the interview:
  • Why of all places, rent a motorhome in New Zealand?
    New Zealand is known as a campervaning nation, it has nationwide campervan parks as well as National parks that can accomodate motorhomes. Distances are shorter to travel, as New Zealand is smaller country than its neighbour across the ditch. You can confortable tour New Zealand in 3 weeks or less. This aside from the obvious fact that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on earth!
  • How many people can I take with me on my New Zealand Campervan Roadtrip?
    New Zealand Campervan Suppliers cater from small 2 berth to 6 berth vehicles. If you are travelling for an extended period, it is best to get a slightly larger vehicle, eg the next berth size up. For example, if two people are travelling in a four berth motorhome, you can have your sleeping quarters and dining area permanently made up and you won't have to break it down when needed. Plus, you get extra storage area. This is especially important the longer you rent the vehicle.
  • Are there any age limits to driving a motorhome in New Zealand?
    Again, check with the terms and conditions. For many companies the mininum driver's age is 25, but some companies cater to younger drivers.
  • What are some of the hazards travelling around in New Zealand?
    If you are from the Americas, make sure you get acclimated to driving on left hand side of the road (Handy Tip: Driver should should always have the center line on their right hand side). Some roads are narrow, winding and only one lane - please exercise caution. Try to avoid driving at night and when exhausted. And of course, watch for sheep!
  • Are there places I shouldn't take my Motorhome?
    You should check with the company's terms. Places they are not commonly allow are Ninety Mile Beach in Northland, parts of Coromandel Peninsula. On the South Island they are typically not allow on Skippers Road near Queenstown and on Ball Hut Road near Mt. Cook.
  • Aside from driving on the left hand side, any other tips?
    Drive with courtesy. Use turnouts (slow vehicle lanes and 'bays') when you see that you have alot traffic behind you. Everyone behind will appreciate it! Don't forget that you are now a part of the motorhome community in New Zealand, so you can wave at passing cars and motorhomes. Also before heading off on your holiday, take a test drive with someone from the rental company to make sure that you are confortable driving the vehicle.
  • Where do I park my Motorhome at night or when I am not travelling?
    I would recommend campgrounds or parks; check to see if they can facilitate the size of your vehicle beforehand. Free camping is available in some areas, but discouraged. When free camping, use common sense. Though New Zealand is a safe place, be mindful of your surroundings, if it feels unsafe, go to a campground. Campgrounds/Parks are a great place to meet fellow camper travellers as well.
  • I've found a great Motorhome online - what should I do before booking it?
    Well first of all, I hoped you book it from CampervanHireNZ.co.nz! Secondly ensure that you check the terms and conditions and clarify any questions. Each company has unique policies that vary for various circumstances. Questions to ask when reviewing the terms: What happens if I get into an accident? What happens if the vehicle breaks down? What happens if return the vehicle earlier or later? What happens if my vehicle gets broken into?
  • How I can save money on booking a Motorhome?
    Book it on CheapMotorhomes.co.nz! Booking well in advance often ensures a lower rate. You pay for spontaneity. Check what the off season rates are and book then - these will vary per country. Booking prior to holidays (eg school holidays, public holidays like the 4th of July) can save you money. The longer you rent a campervan, the cheap the daily base rate gets - so check various periods to get discounts. Also choosing a campervan with less features will save a few dollars here and there. If you are looking to go to Australia then New Zealand (or vice versa) some companies offer great multiple hire discounts. A quick word about cheapmotorhomes.co.nz - they compare multiple suppliers through New Zealand and offer various locations for picking up and dropping off campervans.
  • When is the best time to go to New Zealand?November - March (summer) is a very popular time of the year but don’t be so quick to dismiss travelling new Zealand during winter; you will be greeted with spectacular views, snow capped mountains and ridiculously cheap rates! April would be my pick to tour New Zealand, the weather is sunny and warm and you’re not paying peak season rates.
  • Ok, once I've booked my Campervan - where do I go? Should I start in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch?
    Well this would really be dependent on where your flying in to, most long haul international flights will be arriving in Auckland. Short haul flights from Australia land throughout New Zealand i.e. Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington etc Depending on how much time you have I would recommend to either fly in to Auckland or Christchurch. A popular campervan route would be to arrive in Auckland pick up your motorhome and snake your way down the country and end your holiday in Christchurch (or visa a versa

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Australia's Nomadic Hobohome

campervan hire australiaGavin and Tracey Murray live and travel Australia in a large converted 1968 Bedford bus called Hobohome, which is also what they call their website (at least you can find them in one place online, at www.hobohome.com). It's a great scrapbook and a living document of their travels, with daily images uploaded so you can see where they are.

Says Gavin, "In February of 2003 we decided that we had had enough of the ordinary - we wanted some adventure in our lives. So we decided to put our careers on hold, bought a 38 foot bus and took to the road with no preconceived ideas about where we would travel or for how long." The pair have been adventuring around Australia since then. "We call this the motorhome lifestyle," they say on their website, "some would just call it a nomadic lifestyle."

They've also posted quite a few articles on the practicalities of motorhoming through Australia, on anything from cooking to getting internet coverage -- check them out here.

If you're planning to see Australia via motorhome or campervan, chances are you'll be hiring rather than converting a bus like these guys did. If you're looking for a great deal on campervan hire in Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

Video: See the car (a Mini Moke) being "born" from the back of the Hobohome

Remember, for great deals on campervan hire Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

Motorhome Demolition Derby

Gentleman, start your generators and get ready to watch some good old fashioned demolition fun! Orange County Demolition of the Motorhome Variety! Some things are just too awesome for words. Check this out:








If you are looking for a great deal on motorhome (and promise not to take it to the above event) check out some of the RV Rental deals you can find in the USA. Click on the following links if you looking for Campervan Hire Australia or Campervan Hire New Zealand, but be sure to take out the Collision Damage options!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Marlborough to Kaikoura Coast by Campervan

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Here's a great video of a "race" between a campervan and a train, heading from Blenheim to Kaikoura in New Zealand's South Island. If you're looking for cheap rental on campervan hire in New Zealand go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz/.

Blenheim is the main town in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It has a lovely sunny climate, which makes the small city an ideal wine growing region, plus it's close to the Marlborough Sounds where you can go fishing or sight-seeing. Travelling south via the Kaikoura coast, you'll encounter the main tourist activity of whale-watching. Check out more on Marlborough at destinationmarlborough.com.

Video: From the description on Youtube "Pete and I on the Tranz Coastal Express race against Tom and Harry in Martha the Camper Van between Blenheim and Kaikoura"


For a great deal on on campervan hire New Zealand go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz/

Australia by Campervan -- Uluru (Ayers Rock)

campervan hire australiaIt's one of those things high on a tourist's checklist -- to climb Ayers Rock. Recently, the Australian Government has been debating whether to ban tourists from climbing "The Rock" (as locals know it). It's a hot debate that has actually been going on for many years -- if climbing is banned, will tourists still travel all that way just to see it?

Here's some more information on Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, sourced from Wikipedia.
  • Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia
  • It is 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road
  • Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area
  • Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site
  • In 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that allows both the traditional Aboriginal name and the English name
  • Uluru appears to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day
  • Average temperatures are 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) in the summer and 4.7 °C (40.5 °F) in the winter
  • Archaeological findings to the east and west indicate that humans settled in the area more than 10,000 years ago
  • The local AŠĻČangu do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance
  • In 2009, the Australian government indicated that climbing Uluru may no longer be allowed under the proposed "Draft Management Plan 2009-2019". The public has been invited to comment on the plan prior to submission


If you're heading to Uluru/Ayers Rock by campervan, make sure you get a good deal. For campervan hire in Australia go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

Video: A Wicked Campers promo with plenty of footage of Uluru/Ayers Rock

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Cairns to Darwin -- Traversing the Australian Outback by Campervan

campervan hire australiaHere's a fantastic video highlighting the Australian Outback's native wildlife -- yes, including the pub in Burketown. Starting off in Cairns, Queensland and winding up in Darwin, Northern Territory. On the video you'll see lots of crocodiles, wallabies, kangaroos, a monitor lizard, a feral pig, free-range cattle, road trains, termite mounds, Aborigine rock paintings, a dust devil, wildfires, and more! There's also a roadhouse in the bush, stray dogs in Doomadgee, a helicopter trip over Katherine Gorge, the waterfalls of Litchfield, the Yellow Waters in Kakadu, and the video ends with the jumping crocs of Adelaide River.

If you're looking for campervan hire in Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au. From there you can find links to cheap motorhome rentals and early bird discount specials.

Video: Highlights of a trip to the Outback, August-September 2006

And don't forget, for campervan hire in Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cairns to Alice Springs by Campervan

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Driving from Cairns to Alice Springs is known by some as the "Priscilla" route -- a reference to the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce. Alice Springs is the nearest town to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, although it's still a drive of 450 km (280 mi) by road. I found a cool video (below) with some UK tourists taking the journey, and there's also a nice piece of travel journalism at the Bootsnall.com website. Here's an extract:

"Travelling overland sure does install a sense of distance. We all know Australia is a big place, this trip certainly helps one to comprehend just how big it is. Miles and miles of red dirt and bush, all seemingly indistinguishable. It may sound boring, in fact the sense of space is quite overwhelming, relaxing even. Every now and again we’d see a small dirt track turn off, with a makeshift letterbox, hammered into the ground. We’d look to the horizon to see the house to which it belonged… we’d see just more of the same on the horizon, the house too far to see."

Some of the places you'll pass through include:
  • George Town
  • Croydon
  • Normanton
  • Karumba
  • Quimby
  • Mt. Isa
  • Urandangi
  • The Cathedral (the handiwork of termites)

Thinking of travelling from Cairns to Alice Springs? Campervan hire in Australia is easy through http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

Video: Three days driving from Cairns to Alice Springs, covering thousands of km

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Australian Outback by Motorhome

campervan hire australiaHere's a great video, made by an Australian guy -- his name's Glen -- travelling through Western Australia in a bus that's been converted to a motorhome. He also has a friend following in another smaller campervan.

The video quality is exceptional -- they travel to Wongan Hills and Lake Ninan in Western Australia, stopping along the way for a glass of cask wine. He also demonstrates his portable clothes washing machine and talks about how much water they take on the journey. People die in the Outback every year, so you should never underestimate how much water to take on a long journey.

If you're looking for a great deal on campervan hire in Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au . And remember to take plenty of water!

Video: "Crikey. Where are we Dave?"

Australian Motor Home Road Trip

australia campervan rentalHere's a handy list of things to do when touring Australia. I'm going to list the first 20, but this is from a much bigger list of '100 things to do in Australia', which can be found here at www.australiantraveller.com. And below, you'll find a really cool slideshow with fantastic photographs, taken by a couple who travelled through the Lucky Country.

Here's the first 20 'Things To Do In Australia':
  • Overload your senses in Kakadu
  • Dive into the Great Barrier Reef
  • Find Freedom on the Big Lap Around Australia
  • Visit the remarkable pebble Uluru
  • Climb the coathanger Bridgeclimb
  • Cruise the rugged Kimberley Coast
  • Swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef
  • Explore Sydney Harbour
  • Chase a pure dingo down Fraser's 75 mile beach
  • Wind yourself up along the Great Ocean Road
  • Visit the world’s oldest living museum
  • Bareboat around the Whitsundays
  • Time’s nearly up at the Top Cape York
  • Go Walkabout with the First Nation
  • Take in an Opera at the Sydney Opera House
  • Visit Melbourne's sporting colosseum
  • Go bush for a week
  • Spy a platypus in the wild
  • Conquer the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley
  • Peak at Cradle Mountain
Crikey! There's so much to do in Australia, and travelling by campervan helps you to see it all. If you're looking for a great deal on campervan hire in Australia, go to http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

Video: Great photography in this video of 70 days on the road in Australia, from Canberra to Melbourne, to Adelaide to Alice Springs, to Darwin then across to Cairns. Then Brisbane and finally Sydney. Travelled 18 000km

Book online to get a great deal on campervan hire in Australia at http://campervanhireaustralia.com.au

The NZ Kombi Campervan Saga

Campervan hire New ZealandHere's one traveller who had no trouble offloading his campervan at the end of his New Zealand tour. Adam, from the UK, ended up on nationwide breakfast TV!

Below is a series of three Youtube videos from TVNZ's Breakfast show as reporter Tamati Coffey investigates a campervan parked on Auckland's Queen St. As the story unfolds, they find a for sale sign, ring Adam the owner and lure him back to the campervan -- called "Dub-dub" -- where he demonstrates how everything works. The foldaway stove behind the passenger seat is a little alarming and the bed takes a while to fold down, but that's life in a Kombi for you.

If you're looking for campervan hire in New Zealand check out http://campervanhirenz.co.nz. You'll find all shapes and sizes of campervan so you can enjoy your trip in comfort.

Adam says some pretty memorable things in the clips. When asked if he is single, he says "This is my girlfriend right now", referring to "Dub-dub". And when asked if he's leaving New Zealand with an enduring memory, he says "Driving around in my Kombi I feel like I'm driving around in a photograph." Nice.

Video: Part one

Video: Part two

Video: Part three

For a great deal on campervan hire in New Zealand check out http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

Campervan Snow Adventures in New Zealand

Campervan Hire New ZealandParts of New Zealand become a real winter wonderland during the colder months, and if you're heading for the ski fields -- at Mt. Ruapehu in the North Island (Turoa, Whakapapa) and Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarkables in the South Island -- it's likely you'll drive from dry conditions to icy conditions in a matter of minutes. Make sure you know your vehicle and check what your insurance will cover before getting in too deep. Snow chains are often complimentary, so don't be afraid to ask your rental company.

Some cold weather driving tips:
  • Drive with your lights on so you can be seen by others
  • Expect the unexpected
  • You may be an experienced driver; don't be overconfident
  • Leave a big gap to the car ahead of you
  • Look further ahead than normal
  • Watch out for black ice, especially around shaded areas and waterways
  • If you skid or slide, take your foot off the accelerator and turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is moving to help gain control
  • If conditions are really severe, delay your travel plans (easier in a campervan)
If you're looking for a great deal on campervan hire in New Zealand, go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz/.

Video: The Road to Ruapehu

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New Zealand's Ninety Mile Beach by Campervan

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Ninety Mile Beach in Northland New Zealand may be designated as a road, but it is also one of only a few spots where rental firms don't want their vehicles taken. Just a short drive away from Cape Reinga, Ninety Mile Beach is not actually ninety miles long, it's 55 miles -- so closer to 90 kilometres or 88 km to be precise. Why don't they want you to drive there? Probably because too many drivers get stuck, as pictured above (photo from flickr -- here's the source)

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety_Mile_Beach,_New_Zealand):
"In 1932, Ninety Mile Beach was used as the runway for some of the earliest airmail services between Australia and New Zealand. It is still used as an alternative road to State Highway 1 north of Kaitaia, though mainly for tourist reasons, or when the main road is closed due to landslides or floods."

If you're looking for a cracking deal on campervan hire in New Zealand, go to http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

If you really have to see Ninety Mile Beach from the comfort of a vehicle, don't get stuck. There are plenty of coach tours on offer once you're in the area.

Video: Below, a video filmed from the cab of a vehicle on Ninety Mile Beach.


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Rhythm and Vines NZ via Campervan

campervan nzThere are a lot of outdoor festivals in New Zealand, especially during the warmer months. And while they don't always cater on-site for campervans, there are usually other options nearby. Case in point -- Rhythm and Vines, held on New Year's Eve in Gisborne, North Island. The event itself doesn't have a campground, but they do work with BW Campgrounds who run campsites and basically host a week-long party. While BW Campgrounds caters mostly for tents, they do have some sites for campervans -- it pays to book well in advance though.

The first of three lineup announcements for Rhythm and Vines 09/10 has been made: acts include Empire of the Sun, Major Lazer, Midnight Youth, State of Mind feat PNC, Krafty Kuts, LCD Soundsystem, Kora, P-Money, Bag Raiders, The Juan Maclean, The Proxy, Lisa Mitchell, Sola Rosa, Antiform, The Checks, Dick Johnson, Aural Trash, Optimus Gryme, PNC, Iva Lamkum, Bionic Pixie, Brand New Math, Computers Want Me Dead, Dan Aux (Shopliftas), Daniel Farley, Tim Richards, Maya and Vanya, Cool Kids Club, Hat, Jason Howson, P Vans. For more go to ... www.rhythmandvines.co.nz and www.bwcampgrounds.co.nz

If you're looking to get around the NZ outdoor festival circuit this summer, a campervan is the way to go. You'll find great deals on campervan hire in New Zealand at http://campervanhirenz.co.nz

Video: Rhythm and Vines promo reel. Previous acts include Ladyhawke and Franz Ferdinand

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Perils of New Zealand Campervan Hire

Campervan hire New ZealandNo, it's not the winding roads through New Zealand's fantastic gorges. It's not driving on the left so much -- although that has been known to catch some folk out. The word of warning about campervan travel in NZ is more about our sheep population: "Parking for the night in a pitch-black location will almost certainly result in the floor of the campervan being iced delicately with a fine film of sheep feces. And it stains. "

The above quote is from from an article published at www.cafeabroad.com, from a traveller who toured New Zealand in a campervan along with five companions. It's a great read, so do check it out. here's how it starts:

"I’m surprised that I survived New Zealand. Seriously. Between learning to drive a malfunctioning campervan on the left side of windy, mountain roads, jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet, spelunking in underground rivers, and climbing the world’s steepest commercial glacier, I wasn’t just flirting with death; death had bought me a drink and was asking for my number."
Sounds exciting huh? If you're looking for New Zealand campervan hire, check out the deals online at http://campervanhirenz.co.nz. There are thousands of vehicles available and plenty of last minute specials to choose from.

Video: A slideshow of a campervan tour through New Zealand, bookended by footage from a skydiving jump

Don't forget to check out New Zealand campervan hire deals online at http://campervanhirenz.co.nz.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Australia Motorhome Rental - Why It Pays To Book Ahead

Australia Motorhome RentalWhether you're heading to Queensland's Gold Coast, the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, the Great Ocean Road in southwest Victoria or checking out seaside towns in Western Australia, the Lucky Country is a great place to experience from the comfort of a campervan. But did you know there are great deals and discounts to be had by booking well in advance? If you're after Australia Motorhome Rental check out http://earlybookers.com.au.

The campervan rental companies on offer through Earlybookers include Britz, Kea, Maui, Apollo and the popular but often controversial Wicked Campers (pictured above left), whose marketing has made a few waves lately. Watch the video below, which is pretty harmless really, of two Swedish tourists in Brisbane taking up the Wicked Campers 'Drive Naked' challenge.


Remember, if you're looking for Australia Motorhome Rental check out http://earlybookers.com.au You don't have to drive naked though. Promise.

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