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Hawke's Bay

Looking for a New Zealand campervan holiday destination that ticks the boxes for sunshine, adventure, great food, and perhaps a little history and culture? You can’t go past Hawke’s Bay. This stunning region offers a taste of the good life amidst some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Whether you’re into adventurous hikes, wine tasting, or family fun, you’ll find plenty of great things to do in Hawke’s Bay.  

The appeal of the Hawke's Bay region lies not only in its charming townships such as Napier and Hastings but also in its natural attractions. The Hawke’s Bay weather is among the best in New Zealand, boasting plenty of sunshine that ripens grapes in its world-renowned vineyards and warms its expansive beaches. This climate makes the region a year-round destination for visitors looking to explore the outdoors whether on bike trails, on foot through its scenic reserves, or along its stunning coastlines.

Travelling by campervan allows you to take in everything Hawke's Bay has to offer at your own pace. Wake up to ocean views, spend your days discovering local markets or touring iconic wineries in Hawke’s Bay. In the evenings, enjoy relaxed sunset meals prepared in your campervan kitchen. And with plenty of Hawke’s Bay accommodation for campervan travellers, you’ve got the freedom to explore far and wide.

 

Why explore Hawke’s Bay by campervan

Exploring Hawke's Bay by campervan offers an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into the region's offerings at your own pace. From the freedom to wander through the sunlit vineyards of Hawke’s Bay to parking along the coastlines near Napier, your campervan allows for a flexible, immersive travel experience. 

Travelling by campervan comes with heaps of perks that make the trip even better. Fancy cooking up some local produce from a roadside stall? You've got your own kitchen right there. Tired of hauling suitcases in and out of hotels? That's not an issue when your campervan acts as your base. You can also pack all the gear you need for outdoor fun – like hiking packs or surfboards – without worrying about space. And let’s not forget the convenience of having your own bathroom, which means no more hunting for public restrooms. It’s all about making your holiday as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.

 

Things to do in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke's Bay is a playground for explorers, foodies, and culture enthusiasts alike. Immerse yourself in the rich history and Art Deco architecture of Napier. Sample some of New Zealand's finest wines. Or simply explore the natural beauty of the region's landscapes and coastlines. Whatever you’re keen to see and do, there's something here for everyone. 

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Auckland

Departing from Apollo Auckland, you’re perfectly positioned for a half-day drive to Northland & the Bay of Islands. This route ensures a seamless blend of scenic beauty and local culture, culminating in the stunning landscapes of Northland.

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The drive from Apollo Christchurch to Northland & the Bay of Islands sets you up for a scenic multi-day journey across the South Island, including the picturesque ferry crossing at the Cook Strait, and into the North Island. 

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Keen to make the most of your road trip and explore as much of New Zealand as possible? Book your camper with our Queenstown branch and take your time heading northward over an epic 10-14 days taking in some of the great southern highlights along the way. 

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Helpful tips for visiting Hawke's Bay

 

Climate and seasons in Hawkes

Hawke's Bay is known for its consistently warm and dry climate, making it a favoured destination throughout the year. The region's weather complements its reputation as one of New Zealand's premier wine-growing areas, with long, sunny days that nurture vineyards and invite outdoor adventures.

  • Summers (December to February) in Hawke's Bay are typically warm and dry, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C. This is the perfect time for beach outings at places like Waimarama or Ocean Beach, and for enjoying al fresco dining in Napier or Hastings. The warm weather also makes this a peak season for exploring the region’s numerous vineyards and wineries.

  • Autumn (March to May) brings cooler temperatures and the landscape bursts into vibrant colours, especially in the vineyards where the leaves change hues against a backdrop of crisp blue skies. The mild weather is ideal for hiking and cycling through the region's parks and reserves.

  • Winter (June to August) sees cooler days with temperatures generally between 10°C and 15°C. Although colder, the days are often clear and sunny, providing perfect conditions for visiting indoor attractions like the Art Deco buildings in Napier or the Hawke's Bay Museum.

  • Spring (September to November) rejuvenates the region with fresh blooms and gradually warming temperatures. It's an excellent time to witness the orchards in blossom and to enjoy the late spring events that celebrate the region’s produce and wine.

Hawke's Bay's sheltered position in the rain shadow of the central mountain range means it receives less rainfall than many other parts of New Zealand, but packing a rain jacket is still advisable. The pleasant climate in spring and autumn, along with the vibrant seasonal changes, make these particularly delightful times to visit.

 

 

What to pack?

Preparing for your campervan adventure in Hawke's Bay calls for smart packing to make the most of the region's sunny climate and abundant outdoor activities. From relaxing on its beautiful beaches to touring its famous wineries, here’s what you should consider bringing along:

  • Outdoor gear: Hawke's Bay's varied landscapes, from coastal paths to vineyard trails, demand versatile outdoor gear. Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing to keep cool during warm days, and include a layer or two for the cooler evenings – perfect for enjoying a night under the stars. Sturdy walking shoes are a must, whether you’re exploring the streets of Napier or hiking the trails at Te Mata Peak.
  • Campervan add-ons: To enhance your campervan experience, think about including a few extras. A portable barbecue is great for cooking up local produce as you enjoy panoramic views of the bay, and additional camping chairs and a table will make your setup outside the van more comfortable and inviting.
  • Sun protection: Given Hawke's Bay's reputation for being one of the sunniest areas in New Zealand, good sun protection is essential. Pack a high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun, ensuring you can safely enjoy the great outdoors throughout your trip. For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

 

Attractions and day trips in Hawke's Bay

 

Napier

A city reborn from the 1931 earthquake, Napier is renowned for its beautifully preserved Art Deco architecture. Strolling through the city, visitors can enjoy vibrant street art, boutique shops, and waterfront cafes that make Napier a cultural gem worth exploring.

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers is famous for its dramatic coastal cliffs and as the home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. A guided tour offers a chance to see these magnificent birds up close and enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak provides panoramic views of Hawke's Bay and is a must-visit for anyone wanting to capture the beauty of the region from above. Hiking trails range from easy to challenging, catering to all fitness levels.

Wineries

Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's oldest wine regions, famed for its Bordeaux blend reds and rich Chardonnays. Visiting local wineries for tastings and tours is an indulgent way to experience the area's gourmet offerings.

Art Deco Tours

Take a step back in time with an Art Deco tour in Napier. These guided tours, often available on foot or by vintage car, highlight the city's unique history and architectural heritage, celebrating the style that defines the region.

Beaches

Ocean Beach and Waimarama Beach are pristine stretches of sand perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and long beach walks. Both beaches offer a tranquil escape with stunning ocean views, ideal for a relaxing day by the sea.

Havelock North

Havelock North is a picturesque village known for its artisanal food scene, boutique shopping, and the lush Te Mata Park. Its charm and scenic setting make it a delightful stop for those exploring the greater Hawke's Bay area.

 

Where to stay in Hawke's Bay with a campervan

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to park and rest in Hawke’s Bay, there's no shortage of picturesque, comfy campgrounds. Here are a few worth checking out:

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What to pack for a winter campervan adventure in New Zealand.

Kicking off a New Zealand road trip in a campervan this winter? You're in for a real treat! In this helpful guide, we'll share all the essentials of what to pack for your New Zealand winter holiday. From the must-have gear to keep you warm and cosy, to the essentials that will make your campervan hire experience smooth and enjoyable, we've got you covered. 

Whether you're planning a South Island road trip to explore the snowy wonders or a North Island itinerary filled with winter festivities, preparation is key! 

So, let's dive into the ultimate campervan checklist for your winter road trip in NZ. 

 

Why you should take a winter campervan trip in New Zealand

A winter campervan trip in New Zealand is truly something special. As the cooler months roll in, the landscapes shift into a stunning spectacle of snow-dusted beauty, offering a quiet and intimate setting that's hard to find at any other time of the year.

Start your day with a freshly made morning coffee with views of majestic, snow-draped mountains. Spend the day exploring townships, museums, and trails, before relaxing the evening in a soothing hot pool under the stars. It's the kind of experience that turns a simple trip into a soul-enriching adventure.

For those who thrive on adrenaline, winter in New Zealand is a playground. The season offers unbeatable activities, from carving down world-class ski slopes to glacier hikes that make you feel like you're on top of the world. Whether you're a seasoned snowboarder or looking to try something new like ice climbing, winter is the perfect time to embrace these thrilling experiences.

One of the best parts about travelling in winter is the peace and quiet. The campgrounds and popular tourist spots are all quieter, and sometimes cheaper too! And of course, a camper gives you the freedom to chase the snow, find the best spots, and do it all at your own pace, making every moment of your New Zealand road trip uniquely yours. 

 

What comes with an Apollo camper?

Choosing an Apollo campervan for your New Zealand winter adventure means you're setting yourself up for a holiday that's not just about the stunning views and thrilling activities, but also about comfort and convenience. 

Apollo ensures that your camper hire experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible, providing you with all the essentials you need for a cosy winter getaway.

Inside every Apollo campervan, you'll find a well-equipped kitchen kit and a range of general equipment designed to make your life on the road easy and pleasant. Here's what you can expect:

  • Cooking equipment: Whip up your favourite meals with the provided pots, pans, and cooking utensils. Whether it's a hearty breakfast to start your day or a warm dinner after a day of exploring, you'll have everything you need.

  • Eating utensils: Enjoy your meals in the comfort of your camper with the provided plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery. It's like having a mobile dining room with the best views in town.

  • Pegs and clothesline: Keep your adventure gear fresh and ready with the handy pegs and clothesline, perfect for drying clothes on the go.

  • Fire extinguisher: Safety first! The included fire extinguisher is there for your peace of mind, ensuring you're prepared for any emergencies.

  • Bucket and hose: These versatile tools are great for a variety of uses, from washing dishes to a quick clean-up.

  • Broom and dustpan: Keep your space neat and tidy with these cleaning essentials, making your camper feel like a home away from home.

To ensure you're wrapped in warmth and comfort throughout your journey, Apollo provides personal kits with complimentary items such as sheets, blankets or duvets, pillows and pillowcases, and bath towels.

And if you're looking to enhance your campervan hire experience further, Apollo offers additional gear for hire. From plug-in heaters to keep you extra toasty, to outdoor tables and chairs for those scenic pit stops, child booster seats for the little adventurers, and bike racks for cycling enthusiasts, you have the option to tailor your trip to your preferences.

With Apollo, every detail is taken care of, so you can focus on soaking up the winter wonders of New Zealand from the comfort and warmth of your camper.

 

What to pack for your campervan road trip

Here are a few ideas on what you'll need to pack to make sure you're snug, safe, and ready for an unforgettable campervan adventure.


Warm clothing

New Zealand's winter can throw all sorts of weather your way, so layering up is the way to go. Start with some good thermal underwear – it's a game-changer for keeping warm. Add a warm fleece jacket for that middle layer and top it off with a waterproof jacket to fend off any rain or snow. Don't forget your beanie and gloves to keep your head and hands warm, and a pair of sturdy, waterproof boots are essential for those crisp winter walks. To help you prepare for the day ahead, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast ahead of time. 


Ski gear

If you're keen to hit the slopes or explore the snowy landscapes, bringing along your ski or snowboard gear is a great idea. Helmets are a must for safety, and if you're into snow hiking, snowshoes can make the experience even better. And if you don't have your own gear, no worries at all – most places near the slopes have rental options available, so you can easily gear up for your snowy adventures.

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First aid kit

It's always smart to have a first aid kit on hand for those just-in-case moments. It could be anything from scrapes and scratches to headaches or an allergic reaction. The good news is that all Apollo campervans come with a first aid kit. This will cost $50 only if opened and it means you’ll be prepared for any accidents along the way. 

So, whether you bring your own or use the one provided, it's all about peace of mind while you're out exploring.


Cooking extras

While your Apollo campervan is kitted out with the basics for whipping up some delicious meals, there's always room to add a personal touch to your campervan cuisine. Consider packing a few extras to elevate your cooking game:

  • Portable BBQ: Perfect for grilling up a feast under the stars. There's nothing like the aroma of a good BBQ to make a winter evening feel special.

  • Coffee plunger: For coffee aficionados, starting your day with a freshly brewed cup can make mornings in the great outdoors even more delightful.

  • Favourite ingredients and condiments: Bring along those special spices or sauces that you love. They can turn a simple meal into something extraordinary. Note: If you’re travelling to New Zealand from another country, it pays to check what foods you can bring into New Zealand before you start packing. 


Entertainment

After a day of exploring, there's nothing quite like winding down in the cosy confines of your camper. To keep entertained during those chill evenings, pack some of these essentials:

  • Books: Whether you're into thrillers, romances, or travel guides, a good book is a perfect companion for a quiet night in.

  • Board games: Compact board games or card games can provide hours of fun and are a great way to bond if you're travelling with companions.

  • Laptop or tablet with movies: Download your favourite films or series for a movie night in your home on wheels. Just remember to bring headphones if you're sharing the space!


Navigation and communication

Staying connected and on the right path is crucial for a smooth campervan road trip experience. 

  • GPS device or offline maps: Even if you're planning to go off the grid, having a reliable way to navigate is key. Offline maps can be a lifesaver in areas with spotty reception. A good tool to help you do this is the thl Roadtrip app. This handy app is packed full of everything you’ll need to prepare for and enjoy your campervan road trip. Download on the App Store or Google Play.  

  • Charged mobile phone with a New Zealand SIM card: For local calls, internet access, and emergencies, a mobile phone with a local SIM card is invaluable.

  • Travel itinerary: Share your travel plans with a friend or family member. It's good practice for safety and they can also offer suggestions for your trip.


Personal items

When you're packing for your campervan road trip, it's the little personal touches that can make all the difference. Here's what you shouldn't leave behind:

  • Toiletries and medications: Essentials like toothpaste, shampoo, and any prescriptions you need should be at the top of your list.

  • Sunscreen and lip balm: The winter sun can be deceiving. Protect your skin and lips to avoid any discomfort.

  • Hot water bottle: For those extra chilly nights, a hot water bottle can be your best friend, keeping you warm and toasty.


Headlamp or torch

A headlamp or a sturdy torch is a must-have on any campervan adventure. Whether you're navigating around your campsite or exploring after dark, having a reliable source of light is essential for safety and convenience.


Power bank

In today's connected world, keeping your devices charged is more important than ever, especially when you're on the move. A high-capacity power bank ensures you can keep your phone, camera, and other gadgets powered up, even when you're far from a power outlet.


Refillable water bottle

Staying hydrated is a must, no matter the season. A durable refillable water bottle is not only environmentally friendly but also ensures you have access to water wherever you go. Fill up at water stations along your route and keep hydration at hand throughout your journey.

 

Ready to explore New Zealand in a campervan this winter?

New Zealand's winter landscape offers a unique blend of beauty and adventure, making it the perfect backdrop for your campervan journey. 

With an Apollo campervan, you have the freedom to explore this winter wonderland at your own pace, all while enjoying the comforts of home.

So, are you ready to hit the road and discover the magic of New Zealand in winter? Book your Apollo campervan online today and start planning the ultimate winter escape. Whether you're chasing snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, or cosy nights under the stars, an Apollo campervan is your ticket to an unforgettable adventure.

Don't wait any longer. Your New Zealand winter journey begins with Apollo.

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