Wednesday, 25 January 2017 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
Campervans are the perfect vehicles for getting out there and having an adventure, they give you the chance to do your own thing and explore. There are so many places to discover!
As campervan insurance specialists we want to give you a taste of the ideal campervan holiday destinations that are out there to be found. In a campervan the world really is your oyster.
Queen’s Town, New Zealand
Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is home to stunning scenery and opportunities for adventure, it’s unsurprising to see why it is one of the country’s most popular visitor destinations.
There are plenty of campervan hire businesses in Queenstown, giving you the opportunity to get out and explore this beautiful part of the world. If you do decide to explore in your campervan then some of the scenery may seem familiar, as much of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed in the surrounding area, making this real Hobbit country.
Queenstown prides itself on its outdoor and adventure lifestyle, so there certainly is a lot to do. From mountain biking, bungee jumping and jet boating to hiking, fishing and golf there is so much on offer.
The routes around the picturesque Lake Wakatipu are perfect for campervans as there plenty of places for you to stop and camp overnight. However, to do this you must follow some specific rules. If wild camping doesn’t appeal then there are lots of campsites in the area to choose from too.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Classed as one of the greatest drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road is a 243km stretch of road along the south-east coast of Australia, between the cities of Torquay (90 minutes from Melbourne) and Allansford.
There is so much to take in as you travel along this spectacular route, visit the beautiful old fishing village of Port Fairy, and take in the views of the 12 Apostles or go and see Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. The Great Coast Road is also home to some amazing nature and an abundance of wildlife. At the Great Otway National Park you can expect to find thundering waterfalls and amazing rainforests full of koala’s, or why not see the kangaroos grazing at Anglesea Golf Club.
There are lots of campsites along the route, but be wary, they can be extremely busy during the summer school holidays (January/February) so it is important to plan ahead, as there is no free camping permitted along the way.
Sea-to-Sky Highway, Canada
The Sea-to-Sky Highway is an incredibly scenic route, taking you from the coastal city of Vancouver to Whistler. This highway boasts stunning views of the ocean and mountains and some great opportunities for some outdoor adventures, although the journey only takes 2 hours, there is easily enough to do here to make a weekend of it in a campervan.
Along the route you will find the Britannia Mine Museum which offers guided mine tours, gold panning and various exhibits. Nearby you will find Shannon Falls, which is the perfect place to take a break from driving and enjoy a picnic. It is the third highest waterfall in British-Colombia and accessible from a 10 minute trail off the highway.
Other places to visit include Squamish, which is renowned for its outdoor activities; with more a myriad of mountain bike and hiking trails and water sports in the lakes and rivers. The Sea-to-Sky Gondola is also located here, taking you above 885m above sea-level, offering breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains and forests.
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
This destination is slightly closer to home, but if you’re looking for quaint villages, stunning scenery and beautiful coastlines, then the Isle of Wight could be the perfect place to take your campervan.
Located just off the South coast of England and accessible by the Isle of Wight Ferry, this island has plenty to offer tourists all year round, with its own micro-climate making it the warmest part of the UK, and is famously known as the dinosaur “Dinosaur Island” as it is the richest place in the UK for fossils.
There is plenty to do on the Isle of Wight, from days out on the pristine sand and shingle beaches, taking in the dramatic cliffs and coves of the shoreline or exploring the ancient forests and woodlands. If you are after something high-paced then there’s more than enough to keep you entertained; from para-gliding and surfing to rock climbing and kayaking, there are activities for all tastes.
Some of the roads on the island are stunning, following the coastline and letting you take in that fresh sea air. Finding somewhere to stay shouldn’t be tricky either, there are loads of campsites that are happy to welcome campervans.
We hope that you have been inspired to go out on a campervan holiday. If you have, remember to have the right campervan insurance in place before you go.