The Coolest Caravans To Hire For Your Next New Zealand Trip

Because, you need all the comforts and accessories for your epic road trip through New Zealand.

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The long-awaited travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has finally arrived. Already, many Australians are planning to go to New Zealand for their first international holiday in almost a year. Following the year that was 2020, we are all excited to cross the Tasman Sea and explore our neighbour’s lands. The best way to explore the North and South island is by car. If you’ve been planning a road trip around New Zealand for the last two years, or need some inspiration to hit the road, here are some very cool caravans and motorhomes to hire from Camplify. 

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Juno is a 2019 Volkswagen Crafter and one saucy mama. She’s brand spanking new and ready for your next off-grid adventure. Juno has been made from some of the finest timbers with no expense spared. From the large fridge/freezer to the outdoor hammock and super-luxe memory foam bedding, Juno will welcome you home with open arms after a long day of exploring.


Bernie is a 2011 Volkswagen Crafter and one laid back dude. He’s essentially the motorised lovechild of a handcrafted Canadian cabin and Coromandel beach shack — think rustic vibes mixed with fresh coastal touches. That being said, Bernie is strong, stylish, large and in charge — with all the trimmings to match. 

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Silver liner #2

The quirky Silver Liner has spared no expense to ensure your New Zealand road trip is one you will cherish forever. This van features a memory foam double mattress, dining table and a fully fitted kitchen. What more could you want for your next getaway?

Clyde The Caravan

If you are looking for the chicest van that you have ever laid eyes on, then look no further than Clyde The Caravan. Clyde’s stunning and modern interior coupled with the incredible use of space makes living from the road an absolute breeze.


This boutique camper is not only aesthetically pleasing but also cosy and practical. The Instagrammable interior of this van is something you need to see for yourself, the perfect vehicle for your summer road trip. 

Swift Escape

For your next family getaway, you must try the Swift Escape! This luxurious motorhome comfortably sleeps four and comes with everything you need to hit the road. Fitted with an indoor toilet and shower, full kitchen, dining table and awning for outdoor entertaining. Everything you need for a family holiday is inside this home on wheels.

Helga The Hiace

Mount Eden
This modern camper has been designed with space and comfort in mind. With a bright wooden interior and the addition of fairy lights and organic cotton sheets, make this van an Instagrammer dream.

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Flash Dog

New Plymouth
A very comfortable drive, with everything you need. This van boasts two large double beds with quality linen provided (drop-down hydraulic bed) and is kitted out with a diesel heater for colder nights and air conditioning for summer evenings. This motorhome comes complete with a bathroom and shower. It has a large 130l fridge and solar panels, meaning you don’t need to plug in at a campsite.

Kiwi Burrow

Kiwi Explorer is a family run business operating from the sunny Bay of Plenty, in the North Island of NZ. This beautiful Talvor motorhome has two queen beds and one double bed, a wrap-around lounge in the rear to enjoy those amazing views which converts to a large dining area that will seat 6 easily. The kitchen has a microwave, cooker, fridge/freezer, sink and lots of bench space. Complete with a bathroom and shower and solar power, this van has everything you could possibly need for your next trip. Enjoy the benefits of heating, skylights, LED lighting, extractor fan and fly screens for your comfort. The vehicle is fitted with a new ‘Pioneer’ stereo radio and CD player with Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect two devices for hands-free calls and music, smart sync with your music, maps and more and it is iPhone and android compatible.

Stan the Starcraft

Stan the Starcraft is loaded with everything you need to get away, whether it’s a few days at the Lake or a few weeks down the coast. Skip the hassle and stress and hitch up Stan for a break. He is lightweight but packs all the punches! Featuring a fridge/freezer, air-con/heating, outdoor stereo, bunks, ensuite and Webber BBQ.

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Mount Maunganui
This incredibly unique ‘tear-drop camper’ has everything you need for your next road trip and nothing of the things that you don’t. This minimalistic camper has a fully fitted kitchen, a double bed and loads of other amazing extras. An adventure in this smart camper will be one you will never forget.

Wooden Cabin Style Camper

The beautifully converted Wood Cabin Style Camper is just what you need for an off-grid journey. The owners of this van spent five months creating this masterpiece to ensure you have everything you need to live on the road. With a stylish wooden interior and all the creature comforts of your own place, this campervan will be your home away from home. 

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Ditch your Phone for ‘Dome Life’ in this Pastoral Paradise Outside Port Macquarie 

A responsible, sustainable travel choice for escaping big city life for a few days.

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The urge to get as far away as possible from the incessant noise and pressures of ‘big city life’ has witnessed increasingly more of us turn to off-grid adventures for our holidays: polled travellers at the start of 2023 and 55% of us wanted to spend our holidays ‘off-grid’.  Achieving total disconnection from the unyielding demands of our digitised lives via some kind of off-grid nature time—soft or adventurous—is positioned not only as a holiday but, indeed, a necessity for our mental health. 

Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, an accommodation collection of geodesic domes dotted across a lush rural property in Greater Port Macquarie (a few hours’ drive from Sydney, NSW), offers a travel experience that is truly ‘off-grid’. In the figurative ‘wellness travel’ sense of the word, and literally, they run on their own independent power supply—bolstered by solar—and rely not on the town grid. 

Ten minutes before you arrive at the gates for a stay at Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, your phone goes into ‘SOS ONLY’. Apple Maps gives up, and you’re pushed out of your comfort zone, driving down unsealed roads in the dark, dodging dozens of dozing cows. Then, you must ditch your car altogether and hoist yourself into an open-air, all-terrain 4WD with gargantuan wheels. It’s great fun being driven through muddy gullies in this buggy; you feel like Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.  As your buggy pulls in front of your personal Nature Dome, it’s not far off that “Welcome…to Jurassic Park” jaw-dropping moment—your futuristic-looking home is completely engulfed by thriving native bushland; beyond the outdoor campfire lie expansive hills and valleys of green farmland, dotted with sheep and trees. You’re almost waiting to see a roaming brachiosaurus glide past, munching on a towering gum tree…instead, a few inquisitive llamas trot past your Dome to check out their new visitor. 

To fully capture the awe of inhabiting a geodesic dome for a few days, a little history of these futuristic-looking spherical structures helps. Consisting of interlocking triangular skeletal struts supported by (often transparent) light walls, geodesic domes were developed in the 20th century by American engineer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and were used for arenas. Smaller incarnations have evolved into a ‘future-proof’ form of modern housing: domes are able to withstand harsh elements due to the stability provided by the durable materials of their construction and their large surface area to volume ratio (which helps minimize wind impact and prevents the structure from collapsing). As housing, they’re also hugely energy efficient – their curved shape helps to conserve heat and reduce energy costs, making them less susceptible to temperature changes outside. The ample light let in by their panels further reduces the need for artificial power. 

Due to their low environmental impact, they’re an ideal sustainable travel choice. Of course, Tom’s Creek Nature Domes’ owner-operators, Cardia and Lee Forsyth, know all this, which is why they have set up their one-of-a-kind Nature Domes experience for the modern traveller. It’s also no surprise to learn that owner Lee is an electrical engineer—experienced in renewable energy—and that he designed the whole set-up. As well as the off-grid power supply, rainwater tanks are used, and the outdoor hot tub is heated by a wood fire—your campfire heats up your tub water via a large metal coil. Like most places in regional Australia, the nights get cold – but rather than blast a heater, the Domes provide you with hot water bottles, warm blankets, lush robes and heavy curtains to ward off the chill.

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You’ll need to be self-sufficient during your stay at the Domes, bringing your own food. Support local businesses and stock up in the town of Wauchope on your drive-in (and grab some pastries and coffee at Baked Culture while you’re at it). There’s a stovetop, fridge (stocked as per a mini bar), BBQs, lanterns and mozzie coils, and you can even order DIY S’More packs for fireside fun. The interiors of the Domes have a cosy, stylish fit-out, with a modern bathroom (and a proper flushing toilet—none of that drop bush toilet stuff). As there’s no mobile reception, pack a good book or make the most of treasures that lie waiting to be discovered at every turn: a bed chest full of board games, a cupboard crammed with retro DVDs, a stargazing telescope (the skies are ablaze come night time). Many of these activities are ideal for couples, but there’s plenty on offer for solo travellers, such as yoga mats, locally-made face masks and bath bombs for hot tub soaks. 

It’s these thoughtful human touches that reinforce the benefit of making a responsible travel choice by booking local and giving your money to a tourism operator in the Greater Port Macquarie Region, such as Tom’s Creek Nature Domes. The owners are still working on the property following the setbacks of COVID-19, and flooding in the region —a new series of Domes designed with families and groups in mind is under construction, along with an open-air, barn-style dining hall and garden stage. Once ready, the venue will be ideal for wedding celebrations, with wedding parties able to book out the property. They’ve already got one couple—who honeymooned at the Domes—ready and waiting. Just need to train up the llamas for ring-bearer duties! 

An abundance of favourite moments come to mind from my two-night stay at Tom’s Creek: sipping champagne and gourmet picnicking at the top of a hill on a giant swing under a tree, with a bird’s eye view of the entire property (the ‘Mountain Top picnic’ is a must-do activity add on during your stay), lying on a deckchair at night wrapped in a blanket gazing up at starry constellations and eating hot melted marshmallows, to revelling in the joys of travellers before me, scrawled on notes in a jar of wishes left by the telescope (you’re encouraged to write your own to add to the jar). But I’ll leave you with a gratitude journal entry I made while staying there. I will preface this by saying that I don’t actually keep a gratitude journal, but Tom’s Creek Nature Domes is just the kind of place that makes you want to start one. And so, waking up on my second morning at Tom’s —lacking any 4G bars to facilitate my bad habit of a morning Instagram scroll—I finally opened up a notebook and made my first journal entry:

‘I am grateful to wake up after a deep sleep and breathe in the biggest breaths of this clean air, purified by nature and scented with eucalyptus and rain. I am grateful for this steaming hot coffee brewed on a fire. I feel accomplished at having made myself. I am grateful for the skittish sheep that made me laugh as I enjoyed a long nature walk at dawn and the animated billy goats and friendly llamas overlooking my shoulder as I write this: agreeable company for any solo traveller. I’m grateful for total peace, absolute stillness.” 

Off-grid holiday status: unlocked.

Where: Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, Port Macquarie, 2001 Toms Creek Rd
Price: $450 per night, book at the Natura Domes website.

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