Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am.
We’re firm advocates that two wheels are a great way to experience New Zealand. But two wheels plus four? Well now, that’s even better, particularly when those four wheels also provide a kitchen, living room and ultra-comfy beds! And what if we told you that right now you can get the two wheels for FREE when you hire the four wheels? That’s right… our mates at Britz have lined up an absolute ripper of a deal just for you: a 10 per cent discount on the best campervan rate of the day + free bike hire. Now that’s a road trip worth taking them up on.
Logan and I recently got to spend a few days whizzing around the North Island in a Britz campervan (purely in the name of quality control). Here’s what transpired…
To pick up our van we hopped aboard a five-minute shuttle from Auckland Airport to the Britz offices. There buffed and polished to perfection stood our home for the next few days…
the 4-berth Explorer Auto.
A friendly Britz employee gave us the grand tour – laid out on each bed was a sealed bag containing fresh linen, pillows, duvets and towels. A coat hanger, pegs and first aid kit were also included… but no teddy? I felt for Logan and will be making a note in the customer feedback.
For this trip we’d planned a whistle-stop itinerary that took in the
Hauraki Rail Trail, plenty of hardcore, mountain-bike action in Rotorua and Taupo and finally the Timber Trail – a combined six days of riding in some of the North Island’s top cycling hotspots.
Freedom is the name of the game with a camper and bike combination. Park up the van and jump on your bike to explore a town, forest or lakeside…or just snap a picture (clearly we couldn’t miss the opportunity to grab a shot of Paeroa’s famous L&P bottle – see left)!
A van also gives you easy access to the network of trails that make up Nga Haerenga – the NZ Cycle Trail. These rides are all over New Zealand and open up huge parts of New Zealand that you’d never get to see on four wheels.
You can choose to ride the trails as multi-day experiences, or pick ‘n’ mix shorter sections for fun, day adventures. For our Hauraki Rail Trail adventure, we parked the van in Paeroa, spent several hours riding and then returned the same way. For the Timber Trail we parked at
Piropiro DOC Campsite, then organised a shuttle from the camper to the start of the track at Pureora Village and a shuttle from the end at Ongarue back to Piropiro. Takes a little bit of organising but it’s doable.
In Rotorua we rode the trails in Whakarewarewa Forest (ridiculously fun). The
Waipa carpark is a good place to park up for the day – there’s even a free bike wash stand. Best things about our campervan
The well-equipped kitchen. Shame Logan couldn’t be persuaded to adorn the apron and whisk up something Jamie would be proud of! We settled for Kiwi staples: beers, chips and baked beans.
Neat space-saving tricks which lent a spacious, roomy feel to the camper without losing necessary facilities. The rear kitchen table is easily stored away so the seat turns into a double bed, while the toilet doubles as a shower.
Easy, stress-free draining of the waste water tanks – yes really!
Coming back to comfortable accommodation after a hard day’s riding. Seeing our van waiting for us at the Piropiro Campsite after plenty of tough climbs on the Timber Trail was hugely appreciated.
Fancy a road and cycle adventure of your own? Then don’t miss this very special deal….
All Britz Campervans with Toilet & Shower
Get 10% off best rate of the day
PLUS two free Natural High bikes & bike rack
Book before 15 October
Travel from now, dropping off before the 15 December
Available for hires from Auckland to Auckland, Christchurch to Christchurch and Christchurch to Auckland
Phone inside NZ:
0800 304 304
Phone outside NZ: (international call prefix) 800 200 80 801
Quote “Natural High” to receive the offer – 10% off the best daily campervan rate PLUS 2 free bikes and a free bike rack.