New Zealand - A Destination Fit for Royals

New Zealand - A Destination Fit for Royals

Experience New Zealand hotspots by motorhome

Remember that time the now Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle explored New Zealand’s South Island by motorhome?

If you weren’t aware, during 2014 Meghan spent 10 days visiting our southern tourist hotspots describing New Zealand as "undoubtedly spectacular", "magical" and "one of the most beautiful countries in the world." We couldn’t agree more with her kind words.

If you want to follow in Meghan’s footsteps and explore some of New Zealand’s beautiful spots by motorhome then read on for her South Island itinerary route.

Queenstown

Start your trip in the adventure capital of the world (and, incidentally, one of the most picturesque towns on Earth). Meghan enjoyed local restaurants such as Botswana Butchery, Vudu Restaurant and Larder during her stay. We recommend picking up your motorhome in Queenstown and kickstarting your trip in New Zealand.

Aerial view of Queenstown in New Zealand

Lake Wanaka

Meghan felt like a local while in Lake Wanaka, taking some time to do a spot of fly-fishing as well as catching a film at Cinema Paradiso. Lake Wanaka is less touristy but still equally as beautiful as its neighbour Queenstown - you’ve got to witness the famous ‘Lake Wanaka Tree’ before you leave. We highly recommend paying a visit to this beautiful part of the South Island.

Lonely Tree in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Franz Josef

It was time to get adventurous and walk the Franz Josef glacier, which can also be viewed from above by helicopter. Meghan continued her hike along the coastline to the seal colonies.

Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

Marlborough Region

Local wineries galore! You’ll never be far from delicious drinks and freshly caught green-lipped mussels in wine country. You’re not far from the Queen Charlotte Walking Track which takes in coastal forest, coves and inlets, and skyline ridges. The Marlborough Region is a gastronomic dream and you would be foolish to miss this off your motorhome adventure.

Kaikoura

A gorgeous little coastal town known for its abundant wildlife, fresh seafood and the opportunity to see our beautiful sperm whale population up close on a special tour. Need more animals? Take the well known Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway to the fur seal colonies and see these gorgeous creatures in the wild.

Fur seal colony in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Christchurch / Akaroa

Drop off your motorhome in New Zealand’s English heritage city, and head to the airport for the next part of your adventure. If you’re not ready to leave Christchurch yet, we recommend a walk around the stunningly peaceful Christchurch gardens (make sure you check out the fountain), a stroll along the banks of the Avon River or head to the Banks Peninsula and catch a glimpse of the rare Hector’s dolphins.

Beautiful gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand

Auckland / Waiheke

Meghan then flew up to Auckland on a quick 1.5-hour flight and finished off her holiday with four relaxing days on beautiful Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

After a whirlwind trip, you’ll be able to tick off glacier climbs, vineyard visits, whale watching and indulging in some good old Kiwi kai (food). The effortless beauty of New Zealand can be appreciated in many different ways, but for those who want to really immerse themselves in the nature and culture of this stunning country, you can’t do better than a motorhome hire.

There’s no doubt that New Zealand is a destination fit for royals! Meghan Markle praises New Zealand as one of her favourite places to travel. If you’re thinking about exploring New Zealand by motorhome then you’ll want to lock in your Queenstown rental and we’ll be more than happy to help you on your way.

Kite wawe koe i (See you soon)


Written By: Charlotte Lightbody

Exploring by motorhome is my favourite way to immerse myself in a different place/culture. My favourite so far? The Southern States of the USA - epic food, amazing people and the most beautiful scenery. I could go on about that trip forever!