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New Zealand: The Most Popular Country for Brits Looking for a Campervanning Experience

When it comes to travel for Brits, New Zealand is on the top of the list. 

Despite being one of the most far away countries from the U.K., every year, more Brits travel for holidays and also to work.

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Why New Zealand?

Well, there are many reasons. Nature in New Zealand is unique, with plenty of outdoor activities that can be done throughout the year, especially during the summer and winter seasons.

Another positive point for Brits is how easy it is to access a Working Holiday Visa, which can be extended up to two years.

On the other side, Immigration New Zealand is more favorable to granting residencies to Brits planning to make the country their new homeland. 

In this article, we will explore all the positive aspects New Zealand has to offer. Let's check them out!


If you love visiting islands, New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and has two main landmasses, the North Island and the South Island, along with over 700 smaller islands. 

You can find the most touristic ones here.

Welcoming Culture

Kiwis are known for their great hospitality towards tourists and foreigners looking for a short or long stay, working in retail or just on seasonal jobs. 

Driving in New Zealand

Like the U.K., kiwis drive on the left side, so Brits won't feel any difference when driving; that's a small advantage, but it counts!

Overall, signals are not so different than in the U.K.; of course, the language barrier is not a problem; just a slightly different accent will distinguish a Kiwi from a Brit.


That's another aspect to consider if you like warmer temperatures and less rainy days than in the U.K.

New Zealand is not the warmest country in the world, but it is also not the coldest. Temperatures are moderate during summer and winter.

Summer used to be mild compared with other countries, where temperatures could reach 40-45º, but this is not the case in New Zealand.

During winter, it can change significantly between both islands; while North Island temperatures are warmer (not usually below 0º), on the other side, the South Island is colder and tends to snow in many different areas.

The South Island is an ideal choice for skiing or snowboarding, with amazing ski fields for all levels. 

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Campervanning in New Zealand

We can't forget about traveling by campervan in New Zealand, which is one of the most popular countries in the world for traveling by campervan or motorhome.

It offers multiple stunning routes with scenic views that are easy to drive with any type of vehicle.

It is also popular because the government has multiple programs for young people to travel and work simultaneously. 

A backpacker culture resided in New Zealand for decades, so if you're planning to backpacking New Zealand, then you are on the right path.

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FAQs for Brits Travelling to New Zealand

  1. How long is the flight from the U.K. to New Zealand?

The flight from the U.K. to New Zealand usually takes about 24 hours, including a stopover. Most flights have at least one stop, often in places like Singapore, Dubai, or Hong Kong.

2. Can I drive in New Zealand with a U.K. driving license?

Yes, you can drive in New Zealand with a U.K. driving license for up to 12 months. It's also recommended that an International Driving Permit (IDP) be carried.

3. Is New Zealand safe for tourists?

Yes, New Zealand is considered very safe for tourists. However, it's always good to take standard precautions, such as safeguarding your belongings and being aware of your surroundings.

4. What is the time difference between the U.K. and New Zealand?

New Zealand is typically 12 hours ahead of the U.K. During daylight saving time in New Zealand (late September to early April), this can extend to 13 hours.



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