If you want to go on an awesome adventure around NZ, but you haven’t got any solid plans laid out yet, we can help. To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together this guide on how to find & book deals – even last minute!
We’ve also included some general advice on how to think when booking your travel last minute. It might help you think more clearly about what you must have and do, plus what you can do without.
If you’re already in New Zealand and you’re looking to travel across the country on a flight, there are loads of great websites and apps that can help you find cheap deals on flights. We’d recommend doing your research and comparing costs using these:
Now maybe we’re a bit biased, but we happen to think that campervanning is one of the best and cheapest ways to get around New Zealand. Here’s a few ways to save if you’re looking to hire a campervan in NZ:
If you want to get a complete look on how to get cheap campervan deals, check out our cheap campervan hire deals page. You will also find a general FAQ section about Campervan Hire in New Zealand.
You’ll sometimes find that smaller travel providers (like us locals) will band together to offer great deals on experiences. Some hotels offer discounted vehicle hire, low-price movie tickets at the local theatre, or cheaper meals at restaurants they’re in partnership with.
Some campervan companies have partnered up with tour operator which will save you along the trip. When you hire a campervan with Travellers Autobarn you get several deals along the way like discounted Kayaking Tours, Jetboating and so on. Check out the current partner deals here…
If you’re planning on travelling to a new city in NZ but you don’t have anywhere to stay, you’ll need to book some accommodation. Hotels can be the biggest expense a traveller faces, but staying somewhere decent doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg — accommodation venues often have last minute deals for you to take advantage of.
If you are flexible – and are after a real bargain – it is always worth to check out some of the typical discounting websites – you be getting real savings – these companies have anything from discounted flights, campervan hire deals as well as accommodation discounts.
Here are 3 tips to keep in mind while searching travel deal sites:
Sometimes when you’re looking for a great deal, you need to be flexible with timing and destination. You can save a tonne of cash by allowing some leeway with travel dates and destinations. For example, you can get a great deal on a campervan relocation and drive a campervan across the country for $1 in vehicle rental — you just need to be flexible with dates and destinations.
Never been camping on a beach? Give it a crack. Never been to the northern tip of Northland? There are tonnes of great free spots to stay on the North Island. Never gone surfing or kayaking? Well, we’ve got more on that below…
Travel is all about seeing and trying new things, so don’t write off options just because you don’t know what you’re in for!
If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track.
You should shop around, compare deals, and make an informed decision. That said, if something looks like a great deal but you get a bad vibe from the reviews or pictures, always trust your instinct. Chasing cheap deals for too long can be exhausting, disappointing and give you serious FOMO.
Hopefully now you’ve got a better idea of where you can find some great last minute travel deals in New Zealand! If you’re having any trouble with a campervan booking through us, or if you need a hand with some more information, get in contact with us. You can use the buttons below to contact our reservations team, or call us directly on 0800 348 348 (we also have overseas contact numbers in case you’re outside New Zealand). For more information about our dedicated current specials & deals visit our campervan specials & deals page or cheap campervan hire deals section.