Frequently Asked Questions
New Zealand - Haere Mai...means Welcome
Although New Zealand is a relatively small country you should allow plenty of travel time because there is so much to see. If seeing both islands allow at least 21 days. If you have 14 days or less then concentrate on one island and you will have a more enjoyable time.
Driving Distances in New Zealand
Where do we camp at night?
We strongly recommend you stay in a caravan (RV) park. New Zealand has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major tourist centers and most towns. Caravan parks offer excellent recreational opportunities, plus essential shower and toilet facilities. Powered sites enable you to connect your vehicle to electricity. The approximate cost is NZD 20-30 per night.
Most New Zealand national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic areas. National parks are also beautiful and peaceful locations to stay overnight. However, national parks do not usually offer powered sites.
Council laws prohibit camping on the side of the road near towns and cities. However, outside towns and in country areas it is generally permitted.
Do I need a special driver's license?
On pick up of the vehicle a full (e.g. non-provisional) and valid driver's license must be presented in person by all people wishing to drive the vehicle. If the license is not in English, an International driver's license or a valid certified translation is also required. The minimum age to drive the vehicle is 21 years.
How long does the battery system last?
All Apollo vehicles have a dual battery system. This means that the engine battery is separate from the battery system used for internal appliances, such as the fridge, lights and water pump. The appliance battery system will last approximately 12 hours when fully charged. The batteries only recharge when you drive the vehicle or plug into mains power. Since the engine battery is separate, if you flatten one of the rear batteries, you will still be able to start the engine and drive. All vehicles have the facility to plug into electricity. When you plug into electricity in a caravan park all accessories automatically run off 240V electricity rather than the batteries. You can then use appliances such as the television, microwave and rear air conditioning that only run off electricity.
What is supplied with the vehicle?
Each vehicle is supplied with complimentary living equipment (such as bedding, cooking equipment, crockery/cutlery, bath and tea towels.) Also, each vehicle is supplied with a complimentary Apollo Pack for your first night. The pack contains matches, mini shampoo and conditioner, dishwashing liquid, a sponge, soap, salt and pepper, coffee, tea and sugar sachets. Also provided are comprehensive maps and camp ground guides. We strongly recommend that you use soft bags instead of suitcases for your luggage. Soft bags take up less room and fit easier into the storage cupboards and lockers in the vehicle.
Can I take the vehicle on the Inter Island Ferry?
Apollo vehicles are permitted to travel on the Inter Island Ferry. Enquire with your travel agent or direct with Apollo.
Do I require a passport for New Zealand?
All visitors to New Zealand require a passport which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure date from New Zealand. There are no other requirements for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Visas may be required for all other overseas visitors.
What is the weather like throughout the year?
Below is a weather chart containing the minimum and maximum temperatures throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Including the extreme highs and lows.
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