How to be Sustainable While Campervanning in NZ

How to be Sustainable While Campervanning in NZ

Written by Kimberly

For many, there’s nothing more exciting than the idea of spending time outdoors, camping and travelling in NZ. As much as we love to camp, we also know that it’s important to protect our beautiful countryside by doing so responsibly. Irresponsible camping practices can destroy our beautiful countryside. That’s why it’s critical to camp in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner. So, here are some tips on how to be sustainable while hiring a private campervan in NZ.

Reduce Waste

The biggest culprit of camping is waste. This usually comes from two main sources: the packaging materials for food and supplies, most of which tend to be bought especially for the trip in question; and the use of disposable items such as plates and silverware. You can reduce this waste by reusing as many supplies as possible by pre-packing your materials without their packaging and taking the time to wash items rather than just throwing them away.


If you must create rubbish during your trip, reduce your footprint by using only items that have recyclable packaging. Sort these materials and make sure to take them with you when you leave, putting them in the proper place.

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Conserve Water

You don’t ever really know how much water you use on a daily basis until you find yourself in a situation where you have to work to get it. Then it dawns on you how reliant we are on readily available water. When camping, however, this becomes more difficult, and you have to be more thoughtful about the water you use. Do your dishes in one bucket of water, rather than leaving a tap open. Use natural sources of water when it’s clean enough. And if you must bring water with you, buy a few large, reusable containers — 10, 15, or even 20 litres — and bring the water with you.

Follow Fire Regulations

Nothing about camping is better than sitting around the campfire at the end of a long, fun-filled day. However, it’s important to practice sustainable methods for your fire-building. Pay attention to all fire bans, get any permits that are necessary and make sure you don’t burn more than you need to. In addition, make sure your firewood comes from acceptable, sustainable sources. Bring your own wood with you when you can, and if you must gather wood from the local area, make sure to only collect wood that has already fallen.

If you plan ahead and act accordingly, you don’t have to harm the environment when doing a private campervan hire in NZ. For more NZ travel tips, or to start your own trip, please talk to us at today!