Underrated New Zealand Destinations

Underrated New Zealand Destinations

Written by mighway

New Zealand is home to natural wonders, hidden gems and incredible landscapes. Often, when you hire a campervan it can be hard to know where to start. So, to help support local and experience the best of New Zealand, we’ve made a list of some of New Zealand’s most underrated destinations. Visit these awesome spots with your travel bubble.

The Poor Knights

Off the coast of Tutukaka and three hours north of Auckland, you will find the Poor Knights. This area is a Marine and Nature Reserve, making it a great spot for snorkelling and diving. Due to the area being protected, there is an abundance of sea life. Not only is the sea life incredible, but there are caves, arches and tunnels.


Gisborne sees plenty of sunlight hours, and hot temperatures during the summer months, making it a desirable place to hire a campervan. This incredible spot has so much to offer, from being the only place in New Zealand to offer wild stingray feeding, plenty of incredible bike trails, wineries and great surf!

Stewart Island

This charming, laidback Island has plenty to offer every traveller, including guided walks, hiking, wildlife, great fishing and diving.

If you hire a campervan, spend a night under the stars and witness Stewart Islands incredible night sky, which was recognised for its outstanding sky and awarded Dark Sky Sanctuary accreditation in 2019. 

Either on your drive down, or journey back, we highly recommend stopping off in Bluff to spend your day diving with the great white sharks!

The Catlins

The Catlins is situated on the lower south east coast of the South Island. A New Zealand gem that captivates the hearts of its travellers.

It’s known to for its rugged and remote rainforest, an abundance of wildlife, forests, white-sandy beaches and rolling hills. A nature lovers paradise.