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Environmentally conscious campervan travel

The number one thing you can do to help the environment on your campervan rental holiday around New Zealand is to camp responsibly. Dispose of your waste appropriately, and if you’re planning to freedom camp, make sure you have a self-contained vehicle.

How to be environmentally conscious on your campervan holiday

Shop responsibly – buy local produce where possible, and support the ‘Buy NZ made’ campaign by buying souvenirs and other items that are made in New Zealand. Use recyclable shopping bags rather than plastic ones.

Support environmentally friendly tourism – many New Zealand tourism businesses have made a real ensure that their businesses have a minimal or positive affect on the environment. The New Zealand tourism industry’s official quality assurance organisation, Qualmark, has a specific ‘Enviro’ awards for businesses that meet stringent criteria around their environmental practices. We encourage you to support these businesses. You’ll find a list on the Qualmark website.

Drive responsibly – there are a number of ways you can reduce your impact on the environment when you’re driving in your rental campervan:

  • Stay at or within the speed limit – as well as being safer, it saves you money on fuel and reduces CO2 emissions.
  • Avoid stopping and starting – each time you stop and start in traffic, your engine uses more fuel and produces more CO2. Slow down by gently lifting your foot off the accelerator rather than jamming on the brake. And if you’re likely to be stopped completely for more than three minutes, switch off the engine.
  • Don’t over-rev – revving up like you’re in the Grand Prix increases wear on the engine and wastes fuel. Reduce your revs where you can. If you’re driving a diesel campervan try changing up a gear when your revs reach 2000 rpm. For petrol, change at 2500 rpm.
  • Stay away from peak times – sitting in traffic is not only a waste of time, it’s a waste of fuel. When you’re travelling around cities, avoid the ‘rush hour’ on the roads (around 7-9am and 4-6pm). Also be aware that cities tend to have an exodus of people around public holiday periods – try and avoid the busy times.
  • Use air with care – setting the air conditioner to high can increase fuel use by over 10%, so use it sparingly. Note, however, that it’s more efficient to drive with the aircon on rather than the windows open if you’re travelling at speeds over 80 km/h.
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