The roads in New Zealand are well maintained and are not hard to drive with a large vehicle. I have traveled them for years in my 7 metre bus/home/office.
The roads are curvy and lots of up and downs as one can expect in mountainous country but not something that is death defying. You quickly get accustomed to the driving and only a few locatkions are steep but even then not hard to drive over.
You and yuor family would get the best enjoyment out of a 4 berth camper van. Lots of room, easy to drive, comfortable with the ability to stop where you please to fix a meal or have a rest at a awesome scenic spot. Not crowded and the view is better with larger windows and more room...and if you need warmth there is no problem. Plus electrical hookup at our holiday parks guarantee a comfortable stay.
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QUOTE(rajatj @ Jan 27 2011, 07:01 AM)
We are planning to go to South Island in April/ May. Hiring a campervan for the first time, driving in mountains for the first time as well.
We need some feedback on how good or bad the mountainous journey is. Is it quite steep ? How good or bad/ wide/ narrow the roads are ? Currently thinking if hiring a big vehicle on such roads with two small kids - Toddler/ baby is such a good idea ? Any help will be much appreciated.
We plan to do visit Christchurch , Queenstown, Mt cook village, Fox/ Fra Glaciers.
Additionally, we plan to hire a flip top campervan. Although there is an electric heater supplied, we were wondering if the fliptop bed will keep enough warmth for that time of the year - considering that fliptop would hardly be a protection against the elements.
Thanks & Regards,