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On this site, the following are all terms used synonymously with campervan:
Campervans and Motorhomes vary tremendously in specification.
A self-contained motorhome or campervan is one that completely meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants for a minimum of 3 days. This generally means, they have a:
Self-contained motorhomes and campervans can enjoy freedom camping whereas camper vans that don't have self-contained facilities cannot. Many districts allow overnight parking on public land as long as the campervan / motorhome is self-contained. This means you can find a beautiful spot and park up for the night at no cost. To read more about freedom camping (or free camping), click here.
Some of the most spectacular campsites are those on DOC (Department of Conservation) land. They often have beautiful views but only basic facilities, such as toilets and cold showers. Being self-contained means you can take advantage of these sites without having to "rough it", as you will have your own hot water.