Campervans for RWC 2011

Posted by Heidi on 30 September 2010

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Campervans and Motorhomes Available for RWC 2011

Date of published article: 17 September 2010 – Source Tourism New Zealand News

The Tourism Industry Association (New Zealand) has reported that rumours that campervans and motorhomes are booked out for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) next year are not true. Major campervan companies have advised they are looking forward to receiving more bookings as New Zealand moves into the 'One Year To Go' period.

"We are still taking bookings for campervans and motorhomes for the Rugby World Cup and have plenty of availability for the month of October 2011," says Kea Campers Operations Manager Tamara Schuerlein.

"Although we have a steady stream of enquiries and bookings, we don't expect a great increase until international airfares and seats are released."

Most airlines will be making seats available through online systems between 350 and 365 days in advance.

Tourism Holdings Ltd (THL) General Manager Marketing & Customer Relations Kate Meldrum says as expected, bookings have been coming in steadily over the first booking phase.

"Demand is currently strongest for the pool phase of the tournament but we certainly aren't booked out. We are comfortable with the booking patterns to date and expect further steady demand as flights open up for free independent travellers."

Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) Chief Executive Fergus Brown says that parks in most areas of New Zealand have space available during RWC 2011, with Auckland being the only exception.

"We expect that most areas of New Zealand will have sufficient capacity in existing facilities to meet customer demand over RWC 2011. Holiday parks in Christchurch and Wellington report that bookings to date have been slow.

"Like the campervan and motor home operators, we expect bookings to pick up when airline booking systems come online. The Auckland City Council is working through plans to meet demand in Auckland."

Rental vehicle operators are experiencing steady demand.