We are booked to be in New Zealand 15th - 31st Jan 2014, starting South Island and finishing with North. We have booked a campervan with Jucy rentals out of Christchurch, thinking this would give us the most freedom to explore and that we could just drive and stop where we liked as the mood took us! We haven't done much research yet, but now I am beginning to read posts on the forums which suggest you need to book campsites, even if you have a campervan with a toilet and wash facilities. This would largely defeat the object we were aiming for in hiring a campervan rather than booking into motels.
Is it really necessary to use campsites all the time? And if so, do we have to book them all in advance and so tie ourselves down to where we will be every night?