Fur seal at Kaikoura.When we were thinking about a trip to New Zealand a few months ago, I was pretty sure we were going to go the tour company route. Several of our Kabul colleagues had traveled to New Zealand on all-inclusive tours, where the company takes care of everything (excluding flights), including hotels, most meals, entrance fees/tickets and, most importantly, planning your itinerary.Lake Wakatipu.Something about planning a 21-day trip to three countries seemed daunting to me — especially on top of our trips to Nepal, the Maldives, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines. (I know, poor me. Waah.) Oh, and working too (in between vacations). But the more we looked into it, the more appealing a campervan road trip seemed.Land of rainbows.We had our aforementioned doubts about driving a huge RV in a foreign country. But we weren’t planning to do any city driving. You don’t really go to New Zealand to see its cities. (We did briefly visit Wellington, Christchurch and, while not a “city” in the same sense, Queenstown, but missed out on Auckland.) Finally, we were inspired by another couple from work, who also rented a campervan and gave us ideas of places to visit and a rough itinerary to follow.Wind farm as seen from the Wellington-Picton Interislander ferry.I’m sure you can see just as many cool things on the road from a tour bus as you can from a campervan, but the difference is in a campervan, you have the flexibility to stop, take pictures, change your destination, stay an extra night, etc.The photos in this blog post are all taken on the road: ever-present rainbows on the North Island, a fur seal colony on the side of the road in Kaikoura, lake vistas, river views, all the beauty of New Zealand, as seen from a campervan.The Roaring Meg hydropower dam.En route to the South Island.Another rainbow.Glenorchy sunrise.Another fur seal — so cute!Have you ever booked a vacation through a tour company?