New Zealand: Top 10 Hidden Gems, Campervan Lifestyle (Tips and Tricks), and Doing Life Differently With Lisa Jansen

Today, I’m joined by digital nomad and author Lisa Jansen to get her list of the top 10 New Zealand hidden gems and get a peak into the New Zealand campervanning lifestyle.

Lisa is a long-term traveler based in New Zealand. She has been a nomad for over six years, five of which have been spent traveling across the country in her campervan. Her book Life Done Differently explores her decision to prioritize a nomadic lifestyle, favoring travel and van living over conventional familial and career pursuits.

Lisa shares her eclectic mix of off-the-beaten-path places to visit, from surreal lakes and remote beaches to a steampunk town, a west coast alternative to the popular hot water beach, one of the best night sky views in the world, and where you’re most likely to naturally swim with dolphins. You’ll hear all about New Zealand vanlife, get tips and tricks for having your own campervan adventure, and gain plenty of insights into solo and long-term travel.

👉 SPOILER ALERT: You can find Lisa’s list of New Zealand hidden gems at the bottom of the show notes. Don’t peek until you listen!

Are you planning a trip to New Zealand? Which of these spots would you add to your list? I’d love to hear your thoughts and hope you’ll share them by sending me an audio message.

Lisa Jansen

Premium Passport:

  • Get ad-free episodes, exclusive content, and access to all episodes for only $3/month. Subscribe now!

Tune In To Learn:

  • How a one-year study abroad led to permanently living in New Zealand
  • Her daily life in a campervan, work/life balance, and how she makes a living as a digital nomad
  • Campervanning NZ 101: How to find a van, must-haves, and important things to consider
  • Advice for this style of travel and mistakes to be aware of 
  • The best New Zealand hidden gems, from the north island to the south
  • Advice for tramping (hiking) the Great Walks in New Zealand 
  • Why she decided to be child-free and how that’s allowed her to embrace new possibilities
  • Why she decided to write a book on her experiences and what she’s learned about self-publishing
  • Her thoughts on solo travel (plus an important safety tip for aspiring vanlifers)
  • And so much more


Want More?

Thanks To Our Sponsors

  • Nissan – There’s no better vehicle for adventure than the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder. Learn more at
  • Wise – Wise can help you send, spend, and receive internationally without the hidden fees or exchange rate markups. Learn how Wise can work for you by downloading the app or visiting
  • AeroPress – Say yes to better mornings fueled by better coffee. Visit to save 20% off your order.



SPOILER: Top 10 New Zealand Hidden Gems

  • Spirits Bay
  • Kai Iwi Lakes
  • Kawhia
  • The East Cape
  • Cape Palliser
  • Elaine Bay & French Pass
  • Banks Peninsula
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Oamaru
  • The Catlins

You're almost there!

Drop your email below so we can send your FREE course!

Powered by ConvertKit

Want to Travel More?

You need a plan. Sign up to access this mini-course The 3 Best Ways To Save Money For Travel, get exclusive content and join our amazing community of travelers. It’s all FREE!

You're signed up! Check your email to access the mini-course!