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15 January, 2024 - Updated Last updated on
16 January, 2024

Posted by Spaceships Crew

New Zealand is great for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors or take a road trip. With its gorgeous mountains and open spaces, there is no better way to camp. However, the sun can be hot but the sunshade (optional accessory) will keep you comfortable.

From side awning to sunshade

If you are looking to add a side awning to your Spaceships campervan we have great news for you. Our side awnings have morphed into sunshades. Why? Well, our sunshade will extend your outdoor space more than the classic side awning did.

You can use it at the back of the vehicle to create a bigger covered outdoor space for cooking or sitting & relaxing while your food is cooking.

The sunshade is an optional accessory that can be added to all Spaceships campervans. Simply add it when booking online (best rates, guaranteed!) or add it during the online check-in.

Setting up the sunshade

The awning extension comes with a pole feature that requires virtually no assembly. You simply attach the lightweight canvas to the tailgate of your Spaceships campervan. Adjust the legs to the right height and secure them. Job done. Time for a glass of wine.

That was the short version of how to set up the sunshade, but the actual instructions are just as easy.

With the sunshade, you can see the best of the New Zealand landscape without suffering sunburn or other discomfort from the elements. It is one of the best and most affordable accessories to include with your campervan rental!

Create a big covered outdoor space with the sunshade (an optional accessory)

Itr's easy to create a big covered outdoor space with the sunshade (an optional accessory)

Which campervans can use the sunshade?

The sunshade can be used with all Spaceships campervans in New Zealand. Whether you're going for the budget model or the luxury Dream Sleeper Mini, the outdoor space of all Spaceships can be extended by using the sunshade. All systems are go for the sunshade! Bye-bye side awning as the sunshade just rocks.

New Zealand sun burns hot 

Many don't realize how much sun shines on New Zealand. Scientifically, the sun is stronger in the Southern Hemisphere than in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the summer. Earth's orbit puts New Zealand closer to the sun then and there is less ozone and less pollution to block its rays. Even those accustomed to strong sunshine will burn easily in New Zealand

The sunshade is perfect for travelling, whether you are driving to a destination or decided to camp out. The sunshade is useful in several ways including.

This sunshade is a sturdy canvas that blocks sunshine, creating cooling shade. It is easy to assemble too. You can use it to extend your space or use the sunshade to create a bigger, covered outdoor space. It provides an easy setup for you, your friends or family to take a break for lunch during an extended road trip.

Be SunSmart on your road trip

Even though the sunshade protects you from the New Zealand sun while sitting outside we recommend being SunSmart: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap as we say in New Zealand.

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slip into the shade (under the side awning, which is now the sunshade)
  • Slop on sunscreen (never leave your campervan without it)
  • Slap on a hat
  • Wrap on sunglasses

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