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New Zealand Campervan Rental
There’s really only one way to see the best of New Zealand’s stunning sights and unbeatable experiences – and that’s by hiring a campervan.
Campervan or motorhome rental gives you
Renowned throughout the world for jaw-dropping scenery, New Zealand offers rugged untamed beauty for lovers of beaches, mountains, lakes, forests and fjords. So pick your destinations carefully, sort out motorhome hire, and get ready to experience some of the most unspoilt areas on Earth.
The two islands of New Zealand are quite different – and checking both out is highly recommended.
Located near the top of the North Island, Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city – a thriving, diverse mix of fine dining, vibrant nightlife, a growing artistic and cultural scene and plenty of family-friendly events and attractions. Best of all, you’re never far away from lovely beaches and vibrant bushwalks, and the city itself overlooks the marine playground of the Hauraki Gulf. As the primary international gateway to New Zealand, for many
Northland, as its name suggests, is located to the north of Auckland – and very well suited to camper rental. Numerous campsites and holiday parks provide a multitude of handy bases for exploring sun-drenched beaches and coastal towns. It’s the ideal place to relax, take it easy, and take it all in.
Head south from Auckland, and within a few easy hours of driving you’ll find Rotorua. It’s the country’s geothermal
A few hours on from Rotorua, you’ll find Taupo – right in the middle of the North Island, and right on the edge of the country’s largest lake. Grab one of the many kayaks or sailing dinghies for hire and hit the water. Try your hand at fishing. Take a dip. Or take a drive
Right down the bottom of the North Island
Another factor that makes motorhome rental such a handy way to see New Zealand is the ability to take it with you between the islands! A vehicular ferry can transport you and your camper over the Cook Strait to the South Island – a different world and the start of a whole new journey.
Other great spots in the North Island to visit via campervan that you may enjoy include:
- The Taranaki Peninsula
- The Coromandel Peninsula
- Cape Reinga
- East Cape
- Hawkes Bay
- Mount Maunganui.
From the moment you drive off the ferry, the South Island begins to deliver captivating views as well as opportunities to explore and discover. Picton, the drop-off point, is located at the head of the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound, and if you’re keen to begin your travels in the South Island rather than the North, it’s a great spot to sign up for campervan hire. The steady stream of visitors through the town means there’s plenty of options around.
Warm, welcoming and dotted with sunny orchards, Nelson is the country’s fruit growing capital and full to bursting with cherries, plums, strawberries and other natural sweet treats in the summer months. Follow the local weekly ritual of heading to the markets, and fill your camper (and your stomach) with loads of goodies. Nelson’s a handy place to start your South Island journey if you prefer – though it’s not as busy and bustling as Christchurch, there’s a number of camper rental businesses in town. It’s a picturesque, peaceful place that’s close to a must-see for any nature lover, Abel Tasman National Park.
Probably the easiest place to source a rental campervan in the South Island, Christchurch is in the process of rebuilding and reinventing itself after a series of earthquakes – and what’s emerging is a real sense of community spirit, as well as some fascinating creativity. The city is famous for its gardens, and the seaside town of Akaroa close by is well worth a visit.
Dubbed the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown really is a tourist’s dream with something for everyone. Thrillseekers will go wild for the multiple adrenaline-pumping experiences on offer, from bungy jumping, sky diving and jet boating to the world’s largest canyon swing. Several world-class ski fields are close, as are a number of the nation’s Great Walks – multi-day hikes traversing spectacular scenery and featuring fascinating native flora and fauna.
Other great spots in the South Island to visit via campervan that you may enjoy include:
- The Blenheim wine region
- Fox Glacier
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Fiordland National Park
- Milford Sound
- The Catlins
- Mt CookLake
- Te AnauLake
Timing your travels
Once you’ve decided motorhome rental is the best way option for your New Zealand travels, it’s important to plan your trip carefully and give yourself plenty of time. The country may look small, but the experiences are anything but. You’ll need a minimum of four weeks, but at least six is recommended in order to cover all the main cities and attractions. That said – if you’ve got the time to spare, you could take a relaxed few months touring around and still have things to see and do.
Staying safe on the road
The roads in New Zealand are well designed and maintained – but even so, it’s a good idea to practice getting a feel for both the road rules and your vehicle after you pick up the keys from the campervan rental office.
- Drive on the left-hand side of the road!
- It’s best not to drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel – the legal limit for driving in New Zealand is very low.
- All distances are in kilometres, and speeds in kilometres per hour.
- Speed limits are carefully enforced. Speed limits in towns are typically 50 kilometres per hour, and speed limits on open roads can be up to 100 kilometres per hour.
- All passengers must wear seat belts, even in a campervan.
- Approach roads that are narrow and/or winding – particularly those that traverse mountains or gravel – with extreme caution. Practice first to get your confidence up!
- Please note that to legally drive in New Zealand, you’ll need either an International Driving Permit (IDP) or a current driver’s licence from your country of origin. You’ll also need to keep it on you at all times when you’re driving.
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