Hiring a Campervan In New Zealand

Outside its major cities, New Zealand is all about the countryside, nature, and wide open spaces. If you rely solely on buses, your experience of this gorgeous country will be limited to wherever they stop. 

By hiring a campervan, you’ll be able to go anywhere, stop whenever you like, and sleep wherever you wish. Given this vehicle’s upfront expense, though, the process of getting one can be intimidating.  

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of getting a campervan and show you where to take your new ride.  

What types of campervan are available?

When hiring a campervan in New Zealand, you have a wealth of options at your disposal. Are you on a strict backpacker budget? Campervans barely distinguishable from minivans start from 29NZD/day. These models boast a double bed, along with a tiny stove and cold running water – everything you need!

Those travelling as a family can hire a more spacious vehicle starting from 49NZD/day. The Britz Voyager seat’s fold down into two double beds, allowing it to sleep four. It also has a cooking stove, fridge, and microwave – a perfect setup for saving money on the road.

Do you have cash to burn? Go full luxury with the MC Family Luxury Motorhome. Sleeping six, it boasts hot water and a full shower/toilet in addition to previously mentioned features – all for 109NZD/day.     

How do I hire the campervan that’s right for me?

With dozens of models to choose from on hire sites, it can be hard to narrow down the options. What should you consider when picking a campervan?

Are you travelling alone or as a couple? What’s your budget like? Are you willing to rough it, or is comfort a consideration? 

Give everyone enough space, but don’t go overboard – save your money for activities like bungee jumping. If you want to go freedom camping, get a self-contained unit. If it holds enough water and septic tank space for three days off-grid, you’re good to go.

Are you an older traveller? If so, don’t be afraid to go for the bigger unit instead. It’s hard to enjoy the ‘backpacker experience’ if you wake up every morning cold and with back pain.    

Which routes should I check out while in New Zealand?

As you roll out of Auckland, a nation full of possibilities lay before you. Which routes deliver the most ‘wows’ per kilometre driven? On the North Island, Cape Reinga will appeal to geography enthusiasts, while beach lovers will want to head straight for the Coromandel Peninsula.

From top to bottom, The South Island boasts impressive drives. The rugged, rainy West Coast offers lush mountains, ancient glaciers, and plenty of wicked surf breaks. State Highway 80 follows the shores of Lake Pukaki as majestic Mount Cook comes into view. The drive from Christchurch to Queenstown transitions from rolling farm country to the scenic peaks of the Southern Alps. Don’t miss the road to Milford Sound, as it takes you to the most picturesque fjord on Earth.

But don’t take our word for it. If you see an intriguing road, turn down it and see what you find. In a country as beautiful as New Zealand, you likely won’t be disappointed.   

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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