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Explore New Zealand – From the Comfort of Your Own Home: Motorhome!

Why travel New Zealand by a campervan?

With NZM Rentals, you can hire motorhomes at the best prices. With a camper, you are mobile and free and can design your route. New Zealand is the perfect travel destination for road trip fans! Whether you hire a campervan, RV, or tent, the New Zealand infrastructure makes it easy to travel around New Zealand. With a campervan in NZ, you are flexible; you can decide where to go, stay overnight at the most fantastic pitches or camp right under the stars by the sea. Fans of wines and good food can stay for a small fee at numerous wineries, farms, olive groves, etc.

Climate and Best Travel Time for New Zealand?

In May and June, there is snow, which is ideal for winter sports. In July, temperatures continue to fall. The month is the coldest of the year, although it is colder on the South Island than on the North Island. In August, it goes up. Temperatures rise to 15 degrees Celsius or more, and the sun shines longer. For the best travel time for a beach holiday in New Zealand, the months are December, January, February, and March.

The North Island tends to be warmer than the South Island. In New Zealand’s autumn (March / April), you drive from Christchurch to Auckland because it is often still warm in the autumn. In February, the weather stays at a similar level, with minimal sunshine hours.

What facilities are on board?

It comes with amenities including kitchen utensils such as adequate cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment.

Are your vehicles 4WD or 2WD?

All our motorhomes are 2WD engines. They are for touring purposes, and you must drive them on sealed roads. The inclusive campervan hire package will not cover Off-road or beaches. The campervan engines are diesel or 2.2l turbo diesel.

If there is a possibility, make sure at the time of booking that you get a vehicle with an automatic gear shift if possible. Manual switching on the ‘wrong’ side means another conversion for you. Similar to Europe, RVs come in different sizes, shapes, and configurations. Campervan hire here at NZM Rentals are all the automatic gear.

The campervans with NZM Rentals are well-equipped motorhome with heating, which is an excellent feature because in New Zealand it can be very pleasantly mild and warm during the day, it can be a little icy at night. Even in midsummer, the weather in New Zealand is changeable – the ocean surrounds the North Island and South Island of New Zealand. Four seasons a day are possible.

Self-contained motorhome?

In short, the campers must have a chemical toilet and a wastewater tank on board. This campervan must have a “Self-contained Certificate,” i.e., meet specific hygiene standards. Campers without a certificate may not stay overnight at many well-located campsites. The campervans you hire have a Self-contained license on every vehicle.

Luggage recommendation for New Zealand camping trip?

Be sure to bring sunscreen with SPF 50, a rain jacket, and clothes that you can wear on the bulb principle. The kiwis and wear shorts and flip-flops or shorts and rubber boots in almost any weather.

Are there any hidden costs in my rental?

Local taxes, camping table / Chairs are included in our price, and you do not need to pay extra, as well as additional drivers are also included.

Extra costs:

One-way fee: If you hire the campervan and return it at a different location Queenstown location fee: Queenstown branch is a premium location, there will be a fee if you pick-up or drop off your vehicle in Queenstown.

What is the maximum capacity of your campervan?

Maui River, Britz Frontier, and Mighty Big Six are the most spacious models in the fleet; they offer great comfort and convenience, equipped with three beds.

Can you recommend some attractions in New Zealand?

  • In the evening, enjoy fresh fish and seafood at the picturesque beach town of Whitianga. The road to the south takes you to the surfing town of Whangamata and the breathtaking Karangahake Gorge. Behind the gold mining town of Waihi starts lush green pastureland that extends to Matamata.
  • In Waitomo underground world, you can admire the glowworms and stalactites as well as stalagmites. In the Tongariro National Park, do a little trekking and walk about 20 km back (Tongariro Alpine Crossing), which passes by different volcanoes and glorious turquoise blue mountain lakes. On the west coast, walk along the black sand beach with white-grey cliffs, and in Napier on the east coast, enjoy the view directly to the sea.
  • Travel along the west coast, over the 900-meter-high Arthur’s Pass, with viaducts, bridges, and plunging waterfalls. In Christchurch, you can finish your road trip in the numerous bars.
  • Take a hike in the Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. Sensational is the Hooker Valley Track, which starts at the White Horse Hill campsite, leads over suspension bridges, and ends at the glacial lake with floating icebergs. The Hooker Valley Track, which is about three hours long, is highly recommended, offers excellent views and is easy to do even for non-hikers. There are great opportunities to watch the stars along the entire route, at least back in Queenstown on a skyline stargazing tour high above the city with the Queenstown skyline.
  • There are state and private campsites in New Zealand, which often have a lovely location. The ferry ride between Wellington, on New Zealand’s North Island and Picton, on New Zealand’s South Island, takes about three hours. It’s no coincidence that the ride is one of the world’s most beautiful ferry rides. In Te Anau, the lake invites you for a walk along the shore. Adventurous people can start the three-hour hike into Fiordland from there. In the direction of Milford Sound, there are beautiful (sometimes very strenuous) hiking trails on which you can discover, among other things, Mirror Lake, Lake Marian, or the Sutherland Falls.

Is Auckland a good starting point for my New Zealand camping trip?

The mild climate and often sunny weather, the Polynesian culture as a backdrop, and the passion for excellent food and wine, as well as attractive shopping opportunities, make Auckland a magnificent metropolis of multicultural liveliness. Auckland is also a waterfront town with all the amenities and great opportunities for water sports of all kinds. The 328-meter-high Sky Tower takes you through glazed lifts onto spectacular observation decks. There are attractions such as SkyWalk or Sky Jump. At Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World, you can see sharks and penguins up close. We have an article about campervan hire from Auckland Airport.

Is the campervan hire expensive?

Of course, how expensive the trip depends on where you want to spend the night, how well the camper’s equipment is, how cheap you get at the flights, whether you cook in the camper or eat, etc. To save money and time, you may consider taking a campervan tour package

Waste management:

Waste is inevitable during a camping trip in New Zealand. The private campgrounds have wastewater disposal stations; there are garbage bins and garbage disposal stations everywhere.

Do I need to take a ferry to cross the two islands?

That’s right! New Zealand is two big islands. Between the North and South Island, two ferry operators operate several times a day to transport you and your camper. You have the choice between The Interislander and the Bluebridge. Both differ only minimally in the price. If South Island is your destination,  check this post: Campervan Hire Christchurch airport

How much is the New Zealand camping trip?

The South Island is generally more expensive than the North Island. Gasoline is much cheaper in big cities than in the surrounding area. Get the discount cards in supermarkets like Countdown or New World and get savings on shopping or refuelling.

Stick to the speed limits because, in New Zealand, there are speed cameras. Typical New Zealand are also the One Lane Bridges. These are single-lane bridges. Check our guide on the top 50 New Zealand camping parks

What if I arrive late?

Many people chose Christchurch as the starting and final destination of their New Zealand campervan travel. If you arrive late in the afternoon or evening, you can spend the first night in the hotel before you pick up your camper the next day. That is just the easiest way for you to start the day. Find brochures about DOC campsites in each region and their facilities. In the visitor centres, you can also take these with you for free.

Looking to explore the untouched beauty of New Zealand? Want to get off the beaten track? Value your independence?

Travelling by campervan is the ultimate way to see NZ. The stunning beaches, snow-capped mountains, wild forests and blue lakes. It’s no wonder New Zealand is one of the top-rated countries in the world to visit. You’ve no doubt heard a lot about New Zealand’s breath-taking landscapes, movies such as Lord of the Rings have made the country a world-famous tourist destination.

But guess what? Movies and photographs only show a tiny part of how beautiful New Zealand really is. There’s so much more waiting to be discovered, and the best way to discover it is by renting a motorhome!

Reasons To See New Zealand By Motorhome

New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to explore by motorhome. Why? Let’s find out!

Freedom and Independence

Renting a motorhome means no more worrying about hotels or accommodation. Many of our motorhomes include your own bed, bathroom and kitchen, while our range of smaller vehicles allow the freedom to use public facilities.  There are a huge number of motorcamps, holiday parks and campgrounds all over New Zealand – you don’t have to go far to find one! Even in the most remote areas of the beautiful Coromandel or the deepest parts of the South Island, you’re likely to find a motorcamp or holiday park that caters to you and your vehicle.

Most motorcamps or campervan parks are fully equipped with powered sites and facilities such as communal lounges, laundry, kitchens, showers, toilets and playgrounds. Some holiday parks even feature swimming pools and spa baths!

The entry fee for most campgrounds will include usage of the communal kitchen, toilets and shower facilities. (Please note that shower facilities in some holiday parks have a time limit).

You can also top up your motorhome’s tank with free fresh water, and there are designated areas to empty greywater from your kitchen tank and blackwater from your toilet.  

Although fees for holiday parks and motorcamps vary, you can expect to pay anything from $NZ15 to $NZ25 per person per night.
Laundry facilities such as washing machines and dryers are also available at holiday parks. These are usually coin-operated.  

DOC camp sites (Department of Conservation) are usually basic sites with minimal facilities but very low fees. There are over 250 public camping areas managed by DOC, most of which are in New Zealand’s most beautiful and untouched areas. These parks generally cost less than $NZ19 per person per night – some are even free!

Freedom Camping: You Choose Where To Stay The Night!

One of the best things about hiring a motorhome in NZ is freedom camping. Many areas in New Zealand allow you to park your motorhome overnight in a public place that isn’t an official camping ground. Want to wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the sand? Park at the beach! Want to start the day with an early-morning hike through native bush? Park at the start of a track!

BUT WAIT: Before you settle in for the night, check first whether freedom camping is permitted. Some towns and areas in NZ don’t allow it. It may be a good idea to download the CamperMate app onto your smartphone. This is available from campermate.co.nz and shows you all the campsites in NZ that provide free or cheap campsites/holiday parks, public restrooms, water and other facilities.
The main rule to remember about freedom camping is that you MUST be in a certified self-contained vehicle such as a motorhome or campervan. All vehicles available from NZ Rentals are certified vehicles and permitted for freedom camping.
If you DO find a place where freedom camping is permitted, be sure to take your rubbish with you. Don’t leave a mess!

Get Off The Beaten Track

Some tourists like to see a country by paying for a coach tour with a set itinerary. But when you hire a rental van and drive yourself, you decide the route and itinerary!

A Britz campervan driving on the road to Milford Sound

Those who love the sand and surf may choose to park up at the beach and spend a week sunbathing. Those who love nature and wildlife will head to New Zealand’s many parks and spend all their time walking through native bush. Those who love photography will want to park close to a lake or mountain so they can capture a stunning sunrise or sunset.

Motorhome travel is perfect for the adventurous traveller. New Zealand has lots of well-kept secrets that aren’t always in the tourist brochures. Secret waterfalls, blue springs, peaceful walkways and deserted beaches. The best way to find them is by exploring!

Motorhome Features

Each Maui, Britz and Mighty campervan is equipped with kitchen essentials including crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Each vehicle also comes with fresh linen and bedding. General living equipment for every day is also provided.
Air-conditioning is provided in the driving cabin of each motorhome to ensure your comfort whilst on the road.
For your convenience, all motorhomes with the Inclusive Pack feature a mobile WiFi unit which can connect up to 5 mobile devices at any one time. The mobile WiFi unit comes preloaded with 1GB of data. Additional data bundles can be purchased by the customer from the mobile WiFi unit provider. Most areas of New Zealand have excellent mobile phone coverage, so you can count on being connected!

Dine In Or Out: Wherever and Whenever You Like

By renting a campervan, you have your own personal kitchen available to you at all hours of the day and night. What better way to sample the many flavors of New Zealand cuisine as you travel! You’ll find fresh strawberries for sale in summer, and amazing shellfish such as scallops and mussels almost any time of the year. Be sure to sample some of NZ’s wonderful wine from its many wineries (but don’t drive afterwards!). Then there’s NZ’s favorite: good old fish and chips on the beach. When you travel by motorhome, the whole country is on your plate!

Take The Whole Family

Kids, parents and even grandparents will all love the freedom and luxury of traveling in a camper van. All of your home comforts are on hand when you need them. No need to keep packing and unpacking – your luggage is right where you are! Travel at your own pace with all of your personal home comforts right at your fingertips. The cosiness of a rented motorhome will make it a trip to remember.

Children in the Motorhome
Traveling with young children? No problem! In New Zealand, all children aged under 7 must travel in an approved child restraint seat or baby seat. All branches can provide child restraints for all vehicles. Each restraint seat is $NZ36 per hire. The cost of hire for child seats/baby seats is included in the Inclusive Pack. The Maui River campervan accommodates up to 3 child seats, making it the perfect choice for larger families.

Find Your Way Around New Zealand Easily

New Zealand’s size and shape makes it great for exploring by road. Most tourist destinations in the North Island are connected by State Highway 1, and most destinations in the South Island by State Highway 3. All roads can be easily navigated by Google Maps. All vehicles including Maui, Britz and Mighty are equipped with a Like a Local in-trip tablet that features GPS capability.

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where road travel is a breeze! Most major cities and tourist destinations are only hours apart. Best of all, you’ll find plenty of options for parking your vehicle at each destination. Tourist ‘hotspots’ will generally feature convenience stores, car parks, motorhome parking, and anything else you might need.

With your own wheels, you can explore the whole country within a matter of days – not that you will want to rush. The beauty of travelling by motorhome is that you can relax and explore at your own pace.  Most people find it best to travel slowly, taking in the sights and relishing the splendour of this amazing country.

Choosing a Motorhome:
Which is the Right Rental for Me?

Our stylish range of campervans can host between 2 and 6 people. Rental options are available for couples, families and groups.

Britz Campervans

The Britz Campervan range includes vehicles from sleepervans to campers. There’s something for every couple, family or group. Vans or motorhomes feature beds, cooking facilities and bathrooms with a toilet. All you need to be self-sufficient and totally independent!

Maui Motorhomes

Maui’s range of luxury motor homes provide space and style on the road. It’s as close as you can get to taking your own apartment on holiday with you! Maui provides all kinds of rental vehicles from cars to family-sized sleeper vans. Beds, kitchenette, toilet and bathroom are all on board ready for use.

The Best Deals on Wheels
There may be plenty of motorhome companies out there but none with deals like NZM Rentals. Compare our prices!

Motorhome Insurance
Travel is even better when you know you’re covered by insurance. We want you to enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful New Zealand with the peace of mind that you’re covered if anything goes wrong.
NZ Rentals provides security and peace of mind with motorhome insurance included in every quote.

Fuel Cost
It’s important to know how much to expect to pay for fuel when hiring a motorhome. Prices for petrol vary between large cities and smaller towns. Areas that are more remote may have higher fuel prices. However, you can usually expect to pay around $1.70 – $2 a litre for fuel in most places.

If you want to hire a campervan in New Zealand, we recommend Maui, Britz and Mighty campervans because it is provided by the largest New Zealand based motorhome company. All the campervans are automatic and self-contained. To hire a campervan you need to decide the pickup location and pickup date, the return location and return location. The maximum capacity is 6 Berth.

So what are you waiting for? Visit NZ Rentals today to make your booking – and set off on the ultimate New Zealand adventure!

A motorhome tour of New Zealand is an experience you will not soon forget. We put a lot of love, time, and effort into our work and therefore ask you to use this service only if you are seriously interested in travelling to New Zealand. If you are ready to explore New Zealand by hiring a campervan, contact us today!