New Zealand is stunningly beautiful, the type of place that seems to exist for the sole purpose of postcard sales. Visitors rave about the towering mountains, farmland, dramatic fjords and beautiful beaches, but there is more to this South Pacific nation than just spectacular scenery. The roads and infrastructure are well-maintained, locals are friendly and the country has some fascinating native flora and fauna.
A NZ campervan hire trip is the holiday of a lifetime. Pick up a motorhome or RV rental at any of the main centres (Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin) and follow the highways and country roads to wherever your heart desires. Much of the nation consists of farmland and forests, but its small size means you are never too far away from a spot of civilisation with visitor facilities and supplies. The small towns are charming, the cities ever more cosmopolitan, and what is in-between will take your breath away. New Zealand has no big multi-lane highways which bypass towns and scenery, so you can see it all from the windscreen of your motorhome, campervan or RV rental.
If you haven't quite decided if New Zealand is the right place for you, maybe this video from Tourism New Zealand will capture your imagination and inspire you to come for a visit.
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From the North to the South Island: NZ Camper Pick-up Points
Auckland, located on an isthmus near the top of the North Island, is the country’s biggest city. With a hugely multicultural population, growing arts and dining scenes, endless beaches and plenty of history, it is a fantastic and exciting place to begin a campervan holiday. It is also the primary international gateway to New Zealand.
North of Auckland is the Northland region, a wonderland of beaches and laid-back coastal towns. This is the perfect destination for a summer road trip - along with the Coromandel Peninsula to the south-east of the city. A campervan hire in New Zealand doesn’t get too much better than a relaxed week in either of these holiday hotspots, which are extremely well set up with campsites and holiday parks to rest with your motorhome hire.
The Coromandel is a peninsula directly east of Auckland, known for its blissful sunshine, crystal clear waters and gold-sand beaches. It’s a favourite weekend getaway location for Aucklanders as it’s just a few hours from the city by car or campervan. The Hahei Holiday Resort campground on the northeast coast of the peninsula is the ideal place to base your stay, as it’s right in the midst of the action by the extremely popular Hahei Beach, and only 10 minutes from two of the country’s top natural attractions; Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.
Rotorua and Taupo are within an easy day’s drive of the city, both lakeside cities and centres for outdoor recreation and full of fun for road trippers in campervans. Hawke’s Bay and its beautiful wine country are not too far away and neither is the Central Plateau, home to Tongariro National Park. With three distinct and incredible peaks, this is a great spot to visit in the summer or winter for hiking or snowsports respectively. Heated motorhomes are good options for the chilly months! Lord of the Rings lovers will recognise Mount Ngauruhoe, better known as Mount Doom.
Wellington, the nation’s capital, is tucked away on the shore of a picturesque harbour at the bottom of the North Island. A very pretty and compact city, it houses the national museum and art gallery called Te Papa. This is a must-see for visitors and tells the tale of New Zealand’s natural and cultural history in a creative and interactive way. Mountain biking is popular in the hills surrounding the city, so add a bike rack onto your campervan rental!
From Wellington, you can head north to explore the North Island. Hawke’s Bay and the central Plateau are as easily reached from the capital as from Auckland. On the west coast lies the Taranaki Peninsula with awe-inspiring Mount Tarawera at its centre, another popular destination for nomadic tourists in campervans, motorhomes and RVs.
A vehicular ferry from Wellington crosses Cook Strait to the South Island where you can continue your New Zealand campervan hire holiday in the stunning south.
South IslandPicton is the landing point for the Interislander ferries and a gorgeous small town at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound. It has a steady influx of foot passengers who come across and pick up a campervan hire to explore the amazing scenery of the South Island.
From Picton, the whole island stretches to the south and the highways beckon. The Blenheim wine region is close by, as is the beautiful wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park where a motorhome makes it easy to explore at your own pace, stopping for the night in the many campsites. Head over the winding Takaka Hill to desolately beautiful Golden Bay, or go inland and explore the Nelson Lakes District.
Christchurch is the primary pick-up point for a South Island campervan rental adventure. Central to many highlights, it has the largest airport on the island with regular flights from Auckland and international ones from Australia. The city was devastated by earthquakes in recent years but is recovering, emerging from the destruction with creativity and spirit.
Any road from Christchurch will lead to some of that picture-perfect scenery for which the country is so well known. North lies Blenheim, the Marlborough Sounds and sunny Nelson region. South-west of the city is the famous Queenstown, Adventure Capital of the World and a beautiful place perched between lake and mountain range. Fiordland National Park is beyond that, where you can see the spectacular Milford and Dusky Sounds on foot or by boat. Cross the Southern Alps to get to the wild and windswept west coast. Motorhomes make it easy to visit any or all of these fantastic spots.
Rules of the Road: Stay Safe with your Motorhome Rental in New Zealand!With many rural highways, relatively few urban areas and well-maintained roads, driving a hired campervan in New Zealand is on the whole a pleasant prospect. Keep these few things in mind when you begin your road trip:
- Drive on the left! NZ is one of the 75 countries which keep left on the roads.
- Research the road rules, especially those pertaining to alcohol, before driving. It is best to not drink at all if you’re getting behind the wheel as penalties can be harsh. Speed limits are also strongly enforced so keep an eye out for posted limits. Even in a motorhome, seatbelts must be worn by all passengers.
- All distances are in kilometres, and speeds in kilometres per hour.
- Some rural roads are unsealed. Drive slowly on these, and check the terms of your rental as some do not allow driving on gravel. Windy, mountainous roads should be approached with caution, especially for RVs, motorhomes and campervans.
- Give yourself plenty of time to make any given journey - you will want to stop and admire the view along the way!
- A dairy is a corner store with basic groceries, ice-creams, newspapers and the like. In a small town, the local dairy will have about as much information as a visitors’ centre.
For many people, the biggest thing to remember about New Zealand roads is that you drive on the left. Just remember that as the driver, you should be closer to the middle of the road - just like when you drive on the right.
- Stop and rest whenever you’re feeling drowsy behind the wheel
- Avoid driving at night outside of the main cities
- Allow for an extra hour on any drive
- If you’ve just flown in long haul, take time to get over jet lag before driving
Major Brands Available With Motorhome Republic in New ZealandMotorhome Republic has more than 30 top brands available for campervan hire. Here are a just a few of those available:
- Freedom Campers
- Jucy New Zealand
- Lucky Rentals New Zealand
- Maui New Zealand
- Mighty Campers New Zealand
- Apollo New Zealand
NZ campervan hire is a great way to holiday. Find a cheap new zealand motorhome rental, stay safe on the roads and return home with a lifetime of memories!
Visiting Guide For An NZ Campervan Hire Roadtrip
Best times of the year to visit New Zealand
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Public holidays in New Zealand
- New Year’s Day - January 1
- The day after New Year’s Day - January 2
- Waitangi Day - February 6
- Good Friday - varies
- Easter Monday - varies
- ANZAC Day - April 25
- Queen’s Birthday - First Monday in June
- Labour Day - Fourth Monday in October
- Christmas Day - December 25
- Boxing Day - December 26