Welcome to Auckland, your gateway to an NZ campervan hire holiday.
Hiring a motorhome in Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city with a population of close to 1.5 million people, is a great starting spot for a motorhome rental around New Zealand. Whether you are looking for a long weekend break, a 10-14 day North Island adventure or a comprehensive campervan trip around New Zealand, it’s likely that Auckland will be the best place to start your journey. Motorhome Republic has 34 campervan rental fleets for you to choose from in Auckland and the supply ranges from small and economical sleepervans to large family-sized motorhomes.
Trips from Auckland in your motorhome
An Auckland campervan rental gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and really get amongst some fabulous scenery.
We highly recommend travelling to the Bay of Islands (approximately a 3-4 hour drive to the North) and the Coromandel Peninsula (around 3-4 hours South East) if you are looking for stunning beaches and some one-of-a-kind vistas.
For those with more time, you may want to travel further afield and take in the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua and the volcanic plateau. It’s only a 3-hour drive away, but there are plenty of interesting stops along the way.
Napier on the East Coast of New Zealand is the sunshine capital, which is evidenced in the fantastic wines produced in the region. It’s a full day’s drive away, but as you’re travelling with your accommodation we definitely recommend taking your time and breaking up the journey.
Hobbiton is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions, as it’s the film location for the hobbit’s Shire in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie franchise. It’s less than 3 hours from Auckland city, and can be seen on an organised tour once you arrive.
For an iconic picture from your New Zealand travels, head north from Auckland and keep driving until you reach Cape Reinga, the country’s most northern point. It’s a full 6 hours to drive there, with plenty of beautiful beaches and small towns to enjoy along the way. Once there, you’ll stand on the tip of New Zealand by the iconic lighthouse and watch as the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide right in front of you. For the thrill of that first nibble, the feel of something heavy on the other end of the line, and that incomparable moment when you first sight your catch - these are all feeling familiar to the team at FishSpot - X, and they make it their job to ensure you get as many of those moments as possible. Taking fishing trips and charters through the stunning Bay of Islands, the experienced crew on boat know just where to go to give you the best chance of catching big. They take reef fishing trips twice daily, and can also accommodate fishing and diving charters throughout the area. All levels of fisherman will have the opportunity to reel in terahiki, snapper, trevally, and tuna - to name a few! Head up to Paihia in your Auckland car rental to get out on the water as soon as possible. FishSpot - X are based out of 101 Marsden Road, Paihia, a 3 hour drive north of Auckland.
If you are visiting during winter, Auckland is a great starting place for a ski trip to the North Island’s ski fields on the sides of Mt Ruapehu. This volcano makes for the largest ski area in New Zealand with more than 1,000 hectares of skiable terrain. Even if you’re visiting in summer, this mountain makes for a beautiful hiking and sightseeing adventure.
For those that want to venture further afield, a popular choice to begin or end a New Zealand adventure is a campervan hire from Christchurch.
Best times for Auckland motorhome travel
Auckland’s peak period for renting a campervan is during the summer months from December through to March. The weather is generally finer from February onwards but you will very rarely experience overbearing heat due to the temperate climate throughout the warmer months.
During winter, Auckland’s average temperatures range from 9 to 16 degrees Celsius, with semi-regular rain.
Finding the perfect motorhome rental can be a bit of a challenge, especially with the number of options available in a city like Auckland. Motorhome Republic’s simple search function makes it easy, bringing all the companies together on one page for easy perusing. Just enter the parameters for your Auckland campervan rental - date, location, vehicle specifications - and you can compare and book without hours spent searching. From big names like Britz campervan rental and Maui motorhomes to the smaller companies including Discover NZ Motorhomes and Spaceships, you will find exactly what you require.
Campervan Tips for Auckland
Keep these few pointers in mind when hiring and driving your rental campervan, so you can fully enjoy your New Zealand holiday.
If you’re flying in to Auckland, does the camper hire operate from the airport? Check if there is free motorhome drop-off from those hire companies further afield.
Driving in Auckland means using the city’s motorways. Be careful to merge like a zip - speed up on the on-ramps to fit seamlessly with the traffic. It’s a busy city for traffic, compared to the other towns of New Zealand.
Sheep on the road are a common sight in parts of rural New Zealand. They are important and members of Kiwi society, so give way and be a little patient while they are moved. Cow herds are also not unusual. Don’t beep your horn!
Auckland Motorhome Rental Brands
Apollo Motorhome Rentals, Star RV and Real Value RV
Apollo Motorhome Rentals, Real Value RV, Star RV, as well as Cheapa Campa campervan rentals and Hippie Campers all operate from 2/20 Verissimo Drive, Westney Industry Park, Mangere, Auckland, which is just 4 kilometres from the airport and 20 kilometres from the city. Apollo Rentals is one of the world’s biggest names in campervan hire, offering Endeavour, Hitop, and Euro Tourer small campervans, as well as larger Euro Camper, Euro Star and Euro Deluxe motorhomes fitted with on-board bathroom facilities and room for six people. Star RV guarantees that rentals are all less than one year old and have automatic transmission, and Real Value and Cheapa campers offer fantastic deals on a range of vehicles. As a new feature, you can also hire wi-fi for the duration of your trip with your rental. The depot runs 8am to 4.30pm seven days a week, but charges $50 for picking up or dropping off on national public holidays. Airport transfers are free for all campervan hires, and can be organised via a quick phone call once you have arrived in Auckland and are ready for pick up.
Spaceships Campervan rentals
Spaceships bright orange rentals are a common sight on New Zealand roads. The campervan hire company offers the Rocket 2 for a cheap day rate, the popular Beta 2 for a little bit of extra room, and the most premium Beta 2S with less branding on the sides and 40 per cent more space. They also have the more luxurious Dream Sleeper Mini Please note that none of these campervans have in-built toilets or showers so you will have to stay at camping grounds or campervan parks for the duration of your stay. Spaceships also offers plenty of free travel information, and a ‘Space Mates’ program for free DVD exchanges with other travellers. The depot is located at 60 Walls Road, Penrose, Auckland, which is less than 20 minutes from the airport and very close to New Zealand’s largest shopping centre Sylvia Park. It is open seven days a week May to September from 9am to 5pm, and six days a week from October to April 9am - 5pm. Spaceships rentals only closes on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If you are hiring your campervan in Auckland for more than 21 days, you can call or email Spaceships to organise your free airport transfer when you arrive in the city.
Britz, Mighty and Maui
Britz motorhomes and RVs, Mighty rentals, Maui campers are all run by the same group, which is why you’ll find all of them just five minutes from Auckland airport at 36 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere. Look out for the large yellow free shuttle bus that runs from the airport to the depot and back. This transfer bus also visits the Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn, Sudima and Ibis hotels, but there are no shuttle services to and from the city. The depot is open Monday to Sunday, 8am to 3.30pm. Between them, these companies offer a huge range of motorhome and campervan rentals at a variety of price points, ages and styles to suit every traveller. Starting with lowball vans from Mighty and ranging through to luxury near new motorhomes from Maui, you’ve got the wheels to get you around New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes in comfort and style.
Jucy Rentals is a bright and fun hire company in New Zealand with four campervan options and a Lucy class motorhome for hire. The Cabana is a sleepervan with Jucy’s trademark green and purple branding, and a compact space with room for two. Then there’s the Condo a Toyota Hiace with a rooftop sleeper space, with room for four and basics such as a sink and fridge. The final campervan is the Chaser, with room for three. The Lucy class motorhome - Casa is a fully equipped vehicle with a toilet and shower and space for four people. The Jucy depot is situated in Auckland city at 2-16 The Strand, Parnell, which is about 20 kilometres, or a 40 minute drive, from the airport. Jucy offers a free pick up service from the Jucy Hotel, and has office hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. As one of the only motorhome rental companies in the heart of the city, it’s a great one to hire with if you’re interested in seeing Auckland’s bustling CBD before you leave for your adventures. Jucy also operate a depot at Auckland Airport with free transfers included in the daily rate meaning you are covered regardless of your preference for a campervan rental in Auckalnd.
Kiwi Campers, Happy Campers and Pure Motorhomes
Kiwi Campers, Happy Campers and Pure Motorhomes operate from unit 8/197 Montgomerie Road, Airport Oaks, Auckland, which is only five minutes down the road from Auckland Airport. Plus, you get a complimentary transfer service to and from the airport and near hotels on the day of pick up or drop off when you book a week in advance. Note that these transfers are available only between 10am and 3pm, which coincide with the depot’s normal opening hours seven days a week, apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The range of campervans covers basic two-person sleeper vans with essential cooking equipment, as well as spacious two-person campers with a simple kitchenette and hand-held showers. At the higher end, you have large seven-berth Mitsubishi Canters and six-berth Mercedes Benz motorhomes with on-board bathrooms, microwaves, spacious sleeping areas, and fully equipped kitchens.
Lucky Rentals sits at the very affordable end of campervan hire in Auckland, and offer no age restrictions, no branding on the vehicles and 24-hour roadside assistance on all rentals. The depot is located at 5 Aintree Avenue, Mangere, which is less than 10 minutes from Auckland Airport. Lucky offers two, three and four berth campervans to get your around New Zealand’s North Island on a budget, and includes the smallest campervan in the country that has an in-built toilet and shower. As some of these rental options don’t have bathrooms on board, you will need to stay at campgrounds or caravan parks around New Zealand for the duration of your trip.
Kiwi Autohomes offers three motorhome options from its Auckland depot at 6 Tony Street in Henderson. The Concord has room for up to four people, an on-board toilet and shower, a microwave and stove top with room to spare in its stylish and modern interior. The Esprit is a 2006 Mitsubishi Canter purpose-built motorhome with space for up to three adults, a bathroom facilities and a small kitchen with a fridge/freezer, microwave and stove. The biggest of the Kiwi Autohomes fleet is the VW Crafter Riviera, which has space for up to six people and all the bells and whistles you could want in a self-contained RV. Kiwi Autohomes operates Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, and weekends from 10am to 2.30pm. There is no complimentary transfer service from the airport or motel/hotel to the depot when you pick up your motorhome, but there is a fee for transfer when you need to return to the city or airport after your drop off.
Tui Rentals, Budget Campers, Freedom Campers and Backpacker Sleepervans
The Tui Campers group operates Tui Rentals, Budget Campers, Freedom Campers and Backpacker Sleepervans from its depot at 142 Robertson Road, Mangere East in Auckland, which is a 10 minute drive from Auckland Airport. All brands offer a free pick up service from the airport and the surrounding hotels/motels, so long as you give them a call when you’re ready to be picked up. The campervans and motorhomes available run the gamut, with a Tui range of hitop Trail Finders, deluxe two-berth Trail Seekers, comfortable four-berth Trail Blazers and a spacious six-berth Trail Explorer. The Freedom range offers a similar variety of basic two-berth hitops, luxury small campervans, family RVs, as well as a 4WD Bush camper. The Tui Camper depot is open seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day) from 8am to 4.30pm in the high season (October to the end of April), and 9am to 5.30pm in the low season (May to the end of September). You will also be given a free ride back to the airport or to a hotel/motel in the airport area after you’ve dropped your camper back to the Auckland depot.
Abuzzy Motorhome Rentals
Abuzzy’s motorhome rentals are all self-contained, easy-to-drive vehicles, and every single one of them has a TV with DVD player for those rainy days and nights. The most basic option is a two-berth deluxe campervan (the toilet and shower facilities are portable), but there are two more two-berth options in Grand and Ultimate for incredibly spacious and well-equipped rentals for couples or friends. At the larger end of the scale, Abuzzy motorhomes offers four- and six-berth luxury motorhomes with microwaves and kitchens. The depot for Abuzzy is very close to the Auckland Airport, just five minutes away at 39D Rennie Drive, Airport Oaks, Mangere. Your airport transfer is free when you text or call the team to let them know when you are ready, and the office hours run Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm. Note that if you return the motorhome later than agreed, you will be charged $60 per hour, and it is expected that you will clean the rental or incur service fees.
Discover NZ Campervan Hire
Discover NZ Campervan Hire also does not have a depot in Auckland, so when you rent a motorhome with this company you will need to give them a call to arrange a collection point, where a staff member will go through the paperwork with you and let you know what to do about dropping of the camper after your trip. Opening hours are from 8am to 5pm every day, but they do offer after-hour service from 6.30am and to as late as 10.30pm for a fee and at the discretion of the provider. Discover NZ has a range of three late model campervans for hire, including a two-berth standard camper (no bathroom facilities), a deluxe two-berth camper with shower and cassette toilet, and four- to seven-berth deluxe models with flat-screen TVs, power steering, and kitchen and bathroom amenities.
Walkabout Rentals offers visitors four options for campervan and motorhome hire in Auckland. The largest is the Mitsubishi Fuso super luxury six-berth home on wheels with kitchens, bathrooms, TVs, and power steering. Then there’s the Mitsubishi Fuso four-berth motorhome, which has all the same features as the larger RV but just a little smaller and suited for four people. Walkabout Rentals also offers two two-berth options, both automatic Fiats and both with on-board bathroom facilities. The company provides free outdoor tables and chairs for all hires of four- and six-berth motorhomes, as well as 24/7 roadside assistance, complimentary road maps, and unlimited kilometres on all hires. You can also rent wi-fi gear for an extra fee. A staff member will pick you up and drop you off any time between 8am and 4pm any day of the week.
Nomad Motorhome Rentals
Nomad Motorhome Rentals are a small company offering two-berth campers (most commonly Toyota Hiace models) with all the basic essentials such as linen and towels, cooking equipment, a small fridge and sink unit and a two-burner gas hob. Any camper rentals with Nomad Motorhome Rentals will need to stay in a campground as there are no toilets on board. Nomad offers a pick up service from Auckland Airport, but not from hotels/motels so you will need to make your way to 17 Aintree Avenue in Mangere (just five minutes from the airport) for pick up. Opening hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday to Sunday, but the company does offer after hours service for a fee of $100. For drop offs, be sure to arrive on time as you will be charged for late returns, and ensure the campervan is clean and tidy with full fuel tanks before you take it back.
ARA Rentals is a small, family-owned business specialising in affordable two- and three-berth campervans around New Zealand. ARA is located at 9 Brigade Road in Mangere, which is only a few minutes from Auckland Airport. It’s open for pick ups and drop offs from 8.30am to 4.30pm seven days a week, and they will drop you back off at the airport once your adventure is over. As a special bonus, ARA gives a 10 per cent discount for the overs 50s, and they have unlimited kilometres and 24-hour roadside assistance for all camper rentals. The campervans are usually either Toyota or Nissan models, and can be plugged in at campsites for electricity at night. They also feature a fridge and stove top burner, and are available as manual or automatic.
Compass Campers and Wendekreisen Campervan Hire
Both CompassCampers and Wendekreisen Campervan Hire operate from unit 6,197 Montgomerie Road, which is only a few minutes from Auckland Airport. Hours of operation are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 8.30am to 1pm on Sundays and public holidays. If required, however, you can arrange for a pick up or drop off outside of those normal office hours for an extra fee. For those coming in from Auckland Airport, simply call ahead to organise your free transfer to the depot. There is a large range of motorhome and campervan rental options available, with vehicles from leading brands such as Volkswagen, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Toyota. Whether you’re after a basic two-person van or a fully equipped RV with plenty of room for six people, you’ll have no trouble finding either of those or anything in between at Compass Campers and Wendekreisen Campervan Hire in Auckland. Also note that any rentals come with a free 24-hour helpline, unlimited kilometres, and no charge for additional drivers. Plus, you can check-in online to cut down on waiting time when you pick up your rental vehicle.