Welcome to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown, the gateway to your South Island and NZ Campervan Hire Tour.
Hiring a motorhome from Queenstown
Queenstown has a small population of around 30,000 people, with thousands of adventure-seeking visitors swelling those numbers throughout the year. If you’re passing through and need to pick up a motorhome from Queenstown, check out the 15 fleets on offer through Motorhome Republic for a comprehensive review and comparison of all the deals. Take a look at all the campervans and motorhomes available, and easily organise a few days away, a week-long tour or a full month excursion with your Queenstown camper.
Places to go with your Queenstown campervan
If you’re in Queenstown during winter, the ski fields should feature on your itinerary. There are several within an hour or two of the city, such as Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.
By summer, you can take your Queenstown motorhome for a tour of the wineries around Otago. This region produces award-winning vinos and has plenty of tastings available for visitors.
Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s most treasured locations, and is only a couple of hours from Queenstown. The Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are incredibly beautiful and can be explored by a cruise. Plus, the area is dotted with walking tracks. For those who want to see Milford Sound from above (and we highly recommend it!), Air Milford is your best call of action. With scenic flights from Queenstown and Milford Sound and a 100% safety record, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.
A short and popular trip from Queenstown is to Arrowtown, only 30 minutes from the city. It’s a historic gold mining town where you can go on walks, pan for gold and check out the information centres and play a round or two of golf.
The Fox Glacier is another must-visit, and is a little over four hours north of Queenstown on the island’s West Coast. This glacier is 13 kilometres long and you can see it up close on a walking tour, or fly over it by helicopter. If you can’t get enough of this rugged sheet of ice, drive a little further north to the Franz Joseph Glacier as well.
New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook, stands tall at 3,724 metres, and is just three hours north of Queenstown. You can view this massive icon on a hike, a boat cruise, a helicopter tour, or while in a 4WD.
While travelling around the South Island, you’ll notice the impossibly clear skies and bright stars, with the Southern Cross dangling right above you. More than 4,300 square kilometres of land around Mt Cook, Twizel and Tekapo are part of the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve. It’s committed to minimal light and air pollution, making this one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Be sure to visit Mt John here, which has an observatory with the country’s largest telescope that can observe 50 million stars on a clear night.
Other regions worth visiting while travelling New Zealand's South Island include the Blenheim wine region and Abel Tasman National Park.
A great place to begin or end a motorhome roadtrip is a Campervan Hire from Christchurch, which is a 6 hour drive north of Queenstown.
Best times to hire a motorhome in Queenstown
Queenstown has something to offer visitors no matter the season.
Winter is cold with regular snowfall and daily temperatures ranging from just below freezing to around 8 degrees Celsius. It begins to warm up in spring (from September) and reaches averages through the mid to late teens.
Summers are warm, from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius most days and very little humidity, if any. Autumns are beautiful but can get chilly later in the season, dropping to around 12-15 degrees Celsius.