Welcome to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and a central location where you can start your NZ Campervan Hire Holiday.
Hiring a motorhome in Wellington
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and cultural hub. The region has a population of approximately 450,000 people and is known for its creative sector, its coffee, and its windy weather. When you’re looking to hire a motorhome in Wellington, take a look at the 13 fleets available with Motorhome Republic. This range gives you the choice of campervans, compact motorhomes and large family RVs, any of which you can hire for a few days or a few weeks.
Where to go with your Wellington campervan
From Wellington’s central New Zealand location, you can drive just about anywhere in the country – just be sure to check that you can take your motorhome or campervan across Cook Strait on the ferry before you lock in any South Island plans.
In the North Island, Mount Ruapehu is only 4 hours north of Wellington and is a must-visit location any time of year. In summer, this active (but not dangerous) volcano is a mecca for hikers who want to walk the stunning Tongariro Crossing. In winter, this mountain is where you will find the island’s only ski fields, which offer the longest runs in NZ.
Martinborough is just over an hour from Wellington and is one of New Zealand’s most popular wine regions. There are 30 vineyards in the area, and if you can’t get enough here, you can carry on the journey as Martinborough is just one stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, which travels from Napier to Blenheim and takes 5 days in total.
The Rimutaka Forest Park is less than two hours from Wellington and is the place to be for hiking and tramping, with a range of tracks for short trips or longer day-walks for all levels of fitness.
Taupo is a wonderland packed with things to do and see such as the Huka Falls, the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park, hiking, biking, fishing and boating on the lake, and more. This town sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake and is 5 hours north of Wellington.
Head over the Cook Strait by ferry with your Wellington campervan to check out the upper South Island – one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots! The Abel Tasman National Park is a prime location for a visit, with white-sand beaches, lush hiking tracks, kayaking opportunities and boat rides. Half way along the East Coast of the South Island is the heart of Canterbury: Christchurch, a great place to hire a Campervan or drop one off.
Best times of year to hire a motorhome in Wellington
Wellington’s weather patterns don’t tend to get too hot or too cold, so you can’t go wrong with a visit no matter the time of year.
Summer in Wellington is from December to February, during which the temperatures are mild, reaching highs of around 20 degrees Celsius. The mercury drops throughout autumn and sits around 12 degrees Celsius by the end of May. Winter weather is cooler with occasional rain and temperatures that range from 6 – 12 degrees daily. Spring weather, from September to November, quickly warms up and is a gorgeous time of year.