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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. 


To witness one of New Zealand’s most unusual phenomena, head north from Auckland and keep on driving until you reach Cape Reinga, the country’s northernmost point. It’s a full 6 hour drive to get there, with scores of beautiful beaches and small towns to explore along the way. When you arrive in your Auckland car rental, you can stand at the very tip of New Zealand and watch the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean visibly clash.


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

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

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

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. 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 the Grand and Ultimate which offer incredibly spacious and well-equipped rentals for couples or friends. The medium size range includes the Abuzzy 3 and 4 berth Tops which are very compact and fully self contained with automatic transmission. At the larger end of the scale, Abuzzy Motorhomes offers four and six-berth vehicles 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 Friday from 8am to 4pm. Transfers outside of these hours, including on weekends, is by arrangement.

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 Campers

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

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.

Everything you need to know about campervan hire in Auckland

Pick up your Motorhome rental in the beautiful city of Auckland

Renting a camper in the City of Sails is a great way of seeing this vast geographical city, giving you wheels and a place to stay in one easy package. Flying in and getting on the road is easy, with an extensive range of motorhome rental available, and beginning a road trip in Auckland can take you to wonderful places in the North Island and the entire country. Start your adventure here…

Auckland is a great place to start your road trip. Book your campervan today!

A world leader in travel and tourism

New Zealand’s international gateway, the ‘City of Sails’ has many different personalities, with varied suburbs and landscapes sprawling outwards from its bustling CBD. The Sky Tower and high-rise buildings contrast with the carefree pleasure boats plying the waters of the Waitemata Harbour, while business mixes with pleasure as thriving commerce sits alongside cafes, restaurants, bars and innovative public spaces – and there are so many things to do.
Its ever-growing population of around 1.4 million represents a community in touch with the past and its heritage, that’s always striving to grow and develop infrastructure, nightlife and its current position as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world.

Accommodation - Lay Your Head In Auckland

Central Auckland is the most convenient location for visitors, and there is accommodation for all budgets - from high-end hotels to backpackers on every side street. For a luxury stay, try the Hilton, which sits over Princes Wharf and has some amazing views, or the Heritage Hotel on Hobson Street for stately elegance. Those wanting to head into the suburbs will find more hotels and motels in most neighbourhoods, and numerous campgrounds on the city outskirts. For breathtaking beauty, travel 40 minutes to Piha on the west coast and take advantage of the amazing campground, or head north to the holiday park at Orewa Beach- great options for those with a rental campervan.

What's On - Auckland Events

Visit Auckland museum on the way through Auckalnd in your rental camper.

One of the top ten things to do is visit Auckland Museum. It’s a hive of cultural activity, ranging from art exhibitions, photography shows and family-friendly events. Vector Arena hosts the biggest artists in the world, while the cream of the tennis crop come to town in January for the ASB Classic (women) and Heineken Open (men). Devonport Food & Wine Festival attracts thousands, while the Waiheke Jazz Festival is another hot ticket.

Culinary Creations: Auckland’s Best Restaurants

Eating is an adventure in this multicultural city. Try out the exceptional high-end restaurants - there are Italian, French, Mediterranean and Japanese options downtown and in the central suburbs. The best restaurants in town are The French Café for a special occasion, The Grill by Sean Conolly for meat lovers, while Ostro has spectacular views and tasty food, thanks to celebrity chef Josh Emmet. Cool cafes and hot restaurants, such as Moochowchow and Blue Breeze Inn, can be found in Ponsonby, with the Wynyard Quarter serving up Café Hanoi, Tyler Street Garage and the Federal Street Dining Precinct. Throw in the hugely popular Depot and all your culinary requirements are covered. Fish and chips on the beach at Mission Bay is also a cherished tradition for locals- park up your campervan and enjoy a break from cooking! Cheaper options are everywhere - from the standard takeouts to kebab stalls, Mexican eateries, cafes galore and the very common Asian food outlets, which are the cost-effective favourites of many Aucklanders.

He Tangata - The poeple of Auckland

Once four separately-governed cities, Auckland now encompasses a vast diversity of people. The metropolitan area ranges from the calm swimming beaches and leafy suburbs of the North Shore, to the Pasifika influences of the southern suburbs and the wild black-sand beaches and laid-back communities of Waitakere to the west. At the narrowest point of the North Island, Auckland lies between two harbours. Volcanic cones are scattered amongst the suburbs and the peaks of Mount Eden, Mount Victoria, Mount Albert, Mount Wellington and the offshore Rangitoto Island are iconic landmarks and also provide great views.  The city is bounded to the west by the mighty Waitakere Ranges, which offer a multitude of bush walks requiring anywhere from ten minutes to several days.
The population of Auckland (known as the Tangata Whenua- people of the land) cannot be summed up in a few sentences, as it’s anything but homogenous. From the native people’s of Tamaki Makaurau (the city’s Maori name), the city has expanded to include immigrants from all over the world. All continents (excluding Antarctica of course) are well represented. Maori and Pacific cultures especially are showcased in the city through art, language, media, music and events - there is also a Maori TV channel. The student scene is also thriving, with Auckland University teaching around 40,000 students and housing eight campuses.

Attractions - Get Amongst It

Aucklanders love the water and take any chance to be near it. This means the waterfront is always buzzing and the bars and restaurants are of a very high standard, not to mention the views. Upgraded in 2000 for the America’s Cup, the Viaduct precinct is an excellent spot for revelry and super-yacht spotting. The more recent Wynyard Quarter development offers vibrant nightlife, urban sculpture, a weekly outdoor cinema and market during warmer months.
A 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland is wonderful Waiheke Island. This offshore beauty is the perfect day trip, with multiple beaches, stunning sea views, cute boutiques and that’s not even the best part. The island is a renowned producer of the red and white stuff and home to a multitude of wineries. The car ferry means you can bring a car or motorhome across and stay on the island.

Take your Motorhome Rental across to Waiheke Island for the day

Other beach options include the North Shore and eastern suburbs of Howick, Bucklands Beach and Eastern Beach, all with sandy terrain mostly sheltered by the offshore islands - perfect for a swim and picnic. To the west beyond the Waitakeres are a series of black-sand beaches open to the ocean, with great waves and spectacular scenery. Piha is known worldwide for its surf breaks.

Transport - Find Your Way

Auckland Airport is located around 25 minutes from the CBD. A taxi option can be expensive, so the Super Shuttle and Airbus Express are cheaper options. For getting around, Britomart Transport Centre lies at the bottom of Auckland’s main drag, Queen Street, and is the hub for buses and trains to the outer suburbs - information centres are also based here.
Ferries are an important form of transport in this city surrounded by water, and near Britomart is the terminal which can take you up the harbour to Hobsonville or Birkenhead, across to the lovely town of Devonport or further offshore to the islands of Waiheke and Rangitoto for a day trip.
Rent a campervan or car for real freedom to explore. Driving is easy in the sprawling city, and some parts are not serviced by public transport.

The Ups and Downs: Weather in Auckland

Auckland’s climate is defined as temperate, which means that it is hot but not outrageously warm in summer, and rarely cold enough to snow in winter. Aucklanders live by the mantra that if you don’t like the weather, just wait half an hour - as the location of the city on a narrow isthmus between oceans can provide a lot of variation within a single day.