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Queenstown Motorhome Rental

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. 


Campervan in Queenstown - the perfect combination

Queenstown is the perfect start point for a motorhome road trip

For your ideal campervan holiday, think no further than Queenstown. Now considered one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in the world, it’s also a perfect starting point for other driving adventures. Travel north to Wanaka, south to Milford Sound, east towards Dunedin or Christchurch… the choices are endless. 

The First Resort… for any New Zealand Road Trip

Situated in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is quickly emerging as one of the best places to visit on the planet. With so many things to do and places to go, it holds a special place in the fabric of this country’s tourism.
The home of high-octane adventure activities, such as skiing, bungee jumping, white-water rafting and skydiving, Queenstown also offers a stunning backdrop of spectacular mountains, glorious lakes and natural delights – in fact the whole region is like something out of a movie and is perfect for motorhome travel, no matter what season you arrive.

Take a leap of faith and have some fun

Simply put, Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. Activities include jet-boating, skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding, white-water rafting and mountain biking. AJ Hackett and Nomads are based there, with numerous other companies offering in-store and online packages. Shop around to get the best deal.

Queenstow is full of great adventure activities for your camper journey

With four main ski-fields (Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and Cardrona), it’s no surprise that Queenstown is considered the winter sports capital of Australasia. Professional and novice skiiers and snowboarders cram the slopes, with family-friendly teaching groups happily mixing with fanatics who come back year after year - even cross-country skiing is popular. Central Otago is also a popular wine region, while Milbrook Resort is a taste of five-star luxury, including restaurants, spa and golf course.

Hotels, hostels and backpackers

Major hotel chains, such as Novotel, Crowne Plaza and the Hilton are located centrally, but if you fancy travelling 10 minutes out of the CBD, the Coronet Peak Hotel is a delightful location in the mountains. If you’re a traveller on a budget, the backpacker hostels are all within 10-15 minutes of each other, near the Lake Esplanade and Gorge Road. Look to book in advance, as demand is high. There is also a cluster of boutique hotels located near the casino, if you’re looking to splash out. 

Fun in the mountains

Queenstown is must visit location for winter motorhome rentals

When planning a trip to Queenstown, one of the events in the ‘top ten things to do’ is attend the Winter Festival. Normally in the month of June, Winterfest dates back to 1975 and incorporates music, exhibitions, sports – it’s a party like no other. The Blues & Roots festival always attracts high-profile performers, as do major winter sports events.  

Only the best dishes in Queenstown

With competition for the tourism dollar intense, it’s imperative that the quality of cuisine in Queenstown is high – word spreads fast. Prices aren’t always cheap, so seek out BYO options if you fancy a tipple. Rata is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett, with Fishbone bar and grill offering a variety of ocean-source dishes. For a cheaper dining experience, numerous pubs have impressive bar menus, while Fergburgers are an institution. As are pizza slices and other takeaway offerings. You’ll find it difficult not to indulge.  

Geography, Culture and People

The unique landscape of this Otago region is formed with stunning waterways – including Lakes Wanaka, Wakatipu and Hawea. Throw in various mountain ranges, such as the Remarkables and Cecil Peak, and not only is Queenstown built for outdoor adventures, but the atmosphere is rarified and the air crisp.
The town itself has a relatively small population of fewer than 20,000, which is is increased massively by travellers – especially younger people wanting to jump out of a plane or off a bridge! This gives a cosmopolitan feel to the town, helping to create a bustling vibe. While famous for its winter activities on the slopes, summertime can be just as busy. 

Enjoy the tour

Queenstown Airport is a mere 10 minutes from the city centre, with regular shuttles on site. While the size of the town makes getting around relatively easy, you may want to take advantage of the numerous bus tours – especially if you want a break from driving your camper rental. Wanaka, Te Anau, and Milford Sound are just three of the numerous tourist hot-spots. There is no internal rail network.

A crisp forecast

There’s quite a disparity in weather forecast between summer and winter, although gorgeously warm days in January and February enjoy average temperatures of around 22 degrees. Meanwhile June-July can drop down to minus figures.

A vast camper hire selection in Queenstown

With such a booming tourism trade, it’s no surprise to find a vast selection of motorhome/camper/RV options. These major firms all have branch locations in Queenstown:
Mighty Cars and Campers: 50 Lucas Place, Frankton
Wicked Campers: Unit 13 174-178 Glenda Drive, Frankton
Jucy Car Rental & Campervan Hire: Queenstown Airport

Maui Campervans, Mighty Campers, Britz Motorhomes

Maui, Mighty and Britz Motorhomes are just a few hundred metres down the road from Queenstown Airport at 50 Lucas Place in Frankton. You don’t even have to walk or taxi there, however, as you just need to call the depot from the phone at the rental area in the airport by the luggage claim, and one of the crew will organise a shuttle for you. New World Wakatipu - a large supermarket - is also just minutes from the depot. Maui’s motorhomes are suited to those who prefer to travel in luxury, with three fully equipped, extra-spacious RVs in the range for two, four and six people. Mighty’s ranges suits those on a budget offering a large range of affordable vans and campervans, as well as a four-berth motorhome with toilet and shower. Britz covers a range of price points and styles, with a large six-berth RV with all the mod cons, several four-berth options in both van and motorhome models, and a handful of two- and three-berth rentals with and without on-board bathrooms. The branch is open every day of the year from 8am to 4.30pm, apart from Christmas day. 


Jucy Rentals 

Jucy Rentals is located within the airport itself, so there’s no need to worry about transfers to the depot - just head to the counter in the arrivals hall. If you’re coming from town, the company offers a free shuttle service three times a day at 10am, noon and 3pm, just be sure to reserve your seat as places are limited. Jucy has five campers on offer, starting with the custom-built Lucky Crib and the Jucy Cabana, both affordable options for two people on a budget. The Jucy Condo is a little bigger as it sleeps four, has a cassette toilet and basic kitchen facilities. The Jucy Chaser sleeps three and has an on-board bathroom, while the biggest in the fleet - the Casa - is the brand’s luxury offering, with sleeping space for four people, toilet facilities and all the extras. Note that hires from Jucy come with optional extras such as GPs navigation, snow chains, a bike rack, Interislander ferry tickets, and picnic seats. Standard office hours are 8am to 5.30pm during the week, and 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekends. When you return the camper to Queenstown Airport, you’ll need to leave it in the Jucy yard at the end of the airport loop, which is not in the same place as the normal car rental returns. 


Discover NZ Campervan Hire and Sleepava NZ 

Discover NZ’s range of motorhomes in Queenstown starts with a standard two-berth camper equipped with a small fridge, gas stove, sink and microwave. There is also a two-berth deluxe campervan, which has many of the same amenities as the standard, but also has a cassette toilet and shower, ABS brakes, air conditioner, and TV with DVD player. At the larger end of the scale, Discover NZ Campervan Hire has motorhomes suited to groups of four to seven, which include all the extras of the deluxe two-berth camper. Optional extras with Discover include GPS, baby and booster seats, foldaway chairs and tables, and DVD players. Sleepava NZ offers one van for hire in Queenstown - a two-berth Toyota Hiace that comes with 24-hour roadside assistance and unlimited kilometres. When hiring a motorhome or campervan with Discover or Sleepava, you will arrange a pick-up point when you book the vehicle as neither companies have depots in Queenstown. Pick-ups and drop offs can be made during normal office hours of 8am to 4.30pm daily, or out of hours for an extra fee. 


Freedom Campers, Backpacker Sleepervans, Budget and Tui Campers 

Freedom, Backpacker Sleepervans, Budget and Tui Campers are all owned by the same company. There is no depot in Queenstown however, so you a brand representative will meet you at the airport when you arrive to give you a full run-down of your motorhome or van. A fee will apply to all rentals for pick ups and drop offs in Queenstown, which will be included in your payment breakdown. Times available for arranging pick up and drop off are from 9am to 3.30pm daily from May to September and 8am to 4.30pm from October to April. Backpacker Sleepervans are the budget option of basic vans you can sleep in with a daytime couch that converts into a double bed, and cool colourful travel motifs decorating the vans. Budget Campers offers three rental options; the two-berth hitop campervan, the deluxe two-person Seeker campervan with shower and toilet, and the budget Escape four-berth motorhome. Freedom’s selection has six motorhome options, including a simple two-berth van, a 4WD bushcamper, and larger, more comfortable four- and five-berth motorhomes with on-board toilet and shower facilities. Tui Campers encompasses all of the above options, plus a few more, to ensure all travellers find what they need to explore New Zealand from Queenstown. 


Nomad Campervans

Nomad Campervans is a small company offering two-berth campervans for travel around New Zealand. The large majority of these vans are 2005 Toyota Hiace models, and all hires come with basics such as linens, cooking and eating utensils, mini-fridges, two-burner gas stoves, electric heaters and CD players. All Nomad camper hires have unlimited kilometres and a 24-hour breakdown service should you need it. Nomad does not operate a depot in Queenstown, so any rental pick ups will be organised when you book, and drop offs can be made back at Queenstown Airport, where you will drop off the key with the vehicle plate number and your parking ticket at the help desk. 


Lucky Rentals 

Lucky Rentals have three vehicles of their own for hire, as well as a couple on behalf of Jucy. The Lucky Crib is fit for two, a van with a bed made for those on a budget. The Lucky Cruiza is slightly larger as a hitop with room for three to sleep, and the Lucky Chaser holds the title of being New Zealand’s smallest camper with an on-board toilet and shower. From Jucy, there is the Cabana van, which is a redesign of the Lucky Crib, and the Jucy Condo, which sleeps four and even has a flat-screen TV. There are no age restrictions on campervan rentals from Lucky, no bond required and 24-hour roadside assistance on hand. Lucky doesn’t have a branch in Queenstown so you’ll organise the pick-up and drop-off arrangements when you book. 


Handy campervan travel tips:

  • Most of New Zealand is countryside, so make sure you are stocked up on petrol and supplies.

  • The maximum speed limit is 100km/h. Be aware of the conversion from mp/h.

  • When eating out, you don’t have to tip – it’s not expected.

  • Don’t be surprised to see cattle on the road during your camper adventures. Cows and sheep are everywhere in New Zealand!

  • There are so many gorgeous hidden spots to see, give yourself a rest break during driving. Go for a wander and enjoy Kiwi-land.

  • Only park your camper at designated free campsites or campgrounds – avoid private land. 

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