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Wellington Motorhome Rental

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.


Campervan Hire Wellington – An essential guide to the perfect road trip

Motorhome rental in Wellington

Where to find the best value-for-money motorhome hire in Wellington

Located in the deepest south of the North Island, the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, is ideal for motorhome rental. Travellers of all kinds enjoy this beautiful spot, but it’s the surrounding areas and variety of road-trip options that make it such a popular destination. In fact, its reputation around the world is growing – as more and more switch on to the delights of the ‘Harbour City’.

Located between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range, the natural environment actively encourages campervan hire – it really is the perfect way to travel. Whether it’s the Kaikoura Ranges or Kapiti Coast, or maybe even a trip to the infamous Wairarapa wine region, there’s so much to pack in to your adventure. Harbours, mountains, waterfalls, peninsulas, bush walks, forests… all key watchwords for this jewel of New Zealand. 

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa is definitely on the top ten things to do list.

The jewel of New Zealand - Wellington

Eclectic, vibrant, cultural and cool… all words associated with New Zealand’s capital city. Located on the south-western tip of the North Island, Wellington is not only a powerhouse of tourism, but also a key player in the movie business.
The variety of things to do, coupled with the typical Kiwi ‘laid-back’ attitude of its inhabitants, define the city. And with its coastal location, stunning harbour views and easy methods of getting around, Welly is the perfect road-trip destination. So many interesting places in a small, but perfectly formed place. 

Wellington City motorhome hire

Stay central – so many options

It’s not on the big side, so once you get to the CBD your accommodation needs will be met. The standard Novotel, Travelodge and Ibis Hotels are located near Featherston St and the Terrace, but worthy of a special mention is Museum Art Hotel on Cable St - luxury, boutique and a touch indulgent. Find backpackers such as YHA and Base near Courtenay Place, but make sure you book first during peak summer periods.   

Biggest rugby party in the world

The rugby sevens at Westpac Stadium every January is a party institution, while the International Arts Festival is a biennial celebration during February-March of every even year. Home to the Royal NZ Ballet and NZ School of Dance, the World of Wearable Arts is an annual design spectacular that adds to the cultural landscape, showcasing all that’s great about fashion. Another great place to visit is the Dowse Art Museum for exhibitions, music and events. Always something new… always something Wellington. 

Hire a motorhome for the Wellington 7s

The brightest and best restaurants

One of the many attractions of Wellington is its diverse selection of bars and restaurants, all within close proximity. There is also a thriving ‘café culture’, particularly unique to the town. The bohemian Cuba Street is infamous for night-spots such as Matterhorn, San Francisco Bathhouse and Good Luck, which are always pumping and attract all walks of life. Courtenay Place has a bit more of a crazy vibe, especially on weekends, but one essential place to go is Asian-inspired Ancestral bar and restaurant. Take a load off on the outdoor heated seats, while enjoying a vast selection of food, drink and great service – another Wellington speciality. Rogue and Vagabond is a craft beer bar just off Cuba St, while Monterey diner and bar in Newtown has received rave reviews. The haloumi and onion ring burger is reportedly amazing!

Wellington Geography, Culture and People

Despite being on the same island, there are vast differences between the major cities of Wellington and Auckland – and locals like it that way. There is a substantial Maori and Pacific Island population in Porirua to the north, while the impressive Parliament Beehive building sits in the heart of the CBD. A total population of more than 400,000 are generally spread across four regions – Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua.  

Lord of the Attractions

The suburb of Miramar has undergone a remarkable transformation, thanks to movie-maker Sir Peter Jackson and his creative team at Weta and Park Road Post. Filmed in the capital, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit productions not only broke box-office records, but helped create ‘Wellywood’. Visitors can enjoy various tours of filming locations for a taste of Middle Earth – and the scenery is just as impressive in real life. 

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa is definitely on the top ten things to do list, taking you on a journey into the heart of Aotearoa. With more than 100 years of service, the cable car can lift you to new heights and the Botanic Garden is another interesting place. If you’re more animal friendly, Wellington Zoo has more than 100 species to enjoy.

Simple and efficient transport system

Wellington International Airport is only 6km from the CBD, but there is a regular shuttle in operation or you can catch one of the many taxis on offer.  State Highways 1 and 2 are the main road thoroughfares into the region, with a regular bus network in place. Trains are worth their weight in gold, as they can transport you to the outer suburbs and northern coastal spots. 

Bright and breezy – a varied weather forecast

The city enjoys a temperate climate, but is somewhat prone to major gusts of wind – predominantly due to its exposure to the prevailing westerly breezes of the Cook Strait. Visiting Wellington in summer sees average temperatures just below 21 degrees, but when the sun is out it feels much warmer. Winter’s (June-August) average dips to around six degrees. Layering is generally part of your what to wear guide. 

Campervan hire – where do I look in the capital?

The tourism industry in New Zealand is particularly vibrant right now, partly thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, as well as the recent royal visit from Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and baby George. Demand is high for RVs and motorhomes. Here are a couple of motorhome options:

Jucy Rentals and El Cheapo Plus Plus

Jucy and El Cheapo campervan rentals operate at 5 Ropa Lane in Miramar, only 2 kilometres (3 minutes’ drive) from Wellington Airport. The branch is also just around the corner from Miramar New World supermarket so you can stock up before your trip. There are no transfers available from the city, but the company will come and pick you up from the airport during office hours if you call ahead. The branch here is open on weekdays from 8am to 5pm, and from 9am to 5pm over weekends. Pick ups and drop offs both run throughout the day up to 4.30pm. Campervans available for hire in Wellington start with the Jucy Cabana, a two-person van with double bed, DVD player and basic kitchen facilities. The Jucy Chaser offers seating for three and bedding for four, and is fitted with a shower and toilet. The next size up is the Jucy Condo, a van with seating for five and beds for four, a kitchenette, DVD player and cassette toilet. All of these rentals come with unlimited kilometres, breakdown assistance and an outdoor table and chairs, and you can pay for extra features such as GPS, snow chains, roof racks and additional drivers. 


Sweet As Campers

Sweet As Campers is a campervan hire company with attitude, well known for the individual custom designs on each rental, with features such as bat wings, disco balls, chandeliers, fibreglass bodykits and neon lights. The company doesn’t have an actual depot in Wellington, so you’ll organise your pick up when you book, either for a central Wellington location or at Wellington Airport. Their normal hours of operation are from 9am to 4pm daily, but closed on Christmas Day. All hires with Sweet As Campers offer unlimited kilometres, no charge for extra drivers, free travel information and advice, standard insurance and roadside assistance. The fleet is comprised of two-berth sleepervans that fit up to seven seated people, so you can also hire a tent for extra accommodation space. The vans are Toyota Hiace models that run on diesel fuel. Optional extra features include GPS, bike racks and outdoor tables and chairs. 


Sleepava NZ

Sleepava NZ doesn’t have a branch located in Wellington. You will be picked up from the airport where a company representative will meet you after you get off the plane. Alternatively, you can organise another pick up point when you make your booking. These pick ups and drop offs will usually be made between 8am and 4.30pm any day of the week, but there are some after-hours times available for a fee and at the operator’s discretion. Backpackers looking for an affordable sleepervan will enjoy the low fares on the no-frills Toyota Hiace vans from Sleepava. They come with all the basics such as bedding, a fridge or cooler, tourist information and maps, unlimited kilometres and 24-hour roadside assistance. For power, cooking and bathroom facilities, you will need to book accommodation in a caravan or motorhome park as you travel around New Zealand. 


Budget Campers

Budget Campers has a fleet of three affordable and practical campervans available for hire from Wellington. The Budget Finder hitop is a popular choice as it can fit two adults and one child in this compact van. The Budget Seeker is suited to two adults and has a simple fridge/freezer, microwave and on-board toilet and shower for easy travelling. The Budget Escape is a four-berth motorhome with a simple mini-kitchen and bathroom. Insurance is included in the daily rates for Budget Campers hires, and you get unlimited kilometres and roadside assistance wherever you go. As Budget Campers does not have a rental depot in Wellington, you will organise your pick up and drop off when you book, which is likely to be at the airport but can be at another location better suited to you. Note that all pick ups and drop offs in Wellington come with a $490 fee, which will be included in your payment breakdown. 


Pacific Horizon Motorhomes

Pacific Horizon Motorhomes is located 34 kilometres from Wellington Airport and 26 kilometres from Wellington central at 25 Ulric Street, Plimmerton. For pick ups and drop offs, Pacific Horizon provides free transfers to and from the airport, railway station or any city central hotel. These transfers and vehicle collections and returns will be made during business hours of 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday. Pacific Horizon offers a range of very comfortable RVs to the table for any group. There are two six-berth motorhomes, one a standard Mitsubishi with all the basic features you could need, and the other a Mercedes Benz SAM motorhome that you can transform into the configuration that best suits your travelling party. Similarly, the four-berth options also come in a standard or a Mercedes Benz luxury option. For smaller groups, there is a two-three berth motorhome that offers the same features as a larger RV - such as a bathroom and small kitchen - but in a more compact size. Extra features such as snow chains, tables and chairs, bike racks, baby seats and GPS are all available for hire for an additional fee. 


Handy tips for hiring a campervan in New Zealand

  • You will require a non-provisional national driver’s licence – an international licence is recommended, with all drivers aged a minimum of 21 years old. Basically you need a current full driving licence from your home country.

  • Just like Australia and the UK, we drive on the left-hand side of the road.

  • Driver and all passengers are legally required to wear seat belts in the motorhome.

  • Be aware that the weather forecast can fluctuate, especially in winter. Always have wet-weather gear and take your time when driving. Wet, mountainous road-trips can be difficult to navigate, so always drive to the conditions.