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Considering ditching the classic hotel stay for something a little more cosy? There are few places in the world as well set up to accommodate campervans as New Zealand, and that vast and varied countryside seems made for exploring by road.
Here's where to find your temporary home on 4 wheels and what to expect from your next campervan hire in New Zealand.
Ideal for those who want more home comforts with their little bit of adventure, Britz campervans are higher-end models with plenty of space for the whole crew.
A campervan company with backpackers in mind, JUCY's brightly coloured vehicles certainly catch the eye. They include all the basics you'll need for a budget escape.
Founded in 2017 by 3 Kiwi blokes, Mad Campers touts a functional fleet of campervans that will take you from the tip of Cape Reinga down to Bluff and back.
Running the gamut from budget options to luxury glamping-style ones, Spaceships campervans pack a punch with tons of amenities in a small space.
One of New Zealand's longest-running campervan companies, Tui Campers started in 1983 and is all about helping budget travellers get around New Zealand.
Budget-conscious travellers need to look no further. Escape Rentals are for those looking to travel on the cheap and willing to stick to the camping-style basics.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
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Motorhome Republic states that the average cost of a 2-berth rental in winter is $189, compared to summer prices of $276.
Hiring a campervan in New Zealand varies with the type of caravan. Things that will impact the cost include the size of the camper, amenities such as bathrooms and kitchens, if the camper is new or old, and extras including alarms, security boxes and Bluetooth.
The best time to visit New Zealand is between December and February if you're keen on seeing outdoor activities and tourist attractions. Otherwise, if it's the snow and skiing you're after, then June to August is the perfect time to visit.
In terms of cost, October works out the cheapest when hiring a campervan. Motorhome Republic averages the nightly cost sits around $165.
You need a full valid driving licence written in English. If yours is not in English, you also need an International Driving Permit or a translation that's been approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The legal driving age is 16 years old, but you usually have to be at least 18 to hire and drive a campervan in New Zealand. Drivers under 25 years old often attract a young driver's fee, but there are companies such as Spaceships and JUCY that won't cost you any extra.
No, parking in an undesignated area can land you a fine of NZ$200+. However, there are many places across the country where freedom camping is perfectly legal.
We recommend checking where you can camp and planning accordingly.
The most popular road trip across New Zealand is the South Island. It takes a full 14 days to cover it completely, but it can also be done in 7 days. Some of our favourite itineraries include:
The majority of campervan hires come with standard insurance which covers the basics. For added protection, look into car hire excess insurance.
New Zealand has 4 major airports, but airport pick-up is only available at Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. If a company doesn't have a depot directly at the airport, they typically have one within a 15-minute drive of the terminal.
These are the companies that offer pick-up directly from the airport:
New Zealand campervan hires from NZD$29/day
Available on rentals until December 2021. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. Minimum of 5 rental days required. Sample rate is for a Cabana.
Up to 17% off New Zealand campervan hires
Available on select rental dates with Britz, Apollo, Cheapa and more. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and more. T&Cs apply.
Campervan hire from $5/day
Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.
Extra 5% off New Zealand rentals
Available on Hippie Camper rentals until 31 March 2022 when you book 180 days in advance. Destinations include Auckland and Christchurch. T&Cs apply.
Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals
Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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