Campervan hire in NZ – Explore Aotearoa in a camper

Visit Lake Rotoiti in the Northern Part of South Island with your campervan rental New Zealand. 

Looking for new locations representing the ultimate synergy of untamed wilderness and rich culture? Discover New Zealand in the driver’s seat with a motorhome rental. Unlock deals with New Zealand campervans and motorhomes for hire at Motorhome Republic to experience this incredible country at your own pace.

Unleash your wanderlust in breathtaking New Zealand—where beauty knows no bounds. You’ll find abundant travel inspiration when planning an epic New Zealand campervan road trip in this stunning, spacious, awe-inspiring land of dreams. People from all around the world flock here to explore the rising peaks of mountain ranges, jaw-dropping fiords, beautiful beaches and rolling hills of farmland.

New Zealand locals are friendly and welcoming, and the country is full of native flora, fauna and birdlife to capture the imagination of all travellers. New Zealand has it all! And there is no better way to experience it than in Motorhome Republic’s quality campervans and motorhomes.

Experience the wonder of New Zealand and hire a campervan from Motorhome Republic. Families and friends can begin an unforgettable holiday by browsing our vast vehicle range and snapping up one of our unbeatable deals. Explore breathtaking landscapes and conveniently pick up and drop off your campervan at our country-wide locations. At Motorhome Republic, we provide global RV experiences to suit various travel preferences, offering endless possibilities for exploration, adventure and unforgettable memories.

Why book a campervan rental in New Zealand?

Spending your holidays on a New Zealand camper hire road trip is the ultimate way to explore Aotearoa (Te reo Māori for New Zealand). Customers can pick up and drop off their New Zealand campervans from popular locations around New Zealand, such as Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, or Picton, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Read one of our New Zealand road trip itineraries for travel inspiration, or create your own. You’ll soon be in your camper on country roads, discovering majestic beauty that must be seen to be believed. Due to the small size of this island nation, you’ll never be too far away from civilisation. The rural towns have their charms and quirks, and the cities are abuzz with multicultural activity. Very few bypasses exist in New Zealand, meaning you’ll see it all from the windows of your recreational vehicle or camper.

New Zealand Campervan Hire - Book online with Motorhome Republic

When planning your camper hire New Zealand road trip, we’re sure your first thought is, “How do I find the cheapest campervan hire in NZ”? Look no further! With Motorhome Republic, we provide a wide range of affordable, quality campervans ensuring the highest safety standards for your peace of mind. Travel the country in a fully-equipped vehicle featuring everything you need to enjoy your New Zealand holiday.

Booking your New Zealand campervan hire is quick and easy. Enter your motorhome requirements and travel dates into our simple search engine, compare the many options available from international and local rental companies and get the perfect camper.

With an extensive range of campervans and motorhomes for hire in locations across both islands of New Zealand, we have a vehicle to fit every traveller’s need, style and budget. We have everything from small camper rentals—perfect for solo travellers and couples—to larger motorhomes ideal for bigger groups and families. Refine your search and filter by price to stay within your budget or by RV size to accommodate your family and friends.

Don’t forget to check out our deals page to save even more! See all the vehicle options in one handy place to ensure you’re getting the best campervan hire in New Zealand at the best rate. You can even view the website in several languages, including Spanish and French.

Once you’ve booked your campervan, you’re ready to hit the road and explore New Zealand locations like Milford Sound, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. We recommend starting your adventure from popular motorhome hire New Zealand destinations like Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown.

Book a New Zealand campervan rental to personalise your road trip, enjoy safe travel and discover the natural wonders of this captivating nation on your own terms.

Compare campervan hire in New Zealand

At Motorhome Republic, around 30 top rental brands are available for campervan rental. Unlock the ultimate New Zealand holiday with affordable compact vans and spacious motorhomes. All vehicles undergo meticulous maintenance adhering to stringent safety standards for peace of mind. Here are just a few of the options for camper rentals in New Zealand:



These rental companies offer a wide range of 2 to 6-berth campers. Most suppliers operate from 7.30 am to 4 pm, seven days a week, and have branch parking for your convenience.

Hire a campervan from your favourite brand and kick off your adventure across New Zealand.


New Zealand Motorhome Hire Pick-up Locations


Save money and enjoy great deals on cheap, quality campervans and motorhomes from anywhere in New Zealand. Our vehicles adhere to the highest safety standards allowing you to travel around New Zealand and discover the breathtaking locations across the North and South Islands, stress-free.

Getting around the North Island in your campervan hire

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is situated near the top of the North Island and is a thriving hub of activity. Whether you’re into art and history, bush walks and trails, fine dining on the city’s wonderful waterfront or soaking up the sun on one of the numerous beaches, you’ll find plenty to see and do in this thriving metropolis. Auckland is also the central hub for international travel and a fantastic place to start your motorhome hire NZ holiday.

Hire a vehicle and travel through Northland to Cape Reinga during summertime to discover charming towns peppered along the coast. Campervan hire means you can take your time and find holiday parks and well-equipped campsites to stay in your motorhome overnight.

Just southeast of Auckland city is the popular region of the Coromandel peninsula. It’s known for its warm sunshine, clear waters and glorious golden beaches. The Coromandel is under 2.5 hours from Auckland Airport and is a popular weekend family getaway for city dwellers. It’s a beautiful drive, especially in a wide-windowed Auckland campervan hire. The natural wonders of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are well worth the journey. In the middle of Hahei Beach lies the Hahei Holiday Park/Resort, a camping ground perfect for motorhomes, which provides a great base to soak up some rays at the beach and explore the surrounding areas.

Within a day’s drive of Auckland lies the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. This lakeside town is rife with outdoor adventure activities and is easily accessible with campervan hire in New Zealand. Travel an hour south of Rotorua to arrive at the stunning town of Taupō. On a clear day, you can make out the mountain peaks of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (Lord of the Rings fans might better know the latter as Mount Doom), which sit on the Central Plateau. While the summer sees hikers tramping up the mountain paths, the winter season sees locals and holiday-makers travel to the snowy slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Over the hills to the east and into the vineyard-filled Hawke’s Bay, Napier holds an Art Deco festival each February, which is well worth a visit with your campervan hire in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is tucked into the harbour at the bottom of the North Island and is easily explored with motorhomes and campervans. The CBD lies flat on the waterfront, then sprawls up the hilly suburbs, making for a picturesque city of varying heights. Wellington is a compact city and home to Te Papa, the national museum, an array of other art galleries, delicious restaurants and the famous Weta Studios. Biking in the hills that engulf the city is a fun way to see Wellington from a height—why not add a bike rack to your New Zealand motorhome hire?

Continue your campervan NZ holiday by crossing the Cook Strait to the beautiful South Island on one of the vehicular ferries that depart Wellington Harbour. For convenient travel, holiday-makers can organise one-way campervan rentals on the North Island and pick up a vehicle on the South Island.

Campervan rental road trip in the South Island

Off the Interislander ferry on the South Island, you’ll arrive in Picton, a gorgeous little village and the gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound. Many people travel by ferry on foot to this small town to pick up their New Zealand campervans and motorhomes to begin their holiday.

The long coastal and inland routes beckon from Picton, as does the nearby vineyard-laden town of Blenheim. The breathtaking sights of the Abel Tasman National Park are best enjoyed inside campervans and motorhomes, and the holiday parks and campgrounds scattered along the way make it easy to explore the region at your own pace. Over the winding Takaka Hill, you’ll arrive at the gorgeous Golden Bay or head inland and travel through the Nelson Lake District.

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand's South Island, Christchurch is a vibrant, urban gem that’s a testament to human resilience. Christchurch emerged triumphantly after facing adversity with grace, rebuilding itself into a modern marvel while preserving its rich heritage. The city's indomitable spirit is evident in every corner, and it's truly inspiring to witness the creativity and ingenuity that have shaped this urban oasis. Christchurch also has the largest international airport on the island, providing frequent flights back up to Auckland and across the ditch to Australia.

New Zealand’s only open-range zoo, Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch, is more than just a zoo. It’s a place of conservation and education and prides itself on ensuring the highest well-being of all its animals. Orana Park is home to the only gorillas in New Zealand, and daily animal encounters can fill your zoo schedule. It’s a fantastic day outing for families, holiday-makers and locals. Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, it’s easy to jump into your motorhome rental and explore the park’s 18 hectares.

As Christchurch is centrally located, visitors can travel along any road out of Christchurch in their New Zealand campervan hire and arrive somewhere spectacular. Travel north to reach Blenheim, the famous Marlborough Sounds and Nelson. Head south to arrive at the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown. This impressive city sits between mountains and lakes and is abuzz with tourists all year round. Beyond lies the famous Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, which you can explore on a boat tour. Across the magnificent Southern Alps, drive up the wild west coast, through local towns and alongside windswept beaches. Hiring a motorhome in New Zealand makes it incredibly easy to save money and take your time absorbing these majestic sights.

Enjoy the ultimate convenience and grab some fantastic deals on quality campervans for your chance to see New Zealand like never before.


Handy tips for driving a campervan hire in New Zealand

Your self-drive motorhome holiday in New Zealand will take you to spectacular places and give you the freedom to set your own schedule. We have listed some vital road rules and tips to ensure safe travel on your New Zealand holiday. Check out these campervan New Zealand travel tips to ensure your visit is as smooth as possible.


  • Motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand.

  • Always carry your New Zealand driver’s licence, valid overseas licence, or International Driver's Permit throughout the trip.

  • Plan your motorhome road trip carefully and allow more time to reach your next destination. Drive carefully and take plenty of breaks. If you feel weary, swap drivers and schedule stops.

  • Most roads in New Zealand are single lanes, and there are passing and ‘slow vehicle lanes’ on main routes. If you’re holding others up, always stick to the left so they can pass you.

  • Drive slowly on unsealed gravel roads, and remember that dust can impair your vision. It’s a good idea to check your vehicle policy, as some rental companies do not allow NZ motorhomes to be driven on these roads.

  • The weather in New Zealand changes quickly, so if you find yourself in the rain, fog, or high winds, slow down.

  • Approach mountain routes, corners and narrow roads cautiously, especially in campervans.

  • Points of interest or natural attractions in New Zealand are often signposted by brown signs. Give yourself extra time on your road trips to stop and check out some of these sights along the way.

  • A corner store in New Zealand is called a dairy, where you can find basic groceries, snacks for the trip, newspapers, etc. In larger centres, you can buy local food at sizable grocery stores and find all the services you need.


Campervan hire New Zealand road trip at Hero Island


Motorhome Hire New Zealand Road trip Guide

Planning a motorhome holiday to a country you’ve never been to is a much more involved process than simply turning up and jumping behind the wheel. Give yourself ample time to compare campervans in New Zealand to find the perfect vehicle and snap up some incredible deals to enjoy unscripted holiday experiences.

When you pick up a cheap campervan hire with Motorhome Republic, we’ll run through a few more details before you hit the road. Take a look at our planning guide for essential driving knowledge for your New Zealand motorhome rental.

When is the best time to visit New Zealand in a campervan hire?

The best time of year to explore New Zealand depends on what you want from your campervan rental road trip. Below you’ll find pros and cons for each season, and we’ve sprinkled in a dusting of travel inspiration for good measure.

Summer in NZ is over December, January and February. Thanks to the warm weather throughout the country, the school holidays, Christmas, New Year, and a public holiday in early February, this time is by far the busiest on the roads and in campsites around New Zealand. Naturally, the weather at this time of year is fantastic. For those who have never enjoyed a Christmas on the beach with a barbeque, it’s an unforgettable adventure. That said, you must book campsites and campervans in advance due to their popularity throughout the season. Remember, driving times will be slower due to increased traffic during the holidays.

Autumn, over March, April and May, is a fantastic time to travel in a motorhome in New Zealand. Days in this season typically hover between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius – the nights start cooling down around mid-April. The South Island’s temperatures drop faster than the North, but both islands boast epic scenery as the weather changes. This time of year offers fewer crowds, although the Easter holidays will always be busy as local families take their own campervans on the road.

For some, winter is the best time to visit New Zealand. The season runs through June, July and August. The North Island sees more rain and cold days, but it’s rare to see snow around the cities. The South Island is much colder and can snow in the cities a few times per winter. However, the cold brings out the best of New Zealand’s ski season and some of the most stunning vistas with snow-laden mountains. You’ll find fewer crowds in winter, and while you will almost certainly come across rainy days, cool, sunshine-filled days are not unheard of.

Spring in New Zealand in September, October and November is a special time for road trip holidays. Thanks to the country’s endless livestock farms, road trips at this time of year are notable for the lambs and calves in fields up and down the country. September can still be quite cool, especially in the mornings and on the South Island. Still, the whole country starts feeling like summer by late October. This secondary shoulder season can be an ideal time to grab travel deals and avoid the brisk winters and the busy summers in your NZ campervan rental.

How much time do you need to explore New Zealand in a campervan hire?

One of the biggest mistakes travellers make when they come to New Zealand is to give themselves too little time. While the country may look small on a map, there is a lot of terrain to cover, countless attractions to experience and dozens of hidden gems to discover. You’ll never want to leave!

If you want to cover all of New Zealand in a motorhome hire, you will need roughly six weeks to tick off all the major cities, must-see locations and attractions. You could skim over some and do it in four, and you could easily take your time and take two full months in your camper rental in New Zealand. Of course, you might prefer to see New Zealand on several shorter campervan trips rather than one big one.

How to camp in New Zealand

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of campsites to park your motorhome overnight or longer around New Zealand. The most common spots for travellers with campervans are campgrounds and holiday parks. These areas are well-equipped with everything from kitchen and bathroom facilities to plug-in sites for campervans and sometimes even small stores on-site to buy local food and essential goods. Check individual campsites for rates, deals and inclusions, as costs vary and may include seasonal pricing.

Another accommodation option for campervans in New Zealand is a Department of Conservation (DoC) campsite. Discover over 250 locations throughout the country, and they are often relatively cheap or completely free. DoC sites tend to be more basic than campgrounds, with minimal amenities and no site manager in most cases. Some places will have toilets, laundries, kitchen facilities and more, but it changes from site to site.

Freedom camping is where visitors park their motorhomes or pitch a tent in an undesignated area. Many travellers opt for this method as it saves on campground fees. Still, it does mean no access to waste disposal or shower/toilet facilities. Freedom camping has been a contentious issue in the country, as some visitors leave waste and rubbish out in the gorgeous countryside that New Zealand is known for. If you end up freedom camping, ensure it’s in a safe place away from traffic, and don’t leave anything behind. Note that some councils have banned freedom camping, which means you can face fines for ignoring ‘No Camping’ signs. It’s also important to avoid camping on private property.

Feeling inclined to travel New Zealand in a campervan rental? Book your adventure with Motorhome Republic in advance to ensure you secure a package that ticks all the boxes.

Camper Hire in NZ: Know the rules of the road and enjoy the ride!

Famous around the world for its stunning scenery, friendly people and fine wines, New Zealand is the ideal setting for a memorable campervan rental holiday. From the tip of the North Island to the bottom of the South, this beautiful country is best explored behind the wheel of a comfortable campervan. When your mode of transportation doubles as your accommodation, you can enjoy the convenience of travelling wherever the mood takes you—whether to a gorgeous white sandy beach, pristine snow-capped mountains or lush green forests. Thanks to New Zealand’s well-maintained roads, the drive will be as pleasant as it is photo-worthy.

To help you find your way around this spectacular country, we’ve developed a comprehensive guide to travel around New Zealand. Get behind the wheel of one of Motorhome Republic’s affordable motorhomes to experience the ultimate convenience of taking a well-deserved holiday at your own pace. Our campervans and motorhomes are not just vehicles with a comfortable living space to get you from A to B. They're your gateway to unscripted holiday experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Read on to learn everything you need to know for safe travel and a comfortable journey.

New Zealand road rules

NZ has a set of rules called the Road Code (similar to the Highway Code in the United Kingdom). There’s a free road code quiz that you can try to test your knowledge after you’ve read this page—it contains additional signs and rules that are important to know.


Licence requirements

You must hold a valid driver’s licence to drive campervans on New Zealand roads. If you’re an overseas visitor, you can use your licence from your home country for up to 12 months before changing to a New Zealand one. Please note if your home licence is not in English, you will also need to bring an international driving permit or an approved translation. You must carry your licence with you whenever you drive.


Speed limits

Speed limits are clearly signposted beside the road at regular intervals. The number is displayed in black on a white background inside a bright red circle. The maximum speed limit in New Zealand is 100 kilometres per hour, which applies to most motorways and open roads. However, it may be lower if there are roadworks or if the road is particularly challenging. In suburban areas, the limit while driving campervan rentals is 50 kilometres per hour unless you’re in a school zone, in which case it’s 40 kilometres per hour.

Depending on the size of your motorhome rental, you may be legally required to travel at slower speeds on the open road. The maximum speed limit for vehicles over 3,500 kilograms will be 90 kilometres per hour. Any vehicle-specific restrictions should be explained to you when you pick up your campervan rental in NZ, but if in doubt, it’s always best to ask. Remember to treat the limit as just that—a limit, not a goal. Driving a motorhome will feel different from driving a car, van or four-wheel drive, so adjusting your speed is important.





















Speed limits are in kilometres per hour, and distances are posted in kilometres. Because NZ’s roads are often narrow, winding and hilly, allowing for an average speed of 70-80kph—it can take you longer to get places than expected.

If you are passing a stationary school bus that’s dropping off or picking up children, or the site of an accident that is signposted with a blue accident sign, the limit in both directions is 20kph. Please take your time in your New Zealand campervan hire.

Note that you will see yellow signs with black numbers on some corners. These are advisory speed limits for cars in dry weather. Your motorhome might not be able to take those corners at the advisory maximum speed.



Using a hand-held mobile phone to make calls or send/receive text messages while you are in control of the vehicle (this includes waiting at traffic lights) is illegal.


Alcohol limits

The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 or over is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood or 250 micrograms per litre of breath. For those under 20, there is zero tolerance—absolutely no alcohol may be consumed before driving. As there are many factors at play in determining an individual’s tolerance and reaction to alcohol, such as a person’s size, it’s advised to avoid consuming any alcohol before getting behind the wheel of any vehicle. Driving under the influence of drugs that may impair your driving ability is also illegal. Please check with your doctor to ensure none of your prescriptions includes side effects that could affect driving in your motorhome hire NZ.


Distractions and fatigue

Before you get into the driver’s seat, take some time to eliminate any possible distractions that could divert your attention from the road. This includes your mobile phone—if you need to take calls, use a hands-free system.

Another thing to prepare for is the possibility of fatigue. This can be a genuine issue on long road trips, especially driving in a new country. Where possible, it’s a good idea to plan regular rest stops to stretch your legs—this shouldn’t be too challenging with so many beautiful photo opportunities around every corner. Another way to minimise the risk of driver fatigue in your NZ campervan rental is to assign more than one driver to your rental vehicle, so you can share the responsibility.


Seat belts

Whether you’re sitting in the front or back of your motorhome hire, all vehicle occupants must wear a seatbelt while in motion. Some campervans for hire may have moveable seats, in which case the seatbelt may need to be adjusted depending on which way you are facing. Your rental supplier should go through this with you when you pick up the keys to your vehicle. If you’re travelling with children under seven, they must sit in a booster seat. You can usually rent an approved seat from your motorhome provider.


Traffic lights

New Zealand has a standard traffic light system, with red meaning ‘stop’, amber meaning ‘prepare to stop’, and green meaning ‘go’.


Intersections and giving way

Most intersections (junctions) will have either a give-way sign or a stop sign. Coming to a complete stop is compulsory at stop signs before proceeding into the intersection. If there are no signs, then the give-way rules apply:

  • T-intersections: If you are turning right from the top of the T, give way to all vehicles coming towards you that are passing through or turning left.

  • If you are turning from the bottom of the T, give way to vehicles on the top of the T. Remember to always look twice in both directions to ensure it’s clear, and be conscious of which side of the road you are pulling onto from the intersection.

  • Uncontrolled crossroads: If you find a rural crossroads with no controlling signs or lights, give way to vehicles from the right, from straight-ahead passing through, or from straight-ahead turning left.

  • Traffic lights: If you have a red traffic light, you must stop and wait until it’s green—there’s no free turn like in America. Our sequence is red, green, amber (yellow) and then red again. You must stop for the amber light if it’s safe.


Uncontrolled intersections

Give way rules apply at uncontrolled intersections. If you are turning, you must give way to all oncoming traffic following the centre line (including buses and cyclists). If both vehicles are turning, those turning right need to give way to those turning left.


Indicator signals

In New Zealand, you are required to indicate for at least three seconds when preparing to turn or change lanes. Indicators are a signal of intent only—carefully check all mirrors and ensure the space is clear before deciding to act while driving your motorhome rental.


Roundabouts (turning circles)

Roundabouts are a circular intersection first put into practice in the United Kingdom and are common throughout New Zealand. If roundabouts are unfamiliar to you, it’s essential to have a good understanding of the give-way rules (see above). If you want to turn left, approach the roundabout in the left lane, signalling left. If you're going to turn right, approach the roundabout in the right-hand lane signalling right. Once you have passed the exit before the one you want to take, signal left and leave the roundabout maintaining your lane position. If you want to go straight through a roundabout, approach the roundabout in any lane with an arrow pointing straight ahead. Signal left just after you’ve passed the exit before the one you want to take.

To summarise, when you wish to enter the roundabout, you’ll give way to the right, which entails all traffic already at the intersection (traffic always flows in a clockwise direction). Please note some roundabouts have multiple lanes - painted arrows on the road will guide you to the right lane for your exit.


Following distances

Maintaining a safe following distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you while driving your campervan hire in New Zealand is crucial. According to NZ road rules, a safe distance between cars is two seconds. This increases to four seconds in poor weather. As motorhome rentals are larger vehicles and may therefore take longer to stop in the event of an incident, it’s advisable to at least double these distances to be safe.



All vehicles must overtake on the right—passing on the left is prohibited. Most major highways throughout New Zealand have many dedicated passing lanes. Where possible, wait for these lanes if you need to overtake. Vehicles can overtake in other situations, but only if there is a clear, straight stretch of at least 100 metres in front of the vehicle you wish to pass. Passing is prohibited if there is a solid yellow line on both sides of the centre line or only on your side.

New Zealand Motorhome Adventure: Plan your tour and get going!

When preparing for a motorhome trip to a new country, you have dozens of different things to consider. We understand that sometimes it can be tricky to get everything sorted on your own. If the freedom offered by a camper hire in New Zealand appeals, but you’re unsure how to plan your trip, read on!

Below you’ll find all the information you need to craft the campervan rental holiday of your dreams. From in-depth itineraries to inspirational travel content to help you decide where to go, what events you can catch, and activities you can enjoy along the way, our guide will help make your New Zealand tour preparation a breeze.


Motorhome Itineraries - Top NZ road trips

Wondering what to see and do during your New Zealand vacation in your campervan or motorhome hire? Below is a generous selection of itineraries covering the North and South Islands. Even if you’re keen to forge your own path, one of the itineraries below could help you discover some attractions you never knew existed. Head along to the itineraries section of Motorhome Republic here to find some of the options available for a campervan hire NZ trip.


From the Adventure Capital of the World to one of New Zealand’s sunniest cities, this west coast route will take you on a journey that could have you delving into ice caves, walking on a glacier, blasting down a river in a jetboat or simply sitting in the shade sipping world-class wine.


The North Island has a host of unique locations to discover too. Starting in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, you could get your geek on at Hobbiton and witness the alien geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Or delve into Kiwi culture in Wellington before catching the ferry to beautiful Nelson in your camper rental in New Zealand.


Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to its stunning environs and fantastic activities. But that’s just the starting location of a journey in your budget RV hire NZ. Discover starry skies like you’ve never seen, see dolphins and whales up close and swim with fur seals.


Punt serenely down Christchurch’s Avon River. Explore a beautiful southern rainforest. Skydive over the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown. Drive down New Zealand’s steepest street. Whatever you do on your holidays in campervan rentals in Dunedin, we know these experiences will stick with you for years.


Sticking to the northern half of the South Island ensures you’ll have plenty of time to explore the many attractions in your New Zealand motorhome hire. Travel to Abel Tasman National Park to immerse yourself in a paradise of pristine beaches, turquoise waters and lush coastal forests, and keen hikers won’t want to miss the Abel Tasman Track. Wine connoisseurs will find their own personal heaven amongst the vineyards of Marlborough, and wildlife lovers will be thrilled with unparalleled opportunities to see whales, dolphins and seals in Kaikoura.


Sometimes you don’t have time to go on an extended road trip in your motorhome hire NZ, so this route fits a giant-sized dose of adventure into a short space. Adventure activities, rare wildlife, glaciers and ice caves all feature on this pint-sized travel that packs a real punch.


Starting in one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations and ending in another, this campervan hire NZ tour encompasses the best of the South Island. Alpine scenery, mirror-like lakes, ski fields, glaciers … why are you still reading this? Grab one of our motorhome deals and book your trip today!


Kick off your motorhome journey in sunny Nelson by sampling fine wines and embarking on classic coastal walks before tracing down the scenic west coast toward beautiful Queenstown. Then head to the country’s southernmost city and finish in the stately old university of Dunedin in your campervan hire road trip around New Zealand.


This is the way for those who want to go all out on their Christchurch or Auckland travel and get a great taste of both the North and South Islands. From the big city lights of Auckland, past Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, the quirky, pun-loving town of Bulls, the mighty Huka Falls at Taupō, the cafes of Wellington, across the strait to witness the sea life of Kaikoura and the urban attractions of Christchurch, this journey is the New Zealand road trip you’ve always dreamed of.


Covering all the top destinations on the North Island, this travel itinerary will ensure you see this fantastic place at its best. Take some time to discover the clubs and restaurants of Auckland before heading south past Hobbiton and Hells Gate. Follow this up with hiking on Mount Doom, driving through the desert and ending up in Wellywood. Sound incredible? It is.


The North Island’s east coast is renowned for its beautiful beaches and laid-back vibe, so if that’s what you’re seeking, that’s precisely what you’ll find here. Best experienced in the summertime (between December and March), this campervan rentals New Zealand road trip will treat you to a more low-key version of NZ that it’s hard not to fall in love with.

Auckland via Northland

New Zealand's northern tip has so much to offer—discover beautiful beaches, quaint towns and draw-dropping vistas with your NZ campervan hire from Motorhome Republic.

Auckland to Queenstown: New Zealand in a Nutshell

Fancy seeing the country from top to bottom (well, almost)? Gear up your campervans and explore New Zealand with freedom! This motorhome trip has a bit of everything. Southern lakes, mountains, rugged beaches and cultured cities.

Other Popular Options

Certain parts of New Zealand’s highway network are designated as ‘touring routes’ because they are particularly scenic and go through some popular destinations. Most routes are approximately a few hundred kilometres long. You could complete them in one day, but leaving more time is a good idea to make the most of the stunning scenery and quaint small towns.


  • Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Takes you through some of the loveliest parts of the Auckland and Northland regions, hugging the coast. Ideal for beachgoers.

  • Pacific Coast Highway: Starts in Auckland and takes you down the East Coast via the Coromandel. Best enjoyed in spring or summer.

  • Thermal Explorer Highway: A particularly long route, covering most of the upper North Island and encompassing popular landscapes such as Tongariro National Park. It’s best to take this trip at a leisurely pace.

  • Surf Highway 45: As the name suggests, this is the perfect road trip for surfers. The route covers much of the Taranaki coastline.

  • Forgotten World Highway: A heritage trail through the lower North Island is a hit with natural history enthusiasts.

  • The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Follow this route to visit some of the best vineyards in New Zealand. This is hugely popular among wine lovers, starting in the lower North Island and ending in the upper South Island. Just be sure to pre-arrange a designated driver.

  • The Alpine Pacific Triangle: Set in the picturesque North Canterbury region, this route is the perfect introduction to the South Island.

  • Great Alpine Highway: Travel from Christchurch to the West Coast on this beautiful route, which takes you up into the Alps through Arthur’s Pass.

  • Canterbury Pacific Trail: Soak up the sights of the Canterbury coast on this enjoyable road trip, including Christchurch City.

  • Inland Scenic Route: An alternative to State Highway 1, stopping at quaint towns like Geraldine, which has excellent artisan food shops.

  • Southern Scenic Route: This postcard-perfect New Zealand encompasses must-see destinations such as Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. Have your camera ready!

New Zealand Events and Festivals

There’s far more to a country than just its scenery and attractions, of course. Attending local events is a quick way to boost your trip from ordinary to unforgettable. Whether it’s a celebration of local food and wine, a music festival or a massive sporting event, getting involved in events during your family getaway not only allows you to experience the culture in a whole new way but also affords you a chance to connect with the locals in a way you would never otherwise be able to. New Zealand has a bucket-load of events that could coincide with your trip. Take a look below to figure out which events you might want to dive into on your next motorhome hire journey around New Zealand.


Hokitika Wildfoods Festival (March - Hokitika)

Looking for a truly unique culinary opportunity? There’s no better fest to attend than Hokitika’s Wildfoods event, where you can sample and buy local food which is locally sourced. You’ll find pork and venison hunted in the NZ bush, seafood hauled from the nearby ocean, and even huhu grubs pulled from local logs.


Bluff Oyster and Food Festival (May - Bluff)

Boasting a philosophy of ‘unsophisticated and proud of it’, this fest drops pretensions in favour of delicious natural food. There’s more than just oysters to enjoy here, with crayfish, scallops, paua (abalone) and whitebait being just a few of the seafood options available. You can also find local wild foods like muttonbird, venison and pork. Pick up a campervan hire for your New Zealand adventure and head south.


Beervana (August - Wellington)

Wellington’s Beervana festival is a must-attend event for anyone who appreciates beer. Hundreds of craft beers from dozens of breweries are available for those searching for a tasty tipple.


Wellington on a Plate (August - Wellington)

Not a huge beer fan? You still need to be in Wellington during August. With more than two weeks of cutting-edge food from a wide selection of the city’s eateries, Wellington on a Plate is unmissable for those with an adventurous palate and a hankering for fresh local produce. Wellington's geographical position makes it the perfect location to head north or south on a campervan hire road trip around New Zealand.


Whitianga Scallop Festival (September - Whitianga)

Even people who aren’t usually a fan of seafood go head over heels for scallops, making this event the perfect way for foodies to celebrate the arrival of spring. Whitianga is about two-thirds of the way up the gorgeously rustic Coromandel peninsula, less than half a day’s drive from Auckland Airport.

Activities in New Zealand

One of the best things about visiting another country is diving into travel experiences and activities that you never would have had the chance to enjoy at home. New Zealand may not be a large country, but it is rich with opportunities for adventure, excitement, indulgence and relaxation. It all comes down to what kind of vacation you’re hunting for—whether you’re a thrill seeker or epicure, this magnificent country has myriad activities to enjoy. Enjoy spectacular global RV experiences with camper van hire in New Zealand from Motorhome Republic.


As the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown will undoubtedly appeal to adrenaline junkies seeking new ways to push the limits. But there’s more to this town than just adventure activities. Aside from some of the best views in the country and top-notch cuisine, Queenstown is also renowned as a prime nightlife destination. Tourists from all over the world spend their holidays in Queenstown with a campervan. A hire vehicle offers the freedom to roam around the city and continue with South Island explorations, making for a wonderfully diverse travel experience. Skiing and snowboarding are also top-rated activities, thanks to several skiing locations nearby, so remember to pack your skis or board if you’re inclined to hit the slopes. Although it’s cooler in winter, getting recreational vehicle (RV) New Zealand rentals are a great way to see Queenstown and what it has to offer. Nearby Wanaka also offers prime access to the same ski fields. While its nightlife isn’t as well known as Queenstown’s, many cool venues exist to enjoy when the sun goes down.

Browse our blogs below for exciting ideas to add to your travel itinerary.

Queenstown adrenaline activities
Top 5 bars in Queenstown
Wanaka nightlife


Unsurprisingly, New Zealand’s biggest city offers visitors a vast range of activities. From the upscale restaurants and nightclubs of the CBD waterfront district to the wineries and Waitakere ranges of the city’s western regions, Auckland is brimming with things to do. Ascending the Sky Tower, which dominates the city’s skyline, provides a stunning view in every direction—the Orbit 360° restaurant near the top even revolves slowly, so it’s easy to see it all. If you’d prefer to ascend some heights under your own steam, climbing One Tree Hill is a beautiful way to visit one of Auckland’s most iconic locations and get a great view of the surrounding suburbs simultaneously. Start by browsing motorhomes for hire at our Auckland Airport or City locations. Book the one that suits your travel needs, pick up your new campervan rental and head west. You’ll discover some beautiful beaches like Piha and Bethells Beach, great for surfing and swimming, respectively, and hikers will want to venture into the nearby Waitakere mountain range. And if all you’re after is a place to relax and browse some quaint shops, Devonport is designed just for you.


For many travellers, Christchurch will be the first stop on their epic South Island tour. Still, this city is more than just a launching point for bigger journeys—it’s a first-rate destination in and of itself. The International Antarctic Centre is a one-of-a-kind attraction that’s especially appealing for those with kids. With an array of international exhibitions, a snowstorm simulator and the chance to get up close and personal with penguins, it will prove irresistible to many. On the other hand, Orana Wildlife Park allows you to see exotic animals roaming in a vast habitat where cages are only for humans. Whether you’re hand-feeding a giraffe or standing face-to-face with a white rhino, Orana provides a much more natural look at these magnificent creatures. A visit to Christchurch Cathedral was among the go-to attractions in the city for over one hundred years. However, the structure is set for demolition after a series of earthquakes between 2011 and 2012. However, visitors can instead view the radically unique Cardboard Cathedral, which was built as a temporary replacement. A monument to the resilience of Christchurch residents, this beautifully distinctive edifice is well worth a visit. Be sure to head out of Christchurch city in your campervan hire in New Zealand and explore the Canterbury countryside.


This is the political capital of New Zealand, but more importantly, for visitors, it’s also the cultural capital. Music, theatre and art thrive here, so don’t leave before taking in at least a little of Wellington’s cultural offerings. If you’re unsure where to start your Wellington holidays, Te Papa offers a singular blend of history, art and entertainment and is a must-visit destination for all ages. If you’re hoping to catch a big sporting event while you’re in town, Westpac Stadium is the place to go. Colloquially referred to as ‘The Cake Tin’, you might even be lucky enough to see an All Blacks match if you do a little planning. The Cable Car Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in the city’s history. Cable cars were a prominent feature of Wellington life for over 70 years. Now, the winding house that kept them running is home to a museum commemorating these iconic cars. Wellington Zoo is always a popular choice for families visiting New Zealand’s Windy City, with plenty of opportunities for kids to experience close encounters of the furry kind. Adults may be more intrigued by the Wellington Museum, housed in a 19th-century heritage building and offering fascinating stories from the Wellington region. Wellington is a great place to begin your holidays with a motorhome rental.


Known as the Tourism Capital of New Zealand, Rotorua has several different activities and attractions from which you can choose (or spend some time here and experience them all!). One of the most prominent attractions in this city is its geothermal features. Steaming streams, smoking ground, bubbling mud and fountaining geysers are all evident here, giving the land an otherworldly feel rarely found elsewhere. More traditional attractions include luge rides, gondola glides and walking among giant redwood trees. Motorhome rentals in New Zealand make it easy to experience all Rotorua offers at your own pace on your holidays. Make sure you travel to Waikato town in your camper rentals NZ and enjoy the thermal delights of Rotovegas.

Why Rotorua is an excellent place for motorhome travellers
Rotorua’s top 10 attractions

New Zealand Travel Advice and Support

To get a more thorough look at New Zealand's road rules, take a look at the easy-to-read manual called the Road Code. You can read this code for free online or order it from the AA if you’d prefer a hard copy. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the rules, you can test your knowledge with AA’s quick Road Code Quiz for peace of mind that you’re ready to get behind the wheel.

For maps, directions and general advice about local places to visit, keep an eye out for i-Sites. These free tourist centres are located in most towns throughout New Zealand, with a total of 80 in the country. Operated by Tourism New Zealand—an organisation funded by the government—these centres are not here to sell you a product or service you don’t need. Instead, helpful staff provide information that will help you get the most out of your time in New Zealand, no strings attached!

Another great place to conduct research is, of course, the internet. Several good websites include reputable information about driving in New Zealand; a quick Google search should bring up many options. To get you started, we recommend

Those travelling with smartphones could also make the most of apps. See below for some of our top recommendations:


  • itravelnz: This free app allows you to quickly find eateries, attractions, accommodation providers and more within close proximity to your location.

  • The Essential New Zealand: A Tourism New Zealand product, this app houses much of the organisation’s brilliant travel tips and advice.

  • Google Maps: It goes without saying that this great app is a must-have road trip accessory.

  • CamperMate: When you’re travelling in a motorhome, the last thing you want to do is worry about where you’ll park your vehicle come nightfall. With the CamperMate app, this is made easy! A quick search will bring up nearby campsites and other useful amenities such as supermarkets and public toilets.

  • NZ Transport Agency: Information about international licence requirements and links to translators.

  • DT: Free tourist Road Code quiz in Spanish, German, Chinese and English.

  • NZ Transport Agency: New Zealand driving overview in most Pacific Island languages, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Arabic.

  • Tourism NZ: For roadside assistance, visit advice for driving in New Zealand.


Useful FAQs for a Campervan Hire in New Zealand

How much to hire a campervan in New Zealand?

New Zealand campervan hire prices will vary according to location, season and availability. On the cheaper end of the scale, you’ll find compact campervans that sleep two in the back. At the pricier end, you can rent luxuriously large 6-berth campers with generous amenities, including a shower/toilet and wifi. Visit our website to see available deals on your target dates and get cheap campervan New Zealand rental offers.

What is the cheapest campervan hire in New Zealand?

Sales, seasonality and availability will all affect the prices of New Zealand campervan rentals. We recommend booking in advance to avoid a price increase during the New Zealand public and school holidays. Check out travel deals and exclusive bargains on our website to find the cheapest campervan hire in New Zealand.

How much does it cost to rent a small camper van?

Small campervans, suitable for one or two passengers, are the most affordable option for New Zealand motorhome travellers. Vehicle rates vary according to location, season and availability.

How old must I be to hire a campervan in New Zealand?

You must be at least 18 years old to rent a campervan in New Zealand.

Is there a minimal rental period when hiring a campervan in New Zealand?

The minimum rental period for campervan hire in New Zealand is 5 days. At peak months from December to February, some rental companies impose a minimum of 10 days. For any questions about your bookings, travel help, or rental period exclusions, please call us; we will gladly assist you.

What driving license do I require to drive in New Zealand?

If you hold a full driver’s licence in your home country, you can drive on New Zealand’s roads for up to 12 months before changing to a local licence. If it’s not in English, you must also carry an international driving permit (IDP) or an authorised translation to English. Your licence must entitle you to drive a vehicle of the size you are hiring, i.e. you can’t drive motorhomes or campervans in New Zealand if you only have a motorcycle licence, and you must carry it at all times when driving.


Can I pick up and drop off my campervan at different locations?

Yes. Some rental suppliers charge a fee for one-way campervan rentals, especially if dropping off at a different location. For example, you can pick up your RV/motorhome in Queenstown and drop it off in Auckland. Any applicable fees will be highlighted before checkout.


How long does it take to collect my campervan in New Zealand?

The collection process typically takes 40 to 80 minutes, depending on the rental vehicle.


What do I need to bring when collecting my campervan in New Zealand?

On pick-up day when you're collecting your campervan, please bring the following:

  • Person hiring: Passport / ID.

  • Person hiring: Valid credit card in the name of the hirer, with enough funds to cover any security deposits.

  • Named driver: Valid driver's licence in the name of the driver.


For clarification, please contact our 24/7 customer service team.


Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand?

No - parking and camping is limited to specific areas in New Zealand. If you’re considering freedom camping, please research the rules and regulations on the NZ government website. You will be fined if you park your vehicle in an undesignated area. Stay in a holiday park for the ultimate convenience.


Should I rent a campervan in New Zealand?

Yes - hiring a New Zealand campervan is a great option to see the beauty of this spectacular country at your own pace. Remember that New Zealand's roads are winding, often narrow, and gravelled.


What time should I return my vehicle?

Please aim to return your vehicle before 3:30 pm, as some campervan hire NZ providers have cut-off times. For any clarifications on your pick-up date/drop-off date, contact our phone support team.


What type of fuel does a campervan need?

For campervan hire in New Zealand, you’ll need to fill up with petrol or diesel. Diesel is cheaper than petrol, but you will have to pay a road user fee.


Are vehicles pet friendly?

Many New Zealand campervan rental companies allow pets, but we recommend double-checking the listing. Be sure to see if there is an extra fee for pets before booking your motorhome.


Are unlimited kilometres included in my New Zealand rental?

Most suppliers of campervan rentals in NZ offer unlimited mileage. On each listing, you can view if this option is available. If not, you can check the additional rates for extra miles.

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