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Journey to the Jewel of New Zealand on a Wellington campervan hire

Welcome to Wellington, one of New Zealand’s famous places for a camper rental tour. As a city capital and central location, Wellington has so much to offer to its visitors. From there, you can hire a campervan or motorhome and reach other tourist spots and locations easily. Whether you plan to get around the city or relax at the beach, the convenience and flexibility of using a Wellington campervan rental will allow you to get more out of your New Zealand holiday tour.

Start your NZ campervan hire holiday in Wellington and get ready for an adventure like no other!

Why hire a campervan in Wellington with Motorhome Republic

Located on the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Wellington is the capital city and cultural hub of the country. The region has a population of approximately 450,000 people and is popular for its creative sector, its coffee, and its windy weather. You will find plenty of things to see and do while on a motorhome hire tour in Wellington - waterfront, museums, cable cars, beaches, the choice is yours!

Looking for the best campervan rental Wellington has shouldn't be a difficult task. With Motorhome Republic, you can easily compare campervan rates and deals from all the leading suppliers in Wellington. Take a look at the 13 fleets of campervan rentals available. Choose from a wide range of vehicles - self-contained campervans, compact motorhomes, large family RVs, any of which you can hire for a few days or a few weeks. Search and compare the many affordable options and book the best campervan hire NZ Wellington suited to your holiday style and budget.

Where to go with your campervan rental from Wellington

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 City and is a must-visit location any time of year. In summer, this active (but not dangerous) volcano is a mecca for hikers and campers 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 New Zealand.

Martinborough is just over an hour drive in your motorhome rental Wellington and is one of the most popular wine regions in New Zealand. 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. From Blenheim, you can drive your RV rental to Nelson which is a close-by city.

The Rimutaka Forest Park is less than two hours drive with your motorhome hire from Wellington and is a great place to be for hiking and tramping, with a range of tracks for short camper trips or longer day-walks for all levels of fitness. Another option for hiking is climbing the famous Mount Victoria. Mount Victoria is also a perfect romantic spot at night with all the city lights.

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.

For beach lovers, you can have a short drive from CBD and head to incredible beaches such as Scorching Bay, Days Bay, or Island Bay. Enjoy the sea breeze and watch the sunset. Visiting the Whanganui River will also let you see panoramic views of the district that runs through the heart of the city.

You can head over the Cook Strait by ferry with your Wellington rental motorhomes to check out the upper South Island – one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand! The Abel Tasman National Park is a prime location to visit in your campervan hire, with white-sand beaches, lush hiking tracks, kayaking opportunities and boat rides. Halfway along the East Coast of the South Island is the heart of Canterbury: Christchurch, a great place to hire a campervan or drop off one.

Best time to go on a campervan hire holiday in Wellington

In Wellington, 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.

Layering is generally part of your what to wear guide while on a motorhome hire Wellington road trip. Be prepared and pack accordingly to enjoy the marvellous sites of the city in the comfort of your Wellington campervan.

An essential guide to the perfect campervan hire Wellington NZ road trip

Explore the city at your own pace with your campervan hire Wellington.

Where to find the best value-for-money campervan rental in Wellington

Located on the southern tip of the North Island, New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, is ideal for a cheap campervan hire holiday. 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 motorhome hire destination. In fact, its reputation around the world is growing – as more and more switch on to the delights of the ‘Harbour City'.

Situated between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range, the natural environment actively encourages campervan rentals – 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 into your Wellington campervan hire adventure. Harbours, mountains, waterfalls, peninsulas, bush walks, forests… all key watchwords for this jewel of New Zealand.

Read on to discover our ultimate RV guide to Wellington, including what to see and do, where to camp, and other helpful tips for an epic campervan adventure.

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

Welcome to Wellington, New Zealand

Eclectic, vibrant, cultural and cool… all words associated with New Zealand’s capital city. Located on the southwestern tip of the North Island and nestled between rolling hills and harbour, 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 makes it more enjoyable with a Wellington campervan rental. And with its coastal location, stunning scenery of harbour views and easy methods of getting around, Welly is the perfect road trip destination for the spontaneous camper. So many interesting places in a small but perfectly formed place.

Experience how easy it is to get around Wellington.

Stay central – Wellington accommodation 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.

You can also find several holiday and RV/caravan parks in the city and nearby regions - perfect for those on campervan hire road trip. Check out Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park in Lower Hutt area or Harcourt Holiday Park in Upper Hutt, each offers unique amenities for your motorhome needs for a stress-free experience.

What's on in Wellington - Rugby and other events

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 during a camper van hire Wellington tour is the Dowse Art Museum for exhibitions, music and events. You will not be short on events and activities to attend to while on a campervan hire NZ holiday in Wellington. Always something new… always something Wellington.

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The brightest and best restaurants to see in Wellington

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 nightspots 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 an 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! Find an RV park for your Wellington motorhome rental and eat like locals in any of these dining options.

Lord of the Attractions - What to do in Wellington?

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

If you are keen on live music, include Carter Observatory on your list. Enjoy stargazing, watch some concerts, and other events in town.

If you have more time and wish to extend your vacation your motorhome hire NZ holiday, consider other pickup locations for your campervan hire - Hamilton, Tauranga or Picton.

Rent a campervan Wellington – Finding the best campers

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.

Here are a couple of trusted companies for your campervan hire Wellington New Zealand offers:

Jucy Rentals and El Cheapo Plus Campervan Hire

Jucy and El Cheapo campervan rentals have a pick up location 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 your Wellington motorhome 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 self-contained camper van with seating for five and beds for four, a kitchenette, DVD player and cassette toilet. All of these Wellington rental campervans 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 New Zealand company with attitude, well known for the individual custom designs on each campervan rental, with features such as bat wings, disco balls, chandeliers, fibreglass body kits and neon lights. The company doesn’t have an actual depot in Wellington, so you’ll have to organise your pick up when you book a motorhome hire, 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 campers 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 Motorhomes

Sleepava NZ doesn’t have a pick up location 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 location when you make your booking for your Wellington campervan hire. 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 NZ. 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 motorhome or caravan parks as you travel around Wellington or in other parts of New Zealand.

Budget Campers

Budget Campers is a natural choice as it has a fleet of three affordable and practical Wellington rental camper vans. 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 rentals, 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 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 city central at 25 Ulric Street, Plimmerton. For pick ups and drop offs, Pacific Horizon provides customers with free transfers to and from the airport, railway station or any city central hotel. When hiring a campervan with this supplier, the transfers and vehicle collections and returns will be made during business hours of 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday.

They offer a range of very comfortable Wellington motor home rentals 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 campervan that you can transform into the configuration that best suits your travelling party. Similarly, the four-berth motorhome options also come in a standard or a Mercedes Benz luxury option. For smaller groups, there is a two-three berth camper rental 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, baby seats and GPS are all available for hire for an additional fee.

Useful FAQs about hiring a campervan in Wellington

How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Wellington?

Generally, one should be at least 21 years old to rent a campervan in Wellington. But some campervan hire NZ brands allow those at 18 with an additional charge and, of course, with a valid and current licence.

How much does it cost to hire a campervan in NZ?

Campervan hire rates in New Zealand vary across locations, season and availability. But you can expect to find 2-berth motorhome rentals at a lower rate than larger RV types. Make a search on our website and see available offers on your target dates and location.Hiring a campervan with Motorhome Republic is so easy and secured.

Where can I camp for free in Wellington?

In New Zealand, freedom camping is permitted only in specific areas. Here are some free camping areas you can check out while on a campervan rental tour in Wellington.

  • Evans Bay Marina Car Park

  • Motukaraka Point Reserve

  • Graces Stream Campsite

  • Ladle Bend

  • Waikawa Campsite

  • Raumati Beach Car Park

  • Paraparaumu Beach

  • Waikanae Beach

  • Otaki Beach

  • Ngawi Camping Area


Self-contained campervans or motorhomes can make freedom camping in Wellington easier. To avoid getting fined, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set by the Wellington City Council.

Is overnight campervan parking allowed in Wellington?

Yes, overnight parking for self-contained campervans is allowed in Wellington City. Make sure to park only in areas designated for campers to avoid getting fined. Barnett Street car park, on the corner of Barnett Street and Cable Street, offers overnight parking for Wellington motorhomes, except Saturday, for a small fee. You have to take note though that they do not provide electricity and toilet facilities in this car park.

What should I do if I receive a freedom camping fine in Wellington?

Pay the fee online using your credit card (use camping payment type) or at the Wellington City Council Service Centre.

Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a campervan in Wellington?

No, a special driver's licence is not required to drive a motorhome or campervan in Wellington. Your current driver's licence from your home country is valid. If it is not printed in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP) will be required.

When do I need to return my campervan?

Your campervan rental can only be picked up and returned during the branch’s office hours. If you have any special request, feel free to contact your respective provider's call centre for assistance.

Do I need to return the campervan in full tank?

It’s always a good idea to start any camper rental Wellington road trip with a full tank, and you’ll need to top it up before you drop off your hire motorhomes at the depots.

Are one-way rentals available?

Yes, every major campervan hire supplier in Wellington offers one-way rentals. Check out our website and see available pick-up and drop-off locations so you can plan your motorhome adventure accordingly.

Do you allow pets in campervans?

There are a lot of campervan/caravan hire Wellington companies that allow pets, but always double-check the listing of your chosen hire company. Be sure to see if there is an extra cost for pets before finalising to book your motorhome adventure.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of rental days for a hire?

Yes, the minimum days is usually 7 days. There are many exceptions to this depending on time of year and availability. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods over peak season travel may apply too. One way rentals are often restricted to a minimum of 14 days. Always check with your New Zealand motorhomes rental provider for more details.