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Guide To Booking And Renting The Best Campervans To Tour New Zealand

Ultimate Family-Friendly Guide To Touring NZ!

Where to rent a campervan in New Zealand?

New Zealand is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family camper-vanning vacation with your little ones! It offers breathtaking landscapes, well-maintained roads, and convenient access to stunning camping locations, creating an ideal combination for an epic road trip. Imagine falling asleep under a starry sky, waking up next to a crystal-clear blue lake, and letting your kids roam and discover the untamed beauty of nature. New Zealand has it all, and this comprehensive guide is your go-to resource for planning an incredible campervan adventure on the enchanting ‘Island of the Long White Cloud.’  Read on to find out where to rent campervans, prices and rates, and the best spots to travel with your kids in tow for the ultimate road trip in New Zealand.

Favorite Camping Spots In New Zealand Location Activities
Abel Tasman National Park Top of South Island Beach exploration, kayaking, swimming, wildlife spotting
Lake Tekapo South Island Stargazing, water sports, visiting Tekapo Springs
Tongariro National Park North Island Hiking, scenic drives, volcanic center visits
Mount Cook National Park South Island Hiking, stargazing, glacier viewing, scenic flights
Fiordland National Park South Island Boat cruises, nature walks, wildlife encounters

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    HOW TO GET TO NEW ZEALAND?

    Getting to New Zealand is quite easy and straightforward, flights to New Zealand are fairly frequent and easy to purchase. Please do be aware that visitors from Visa Waiver countries need to hold an NZeTA -New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority- to enter the country.

    Departure City Best Way to Travel Flight Time (Approx.)
    Hong Kong Direct Flight 11-12 hours
    Singapore Direct Flight 9-10 hours
    Malaysia Direct Flight 10-12 hours
    Indonesia Connecting Flight Varies
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    BEST PLACES TO RENT A CAMPERVAN IN NEW ZEALAND?

    Let’s boil down the logistics for this one-of-a-kind outdoorsy quest! Generally speaking, rental services in New Zealand are quite good. Different companies would offer different add-ons -from GPS to camping gear- you can choose from while you are booking. When it comes to insurance, it’s always better to get full coverage or a low excess fee! We recommend comparing a range of companies and really getting into understanding the costs, pros, and cons of each one. Don’t fall under the idea that just because you’ll save money on accommodation, a campervan holiday will be cheap-as! The cost of renting a self-contained vehicle with amenities plus petrol may break even when you compare it to a traditional holiday.

    To help you find the best campervan rentals in New Zealand, we've chosen the top 5 companies offering convenient deals, different drop-off locations, and family-friendly sized vans -and motorhomes!

    Camping Spot Location Activities
    Abel Tasman National Park Top of South Island Beach exploration, kayaking, swimming, wildlife spotting
    Lake Tekapo South Island Stargazing, water sports, visiting Tekapo Springs
    Tongariro National Park North Island Hiking, scenic drives, volcanic center visits
    Mount Cook National Park South Island Hiking, stargazing, glacier viewing, scenic flights
    Fiordland National Park South Island Boat cruises, nature walks, wildlife encounters

    These camping spots offer a range of family-friendly activities and are set amidst the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand. Remember to check local regulations and availability before planning your trip.

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    Certainly! Here's a table showcasing the best ways to travel to New Zealand from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, along with approximate flight times:

    Departure City Best Way to Travel Flight Time (Approx.)
    Hong Kong Direct Flight 11-12 hours
    Singapore Direct Flight 9-10 hours
    Malaysia Direct Flight 10-12 hours
    Indonesia Connecting Flight Varies

    Please note that flight times are approximate and can vary depending on factors such as airline, route, and weather conditions. For Indonesia, there are no direct flights to New Zealand, and travelers would need to take a connecting flight via major hubs such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Sydney. The actual flight times for connecting flights from Indonesia would depend on the specific routing and layover duration. It's recommended to check with airlines or travel agencies for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding flight options and durations.

    Another option is to book via Camplify.com.  Camplify is a peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace where individuals can rent out their campervans, motorhomes, and caravans to others. It operates in several countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Camplify connects RV owners with people who are looking to rent an RV for their travel adventures.

    Here's a table showcasing some popular campervan rental companies in New Zealand, along with their pick-up locations, contact information, websites, and family-friendly perks:

    Campervan Rental Company Pick-up Locations Phone Email Website Family-Friendly Perks
    JUCY Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, 0800 399 736 info@jucyworld.com www.jucy.co.nz Child seats and booster seats available, family bundle add-ons (e.g., outdoor chairs, table, and games)
    Queenstown, Wellington,
    Britz Auckland, Christchurch, 0800 831 900 britzinfo@thlonline.com www.britz.co.nz Family-friendly vehicles with various sizes and configurations, complimentary travel app with family-friendly tips
    Queenstown, Wellington,
    Maui Auckland, Christchurch, 0800 651 080 maui@thlonline.com www.maui.co.nz Family-focused campervans with spacious interiors, child-friendly features like DVD players and outdoor games
    Queenstown, Wellington,
    Escape Rentals Auckland, Christchurch, +64 9 376 9933 info@escaperentals.co.nz www.escaperentals.co.nz Family-friendly campervans with baby and child seats available, complimentary travel maps and guides
    Queenstown, Wellington,
    Wilderness Motorhomes Auckland, Christchurch, +64 3 319 6611 info@wilderness.co.nz www.wilderness.co.nz Family campervans with bunk beds available, child-friendly amenities, personalized travel itineraries
    Queenstown, Wellington,

    Please note that contact information and perks may be subject to change, so it's recommended to visit the respective websites or contact the rental companies directly for the most up-to-date information. These rental companies offer a range of family-friendly services and amenities to make your campervan adventure in New Zealand enjoyable and convenient for the whole family.

  • Itinerary For New Zealand Campervan Tours

    WHEN TO DO TO NEW ZEALAND FOR A ROAD TRIP IN A CAMPERVAN? December to February

    It is highly recommended to head with the family to New Zealand during Spring and Summertime, as this will be the most comfortable period. Although some regions are so humid that even in the mildest months, they won't let you escape from the rain! With that in mind, try to plan around the warmest months. In general lines, the 'dry season' runs from December to February.

  • WHERE TO TAKE YOUR CAMPERVAN ON A ROAD TRIP IN NEW ZEALAND?

    We don’t recommend covering the two islands if you have 2 weeks or less. Also, traveling with the wee adventurers means it’s important to keep an easy pace! Regardless of what many people say, the country is not THAT small. We’ve seen way too many folks underestimating distances, only to realize that even if two places are only 40 km apart, the route between them may circle up and down, taking over 5 hours to get from one to the other -been there, done that!

    Easy And Free Camp Grounds In New Zealand:

    • Possibly the top perk of renting a self-contained campervan is that you can easily find where to spend the night -for free! The CamperMate and Campers NZ Apps will make it very easy to find from where to do free camping, to paid campgrounds, dump stations, and even petrol stations! You can also take your pick at one of the many campsites -powered and non-powered- or cheap Department Of Conservation sites offering only toilet facilities. Always keep a wee stash of cash as you’ll need to pay for these!

    North And South Island - Where To Go?

    • The North Island concentrates most of New Zealand’s population hence you can expect to come across more traffic, fewer spots for camping and longer driving times to reach isolated areas. North Island's scenery is quite tropical boasting heaps of pristine beaches, geothermal activity, volcanoes, and Maori heritage sites!
    • On the other hand, the South Island is bigger in size but has 4 times fewer people living in it so it really gets you in a middle-of-nowhere mood. You can drive for hours and hours finding just a handful of little ‘ghost’ towns. When it comes to scenery, the alpine countryside rules! However, if you reach the South Island’s northernmost regions, golden sand beaches will be waiting for you and the kiddies! Consider that if you choose to do both islands, you’ll have the added costs of crossing with the Interislander from Wellington to Picton -more on that in a minute!
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    A PERFECT 2-DAY ITINERARY FOR THE NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND:

    Let’s take a quick sneak peek into a 2-weeks classic itinerary around the North Island! Bend it upside down if you please, but try to keep these spots in mind at least! Get your campervan in Auckland and make your way down to Wellington.

    Although most of the highlights will be along route Nr 1, make it to the Coromandel Peninsula first for lush nature, beaches -Narnia’s opening scene was shot in Cathedral Cove- and some fun hot spring experiences. You can even get a shovel and dig your own tiny spring at the Hot Water Beach. After the first encounter with wilderness head to Rotorua for extreme geothermal activity, Taupo Lake for outdoor adventures, and Tongariro National Park for moon-like landscapes. All in all, you can easily spend two amazing weeks with the whole gang in here!

    Day Destination Activities and Highlights
    1 Auckland Explore the city
    2 Bay of Islands Sailing, kayaking, historical sites
    3 Coromandel Peninsula Beaches, Cathedral Cove hike
    4 Rotorua Geothermal wonders, Maori culture, adventure activities
    5 Taupo Huka Falls, fishing on Lake Taupo, natural hot springs
    6 Tongariro National Park Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
    7 Napier Art Deco architecture, wineries, city exploration
    8 Wellington Te Papa Museum, vibrant arts scene
    9 Picton (South Island) Interislander ferry to South Island
    10 Wairarapa Vineyards, gourmet food, scenic landscapes
    11 Taranaki Hike Mount Taranaki, explore coastal walkways
    12 Bay of Plenty Beaches, water sports
    13 Waitomo Caves Glowworm boat tour
    14 Auckland Hobbiton, Waitakere Ranges, return to Auckland
  • A PERFECT 2-DAY ITINERARY FOR THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND:

    Buckle up to enjoy one of the most scenic routes in the whole world! This route can easily go both ways as you can start from Queenstown or Christchurch the same. Let’s say you pick up your rental in Christchurch and start making your way down to Lake Tekapo -the scenery here is just unique!

    From there, take a detour to Aoraki-Mt Cook and get lost in the expansive valleys surrounding New Zealand’s highest peak. Then head to Wanaka and enjoy an adventure of two at the Mt Aspiring National Park and get set to visit New Zealand’s famous adventure capital…Queenstown!

    Looking for something other than alpine scenery? Make your way up the wild West Coast! It’s amazing to see how the terrain shifts from glaciers and wet forests to pristine golden sand beaches. This route alone could easily take a whole 10 days!

    Day Destination Activities and Highlights
    1 Christchurch Explore the city
    2 Kaikoura Whale watching, swimming with dolphins
    3 Hanmer Springs Relax in natural hot pools
    4 Lake Tekapo Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, stargazing
    5 Aoraki/Mount Cook Hiking, glacier tours, scenic flights
    6 Wanaka Visit Lake Pukaki, Wanaka Tree
    7 Wanaka Hiking, biking, and water activities on Lake Wanaka
    8 Queenstown Adventure activities in the Adventure Capital
    9 Queenstown Bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving
    10 Milford Sound Scenic cruise, day trip from Queenstown
    11 Te Anau Fiordland National Park, hiking, glowworm caves
    12 Dunedin Scottish heritage, architecture, wildlife
    13 Otago Peninsula Royal Albatross Centre, Penguin Place
    14 Christchurch Moeraki Boulders and other attractions along the way
  • MORE HELPFUL TIPS FOR DRIVING AND WHAT LICENSE IS REQUIRED?

    Tips For Driving In New Zealand:

    • To get your hands on the steering wheel, your driver’s license must be in English. Otherwise, you’ll need to keep an International Driving Permit (IDP) handy at all times. Although some companies will ask you for it when you are browsing for a rental, all of them will require your IDP when you pick up the camper. Once you are on the road, always keep it close as there’s a lot of police control on Kiwi roads!
    • Something that makes visitors a bit wary is that people drive on the left side. This means the steering wheel will be on the other side of the car -like in the UK! So, you may need to practice and take it easy until to get used to it! Roads can be quite narrow and winding with one-lane bridges, railway crossings, and gravel roads -especially if you are heading to remote areas. Other than that, driving across the country is absolutely safe. For more information on New Zealand's road rules, click here!
    • ‘Self-contained’ refers to vehicles that don’t need outside resources for functioning. There are toilet facilities within the car with the capacity to contain up to 3 days of greywater. Every so often, you’d have to get rid of the waste at dumping stations -most located in motorhome campgrounds or in public areas. As you are going to be doing what in the local lingo is known as ‘freedom’ or ‘wild’ camping, it’s paramount to get a certified self-contained vehicle! Not just for the sake of family comfort but also because in New Zealand there’s a ‘no trace’ policy stating people should not leave rubbish or trash behind in any place!
    • Plan your trip’s budget! Consider that beyond the cost of your camper rental bearing in amenities, and even if you stay as much as possible in free camping spots, you’ll need to use electricity and dump waste at some point! If you are crossing islands, add the cost of the Interislander Ferry cost. Finally, weigh-in and budget for petro.  Toll Roads are to be found only in the North Island!

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