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Auckland campervan hire for your New Zealand road trip
New Zealand’s largest and most popular city, Auckland, is an exciting place to kick off a wonderful motorhome holiday. You can soak in the delights of the city and then hit the road to see everything the North Island has to offer. From mountains, waterfalls and beaches to volcanos, mud baths and hot springs, this is your chance to explore New Zealand’s world famous scenery.
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What you need to know about campervan rental Auckland
Picking up your Auckland motorhome hire in New Zealand’s largest city is a straightforward process with a little preparation. Whilst modern motorhomes are safe and easy to drive, the busy and sometimes narrow roads of New Zealand’s most populous city can be an intimidating place to start.
If you’re coming in from overseas, it is best to get a full night’s rest before getting behind the wheel of an Auckland campervan hire. Travellers must also be prepared to drive on the left side of the road and navigate parking with a much larger vehicle than they’re used to.
A bit of practise around the depot will help you feel at ease. Driving campervan rentals in Auckland means using the city’s state highway where you must merge like a zip—speed up on the on-ramps to fit seamlessly with the traffic.
Acquaint yourself with Auckland before hitting the road
Known as the "City of Sails," Auckland spreads out between Manukau Harbour and Waitemata Harbour. For most visitors to New Zealand, Auckland is the point of arrival, and a few days soaking up the cultural and outdoor attractions here should be on every tourist's to-do list. From the urban buzz of Wynyard Quarter, Queen Street, and Ponsonby to the natural beauty of Waiheke Island, Piha Beach and Devonport, it boasts some of the country's best spots. Head up the Sky Tower to get familiar with your surroundings, and treat yourself to a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants. Stock up on supplies and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Where to go in your Auckland campervan hire
Leaving the city limits, you are spoilt for choice for an adventure in an Auckland campervan hire. A trip north will introduce you to a dazzling array of beaches, forests, and rural charm, with gorgeous little towns to visit all the way up to the famous Bay of Islands, and the tippity top of the North Island, Cape Reinga.
Whilst summer will serve up the best weather for sailing and water activities, you won’t be short on scenery no matter what time of year. A trip south offers even more beach if heading to the Coromandel Peninsula or the Bay of Plenty, whilst an inland detour will bring you to the lakes and thermal wonderlands of Rotorua and Taupo.
World famous Hobbiton is a must stop for Lord of the Rings fans and the Waitomo glow worm caves offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park provide respective skiing and hiking opportunities, and a bit further south will bring you to the wine region of Napier, Hastings, and Hawkes Bay.
New Zealand’s North Island is a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering Auckland motorhome travellers a front seat to some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.
Done exploring Auckland in your campervan? For those that want to venture further afield, a popular choice to begin or end a New Zealand adventure is a campervan hire from Christchurch or a road trip heading South to Wellington in a motorhome hire. You may also consider kicking off an epic journey in Queenstown.
Campervan rental Auckland tips for the savvy traveller
Modern motorhomes are exceedingly safe and user friendly, but if this is your first time driving a motorhome, choose a pick up location in a light traffic area. Auckland is a busy place so it can be intimidating to get started. Ask us if you’re not sure about this, and we’ll help you plan with consideration of your time in the city.
Select your Auckland campervan hire with consideration of the planned route, size of party, and amount of luggage. If you expect to spend a lot of time in urban areas, you may wish to opt for a smaller or sportier model. Otherwise, we recommend erring on the side of more space to ensure everyone’s comfort on the trip.
Whilst New Zealand is well equipped to serve motorhome travellers, it is recommended that you plan your route and supply stops as much as you can ahead of time, as there can be stretches of road without facilities—particularly outside of regular business hours. Ready to explore the gems of the North Island at your leisure? We’re excited for you to GoSee it all!
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How much is it to hire a campervan in Auckland?
Rental rates will fluctuate depending on what time of the year you book, current vehicle availability, and the model you choose, but you can expect prices for Auckland campervan rentals to start from around $250 per day. To find more rental rates and models, search for your next campervan rental on GoSee.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Auckland?
Most rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old to rent a campervan in Auckland, with some possible exceptions in exchange for an additional fee. Our partner companies vary on this policy, so be sure to check individual terms.
Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand?
Freedom camping rules currently state you can only sleep in a campervan in designated areas. The rules for Auckland are currently in consultation. Check the Auckland Council website for the latest updates on freedom camping.
How much is it to rent a campervan in New Zealand?
You can expect prices for Auckland campervan rentals to start from around $250, but the prices depend on the time of year you’re travelling, the model of campervan, and the availability. Booking earlier is always best. To find more rental rates and models, search for your campervan rental on GoSee.
How do I pick up my campervan from Auckland Airport?
Generally speaking, your airport pick up area (the motorhome rental depot) isn’t likely to be on the airport grounds itself, but at a location nearby. You can catch a free complimentary shuttle from the airport to the partner branch location. Check the individual practices of your desired Auckland campervan hire partner provider. For more details on getting from the airport to the rental depot, it is also a good idea to know the peak campervan pick up times in preparation for any wait times. If you are planning to pick up outside of business hours, or your flight is late, let the pick up branch know. If you are flying in from a long overseas flight, it is best to pick up your campervan after a night of rest before hitting the road.
What driving license do I require to hire a campervan out of Auckland?
A valid regular driving license is required to hire a campervan in Auckland. You must also bring an International Driving Permit if your license is not in English.
When's the best time of year to rent a campervan in Auckland?
The summer months from December through to March is the peak period for renting Auckland campervan rentals. You will likely find more availability and better deals outside of these times.
Will my vehicle be Automatic or Manual transmission?
We offer campervans rentals with both automatic and manual transmissions. Check the camper description for the type of transmission of your preferred vehicle. If you can’t find your preference, reach out to us to see if we can help.
Do all drivers have to be in the branch at pick up?
Yes. Every driver who wishes to secure a motorhome hire in Auckland needs to present their full, valid driver’s license upon collection of the campervan. In addition, all drivers are required to sign the rental agreement. In some cases, guests may go to the branch prior to the collection and present their licences if they are unable to be there on the specified pick up date.