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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 beautiful white sand 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 motorhome hire 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 kicking off your motorhome rental Auckland road trip. 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 NZ motorhome 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, Auckland 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
Planning to visit Auckland? Campervan rentals will give you the freedom to explore at your own pace and really get amongst some fabulous sceneries and incredible natural wonders in NZ. Here are some great options you can include in your New Zealand adventure.
Explore Auckland with visits to the Auckland Zoo to get in touch with both exotic and native animals, to the museums and galleries for Māori culture, and to many other landmarks and places of interest within the city, all perfect for a day out with the family.
North Island Tour
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.
Tour the Southern part
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.
Wild west coast
Known for its rugged beauty, breathtaking beaches, and dramatic landscapes, the Wild West Coast is a must-visit location for both locals and visitors to Auckland.
East Coast Trip
Looking for more places to go during your motorhome hire Auckland adventure? Napier on the East Coast of New Zealand is the sunshine capital, which is known for its fantastic wines produced in the region. It’s a full day’s drive away, but you can park up your camper van hire from time to time and take in the stunning scenery along the way.
Tapapakanga Regional Park is a scenic coastal farm park. It is run by the Auckland city council and is such a nice facility. Tapapakanga showcases Maori and European history and gives you access to pohutukawa-edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.
Shakespear Regional Park situated at the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is named after the Shakespear family which bought the land in the 1880s. Shakespear Regional Park offers three main walkways in the park: Heritage Trail, Lookout Track and Tiri Tiri Track which gives you a stunning view of Te Haruhi Bay.
Other popular locations to explore
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 in the South Island with a Wellington motorhome hire. You may also consider kicking off an epic journey in Queenstown.
Campervan rental Auckland tips for the savvy traveller
Choose the right pick up location
Modern rental motorhomes are exceedingly safe and user-friendly, but if this is your first time driving a campervan, choose a pick up location in a light-traffic area. Auckland city centre is a busy place so it can be intimidating to get started.
Grab the camper that suits your needs
Select your Auckland campervan rental 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.
Planning is the key!
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.
Ready to explore the gems of New Zealand's North Island at your leisure? We’re excited for you to GoSee it all!
Where to next? Have a trip to Australia and check out popular cities like Melbourne, Sydney, or Gold Coast in a campervan hire. GoSee has got you covered!
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Campervan rental Auckland: Frequently asked questions
How much is it to hire a campervan in Auckland?
Looking for a cheap campervan hire 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 hire 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 motorhome in designated areas like holiday parks and campervan sites. The rules for Auckland are currently in consultation. Check the Auckland Council website for the latest updates on freedom camping.
Which campervan hire operators are available in Auckland?
Auckland offers a wide variety of motorhome rental suppliers you can choose from. Get the best deal from GoSee when you hire a campervan Auckland from our brand partners including Adventurer Campers, Apollo Motorhomes, Britz Campervan Rentals, Cheapa Campa, Discover NZ Motorhomes, Escape Rentals, Freedom Campers, Happy Campers, Hippie Campers, Jucy Campervan Rentals, Kiwi Campers, Lucky Rentals, Maui Motorhomes, McRent NZ, Mighty Campers, Mojo Campers, Nomad Motorhomes, Pacific Horizon, Road Runner Rentals, Spaceships NZ, Star RV, TravellersAutobarn, Tui Campers.
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 shuttle bus from the airport to the Auckland branch location from some motorhome suppliers . Check the individual practices of your desired campervan hire partner provider. For more details on getting from Auckland 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 your motor home hire outside of business hours, or your flight is late, let the Auckland branch location 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 going on a New Zealand road trip.
What driving license do I require to hire a campervan in Auckland?
A valid regular driving license is required to collect your motorhome hire. Auckland suppliers also require 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 Auckland region enjoys a comfortably warm weather and coastal climate year-round. The summer months from December through to March is the peak period for renting a campervan hire Auckland. You will likely find more availability and better deals outside of these times.
Will my vehicle be Automatic or Manual transmission?
We offer Auckland campervan 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 rent a campervan 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.
Are motorhome rentals pet-friendly?
Excited to include your furbabies in your Auckland region road trip? There are a lot of campervan rentals Auckland companies that allow pets. However, you still have to double check the listing.
Is there a minimum period to hire a campervan?
The minimum period for campervans for hire in Auckland is usually 7 days. Still, it depends on time of year and availability. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods over peak season travel may apply too. Always double check the various hire campervan Auckland companies as these terms may vary.