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A Greymouth campervan hire is a great way to explore the wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island at your own pace. As the largest town in the Westland region, it is a well-trodden stop for visitors passing through on their way north to Golden Bay, Nelson, and Picton or south through the alps toward Queenstown and Dunedin. Greymouth sits at the mouth of the Grey River, facing out towards the Tasman Sea, treating visitors to rugged natural beauty in every direction. The laid-back town makes a stunning start to any road trip, so get a campervan hire Greymouth deal now and GoSee the west!
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What you need to know about Greymouth motorhome hire
Camper van hire Greymouth tips for the savvy traveller
There are currently no direct flight routes to Greymouth. The local airport is for charters and scenic flights only. The closest passenger airport is Hokitika Airport, but many travellers arrive by car or bus from other parts of New Zealand. While there are no physical depots in Greymouth, there are currently three Greymouth NZ motorhome rental companies who offer remote pick ups in town—with the pick up point to be determined and agreed upon with the chosen company.
Some Greymouth campervan planning tips
- The West Coast of New Zealand is known for rain. Pack your belongings for wet weather, and check the conditions before you start on your trip. Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or visit NZTA Winter Journeys to help you on your way.
- Driving during winter is extremely treacherous on parts of the highway roads that are exposed to extreme weather conditions. When in doubt, just stay put.
- From the town, there are three main roads heading in different directions. The two heading north will both get you to the same place via different routes—State Highway 6 is coastal and passes the famous Pancake Rocks formation in Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, before turning inland towards beautiful Nelson and Golden Bay, known for fantastic weather. For a different type of scenery, take State Highway 7 beside the Grey River and then turn onto the 69 at Reefton.
- The abundance of mountains in the South Island can make for some tricky routes. Take care on windy sections, especially when the roads are wet. Most motorhome rental companies forbid taking their vehicles on the most treacherous roads, such as Skipper’s Canyon Road near Queenstown.
- Greymouth has two-holiday parks where you can stop for the night. Both the Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday Park and Greymouth Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels belong to trusted nationwide chains and have clean and comfortable shared facilities for your Greymouth campervan trip.
- Freedom camping is allowed in many public conservation areas, but the rules can be confusing— best to visit the Greymouth City Council page beforehand for the most up-to-date information. Only certified self-contained vehicles can freedom camp.
You’re going to love Greymouth
Greymouth is ruggedly beautiful, and holds its history as a pioneering settlement in the 1800s as part of its charm. The landscape is vibrant, lush, and wild, and its people are warm and friendly. Some nearby must-see attractions for your journey include:
Go for a bite to eat, take a tour, and sample the drop. Fill your belly and learn some brewing history. This is a welcoming stop on your West Coast tour.
There are myriad opportunities for fishing in Greymouth, whether it’s for trout, whitebaiting, bluefin tuna, or salmon. Time your visit with the right season to get your own big catch during your self-drive holiday!
Head 10 kilometres south of Greymouth to learn about the gold rush town era in New Zealand and what it was like to be a pioneer on the wild West Coast. The History House Museum is also a perfect place to visit if you wish to know about the city's mining and jade in the past.
Elizabeth Point Walk
Walkers and trampers will love this 5.5-kilometre coastal walkway. It is a well-surfaced hike through beautiful forest and along rocky cliffs, leading to a stunning panoramic platform.
A local favourite during the summer months, this blacksand/shingle beach is 12 kilometres north of Greymouth. Do note that there are few public facilities on this untamed beach.
Where to go with your Greymouth motorhome hire
Any direction you go in your Greymouth rental campervans is going to bring you somewhere magical. From spectacular mountains to rainforests to beaches, this is a great starting point for a brilliant road trip. Here are a few highlights to hit on your way.
Paparoa National Park
This stunning park is known for its unique landscapes, including layered rock formations, river canyons, and sculpted mountain ranges. Visit Punakaiki to see the famed pancake rocks.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
Extending from the Southern Alps to the coast, this park encompasses all of the incredible landscapes for which New Zealand is known but stands out, especially for its glacial formations. Visit the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on your way.
The road that brings you from the West Coast through the Southern Alps to Wanaka is a gorgeous one. Take your time and do a few walks along the way. Don’t miss the Blue Pools!
Mount Aspiring National Park
Tall mountain peaks, glaciers, snowfields, valleys, and more comprise this spectacular park. It is a wild and wonderful landscape, with trail access limited to the warmer months.
Kahurangi National Park
Pointing your campervan wheels north from Greymouth will bring you to the second largest national park in New Zealand. Much of it is wild and untracked, but the accessible walks will have you in awe.
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How much does it cost to hire a campervan in NZ?
Campervan rental Greymouth rates are dependent on multiple factors, including seasonality and demand. For current prices, type your desired dates into the search box on this page to instantly compare offers across multiple brands.
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What driver’s licences do you need?
For the majority of Greymouth campervan rentals, you only require a regular driver’s licence. If your licence is in a language other than English, you may also be required to present an International Driver’s Licence or acceptable translation.
Is there a minimum hire period?
The minimum hire period/cost for Greymouth campervan rentals can change, but seven days is the standard—particularly during peak season. In some cases, certain motorhome hire NZ brands may require up to 14-day rentals.
How do I pay my rentals?
You must secure your Greymouth campervan rental with a credit card: Visa or Mastercard. Upon vehicle pick up, you will also be required to pay for the bond or security deposit with an imprint of your credit card.
Can I go one way?
Yes, one way rentals are allowed. You can collect your keys in Greymouth and drop off your camper in Dunedin, or in Picton. Alternatively, if you want to visit larger city centres in the South Island, you can end your motorhome hire trip at Christchurch Airport or maybe in Queenstown. Check out our website and see available location pick up and drop-off points suited to your RV adventure.
What about additional drivers for my campervan rental?
Additional drivers can be added to the Greymouth campers hire booking with a presentation of their full and valid driver’s licence at the time of pick up.
Where can I collect/return my motorhome rentals?
Greymouth is a serviced non-depot location, meaning there is not a physical depot location in Greymouth, but arrangements can be made for a rental campervan collection at an agreed time and place with three different companies.
How do I choose the right campervan for me?
The general rule for choosing a Greymouth campervan rental is to go one size bigger than you think you need based on the number of passengers. The extra space will make a world of difference. With that being said, safety is paramount. Opt for campers/motorhomes that you will feel comfortable driving.
GoSee brings the range of available Greymouth campervans together on one site, so you can find the perfect vehicle that suits your travel plans. Enter the dates, pick up location, drop off point into our search engine and you will be presented with a list of options from several Greymouth RV/camper van rental suppliers. Book the best deals from motor home hire brands such as Maui, Tui Campers, Freedom Campers NZ, Discover NZ Motorhomes. The choice is yours.
What do I need to do before I return my rental motorhomes to the depot?
Before returning your Greymouth NZ motorhomes to the depot, make sure it is tidy, free of garbage, and your fuel tank and LPG bottle are full. You must also make sure your toilet cassette and wastewater tank are emptied at a suitable dumping station.
How old must I be to hire a campervan in New Zealand?
In general, you should be at least 21 years old to get motorhome rentals in New Zealand.