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Jump in your campervan rental and explore what Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region have to offer. There are so many beautiful places to visit with your Tauranga campervan hire: take your pick from golden beaches, verdant parklands, and buzzing coastal cities. With a motorhome, you can make some of the area’s most picturesque spots your home as you GoSee it all.
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What you need to know about campervan hire Tauranga New Zealand
Campervan rental Tauranga tips for the savvy traveller
If you pick up your Tauranga campervan hire from the airport, you’re just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Tauranga—so you have the whole city at your fingertips! But before you get going, remember to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and ask the team at pick-up if you have any questions about your campervan or driving in the region.
Some driving tips for your campervan hire Tauranga
- Before you start your journey, think about where you will park up your motorhome as you travel. There are a number of campsites to choose from in the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty region run by the Department of Conservation as well as some private providers.
- Freedom camping is also available in some areas for fully self-contained motorhomes, which are campervans complete with their own toilet and waste-disposal facilities. Check the rules of each site to avoid getting a fine.
- Be aware of local toll roads! Tauranga is home to two out of three toll roads in New Zealand. They are the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road. If you use these toll roads, a fee will be charged to the vehicle and you are responsible for paying this. You don’t even have to get out of your car to pay, as your vehicle is recorded electronically. You can pay your toll online before or after your trip, or at some service stations. The amount charged depends on the type of vehicle you’re in but don’t worry—the prices are signposted as you approach each road.
You’re going to love Tauranga
Tauranga is a stunning seaside gem and is known for its bright sunny days. Not only are there a host of natural wonders on its doorstep, such as nearby Mt Maunganui and vast golden beaches, there are also plenty of metropolitan perks to enjoy. Cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, spas, local parks—you name it, the Tauranga region has it!
Some nearby must-see attractions for your journey include:
Fondly referred to locally as ‘’The Mount’’, this relaxed township is just a short drive from Tauranga Airport and is home to one of New Zealand’s most famous beaches. In the summertime, it’s perfect for a swim, and in winter it’s the perfect spot for a stroll with a view. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb to the top of the Mount itself for incredible panoramic views of the region. Finish off with an ice cream and a refreshing dip!
Waimarino Adventure Park
This fun-filled family attraction is a 10-minute drive from central Tauranga. Nestled on the banks of the Wairoa River, it boasts overwater human catapults, pedal boats, rock climbing, trampoline, slides, swings, kayaks, ropes and much more.
Want to walk to an island? Then check out Moturiki, a small island just off Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach and connected by a small bridge. Stroll around this protected reserve for beautiful beach and ocean views.
Every Kiwi road trip needs a visit to a waterfall! This beautiful forest and waterfall setting is about half an hour from central Tauranga and is well worth the trip. Wander by the series of waterfalls and then enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming hole at the bottom of the falls. Pack a picnic and soak in the serenity of this natural wonder.
Where to go in your Tauranga campervan hire
Pick up your campervan hire from Tauranga Airport, the perfect starting point for exploring the East Coast.
Motorhome hire will allow you to go beach hopping along the Bay of Plenty. Follow coastal roads south to Ohope beach, an 11km stretch of sun-bleached sand and clear blue waters. The West End is a favourite with surfers. If you’re keen on fishing, Ohiwa Harbour offers near-perfect conditions, as well as water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Getting to Whakatane, you’ll head through Te Puke, kiwifruit capital of NZ. You won’t miss the giant kiwifruit, but be sure to taste all the sugary treats, too.
Gisborne and the East Cape
Take your time exploring the eastern tip of New Zealand on your way to Gisborne and experience a stunning part of the country many visitors never get to. From charming villages and rugged coastline to breathtaking sunrises and curious sea life, this is one campervan hire NZ trip that has it all. Once you park up in the city of Gisborne, reward yourself with a sample of the local vintage. Vineyards dot this gorgeous section of the North Island.
Head inland to enjoy the incredible lakes and thermal activity of Taupo and Rotorua. Mud pools, geysers, naturally heated rivers and streams—this place is a natural wonderland just waiting to be explored, and a Tauranga campervan hire will get you as close as possible to Mother Nature. Spend your days fishing, hiking and swimming, and then fuel up in one of the many fabulous cafes and eateries positioned along the lakefront.
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Motorhome hire Tauranga: Frequently asked questions
How much is it to hire a campervan in Tauranga?
Use our easy search and booking tool to find the best deals for campervan hire in Tauranga. Prices depend on how early you book, the time of year, and the size of vehicle you choose, so the cheapest price available may vary. Type in your desired travel dates and locations to browse what’s on offer. Remember that booking as early as possible will usually get you the best deal.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Tauranga?
Most campervan hire companies will require you to be 21 or above, as well as charge an additional fee for drivers under 25. However, some providers may accept younger drivers with a full valid license, so check the terms of each listing and reach out to us if you’re unsure.
Can I rent a campervan one way from Tauranga?
Yes, most campervan rental companies in New Zealand will allow you to make a one-way booking. You may wish to pick up in Tauranga and drop off at another GoSee location, such as campervan hire Auckland, campervan hire Hamilton, or campervan hire Wellington. However, these might not be available for every destination or they may require an additional fee. Use the search and booking tool to see which vehicles might be available for your desired one-way itinerary.
Is there a minimum rental period when hiring a campervan in New Zealand?
Yes, policies may vary between different campervan hire companies, but most operators have a minimum hire fee of five to seven days. Sometimes over peak periods such as Christmas and New Year, the minimum rental period is longer. Use our search and booking tool to see what’s possible for your desired travelling time.
What driver’s license do I need to drive a campervan in New Zealand?
To drive a campervan in New Zealand, you simply need an up-to-date driver's licence from your home country. If your license is not in English, you will also need to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) or equivalent document.
What is included in my New Zealand campervan rental rate?
Different rental car companies have different inclusions in their rates. For example, some companies may offer full New Zealand motorhome packages, including accessories like camping chairs and tables, while others will charge extra for them to be included. Before you finalise your booking, see what your chosen company provides so you know if you have to budget for anything extra.
What is the best time to hire a campervan in Tauranga?
The weather in Tauranga is known for being sunny and temperate, which means it’s a great place to travel year-round. Summer in the region is hard to beat though, and it makes it an extremely popular destination for the Christmas and New Year holidays. If you’d like more of the beach to yourself, consider travelling off-peak. There’s still plenty to enjoy: long beach walks, serene forest trails and awesome cafes and shopping.
Do I have to wash the vehicle before I return it?
It pays to return your motorhome in a clean and tidy state. Give the interior a quick tidy and ensure all your belongings and rubbish are removed. Some companies may charge an additional cleaning fee if your vehicle comes back messy and dirty.
What is the speed limit in New Zealand?
The default urban speed limit in New Zealand is 50 km/h, while on the open road it is 100 km/h. However, the speed limits can vary, so always pay attention to the road signs and adjust your speed accordingly. Remember, a motorhome is much heavier than a regular car so it will take longer to slow down and stop.