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Explore the North Island in a Wellington campervan hire
Located on the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Wellington offers a unique starting point for a motorhome holiday. Visitors can enjoy the arts and culture of the country’s capital city, and then get amongst the stunning scenery at its doorstep. From the beach to the mountains, a Wellington campervan hire will get you up close and personal to New Zealand’s famous landscapes and provide the kind of freedom only a motorhome can.
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What you need to know about campervan hire Wellington
Picking up a Wellington campervan hire is a simple process and you have several locations to choose from depending on your travel plans. Whilst our modern selection of campervans and motorhomes are safe and user-friendly, you should get familiar with the vehicle and surroundings before getting behind the wheel.
If you’re flying in from overseas, it is imperative that you are well rested before setting off on a motorhome adventure. Remember, you will be driving on the left side of the road here in New Zealand, and you can expect some traffic congestion, narrow roads, and several roundabouts as you navigate this bustling capital city.
Parking a motorhome in the city can be a challenge, so keep this in mind when choosing a pick-up location and place to stay. Once you get further away from the high traffic areas of Wellington, you’ll have more space to yourself. Stick to the main highways and plan your stops in advance.
Experience Wellington before you hit the road
Exploring the urban delights of the cultural hub of the country for a few days is a must before heading off on your campervan hire NZ adventure. The city has a reputation for windy weather, but like the locals say, “You can’t beat Wellington on a sunny day.” Rain or shine, you’ll get whisked away by its eclectic shops, cosy cafes, and creative arts scene. Take a walk down Cuba Street, and pull up a bean bag chair on the waterfront. A wander in Te Papa Museum and a ride up the Wellington Cable Car are absolute must dos on any visit to Wellington. You’ll also want to taste the coffee and sample the goods at one (or several!) of the fabulous restaurants.
Where to go in your Wellington campervan hire
From Wellington, the splendours of the North Island await. At the doorstep lies the ruggedly beautiful Kapiti Coast to the west, and the natural wonders of Lake Wairarapa and Rimutaka Forest Park to the east. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with the stunning combination of trees, beach and mountains.
Martinborough is just over an hour drive away and is one of the most popular wine regions in New Zealand. Wine enthusiasts may also wish to head further east to Hastings and Napier where another famous wine region awaits: Hawkes Bay. Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park are within reach in just a few hours’ drive. Skiers can hit the slopes in the winter, while hikers can hit the trails in the warmer months.
Mount Taranaki /Egmont National Park is another outdoor wonderland on the west side of the North Island, well worth the journey in your Wellington campervan hire.
If you hear the South Island calling, you can head over the Cook Strait by ferry to check out places like The Abel Tasman National Park, with white-sand beaches, lush hiking tracks, kayaking opportunities and boat rides. Halfway along the East Coast of the South Island is Christchurch, a great place to hire a Campervan or drop one off. If adventure is what you crave, NZ's adventure capital Queenstown is another popular destination for tourists.
Insider tips for Wellington motorhome hire
If this is your first time driving a motorhome, we have some pointers on where to pick up your vehicle. As Wellington is a busy location, it is best to plan ahead to avoid heavy traffic areas.
A wellington motorhome rental should be chosen with consideration of what you need to suit the number of passengers, miles to travel, amount of luggage and sporting equipment. Whilst New Zealand is well-equipped with facilities to serve motorhome travellers, it is recommended that you plan your route and fuel and supply stops in advance, as there can be stretches of rural roads without an opportunity to stop—particularly outside of regular business hours.
We always recommend dialling back how much ground you wish to cover in short periods—there are just so many gorgeous places in the North Island that will have you wishing for more time. Book well in advance to get the model of your choice, and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime.
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How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Wellington?
Generally, you must be at least 21 years of age to rent a campervan in Wellington, but there are exceptions. Younger drivers may incur a surcharge, so it is best to double check the terms and conditions of the various partner providers before renting.
How much does it cost to hire a campervan in NZ?
Campervan hire rates in New Zealand vary across locations, season and availability. In Wellington, you can expect to pay between $200 and $300 a day for an average 2-berth motorhome.
Where can I camp for free in Wellington?
Freedom camping is permitted only in specific areas for those with self-contained vehicles. Free camping areas in Wellington include Evans Bay Marina Car Park and Te Kopahou Reserve, but there are also parks outside the city which allow free camping and certain parking lots that allow overnighting. Check the Wellington Council website for the latest information about freedom camping.
Is overnight campervan parking allowed in Wellington?
There are some facilities in Wellington that allow overnight parking for self-contained vehicles. Barnett Street Car Park is currently not allowing overnight campers, as it is temporarily being used to provide essential health services, as part of the Ministry of Health's Covid-19 response. Check the Wellington Council website for the latest information. Make sure to park only in areas designated for campers to avoid getting fined. Peak season can get busy with campers, so you may have to park outside the city.
Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a campervan in Wellington?
No, a special driver's license is not required to drive a motorhome or campervan in Wellington. Your current driver's license from your home country is valid. If it is not printed in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP) will be required.
When do I need to return my campervan?
Your campervan rental can generally only be picked up and returned during the branch’s office hours. It is best to plan ahead and check your vehicle providers’ opening and closing times prior to booking. Any required arrangements outside of these hours will have to be made with your chosen partner provider.
Do I need to return the campervan in full tank?
Yes, you’ll need to top up the fuel in your Wellington campervan rental before you drop it off at the motorhome depot.
Are one-way rentals available?
Yes, many of our campervan hire partners in Wellington offer one-way rentals. Check out our website and see available pick-up and drop-off locations.
Are RV rentals pet-friendly?
There are a lot of campervan/caravan hire Wellington companies that allow pets, but always double-check the listing of your chosen partner provider. There may be an extra cost to bring them along.
Is there a minimum or maximum amount of rental days for a hire?
Yes, the minimum number of days for a campervan hire is usually 7, and one way rentals are often restricted to a minimum of 14 days. There are exceptions to these rules depending on time of year and availability. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods over peak season travel may also apply. Always check the details on the vehicle rental descriptions of our partner providers.