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New Zealand Budget Campervan and Motorhome Hire

Campervan and Motorhome Rental Depots in New Zealand:

There are three main cities where most international travellers arriving into New Zealand rent a budget campervan or motorhome from. These are:

  • Auckland
  • Auckland Airport (AKL)

    There are 150 different campers, sleeper cars, campervans and motorhomes to compare in Auckland. These are from 33 different rental suppliers. How to choose? We show you how.HERE

  • Christchurch
  • Christchurch Airport (CHC)

    Can you believe there are even more campervans to choose from in Christchurch? We have 166 campers listed from to hire from here. Use our customer reviews to help you compare. HERE

  • Queenstown
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

The great service that New Zealand camper rental companies offer is free transfers from the airport to the depot and this is because most depots are built close to the airport.

Even if transfers are not offered, it is still a cheap option to get to the depot from the airport.

If arriving from overseas you can go straight to the campervan rental depot, collect your camper and head for the nearest campsite.

To see the main highlights of New Zealand in a campervan it will take about 4 to 5 weeks at an even pace. There are very few motorways in New Zealand. All travel is on good quality single lane roads with dual carriageways for over-taking.

Allow plenty of time for your road trip.

There are many campsites. Try to use them whenever you can. New Zealand has a policy of self-contained campervans and motorhomes and these are permitted to free camp in some areas.

If the vehicle that you have rented is not self-contained then we strongly advise staying in campsites.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has many campsites in spectacular locations within National Parks that are cheap to stay at. Book early HERE

There are plenty of wide open spaces to free-camp overnight. Leave no trace and everybody will be happy. You mustbe in a self-contained camper to free-camp in New Zealand.

Here is a really useful link that explains all about free-camping: Free Camping In New Zealand Guide for Campervans and Motorhomes.

These New Zealand Towns Have Campervan Rental Depots:

  • Blenheim

    Top of the South Island.

  • Dunedin

    South of the South Island.

  • Greymouth

    West Coast of the South Island (at the end of the Trans-Alpine train journey.

  • Hamilton

    Middle of the North Island.

  • Hamilton Airport (HLZ)

    Middle of the North Island.

  • Nelson

    Top of the South Island

  • Nelson Airport (NSN)

    Top of the South Island

  • Picton

    Top of the South Island. Ferry operates between the South and North Island. Arrives into Wellington at the south of the North Island.

  • Rotorua

    Middle of the North Island.

  • Taupo

    Middle of the North Island.

  • Tauranga

    East Coast, North Island.

  • Tauranga Airport (TRG)

  • Thames

    East Coast, North Island.

  • Wellington

    South of the North Island. Ferry to Picton in the South Island.

  • Wellington Airport (WLG)

    South of the North Island. Capital of New Zealand.

  • Whitianga

    East Coast,Coromandel, North Island.

How long should you stay in New Zealand?

To see the highlights at a reasonable pace and travel from the south of the South Island to the north of the North island we recommend 4 to 5 weeks.

Here is a handy distance calculator to help you plan your trip. Trip Planner and Distance Calculator.

How Do I decide which campervan or motorhome to hire in New Zealand?

Firstly, the campervan or motorhome or has to big enough for all of you.

If there is only two of you travelling together and you don't mind sharing the same bed and you are on a very tight budget then you can rent any of the campervans or motorhomes on our website. That is any of the 150 that we list!

That would be fine if the budget is limitless.

If you are on a tight budget then take the following steps:

  1. Click on the picture at the top of the page that says "Sleeps 2"

  2. The vehicle that is listed first will have the cheapest daily rate.

  3. Click on the Book Now button. This doesn't immediately book the camper but it does allow you to see the additional optional extras.

  4. All Campervans and motorhomes are covered by insurance against damage. All renters are covered by this insurance. You have to check the amount that you will be liable for in case of any damage. This is shown as the "insurance excess"

  5. Older, smaller campers have a smaller insurance excess. Large new or nearly new motorhomes have an insurance exess of up to NZ$7500.00.

    When the vehicle is collected from the depot, a security deposit will be taken from the main renter's credit card that is the amount of the insurance excess. Most companies freeze this amount on the credit card. So your credit card has to have the limit in excess of the security deposit amount.

    There are options offered when booking the camper to reduce the insurance excess to nil. These are listed where available.

    If no additional insurance is taken then the full amount of the insurance excess will be put onto the main hirer's credit card.

    Click on "Select" and add your dates of travel and preferred pick up and drop off times.

    You will then see a list of optional extras. Choose the ones that you want to add. You can add any of these at a later date.

    Click on "Go To Next Step". This will take you to a page with a summary of all the costs relating to the rental of the camper. If you would like to book the campervan or motorhome to hire, enter your payment details and all the other fields required.

    What happens next?

    The booking request is sent to the campervan or motorhome reservation office who check availability. If the campervan is available, the payment is processed and you will be sent a confirmation of booking. Payment is processed at this point.

    If the vehicle is not available, no payment is processed.

    If the camper isn't available you will be sent an email explaining that the camper you have selected is not available.

    We will contact all the other campervan and motorhome rental suppliers to ask if they have a similar camper to the one you requested and then we will send you a list of the closest alternatives for the same dates or similar dates.

    These may be cheaper or more expensive, or you will given both choices.

    We would recommend travelling from Christchurch to Auckland ie South to North, to take advantage of discounts to travel in this direction.

    In the rare case that no other campervans or motorhomes are available for the dates that you wish to rent then we will send you vehicles that may be available closest to the dates that you have requested.

    If you accept any of the alternative campervans offered then reservations will book that camper van or motorhome and then process payment.

    No payment is processed until you accept the alternative campers. If you do not accept any of the alternative campers offered, no payment is ever processed.

New Zealand is on everybody's bucket list. And if you need to tick off hiring a campervan or motorhome then there is no better way to explore this fantastic country.

The roads are quiet and there is so much to see. Take the kids to try out bungy jumping, rafting, zorbing, hiking, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, trout fishing, game fishing....and much, much more.

New Zealand is the place to get away from it all. If you live there...the rest of the world envies you! Hire a campervan and see why the tourists visit.

If it's glaciers, fjords, mountains, lakes, beaches, forests and rivers that you are looking for, then New Zealand has it all.

Two people can get lost for months at a time and have the adventure of a lifetime and Budgetcampervans has the full range of campers to take you on your journey. The summers are warm and beaches and surf beckon. Winters are snowy and the skiing and snowboarding is great.

New Zealand also has one of the widest ranges of campervan rental companies anywhere.

The choice of campers, motorhomes, sleeper cars, camping cars, rv's ranges from the smallest sleeper cars where up to four people can share up to large 6-berth motorhomes.

How to Rent a Cheap Campervan or Motorhome in New Zealand.

The rental rates listed on are from budget to luxury - low to high. If you are looking for a good deal then you will find these if you book really early or as far in advance as you can. There are late deals but only out of season.

Try reversing the direction of your hire if you are travelling between the North and South Island.

There are sometimes discounts if you travel from Chrstchurch to Auckland. If you need to help our friendly New Zealand staff operate the reservations office 24 hours a day, seven days a week so no matter where you are talk to us about renting a camper in New Zealand.

Try and allow at least four to five weeks if you want to see the main highlights in a camper. There are no motorways in the South Island and only a few in the North. All the roads are in good condition but you will need to allow more time if you are travelling in the mountains or through the Southern lakes.

The campsites are of a high standard and well placed. If its remote and beautiful places you seek then head into the National Parks. The Department of Conservation operates cheap and cheerful campsites in remote places. There is a good network of campsites throughout the whole of the North and South Islands catering for all budgets.

Free-camping is popular too for those self-contained campervans and motorhomes. "Leave no trace" is the motto. There are plenty of public dump stations and water is freely available at filling stations.

New Zealand is a beautiful safe and welcoming country. There is no hesitation in recommending it to all our customers.

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