Motorhome Rentals in New Zealand
Motorhome rental in Auckland
Motorhome rental in Christchurch
Motorhome rental in Queenstown
Motorhome rental in Wellington
General information about the world of motorhome rentals in New Zealand
New Zealand is a huge island state in the Pacific Ocean. The country, consisting of 16 provinces, is spread across two islands, the northern and the southern, between the Cook Strait and several small islands. The northern island is more settled, while the South Island is a tourist attraction, partly because of the southern Alps that cross it. The mountains are snowy in winter and many surfers arrive this season to the ski resorts of New Zealand. The coastline of New Zealand is long. A large part of its territory includes national parks, nature reserves and protected areas.
Planning a caravan trip in New Zealand
In order to enjoy the unique views and attractions of the continent you will not be able to take a trip of less than a month, and you should plan your trip in advance in order to make the most of your trip to the special and diverse sites of New Zealand.
Since the distances are large (the length of the route from the North Island to the South is about 4,000 km), a motorhome trip in New Zealand is very suitable for a planned route with a 'stay on the way'.
Bear in mind, in New Zealand everything is more expensive, including fuel, and the price anywhere can be changed. Try to get recommendations for places to shop.
Information centers are located in cities and you can get maps and information for hiking trails.
How to get to New Zealand
New Zealand has three international airports in the cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Tuorists usually arrive to New Zealand via Bangkok, Seoul and Singapore.
There are no direct flights from Israel to New Zealand and back.
You can arrive via Australia, but a temporary transit visa is required.
A stay of up to three months is not necessary as to stay.
Weather in New Zealand
The weather in New Zealand is rainy most of the year.
A recommended period for trips is between December and March.
The summer season in New Zealand, which runs from November to April, makes it possible to travel in northern New Zealand, but the weather can be unstable.
Ski season - May to October.
Driving in New Zealand (as in Australia) is on the left side of the road.
The passage between the northern and southern islands is by ferry.
New Zealand has few highways and toll roads.
Some of the roads are narrow and not maintained.
Fuel is relatively expensive, and prices are not necessarily the same at different stations.
Traveling with a motorhome in New Zealand
New Zealand is a great country that attracts travelers and backpackers.
Popular traffic is travel with rides or hitchhiking (joining the ride and paying the driver's share).
Public transportation is convenient and you can be reached many places.
It is possible to book a place by organized transportation, and it is possible to go down points along the way.
Why it is better to travel with a motorhome?
Traveling independently in New Zealand allows you to enjoy more of the scenery and collect personal experiences from the trip.
The cost of a trip in a rented car can be high (so that travelers in New Zealand buy cars for the duration of the trip).
Savings in hotel stays and accommodation along the way.
Which motorhome is better to rent?
Price is a topic to consider in New Zealand.
Compared to the Motorhome, the Camper is usually cheap, and Camper Van can use the services provided by the many campgrounds.
However, more expensive caravans are equipped with everything needed for self-management and are a kind of 'passenger house'.
The well-equipped motorhome provides all the options in one place, without having to pay for the camping services beyond the parking.
How to Plan a Trip with a motorhome
New Zealand provides a variety of hiking trails, it is recommended to plan the route in advance.
Plan your trip according to your priorities: Extreme route, trip with children, visits to nature sites, etc.
Most tourist sites have websites through which you can find out details or make reservations.
Make sure that the places you plan to stay in are actually working at the time of your stay.
It is recommended to plan an alternate route so as not to get stuck on long trips.
New Zealand itself has information centers in cities, which provide detailed information for travelers, including maps.
Bus companies allow travel routes for travelers. It is possible to combine a motorhome journey with guided tours and public transportation.
Take a power supply adapter (the sockets in New Zealand are different from those in Israel).
Get emergency numbers, including the numbers provided by the motorhome company.
Take proper clothing with you.
If you are traveling with children, plan a karavan route with excursions to attractions and interesting sites. New Zealand has plenty of places where children can take a walk and have fun.
Where do you travel in New Zealand?
The southern part of New Zealand is most popular for extreme enthusiasts, yet the northern island has attractions and nature reserves, and the area is a source of attraction for domestic tourism.
The main attractions are beaches, where you can dive, surf and enjoy. Unique to New Zealand are the viewing of whales, dolphins and seals, either on the island's own beaches or on a ferry cruise on nearby islands.
National parks are multi-dimensional and the landscape is varied, high mountains, lakes, picturesque villages.
New Zealand heritage sites have amazing museums and architectural structures.
Cities in New Zealand
Oakland - a vibrant northern city with an international airport and a large and international yacht center. The city itself is located on volcanoes.
Take a walk in Oakland (easy to navigate), watch the landscape from over 300 meters from Sky Tower, cross an 8-lane bridge connecting the city, and visit special sites such as museums, aquariums, botanical gardens.
The view of the city and its surroundings is amazing and unique, and worth visiting.
Rotorua - The northern city is located on the shore of Lake Rotorua.
It has seven geothermal centers, parks, and spas.
The city is a Maori's cultural center and has visit sites that combine the unique landscape with the history of the Maori.
The city of Rotorua has gardens, lakes, parks and forests.
A unique city, especially suitable for a family stay.
Wellington - the capital of New Zealand.
The city provides many attractions for travelers.
It has a large film industry with sites for visitors, museums and fascinating nature tours.
From Wellington, ferries leave for the South Island.
Christchurch - the largest city on the South Island and nearby is the main airport for passengers arriving in the southern part of New Zealand.
A well-kept British-style city with museums, a cable car, and a river that crosses it.
Queenstown - a southern resort town and an entertainment and extreme sports center such as free parachuting, bungee jumping and cruises and various hiking trails.
Wannaka - a picturesque town in the south that is a center of attraction for extreme sports enthusiasts.
The city has a giant puzzle maze which is a recreation for the whole family.
The town is located near Lake Wannaka and serves as a base for trips.
Sites on the North Island
Tongarero National Park - the first national park of New Zealand.
The park has active volcanoes, lakes, day walking trails and long paths of several days.
The park attracts travelers who engage in nature sports, in the summer backpackers and climbers visit, and in winter skiers.
Check weather conditions in advance.
Bay of Islands - in the northernmost part of New Zealand.
Domestic tourism area and water sports.
Dolphin activity can be observed.
Wyattum caves - between Auckland and Rotorua.
A giant underground labyrinth with stalactites and a unique natural phenomenon called 'glowing worms'.
Sites on the South Island
Mount Cook - the highest mountain in New Zealand. Announced by UNESCO as a national heritage site.
The country of the fjords - a national heritage site. Stunning views and trekking sites.
Accommodation and parking
New Zealand Camping nets, which offer varied parking services, for overnight stays in motorhomes, tents, or private cars. Some campgrounds also offer hostel services.
Camping is an opportunity for cemper van travelers to enjoy and enjoy running water, connect to electricity and charge the devices (some services are paid).
Not recommended for accommodation in unauthorized places - heavy penalties are imposed.
What to know about RV rental in New Zealand
It is very recommended to book a caravan even before the trip.
In most cases, there is no need for a special driver's license. An Israeli license is sufficient, but an English translation is required. Make sure if you are required for senior years of driving and renting a trailer.
Check the motorhome before you sign it, make sure that it is in compliance with the requirements of the contract.
Not all motorhome models are suitable for traveling with babies. Be sure before hiring the motorhome.
Lower priced motorhomes are usually with only basic equipment. The motorhome companies usually provide additional equipment for payment.
Check the terms of the contract, according to the terms of payment (daily basis, mileage, etc.)
Check the location of the collection station to return the motorhome, and whether it can be returned to another station.
It is not recommended to return the motorhome after the scheduled time. There are fines.
Please note that rental companies can restrict travel routes according to their considerations.
You can plan a New Zealand motorhome trip to nearby islands via ferries, but it is recommended to check in advance if the condition of the ferry company allows the transfer of the vehicle.
The content is a recommendation only and its purpose is not to serve as a substitute for advice.