Campervans in New Zealand

  • Campervan, New Zealand

Why travel by campervan in New Zealand?

Britz Voyager campervan
Driving distances in New Zealand are comfortable so it's easy to visit lots of places with your campervan. That said, if you want to see both islands, don’t under estimate the journey - we recommend at least 4 weeks to do both islands justice.

When it comes to places to sleep, there are plenty of public campsites with great amenities, but in peak season (December to February), we recommend booking ahead to guarantee a spot. New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DoC) offers some campsites (some paid, some free) with varying facilities and these are set in great locations and well-maintained, but tend to be more basic.

If you’re thinking about a campervan trip, read our top tips for campervan hire in New Zealand for some first-hand advice. If you're after road trip ideas, check out these 5 Unspoilt New Zealand road trips, or see our blog on how to travel around New Zealand.

Where Travel Nation can help and how to book

Don’t worry if you have no idea about what gadgets each van is fitted with and where you can and can’t ‘free camp’ in New Zealand – that’s where we have experience. Our consultants have travelled all over New Zealand so they’ll help you plan the perfect route and suggest places to stay along the way.

We work with all the leading campervan hire companies in New Zealand, which means we can offer some of the best vehicles and rental rates, which we will check across the board before you book. Booking in advance protects your money, guarantees your chosen vehicle will be available and gives you a consultant who can deal with any questions or concerns.

Simply contact us for advice on the best model to suit you or request a quote by email. Demand for campervans in New Zealand peaks in December, January and February so we recommend booking well in advance for travel in these months.

What should you think about?

Here are a few things so think about before hiring your campervan in New Zealand:

  • Are you traveling on a shoestring and just need a basic model?
  • Do you need an on-board toilet/shower?
  • Do you want a new model, or would an older/higher mileage vehicle suit?
  • How much comfort/luxury do you need? (We have luxury models and you can break your journey with hotels/lodges too)
  • Would you prefer to pay more but reduce the insurance excess to zero?
  • Are you travelling with children?
  • Would you prefer a larger berth van with more space inside?
  • What bed configuration do you need in terms of doubles/singles/bunks?