We knew we wanted to campervan around New Zealand. We therefore had to figure out which rental company to use for our family of 4 to explore the North Island and South Island for 32 days. The interesting part was that we knew absolutely nothing about campervans or travelling this way across a country, likewise campervan hire in NZ. We didn’t know the terminology with campervans and of course being Canadian we would have to drive on the opposite side of the road! So after many YouTube videos, reading reviews, and asking many other travellers we decided on going with a Maui Campervan, New Zealand.
We spent five incredible weeks travelling New Zealand in a rented self-contained Volkswagen Transporter from Kiwi Campers and Happy Campers NZ. It was an unforgettable experience and we often joke that New Zealand has ruined the rest of the world for us. We were really happy with the VW Transporter although we had some issues with Happy Campers Auckland which we’ll discuss below.
The perfect way to get around and see the island of the long white cloud’s best attractions is by motorhome or campervan hire. New Zealand is an incredible country to road trip when renting a motorhome or campervan. You will have the freedom and flexibility to see spectacular sights you might not otherwise see if you travelled by bus or train. But before you head off to live life on the road, you need to know the basics about hiring a campervan or motorhome in New Zealand. Don’t worry, we have you covered as road tripping is one of our favourite luxury travel hacks!
Firstly it was summer when we travelled around New Zealand but never fear snow still does get a mention. Skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating on the other hand, DON’T! It’s not that we didn’t want to because jumping off something super tall with only a rope around my ankles sounds super thrilling, right? Well for us time and money were our enemies and without even meaning to we went to New Zealand without doing anything extreme. As this post will show it can be done and in fact if you are travelling on a budget I would recommend it.