Renting a motorhome in New Zealand
Motorhome Rental New Zealand – Advice and Tips
Renting a motorhome and travelling around New Zealand is a popular and relaxing way of seeing the country.
Driving a campervan / RV /motorhome in New Zealand is not difficult but it helps to learn a few things before you arrive jet-lagged. Did you know overseas drivers are twice as likely to be ‘at-fault’ in an injury or fatal accident in New Zealand? TuraGuides produce an on-line interactive fun driver guide for campervan drivers in New Zealand.
Motorhomes in New Zealand are available with either automatic or manual transmission, with diesel or petrol engines. They will accommodate 2-6 people, and are a great way to travel New Zealand. Some models are as small as a car, while other are fully loaded with a full sized fridge, shower and toilet.
The minimum rental period is generally 5 days. In high season (especially over Christmas/New Year) the minimum is general 10 days.
A normal driver’s licence is sufficient, provided it is accepted within New Zealand. A heavy-duty licence is not required. The minimum driver’s age is normally 25, but some companies specialise in renting to younger travellers.
Rental Depots – The major locations for Rental Depots are Auckland and Christchurch, often near the airports. Some companies also have depots in Wellington, Coromandel Peninsula, Picton, Queenstown and Nelson. One way trips are general permitted (e.g. pick up in Auckland and drop-off in Christchurch), however a fee may apply.
Most of the suppliers have depots near the airports and will pick you up. If arriving by car, cars can normally be left at the depot. Before taking the motorhome, you will be given a half hour instruction / introduction so that you know how everything works. Motorhome rental New Zealand
The fuel tank should be full and the toilet should be empty. The vehicle must be returned in this state otherwise extra charges will be levied.
If travelling between the North and South Island, you will need to book the three hour Cook Strait ferry trip. The ferries charge per vehicle, plus a fee for each passenger. The ferries are set up to keep you entertained with plenty of shops, cafes, and even a movie theatre! Check with your motorhome rental company, as they may have a partnership with a ferry company to get a better rate.
Motorhome Equipment – Most motorhomes will include stove, fridge, sink and bedding (often sleeping bags). The stove is gas-powered while the fridge normally has a battery/mains option. The motorhome has an outside power lead to plug into the mains in camping grounds. In this mode, everything (except the stove) will be mains powered. Hot water is mains/gas heated. Some motorhomes also include a shower and/or toilet.
Motorhome Insurance – If not using full coverage, a bond will be required. This is generally equal to the excess on the insurance option chosen. The standard insurance excess is around $2500 (The standard full coverage insurance costs around $15-35 per day). The bond is fully refundable if the vehicle has not been involved in an accident / break-in and is returned in a clean and undamaged condition.
IMPORTANT – You are advised to check your credit card company’s insurance or to include the bond on your travel insurance. Many travel insurance companies cover rental vehicle bond but motorhomes are often excluded. Good Travel Insurance company to include motorhomes is Comprehensive
Driving Guide New Zealand
Modern, luxury motorhomes & campervans for hire from 2 to 8 berth models. Our New Zealand based company will find the best deals and the cheapest prices for your rental motorhome. If there’s a great motorhome bargain anywhere we`ll find it for you. Trusted by 100,000+ customers.
Book direct or get a quote for your New Zealand rental motorhome holiday here and save!
Our easy to use search engine compares rental motorhome prices from national and international RV suppliers and finds the best deals for you. There are No Hidden Charges within any of our quotations.