Thousands of local and international tourists go camping in New Zealand every year. Before you explore the magnificent beauty of this country and its natural and cultural attractions, you need to hire a recreational vehicle for your holiday. Here is some practical information and advice which will make campervan rental in New Zealand a breeze.
Starting Points and Itineraries
Most depots for campervan rental in New Zealand are in Auckland and Christchurch. There are a few places in other places such as Wellington and Queenstown, but they are generally less popular with international tourists. This is because most arrive in the country in the two largest cities. Renting a motorhome from either one of the two major cities gives you another benefit – you will be able to explore the whole country along its length.
The large depots give you the opportunity to have a one-way trip as well as a return trip. If you start off in Auckland, your itinerary should cover the all major attractions on the North Island. These include Bay of Islands, which is steaming with marine wildlife, and the Coromandel Peninsular, which is famous for its Hot Water Beach. You should visit the Tongariro National Park with its magnificent peaks, and Lake Taupo region, which is famous for its picturesque shores and excellently preserved cultural traditions.
If you start your trip from Christchurch, you should not miss to visit the major attractions on the South Island. These include the Abel Tasman and Fiordland National Parks which are home to many plant and animal species, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, which is among the best destinations for adventure sports in the world, and the breathtaking Franz Joseph Glacier.
In order to rent a motorhome in New Zealand, you need to have a valid driver's license from your home country. You need a general driver's license and not a special one. If your driver's license is not in English, you will need to obtain formal translation from an approved translator. Alternately, you can get an International Driver's License.
Insurance is not mandatory, but if you get no coverage or less than the full coverage, you will have to buy a bond. Here, it makes sense to get insurance. It is available from the companies offering campervan rental in New Zealand and directly from insurance companies.
You can select from motorhome models with different layouts. The smallest ones are for 2 people while the largest ones can accommodate up to 6 people. Virtually all motorhome have a toilet. Most have a shower facility as well. Typically, the depot provides full kitchen equipment plus utensils and crockery, bedding and linen. You will get the vehicle with a full tank and you are expected to return it that way.
Finally, you should know that the process for campervan rental in New Zealand is quite simple. You can make a booking online or over the phone and place a deposit. Then you have to make the reminder of the payment within the set period.