An adventure awaits you, with the ability to free-camp or stay in one of the many Kiwi holiday parks as you travel through the countryside. Free camping allows you to have Nature at your doorstep, wake up to sweeping views of beautiful vineyards, gracious mirror like lakes or beach sides. Holiday parks provide amazing facilities and the camper community atmosphere enabling access to local knowledge from others travelling around the area.
With 9 brands and in excess of 50 vehicle types to choose from, we can help recommend the best size and type of vehicle for you and your travelling companions, suggest the must-see places to include and the best time to visit.
Basically there is no difference, they are the same thing and the vehicle companies all use the terms interchangeably.
To hire a motorhome drivers must be over the age of 21 and hold an open/full car license.
NZ widely allows free camping (i.e.: stopping by the roadside for the night). Sign posts will be visible in locations where free camping is not allowed.
Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Motorhomes are at their most expensive during the NZ Summer months (Nov to March) and are very heavily booked at that time! Booking early is essential, especially for the larger 4 and 6 berth vehicles.
Winter on the other hand (May to Sept), is a very economical time to visit and when staying on powered sites, the vans are still surprisingly warm.
One other key thing to get your head around with motorhomes and campers is insurance! Excesses are often around NZ$7500 and beyond the cover of standard travel insurance. The fine print is super important to understand and depending on your budget, an All Inclusive rate with zero excess might be what you are after.
For those who prefer a bit of direction, check out these great roads to include in your motorhoming experience. The Southern Scenic route at the bottom of the South Island connects Dunedin with Queenstown and is guaranteed to provide you with stunning vistas throughout. In the North Island, the Pacific Coast Highway links Auckland to many of NZ locals favourite holiday playgrounds including the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Napier in Hawkes Bay. The Volcanic Loop is a unique journey south from Taupo circling the mysterious and stunning Tongariro National park, and is home to mighty Mt Ruapehu. Finally consider including the Thermal Explorer Highway, Linking Napier to Auckland and taking in the heart of the north with locations like Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo and Hamilton, it offers a crazy diversity of experiences to add to your memories.