Campervan Rentals New Zealand

If you are looking for budget campervans, the smaller types, makes, and models of campervans, and choosing motor home rentals outside of the main holiday season are going to provide the cheapest hire rates.

Hiring campervans means you can go anywhere, stop at any beautiful location, and not have to pay for hotels. When you choose to take a holiday in a campervan rental you are travelling in your accommodation!

The only additional cost is where you pay to stay overnight on a camp ground. The price you pay for a pitch at a camping and caravan site is minimal in comparison to the facilities, services, and safety factors that are provided. Also, you often get opportunities meet new people and make new friends at camp sites in NZ.

Painted Campervan Parked at Craters of the Moon, Taupo, North Island, New Zealand
Painted Campervan Parked at Craters of the Moon, Taupo, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Choosing a Campervan Hire Company

There are a wide variety of companies for campervan rentals in New Zealand, that offer so many different hire options, it can be very difficult to decide which one to choose.

The different types of camper van hire companies to choose from are basically either large and international, or smaller national companies.

See my list of 10 Tips for renting campervans in New Zealand

The national New Zealand businesses do sometimes also hire campervans in Australia as well.

Large Companies

The biggest campervan rentals are international companies such as Avis, Hertz, Britz... some of the other large hire companies examples are Apollo, Maui, KEA, and Wicked Campers.

2 Berth Campervan at Blue Lake Campsite, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 Berth Campervan at Blue Lake Campsite, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

An advantage of the larger hire and rental companies are that; they generally get new vehicles regularly and the older ones are rotated out of their fleet and they are more likely to be represented across the country with depots and agents, and you can often get one way hire.

One way hire is where you pick up the camper van in one town and drop it off in another so you don't have to do a return journey or round trip.

Be aware that there can be a charge for dropping off at a different location to the pick up depot or collection location.

Smaller Camper Companies

You may want to use a company that is a totally New Zealand business in all aspects.

Small companies often provide the advantage of lower and budget priced rental vehicles and a more personalised service.

Also ask for one way hire if you want to pick up in one town and drop off in another. Just because they are a smaller company it does not mean that they will not be able to provide this service too.

Alternatively, you could go for campervans that target a particular type of traveller... such as backpackers and couples that are not looking for a big van.

Smaller campervans also use less fuel and the insurance cost is likely to be lower!

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