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The Best Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand

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Which Campervan Rental Company to Choose for a New Zealand Road Trip?

New Zealand is the ultimate road tripping, camper vanning country with so much to see on the road and so many stunning campsites and freedom camping areas to sleep under the stars. One of the most important decisions you will make will be choosing a campervan rental company. This campervan is not only going to be the way you get around New Zealand, but it’s going to be your home too so you better like it! To help you with your New Zealand campervan comparison, we have put together a list of the best campervan rental companies in New Zealand. You’ll be surprised that there’s a lot of campervan rental companies out there offering all kinds of experiences.

We have included a wide range of campervan rental companies in New Zealand in this list from small budget campercar rental companies to the large luxury motorhomes. And don’t forget to check out our Travel by Campervan in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide so you know what to expect.

5 Things to look at when comparing campervan rental companies in New Zealand

  • Location: Look at your itinerary and where you want to start and end your trip in New Zealand. With that, you need to find a campervan rental company that has a depot in locations that are convenient for you. Also check if there are any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location, such as picking up from an airport branch. Finally, if you are ending your trip in a different location to the pick-up location, then compare the one-way fees that are likely to be incurred.
  • Prices and inclusions: The price of campervan rental changes largely depending on season. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a campervan usually is. Plus, when comparing prices, compare what’s included in that price to understand the true value of the campervan rental. We have added the inclusions in the comparison below. Additionally, be aware that not all insurance policies are the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.
  • Vehicles offered: Most campervan rental companies in New Zealand will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems, so keep vehicle age in mind. Of course, the size of the campervan will be incredibly important for the level of comfort you want to have. What’s more, decide whether a self-contained campervan is important to you or not. In order to freedom camp in New Zealand, you need a vehicle that is certified self-contained. For more information on the different types of campervans in New Zealand, head on over to this page.
  • Service: Once you have picked a few campervan rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
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Wanderlust Campers

Wanderlust Campers

Hit the road in a compact yet comfortable camper that’s small enough to be easy to drive and affordable enough to stick to your budget. If you’re plan is to discover campsites around New Zealand then Wanderlust Campers is a great option as they are not self-contained vehicles. Plus, the free GPS hire is welcome!

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location: Christchurch Airport.

Campervan types available

Toyota Estima sleeping 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 15-17 years old

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge
  • Sink
  • Kitchenware
  • Pillows and sheets
  • GPS hire
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$3500 excess and $3500 bond or insurance add-on for NZ$-$35 per day with $500 excess and bond to pay.

Mad Campers

Mad Campers

Hit the road in these small, yet comfortable to drive, campervans built for freedom. All vans with Mad Campers are certified self-contained meaning you can legally freedom camp where permitted.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers available in Auckland however, outside of the office hours may incur a transfer charge. Christchurch transfers are subject to availability.

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location: Auckland and Christchurch

Campervan types available

Nissan Vanette sleeping up to 2 people and certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Up to 3 drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, fridge and sink
  • Portable toilet
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Safe box
  • Fuel discount card
  • Discounts of activities
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$5000 excess and $2500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$35 per day with less excess and bond to pay. (Daily rates are determined by driver’s age).

Piwiwiwi

Piwiwiwi Campervans

Based in Christchurch, Piwiwiwi Campervans are a small campervan rental company with a huge offering with lots of inclusions and personal service. There’s no huge branding on the vans, making it less likely a target for thieves. Plus, storage for surf boards and bike racks are available. However, Piwiwiwi are not open year-round, but they are typically open September to the end of May.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for Christchurch Airport and city centre

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location: Christchurch

Campervan types available

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to three people.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Up to 3 drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, fridge and sink
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs
  • Towels
  • Surfer-friendly kit
  • Safe box
  • First Aid Kit
  • Guide books and maps
  • Access to free box of food and consumables left by previous hirers
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$2500 excess and $2500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$25-$30 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

The Pod

The Pod Campervan Rentals

This super affordable campervan rental company in New Zealand allows you to travel New Zealand on a budget. It’s a great option if you are planning on dropping off the vehicle in a different location to the pick-up location, as The Pod Campervan Rentals does not charge one-way fees! Note that although The Pod campervans come with a portable toilet, they are not certified self-contained, meaning you will need to stay in designated camping sites and holiday parks rather than freedom camp (which means to park up and camp anywhere).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for Christchurch Airport and city centre

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location: Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland.

Campervan types available

Nissan Vanette or Mazda Bongos campervan sleeping up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • No one way fees
  • Gas stove and sink
  • Cooler box
  • Fan heater
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs and table
  • Log book
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$3000 excess and $500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$20 per day with less excess.

Kiwi Motorhomes

Kiwi Motorhomes

Kiwi Motorhomes has a mid-price range with a whole lot of inclusions. Just ask and it’s likely they will be able to include it with your motorhome hire. Note that there is a minimum hire time of 7 days.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and accommodation available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Campervan types available

A range of certified and full-self-contained motorhomes from VW, Mercedes and Ford vehicles sleeping up to 6 people.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 15 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • No Road User Charges (diesel tax)
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Bike Rack
  • Solar Panels
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Satellite TV, DVDs and books
  • GPS
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player and TV
  • Boogie boards available
Insurance

Standard insurance is included in the rental but excess costs are calculated on a case by case basis.

Affordable Motor Home Rentals

Affordable Motor Home Rentals

Just like the name suggests, Affordable Motor Home Rentals offers some very affordable vehicles to rent, from small camper cars to full-on motorhomes. What’s more, all of their vehicles are certified self-contained so you can freedom camp if you wish.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and accommodation available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Motorhome options by Ford sleeping up to 4to 6 people (certified self-contained), campervan options such as high top Toyota HiAce (certified self-contained), and campercars such as a Toyota Estima (Certified self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 3 to 18 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink (Campercars excludes some of these)
  • Toilet and shower (Motorhome only)
  • Portable toilet (Campervan and campercars only)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Iron and hair dryer available
  • DVD player and TV (Motorhome only)
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$1500 excess and  bond to pay for 1999/2003 series models or NZ$2500 excess and bond to pay for 2004/2010 series models. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$15-$25 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Jucy

Jucy Rentals

Jucy Rentals is car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand. Be aware that they do charge a “Premium location fee” for the Auckland Airport, however this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Toyota Estima campercar sleeping either 2 people or 4 with a top tent (not self-contained), High rise Toyota HiAce sleeps up to 4 people (self-contained), High rise Toyota HiAce (more premium option) sleeping 3 people and self-contained, and Fiat Ducato motorhomes sleeping either up to 4 or up to 5 people and fully self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 2 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink
  • Grill (motorhomes only)
  • Portable toilet (included in HiAce)
  • Shower and toilet (included in premium HiAce and motorhomes)
  • Heating (motorhomes only)
  • Kitcheware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

Travellers Autobarn

Travellers Autobarn

Travellers Autobarn is a great option for travelling in New Zealand while staying in holiday parks and campsites. It is an extra NZ$50 to hire a portable toilet and for your certified self-containment sticker to be valid to be able to freedom camp in New Zealand. Tip: rentals are usually cheaper when starting in Christchurch with Travellers Autobarn.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Campercar/station wagon Toyota Estima sleeping 2 people, and high top Toyota HiAce vans sleeping up to 3 people.

Vehicle age range: 3 to 12 years old.

Free Inclusions

Note that the living inclusions listed below are for Travellers Autobarn’s more premium campervan options. They may not all be included in the budget campervans.

  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Heater (for use when attached to campground power outlet)
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, microwave
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Maps
  • Child booster seat available
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond to pay. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$17.50-$27.50 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Euro Campers

Euro Campers (Budgy Campers and Heron)

Euro Campers really has a bit of everything, from budget campervans, campercars and motorhomes to luxurious motorhome models with all the fixings. They also include two other campervan rental brands in New Zealand, Budgy and Heron). Note that 18-year-old drivers can only hire the campercar and high top van options from Euro Campervans. You need to be over 21 to drive the motorhome-style vans. Find out more about rental age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Campercars Toyota Estima (budget and premium) sleeping 2 people, campervan Nissan sleeper van style sleeping 2 people, high top vans (budget and premium) sleeping 3 people, and a range of fully certified self-contained motorhomes (budget and premium) sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 20 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Range from gas cookers and cooler box in campercars to gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink in vans
  • Solar panels (on motorhomes)
  • Electric heaters
  • Toilet and shower (Portable toilet and solar shower in HiAce and campercar)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Maps
  • Fuel discount card
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player (in motorhomes)
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$250 excess of over 21-year-old drivers or NZ$2500 for 18-21 year old drivers.

Cruzy Campers

Cruzy Campers

Another great budget campervan option for a couple travelling New Zealand is with Cruzy Campers. They offer high-roof vans with a choice of petrol or diesel. Be away that while diesel price is cheaper than petrol in New Zealand, you will have to pay a Road User Charge, which is a diesel tax when driving a diesel vehicle in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for airport and nearby accommodation.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch

Campervan types available

High-roof campervan (Toyota HiAce) and sleeps up to 3 people which are certified self-contained. There is choice of petrol or diesel.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, fridge, sink
  • Electric toaster
  • Portable toilet
  • Shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Camping chairs and table
  • NZ mobile phone hire
  • Solar panel
Insurance

Free standard insurance. 25+ year old driver have NZ$1500 excess and NZ$1500 bond to pay. 21-24 year old drivers have NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. 18 to 20-year-old drivers have NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond.

Camperco

Camperco

If you’re looking to tour New Zealand at least 15 days for an affordable price, then consider Camperco. With no branding on their three campervan choices, this means you can blend in with the Kiwis and be less likely subject to break-ins (not that that happens often). Note that there is a minimum time of 15 days.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for airport and nearby accommodation.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Picton, Nelson and Queenstown

Campervan types available

Campercar Toyota Estima which sleeps up to 2 people, a high-roof campervan (Toyota HiAce) and sleeps up to 3 people, and a larger Ford Transit van sleeping up to 3 people. All of which are certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink
  • Microwave (Transit only)
  • Gas heater (Transit only)
  • Hot water (Transit only)
  • Toilet and shower or portable toilet
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Tents available
Insurance

Free standard insurance. 25+ year old driver have NZ$2000 excess. 21-25 year old drivers have NZ$2500 excess. 18 to 20 year old drivers have NZ$3000 excess. There are options to reduce the excess by paying NZ$25-$30 per day.

Kia Ora Campers

Kia Ora Campers

A more luxurious option for camping vehicle travel in New Zealand would be with a motorhome from Kia Ora Campers. They have a wide range of relatively new model motorhomes available. All motorhomes are fully self-contained with everything you need for road tripping around New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton, Picton and Invercargill.

Campervan types available

A range of motorhomes sleeping between 2 to 6 people, all of which are certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 12 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink
  • Solar panels
  • Heaters
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Baby seats available
  • BBQ with hires over 10 days
  • GPS
  • DVD/TV
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$2500 excess on 4-6 berth vehicles and NZ$1500 excess on 2 berth vehicle. Drivers under 25 years old will have a NZ$3500 excess. Windscreen excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$10-$30 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Campa South

Campa South rentals

Travel New Zealand with everything you need in a compact campervan with Campa South Rentals. The business mainly operates from Christchurch and the vehicle types are subject to what is available in your chosen pick-up location. The vans do not have any branding, so are safer from thieves (although, that’s not a huge issue in New Zealand, it can happen).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for airport and nearby accommodation.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Picton and Queenstown

Campervan types available

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to four people and Nissan Vanette which sleeps up to two people.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Fan heater (for use when attached to campground power outlet)
  • New Zealand mobile phone hire
  • Matches and torchlight
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, electric toaster, electric kettle
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs
  • Camping maps
Insurance

Free standard insurance. 25+ year old driver have NZ$750 excess and NZ$750 bond to pay.  21-25 year old drivers have NZ$1500 excess with NZ$1500 bond to pay. 18 to 20 year old drivers have NZ$2000 excess and $2500 bond to pay.

Wendekreisen Travel

Wendekreisen Travel

With no one-way fees and no RUC (diesel tax) charges, Wendekreisen Travel stands out among other motorhome rental companies in New Zealand. There’s opportunities to make huge savings while having a huge fleet of campervans and motorhomes to choose from.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch

Campervan types available

Cars with roof tents (not self-contained), a selection of high roof vans (VW T5, Mazda E, Toyota HiAce, etc.) sleeping up to 2 people, and a selection of motorhomes sleeping 2 to 6 people.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 14 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • No one-way fees
  • No diesel road user charge (RUC)
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink (some come with grills)
  • Electric toaster and kettle
  • Heaters
  • Toilet and shower (smaller vans have outdoor shower and portable toilet)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$1500 excess and NZ$1500 bond to pay for drivers over 25 years old or NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond to pay for drivers aged 21 to 24 years old. There is th option to upgrade for less excess at NZ$20 per day.

Travellers Autobarn

Escape Campervan Rentals

Escape Campervan Rentals are the budget branch of Travellers Autobarn with artistic-designed campers kitted out for budgeting backpackers. Note that these vehicles are not certified self-contained so be aware that you will not be able to freedom camp.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Toyota HiAce on Nissan vans sleeping up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 13 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Heater (for use when attached to campground power outlet)
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Maps
  • Child booster seat available
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond to pay. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$17.50-$27.50 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Britz

Britz

A more premium brand with a premium price is Britz. Their constantly updated fleet of new model campervans and motorhomes means you are less likely to breakdown due to vehicle age. Be aware of their costly bonds you will need to pay before hiring.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown

Campervan types available

A wide range from high top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes all certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 3 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and sink (grill may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Toilet and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels and bathmat
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tablet with GPS
  • DVD/TV
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess for campervans and NZ$5000 bond to pay or NZ$7500 excess for motorhomes and $7500 bond to pay. Drivers under 25 years old will have a NZ$3500 excess. Windscreen excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$10-$30 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Mode

Mode Campervan Rentals

Mode offers some competitive rates with a good range of backpacker vehicles. However, be aware that although Mode offers a pre-paid toll road option for NZ$35 it’s highly unlikely that you will need it it. There are only three toll roads in New Zealand usually costing around NZ$2 each time you use it. What’s more, they are easily avoided. For more information, check out Toll Roads in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs between airports, depot and accommodation in the airport area.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland and Christchurch

Vehicles available

Toyota Estima or Nissan Serena sleeping up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove
  • Cooler box
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Kitchenware
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Tent (included in Nissan Serena)
  • Maps and guide books
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$3000 excess and NZ$3000 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$21 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Tui

Tui Sleepervans

Tui Sleepervans provide a super budget option for backpackers travelling New Zealand. There’s a self-contained and non-self-contained option for their 2-person vehicles. There is a minimum hire period of 5 days or 14 days during peak season.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch (Wellington, Picton, Greymouth, Dunedin, Queenstown and Nelson also available at a NZ$650 charge)

Campervan types available

Toyota Voxy sleeping up to 2 people and certified self-contained or a Toyota Liteace/Noah sleeping up to 2 people (not self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 9 to 18 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, 12v cooler box
  • Portable toilet (only with Nissan Voxy)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Awning
  • Campgrounds guide
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$1,500 excess (NZ$2,400 for drivers aged under 25 years) and same price bond to pay for the Toyota Liteace/Noah. Or NZ$2,000 excess (NZ$2,900 for drivers aged under 25 years) and same price bond to pay for the Toyota Voxy.

Hugo Rentals

Hugo Rentals

For the cheapest of the cheap, try Hugo Rentals? With rentals between NZ$21 to $69 per day, Hugo Campervans offers the no-frills experience. There might not be many inclusions but even by hiring a few extras from Hugo, you still could be making a saving. Remember to include them in your comparison if travelling New Zealand on the cheap.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers available during office hours.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Toyota HiAce sleeps 2 – 3 people (not self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 14 to 20 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Sink and water tank
  • Bedding (no linen)
  • Maps, campground guides and guidebooks
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4,000 excess and  $3,000 bond to pay. Or there are options to reduce the excess and pay no bond for NZ$22.50 – $35 per day. Upgrade rates depend on driver’s age.

Road Runner Rentals

Road Runner Rentals

With a selection of backpacker campervans to fully self-contained motorhomes, Road Runner Rentals has a great fleet of vehicles to choose from. While 18+ drivers can hire the smaller vans, you need to be 21 and over to hire motorhomes.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Nissan campervan sleeping up to 2 people (not self-contained), high-rise Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 4 people (self-contained), or a range of Mercedes Sprinter or Ford Transit motorhomes ranging from 2-berth to 6-berth, all self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 4 to 14 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove fridge and sink
  • Microwave (HiAce and motorhomes only)
  • Toilet and shower (motorhomes only)
  • Portable toilet (campervans only)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4000 excess for motorhomes and NZ$2000 excess for campervans (this is NZ$3000 for 18-21 year old drivers and NZ$2500 for 21 – 25 year old drivers). Excess can be reduced for NZ$15-$25 per day. A bond is payable for motorhome rental.

Mighty

Mighty Campervans

Think “Britz” (see above) but with slightly older model campervans and motorhomes. Mighty Campervans is another premium motorhome rental brand in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown

Campervan types available

A wide range from high top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes all certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 4 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and sink (grill may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Toilet and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess for campervans and NZ$5000 bond to pay or NZ$7500 excess for motorhomes and $7500 bond to pay. Drivers under 25 years old will have a NZ$3500 excess. Windscreen excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$10-$30 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers

If you want to roam New Zealand in a cheap campervan with obscene profanities spray-painted on the side, then Wicked Camper will provide. Note that Wicked Campers are not self-contained so you will not be able to freedom camp in these vehicles. Also note that there is a minimum hire period between 5-14 days depending on the season you rent. During peak season (summer in New Zealand) there will be a short hire fee if hiring under 14 days. And a “remote location” fee is applied if picking up from Wellington or Queenstown. Also a NZ$20 toll road levy to pay if picking up from Auckland…

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.

Campervan types available

Toyota car with roof tent sleeping up to 3 people, Toyota Estima sleeping up to 2 people, Nissan Vanette/Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 3 people, premium Toyota people-carriers converted into campercars to fit 2-3 people, and Toyota HiAce/Nissan Vanettes with a rooftop tent sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 15 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box
  • Kitchenware
  • Mattress (no linen)
Insurance

Insurance is mandatory but not included in the daily rate of the rental. Wicked Campers gives you two options: Pay NZ$100 fixed price for NZ$5000 excess and NZ$3000 bond to pay, or pay NZ$25 per day for NZ$3000 bond and NZ$3000 excess.

Chilli Rentals

Chilli Rentals

That budget campervan rental company you’ve never heard of, Chilli Rentals has a lot to offer budget backpackers and travellers hitting the road in New Zealand. They have a few handy free inclusions that are available on request, plus, their colourful interiors will keep you smiling around New Zealand. Note that there is a NZ$150 booking fee.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers available to Auckland Airport.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland.

Campervan types available

Honda Odyssey sleeping up to 2 people, Toyota Previa sleeping up to 2 people, Ford Mondea or Nissan Note with rooftop tent sleeping up to 5 people, Nisan Vanette/Caravan sleeping up to 3 people and self-contained, and Ford Transit (large van) sleeping up to 3 people and self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 18 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box or fridge
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Candles, insect repellent (on request)
  • Torchlight and batteries
  • Camping tables and chairs
  • 3-man tent (on request)
  • GPS (on request)
  • Fuel discount card
  • First aid kit (high-vis vest and other safety equipment)
Insurance

Insurance is included in the rental with a NZ$3000 bond to pay and NZ$3000 excess. There are options to reduce the excess and bond to pay for NZ$20-$25 per day.

Hippie Campers

Hippie Campers

Another budget campervan option to consider is Hippie Campers, part of the Apollo campervan brand. The campervans have all the basic essentials, however they are not self-contained so you will need to stay in campsites and holiday parks, rather than freedom camp.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch

Campervan types available

Mitsubishi Express L300 van sleeping up to 2 people or high roof Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 3 people.

Vehicle age range: 3 to 17 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, fridge
  • Microwave (HiAce only)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Safe
Insurance

Insurance is included in the rental with a NZ$5000 bond to pay and NZ$3000 excess. There are options to reduce the excess and bond to pay for NZ$27-$44 per day.

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