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The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand

THL Mark Clinton

Family-friendly campervan hire in New Zealand.

There’s a lot of variety and excitement that comes along with road tripping in a campervan! Campervan holidays in New Zealand are fun for all the family, but choosing the right rental vehicle is essential to everyone’s happiness on a family vacation. With that in mind, we’ve picked some of the best family campervan rentals in New Zealand suitable for all budgets and needs. Check out the list below for a full family motorhome hire company comparison.

However, if you’re trying to stick to budget, take a look at The Best Budget RV Rentals in New Zealand for more budget options. Or if you want to really treat yourself and your family to the holiday of a lifetime, see more family-friendly options in The Best Premium Campervan Rentals in New Zealand.

What you need to know about family campervan rentals in New Zealand

  • Baby seats, child booster and sometimes even travel cots are available to hire from the campervan rental company, so be sure to ask if needed.
  • Really consider the layout of the motorhomes you are looking to rent. Some motorhomes come with separate twin beds or pulling curtains for a bit of privacy for your children.
  • Season effects the daily rate of campervan rentals with summer being the most expensive time to rent and winter being the cheapest.
  • All the campervan companies listed below have certified self-contained vehicles meaning you can freedom camp for free where permitted. However, we recommend staying in holiday parks at least a few times when travelling with children so they can make use of playgrounds and other facilities for children that New Zealand holiday parks are known for (bouncy pillows are heaps of fun)!
  • Be aware of the extra fees such as one-way fees for dropping off the vehicle is a different place to the pick-up location. For more information, check out How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in New Zealand?
  • Most family campervans, like motorhomes, in New Zealand are diesel which your rental company is likely to incur a diesel tax charge (RUC) to your rental price.

For more things to be aware of when renting a family campervan in New Zealand, head on over to 10 Things You Need to Know About Camper Van Rental in New Zealand.

Sunrise Holidays

Kiwi Motorhomes

Kiwi Motorhomes

If you’re looking for a great value-for-money family vacation, then consider Kiwi Motorhomes. They have a generous offering of inclusions that are sure to keep the kids entertained, from a DVD player for those evenings in the campgrounds to boogie boards available to borrow for free! The motorhome rental company is affordable in comparison to other motorhome rentals, so it’s worth giving a shot if you are on a budget. Note that Kiwi Motorhomes has a minimum hire period of seven 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.

Britz

Britz

With a constantly updated fleet of motorhomes and smaller campervans, Britz is the motorhome rental company to go for if you are looking for reliable vehicles. Enjoy peace of mind on your family holiday in a modern campervan with all the fixings to make your holiday your own!

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.

Heron Campers

Heron Campers

This premium brand from Euro Campers takes care of all the added extras that come with campervan hire and throws it is an inclusion. Think: included one-way hire, RUC (diesel) tax, fuel discount cards, WiFi modem and more! They are definitely worth considering when looking for a family campervan rental that will relieve the stress of thinking about “all the extras”. Note that you need to be over 21 to drive the Heron Campervans. 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

A range of fully certified self-contained vans and motorhomes sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 12 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • RUC charges (diesel tax)
  • One-way fee
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge, BBQ and sink
  • Solar panels
  • Electric heaters
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Maps
  • Fuel discount card
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player
  • GPS
  • WiFi internet modem
  • New Zealand phone rental
Insurance

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

Affordable Car & Motor Home Rentals

Affordable Motor Home Rentals

Just like it says on the tin: Affordable Motor Home Rentals are your more budget-friendly option when looking for family campervan rentals in New Zealand. The slightly older vehicles in their fleet account for the cheaper price. Although they hire 2 berth campervans (sleeps 2 people), we recommend their motorhomes for family vacations.

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 either 4-berth or 6-berth.

Vehicle age range: 10 – 11 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 hairdryer 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.

Sunrise Holidays

Sunrise Holidays

This small family rental company knows what families are looking for when embarking on a New Zealand campervan road trip. Choose from three types of modern luxury motorhomes that are no more than two years old. Plus, the layout of the campervans has been designed with children in mind, incorporating space, safety and comfort. Head to Sunrise Holidays for more information.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Auckland Pick-up Location: Auckland Airport.

Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch Airport.

Campervan types available

A range of certified self-contained motorhomes from Tribute 669 (sleeping 2-3 people), T-Line 590 (sleeping 4 people), and Tribute 720 (sleeping 2-6 people).

Vehicle age range: 0 to 2 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Solar Panels
  • Duel gas and electric heating
  • Gas stove, oven, fridge and sink
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Satellite TV, DVDs and books
  • GPS
Insurance

Insurance is included in the rental with an NZ$5000 bond to pay and NZ$5000 excess. There are options to reduce the excess to pay for NZ$29-$49 per day.

Wendekreisen

Wendekreisen Travel

If you’re looking for good prices and flexibility on your holiday, Wendekreisen Travel is spot on! By eliminating the one-way fee, you don’t have to pay and extra couple of hundred dollars to start and end your trip in different cities! Plus the RUC (diesel) tax is covered, meaning there’s no nasty bill at the end of your trip. Wenekreisen have a wide range of campervans and motorhomes in their fleet, so you’re bound to find something that suits your family.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

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

Motorhomes available

2-berth, 4-berth and 6-berth motorhomes and 3-berth Volkswagen T5 campervans.

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 the option to upgrade for less excess at NZ$20 per day.

Wilderness

Wilderness

With a top-of-the-line motorhome fleet boasting all kinds of layouts, Wilderness really gives you the choice to make your family holiday your own. Choose from manual or automatic motorhomes, large to compact motorhomes, and more luxurious features! Added extras like the one-way fee, free New Zealand SIM Card and guidebooks are an added bonus. Wilderness is ideal for families looking to really treat themselves on their family vacation. Baby cots, seats and children’s entertainment are available to hire.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport/airport depot/airport hotel available.

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

Motorhomes available

2-berth, 4-berth and 5-berth motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 4 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • One-way fee
  • Gas stove, oven/grill, extractor fan, fridge, sink
  • Gas heaters
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels (as many as you would like)
  • CD/DVD/MP3/USB input player
  • First aid kit (a fee applies if opened)
  • PDF New Zealand guidebook download
  • New Zealand SIM Card
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$7500 excess and NZ$7500 bond to pay. There is the option to upgrade for less or zero excess on insurance and only NZ$500 of bond to pay at NZ$29-$69 per day.

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