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The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in Queenstown šŸš [2023]

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The Top Queenstown Campervan and Motorhome Rentals!

Starting your campervan or motorhome road trip in Queenstown means starting at the centre of the adventure! Queenstown is one of the most picturesque towns in the South Island and a great place to start a tour around the South Island or even the whole of New Zealand. But what are the best RV, motorhome and campervan rental companies in Queenstown to take you on the adventure?

Because Queenstown is quite a small town in comparison to cities with a wide rental company offering like Auckland and Christchurch, the choice of campervan rental companies is quite limited – three of which are actually the same company (that’s Mighty, Britz and Maui FYI!)

In the comparison below, we have compared the companies that have rental depots in Queenstown. An alternative option is to choose a campervan or rental company that delivers vehicles to Queenstown. However, there is an extra fee for this service. If you want more of these options, check out The Best Affordable Campervan Rentals in New Zealand. For more campervan rentals in Queenstown, take a look at the Queenstown campervan rentals on Rentalcars.com.

5 Things to Look at When Comparing Campervan Rental Companies in Queenstown

1# Location: In Queenstown, all the campervan rental companies are based close to Queenstown Airport and most offer free shuttles from the airport to the rental depot. However, consider where you are ending your trip and whether the drop-off locations are convenient for you.

2# Prices and inclusions: The base price of campervan rental fluctuates with the seasons. In summer, daily rates are at their most expensive, while they are at their cheapest in winter. 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. Additionally, to truly understand the value of your rental you need to compare what’s included in a campervan rental. Not all companies include the same thing, especially when it comes to insurance.

3# Vehicles offered: Most campervan rental companies in Queenstown 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, check out The Different Types of Campervans in New Zealand.

4# 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.

5# Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers experiences. Why not ask the question in a New Zealand travel Facebook Group?

The Best Campervan Rental Companies in Queenstown šŸš [2023]© Travellers Autobarn

Travellers Autobarn

If you want to hire a compact campervan thatā€™s got more to offer than a standard budget campervan, consider Travellers Autobarn. The campervan rental company based in Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch has small campervans suitable for up to two adults and three children, which is ideal for those travelling as a family but donā€™t want the expense that comes with a large motorhome. As a side note, to make the campervan certified self-contained in order to freedom camp, rather than paying for campsites, it is an extra NZ$50 to hire a portable toilet. Check out our review of their ā€œKugaā€ campervan.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown (Frankton, near Queenstown Airport)
Drop-Off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch.

Vehicles Available

Campervan/station wagon Toyota Estima sleeping 2 people in a tent, and Hitop Toyota Hiace vans sleeping between 3-5 people.

Vehicle age range: 4 to 12 years old.

Free Inclusions

  • 10% discount for premium caravan parks
  • Access to free campgrounds
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, microwave
  • Optional extras also include kitchenware, bedding, child booster seats, multiple drivers and a heater.

Insurance

Free standard cover with NZ$3,000 excess and NZ$3,000 bond to pay. Full cover is also available at an additional NZ$30 per day for no excess or bond to pay. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

What Does a Travellers Autobarn Campervan Look Like?

Check the NZ Pocket Guide team touring a Travellers Autobarn campervan in the following video:

Britz© Britz

Britz

Britz is one of the more popular brands of premium motorhome rentals in New Zealand with a large fleet to fulfil the summer crowds. Their constantly updated fleet of new model campervans and motorhomes means you are less likely to break down. Be aware of the costly bonds you will need to pay before hiring.

For similar brands to Britz, check out The Best Luxury Campervan & Motorhome Rentals in New Zealand.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport and city are available.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.
Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Vehicles Available

A wide range from high-top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes sleeping up to 6 people and are 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$5,000 excess for campervans or NZ$7,500 excess for motorhomes. Windscreen and tyre damage excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$48-$59 per day to reduce excess amounts. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

Mighty© 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 with a huge fleet. Nevertheless, we still advise booking well in advance for summer rentals with this popular premium campervan rental brand.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport and city are available.

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

Vehicles 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/porta potti and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding

Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5,000 excess for campervans or NZ$7,500 excess for motorhomes. Windscreen and tyre damage excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$32-$42 per day to reduce excess amounts. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

Jucy Rentals© Jucy Rentals

Jucy Rentals

One of the biggest and most popular campervan rental companies in New Zealand, Jucy Rentals has a wide range of campervans in their vibrantly green and purple fleet! Choose from compact campercars to fully self-contained campervans. Their vans are custom-made, fitting a lot of features into a small space!

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.
Drop-Off Locations: Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles Available

Toyota Estima campercar sleeping 2 people (not self-contained), high rise Toyota HiAce sleeps up to 4 people (self-contained) and a high rise Toyota HiAce (more premium option) sleeping 3 people and self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 2 to 10 years old.

Free Inclusions

  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink
  • Portable toilet (included in HiAce)
  • Shower and toilet (included in premium HiAce)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Cleaning equipment

Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$5,000 excess and NZ$5,000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$40-$55 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance (or more likely, what’s not!) is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this to compare with other insurances offered.

The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in Queenstown šŸš [2023]© Off Track Rentals

Off Track Rentals

Certainly the most unique campervan rentals in Queenstown, Off Track Rentals offers 4×4 vehicles with a rooftop tent or wooden barrel-shaped campervans (yes, you read that right)! There is a 5-day minimum hire period for these camping vehicles, plus, bedding is not included but can be hired. All vehicles are diesel vehicles, so while diesel is cheaper in New Zealand, Road User Charges will be applied at the end of your rental at around NZ$77 per 1,000km (621 miles) driven.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown
Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Vehicles Available

4wd truck (Toyota Land Cruiser) with either one or two rooftop tents sleeping 2-3 or 4-5 people which is non-self-contained, and 4wd truck (Nissan Navara) with certified self-contained “barrel” camper sleeping 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 10 to 20 years old.

Free Inclusions

  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Barbecue/gas cooker
  • Kitchenware
  • Coolbox
  • Water tank (Land Cruiser)
  • Sink and tap (The Barrel)
  • GPS
  • Portable toilet (The Barrel)

Insurance

Standard insurance is included. 25+-year-old drivers have NZ$2,500 excess and bond to pay. 21-24-year-old drivers have NZ$4,000 excess and NZ$4,000 bond.

Wicked Campers© Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers

Famous for their obscurities spray-painted onto the vans, Wicked Campers are a campervan rental company in Queenstown with a lot of character. They are one of the cheapest campervan rental companies, which is great if you are on a tight budget, but just watch out for the few hidden fees. We suggest reading their FAQ to really understand what you are being charged for and what’s included in the rental.

For more campervan rentals like Wicked Campers, check out The Best Backpacker Campervan Rentals in New Zealand.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

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

Vehicles Available

Toyota Alphard (or something similar) sleeping up to 2 people spray-painted in various designs or no design is available. Campervans are certified self-contained for a fee.

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. Insurance is a mandatory payment of NZ$30-$45 per day for NZ$1,000 excess and a bond to pay if you don’t have a credit card available for imprint.

The Pod© The Pod

[CLOSED] The Pod Campervan Rentals

Planning to travel like two peas in a pod? The Pod Campervan Rentals offers super affordable self-contained and non-self-contained vans (which is the difference between camping for free or using campsites). What we love about The Pod is that they don’t charge one-way fees, meaning you can pick up the campervan in Queenstown and drop it off in Auckland at no extra charge. Choose The Pod if you want to travel around New Zealand or the South Island on a budget!

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for Christchurch Airport and city centre

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

Vehicles Available

Nissan Vanette or Mazda Bongos campervan sleeping up to 2 people either self-contained or non-self-contained.

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
  • Logbook

Insurance

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

More About Campervan Rentals in Queenstown

Thatā€™s it for the list of best campervan hires in Queenstown. For alternative options starting from Queenstown, check out the following guides:

Now that you know the best campervan rental companies in Queenstown, do you need some road trip ideas? Check out the following itineraries for the best road trip routes:

Finally, plan your entire campervan road trip with our guide, How to Plan a Campervan Trip in New Zealand.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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