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The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand šŸš [2023]

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Family 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 family motorhome hire company comparison.

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

6 Things You Need to Know About Family Campervan Hire in New Zealand

  1. Baby seats, child booster seats and sometimes even travel cots are available to hire from the campervan rental company, so be sure to ask if needed.
  2. 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.
  3. Season affects the daily rate of campervan rentals with summer being the most expensive time to rent and winter being the cheapest.
  4. 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)!
  5. Be aware of the extra fees such as one-way fees for dropping off the vehicle in a different place to the pick-up location. For more information, check out How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car or Campervan in New Zealand?
  6. Most family campervans, like motorhomes in New Zealand, are diesel. Therefore, 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.

The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand© 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 also available to hire.

Check out their rental options at Wilderness.co.nz or, for a more long-term trip, check out their motorhome sales at Motorhomesforsale.co.nz.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

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

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

Motorhomes Available

2-berth and 4-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$39-$59 per day.

The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand© 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 the airport and accommodation available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Whangarei, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.

Campervans 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 + child seat
  • Park Over Properties (POP) locations
  • 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

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 the airport and city are available.

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

Campervans 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$5000 excess for campervans or NZ$7500 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.

Heron Campers© Heron Campers

Heron Campers (Euro Campers)

The large motorhome and family-friendly branch of Euro Campers, Heron Campers are definitely worth considering when looking for a family campervan rental that will relieve the stress of thinking about “all the extras”. You have one-way hire included, child-proofing safety features, and a portable Weber barbecue to enjoy dinner “Kiwi” style. Note that you need to be over 21 or 25 to drive the Heron campervans, depending on the model. 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 the airport and city are available.

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

Campervans Available

A range of fully certified self-contained vans and motorhomes sleeping up to 4 people.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 12 years old.

Free Inclusions

  • Multiple drivers (21 or 25+ years old, depending on model)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • One-way fee
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge, BBQ and sink
  • Solar panels
  • Electric or diesel heaters
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Maps
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player
  • GPS

Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess. There is the option to upgrade for less or zero excess on insurance at NZ$25-$45 per day.

The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand© 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 with Sunrise Holidays 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.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

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

Campervans Available

A range of certified self-contained Fiat Ducatos motorhomes with options sleeping up to 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
  • Double-glazing and insect-screened windows

Insurance

Insurance is included in the rental with a NZ$7500 bond to pay and NZ$7500 excess. There are options to reduce the excess to pay for NZ$39-$89 per day.

The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand šŸš [2023]© Wendekreisen Travel

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 an 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 has 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 the airport and city are 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 (compulsory +NZ$14 a day)
  • 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 or diesel heating
  • Toilet and shower (smaller vans have an outdoor shower and portable toilet)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs.

Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$750 excess for drivers over 25 years old (NZ$1000 for drivers aged 21 to 24). There is the option to upgrade for less excess at NZ$21-$28 per day.

More About Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand

That’s it for our complete comparison of the best family campervan rentals in New Zealand and family campervan hire in NZ. For more to help plan the perfect Kiwi family outing, check out the following guides:

Finally, plan your whole road trip around the country, including what to do, where to stay and more, using The Travel Guide to New Zealand for Families.

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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