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Auckland Motorhome Rentals
Welcome to NZ Motorhome Rentals Auckland - we are proud to bring our customers supreme motorhome availability across 35 fleets, the latest deals and our best price guarantee on campervan rental throughout New Zealand. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest commercial center and home to over 1.4 million people; the city is the gateway to the whole of New Zealand.
Auckland is an isthmus situated amongst several dormant volcanoes dotted throughout the city scape. The city is home to numerous beaches, many hidden from view, quiet and publicly accessible. The beautiful Waitemata Harbour provides a means of exploring by ferry and many sail powered adventures. For the motorhome explorers who take on Auckland, there is plenty to see and do in the City of Sails.
Beyond the bustling commercial central business district, the gems lie both in and outside the city. On Auckland's backdoor steps are the spectacular Waitakere Ranges featuring a number of campgrounds and beautiful rugged West Coast black sand beaches. For the cycling enthusiasts in your party, we recommend strapping a bike to the back of your rental motorhome to later explore the long winding roads that meander their way through the ranges.
For those who remain in the concrete jungle, Auckland is home to a well established food and beverage scene with hot spots all over the city. In the Viaduct, a waterfront bar and restaurant scene, there are several haunts including the world famous in Auckland, we recommend making your way to Headquarters Bar and Dr Rudi’s bar with a view. The Auckland nightlife is worth staying up for and we recommend taking the opportunity to enjoy all it has to offer. Of course, always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
Auckland is a great spot from which to launch your motorhome tour of New Zealand and sports a number of fully equipped motorhome campgrounds providing power and all the creature comforts of home for your campervan adventure in New Zealand.
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NZ Motorhome Rentals Auckland
With NZ Motorhome Rentals, opt to pick up your motorhome from Auckland (with fleets offering pick up options direct from the Auckland Airport). Beginning your RV hire adventure in Auckland means starting your New Zealand rental motorhome vacation at the centre of all the action. As New Zealand's largest population centre and a hub for commercial activity. Auckland features a long list of exciting events running all year round, some of the best in food and culture in New Zealand and the beautiful rugged West Coast beaches being a serious draw card for visitors to New Zealand.
With NZ Motorhome Rentals, pick up your campervan rental directly from Auckland Airport on arrival to New Zealand and make your way into Auckland City or out to any one of New Zealand's other major centres. Of course, we recommend stopping at a selection of beautiful NZ towns as you explore the country.
At the booking window, simply select your pick up and drop off points for your motorhome trip. Our booking tool will immediately return the latest deals and best prices. Campervan rental is the best way to see New Zealand on your own terms. We at NZ Motorhome Rentals aim to make your journey that is booking your RV for a Kiwi escape in New Zealand as smooth as possible. With flexible pick up and drop off options, we empower customers to craft their own camper hire getaway, be it a long weekend in the North Island or a multi-month New Zealand wide odyssey.
Auckland - Tāmaki Makaurau
Auckland is the gateway to the rest of New Zealand with over 3.2 million international visitors arriving in Auckland every year (this number reflects pre-pandemic conditions - we look forward to welcoming our international guests to enjoy motorhome travel as soon as permitted). The Maori name, Tāmaki Makaurau, means Tāmaki of a hundred lovers. The Auckland region is steeped in history and has become a true cosmopolitan melting pot with many nationalities represented across the city.
Auckland is home to a number of landmarks and institutions. The University of Auckland (circa. 1883) has a campus spread throughout the city itself with a number of architecturally significant buildings. Auckland’s largest tourist attractions include sites of historical significance, performance art, music and cultural festivals, sporting events from a number of codes, as well as the imagination capturing MOTAT - the Museum of Transport and Technology, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Auckland is architecturally marked by the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the 328 meter tall Sky Tower - the tallest Southern Hemisphere structure with a viewing platform at the top that looks out 360 degrees over Auckland.
There are numerous options for the Auckland intrepid campervan renter. With NZ Motorhome Rentals, hire your motorhome and drive it across the country from Auckland. Explore the stunning Waitakere Ranges and sample delicious locally handcrafted cheeses and wine at the Puhoi Valley Cheese Shop. Explore the rugged West Coast beaches that skirt the upper North Island’s coastline, for the surfers there are a number of breaks located all along the West Coast. It’s vitally important to note that the Tasman Sea which batters the West Coast of New Zealand is unforgiving. Be sure to assess the conditions, wear appropriate swimwear and don’t push your limits.
Flexible RV pick up options include depots at both Auckland airport and in the heart of the Central Business District - we make it easy for you to craft your hire camper based vacation. Survival in the city of Auckland is a breeze. There are several well equipped motor camps to park your rental campervan in for the night (some of which you may find are available for free).
A basic Auckland itinerary might include, heading out in the morning to Auckland War Memorial Museum and explore the many wonders of the natural world with many of New Zealand’s own wonders - like the giant (and now extinct) Moa, a bird over three meters in height that once roamed New Zealand’s native bush land. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is the foundation of a spectacular afternoon with family and friends, as well as detailed exhibitions delving into Maori culture and the development of the modern world. Learn, engage and wander the domain filled with native bush and wild-life.
One Tree Hill and Mt Eden feature a number of cosy cafes as well as beautiful spots to watch the sun set over Auckland’s magnificent cityscape. Take a picnic lunch or dinner and seat yourself at the top of the hill, driving is an option with a small car park at the top of the hill. You may wish to explore the Wallace Arts Centre which contains some New Zealand’s, and the world’s, most iconic modern art pieces. Situated in the heart of the city, these activities set the scene for a beautiful day.
Auckland is the perfect location to launch your New Zealand camper hire holiday. With pick up from both the inner city of Auckland and of course Auckland Airport, there is no shortage of options to ensure things roll the way you want them to. Auckland is also very close to the likes of Hamilton, Taupo and Tauranga. From Auckland you can make your way all over the North Island in your motorhome or head to New Zealand's deep southern cities of Dunedin and Christchurch to soak up the fresh mountain air from the comfort of your motorhome. We recommend heading to Greymouth for an authentic Southern experience, with genuine and friendly locals as well as stunning sights to see. NZ Motorhome Rentals offers plenty of cheap deals on the latest campervans - so jump in, search, book and save with us.
Auckland Campervan Rental Sample Itinerary - Explore the Auckland Region
North Shore Expedition
Auckland’s North Shore is a large urban area located across the Waitemata Harbour from the Central Business District of Auckland. The North Shore is home to many golden sandy beaches and is one of Auckland’s most in demand locations. Over the bridge and down a short stretch of motorway, you’ll find places to park up your rental motorhome, a healthy restaurant and cafe culture as well as a stunning coastline to explore. At NZ Motorhome Rentals, the Shore is a favourite destination and we recommend making your way to some or all of the following places.
Takapuna: Head over to Takapuna and choose from a number of cosy cafes to start your day. Hurstmere Road is where you’ll find something to your taste (we recommend parking your hire campervan on one of the surrounding streets). For the fans of peace and quiet, Milford is right next door. Milford is a relaxed beach suburb on Lake Pupuke - popular with the locals of many water sports, especially rowing. We recommend soaking up all the coastline has to offer on the Milford to Takapuna track that winds its way right along the seaside.
Devonport: Devonport has a remarkable and long kiwi history and is still home to a New Zealand Naval base. From the Ferry Building, Devonport is a mere 15 minute ride across the water from Auckland's CBD for those leaving their rental motorhomes in the city. In Devonport are a number of wonderful cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
North Head: A real gem is North Head - a dormant volcano and former military hub during the Second World War. There are many tunnels and former gun emplacements to explore and an incredible 360 degree view of the Harbour and city. A truly special spot to enjoy a fish and chip dinner with family and friends.We also recommend stocking your RV with a couple sheets of cardboard. Use these as sleds to slide down the long grass verges that grow on the steeper slopes of North Head.
Albany, Long Bay & Birkenhead: Albany features a large mall with shopping, food and a cinema for a rainy day when you’re keen to escape the confines of your hire campervan during your stay. North Harbour Stadium is situated in the heart of Albany and is a prime location for football, Rugby Union and Rugby League matches taking place year round. Birkenhead features stunning ocean views from the top of every street in the area and is the perfect place from which to view Rangitoto Island.
Waiheke Island Wonders
Spend the day (or perhaps 2 or 3 days) on the stunning Waiheke Island. Waiheke is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke is approximately 45-60 minutes from Auckland by ferry (if you’re planning on driving your rental campervan over to Waiheke, we recommend using our friends at Sealink - pricing is available on request). Ferries leave frequently from the inner city Ferry Terminal building and head directly to the island. A number of campsites are present on the island suitable for rental motorhome parking with shower, power and toilet facilities. Once on Waiheke you have the option of making your way about on public transport or hiring a bike to conduct your own two wheeled tour.
As for wholesome activities on the Island, the highlights on Waiheke are the white sand beaches. Little Oneroa Beach, is a beautiful secluded beach located down the east end of Oneroa Beach. Down Little Oneroa you’ll find a playground for the children and free to use BBQs. Perfect for an evening by the beach. Waiheke is also home to a small cinema and, being home to a number of artists, often features performances from talented musicians.
Waiheke is home to many culinary delights at one of the island’s many vineyards, known in New Zealand as the Island of Wine. The climate favours the growth of Bordeaux style grapes and has resulted in a number of awards being won for the quality of the red wine produced. An afternoon of wine tasting and delicious food is easily organised with the island featuring Cablebay, Mudbrick, Kenny Point and Te Wahu vineyards. Guided tours around the island are also available. It goes without saying, do not drink and drive your rental motorhome.
Rugged West Coast Beaches
45 minutes from central Auckland is the wild West Coast featuring a number of beautiful black sand beaches well worth exploring during your time in Auckland. For the surfers in your party, Bethells Beach, Piha, and Muriwai are home to some of the best breaks within an hour of the city. See the great Albatross perched high above the ocean on rugged cliff tops and the resident Gannet colony enjoying the view from a rocky outcrop.
Slightly further down the coast from Piha is Karekare Beach. A blacksand beach popular with filmmakers - the dramatic landscape and rocky outcrops that lead directly to the sea make for stunning photographs. For those rental motorhome drivers heading further South, Karioitahi Beach is a popular destination. A rugged blacksand beach popular for cycling, horse riding, windsurfing and Blokarts (wind powered carts) that present a great opportunity for fun.
North of Karioitahi is the Awhitu Peninsula - a stunning and tranquil park featuring hiking tracks and flat beach land. A short walk over the farmland leads to panoramic views out over the Manukau Harbour toward Auckland. We recommend a walk to the Peninsula’s end where you’ll find an iconic lighthouse. Campsites are available to park your motorhome rental at - be sure to check the websites of local authorities for more information.
Always take care when entering the water - not all of these beaches are manned by surf life guards all year round (some have no lifeguard service at all). The ocean is dangerous, make sure you swim with a buddy, tell someone where you are going and monitor the conditions - if in doubt, we stress that you should not go out. Take the motorhome rental to a nice spot and enjoy the ocean view.
Campervan driving in New Zealand - tips and tricks
The warmer summer months in New Zealand from December through until February/March are generally the busiest time on New Zealand roads and when the most care must be taken when traveling from place to place. Motorhome hire can be challenging during the Kiwi summer due to popularity, however, NZ Motorhome Rentals pulls together the most up to date camper availability and price data for our customers to review.
NZ Motorhome Rentals recommends keeping the following steps in mind whilst out on the roads in New Zealand enjoying your RV rental vacation:
- Review the New Zealand road code: the road code sets out the clear expectations for users sharing the road in New Zealand to ensure the safety of your friends and whanau (whanau, pronounced ‘pha-no’, meaning family in Maori);
- Stick to the left hand side of the road (the center line should always be to the right side of the motorhome driver) and, of course, always wear your seatbelts whilst operating your motorhome rental;
- Take it easy: reduce the pace and sense of urgency when traveling in your RV from place and place. Make sure you actively monitor your speed, there is a zero tolerance approach to excessive speed and endangering other road users in New Zealand;
- Look for and drive in accordance with recommended speed indicators: corners in New Zealand roads feature large reflective recommended speed signs setting out the speed rating for the particular corner, remember you’re operating a larger vehicle so stick to the recommended speeds and keep your family and friends safe;
- Use your mirrors to see what’s going on behind you: if you notice a number of cars starting to build up behind your campervan as you weave on often turn heavy NZ roads then find the next safest spot to pull over and let all of the traffic pass, you’ll make everyone's day!
If you require additional information whilst in New Zealand and prefer speaking to a human then there are over 100 iSite information centres located all over New Zealand. Simply drop into one of these centres and the friendly knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding road use or New Zealand in general.
A bit about us - NZ Motorhome Rentals
NZ Motorhome Rentals was established in the South Island town of Blenheim, New Zealand in 2002. After several years of trade and expansion to motorhome supply throughout New Zealand, the site was updated and brand refreshed. We are proud to offer customers their hub for motorhome rental and adventure planning in New Zealand. With a recently updated campervan hire booking tool, we invite you to use a more efficient means of searching for, comparing and booking your dream campervan vacation in New Zealand - best price guaranteed.
- We offer motorhome goers the option to complete return or one way motorhome trips. For instance, start your motorhome adventure in Auckland and make your way to Christchurch in your hired motorhome. No requirement to return to Auckland to depart New Zealand. When we say explore New Zealand on your own terms, we mean it.
We offer a best price guarantee on motorhomes and the cheapest deals of the day by aggregating and comparing the latest prices on over 34 local and international motorhome suppliers. Our mission is to provide customers with an easy and enjoyable motorhome booking experience. So dive in, search and save on your RV hire with NZ Motorhome Rentals.
The Māori name for Auckland is Tāmaki (pronounced ‘ta-mah-key’). Among the many versions is Tāmaki-makau-rau (Tāmaki of a hundred lovers), referring to the desirable, fertile site at the hub of a network of waterways taking travellers north, south, east or west. For centuries different groups of people flourished, cohabited and displaced each other in turn in the Auckland region.
Auckland - Cape Reinga: 421 km / 262 mi
Auckland - Hamilton: 125 km / 78 mi
Auckland - Hastings: 431 km / 268 mi
Auckland - New Plymouth: 359 km / 223 mi
Auckland - Rotorua: 228 km / 142 mi
Auckland - Tauranga: 203 km / 126 mi
NZ Motorhome Rentals Top 10 Auckland Region Attractions
#1 Sky Tower
Along with being an iconic feature of Auckland’s skyline, the Sky Tower is the tallest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Fine diners, adventurous bungy jumpers and travellers wanting to catch some of the best panoramas of the city are among those attracted to this stunning architectural landmark.
#2 Mt Eden (Maungawhau)
Auckland’s highest natural point, Mt Eden (also known by the Māori name Maungawhau) is a dormant volcanic cone that rises 196 metres (643 feet) above sea level. An astonishing bowl-like crater with a depth of 50 metres (160 feet), it is as much a part of the summit’s appeal as the spectacular 360-degree city panoramas on show.
#3 One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)
One Tree Hill is a 182-metre (597-foot) volcano which serves as an important memorial place for Māori and other New Zealanders. Maungakiekie, or the ‘mountain of the kiekie vine’, was home to the largest indigenous pā (defensive settlement site) pre-European colonisation. A 30-metre (100-foot) tall stone obelisk was also erected on top of the summit to mark Auckland’s centenary commemorations in 1940.
#4 Waiheke Island
Take a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland to reach the ever so popular Waiheke Island. The island is situated on the Hauraki Gulf and has a length of 19 kilometres (12 miles). Visitors are drawn to this local gem because of its famous vineyards, picturesque beaches and wondrous natural landscapes.
#5 Piha Beach
Located just west of Auckland, the black-sand Piha Beach is famous for its strong surf conditions and breathtakingly rugged scenery. Landscape photographers are particularly drawn to the beach’s Lion Rock and its surrounding Maori carvings. Film buffs will also know the picturesque beach for its cameo in movies like the 1993 feature drama The Piano.
#6 Tiritiri Matangi Island
If you love nature and wildlife, a visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island is a must. The island, which can be reached from Auckland city via ferry, is a wildlife sanctuary for threatened and endangered native birds and reptile species. After a brief introductory walk from a local ranger on arrival, visitors are welcome to partake in guided walks or simply explore the surrounding tracks and beaches on their own.
#7 Shakespear Regional Park
Located at the tip of the Whangaparoa Peninsula, 50 kilometres (31.1 miles) north of central Auckland, Shakespear Regional Park is the most visited and accessible open sanctuary in the region. With a strong focus on conservation and farming, the park provides a pest-free habitat for endangered wildlife — to an extent that dogs and other pets aren’t permitted in it.
#8 Rangitoto Island
Having come into existence approximately 600 years ago, Rangitoto Island is Auckland’s youngest volcano. Wherever there is a view of the Hauraki Gulf, you’ll be able to sight Rangitoto summit — you could say it’s a bit of a local icon because of its prominence. The island is a popular hiking destination as well as being a much-adored spot for kayakers and boaties.
The seaside suburb of Devonport is wont to attract history buffs, beach lovers, maritime enthusiasts and budding foodies keen to try out some of its buzzing cafes and eateries. A 12-minute ferry ride from the city is all it takes to reach this North Shore gem; this ease of access makes Devonport a favourite day trip destination for both locals and visitors.
#10 Mission Bay
Mission Bay is located quite close to Auckland’s central business district on Tamaki Drive. Aucklanders are particularly drawn to the local beach because it is so close to the city. Mission Bay is also loved for its cafes and restaurants, plus the picturesque park that lies right on the beach’s doorstep.
Auckland Campervan Adventure Blog
Auckland is a spectacular city, the beating heart of commercial New Zealand and the first stop for many a Kiwi adventure. With so much to see and do we thought it was about time we fire up an NZ Motorhome Rentals blog space and from time to time share with you a select few of our favourite travel partners that will serve to enhance your Auckland experience!
Want to see and stay on the stunning Waiheke Island? Then Sealink is your go to for all your transport needs! SeaLink is Auckland’s only drive on link to Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. With our safe, comfortable ferries and the convenience of a drive on, drive off service, we’ll help you make the most of these two unique destinations on the Hauraki Gulf.
SeaLink’s Waiheke Island services depart from Half Moon Bay in East Auckland up to 13 times daily, and Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City with daily departures. Relax over lunch in a vineyard, taste the island-grown olive oil, plunge into the clear blue waters or soak up the sunshine on the beaches.
SeaLink departs for Great Barrier Island from Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Central almost daily in the high season and 3 days a week over the low season. With more than 100km of walking tracks, stunning beaches and breathtaking scenery everywhere you look, you’ll be amazed at what’s on offer on ‘The Barrier’.
When you’re travelling with a motorhome and can show your motorhome rental agreement or NZ motor caravan association membership at check-in, we have a special fare for just $331.00 return for the motorhome and two passengers to Waiheke (terms and conditions apply).
For the adrenaline junkie in all of us!
Take your New Zealand campervan adventure to the next and challenge yourself to take a jump with Skydive Auckland. Skydive Auckland provides thrill seekers with the option to jump from heights of 9,000ft (25 second freefall), 13,000ft (45 second freefall), 16,000ft (60 seconds of freefall) or 20,000ft! 20,000ft being the highest tandem skydive experience available in New Zealand with a freefall time of 85 glorious seconds over the stunning city of Auckland.
Know that you're in the safest of hands - your skydive and your safety are of utmost importance to the crew at SkyDive Auckland.
Skydive Auckland is a reputable provider and has a number of highly qualified experienced skydive professionals to assist you with your jump on the day. Some of Skydive Auckland’s jump instructors have over of 14,000 jumps to their names!
Visit their website for more information.
The Citywalks World global network spans several countries and continents. As big advocates of the best way to explore being slow and steady by foot (to take your time, apply presence of mind to soak up the sights and sounds) we are proud to put forward Citywalks World.
Not only are there immediate health benefits of getting your walk on but with the help of a knowledgeable Citywalks World tour guide, you’ll be enjoying all of the sights and sounds of the city you’re exploring in no time!
With locations including Auckland, Wellington, Taupo, Tauranga and one of New Zealand’s Great Walks - The Tongariro Crossing, look up Citywalks World during your time travelling NZ to make sure you see it all.
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