Travel New Zealand

in a campervan

New Zealand almost feels like it was made to be explored by motorhome or campervan.

For many, it’s an essential component of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure down under.

  • Combine accommodation and transport in one
  • Save unpacking and repacking
  • Travel flexibly – nap and eat anytime you like
  • Camp for free and wake up in stunning spots
  • Connect with nature
  • Explore New Zealand like a local

Unsure if hiring a campervan or motorhome is for you? Read about the benefits and limitations of all modes of transport in New Zealand, including campervans, hire cars, domestic flights, trains and buses.

Plan your trip

Where to park your van

We generally recommend a combination of freedom camping and paid camping at campgrounds and holiday parks.

This affords you the best of both worlds.

Freedom camping

Freedom camping is a great way to save money while travelling in New Zealand.

  • Stay for free
  • No need to book
  • Some beautiful, remote locations
  • Limited facilities (if any)
  • Unable to reserve your spot in advance
  • Unable to remove your van from your park
  • Parks can be by busy roads
A white campervan travelling on a road, next to a beautiful blue lake, with autumn leaves on trees.
Photo: Miles Holden.

Campgrounds & holiday parks

Campgrounds and holiday parks bring comfort and security to your camping experience.

  • A guaranteed booking
  • Great facilities
  • Top up water and electricity
  • Dump waste
  • Come and go as you like
  • Can be expensive
  • Bookings reduce your ability to be flexible


packing list

Travelling in a motorhome is great – but it’s even better when you pack a few specific items.

We’ve spoken to a wide range of experts to bring you the ultimate camper packing list!

Save money and

Choose the right camper

Picking the right campervan or motorhome rental is a big decision.

Prices, inclusions and limitations can vary significantly so it’s important you make the right choice.

Check out our favourite New Zealand campervan companies or book directly below…

Budget to Mid
Green JUCY campervan parked on the side of a mountain road in New Zealand.


Grab a budget-friendly campervan and explore the best of New Zealand (and Australia). Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT

Budget to Luxe
Two couples at the door of their caravan watching the night sky.

Backpacker Deals

Save on Travellers Autobarn, Spaceships, Jucy, Hippie, Britz, Maui, Mighty, Star and more. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT

Budget to Luxe
A white campervan crossing a small bridge in Orere Point.

Apollo & Cheapa Campas

Save on the full range of Apollo and Cheapa Camas motorhomes and vans. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT10

Mid to Luxe
A couple sitting on deck chairs, out on the grass, in front of their white Star RV campervan.
'5% off' written inside a mint green circle, advertising a discount on New Zealand Travel Tips.

Star RV

Choose a modern, comfortable motorhome or campervan to explore New Zealand and/or Australia. Learn more.

Promo code: NZTT

Two couples at the door of their caravan watching the night sky.

Travellers Autobarn

Another great rental option for people 18+, Travellers Autobarn has both self-contained and non-self-contained vans.

Two couples at the door of their caravan watching the night sky.


Spaceship offers budget-friendly campervan hire from Auckland and Christchurch. Perfect for younger drivers and budget-travellers.

Let us help you

Pick the Perfect camping spot