Freedom camping is generally permitted in New Zealand. However, while allowed, it is strictly regulated. Rules and guidelines must be followed at all times and can vary depending on the area and any council bylaws (local laws) that may apply.
In general, to freedom camp anywhere in New Zealand, your vehicle must have a self-containment certification.
If you are unsure of the rules that apply in a specific area, it is best to visit the nearest i-SITE (visitor information centre) and ask about any local regulations or bylaws.
Yes, unlimited kilometres are generally included for standard vehicle rentals in New Zealand. The comparison tool will show you whether your preferred vehicle has unlimited or restricted kilometres.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.
Some of the best deals are available early in the season. Book your motorhome rental well in advance and you could save $100s compared to last minute bookings.
The price depends on several factors such as travel dates, size of the motorhome, age of the vehicle, or pickup location. Being flexible on any of these may help you find cheaper offers.
Simply comparing competing campervan hire companies is often the best way to get a lower price. Use Camper Champ to compare prices across multiple suppliers.
A Christchurch-based campervan rental business, Aotea Campervans offers a single campervan model accommodating up to two adults and one child. Its campers are certified self-contained.
Escape Rentals is a budget backpacker-style brand with vehicles for hire on both the South Island and North Island. Two campervan models are available, one being fully self-contained.
A budget campervan rental brand with depots in Auckland and Christchurch, Happy Campers has a wide variety of vehicles available from 2 to 4 berths. Most of its vehicles are older (2000–2011) and come at a cheaper rate.
A popular campervan rental brand operating in New Zealand, Australia and USA, Jucy offers smaller campervans (2-berth and 4-berth) and will rent to drivers over 18. While not extremely cheap, Jucy still offers reasonably attractive prices for the budget traveller.
Nomad is a family-owned and operated campervan hire brand based in Clevedon, a rural part of NZ. The company has 2–5 berth vehicles available. Nomad’s vehicles are generally older and come at a budget price point.
Another part of the Tui family, Sleepavanz is aimed at the backpacker market. It supplies the sleepervan style of camper at a budget price point.
This is a well-known budget campervan rental brand offering a sleepervan camper. Spaceships are popular with backpackers and smaller groups (2–4) looking to travel on a budget. Spaceships also rent to drivers under 21.
A budget RV rental brand aimed at backpackers, Travellers Autobarn has campervans in multiple international locations. The company offers a wide variety of vehicles, from station wagons to 5-berth family models.
Wanderlust is a budget camper brand based in Christchurch and specialising in 2-berth sleepervans. The company now offers self-service pickup and drop-off options, allowing renters to collect a vehicle without any staff interaction.