North Island Locations
Note: We compare multiple motorhome rental companies – each has its terms and policies. Use the below answers as a general guide, however always check the terms of your rental, as details of may vary from supplier to supplier.
Can I hire a campervan on the North Island and take it to the South Island?
Yes, several motorhome rental companies in New Zealand have depots on both islands and allow one-way trips from the North Island to the South Island, or in the other direction. You will need to book a ticket on a ferry from Wellington to Picton to cross from one island to the other.
Does my rental come with unlimited kilometres?
Major motorhome hire companies in New Zealand generally provide unlimited kilometres. Check our search tool for details on specific vehicles.
What driver license do I need to drive a motorhome in New Zealand?
Your home driving license is usually sufficient, provided it is in English or accompanied by a certified English translation (an International Driving Permit is also acceptable for non-English language licenses). Your license will need to be a full (non-provisional), valid license without restrictions.
Is short-term campervan hire available?
Yes, however, minimum hire periods apply depending on the time of year and company you choose. Enter your travel dates into our search tool to compare what’s available.
Attractions around New Zealand's North Island
Matamata / Hobbiton
Located two hours south from Auckland, the Alexander family sheep and beef farm near the small agricultural town of Matamata in the Waikato region was chosen by director Sir Peter Jackson in 1998 to serve as ‘Hobbiton’ and today, the resultant movie set is open for guided tours (duration – two hours, must be pre-booked).
Built a full year before the filming of Fellowship of the Ring, the set was used again for The Hobbit trilogy in 2011. The New Zealand Army provided equipment to build a road to the site. A crew constructed 37 hobbit holes initially for the first movie (there are now 44). The set includes the Green Dragon Inn, where themed food and beverages are available for sale.
At the northwestern tip of Northland’s Aupouri peninsula, the Tasman Sea confronts the Pacific Ocean in a feisty show of duelling tides and swirling currents. It’s not technically the most northerly point in New Zealand, but it is the most northerly you’re likely to be able to access – the Surville Cliffs, thirty kilometres to the east, are a closed scientific reserve.
Known to the Maori as the ‘leaping off place of spirits’, an 800-year-old pohutukawa tree is said to serve as a conduit for the dead to the underworld. The lighthouse at Cape Reinga was built and lit in 1941 and automated in 1987, providing for the title of the last watched lighthouse in New Zealand.
Mount Maunganui (Mauao)
A 232-metre-tall extinct volcanic cone that rises over a peninsular sandbar to the northeast of central Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty’s Mount Maunganui (in Maori it’s Mauao, which means ‘caught be the dawn’) is known for its beaches and surfing. Pilot Bay is on the harbourside and just a few blocks apart, on the ocean side, lies award-winning Main Beach.
Formed two to three million years ago and known locally as ‘The Mount’, a 1.5-hour/4-kilometre trek brings you to the summit, which affords views of the coastline, the Tauranga cruise port (New Zealand’s largest), and the Kaimai Ranges.
Alternatively, a 45-minute 3.5-kilometre track circles the base and is declared New Zealand’s most popular walk.