Compare camper and motorhome rental brands on the South Island:

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  • a wide range of campervans and motorhomes
  • one-way rentals to the locations on the North Island

South Island Campervan Hire Locations

Note: We compare multiple individual 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 company to company.

Can I hire a campervan on the South Island and take it to the North Island?

Yes, several motorhome rental companies in New Zealand have depots on both islands and allow one-way trips from the South Island to the North Island. You may find a more extensive selection of vehicles if you choose different pickup and drop-off locations, as not all companies have branches in each city.

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 if you have a non-English language license). Your license will need to be a full (non-provisional), valid license without restrictions.

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.

Attractions around New Zealand's South Island

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson sits just 12 km from Fox Glacier surrounded by an ancient forest of rimu and kahikatea trees. Māori people used this spot as a mahinga kai (food gathering place).

Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo

The Church of the Good Shepherd was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin, in 1935, and it serves as a memorial to early pioneers of the region.

Due to the views of the Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo is a favourite stop for many travellers to the South Island.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is, perhaps, New Zealand’s most famous tourist attraction, despite being one of the country’s least explored corners until the 20th century.

Carved by ice age glaciers, Milford is a proper fiord – an inlet of the Tasman Sea.


Queenstown is known for being a winter holiday destination, but it offers attractions year-round.

In winter, enjoy the ski-fields and breathtaking alpine views, while in the summer take in the long sunny days and relaxed atmosphere of the area.