A limited number of campervan companies offer vehicles directly in Taupo. You may wish to also check a wider range of campervans available in Auckland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand? Is freedom camping allowed?

What is the diesel Road User Charge (RUC)?

Can I rent a campervan in New Zealand if I’m under 21?

Can I pick up my campervan in the South Island and drop it off in the North Island or vice versa?

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand? Is freedom camping allowed?

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.

What is the diesel Road User Charge (RUC)?

Because there is no tax on diesel fuel in New Zealand, the government imposes a Road User Charge (RUC) instead. This is a set amount per 1,000 kilometres, depending on the size and weight of the vehicle.

For companies that offer diesel vehicles, you will need to pay an RUC based on kilometres travelled. Our comparison tool will tell you if this applies to your chosen vehicle.

Check the rental terms for specific charges regarding your chosen vehicle.

Can I rent a campervan in New Zealand if I’m under 21?

Most campervan rental companies in New Zealand require the driver to be 21 years of age or older to access their full range of vehicles.

Some companies will rent to drivers between 18 and 21, but only certain models may be available. In those cases, additional insurance may be required.

Enter the driver’s age into our search tool and we will filter available vehicles to match.

Can I pick up my campervan in the South Island and drop it off in the North Island or vice versa?

Yes, many companies have depots in both the North and South Islands and allow one-way trips.

If planning this type of trip, you will need to pay the cost of the ferry. Our support team can help with your booking.

Additional one-way fees may apply. The comparison tool will automatically factor this into your total.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.