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Tauranga Campervan Hire FAQ

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.

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.

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 is the minimum age to drive a motorhome?

Most companies will require a minimum driver age of 21. However there are a few companies that will rent to drivers aged 18 and a few others that require a minimum age of 25. Enter the driver’s age into our search tool and we will automatically filter vehicles to match.

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.
A rental campervan on its way to Alice Springs.

Attractions around Tauranga

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.

Matamata and Hobbiton

Located an hour’s drive south-west from Tauranga, 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 movie set built there is open for guided tours.

Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu

Just over one hour’s drive south of Tauranga you’ll find Rotorua and the Wia-O-Tapu, famous for regions unique geothermal and volcanic features.
Champagne Pool in the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area
Whakarewarewa Thermal Park in Rotorua

Cathedral Cove

Just over two hours drive north of Tauranga is Cathedral Cove – a key attraction of the Coromandel Peninsula, marked by its iconic white rock natural archway and turquoise waters. The cove can only be accessed by an hour hike or by sea.

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