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    • Brisbane
    • Cairns
    • Darwin
    • Gold Coast
    • Hobart
    • Perth
    • Melbourne
    • Sydney
  • New Zealand
    • Auckland
    • Christchurch
    • Queenstown

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1,400+ Google & Facebook reviews

Jasmine Carter
12 April 2024

Ben was amazing and went above and beyond to find us amazing deals and exactly what we were looking for. He did it all in record time too! We were very close to our travel date and Ben was doing so much for us so quickly! Definitely recommend

Harry Pounds
12 April 2024

Mikey was fantastic from start to finish. He was so efficient and easy to talk to. 10/10 for him, would highly recommend the service. So happy I chose to go with RatPack Travel.

Friendly helpful and accommodating. Thanks Ryan. You made it all very easy.

Glyn Jowsey
11 April 2024

Great service from Ben, came back with answers within minutes and walked us through the process, great experience, thanks Ben

Ronan O'Neill
10 April 2024

George was fantastic, I came in very vague and he gave me the time and examples to lock in what we were looking for. He found great deals and was easy to talk to - he was able to give tips about the process without putting any pressure. Would recommend using Ratpack.

Sharon Radtke
10 April 2024

Ben made it so fast and easy for us to reserve our camper van for our trip in the fall! Excellent service!’n

Louisa S
9 April 2024

I had a call with Ryan who was super nice, knowledgable and made me feel really at ease with making my decision. He asked me all about what I want to do and achieve on my trip, although I didn’t really want to pack too much in… nor gave much detail on what I want to do, he gave options and ideas for me to look into. He used his own experience as an example which was really helpful to hear and made me feel like I’m right at home with RatPack, I knew then I was making the right choice by talking to him. He answered any questions I had, even if they seemed like silly questions to ask. The booking process is really easy and straight forward, they do all the hard parts for you. Once Ryan talked me through my options, I made my selection and all I had to do was enter my card details for the deposit and I was done! Thanks to Ryan’s detailed and calm approach I knew I was booking with the right company/team. I can’t wait for the next step!!

Lynn Dwyer
8 April 2024

George has been amazing. He put together the costings for our trip, and then I changed the dates completely and he redid everything and said it wasn’t a problem. I felt that he worked hard to get me the best deal, advised me which pickup town was the best deal, when was the best time to travel, and how I could save money by adding a day to our trip (yes, it was cheaper to go for 21 days than go for 20!). George sent through mountains of advice on travel destinations, camping sites etc. I would definitely recommend RatPack Travel and George.

Ross Whiteland
6 April 2024

The Ratpack team and specifically Ryan f were great for booking our dream New Zealand campervan trip. Ryan worked hard over several days trying to find the best possible deals for us and the communication was great with updates regularly. He was able to get us 2 vans that out did any other quotes that we received and we are really looking forward to our trip with Ratpack being by our side. Thanks a lot Ryan F!

Jonty Cosser
4 April 2024

Lovely people, more than helpful.

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You hit the road.

Blending freedom and flexibility with open road travel and anywhere accommodation is why campervan hire in New Zealand is the dream experience for travellers seeking independence and lifetime memories.

Whether immersing yourself in New Zealand’s dynamic urban scene or venturing on an unforgettable expedition from the city to the surrounding wonders, take control of your dream journey, and savour an epic, all-time travelling experience with a campervan rental from RatPack. 

Buzzing for the vibe? Get in touch today.

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FAQs

Why hire your campervan with RatPack?

So, what makes RatPack any better than your average campervan hire in New Zealand?

Well, a few things:

We’re cheaper than booking online

Booking doesn’t have to be gnarly. Our travel gurus get the best rates from the best operators. And once you’re satisfied, we provide a discount, making it even cheaper than booking online.

Come rain or shine, we only book you a camper van if we can make it cheaper than the online rate. That’s the RatPack guarantee!

Zero charges for date changes

As travellers ourselves, we appreciate that dates can change while you’re out doing your thing and living your best life. That’s why we don’t charge for any late cancellations or amendments, giving you more dollars to spend on the important stuff.

Personalised service

When it comes to Aus, we’ve been there and got the t-shirt. Our travel guru team comes with bags of lived travel experience. We have excellent knowledge of the best travel routes and campervan hire New Zealand, making sure you strike the best deal for a once in a lifetime trip.

5-star reviews

Since launching in 2016, we’ve received more 5-star reviews than any other Aussie travel agent! And it all comes down to our approach. We believe in going above and beyond for your trip down under.

We combine our awesome camper hire knowledge and experience with our passion to deliver an amazing experience for our clients. No exceptions.

The RatPack Promise

We know what it feels like to have a negative travel experience. It blows. In fact, it’s one of the core reasons we founded our business in the first place. The good news is we’re here to give you the best campervan hire service and deals.

Rather than trying to be the biggest at what we do, we made it our mission to become the best. It’s this philosophy that’s allowed us to make so many longstanding relationships with every reputable campervan rental and tour guide in the game.

Based on these principles with the values of backpack travel, we live and breathe campervan hire every day from our HQ in Byron Bay.

So, if you’re ever passing through, drop in and say hey. We’d love to hear about your adventures.

Feeling nervous about campervan hire in New Zealand?

It’s normal to feel nervous about your first campervan hire in New Zealand… Trust us, we know how you feel. Travelling with a camper across a great whopper of a country is a daunting thought.

And that’s ok. But rest assured, we’ve got you covered with a guaranteed, around-the-clock personal service.

We’re here to help on WhatsApp if you have any questions or concerns over any part of your trip. Whether you need advice or support, we’re here for you.

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Explore the Best Campervan Hire New Zealand Options for Your Dream Road Trip

Exploring New Zealand’s dazzling landscapes, pristine beaches and one-of-a-kind attractions is an extraordinary experience that everyone should try. Taking a campervan road trip allows you to have complete freedom in creating your very own itinerary of this magical country. To ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, it is important for travelers to select a reliable campervan hire agency in New Zealand, plan their route carefully and consider essential tips from experts before heading out on their adventure!

Key Takeaways

Choose the perfect campervan for your NZ adventure based on size, layout, budget and amenities.

Explore North Island highlights like Auckland & Wellington or South Island wonders such as Christchurch & Queenstown.

Make sure to understand camping regulations and follow essential tips for a safe journey!

New Zealand Locations for Camper Collection:

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown

Campervan rental New Zealand options: Which campervan will you choose?

Regardless of your budget and preferences, we’ll partner you with the ideal camper that meets your requirements.

Here is a list of our classic campervan options.

The 2-seater, 2-sleeper

With a cosy bed in the back, the two-berth campervan rental is super easy and ideal for two people planning a short campervan road trip.

The Hi Top

With space to stand, cook and lounge, this three-berth beaut of a camper is perfect for two or three setting out on a long adventure. Now, that’s a bit of us.

Hi-Top Campervan in Christchurch New Zealand.

The Motorhome

A boujee choice providing you with a new luxurious home on wheels, a six-berth motorhome rental is the best option for large groups/families regardless of how long you expect to be on the road.

Motorhome in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Choosing the Perfect Campervan for Your New Zealand Adventure

If you’re planning a New Zealand trip, selecting the right campervan can make your journey more enjoyable and unforgettable. To help guide you in this process, here are factors to think about when deciding on a vehicle: size, layout, budget as well as amenities available. Keeping all these aspects into account will enable you to find the ideal one for your adventure!

When it comes to the size of the van, consider how many people will be traveling with you so that everyone has enough space during their travels throughout NZ. Taking note of its layout is also vital. Does it suit what kinds of activities or trips do you intend? Bear in mind any features or extras needed such as electric hook up points which might not come standard but could make life easier along the way. Staying within an acceptable budget range is essential too.

Budget Considerations

When preparing a budget for your campervan journey through New Zealand, consider the rental fees which can vary from NZD$50 to more than $500 per day depending on the size and luxury of the vehicle.

Most rentals come with unlimited kilometres perfect for sightseeing around the country. As fuel costs should be taken into account – approximately 12 litres/100km (20 mpg) – There are several ways to save money but your best bet is booking through Ratpack Travel. We are always cheaper than booking via any online comparison!

Amenities and Comfort

Exploring New Zealand with a campervan is such an epic experience. Don’t forget you will need to consider all necessary amenities such as cooking utensils, power supply and toilet facilities when choosing your ride. 

Our recommendation would be to book campers with ample storage and comfortable sleeping arrangements while also having efficient energy management systems in place – this will maximise enjoyment during exploration of destinations like Waikato River, Oreti River or Lake Pukaki. 

We also love a camper which has areas suitable for lounging or dining. You’ll be thankful once you arrive at the stunning locations throughout New Zealand!

Just get in touch and we will happily guide you through the booking process. It’s so simple, so easy and we’ve been there and done it.

Top Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand

At RatPack we work with the best campervan companies. We negotiate directly with them and can guarantee better rates than booking via any online system. Essentially we do the hard work for you.

Hiring a campervan in New Zealand can be an easy process. If you have your eyes on a certain camper from any of the following companies, we can help you secure it for less. That’s the RatPack promise!

Campers we can book for you;

  • Apollo
  • Britz Campervans
  • Maui Motorhomes
  • Real Value
  • Jucy

Planning Your New Zealand Campervan Itinerary

Exploring New Zealand in a campervan is going to be insane, provided your trip is meticulously planned. There are tonnes of places this stunning country has to offer on both its North and South Islands, we recommend you explore both!

Ok, let’s get into it. These are the RatPack’s most memorable locations! Two islands make NZ such a special place! From the most instagrammable scenes and amazing landscapes, there’s something for everyone when travelling around New Zealand. 

We wanted to share with you an itinerary to inspire your upcoming campervan adventure.

North Island Highlights

Exploring New Zealand’s North Island by campervan is a great way to get the most out of your trip. From Auckland and Queenstown, with their iconic Muriwai Beach and Milford Sound respectively, to Wellington’s Red Rocks Reserve or Mount Victoria Lookout – there are plenty of spots not-to-miss.

For those looking for an unforgettable journey on the island, why not consider taking The Lost World Highway? Or exploring along the Coromandel Peninsula from Napier up through Taupo?

These drives will give you incredible views showcasing lush forests framed against breathtaking coastlines that could make any visitors experience one they would never forget!

South Island Wonders

Starting a campervan trip on the South Island with Christchurch as your starting point could also be a strong option. We advise you travel from Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson and journey down wild sandy beaches along the West Coast before reaching Queenstown which is well equipped for some epic experiences.

You can expect to see foaming waterfalls, snow-capped mountains or taking in some of nature’s finest wonders such as Milford Sound located between Te Anau & Queenstown. 4, 5 hours away. Finally head towards the Catlins coast, renowned for its rugged coastline. All we can say is – get your camera ready.

Catlins cost line in. New Zealand

Image Sourced: https://jonistravelling.com/catlins-new-zealand-coast/

Navigating New Zealand’s Camping and Parking Regulations

Driving a campervan in New Zealand requires only a valid driver’s license, and international visitors can use theirs from their home country for up to 12 months. 

Planning your trip with the knowledge of available parking and camping rules will ensure an smooth experience on your adventure through New Zealand. 

Campers have various lodging options that include staying at holiday parks or Department of Conservation campsites as well as freedom (wild) camping (our favourite option!) 

This must always be done at campgrounds which allow such accommodation. Understanding these regulations is key for having smooth exploration while travelling around by campervan within NZ!

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Essential Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Campervan Journey

When embarking on a campervan adventure in New Zealand make sure to take your time when driving, as roads can be quite twisty and narrow.

It’s nice to have time and not be clock watching, take some breaks to appreciate the landscape by stopping at points of interest – there will be tons of them! 

Google maps works wonder’s so you don’t lose track while travelling around this amazing country.

To ensure that everything runs smoothly during your journey, it is important not to forget about maintaining your vehicle: remember to always top up with water. Power-up where possible, wash dishes regularly for hygiene purposes, study weather forecasts before planning any trips outdoors and familiarise yourself with freedom camping regulations which may vary depending on location within New Zealand itself. By following these tips we guarantee an insane trip! Yeeeeow!

Summary

If you are ready to hit the open road and experience New Zealand in a campervan, then hopefully we have given you all the juice info you need!

We have discussed all of the essential aspects that will help plan an unforgettable trip, including finding the perfect camper van rental company for your journey, mapping out an effective itinerary with safety tips included.

So get ready to take on an adventure. Pack up your stuff and begin planning that dreamy New Zealand Campervan Road Trip today! With detailed insight into what is needed, it’s time to slow down and let nature lead the way!

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Campervan hire: Frequently asked questions

Now, just in case you have any questions, here are some classic campervan hire FAQs for you:

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, it is possible to spend the night in a campervan – provided you remain at the beaches, parks and reserves set aside for camping. This offers travellers an excellent way to explore this amazing country from their own vehicle!

Do I need a special licence to drive a campervan in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, if you wish to drive a campervan, all that is needed is a valid driving licence from your home country. International visitors can use their licence for up to 12 months without needing any special permit or authorisation in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

What are some top campervan rental companies in New Zealand?

For a great campervan rental experience in New Zealand, consider Apollo, Britz, Maui Real Value and Jucy Rentals. These firms are top-notch providers of quality vans don’t forget to book with us at RatPack travel for the best deals. This is what we do best!

What are the most beautiful routes to take in a campervan in North Island, New Zealand?

Experience a memorable journey as you travel and explore North Island in New Zealand by campervan. Have an exciting adventure taking the Lost World Highway, with splendid views between Napier and Taupo along the way. Also don’t miss out on visiting the Coromandel Peninsula for its beautiful sights.

How can I save money on campervan rentals in New Zealand?

To economise on campervan hires in New Zealand, be aware of any additional charges and book with RatPack to get the best price. They will personally compare rental deals so that you can save money when hiring a campervan in NZ.

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in New Zealand?

Unfortunately, you can’t just park where you want in New Zealand and sleep in your camper. Keeping your campervan in the wrong place can land you with some expensive fines.

So, try to find RV-friendly locations or campsites when you’re on the road. Permitted parking areas include national parks, roadside campervan camping, beachside locations, private parks for campervans and certain rest areas.

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