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Auckland Motorhome HireThe largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is a fantastic place to start your motorhome hire. This modern cosmopolitan city that has a population of nearly 1.5 million people and the best selection of privately owned motorhomes for hire in the whole country. It is a sprawling Beta + World City that straddles the Auckland volcanic field and is stretches from the Hauraki Gulf to the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful city with numerous harbours, giving it its nickname the ‘City of Sails’.
Historians, nature lovers, foodies and shopaholics will all feel right at home in Auckland. This matches the excellent climate, being the warmest city in all of New Zealand. It is also the country’s sunniest city, having over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Auckland is a major tourist destination and the perfect place to start any New Zealand motorhome rental. It is the gateway to the North Island and places like the Bay of Islands, the Coromandel Peninsula and the Tongariro National Park. Let’s not forget about city attractions like the Auckland Harbour Bridge, which you can actually climb! This is one of the most spectacular ways to see the city, although it is definitely not for acrophobias. Adrenaline junkies can also bungee jump from this famous bridge. Visitors that prefer to enjoy the views with their feet planted on the ground should head to Sky Tower and its Level 60 Sky Deck. The 328 metre high tower is also home to SkyCity Auckland, which is a massive casino and event centre. Foodies and drinkers should park up your camper and take a stroll along Karangahape Road; AKA K’Road, while Ponsonby is the best place for fashionistas. Mission Bay, which is a seaside suburb of the city, is fast becoming a chic area to stroll and dine after spending the day at one of its beaches. Auckland’s largest park; the Auckland Domain, is also its oldest and has been a main attraction for decades. This is partly thanks to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Domain Wintergardens. Other places of interest to visit in Auckland include the Museum of Transport and Technology, the Auckland Art Gallery, Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and the Auckland Zoo.
Auckland Campervan Rental
starts at NZD 50.00 per day
Mode Estima Camper
starts at NZD 66.57 per day
Mode Campers's Camper
starts at NZD 55.86 per day
Auckland Motorhome Hire
Five Star Hotel on wheels
starts at NZD 250.00 per day
Benji 2017 Fiat Luxury Free Pickups and Carseats
starts at NZD 200.00 per day
Ted 2017 Fiat Luxury Free Pickups and CarSeats
starts at NZD 200.00 per day
Auckland Caravan Hire
starts at NZD 80.00 per day
Retro Rumblin Tum- Caravan
starts at NZD 70.00 per day
Lily the retro caravan
starts at NZD 71.43 per day
Arriving in Auckland for your RV Holiday
If you are arriving by plane, you will land at the Auckland Airport, which is around 21 kilometres from the city centre. This is the largest and busiest airport in the country, connecting the city to 26 domestic and 48 international destinations. Shuttle vans, taxis and public transportation all offer transport to the city. From there, you can organise with the owner of your motorhome that you booked on SHAREaCAMPER where and when to meet to pick up your campervan.
The owner will show you how everything on the vehicle works and will go over a few of the finer details of it, like the rules, petrol to be used and other stuff like that. You will also do an inspection of the motorhome together and then fill out a Vehicle Handover Form. This whole process should take around 45 minutes.
Picking Up and Dropping Off Your Camper Hire
Dropping Off Your Hire VehicleIt is pretty common to be exhausted after your holiday and be ready to get home as quickly as you can. But you will need around 20 minutes to do the post vehicle inspection report. This includes filling out the Vehicle Handover Report and noting any damages that you may have incurred while touring around in the vehicle. You also need to inform SHAREaCAMPER as soon as possible if there are any damages.
Picking Up Your Hire VehicleMake sure to leave yourself around 45 minutes when you go to get your vehicle from the owner to go over everything and fill out the SHAREaCAMPER Vehicle Handover Report form. The report is important, as it covers all of the pre-hire conditions of the RV and allows you to inspect the vehicle and note any existing damages that it may have.
After arranging your campervan rental in Auckland, be sure to organise with the owner of the RV a pickup and drop-off point that is convenient for both of you. If you are arriving into the city by plane, feel free to ask the owner for recommendations on the best way to get from the airport to the pickup point. If you are a local, consider what the easiest and most convenient way is to pick up the vehicle. This may mean getting a friend to drive you to fetch the motorhome, or finding a place to park while you enjoy your holiday.
Campervans in Auckland: A City Guide for Motorhome Hires
Public TransportAuckland’s public transportation network is reliable, but unfortunately it doesn’t measure up to other large cities around the world. Some tourists find this frustrating, as it is a very car-dependant city. But this means that you could very easily get around via campervan. Still, there are buses, trains and ferries that link the city to its suburbs and nearby islands.
Britomart Transport Centre is the city’s main transport hub, with rail links to Swansea, Otahuhu, Papakura and Manukau. The hub is also a major interchange between bus routes and the terminus for the Skybus route from Auckland Airport. The inner Link bus also passes through the hub, which runs 3 loop routes around the CBD and inner city suburbs. These routes are the most important for tourists, as they pass by many of Auckland’s main attractions. Directly opposite the Britomart Transport Centre is the Auckland Ferry Terminal, with ferries to Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Motutapu Island and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
All of Auckland’s public transportation modes can be paid with the integrated AT HOP card. This is an electronic fare payment card that can be topped up online, at ticket machines and at ticketing offices. The initial card fee is $10 and must have a minimum top up of $5. The card can be purchased online or at retailers around the city. You can get all of the information that you need about the AT HOP card on the Auckland Transport website.
Food and DrinkThere are a plethora of places to eat in Auckland, with flavours from all over the world being represented, including Italy, Japan, Greece, France and Vietnam. The largest selection of restaurants, bars and café can be found along Karangahape Road that runs through the CBD. For something a little funkier, head to the trendy Ponsonby area where there is a good collection of upmarket restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are a few notable places to eat and drink in Auckland.
The Grill by Sean Connolly – This haven for meat lovers is led by executive chef Sean Connolly, serving up juicy pasture-fed meat and tasty sustainable seafood. Most ingredients used at this award-winning restaurant are locally sourced, including the wine. In fact, they have a few wines on their list from Waiheke Island, which is known as New Zealand's ‘island of wine’. The Grill is located in the SKYCITY Grand Hotel.
The French Café – This chic French café is run by husband and wife team Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy-Wright. Not only is this one of Auckland’s top restaurants, but it is also one of the best places in the world to dine of phenomenal French food outside of France. A holistic approach is taken not only on the food, but also the service and the atmosphere. In addition to the main dining room, The French Café has a private dining room that is great for a special occasion. It is also possible to dine in their incredible wine cellar.
Tabac – It is well worth heading down the back streets of downtown Auckland to find this sophisticated bar, which happens to be co-owned by musician Neil Finn of Crowded House. The bar is set in a heritage building and has a great menu of cocktails and whiskeys.
Montage Lounge Bar – This cosy bar is set in an old cinema lobby and its décor matches this. It is a small bar with an extensive menu that includes craft beer, cocktails, wine and champagne. Many liquors, wines and craft beers are New Zealand made, which just adds to the charm of this unique bar.
Sports and RecreationWhen people think about Auckland in terms of sports, they immediately think of rugby. There are currently two professional teams in the city; the Auckland Rugby Football Union team and the Auckland Blues. The New Zealand national rugby union team; aka the All Blacks, also often play out of Auckland. If you time it right, you may be able to catch a game played by this famous national team, or at the very least, one of the city’s big teams. The first-class Auckland Aces is the city’s cricket team, which has won the Plunket Shield title 18 times, the Ford Trophy championship 10 times and the Burger King Super Smash 4 times.
Eden Park is the largest stadium in the city and the host to most rugby and cricket games. It has also been the venue for 2 Rugby World Cup Finals and the 1992 and 2015 Cricket World Cup. The North Harbour Stadium is another large stadium that is used for major sporting events. Parking at Eden Park is next to impossible on a game day, so you must arrive by public transportation. There is parking, albeit limited, at the North Harbour Stadium, but it is best to find somewhere else to park your motorhome at the time of a game. Consider parking at a park and ride facility and taking the train or bus to the stadium.
Events and FestivalsAuckland Festival – March
This annual arts and culture festival is the city’s largest and possibly most popular festival and is a must for all visitors. It features art work from New Zealand, as well as from the Pacific, Asia and beyond. Not only does it display art work, but it also hosts international performances. Most years there are around 100 events that include music, dance, burlesque, theatre, cabaret, ballet, film, visual arts and public forums. To date, the 2013 Auckland Festival was its busiest, which had over 300 events. Notable artists that have performed at the festival include Ute Lemper, Paul Kelly, Martha Wainwright, One Man and Emily King.
Pasifika Festival– March
Over 225,000 visitors come each year to enjoy this culturally rich festival. In fact, it is the largest festival of this type on the planet, showcasing the cultures of 11 Pacific Island nations. There are 11 villages, each of which features a different nation, like Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti and Aotearoa. See traditional cultural shows, eat some delicious food and shop for unique handicrafts.
New Zealand International Comedy Festival – April/ May
The New Zealand International Comedy Festival runs annually for 3 weeks and draws over 100,000 people every year. The festival of course focuses on comedy acts and each year features over 200 shows that involve more than 250 performers. Everyone from emerging comedians to world-renowned veterans have taken part in the festival. A few notable performers include Bill Bailey, Ed Byrne, Jeremy Corbett and Jeff Green.
New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) – July/August
Film lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to see a New Zealand film premier or an international film from a premier festival in Europe or North America. Think Cannes or the Toronto International Film Festival, but on a much smaller scale.
National Parks to VisitTongariro National Park is the North Island’s main national park and it is a great place to visit by motorhome. The UNESCO World Heritage site is around a 4.5 hour drive south of Auckland and contains 3 active volcanoes, 2 ski fields and numerous Māori religious sites. But perhaps what it is most famous for is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is one of the country’s most popular day hikes. It is also pegged as one of the best day hikes in the entire world! There are three campsites in the park, all of which allow campervans. All of them have powered and non-powered sites, and all run on a first come, first served basis. If you are travelling with your furry friend, note that there are no dogs allowed at any of these sites. More information on staying in the park can be found here.
The protected Te Urewera National Park is fantastic for bird watchers, as nearly all species native to the North Island live here. It is a remote, rugged park that is only accessible via State Highway 38. It is the largest national park on the island, but surprisingly not the most popular when it comes to tourism. Still, it is well worth exploring this stunning park and seeing its various geological features. The park boasts 14 different hiking trails, all of which are of different levels of difficulty and length, ranging from an easy 1 hour walk to a strenuous 3 day challenge. Te Urewera National Park is home to seven different camping grounds, all of which allow RVs. This means that you can easily visit the park with your Auckland campervan hire.
Other Accommodation OptionsIf you plan to arrive a few days before you pick up your motorhome in Auckland to explore the city, or decide to stay a few days after drop off to relax and take in the city’s attractions, there are plenty of fabulous accommodation options throughout the city to suit all budgets. Everything from a bed in a dormitory to a lavish suite are offered in the central business district, which is one of the best areas in Auckland to stay in. The Myers Park area is also a nice area to call home for a few days, which is within walking distance of some great shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also one of the best areas for those wanting to relax in a mid-range hotel.
This luxury boutique hotel is rated as one of the best in the city. It is set in a refurbished iconic historic building right on High Street in the city’s CBD. It is a stylish hotel that expertly blends old and new to create an exceptional hotel with a fantastic atmosphere.
Abaco On Jervois
This quality mid-range hotel is located in the hip Ponsonby area just west of the city centre. The modern hotel fits in well with the art galleries, restaurants, café and shops that surround it. All rooms here are self-contained, so it is a great place to stay if you want a more home away from home feeling.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
This award-winning hotel is arguably the best of the best in the city. It is a superb property that is located in the Wynyard Quarter and was designed with the city’s culture and landscape in mind. Each of the chic 172 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows that boast spectacular views of the Waitemata Harbour.
Things to Do in AucklandAuckland War Memorial Museum - Also just known as the Auckland Museum, the museum is located in one of the city’s most iconic buildings. It also happens to be one of the most important museums in the country, with its collection concentrating on New Zealand’s history, military history and natural history. The museum houses a large collection of Maori and Pacific island treasures and artefacts, including a 1830s war canoe (waka taua) and three entire buildings. It also has a massive collection of photographs, natural history specimens, a Spitfire and Mitsubishi Zero aeroplane, and the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki – This public art gallery is home to New Zealand’s largest collection of art. It displays both national and international art and also hosts travelling exhibitions. The art gallery was originally dominated by European art, but today it is also has a collection of New Zealand and Maori art. The heritage building that the gallery sits in is also very impressive, built in early French Renaissance style.
Waiheke Island – This stunning island sits in the Hauraki Gulf around a 21 kilometre boat ride away from Auckland. The island is known for its laid-back atmosphere, which should come as no surprise given its numerous spectacular beaches that sit around the entire island. Oneroa Beach is the main beach, but it is also the busiest. Other beaches well worth checking out are the clothes-optional Little Palm Beach, the sheltered Shelly Beach and the family-friendly Palm Beach. The island is a must, as it was voted as one of the top islands in the world by Conde Naste. Plus, it is accessible by car ferry, which means you can visit with your campervan hire in Auckland.
Maungawhau/Mount Eden – Sitting at 196 metres above sea level, Mount Eden is a fantastic place to go to see panoramic views of the city. The scoria cone volcano is the highest natural point in the area and is accessible only on foot. But it is well worth the hike, as the views are spectacular.
Auckland Harbour Bridge – This is truly an icon in the city, linking St Marys Bay with Northcote on the North Shore. The bridge is currently only open to vehicles, but plans have already been made to add walking and cycling paths in the future. As far as tourism is concerned. The bridge is a hot spot for adrenaline junkies, as it is possible to climb the bridge and bungee jump from it.
Auckland Zoo – Since 1922, the Auckland Zoo has been open to the public to view not only exotic, but also native animals. There are over 875 animals living at the zoo from over 135 different species. The zoo is separated into 9 different areas, each of which has different animals. Some noted animals living in the zoo include Tasmanian devils, white rhinos, Sumatran tigers, Bornean orang-utans and pygmy marmosets. It is also home to the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, which is a state-of-the-art facility that allows visitors to enter and watch the veterinary team in action.
Auckland Domain – The oldest park in the city is around a 5 minute drive from the city centre. The massive 75 hectare park is home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Domain Wintergardens and numerous walking paths. It also hosts a number of Auckland’s largest events. The Auckland Domain sits right on the tuff ring of the Pukekawa volcano in the suburb of Grafton.
If a North island exploration is what you fancy, not only is Auckland by far the best place to start, but it also has the best selection of recreational vehicles for hire.
Best Time of Year for Motorhome HolidaysAuckland enjoys a subtropical climate, with warm humid summers and mild winters. It is the warmest and sunniest city in New Zealand, and has an average daily temperature of about 19°C. Auckland is also a wet city, with rain being possible year round. The sunny summer months (December – March) are the best time to rent a campervan in Auckland, though the city’s mild weather means that exploring in a motorhome can be enjoyed all year.
- If your holiday is between December and February you may want to think about hiring an RV that has air conditioning. At the very least, you will want to have an awning so that you can spend time outside in the shade.
- It can get chilly at night in the winter (June – August), so if your campervan holiday falls during this time, you may want to think about hiring a motorhome with an electric heater and/or hot water shower.
- There is rainfall all year in Auckland. If you plan on bringing the campervan on roads less travelled it is a good idea to rent an RV that offers the option of 4WD.
Caravan Parks and CampgroundsWhether you want to stay close to the city centre or want to go on an exciting exploration of the North Island, there are a plethora of caravan parks and campervans where you can park your campervan. Many of them have great facilities like a swimming pool, a boat ramp, a playground and a restaurant, with some also being pet friendly.
For access to Auckland and all of its sites, Pinewoods Motor Park is a great choice and is just a 25 minute drive from the city. It sits right along the Hibiscus Coast on a stunning 2 kilometre stretch of beach and features a playground with a trampoline, a communal kitchen and barbeque facilities. Plus, it is just $36 a night. Unfortunately, it is not pet-friendly, but Miranda Holiday Park is, which is around a 1 hour drive from the city centre. It also has some great facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts and a general shop. The wheelchair accessible RV park is a steal at just $27 a night. Even closer to the city is Avondale Motor Park that has plenty of different accommodation options. Plus, it is easy to get from this motorhome park to the city centre by both bus and train, making it a great and safe place to park your motorhome rental while you tour around the city.
Once you are out of Auckland and touring around the North Island in your motorhome the world of caravan parks and campgrounds broadens. Exploring the Bay of Islands by motorhome hire is extremely rewarding and the Bay of Islands Holiday Park is one of the top places in the area to spend a night. It is a peaceful park that sits right along the Waitangi River in Paihia and has a swimming pool, a playground, a laundry room and non-metred shower facilities. The beachfront Russell- Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the most recommended place to stay along the coastline, having over 2 acres of land with 50 powered campsites and a plethora of facilities that include a wood burning pizza oven, a swimming pool, laundry facilities, a TV lounge and a store. It is a tranquil, unique park where you are set amongst an abundance of bird life. You may even get the chance to spot a kiwi. The Long Bay Motor Camp & Cabins is an ideal place to stay when touring the Coromandel Peninsula by camper. It is a relaxing campsite that is set right along the beach and offers plenty of activities for the entire family, including fishing, swimming, kayaking and bush walking.
For those going on a weekend getaway by RV to see The Shire from the Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit, Cambridge Motor Park is an ideal place to stay while touring in your motorhome around Auckland. The campervan park is surrounded by trees and is just 24 kilometres away from Hobbiton. Plus, it is extremely affordable, at just $18 per night. The Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park is a great choice for visiting the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which are just 600 metres away. This award-winning park has a large swimming pool, a playground, a hot tub, a TV room and a barbeque area. If you are heading to Piha Beach for the weekend, the large Piha Domain Motor Camp is a great choice and is just a 2-minute walk away from the black sand beach. Fiona will make you feel right at home at this family-friendly campground that has facilities like a playground, bowling greens, tennis courts and hot showers.
Auckland: The Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Road Trips
Auckland to the Bay of IslandsIt only takes around 3 hours to drive from the city to the famous Bay of Islands, but this can be stretched out by making a few stops along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast. Start by travelling north on State Highway 1 to Grand Drive in Wainui. This will then turn into W Hoe Road, leading you to the lovely town of Orewa. This is one of the fastest growing towns in the country, and home to some of New Zealand’s most expensive properties. But it also has a stunning 3 kilometre long beach that is considered to be one of the safest in the Auckland Region. In addition to the beach, there are also numerous landmarks in the town, making it a great place to stop for a couple of days before continuing north on State Highway 1 to the Bay of Islands. Kawakawa is the gateway to the area and where you want to then continue straight onto State Highway 11 (Paihia Road). Paihia is known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands and is a great base for then exploring the rest of the area. From here, you can take a boat ride over to the elegant township of Russell, visit the Waitangi historic site, and taste wine and mingle with artisans in Kerikeri.
Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula
The entrance way to the Coromandel Peninsula is just 109 kilometres to the southeast of the city, so a detour along the coastline is highly recommended, as it makes for a truly scenic drive. Take State Highway 1 south out of Auckland to Route 10/South Eastern Highway, which turns into the Pakuranga Highway as it passes over the water to Pakuranga. Here, you want to turn right onto Ti Rakau Drive/Urban Route 8 and continue along Urban Route 8 until the roundabout, where you then take the 3rd exit onto Whitford Road. Take Whitford Park Road until it ends and forks, staying right on Brookby Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto West Road towards Clevedon, followed by driving along the Clevedon-Kawakawa Road and Kawakawa-Orere Road to the Tapapakanga Regional Park. This is a great place to stop for a night or two, as it is a peaceful park along the coast and boasts a white sandy beach. It also has 3 different motorhome parks where you can park your camper. Afterwards, continue along E Coast Road that follows the Firth of Thames, which later turns into Front Miranda Road. At Waitakaruru the coastal road changes to State Highway 25, which will then take you up and around the entire Coromandel Peninsula. Once you are finished your Coromandel Peninsula adventure, take the fast route back through the Coromandel Peninsula Forest Park to State Road 25A, which connects with State Highway 25. When you get to the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto State Highway 2. Then, keep right at the fork and follow signs for State Highway 1, which will take you back to Auckland.
Although Auckland is a fascinating city, the real adventure begins once you leave the city to explore the rest of the North Island. The 113,729 square kilometre island is quite diverse, what with its stunning coastlines, volcanoes, national parks and inlets. The best part is that all of this can be seen with your campervan, as roads throughout the island are in good condition and well signposted. The Auckland Region itself is the best place to start, which is home to beautiful coastlines and harbours, sheltered beaches, and the Waitakere ranges. Drive west to explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, east to the secluded inlets on the Tasman Sea, or northeast to enjoy the forests, waterfalls and vistas within the Hunua ranges.
Take your adventure further north along the east coast to the magnificent Bay of Islands; a place of superb beaches, native forests and historical sites. Or head south east along the coast for the magnificent scenery along the Coromandel Peninsula, continuing your adventure south along the Bay of Plenty. Let’s not forget about the less travelled west coast and the rugged Hokianga region with its protected Kauri forests. Or the Far Far North and its phenomenal Ninety Mile Beach. The Central North region is fantastic for nature lovers wanting to explore the most scarcely populated area of the island and its hilly terrain.
Things to Do on Your Road Trip
Go wine tasting on Waiheke Island
No matter which way you are heading, it is easy to make a quick trip over to the island with your vehicle to go on a wine tasting tour around New Zealand's ‘island of wine’. Kennedy Point Vineyard is one of the best thanks to its award winning Syrah, and it also happens to be the only certified organic vineyard on the island. Destiny Bay Vineyards is the island’s cabernet specialist, as well as being its first fully certified sustainable winery. Others greats not to miss include the island’s first winery Goldwater Estate, the famous Mudbrick Vineyard and the boutique View East Vineyard.
Fish for trout in Taupo Lake
Taupo Lake lies atop the Taupo Volcano and is the largest lake in all of New Zealand. The freshwater lake is said to be the Rainbow Trout capitol of the world, with numerous charter and guiding companies offering fishing expeditions. You can also just do this at the edge of the lake on your own by parking your motorhome and enjoying a calm day of fishing.
See a volcano in actionIf you are exploring the Bay of Plenty, it is worthwhile to make a detour to Rotorua to visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Here, you will see active volcano activities, including the famous Lady Knox Geyser. The geyser erupts daily at 10:15am to heights of 10 to 20 metres and is a phenomenal sight to see. The thermal wonderland also has a mud pool and a variety of amazing geothermal landscapes.
Snap photos of a waterfallVisitors heading to the coastal settlement of Piha should not miss the chance to stop at the scenic Kitekite Falls. This 3-tiered waterfall drops a total of 40 metres before falling into a large pool. There are also two other smaller pools on the drop, creating its 3-tiers. The waterfall is accessible by road, and there is a car park where you can leave your campervan. From there, follow the signs and go on foot along Glen Esk Stream to the waterfall. There is a walk that loops up the side of Kitekite Falls and over the stream at the end of it, which takes around 15 minutes to walk.
Walk along cliffs
On route to the Bay of Islands is Mangawhai Heads and the famous Mangawhai Walk. This walk stretches from Bream Head north to the Hauraki Gulf, on cliff tops, along beaches and through bush areas. An interested part of the walk is a natural formation called 'the giant staircase' that is carved into the hillside. Once you get to the highest point, you will enjoy magnificent views of the bay and beyond. You can then walk back to your RV along the beach, or go back the way that you came along the cliffs.
Visit the ShireAny Lord of the Rings fan will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the Shire, aka Hobbiton. The movie set is located in Matamata near the base of the Kaimai Ranges. When you enter the town you will be welcomed by a "Welcome to Hobbiton" sign, as this is the only reason why tourists visit Matamata. There are guided tours of the 5.5 hectare hobbit village, which last around 2 hours. There are a total of 44 hobbit holes to see at Hobbiton, as well as highlights like Bagshot Row, Bilbo's Bag End home and the Party Tree. Be sure to book in advance, as you don’t want to arrive and be disappointed that you can’t get a spot on the tour.
Driving Tips for Your Auckland Road Trip
- Always drive on the left side of the road.
- Drive at a speed of 80 km per hour on highways and 50 km per hour in the city.
- At stop signs and roundabouts, give way to traffic on the right.
- Most highways are single carriageway in each direction, so be very careful before passing another vehicle.
- Be careful of cyclists, pedestrians and even farm animals, as they all share the road with you.
- Speed cameras are used all over the city and the rest of the North Island, with police having a no-tolerance policy.
- When driving on State Highway 2, be careful at the Thames turnoff as it has many head-on collisions.
- Be cautious of logging trucks when driving through the forests.
- If you get into an accident, be sure to stay with your vehicle and wait for help.
Driving ItinerariesIt doesn’t matter what direction you head in, once you leave the city in your Auckland campervan hire the world is your oyster. There is so much diversity in terms of landscape throughout the North Island, that no matter where you are heading, you are sure to have the road trip of a lifetime.
Why Auckland is the Perfect Place for Your Campervan Hire General Facts about the City
The city is a great spot to organise a camper hire for exploring this incredible part of the world. Whether you are going on a weekend getaway or a 30 day adventure, a motorhome holiday is by far the best way to do this. SHAREaCAMPER has a plethora of campervans in Auckland to choose from, varying from small converted vans to large 6-berth family sized motorhomes. Tour around in a funky old converted Volkswagen van or a luxury Fiat Ducato. No matter what your budget is or how many people are in your group, you will have no trouble finding the perfect campervan to hire in Auckland.
You can explore the city’s surroundings and beyond by camper, resulting in an extremely memorable adventure. Take in the views of the city from Mount Eden, which is the city’s highest natural point. Or head up One Tree Hill and relax in the expansive Cornwall Park where people come to picnic, go bird watching or walk along its paths. Take your hired RV to Waiheke Island, which is a 35 minute ferry ride from the city. The popular island is home to some world class white sand beaches, historic sites and fabulous wineries. And you won’t have trouble finding a place to park your campervan on the island, as there are plenty of others doing the same and numerous facilities to accommodate this.
A motorhome will also give you the freedom to drive south on a loop to visit Matamata, Waitoma and Hamilton. Visit The Shire from the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings in Matamata, followed by the magnificent Waitomo Glowworm Caves. There is no need to worry about where to stay for the night, as both of these tourist destinations offer a wide range of RV friendly camping sites. Go west through the Waitakere Ranges to the pretty beachside town of Piha and its black sand Piha Beach, which is one of the country’s premier surf beaches. It is also just a beautiful area to relax in for a few days and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Rent a campervan in Auckland to easily access and explore the world famous Bay of Islands along the northeast coast of the North Island. Go on walks in ancient forests, mountain biking in the mountains and swimming under waterfalls. Relax on a spectacular beach, dive deep into the waters, swim with dolphins and visit wineries. The activities in this spectacular area are endless, as are those along the Coromandel Peninsula. This north-east coastal area is known for its stunning beaches, rich history and winding coastal road. There are a plethora of places to park your RV along the coast so that you can enjoy the beaches and the lush inland vegetation.
The road trips that are possible with an RV hire in Auckland are endless. No matter which direction you opt to head, in there are plenty of spectacular places to see and some fantastic things to do. Campervan sites are plentiful, as this is quite a popular way to tour around the country. Locals and tourists alike find exploring the North Island by campervan to be a very fulfilling way to take in all that this beautiful country has to offer. And with the massive amount of camping sites, this is pretty easy to do. There are motorhome sites around Auckland, along the coasts and in national parks. In fact, there are probably over 800 legitimate camping grounds that are accessible from Auckland, making it extremely easy to rent a motorhome in Auckland to tour around in.
Auckland’s location means that it is accessible in all directions via State Highway 1, State Highway 16, State Highway 18 and State Highway 20. Not to mention other smaller routes that connect the city to the coastal areas, taking you on the adventure of a lifetime.
"Since we are very busy in our jobs, the camper used to sit in our driveway for long period of time and noone used it. So we had the idea to give other camping lovers the option to try and go away for a trip with a motorhome for an affordable price. We are happy with the platform, we feel supported well and our concerns are taken seriously."
"I rent out my motorhome because I don't want to have it sit in my driveway without being driven. Being in touch with the travellers is a great experience that I enjoy a lot."
"Thank you for inviting us to join SHAREaCAMPER NZ. It is great for owners of Camper Vans, Motorhomes, and Caravans, in New Zealand to share them with the people of the world, when they are not being used, so that they to may experience while they are on holiday in New Zealand, the travelling to beautiful places, and sites of New Zealand."
"Without SHAREaCAMPER we wouldn't have bought our camper! The customer support is professional and we have met many nice people, some of which even came back to hire our Dreamer a second time."