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Campervan Hire New Zealand

Holidaying to New Zealand and looking for campervan hire?

We offer reliable, near-new campervans and top-quality service. Our rental fleet exists of New Zealand-built Explorer Campervans and European-built Burstner Nexxo Campervans. Both compact in size and fully equipped, these campervans are ideal for New Zealand’s narrow, winding roads.

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Nexxo and Explorer: ideal Motorhomes for two.

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Operating from Paihia in the Bay of Islands we allow you to start your New Zealand trip at the top of the country and work your way south. Pick-up and drop-off of your vehicle is also available throughout New Zealand. When starting from our home base in Paihia, we will transfer you from Auckland or Kerikeri Airport. On your first night, you’ll enjoy an evening meal, a luxurious room, and breakfast in Baystay B&B, helping you start your holiday refreshed and relaxed. We have extensive travelling experience, so our small team can assist in planning your route and make it perfect for you.

  • Compact: Our motorhomes are compact, ideal for New Zealand roads. With a standard driver’s license these campervans are a pleasure to drive.
  • Complete: Despite its compact dimensions, this campervan is fully equipped. Bed linen, towels, tea towels, outdoor furniture, kitchen and kitchenware. We even throw in the first supply of toilet paper, sunscreen, sandflies spray, pepper / salt and cooking oil – things we all forget one time or another!
  • Comfortable: A permanent comfortable bed (no need to make up your bed at the end of the day) is unique in campervans of this compact size. Quality outdoor furniture and the two burner gas BBQ mean you can still enjoy quality meals, only with a different beautiful New Zealand view every day.
  • Communication: WiFi hotspot, computer and phone are all here. Now you can update your Facebook, travel blog or stay in touch with family and friends. This connectivity is great when you need to make camping ground reservations for the day(s) ahead.

The Best New Zealand Campervan Experience

If you book with Bay of Islands Campervans, we will do our very best to make your dream holiday to New Zealand a wonderful and memorable experience! Please read our reviews

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Test your road code knowledge by answering sets of 10 questions. At the end of each question set you’ll get a score.
Practise as many times as you like and we’ll graph your progress. Get an answer wrong and we’ll refer you to The Official New Zealand Road Code so you can learn the answer.

Be road safe and remember your New Zealand trip for the right reasons!


Road rules New Zealand 

Know before you go!

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Driving in New Zealand is not difficult but there are a few surprises: the following hints should help you have a safe trip.

Click on the pic and watch an informative video of what to expect on your road trip in New Zealand…

  • Driving is always on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Always keep on or below the legal speed limits indicated on road signs. The maximum speed on any open road is 100km/h. The maximum speed in urban areas is 50km/h. Adjust your speed as conditions demand.
  • Don’t underestimate driving times. Although distances may seem short, New Zealand roads often include hilly, narrow or winding terrain, which slow down your journey. If you’re used to driving in the city, take care when driving on the open country roads, and watch out for single-lane bridges.
  • Get plenty of sleep before a long drive. Take regular breaks – one every two hours and when you get sleepy.
  • Never drive if you are feeling tired, particularly after you have just completed a long-haul flight.
  • You must always wear a safety belt, both in the front and back seats – it’s the law.
  • Do not drink and drive in New Zealand – drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced.
  • Most open roads are single lane each way, except for motorways coming into larger cities (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch). Before overtaking, make sure you will have at least 100m of clear road in front of you until you have finished. Do not pass on double yellow lines – these indicate that it’s too dangerous to overtake.
  • Road conditions are variable. Off the main highways some roads may be unsealed and extra care needs to be taken. A few of these roads are not safe for vehicles and insurance does not cover them – ask your rental car company to mark these roads on your map before setting off.
  • In winter some roads may be treacherous due to ice or snow, particularly around mountain passes. Look out for signs indicating slippery surfaces in winter and drive slowly – do not brake suddenly on ice. In some cases chains may be required (rental cars usually come with chains supplied). Make sure you’re familiar with how to fit them.

Things you should know before you go