Hire a campervan in New Zealand. You can find out the cost of campervan and motorhome hire in New Zealand from our user-friendly booking engine. It is secure and easy to use. Add in the extras , check out the camper van from inside and out. See how old it is. Read all the terms and conditions and see exactly how much it will cost before you book.
This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers. Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.
“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters
The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.
One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.
Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.
Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.
Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:
Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.
They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.
Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.
I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is. We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.
A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.
In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.
We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly. We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars. There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles. Watch this space .
We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on. Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.
This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.
They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.
I do need to know the age of the driver. In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25. This is not the case in all countries though.
In many you can hire at 21. You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.
One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.
This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.
One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.
One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out. Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.
There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing. We do change these from time to time.
The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made. (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)
We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room. We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers. We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision. To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.
Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen. All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.
Our customers will often search online for reviews. However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.
Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to. We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.
You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.
We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles. This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one. This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early, fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.
If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure. You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.
The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.
If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA). The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn. But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.
They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement. Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.
The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes. This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked. If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.
Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.
It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.
The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another. We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer. These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space. They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.
Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens. They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles. These vehicles are basic, older and cheap. They are more like sleeper cars than campervans. But they are on our lists. The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.
The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed. The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board. You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping bag.
These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.
Always consider the sleeping arrangements. If you are tall check out the bed sizes:
Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.
If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.
Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.
Are you happy making the bed up each night? Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.
The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper. You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both. You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.
Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply. Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.
All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them. Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for. If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?
Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan. Ask us…its our job to help.
Courtney Whitaker’s tips on how to have a safe and comfortable motorhome holiday. From the New Zealand Herald.
1 Road rules: Most road rules in New Zealand for motorhomes are similar to those for cars. But though the rural speed limit is 100km per hour, if you are travelling in a motorhome with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GMV) of more than 3500kg, this speed limit is reduced to 90km per hour. Don’t fret if your motorhome won’t fit on the bathroom scales though, your rental company will be able to confirm whether your vehicle fits this criteria or not.
2 Insurance: Make sure you have insurance to cover your trip. Most motorhome rental outlets will offer some form of accident liability cover when you hire the vehicle, though it pays to shop around. Some will offer roadside assistance.
3 Dump stations: Only dispose of your waste water in designated dump stations. These are usually located at camping grounds, holiday parks, or on the outskirts of a town or city. You can find maps of the dump stations located around the country on websites such as AA Traveller: maps.aa.co.nz. If, like me, you’re not well-versed in the intricacies of motorhome waste management, check out camper mate.co.nz for a handy “how-to” video.
4 Freedom camping: There are around 340 “free” campsites around New Zealand that are designated by local councils and the Department of Conservation. Tap intodoc.govt.nz/freedomcamping for ideas, or go back tocampermate.co.nz, which has a handy downloadable app, allowing you to be more spontaneous with your stops. It’s important to stick only to marked campsites, as it is illegal to camp on privately owned property without permission from the owner. Freedom camping in a restricted area can result in a hefty $200 infringement fee.
5 Safety: To make sure you and your passengers are as safe as possible in your portable hotel, check it complies with road rules. Seatbelts must be fitted in motorhomes manufactured on or after October 1, 2003. If your camper is a “vintage” model, pad sharp edges and objects that could fall or move. The number of safety belts in newer campervans must also match the number of berths.nzta.govt.nz lists the requirements your motorhome must meet.
6 Motorhome sites: If you’ve done your dash with freedom camping and are looking for something a little more upmarket, try holidayparks.co.nz.You can specify the area you want to stay in and amenities you require.
7 Rest: There are rest stops dotted along most open roads in New Zealand, and it’s important to use them if even slightly fatigued. If you’re niftier with technology, use a time and distance calculator to estimate how long your trip will take before you leave. Driving in NZ can take longer than expected because of winding roads or weather conditions. newzealand.com has a useful map for planning siestas ahead of time.