Christchurch Motorhome Rental
Christchurch is the ideal place to start your Motorhome Rental Holiday in New Zealand.
If you are planning to visit both islands, it is better to pick up your motorhome rental in Christchurch, traveling south to north and returning your motorhome rental vehicle in Auckland. Why, you wonder? Well, I am not just making this up because I personally prefer Christchurch motorhome rentals, but I have reasons to back this theory.
The majority of visitors to New Zealand rent their motorhome in Auckland and travel south, returning in Christchurch. (I’m not sure why people prefer to start in Auckland instead of Christchurch, and I have regular discussions with motorhome rental suppliers regarding this odd phenomenon.) What happens is that rental companies end up with the bulk of their rental motorhomes in Christchurch, having to relocate them back to Auckland for their next clients. This takes time and money.
Therefore, some companies offer specials for Christchurch motorhome rental bookings, in form of reduced daily rates, free ferry transport, waiving one way fees or free insurance upgrades.
Savings can range from NZ$10 to NZ$60 per day.
Not only do you benefit by paying less, but Christchurch is also a better place to get familiar with your motorhome rental vehicle. Auckland is a major city including heavy traffic, daily traffic jams and narrow, winding roads. Especially if you have not driven a motorhome before, combined with a bit of jet lag, the first day in your rental motorhome can be very stressful.
In Christchurch you can pick up your motorhome rental vehicle at Christchurch airport and within 10 minutes you are out of the city, traveling within the vast space of the Canterbury Plains with hardly any traffic. Even if you decide to visit Christchurch, it is a lot easier to negotiate through the city due to the lack of hills, spacious roads and less traffic compared to Auckland.
As most people find the South Island more beautiful than the North Island, there is another reason for choosing a Christchurch motorhome rental. If you get sidetracked from your Auckland to Christchurch itinerary, it can easily happen that you fit in an extra day or two here or there during the early stages of your motorhome rental New Zealand. There are uncountable beautiful places and interesting things to do, so it is very tempting. I talk to many travelers, though, who arrive in the South Island and end up being short on time which is a shame.
Christchurch motorhome rental is the ideal way to ensure a smooth start to your motorhome holiday in New Zealand. If you have a return flight arriving and departing in Auckland, it is easy and cheap (starting from NZ$45 per person) to catch a domestic flight to Christchurch. I can only recommend a Christchurch to Auckland campervan hire - it is the best way to see New Zealand.
Duration, you ask? Well, ideally you want at least 2 weeks per island, but it’s always possible to skip some parts of the country for a shorter rental period. If you only have two weeks in total, you are best to choose one island and spend the full two weeks there. Any other way is stressful and expensive (more km, more fuel, less sleep).
I hope this is of assistance to you and would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us now.