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Explore Auckland and the North Island with campervan hire from DriveNow
Auckland is the gateway to the natural wonders the North Island has to offer. Positioned between two coastlines, this vibrant city hosts a combination of magnificent landscapes, an urban playground, and world-class food and wine. With so much to see and do, there’s no better way to explore New Zealand than by campervan.
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Don’t leave the stress of booking an Auckland campervan rental until you arrive, the smart thing to do is to book online with a free comparison service like DriveNow. We have more than 10 years of experience finding great deals on rental vehicles for travellers, and have partnerships with the top brands in the campervan market that include: Apollo, Britz, Maui, Mighty, Jucy Rentals, and, Freedom Campers.
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Driving in and around Auckland and the North Island
Driving around in a campervan is easier than you think!
Looking forward to getting on the open road and exploring the sights of Auckland and beyond in your campervan, but worried you’ll be unable to drive it? Don’t worry; the fleet of modern vehicles available on DriveNow are smooth, slick, and surprisingly easy to manoeuver. You’ll get used to cruising around the North Island in no time.
For those travelling from the likes of Australia and the UK driving in New Zealand will feel very much like home with vehicles travelling on the left and like Australia speed limits maxing out at 100kms (around 66mph). Unlike Australia you don’t have to travel too far between destinations and most State highways are made up of undivided roads with less than 500kms of motorway predominately located around cities. But rather than being a drawback, this ensures you get more time in your campervan to experience the beauty and innocence that New Zealand still offers.
Auckland is the perfect launching point to explore the North Island by road. Explore the stunning coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula, 3 hours away on the east coast or head north to the beauty of the Bay of Islands a little over 220kms up State Highway 1, or even go all the way and continue up State 1 to Cape Reinga, the country’s most northern tip (well almost, technically Surville Cliffs 30km to the north east is 3km further north but being off-limits to the public Cape Reinga is the most northerly point for your campervan.
Heading south you’re spoilt for choice with a plethora of National Parks, the mudpools and 30 metre Pohutu Geyser outside Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Hawke’s Bay all just a brief glimpse of what New Zealand’s North Island offers the road traveler.
Where to Park your campervan around Auckland?
Sleep under an uninterrupted blanket of New Zealand stars
The beauty of travelling around New Zealand by campervan is having the freedom to set up camp wherever you like, as long as you’re not trespassing and are respectful of the environment. Freedom camping, as it is known, allows you to wake up each morning in places of unique and magnificent beauty proving that the adventure of the open road in New Zealand is like no place else. For those nights when you want amenities like hot water, washing facilities, and the chance to meet fellow campers; check out these campsites around Auckland.
Packing Tips for Your Campervan Holiday in Auckland
When you embark on your Auckland campervan adventure, it can be difficult knowing what to pack. As you’ll be sleeping, cooking, and cleaning in your van, you’ll have a list as long as your arm. Don’t stress DriveNow’s fleet of suppliers come with everything you need, plus the option to add on any additional extras. So, all you need to bring for your campervan hire in Auckland is yourself and your personal belongings. We recommend bringing soft cases as these are much easier to stow away than hard-covered suitcases.
Weather in Auckland
Auckland has a balanced climate making it a year round destination
Auckland and its surrounds have a reasonably comfortable climate all year round. In the summer months temperatures rarely exceed 30 degrees, and in the colder months of winter, the average daily temperature is 14 degrees. If you are visiting in winter, you may want to pack a raincoat and umbrella as the rainfall can get quite heavy during these months. Autumn is a great time to visit, as the crowds of summer have dispersed and the temperature is still pretty warm.
Driving Holiday Intineraries out of Auckland
If you are looking for some ideas for your driving holiday itinerary out of Auckland, checkout these itineraries encompassing holiday trips across the north and south islands with free itineraries to download:
- Auckland to Christchurch - Enjoy one of the world's most stunning road trips; this 10 day tour of New Zealand takes you from Auckland in the north to Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island
- Auckland and the Bay of Islands - Take in the north of Auckland and take explore the Bay of Islands in this 5 day loop of the top of the North Island
- Auckland to Queenstown - Travel the full monty and take in New Zealand from top to bottom kicking off in Auckland and finishing 2300km later at Queenstown in the South Island
- Auckland to Wellington - 7 Day explore of New Zealand's North Island
Driving Highlights Not to Be Missed in and Around Auckland
When you land Auckland Airport, your campervan rental will be awaiting your arrival. Jump in, turn the ignition and you’re ready to see some great sights around Auckland! Check out some of these unmissable attractions on your road trip.
Auckland Sky Tower
Before you leave the buzz of the city for the natural New Zealand landscapes surrounding Auckland, head to the Sky Tower for its unmissable view. If you’re feeling brave you could get your adrenaline pumping with a Sky Jump or walk the edge on a Sky Walk at 192 metres high. For those who prefer feeling a little more grounded, you may prefer checking out the 360-degree view from the safety of the glass walls.
For any foodie visiting Auckland, put Matakana on your bucket list. This picturesque village is known for its spectacular vineyards, quaint farmers markets, and stunning east coast beaches. Enjoy a wine tasting tour at one of the region’s numerous wineries, where they are especially famous for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.
West Coast Beaches
The West Coast Beaches of Auckland are breathtaking
The Wild West Coast of Auckland is renowned for its rugged beauty and dramatic landscapes. For those who love the surf, it’s a must-visit location on your Auckland campervan trip. If you prefer to stay dry, there are plenty of beautiful coastal walks to take, we recommend the Omanawanui Track in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.