Traveling around in a New Zealand campervan hire is the ultimate way of drinking in the natural beauty of this incredibly ravishing country. But you have to be aware of a few fundamental truths when it comes to selecting a good hire.
Ensure that the hire company includes 24 hour AA (Automobile Association) roadside assistance.
Campervans normally come loaded with bedding, cutlery, gas cookers, fridges etc to make your holiday stress free. Ensure that the hire cost you pay includes living equipment as well. Some operators may charge extra for equipment. Ensure that your campervan of choice meets your requirements exactly. A variety of models with advanced features in terms of seating and luxury at various prices will add to the confusion. So double check with your vendor to get exactly what you need.
The price of your vehicle rental of choice will determine the age of the vehicle itself. Most of them in New Zealand range from 10 year old ones to recent models with newer fit-outs.
An important criterion that will determine your travel plan and budget is the type of fuel your campervan will consume. Diesel is a cheaper than petrol and will cut your travel costs substantially. Generally, the larger vehicles are diesel though only a handful of vendors offer smaller diesel ones. Find out clearly what is included in the daily cost of your campervan hire.
Your age is a vital factor. If below 21, you should check with your hire company if you are eligible to drive in New Zealand. Most companies have 21 as the minimum age. Find out if you have any age associated surcharges.
Ensure that you check the vendor’s ferry crossing policy if you are going to both North and South Island. Some companies offer depots at Wellington on North Island and Picton on South Island while others do not. From travel experience, it is easier to ferry the vehicle across and drive away rather than unload it on this side, cross and repack a new vehicle on the other side and make new contracts.