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Motorhome and Campervan Hire Auckland


There is no better place to start your New Zealand road trip adventure than in Auckland, the country’s largest city and the gateway to the North Island. Though it’s known as the entrance to many of the North island’s destinations, this metropolis is a popular destination all on its own. Explore Auckland with visits to the museums for Māori cultural performances, to the Auckland Zoo to get in touch with the local wildlife, and to many other landmarks, all perfect for a day out with the family. Whether visiting Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf to bask in the scenic beauty, or venturing up to the Sky Tower for a heart-stopping bungee jump, there are many activities to enjoy on your Auckland campervan holiday.

Auckland Transfer Information via Aeroparks Shuttle

We offer transfers to/from our Auckland Branch as follows:

  • From Auckland airport, Domestic Terminal: Pick up is opposite the Jetstar end of the Terminal. Once guests have their luggage, exit through doors 7 or 8 and walk across to the big white control tower to the pick-up point. Phone number for Aeroparks is 0800 237 672 or +64 27 414 4712. Pick-up is between 8am and 4pm daily.
  • From Auckland airport, International Terminal: Once you clear customs, exit the terminal and make your way to the Transport Pick-Up Zone (Lane 5); just a short 5-7 minutes’ walk under the covered canopy walkway, north of the Transport hub and behind the Te Arikanui Pullman Hotel. Request a pickup on the shuttle by calling through to Aeroparks. Phone number for Aeroparks is 0800 237 672 or +64 27 414 4712.

Looking for campervan rental in Auckland?


For the campervans Auckland travellers love, choose Apollo! Leave Auckland from any direction in your campervan, and you will find more of what the North Island has to offer! Visiting Northland and the Bay of Islands will provide splendid opportunities to see dolphins up close. The relaxing beaches and spas of The Coromandel are truly worth the scenic road trip, as are Hamilton and Waikato, with stunning beaches, nature reserves and the famous Hobbiton; the movie set where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot. While you’re there, don't miss the thermal mud pools of Rotorua, and Lake Taupo, which offers beautiful clear waters and stunning stargazing by night.

Explore ethereal landscapes and majestic scenery, and be immersed in unique Māori and modern culture with a self-drive adventure in a campervan or motorhome hired from Apollo Motorhome Holidays. If you’re visiting from the South Island, we have a branch there too. Apollo has you covered for campervan hire from Auckland to Christchurch.

Campervan hire Auckland Airport: Guests will need to arrange their own way to and from the airport to our branches in Auckland and Christchurch.

Auckland Branch

  • Address:
    13 Manu Tapu Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 16:30
  • Telephone:
    0800 845 222
  • Distance from City:
    21 Kilometres / 13 Miles
  • Taxi Fare City:
    NZD $95 Approx
  • Distance from Airport:
    4.5 Kilometres / 2.8 Miles
  • Taxi Fare Airport:
    NZD $25 Approx
  • Closed Days:

    New Year's Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day

What to do on your campervan road trip?


The beautiful legends of New Zealand and the inception of its two main islands are told as part of the traditional Māori people, who settled in the country long before the Europeans first arrived. According to the Māori, the North Islands were formed after the brothers of Māui, a demigod, fought over a great fish that he pulled from the sea. The fish was chopped into pieces, creating what is now known to be Te Ika-a-Māui, the traditional name of the island group. Though the tales may only be myth, the breathtaking beauty of the North Island is definitely not.

Auckland City

The North Island of New Zealand has endless opportunities for adventure, beauty and wonder. However, we think the perfect place to start is Auckland, where you’ll be picking up your Apollo motorhome or campervan. Although surrounded by the natural beauty of the North Island, Auckland itself has an array of fantastic tourist activities sure to keep everyone entertained, from food and music to art and culture. So, after setting off from our Auckland branch location, why not stop in at a few of the city's best sites and attractions.

Sky Tower

Piercing Auckland’s skyline, the Sky Tower is known for its panoramic views of the city, bay area and surrounding landscape. Standing at 300 metres high, it is the highest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. As well as stunning views, the Sky Tower also offers gift shops, world-class restaurants and a heart-stopping bungee jump which starts at 192m above the streets below. 

Auckland Museum

Step back in time and discover the rich history of Maori and Pacific Islander culture. With extensive cultural, military and natural history collections, the Auckland Museum is the perfect place to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s story. Located within a historical building and surrounded by tranquil parkland, it’s the perfect day trip for the whole family. 

Mount Eden

Walk up Auckland’s highest volcanic peak for stunning views of the Auckland CBD and harbour. You can observe the crater in the centre of the mountain, which is now covered in grass. 

Tapapakanga Regional Park

Operated by the Auckland City Council, the Tapapakanga Regional Park is a scenic coastal farm park about an hour’s drive east of Auckland. Perfect for a relaxing start to your NZ road trip, park up at your beach-side campsite, and watch the sunset over the rolling landscape behind you. 

Touring the North Island

Travelling out of Auckland in your Apollo campervan, you are spoiled for choice. From forests, beaches, rolling hills, and wild rivers, which area of natural beauty should you visit first? 

The Northern Tip

Travelling north of the city, you will reach the world-renowned Bay of Islands. From there, drive as far as you can to arrive at Cape Reinga, the northernmost point on mainland New Zealand. Along the way you will encounter cute little towns, rural charm and gorgeous coastal scenes.

Heading South

South of Auckland, there are many different paths you can take. If you’re feeling in need of some sea air, make a beeline for the Bay of Plenty or Coromandel Peninsula. A trip inland will likely guide you to lakes and thermal environments of Taupo and Rotorua.

Wild West Coast

If dramatic, rugged scenes are what you crave, the west coast of the North Island is perfect for you. Let the wind whip through your hair as you stand over the craggy cliffs or paddle out on one of the many surf beaches. Dotted with national parks, limestone caves and even a volcanic mountain, let the west coast captivate you with its natural beauty.

East Coast Adventure

Known as the ‘Sunshine Capital’, Napier and surrounding regions are home to world-class vineyards and a wonderful collection of art-deco architecture. Get a bit of culture in you and stroll the streets of Napier on a self-guided ‘Art-Deco walk’, designed by the Art-Deco Trust. 

Things to do in Auckland

Alyssa Tresider
/ Categories: NZ blog

Best family friendly campsites and holiday parks in Hawke’s Bay.

A New Zealand road trip around Hawke’s Bay opens up a world of adventure for families. And there’s no better way to experience everything on offer than by campervan. With so many fantastic family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Hawke’s Bay, it’s a great way to blend the comfort of home with the thrill of the great outdoors. 

To help you plan the ultimate road trip itinerary planner, we’ve put together this handy guide to the best family-friendly campgrounds in Hawke’s Bay. But first …


Why Hawke’s Bay is a good place to visit

Hawke's Bay is an unforgettable destination for families looking to experience the best of New Zealand’s outdoors. This region is famed for its sun-soaked climate and rich cultural heritage, offering a diverse array of activities that cater to all ages and stages. The area is renowned for its spectacular landscape combining beaches, vineyards, and scenic trails perfect for van travel. Whether you’re cycling along the Hawke’s Bay trails or exploring the local farmers' markets, you’ll be surrounded by New Zealand’s natural beauty at every turn. There are plenty of parks and outdoor spaces where younger kids can play and explore, while parents can relax and enjoy the stunning views. And for teens and tweens, attractions like the National Aquarium of New Zealand, Splash Planet, and Bay Skate are sure to be popular choices.  


What’s the best way to explore Hawke’s Bay?

Exploring Hawke's Bay by campervan offers a uniquely relaxed and intimate way to discover the region's breathtaking landscapes and charming locales. With a campervan hire, you have the flexibility to craft each day to your liking, whether it's waking up to the sound of the waves at Waimarama Beach or enjoying an impromptu picnic among the picturesque vineyards.

Van travel also means that comfort travels with you. You've got a kitchen to whip up meals whenever hunger strikes and cosy beds to end the day. And all while avoiding the hassle of checking in and out of motels. It’s the perfect setup for families wanting to keep things simple yet adventurous.

Plus, you save on time and money, giving you more freedom to enjoy all that Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Fancy an extra day exploring the Art Deco wonders of Napier or the natural delights at Te Mata Peak? With your campervan, changing plans is as easy as deciding where to park next.


Our favourite family friendly campgrounds and holiday parks in the Hawke’s Bay area

Looking for somewhere to park up your campervan as you explore Hawke’s Bay? Here are our top picks:

Clifton Motor Camp

Located near the entrance to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony, Clifton Motor Camp serves as a perfect launching pad for families looking to explore the natural beauty of Hawke's Bay. With amenities like a laundry, dump station, and playground, it ensures a hassle-free stay for campervan travellers Beyond the campsite, families can enjoy guided tours to the gannet colony, trek through the nearby walking trails, or take the short drive to Ocean Beach for a family day out by the sea. 

Kennedy Park Resort Napier

Planning to explore Napier? One of the best spots to park up is at Kennedy Park Resort Napier. This family friendly paradise offers fantastic facilities to ensure a fun-filled stay. The resort features a cool playground that includes a jumping pillow and a gym, alongside an entertainment room and Sky theatre, perfect for keeping the entire family entertained. There's even a swimming complex with a heated pool and a separate children’s pool with fountains. After a day full of activities, families can dine at Storkey's Restaurant, the onsite eatery, making it easy to unwind without the need to travel far for a delicious meal.

Hastings TOP 10 Holiday Park

If Hastings features on your New Zealand travel itinerary, be sure to plan a stay at Hastings TOP 10 Holiday Park. This great campground offers a stellar combination of comfort and entertainment that makes it a top pick for families travelling by campervan. You’ll find a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained, including a children’s playground, a TV/recreation room, and a swimming complex complete with barbecue areas. Guests can connect freely with unlimited Wi-Fi, making it easy to plan the next day’s adventures. Nearby, families can enjoy the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market, offering a taste of local produce and crafts, or visit the Hastings City Art Gallery, which showcases compelling exhibits that captivate visitors of all ages. 

Bay View Motel & Holiday Park

Just 8 km from the centre of Napier, the Bay View Motel & Holiday Park offers a quiet retreat with a dash of convenience for every campervan family. The park provides essential facilities such as showers, toilets, laundry, and a well-equipped kitchen, ensuring everything you need is at hand. Its garden setting adds a homely feel, ideal for relaxing after a day’s adventure. For families looking for activities, nearby attractions include the educational Marine Parade, where kids can explore the National Aquarium of New Zealand, play mini golf, or ride the bike pump track. 

Napier Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Experience beachfront camping at its best at Napier Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. The park features a children’s playground complete with a trampoline and a jumping pillow, ensuring hours of entertainment. For days when relaxation is key, take advantage of the nearby cycle and walkways, or explore the Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track, a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. For a bit of local history, the nearby National Tobacco Company Building offers guided tours that showcase stunning 1930s Art Deco architecture

Waimarama Holiday Park

Discover a slice of seaside paradise at Waimarama Holiday Park, perfectly placed for families to enjoy Hawke's Bay's sunny East Coast. This campsite boasts a prime beachfront location. Families can make the most of the newly refurbished playground, while the nearby white sandy beach provides a safe spot for swimming under the watchful eyes of surf lifeguards. For those looking to explore beyond the camp, there's plenty to do. Take a short drive to visit the stunning Te Mata Peak for hiking and panoramic views.

Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park

Just 30 km from Napier, Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park offers a beachfront escape ideal for families looking to soak up the sun and surf. Make the most of the great outdoors with walks along the beach or through the scenic reserve next door. The campsite is well set up with everything needed for a relaxing family holiday including kitchen and laundry facilities, a lounge room, and a playground. And if you’ve got a keen fisher in the family, there are some great spots for catching kahawai and gurnard. The campsite has fish filleting facilities and barbecues too – perfect for cooking up your catch.

Mohaka River Farm

Nestled between Napier and Taupo, Mohaka River Farm offers a unique getaway on a 280-acre working farm along the pristine Mohaka River. This family-friendly destination has everything needed for a comfy stay including complimentary Wi-Fi, barbecues, and untimed hot showers. The farm is not just about relaxation but also adventure and learning. You can explore the scenic landscape on horseback with treks suitable for all experience levels or engage in hands-on farm experiences that teach about sustainability and regenerative agriculture. 


5 top tips for travelling in a campervan with kids

1. Plan your route in advance

Before setting out on your New Zealand road trip, map out your route and identify kid-friendly stops. Include parks, playgrounds, and picnic areas where kids can run around and burn off energy. Planning helps minimise long stretches of driving and keeps the little ones excited about new destinations.


2. Pack smart

Overpacking is easy when you're travelling with children, but space is at a premium in a campervan. Pack versatile clothing suitable for various weather conditions and plenty of reusable water bottles, healthy snacks, and simple toys or games that don’t take up too much space.


3. Create a kid-friendly schedule

Kids thrive on routine, so try to maintain a regular schedule for meals and bedtime, even on the road. A familiar routine can help children feel more secure and manage their expectations about when it’s time to explore and when it’s time to rest.


4. Ensure safety and comfort

Safety is paramount. Make sure child seats are properly secured and that everyone wears seatbelts while the van is in motion. Keep essentials within easy reach – like first aid kits, sunscreen, and insect repellent – to ensure quick access when needed.


5. Engage and involve your kids

Make the journey engaging by involving your kids in trip planning and decision-making. Let them choose some activities or stops along the way. Provide them with cameras or travel journals to document their journey, enhancing their experience and keeping them engaged throughout the adventure.


Plan the perfect Hawke’s Bay family holiday with Apollo

Whether you're soaking in the coastal beauty of Hawke's Bay or exploring its fascinating history, Apollo has the ideal campervan to make your family camping trip effortless, cosy, and enjoyable.

Ready to create lasting memories? Book your Apollo campervan online today and begin your ultimate Hawke's Bay adventure. With the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and exploration, your family holiday in this stunning region is guaranteed to be remarkable.


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Where to stay in Auckland with your campervan


The Auckland region and surrounding North Island are perfect for your motorhome or campervan journey. The area is packed full of motorhome-friendly holiday parks that can provide power and security while offering amazing views. There will often be a holiday park close to popular towns and tourist spots so you can enjoy everything Auckland has to offer.

Holiday parks can supply powered and non-powered sites for campervans and motorhomes, as well as tents and caravans. They may offer multiple recreational amenities like heated swimming pools, trampolines and barbeque facilities. 

For inspiration, check out these world-class tourist areas which cater to motorhomes and campervans:

The Shakespear Regional Park - Situated north of Auckland, this beautiful spot offers beautiful views of Te Haruhi Bay, with three main walking tracks for you to enjoy.

Whatuwhiwhi Holiday Park - Perfect for a beach-side getaway, this spot is great for accessing the pristine Perihepe Beach. Enjoy an array of activities in the area, like fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding. 

Kauri Coast Holiday Park - Located on two hectares of stunning native parkland, the Kauri Coast is a great launching point for seeing the natural wonders of the west coast. Visit the nearby Waipoua Forest, Kauri Park or stroll along the beaches at Maunganui Bluff.

New Zealand is also a free camping nation which means you can park and stay the night in designated areas, as long as you're respectful of others and the environment. Freedom camping is a great option for cheap campervan hire, but it is only allowed for certified self-contained vehicles. This means it must have an on-board toilet, shower and waste disposal facilities.

For more information about free camping in your campervan rental, Auckland City Council has provided detailed rules and regulations for staying in the city.

Why choose Apollo for campervan and motorhome hire in Auckland?


Apollo has been a leading brand for premium quality motorhome and campervan rentals since 1985. Our entire campervan fleet is designed and custom built by expert RV manufacturers, who understand New Zealand’s unique climate and terrain. Fitted with quality appliances and furnishings, we can ensure you all the comforts from home when you’re on the road.

Contact our Apollo Motorhomes Reservations team and speak to one of our dedicated team members today. You can also browse through our range of campervans and motorhomes online now and start planning your ultimate Auckland road trip.

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Auckland 0622

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33 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere,
Auckland 2022

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