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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

The best family-friendly restaurants in Auckland.

Planning to book a campervan hire for a New Zealand road trip to the City of Sails? If you’re looking for some good family restaurants in Auckland to enjoy while you’re there, we’ve got you covered. 

In this handy guide, we’ve rounded up the best family restaurants in Auckland.  From the bustling Auckland Viaduct to quaint corners of the city, we've pinpointed places that cater to every palate, ensuring your campervan holiday is peppered with memorable dining experiences. Whether it's a quick bite or a special meal, these spots promise satisfaction for all ages.

 

Why you should explore Auckland with your family

Sitting near the top of the North Island, Auckland is New Zealand's largest city. It’s also a playground for families seeking a blend of urban excitement and natural wonders. With its stunning beaches, beautiful parks and reserves, world-class attractions, and excellent holiday parks, there’s something on offer for ages and stages. 

The city's family-friendly vibe also extends to its diverse range of eateries. From cosy cafes and tasty takeaways to ethnic cuisine and fine dining, you won’t have to go too far to find great family restaurants in Auckland.

 

What’s the best way to explore Auckland?

When it comes to discovering Auckland's treasures at your own pace, nothing beats the freedom of an Apollo campervan. In fact, our great range of campers are tailor-made for family adventures with spacious interiors, comfortable beds, and essential on-the-go facilities.

Whether you’re travelling with tots or teens, you’ll find the comfort and convenience of an Apollo campervan is hard to beat. Littlies can take a nap or use the bathroom whenever they need to – no worries about heading back to the motel or hunting out a public bathroom! And older kids will benefit from a change in routine, switching off devices, and enjoying some quality family time. There’s something about campervan travel that brings a family together in the best possible way! 

READ MORE: Check out our top 10 tips for campervan road trips with kids.

 

The best family-friendly restaurants in Auckland

Feeling peckish? Park up the campervan and tuck into one of these top family friendly restaurants in Auckland. 

 

Federal Delicatessen

For a slice of the Big Apple right in the heart of Auckland, Federal Delicatessen on Federal Street is your go-to. This spot brings the authentic deli experience down under, making it a fantastic option for families craving a taste of classic American cuisine with a Kiwi twist. The laid-back atmosphere, combined with a menu brimming with comfort food, makes it an inviting place for both adults and kids.

One of the standout dishes worth trying is the Salmon Latkes - crispy potato pancakes topped with lox, crème fraîche, and dill, perfect for sharing. And for the sweet-toothed, the NY cheesecake is a guaranteed hit. 


Mexico Britomart

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's bustling Britomart precinct, Mexico Britomart offers a lively and colourful dining experience perfect for families looking to spice up their meal times. Celebrating the fresh and vibrant side of Mexican cuisine, this restaurant is a feast for the senses, from its eclectic decor to its flavour-packed dishes.

Families will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and the menu's variety – even the pickiest eaters find something to love! A must-try is their range of soft tacos, customisable with fillings to suit all tastes. With gluten-free and vegan options aplenty, Mexico Britomart caters to every dietary need, making it one of the best family restaurants in Auckland. 


Azabu

Tucked away on Ponsonby Road, Azabu Ponsonby is a gem that brings a slice of Tokyo to Auckland. Known for its award-winning Japanese cuisine, Azabu makes dining out with the family an adventure in culinary exploration. The restaurant's modern twist on traditional Japanese dishes, combined with a vibrant atmosphere, makes it an exciting choice for family meals.

Azabu's menu, rich with Nikkei-influenced dishes, offers something for everyone. A standout for families is the selection of sushi and sashimi, prepared with the freshest local ingredients. 


Non Solo Pizza

In the mood for pizza? You can’t beat Non Solo Pizza. This beloved spot, located in the historic suburb of Parnell, is renowned for its warm ambience and a menu that pays homage to the rich culinary traditions of Italy. 

The wood-fired pizzas, with their crispy bases and flavourful toppings, are a hit among kids, while adults can indulge in the array of pasta dishes, succulent steak, roasted pork belly, or chicken cotoletta. Yum! The inviting garden bar and the lively dining room provide the perfect backdrop for family meals.


Burger Burger

Who doesn’t love a good burger, right? Our top pick for mouthwatering, tummy-filling burgers the whole family will love is Burger Burger. With locations sprinkled across Auckland, this burger haven is known for its commitment to quality, serving up gourmet burgers that are sure to please. The casual, vibrant atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a relaxed family dinner, where everyone can unwind.

Burger Burger's menu is a testament to their love for burgers, offering a variety of options from classic beef and cheese to more adventurous choices. One of the crowd-pleasers is the Lasagne Topper burger, packed with lasagna, pancetta, pesto mayo, and parmesan. Paired with their famous hand-cut fries and a side of homemade aioli, it's a meal that promises satisfaction in every bite. And you can add extras to any burger so that it’s made just the way you want it. 


Ortolana

Known for its commitment to fresh, local produce, Ortolana is a charming bistro that brings the essence of the garden to your table, making it a special spot for families who appreciate the farm-to-table concept.

Located in the heart of Britomart, Ortolana's inviting atmosphere and open kitchen design allow families to enjoy a meal in a setting that feels both intimate and inclusive. The menu, rich with dishes that highlight the season's best, offers something for every palate. From morning brunches with freshly baked scones to leisurely lunches featuring artisanal pasta, Ortolana definitely belongs on the list of top family restaurants in Auckland.  


Prego

Another Ponsonby Road family favourite, Prego is a cornerstone of Auckland's dining scene, offering a slice of Italy right in the heart of the city. Since 1986, this licensed Italian restaurant has been serving authentic Italian cuisine coupled with warm, award-winning service. 

Prego's menu offers a wide array of dishes that cater to various dietary needs, including halal meats and vegan options upon request. Families can dive into a range of pizzas and pastas, with gluten-free options available, ensuring a satisfying dining experience for all. 


Mekong Baby

Also located on Ponsonby Road, Mekong Baby offers a unique dining experience that transports families to the heart of Southeast Asia. This bustling restaurant and bar is celebrated for its innovative take on fusion cuisine, blending traditional flavours with a modern twist. 

The menu at Mekong Baby is simply mouthwatering, with flavoursome dishes designed to be shared and savoured. Families can enjoy a variety of offerings, from succulent meats to fresh, zesty salads. A standout dish that's sure to be a hit with all ages is the braised pork belly, perfectly balanced with tangy Asian slaw. 


Baduzzi

Situated in the bustling North Wharf area on Auckland’s waterfront, Baduzzi is known for its exceptional service and a menu that pays homage to the rich traditions of Italian cuisine, all while embracing the spirit of Aotearoa.

Baduzzi is a fantastic choice for families, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and a menu that caters to all ages. The restaurant prides itself on its handmade meatballs – choose from crayfish, wild red deer, slow-cooked lamb, or vegetarian options. You’ll also find a tasty selection of handmade pasta, succulent seafood, and delicious desserts. 


Bao & Noodle

Located on Lorne Street, Bao & Noodle is a culinary gem serving up authentic Chinese cuisine. Bao & Noodle is particularly appealing to families due to its focus on traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients, like their Sichuan peppers sourced directly from Sichuan. 

The restaurant's open kitchen allows diners to watch as chefs skillfully prepare handmade dumplings, adding an element of entertainment to the dining experience. With menu highlights such as DanDan noodles and sauced pork buns, Bao & Noodle offers dishes that are sure to captivate the taste buds of both young and old, making every family meal a memorable one.

 

Where to stay with your family in Auckland

Finding the perfect Auckland holiday park or campground is key to a memorable campervan adventure. Whether you're after the simplicity of a council campsite or the full suite of amenities offered by holiday parks, Auckland has plenty of great options to suit every family. 

For a detailed look at the top picks, dive into our guide to the 10 best family-friendly campgrounds near Auckland. From beachfront retreats to chilled-out bush settings, discover the ideal base for your family's exploration of this vibrant city and its stunning surroundings.

 

Looking for things to do with your family in Auckland?

With your accommodation all set, it's time to fill your travel itinerary with exciting activities. The city is brimming with family-friendly attractions, from museums and galleries to lush parks and thrilling adventure activities. Whether you're looking to immerse in the local culture, enjoy the great outdoors, or simply have fun, Auckland has something for everyone. 

Get inspired and start planning your family's adventure with our guide on 15 family-friendly things to do in Auckland

 

Ready to book your Auckland family road trip?

From the vibrant flavours of Southeast Asia at Mekong Baby to the authentic Italian fare at Baduzzi, Auckland’s family friendly restaurants each offer a unique taste of the city’s diverse food culture. Ready to try a few out? Book your Apollo campervan online today, pick it up from our convenient Auckland branch and start planning your unforgettable, flavour-filled Auckland road trip now!

 

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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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TAKAPUNA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK

22 The Promenade, Takapuna,
Auckland 0622

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WAITOMO MANGERE

33 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere,
Auckland 2022

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PAK'N'SAVE

Corner of Bader Drive & Orly Avenue, Mangere, Auckland, 2022

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