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Motorhome and Campervan Hire Christchurch

 

Haere mai, welcome to Christchurch.

Christchurch, the garden city, is the start of your South Island adventure. Whether you are an intrepid explorer, an adrenaline junkie, or prefer a more sedate pace and all the comforts of home, your motorhome is the ideal way to explore our world famous scenery and attractions at your own pace.

Looking for Christchurch campervan rental?

Your Apollo motorhome is your home away from home while you explore the stunning South Island. Unpack once, stop where you like and stay as long as you like. From Christchurch the options are endless. Explore the city with its art and history museums, shopping options and the food scene. Christchurch has continued to rebuild with new dining and entertainment precincts that will rival its larger city competitors. For the best campervan rental Christchurch has to offer, get in touch with Apollo today!

 

Christchurch Airport Transfer Information

We offer a shuttle service to and from the airport every hour from 8am - 4.30pm, daily.

We will also run additional shuttles, if called, or when the number of guests is more than the shuttle capacity.

The shuttle area is outside door 1 and 2 in the domestic area of the airport. Look for the orange and white shuttle with our brand logos on it.

There is no customer parking available inside the grounds of our branch, but there is a wide range of safe, secure, convenient and affordable parking options situated close by. We recommend using Parkopedia to research options.

Christchurch Branch

  • Address:
    159 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, 8053
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 16:30
  • Telephone:
    0800 845 222
  • Distance from City:
    10.7 Kilometres / 6.6 Miles
  • Taxi Fare City:
    NZD $59 Approx
  • Distance from Airport:
    2.7 Kilometres / 1.6 Miles
  • Taxi Fare Airport:
    NZD $25 Approx
  • Closed Days:

    New Year's Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day

 

What to do on your Christchurch campervan road trip?

 

With Apollo’s campervan and motorhome hire in Christchurch, you can explore every corner of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island.

Head north, to Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, where the stunning scenery and friendly locals combine with fresh seafood and the famous Marlborough wineries. Further on you’ll be able to explore the Marlborough Sounds and the golden sands of the Tasman National Park.

To the west coast, the photo opportunities are endless. There's so much on offer including tramping, mountain biking, the glaciers of the wild West Coast and the local beers and whitebait patties. Yum!

And of course the famous southern scenic route, including the Southern Lakes, Aoraki Mt Cook, Queenstown and Milford Sound, where every bend in the road will take your breath away. Literally millions of people come from all over the world to see our back garden, why not you!

Discover Christchurch City

Welcome to Christchurch, the doorway to the South Island. On your journey, you will discover endless natural beauty in this uniquely New Zealand setting, from snow-capped mountain ranges to lake-side vistas. However, now that you’re here, why not check out what the city of Christchurch has to offer first?

After you set off from our branch just outside the airport, cruise on into the CBD and enjoy the cultural delights of New Zealand’s oldest city. From restaurants and heritage architecture, to street art and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra concerts in Hagley Park, feast your senses on all Christchurch has to offer. 

Botanic Gardens

As one of the city’s most popular attractions, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature the most extensive collection of local and exotic plantlife throughout New Zealand. With over 1.1 million patrons each year, these epic botanic gardens are a place of ever-evolving natural beauty. There's something new to see with every season. 

Christchurch Gondola

For the best view in town, ride the Christchurch Gondola to the top of the Port Hills. This experience offers a stunning outlook over the city, the Southern Alps, Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains. At the summit, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including shopping, the Time Tunnel Ride or a beverage and snack at the Red Rock cafe.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Want to see a Kiwi bird in its natural habitat? How about with no glass between you? At the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, you can get close to many of New Zealand’s native icons, as well as other local and introduced species. Walk around the park at your own pace and let the animals eat out of your hand, then stay for a Maori cultural demonstration or walk through the gift shop.

Your South Island campervan adventure

Ready to see the Lord of the Rings in real life? After exploring what Christchurch has to offer, it’s time for the main event. With the dazzling scenery in every direction, we lay out what the South Island has to offer, place by place. Read on to discover where our campervan hire can take you.

Lake Tekapo

Regardless of the season, Lake Tekapo is a sight to behold. Fed from a nearby glacier, bask in the reflection of the crystal clear waters, or visit one of the local cafes to gaze across this great blue expanse. When the sun sets, prepare yourself for a dazzling night time display. Known for its stargazing, local tours operate from Wednesday to Sunday, taking you to the perfect spots to witness our vast milky way. 

Aoraki Mount Cook

Standing at 3724 m above sea level, Aoraki Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand. On a clear day, it stands magnificently against the sky - a memorable sight for anyone to behold. For day trips to Mt Cook, we highly recommend the Hooker Valley Track. At an easy 3 hour return time, the Hooker Valley Track offers stunning views of Hooker Lake, the Mueller Glacier and, of course, Aoraki Mount Cook. 

Hanmer Springs

Unlike most places, Hanmer Springs is ideal for both thrill seekers and chill seekers. The thermal springs are the perfect place to unwind after a long day’s driving, with temperatures reaching up to 36C in some pools. However, for those who are a little more restless, Hanmer Springs Attractions offers a whole host of high-octane fun. From jet boating to river rafting, to quad bike tours and bungy jumping, they have it all. The best part is, they operate from one location, making it possible to do multiple tours in a single day.

Marlborough Sounds

With over 50 conservation reserves, 1500 km of coastline and many hidden bays and quiet beaches, the Marlborough Sounds are a place to find your own piece of paradise. The perfect setting for an island hopper cruise, float between islands and coves as you drink in some of NZ’s most picturesque coastline. With the best south island wineries located in this region, the Sounds are also the ideal place to please your palate, as well as your soul.

Things to do in Christchurch

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 Christchurch

 

The Canterbury region is ideal for motorhome and campervan journeys with excellent holiday parks located close to all the popular tourist attractions and towns. These areas are well equipped for road trippers, as they have everything from kitchen and bathroom facilities to powered sites specifically for campervan rentals. Some holiday parks also offer various recreational facilities like barbeque areas, swimming pools, biking and walking trails, and small stores for basic goods.

For inspiration, check out these fantastic holiday parks which cater to motorhomes and campervans:

Tasman Holiday Park, Christchurch - Only 15 minutes from the Christchurch CBD, the Tasman Holiday Park is the perfect place to begin your holiday on New Zealand’s South Island. 

Leithfield Beach Holiday Park - North of Christchurch, stop here on your way to the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy beach-side accommodation for a fraction of the price. 

The Lake Tekapo Holiday Park - Stay at the top of Lake Tekapo while remaining within walking distance of the town centre, the lake’s edge and local hot springs.

For the more adventurous Christchurch campervan travellers, you can also free camp in certain places throughout the South Island. Freedom camping is a great way to explore New Zealand on a budget, but it comes with strict rules and regulations. You must have a certified self-contained vehicle with your own toilet, shower and waste disposal facilities on board. If you’re planning to free camp in your motorhome rental, Christchurch City Council has rules and regulations about where you can stay.

Why choose Apollo for campervan and motorhome hire in Christchurch?

 

Apollo is New Zealand’s leading provider of premium quality motorhome and campervan rentals. Designed and built by expert RV manufacturers, our entire fleet is custom-made for New Zealand’s unique climate and terrain. Whether you are looking for your next adventure or want to enjoy a relaxing scenic drive, the best way to explore Christchurch is with an Apollo campervan.

We offer a wide range of campervan and motorhomes to suit any budget and group size. Each vehicle is kitted out with quality appliances and furnishings so you can have all the comforts of home on your road trip. For great Christchurch campervan deals, contact our friendly team at Apollo and start planning your dream holiday.

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Nearest Campsite

North South Holiday Park

530 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051

+64 3359 5993

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Nearest Fuel Station

Z - Sawyers Arms - Service Station

Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053

+64 3359 8448

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Nearest Supermarket

Countdown

530/546A Memorial Avenue, Harewood, Christchurch, 8053

(03) 357 0450

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