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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

Fun family things to do in New Plymouth.

Planning a campervan road trip to New Plymouth with the family? Need some great ideas on what to see and do while you’re there? We’ve got you covered. From museums and mini-golf to shipwrecks and goblin forests, this North Island city is packed full of family fun. In this handy guide, we share 10 of the top New Plymouth activities worth adding to your road trip itinerary planner. 

 

Why New Plymouth is a good place to visit

New Plymouth is an exceptional destination for families, blending rich cultural experiences with stunning natural landscapes. Located around 4.5 hours drive from Auckland, it's an ideal spot for both quick getaways and extended holidays. The city boasts expansive green spaces like Pukekura Park, where families can enjoy everything from quiet walks to row boat rides on the lake. At Puke Ariki Museum, interactive exhibits not only entertain but also educate visitors about the region’s history and natural world.

The renowned Coastal Walkway offers miles of scenic paths perfect for biking or strolling while soaking in ocean views. For younger adventurers, numerous playgrounds throughout the city provide imaginative and safe play areas. With its compact urban layout, New Plymouth allows families to explore a variety of attractions within a short distance, minimising travel time and packing in maximum fun.

 

What’s the best way to explore New Plymouth?

Exploring New Plymouth by campervan offers the ultimate in flexibility and comfort for families. Wake up to a different beachfront or lush landscape each day then take your time exploring the highlights and hidden gems. Renting a campervan allows you to unpack once and relax, with all your travel necessities in one place, moving at your own pace. It’s cost-effective too, reducing the need for motel bookings as you travel. 

The New Plymouth region is well-suited for van travel with excellent campgrounds offering facilities that make a campervan road trip convenient and enjoyable. Plus, Apollo campervans come with everything on your family camping checklist: space, comfort, and the essentials for life on the road. There’s no better way to explore Plymouth! 

 

Our top 10 favourite family things to do in New Plymouth

Let’s take a look at some of the best New Plymouth activities for families travelling by campervan.
 

1. Enjoy a picnic at Pukekura Park

Step into the natural beauty of Pukekura Park, a 52-hectare wonderland of lush gardens, tranquil lakes, and extensive walking paths. This park is the perfect New Plymouth attraction for families who love the outdoors. Enjoy a peaceful walk over the iconic Poet's Bridge or watch the kids play near the historic waterwheel. For a special treat, visit during the six-week Festival of Lights in summer, when the park sparkles with vibrant light installations and becomes a scene of nightly festivities. 

 

2. Hit the trails at Egmont National Park

Keen to take the family on a walk into nature? You’ll find plenty of great options at Egmont National Park. The park is rich with geological and natural treasures, from the snow-capped peak of Mt Taranaki, known for its near-perfect symmetrical cone, to the lush rainforests that drape its lower slopes. Enveloping the majestic Mt Taranaki, this park offers over 300 km of walking tracks that cater to every fitness level. Whether you're up for a 15-minute scenic stroll or a challenging three-day Pouākai Circuit, Egmont is a playground for walkers and hikers. 

 

3. See the sights on the Coastal Walkway

Embrace the sea breeze along New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway, an award-winning 13.2 km stretch that winds from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki to Bell Block Beach. This paved pathway is perfect for families, accommodating everyone from walkers to cyclists, and even those on skateboards and scooters. The journey from the Wind Wand to the architectural marvel, the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, is particularly picturesque, featuring expansive views of the ocean and a framed view of Mt Taranaki. The walkway is dotted with access points and parking, making it easy to explore sections at a time or commit to the full distance. 

 

4. Catch a wave on Surf Highway 45

Hit the waves on Surf Highway 45, a must-visit for any surfing enthusiast exploring New Plymouth. This 105 km stretch of coastline offers some of the best surf spots in New Zealand, with beaches suited for every level of surfer, from beginners to pros. Each coastal town along the highway adds its unique charm and variety of waves. Not just for surfers though, Surf Highway 45 is an adventure for anyone who enjoys scenic drives and coastal beauty. The route is dotted with small galleries, cafes, and viewpoints that provide stunning ocean vistas. 

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

5. Step back in time at Puke Ariki Museum

Check out Puke Ariki if you’re looking for a spot where learning comes alive for the whole family. Nestled in the heart of New Plymouth, this cultural gem combines a museum, library, and visitor centre all in one. It’s the go-to place to uncover the rich stories and vibrant heritage of the Taranaki region. The interactive displays make history accessible and fun for kids, while adults will appreciate the depth of information on local culture and natural history. It's an ideal destination for a family day out, offering a mix of education and entertainment that caters to all ages. 

 

6. Meet the wildlife at Brooklands Zoo

No family holiday is complete without a zoo visit, and Brooklands Zoo doesn’t disappoint! This charming (and free!) attraction is located within the lush Brooklands Park. The zoo is a fantastic place for visitors of all ages to get up close with an array of exotic mammals, colourful birds, reptiles, and farmyard animals. From playful capuchin monkeys and curious meerkats to chattering parrots and slow-moving tortoises, there's a fascinating variety of wildlife to meet. The kids will get a chance to learn more about conservation too, thanks to the engaging talks given by passionate zookeepers. 

 

7. Admire the art at Govett-Brewster Gallery

Step into the world of contemporary art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand’s premier venue for innovative art. This popular New Plymouth attraction also serves as the home of the Len Lye Centre, dedicated to the works of the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic artist, Len Lye. From interactive installations to thought-provoking sculptures and multimedia presentations, each visit offers a new perspective on contemporary issues through the lens of art. The gallery's dynamic programming ensures there is always something new to discover, making it an ideal destination for those looking to immerse themselves in cutting-edge artistic expression.

 

8. Goblin Forest Walk

Take a whimsical journey through the Goblin Forest, also known as Kamahi Walk, located on the slopes of Mt Taranaki. This enchanting forest, reminiscent of a scene straight out of a fantasy novel, features kamahi trees that have grown in twisted and gnarled forms around the trunks of other trees, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The dense foliage is adorned with hanging mosses, liverworts, and ferns, adding to the otherworldly feel of the forest. Just a short walk from the Goblin Forest are the Wilkies Pools, a series of natural plunge pools formed by the erosive power of sand and gravel carried by water over centuries. In the summer months, these pools offer a refreshing swimming spot.

 

9. Spend a thrilling day at The Hideaway

Make your way to The Hideaway for a day packed with family-friendly activities in New Plymouth. What started as the Hillsborough Holden Museum has expanded into a dynamic attraction that includes Mount Panorama Mini Putt, the adrenaline-pumping Hideaway Luge, and the cosy Hideaway Café. Holden fans will be right at home checking out the unique collection of Australian Holden cars and memorabilia. Afterwards, challenge the family to 18 holes of mini-golf, where the entire course is themed after the famous Bathurst race track. Then, for a dose of extra excitement, race down the 240-metre Hideaway Luge track, weaving through the scenic surroundings. After your adventures, relax and refuel at the Hideaway Café. 

 

10. Explore the Gairloch shipwreck

Venture to the remains of the SS Gairloch Shipwreck by heading down Lower Timaru Road or taking a scenic walk along the coast from Ōakura Beach. The SS Gairloch, once a part of the Northern Steamship Company's fleet that sailed between Onehunga, New Plymouth, Whanganui, and Nelson, met its fate on the night of 5 January 1903. The ship ran aground on Timaru Reef during a storm, though fortunately, no lives were lost. Today, the shipwreck offers a glimpse into the past, with the rusted iron skeleton of its bow protruding from the water. A short wade into the sea reveals the ship’s engine remnants and bottom plates, evocative of whale bones emerging from the depths. Best viewed at low tide, this site combines historical intrigue with a unique coastal experience, making it a compelling stop on your New Plymouth adventure.

 

Where to stay in New Plymouth

New Plymouth has some excellent campsites and holiday park options for families travelling by campervan, each with its unique charm and amenities. Here are a couple worth adding to your travel itinerary:

 

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park

Settle in for an idyllic family getaway at Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park, uniquely positioned right on Fitzroy Beach with direct access to New Plymouth's scenic Coastal Walkway. The park is equipped with facilities like a jumping pillow and a children's playground, ensuring fun-filled days for the younger guests. Its prime location offers easy access to surf, sand, and the extensive walkway, making it a perfect spot for families who love to explore the outdoors. 

 

Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park

Also located right on the Coastal Walkway, Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park is a top choice for a family getaway in New Plymouth. This holiday park boasts not just a prime location but also spectacular ocean views that can be enjoyed right from your doorstep. Conveniently situated close to some of the best New Plymouth attractions on offer, this lovely holiday park has everything needed for the perfect family holiday. 

 

Plan the perfect family holiday with Apollo

There you have our list of some of the best things to do in New Plymouth as a family. And when you travel by Apollo campervan, you can take your pick and create a travel itinerary to suit moods, weather, and budget! Spend a day at the zoo or wander the gardens. Explore a shipwreck or escape into nature. There’s something for everyone!  

Ready to experience the best of New Plymouth with your family? Book your Apollo campervan hire online today and start planning an unforgettable road trip adventure!

 

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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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Z - Sawyers Arms - Service Station

Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053

+64 3359 8448

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Countdown

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

(03) 357 0450

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