Campervan hire in New Zealand is great way to explore the country, but contrary to popular belief, there is no bridge connecting the North and South Islands (or Australia, for that matter!). So if you intend to travel across both islands, you’ll need to consider taking your campervan on the New Zealand ferry from Wellington to Picton (or vice versa).
Lots of people are concerned about the cost of taking a campervan or motorhome on the ferry. Many ask if they can drop their camper van off on one side and then pick up another vehicle on the other side. The truth is that very few of the campervan rental companies in New Zealand have branches in Wellington and Picton. Some have neither, or some have only Wellington, so your options are limited.
Even if both branches exist, often the Wellington branch is at least 30-45 minutes away from the ferry terminal, making it a bit of a hassle to return the vehicle and then make your way to the ferry in time. You would have to pack up your belongings from one campervan, check it back in, make your way to the ferry, cross the Cook Strait, make your way to the new branch, check out a new campervan and set up the campervan again with your belongings. So of course there are pros and cons for both options, but the ease and convenience of taking your campervan or motorhome onboard the ferry just might outweigh the cost. Continue reading “Taking a Campervan on New Zealand Ferry”