Auckland is the largest and one of the most vibrant cities in New Zealand and with a third of the population living here it’s also the busiest.
There is no shortage of fun to be had in Auckland, whatever you’re into this city has it, from great beaches, night life and adventure activities to great shopping.
As the main gateway into New Zealand it’s the perfect place to start or end your New Zealand campervan road trip.
Getting to and from Auckland International airport
Spaceships New Zealand Campervan Rentals is located in between the main city centre and Auckland's International Airport. Super Shuttles run regularly to and from the airport so you can start your Spaceship campervan adventure in under an hour upon your arrival into New Zealand.
Bookings over 21 days receive free airport transfers. (This must be organized in advance).
Auckland offers a wide variety of accommodation types, from campsites, motels, hostels and hotels.
If you want to be in the centre of it all Auckland’s Fort Street boasts some of the city’s most popular backpacker hostels like Nomads Fusion and Fat Camel.
A 10 minute walk from Fort Street will have you in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour where you can immerse yourself in city culture, visit the Sky Tower, see a live concert at the Vector Arena, or dine and dance the night away in one of the many clubs along the the Viaduct!!
If you like to mix and mingle these hostels are great places to stay as they often run regular events and work closely with tour operators and flexible travel networks such as Stray Backpacker Bus that run free Auckland City Orientation Tours and beach trips.
Dorms and private rooms range from NZ$19 - $45
Campsites by Campervan
Campsites are great places to stay during your Auckland Campervan hire trip and there are many beautiful regional and DOC sites sprawled in and around the greater Auckland area.
Tawharanui Regional Park
Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, native coastal forest and wetlands.
Set amongst beautiful landscape and offering a variety of activities including camping, diving, mountain biking, sightseeing, surfing, swimming, walks, it’s the perfect place to visit and stay whilst on your Auckland Campervan Hire road trip.
You may even see a Kiwi or two during your stay as the park operates as an open sanctuary where native plants and birds including Kiwis can live and breed!
Manukau Top 10
Top 10 is located 15 minutes drive from the Airport and 30 minutes drive from Auckland City central.
If heading “down the line“ (South) the Top 10 Holiday Park located in South Auckland provides a variety of accommodation options with something to suit everyone including 40 spacious powered campsites.
In a ten minute drive you have the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre New Zealand’s largest theme park Rainbows End and great shopping at Manukau Shopping Centre.
Other local attractions include Butterfly Creek, where you can view over 700 free flying exotic butterflies, tropical fish, birds and lizards or stroll through 65 hectares of stunning plant collections, native forest, lakes and wandering paths in Auckland's Botanic Gardens.
By night visit New Zealand's biggest haunted attraction Scream Park, Spookers.
Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
If heading up North or want to camp close to the CBD, the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park is located on Auckland’s North Shore and is the closest camping ground to the city.
This beautiful beachfront campsite, adjacent to great shops is the perfect location for Auckland campervan rental travellers to soak up some of the city's best café, shopping and beach culture!
With no shortage of activities you have the choice to hit the beach for some water activities, swimming or fishing and for great food head across the road to one of the many cafes or for a bit of shopping there's a great shopping mall just 5 minutes away.
The campsite offers a range of camping options including waterfront sites.
What to see and do in Auckland
Whether you like jumping off stuff, sight seeing, wining and dining, relaxing by the beach, trekking or history there is an array of free and paid activities that can all be easily accessed at your own pace and in your own time by road, a few of Auckland's many top offerings include:
Waiheke Island, situated in the Hauraki Gulf is only a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s city centre but miles away in pace and beauty.
The island has award-winning vineyards, olive groves and pastures, filled with beautiful beaches, walks and lots of character, a great island to explore by campervan or just pop over by ferry for a day trip.
Ferries from Auckland’s viaduct to Waiheke run on the hour every hour during the day and cost $32 per person (adult), for the freedom to do and see more you can take your Spaceship across by ferry for $130.
Auckland is New Zealand’s most volcanic city and you can easily spend a day exploring Auckland’s most popular volcanoes, of which include Mt Wellington, Mt Eden, Lake Pupuke, One Tree Hill and Rangitoto.
Sky Jump and the Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy
For the adventurous at heart Auckland central boasts two great thrillseeker options including The Sky Jump, which is 192m high travelling up to 83 km/ph off New Zealand's tallest structure, the Sky Tower.
Alternatively if you feel safer jumping over water as apposed to concrete try the AJ Hackett bungy jump of Auckland Harbour Bridge. Enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially constructed bungy pod and if it’s a hot day and you feel like a cool down try a favourite, the “water touch” option.
Piha located on the West Coast, 40 kilometres from Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most popular surf beaches.
Piha’s black sandy beach is split in two by the popular “Lion Rock” with a walking track up to the top displaying majestic views of the sea and park land.
For more of a relaxing swim and day at the beach North Shore’s Long Bay provides a great stretch of land with numerous shady picnic areas. Long Bay has calmer waters then Piha providing a safer swim.
The sweeping beach adjoins a marine reserve while the park itself also stands of native bush, the historic Vaughan Homestead and restaurant.
- Historic Homesteads
- Picnic Tables
- Portable Water
- Toilet Block
Auckland campervan rental access - Long Bay has no designated campsite but campervans can park in the car park for up to 2 nights for a small fee.
To learn about New Zealand history and Maori Culture, visit the Auckland Museum in central Auckland. A Maori Culture centre, war memorial and collection and research area, it has a collection of intriguing artefacts showcasing New Zealand’s history and culture.
Located in The Auckland Domain, the perfect place to take a stroll and play a game of Frisbee in the playing fields whilst surrounded by formal gardens and ponds.
Auckland’s viaduct harbour located at the bottom of the city is jam packed with bars, cafes and restaurants, hosting some of the city’s best bars and clubs.
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
The Hauraki Gulf is the perfect place to see some of the most beautiful creatures on earth and with 22 species of marine mammals being identified in this area it’s a sure bet you will set your sights on an intriguing frenzy of whales, dolphins and sea birds.
Also learn about some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park as well.
For the ultimate sailing experience Explore NZ also provide 2-3 hour racing matches around the harbour and Hauraki Gulf in the sleek America’s cup yachts.
For the Kids
Rest assured the little ones won’t be bored in Auckland, the city hosts some of the best children’s entertainment in New Zealand.
Perfect for a day of fun-filled entertainment, Rainbow’s End is New Zealand’s biggest adventure theme park. Packed with a range of fun activities and rides for the very young to the very old, there is something for everyone at Rainbow’s End!
World-Class visitor attraction Kelly Tarlton's is perfect for enthusiastic young learners interested in mammals and sea life, hosting a range of New Zealand Pacific and Southern Ocean sea mammals
See magnificent birds in the Antarctic Encounter area, come as close as possible to seeing Stingrays, sharks, turtles, giant rays and other incredible deep sea creatures in the Underwater world.
Or if you feel like really getting close partake in one of their Animal Adventures that include snorkel and scuba safaris and a cage-free shark dive!
Located in Auckland’s Mission Bay, a beautiful place to take a stroll by the beach and have a picnic by the fountain after your underwater world encounter.
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