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Discover Auckland with a camper rental

A great way to see New Zealand's biggest city

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and also a beautiful region, blessed by Mother Nature, making it a great place to explore by motorhome. Auckland offers something for urbanites, ocean lovers and countryphiles, making camper rental perfect for sampling a taste of everything. A campervan rental from motorhomebookers allows you to discover the best of Auckland at your own pace. Here are some of the top options for things to do in Auckland.

Walk up Mount Eden

Those who walk to the summit of Mount Eden are rewarded by the view. Standing 196 metres tall, the volcanic dome and crater are historically and culturally significant. The crater is considered sacred and known as the "Food Bowl of Mataaho", the God of things hidden in the ground. You can explore the mountain but don't enter the crater. The Maungawhau Visitor Experience Centre allows you to learn all about the volcanic geology and the Māori cultural history of Mount Eden.

Enjoy a bird's eye view of Auckland from the Sky Tower

At 328 metres high, the needle-like Sky Tower is a fantastic sight at night. Zoom up to the observation deck in a glass elevator for unrivalled 360-degree views across the city and the bay. Spanning a distance of 80 kilometres, you'll see key landmarks, the bay and isthmus and the fascinating volcanic geography when you dare to venture along the 192-metre-high Sky Walk platform. Brave souls can undertake a base jump from the platform.

Take in the nautical vibes at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour

The old harbour at Quay Street is one of the city's favourite entertainment destinations and social gathering places by day and night. You can admire the yachts, go to the flower market held every Sunday or enjoy some free entertainment on the quayside. The area offers dining options ranging from snacks and beer to cocktails and fine dining.

Immerse yourself in history at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

There is a wealth of heritage-themed attractions in Auckland for lovers of history, art and culture, Auckland War Memorial Museum is worth a look. Although the building was erected as a memorial to World War I soldiers, today it hosts exhibits that cover the history and culture of New Zealand and more. The Main Māori Galleries provide insight into this unique culture.

Visit New Zealand's oldest riverside tavern

Just a 20-minute drive in your camper up the North West Motorway or a ferry ride from Auckland city centre, the 160-year-old Riverhead offers a tranquil and historic place to eat, drink and enjoy a fabulous view. This establishment has plenty of parking and offers a bar and restaurant nestled among 100-year-old-oak trees.

Camper rental Auckland: where to park and camp

When planning your itinerary for a motorhome rental trip, it is worth noting that there are various types of camping sites in Auckland:

  • "Freedom" camping sites where you can park your campervan for free for 2 nights.
  • Local council campsites, which are varied.
  • Regional park sites, which should be booked in advance.
  • Private holiday parks: these have the most facilities and are the most costly.

Park your camper rental in one of Auckland's regional parks

You can park a self-contained certified (SCC) campervan in Auckland's regional parks if you have booked a designated spot, which can be done via the Auckland Council website. Regional parks include the following:

  • Long Bay Regional Park: an oceanside camper park north of Auckland off Highway One, which offers clifftop hiking trails. The Auckland Domain: the oldest and one of the largest regional parks with a central location, which is great for exploring the city.
  • Duder Regional Park: a waterfront park that offers swimming on the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula.
  • Ambury Regional Park (Ambury Farm): a park with a charming farm on the coast of Manukau Harbour.
  • Āwhitu Regional Park: this park on the western side of Manukau Harbour offers wetlands, pastures, sandy beaches and nice, sheltered picnic spots for relaxing barbeques.

Freedom camping in and around Auckland

There are various free camping car parks in and around Auckland. These are free for a maximum of two nights: ideal for parking your camper rental as you explore the Auckland area.

  • Ray’s Rest Camping Reserve: A park for self-contained campers off East Coast Road in Kaiaua. Head south on Highway One. This camper park has a beach and is near Hunua Ranges Regional Park.
  • Hatfields Beach: north of Auckland on Highway One, this site is great for swimming and fishing.
  • Gulf Harbour Car Park: at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. This offers parking on the seaside with public toilets.
  • Hamilton's Gap: parking next to a beautiful beach with public toilets on the end of the Coast Road in Āwhitu.
  • Te Toro Reserve, Pollok: a shaded park on Toro Rd, Awhitu Peninsula, with showers and bathrooms that has great views and overlooks Manukau Harbour.

As a motorhome destination, Auckland has it all. If you're ready to book a camper van hire in Auckland for an unforgettable holiday, contact motorhomebookers.

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