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Is a motorhome or car rental better for your family trip to NZ?

Motorhome in New Zealand

So you’re thinking about renting a motorhome but not sure if it’s for you or if you should just be renting a car and booking hotel rooms?

We have done the hard work for you, and created a general overview of the costs and benefits of both options to help you plan your ultimate self-drive adventure!

The Taylors are a family of 4, with two children aged 8 & 10. They are travelling to New Zealand in the school holidays in search for fun & adventure on the South Island for 8 days! They are flying into Christchurch, and driving to Queenstown via Dunedin and Invercargill. See below for a breakdown of costs comparing a motorhome and hotel holiday.

 

Motorhome

Car & Hotel

  Maui Cascade Motorhome

Maui Cascade 4 berth

Toyota Highlander

Hertz Luxury/Prestige Wagon Toyota Highlander AWD or similar with zero excess

Cost for 8 Day Hire AUD $1695 AUD $1347.71
One Way Fee NZD $50 (paid locally) $0
Queenstown Location Fee NZD $95 (paid locally) $0
Fuel NZD $143 (based on approx. price of diesel, fuel consumption of vehicle and distance travelled) NZD $166 (based on approx. price of petrol, fuel consumption of vehicle and distance travelled)
Powered Sites / Accomodation AUD $430

  • Christchurch (1 night) = AUD $85 per night
  • Dunedin (1 night) = AUD $73 per night
  • Invercargill (1 night) = AUD $52 per night
  • Queenstown (4 nights) = AUD $55 per night

AUD $1519

  • Quest Christchurch Serviced Apartments (1 night) = AUD $237 per night
  • The Victoria Hotel Dunedin (1 night) = AUD $199 per night
  • Colonial on Tay Invercargill (1 night) = AUD $181 per night
  • Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown (4 nights) = AUD $271 per night

TOTAL COST: AUD $2270 AUD $2866.71

Please note: We have used 1 NZD = 0.95 AUD exchange rate for all above costs, including local fees which must be paid locally in NZD. The costs and pricing above are correct as of 13 August 2020 based on the dates 17 November 2020 - 25 November 2020 and should be used as a guide only. Subject to availability & change at all times.

What else should I consider?

Food & cooking

Comforts and unpacking

Meeting other people

Space for the kids

Freedom