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The Best Way to See New Zealand: A Motorhome vs Rental Cars & Hotels

by Michelle Villamin | Aug 01, 2017

Motorhome driving through the mountains at night under the milky way

As we highlight in our latest eBook, when travelling in your senior years, it’s important to choose a mode of travel that best suits your style of holiday.

The most popular options for exploring New Zealand by road are either hiring a rental car and staying in hotels, or exploring the country from the luxury of a motorhome.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but style and comfort can be achieved regardless of which option you choose.

This blog will discuss the advantages of both options and help you clarify the best choice for you.

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Rental Car and Hotel

This is a great option if you’re looking for a structured holiday in which you need to plan your dates and destinations in advance.

Having a small rental car is great if you’re staying in urban areas as it’s easy to get around town and fit into tight parking spaces. This can also work well if you’re planning to eat a majority of your meals in restaurants or cafés and you’re not concerned about having access to kitchen facilities.

If you’re the sort of traveller who likes to follow a detailed plan, then a rental car and hotel holiday may suit you well. Depending on the time of year, you’ll need to be well organised to ensure you don't miss out when booking both transport and accommodation.


The key attraction of motorhomes is the freedom and flexibility they offer.

Many people travelling in their “golden years” like to go a little more off the beaten track, making a motorhome an ideal mode of transport as it gives you the ability to go where you please without the added stress of finding accommodation. If the weather is sub-par in one place you can simply turn and chase the sun without cancelling pre-arranged accommodation.

New Zealand’s best day walks are accessible from the comfort of your motorhome - stay within a stone’s throw of the paths if you wish!

Whether you choose to park by the beach or lakefront, a campervan can be your home away from home and allow you to establish a daily routine, surrounded by luxury. Not to mention a variety of stunning views from the front seats!

New Zealand has a lot to offer mature travellers, so it’s important you make the most of our country, with a holiday style that fits you. And believe it or not, it’s possible to achieve that without compromising on creature comforts.

You may decide a motorhome will work perfectly with your love of walking. Or you may want to explore New Zealand’s beauty from rental cars and hotels. We’re obviously biased, but whatever you choose, be assured your time in New Zealand will be filled with breathtaking experiences.

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