You have booked the trip of a lifetime and are heading to New Zealand for The Lions Tour 2017! There is a lot of information for you to digest, and plenty of plans you’ll need to make, so we have created this ‘Motorhome Hub’ for you to get all the information you need for your trip in June /July 2017.
With over 1000 Lions fans who have booked campervan packages through us alone, you will need to get in quick if you want to book your overnight slots at New Zealand’s campsites. With lots of people choosing to experience the Lions Tour by motorhome, the atmosphere on the road will be super, but we recommend making bookings and planning your trip as soon as possible.
Please note, travel and driving times around the South Island will vary due to recent earthquakes in New Zealand affecting local road infrastructure. Always seek independent advice before travelling.
2017 Lions Tour Fixtures
|Saturday 3 June||Whangarei||Provincial Union XV|
|Wednesday 7 June||Auckland||Blues|
|Saturday 10 June||Christchurch||Crusaders|
|Tuesday 13 June||Dunedin||Highlanders|
|Saturday 17 June||Rotorua||Maori All Blacks|
|Tuesday 20 June||Hamilton||Chiefs|
|Saturday 24 June||Auckland||All Blacks|
|Tuesday 27 June||Wellington||Hurricanes|
|Saturday 1 July||Wellington||All Blacks|
|Saturday 8 July||Auckland||All Blacks|
Match day parking in Auckland
As Auckland is the Host City to the upcoming DHL New Zealand Lion Series 2017, Auckland Racing Club has partnered with Auckland Tourism and Events and Economic Development to deliver a pop up campervan park from the 5th June - 10th July.
Don't miss out on your chance to eat, sleep and breathe the DHL New Zealand Lion Series by staying amongst fellow rugby fans in this centrally located pop-up campervan park!
The Ellerslie Racecourse Campervan Parking will be open only on set nights over the Lions Tour as follows:
• Open 5 June – 8 June 2017
• Open 21 June – 25 June 2017
• Open 6 July – 10 July 2017
Campsites and where to stay
Please note, you will need to book your overnight stays independently. Lions Rugby Travel do not book these for you.
The motorhome and campervan providers, THL, recommend the following places to stay with your campervan. Follow these links and you will be able to book your slots.
We also suggest checking out Top 10 Holiday Parks, who have powered sites across New Zealand for campervans. Okay2Stay is a great option for parking overnight for free – you can park with local artisan and gourmet producers, such as vineyards, farms and olive groves, in beautiful and safe surroundings, and enjoy the delicious food and wine they produce. Maui Winery Havens is another similar option of overnight stay.
Useful links to campervan sites around New Zealand:
Campervan parking around Wellington is limited compared to other regions, therefore we have recommended to book your campervan site early, here are some links to the regions campsites:
We also recommend that you download these free smart phone and tablet apps to help you plan your trip around New Zealand. As the motorhomes have 1 GB free wi-fi access, you should have easy access to smart devices.
Refers to staying overnight in an area that is not a designated campsite, such as a riverside or beach reserve, or even a town car park. Only certified self-contained campers with on-board toilet and grey (waste) water tank can freedom camp and often sites are free of charge.
Please be aware there are restrictions for freedom campers in place with penalties for vehicles found outside designated freedom camping spaces. Duration of stay and hours of use are limited and Auckland Council is currently reviewing the freedom camping bylaws which may change in the coming months.
Top driving tip
You can only park in the direction of traffic on your side of the road, if you’re caught parallel parking on the wrong side you can be fined, or worse – towed!
Please make sure you have a valid licence to drive in New Zealand. For this please ensure your licence is current, not provisional or learner and appropriate for a full-size motor vehicle and not restricted by vehicle type. Any additional driver must be 21 years of age and over.
If you have a license issued outside of New Zealand in a language other than English, please also ensure you present an accredited English translation.
Please note the translation must be provided by a NZ Transport Agency authorised translation service or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or the authority that issued your overseas licence (an International Driving Permit may be acceptable as a translation if in English).
A translation can be made at the branch; it will cost you NZ$58 and may create delays with the pick-up process.
What is already included in my package?
Click here to see your motorhome details.
Minimum age to drive a motorhome is 21 years and there is no age limit providing you hold a valid driving licence.
- Unlimited kilometres (Road user charge recovery fee is not included)*
- 15% Goods and Service Tax is included
- Airport transfers upon vehicle collection and return - subject to drop off within depot opening hours
- Kitchen equipment
- Linen and bedding – linen exchange is available in the main depots of Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown
- General equipment (please see vehicle specific specifications)
- Customer care 24 hour, 7 days per week road-service helpline (toll free)
- Like-a-Local In-Vehicle tablet – including GPS, Wifi Hotspot, How To Instructional Videos, Things to see and Do, Campground, Supermarket, Fuel stop locations and more
- Driver goes free to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Liability reduction option, reduces excess to zero
- Single vehicle rollover cover
- 1 GB WIFI
- No additional fee for extra drivers (up to the no. of berths you have selected and paid for – i.e. 2-berth – maximum two drivers)
- Linen Exchange
- Tables and chairs included
- Baby/booster seat – must be requested in advance. Please contact the Lions Rugby Travel Customer Service Team.
* Road user charge recovery fee: Anyone using New Zealand’s roads contributes towards their upkeep. Most road users pay levies when they buy fuel however drivers of motorhomes pay through road user charges (RUC). The Road User Charge Recovery Fee is payable on diesel vehicles upon vehicle return. The Road User Charge Recovery Fee is included in the Express Return Pack (which will be available as an optional extra). If the Express Return Pack is not selected, the Road User Charge Recovery Fee will be calculated and collated on return of the campervan based on the kilometres travelled during the hire. The current charges (September 2016) are NZ$6.22 per 100km Britz and Maui reserves the right to amend the Road User Charge Recovery Fee in response to changes in Government Road User Charges. For further information visit: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/licensing-rego/road-user-charges/ and http://www.aa.co.nz/cars/motoring-blog/petrolwatch/april-2016-petrol-and-diesel-prices/ and refer to your motorhome terms and conditions originally sent with your booking confirmation.
Travelling to the South Island
If you are planning to cross over to the South Island, you may book your ferry requirements with either Interislander or Bluebridge ferries. The 92km voyage takes three hours and has been described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Find out more at: https://www.interislander.co.nz/ and https://www.bluebridge.co.nz/
You must adhere to all local laws and the terms and conditions for hiring a motorhome which can be found here. Please note that seat belts must be worn by all passengers whilst driving and that all vehicles are non-smoking. Please note that the campervan content on these pages and in the corresponding PDF documents is provided for general information only and you must obtain specialist advice before taking any action on the basis of the content on our site. You must verify critical information independently before you travel. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no guarantees that the content on this site is accurate, complete or up-to-date or suitable for your purposes. For further information and guidance please visit:
New Zealand Tourist Board: http://www.newzealand.com
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice: http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/new-zealand