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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

New Zealand & Australia Motorhome Rentals

  

For your safety and comfort we have put together some driving tips which we hope you will find useful.

The most important thing to remember is that in Australia and New Zealand, driving is on the LEFT HAND SIDE of the road.

New Zealand

Where do we camp at night?

We strongly recommend that you stay in a caravan (RV) park. New Zealand has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major tourist centres and in most towns. They offer excellent recreation facilities and of course have superb shower and toilet amenities. They also have provision for you to plug the vehicle into electricity.
The approximate cost is $30 to $40 NZD a night. Most national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often shower and toilets, barbeques and picnic areas and of course national parks provide a scenic and peaceful place to stay at overnight. However these areas generally do not have facility for you to plug the vehicle into electricity. Because of local council laws you are not permitted to camp on the side of the road in the vicinity of towns. However outside the towns and in country areas it is generally allowed.

 

What is the Cost of Fuel?
Petrol (Gasoline) in New Zealand comes in unleaded and leaded grades, and is sold by the litre. Petrol ranges from $1.50 NZD per litre to $1.60 NZD per litre.

Please note that the exact prices can differ between petrol stations. For more accurate information at the time of travel, please contact the local branch.

Ferry Reservations

It is essential to pre-book ferries in the New Zealand Summer months between November and March.
When making an RV  / Camper booking that will require ferry crossings between North & South Island, we ask that you advise us the preferred crossing times, as well as
the number of passengers and ages of children for a ferry crossing, and we are happy to make the booking with the InterIslander or Lynx Fast Ferry for you.
The approximate time to cross by InterIslander ferry is 3 hours, and Lynx Fast Ferry is 2 hours & 15 minutes.

All vehicles must be taken across on the ferry. They cannot be left at Picton or Wellington.
The customers then collect their tickets on pick-up and pay for the ferry at the branch.

For rates and information : http://www.interislander.co.nz/

 

Airport Transfer

You can have a complimentary transfer to the RV rentals branches in Auckland or Christchurch,  from the Airport terminal (Domestic and International) on pick-up, and a complimentary transfer back to the Airport on drop-off.

 

SAFE DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

 

Seat Belts
It is compulsory in New Zealand that the driver and all passengers wear their seatbelts. This is an important safety requirement.

Speed Limits
The maximum speed limit for the open road in New Zealand is 100 kilometres/hour (62 miles/hour). Drivers generally travel slightly under the speed limit.
Please note that average speeds are lower and it takes longer to travel distances in New Zealand than might be expected. This is due to the hilly and mountainous nature of our countryside.

Rural Driving
Many roads have gravel verges. Be mindful to keep clear of the verge, especially on corners. Some isolated roads are unsealed and use gravel as the surface. In these cases, drive slowly. Note that there are some roads which are not suitable for campervans and on which restrictions are placed. Please read the vehicle’s terms and conditions for more information.
During winter and early spring, some roads in the South Island and central North Island may be closed due to snow and ice. There will usually be an alternative route for you to take.

Unsealed Ski Access Roads
North Island:
Tukino
South Island: Mount Hutt, Cardrona, Remarkables, Broken River, Mount Cheeseman, Porter Heights, Craigieburn, Treble Cone, Temple Basin, Hamner Spings, Mt. Lyford, Mt. Robert, Rainbow, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Dobson, Ohau.

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Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All tourism businesses which carry the Qualmark®, means they've been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence.
All our campers & Motorhomes in New Zealand carry the Qualmark® sign, so you can be sure you got the best product.

More Information about NZ
For more detailed information, you can visit the New Zealand Government Land Transport Safety Authority website. Here you will find information specifically for visitors who intend to drive in New Zealand. www.ltsa.govt.nz

Distance Chart
This chart provide you with a convenient way of determining driving distances between any 2 points. Distances are in kilometres.

Auckland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

127 km
79 mi

Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

325 km
202 mi

452 km
281 mi

Napier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

357 km
222 mi

231 km
144 mi

412 km
256 mi

New
Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

241 km
150 mi

368 km
229 mi

661 km
411 mi

597 km
371 mi

Paihia

 

 

 

 

 

537 km
334 mi

411 km
255 mi

178 km
111 mi

234 km
145 mi

777 km
483 mi

Rotorua

 

 

 

 

280 km
174 mi

153 km
95 mi

143 km
89 mi

296 km
184 mi

518 km
322 mi

80 km
50 mi

Taupo

 

 

 

206 km
128 mi

107 km
66 mi

299 km
186 mi

308 km
191 mi

445 km
277 mi

86 km
53 mi

156 km
97 mi

Waitomo
Caves

 

 

457 km
284 mi

331 km
206 mi

252 km
156 mi

160 km
99 mi

697 km
433 mi

309 km
192 mi

229 km
142 mi

273 km
170 mi

Wanganui

 

658 km
409 mi

532 km
331 mi

323 km
201 mi

355 km
221 mi

898 km
558 mi

460 km
286 mi

380 km
236 mi

473 km
294 mi

195 km
121 mi

Wellington

 

Christchurch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

361 km
224 mi

Dunedin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

408 km
254mi

570 km
354 mi

Franz Josef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

554 km
344 mi

424 km
263 mi

146 km
91 mi

Haast

 

 

 

 

 

 

771 km
479 mi

410 km
254 mi

660 km
410 mi

514 km
319 mi

Milford
Sound

 

 

 

 

 

417 km
259 mi

799 km
496 mi

485 km
301 mi

631 km
392 mi

1145 km
711 mi

Nelson

 

 

 

 

350 km
217 mi

711 km
442 mi

549 km
341 mi

695 km
431 mi

1121 km
697 mi

113 km
70 mi

Picton

 

 

 

487 km
303 mi

281 km
175 mi

365 km
227 mi

219 km
136 mi

307 km
191 mi

850 km
528 mi

837 km
520 mi

Queenstown

 

 

428 km
266 mi

276 km
172 mi

294 km
183 mi

148 km
92 mi

366 km
227 mi

779 km
484 mi

778 km
483 mi

71 km
44 mi

Wanaka

 

336 km
209 mi

670 km
416 mi

294 km
183 mi

440 km
273 mi

954 km
593 mi

230 km
143 mi

294 km
183 mi

659 km
409 mi

588 km
365 mi

Westport

 

Australia

 

Where do we camp at night?

We strongly recommend that you stay in a caravan (RV) park. Australia has an extensive network of caravan parks in all major tourist centres and in most towns. They offer excellent recreation facilities and of course have superb shower and toilet amenities. They also have provision for you to plug the vehicle into electricity.
There is ordinarily no need to book ahead, even in peak periods. The approximate cost is $15 to $20 (Australian dollars) a night. Most national parks have areas set aside for camping. There are often shower and toilets, barbeques and picnic areas and of course national parks provide a scenic and peaceful place to stay at overnight. However these areas generally do not have facility for you to plug the vehicle into electricity. Because of local council laws you are not permitted to camp on the side of the road in the vicinity of towns. However outside the towns and in country areas it is generally allowed.

Do I need a special driver's license?
A valid current car driver’s license is to be produced for everyone intending to drive the vehicle on the tour. State, Overseas or International Licenses are acceptable. However, the license must be in English characters for our staff to read.

 

What is the Cost of Fuel?
Petrol (Gasoline) in Australia comes in unleaded and leaded grades, and is sold by the litre. Petrol and diesel fuel costs between $1.15 AUD and $1.60 AUD per litre and can be higher especially in country and remote outback areas.

 

SAFE DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA


Keep to the left at all times. Obey all traffic signs and signals and indicate your intention to turn or change lanes. All drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times. Be sure to carry your drivers license when driving.

It is recommended that you do your driving in the morning when you are fresh and alert, and leave walking, sightseeing and other energetic activities to the afternoon.

Please take great care when entering a service station or caravan park because hitting the overhead awnings will cause damage to the vehicle.

When reversing in the large vehicles it is recommended that someone guides you to avoid hitting posts in caravan parks and parking areas.

 

Speed Limits and Wet Conditions
Speed limits are fixed by law and tell you the maximum speed you are allowed to drive - not how fast you have to drive. Please note the maximum speed limit in suburban areas is 50km/h. you must not drive at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public or yourselves. Please adjust your driving and speed to the changing conditions of the road and weather. It takes longer for a vehicle to stop on wet roads as there will be a loss of traction.

 

Seat Belts
It is compulsory in Australia that the driver and all passengers wear their seatbelts. This is an important safety requirement.

Night Driving
Between sunset and sunrise you must drive with your headlights and rear lights on. During days with conditions of poor visibility, i.e. fog, you must also drive with your lights on. In suburban areas you must use low beam. when using high beam on the open road, dip your headlights when an approaching vehicle is within 200m or as soon as the other vehicle's lights are dipped.

 

Wildlife
Kangaroos, cattle and other animals are major traffic hazards. When travelling outside major cities beware of animal activity, particularly at dawn and dusk, and slow down. Animals walk onto roads without warning and tend to sleep on the road's warm surface. Please be aware of this.

 

Alcohol
Avoid drinking alcohol before driving. Alcohol contributes to fatigue and even the smallest amount can affect your judgement. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.05, however the safest level is zero.

 

Road Restrictions

2WD Campervans can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads. Please read the vehicle’s terms and condition carefully.

Aboriginal Land
A permit is required when traveling on roads over Aboriginal land. Please contact your local branch for more information on these locations.

 

CityLink Toll Points in Melbourne
 Tolls apply to sections along the main access roads into and out of Melbourne. If clients will be traveling on any of these roads where tolls apply (see map below) they MUST purchase a CityLink pass. A CityLink pass allows the vehicle to be used on CityLink roads for 24 hours from the time of purchase. Purchase in advance or until midnight on the day after their first day of travel.

Should the client travel on a CityLink toll road without purchasing a CityLink pass, the infringement fine will sent to them and a $60.00 administration fee will be charged to their credit card.

Clients can purchase a CityLink pass by calling CityLink from anywhere in Australia on 13 26 29, quoting license plate number, make & model, vehicle class (ie. Car or LCV), day of travel and credit card number (Bankcard, Mastercard or Visa)

 

Driving Distances
Australia is a large country. In order to enjoy your holiday, we recommend that you research your intended travelling route thoroughly, particularly your travelling distances. It is far better to travel at a leisurely pace and visit the many attractions of Australia rather than spend each day driving long distances. Aim to cover 150 - 250 kilometres per day and you will experience Australia in comfort.

This chart provide you with a convenient way of determining driving distances between any 2 points. Distances are in kilometres.

Adelaide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1542 km
958 mi

Alice Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2063 km
1282 mi

3012 km
1871 mi

Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

4288 km
2664 mi

2746 km
1706 mi

4560 km
2833 mi

Broome

 

 

 

 

 

3143 km
1953 mi

2324 km
1444 mi

1717 km
1067 mi

3962 km
2461 mi

Cairns

 

 

 

 

3053 km
1897 mi

1511 km
934 mi

3415 km
2122 mi

1865 km
1159 mi

2727 km
1694 mi

Darwin

 

 

 

728 km
452 mi

2270 km
1411 mi

1674 km
1040 mi

5016 km
3117 mi

3054 km
1898 mi

3781 km
2349 mi

Melbourne

 

 

2724 km
1693 mi

3630 km
2256 mi

4384 km
2724 mi

2250 km
1398 mi

5954 km
3700 mi

4045 km
2513 mi

3452 km
2145 mi

Perth

 

1420 km
882 mi

2644 km
1642 mi

996 km
619 mi

5234 km
3252 mi

2546 km
1582 mi

4000 km
2485 mi

868 km
539 mi

4144 km
2575 mi

Sydney

 

 

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