Pick up your campervan rental and explore one of these top destinations

By Australia / Las Vegas / New Zealand / North Island / Northern Territory / United States /

At any given time, DriveNow has an extensive list of bargain campervan rental deals. As the company continues to expand its influence worldwide, we’re able to offer more great motorhome and campervan rental deals than ever before.

The latest development includes DriveNow becoming the new sales and operational partner for motorhome and campervan rental company, Camper Travel. Essentially, DriveNow will handle and process all of Camper Travel’s bookings.

This means you can comfortably book and pick up your campervan rental from one of these destinations and trust that DriveNow has it covered. While you’re travelling in one of our most destination countries, we suggest you enjoy one of these road trips.

Australia – Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is a fantastic place for travellers to head with their campervans. This world-class national park boasts an abundance of wildlife, pristine wetlands, protected Aboriginal art sites and spectacular waterfalls. There’s little wonder why it has earned itself a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You’ll find it to be very camper-friendly, with many camping areas scattered throughout the park and close to natural attractions.

New Zealand – North Island

You could easily spend weeks traversing the natural wonders of New Zealand’s gorgeous North Island. Many people who are travelling to New Zealand overlook the North Island for the South. But this amazing part of the world treats your to active volcanoes, top quality wineries and sandy beaches. Pick up your rental in Auckland, explore the city and make sure you add to your itinerary places like Rotorua, the Bay of Plenty and Hobbiton (also known as ‘the Shire’ on the Lord of the Rings). Thrill-seekers may even decide to add death-defying activities like skydiving to their list at Taupo.

Don’t forget there are plenty of fantastic car rental deals available through DriveNow. Choose one and explore a place like North America.

USA – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon

If you’re up for an epic drive, say about 1,500 km, then we say look no further than a Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon road trip. From exploring the bright lights of Sin City to hiking through the desert wildnerness, this type of trip will allow you to explore something different at every turn. Witness the crazy rock formations at Valley of Fire State Park. Jump on board a boat to see the beautiful Lake Mead. Of course, take the Historic Route 66 to arrive at the Grand Canyon’s south rim, where the hiking tours begin!

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What are the top 5 camping sites on New Zealand’s North Island?

By New Zealand / North Island /

Lovely campsites with scenic views are scattered across New Zealand’s countryside. Pick up your New Zealand car rental from any one of NZ’s major cities, travel around and make sure you spend some time at these locations.

Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island to visit.

Whakapapa Holiday Park
Set in the Togariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest national park, you’ll find this idyllic camping ground nestled in a beech forest. Base yourself at the Whakapapa Holiday Park to explore the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Tongariro Northen Circuit hiking trails.

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground
Hot Water Beach at Te Rata Bay is the country’s geothermal hotspot, where you can relax in an isolated natural hot spring. Nearby is a small camping ground, which has just 30 tent sites. You should book in advance to make sure you secure your peaceful camping trip away.

Broken Hills Campsite
Set beside the flowing Tairua River among native bush in the Coromandel region, Broken Hills Campsite is perhaps one of New Zealand’s most peaceful camping areas. It hosts 45 non-powered sites and from here you can explore many walking tracks, which contain traces of the area’s goldmining past. Stays at the park are decided on a first come, first served basis.

Fletcher Bay Campsite
The green, rolling hills that surround Fletcher Bay Campsite make a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning, and equally lovely to admire in the evening when the sun sets over the bay. You’ll find few campsites in a farm setting quite like this one. It’s also a perfect location if the family’s keen on water sports, such as swimming, fishing and boating.

Anaura Bay Campsite
Stay one night at Anaura Bay and you won’t want to leave.This large campsite sits right next to a beautiful beach and a stream. Apart from the stunning coastal scenery, there are also several walking trails nearby. Campers are permitted to bring dogs along, and keep in mind the campsite is only open between Labour Weekend and Easter.



5 Adventure activities on the North Island

By New Zealand / North Island /

From climbing bridges to trekking through alpine wilderness, New Zealand’s North Island is home to many exciting activities, which are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the South Island’s outdoor adventures.

Here are five adventure activities you must try up north.

Auckland Bridge Climb
New Zealand’s only bridge climb is based in Auckland. Your tour guide leads you up the bridge, highlighting some of the bridge’s architectural features. The one and a half hour tour also allows you to spot the city’s iconic landmarks before you reach the summit, where incredible 360 degree views await.

Rafting on the Kaituna River (pictured)
White water rafting at its best awaits on the Kaituna River. You’ll be bumped around as your guide takes you across the river at high speed and launches over waterfalls, which are several metres high. This thrilling but safe activity keeps you on the edge of your toes but is also loads of fun.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park, which is famous for its dramatic scenery. It’s volcanic peaks and the amazing views make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing one of the world’s best one-day treks. The 19km journey is steep in some parts, but the scenic views are rewarding.

Waitomo Caving
Exploring the underground Waitomo caves is like entering another world. Waitomo Adventures’ Lost World 7 Hour Epic tour takes you river caving, swimming, climbing and also abseiling through the caves. Other tours take you to see beautiful glowworms, or you can even go black water rafting in the caves.

Snorkel the Poor Knights Islands
More than 20km off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast you’ll find the Poor Knights Islands. The islands are 11 million years old with volcanic origins, treating travellers to spectacular arches, tunnels and drop offs. There are impressive underwater caves and unique, tropical fish that have made the rocky reefs below the surface their home.



Driving through New Zealand’s north island

By New Zealand / North Island /

A drive through New Zealand’s north island in a campervan is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Head to DriveNow to hire a campervan in Auckland, then make your way to these fascinating areas.

Bay of Plenty
The beautiful Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand’s only active volcano, White Island. You’ll have a chance to explore the island and learn about the country’s volcanic workings. While in the Bay of Plenty, take in the sights of Tauranga Harbour with a kayaking trip, join a night-time glow worm tour on Lake McLaren, or swim with wild dolphins on a boat trip.

Experience Wellington’s vibrant street culture, and its lively city markets, walking and biking trails and superb dining scene. The city is also filled with museums, galleries and parkland, making Wellington an interesting destination with lots to see and do. One of Wellington’s highlights – not to be missed – is the Mount Victoria Lookout, which looks upon the city and its surrounds.

This is your chance to experience Middle Earth! Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stories came to life. During the tour, true LOTR fans will spot where certain scenes took place, but you’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the Kaimai. Under the region’s rolling hills, you’ll also find a fascinating system of caves and underground sink holes.

Rotorua is an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers, with its crystal-clear waters and exciting mountain biking trails. You can also experience a taste of traditional Maori culture, by heading to a village on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Head a little bit further to Hot Water Beach, on the shores of Lake Tarawera, to experience Rotorua’s volcanic and geothermal activity!

Lake Taupo
Visit the Huka Falls, which transports water from Lake Taupo in the Waikato River. To see the falls firsthand is a sight you’ll never forget. The Huka Falls drops 220,000 litres of water every second! Afterwards, you can enjoy a relaxing walk along Lake Taupo, which can also take you through native forests, if you choose to do so.



Take a road trip through Middle Earth

By Auckland / New Zealand / North Island / Queenstown /

Are you a diehard Tolkien fan who has always wanted to experience the beauty of Middle Earth for yourself? Then New Zealand is the country for you.

After all, all three movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the Hobbit and its two soon-to-be-released sequels were filmed right here in the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Why not visit New Zealand, organise a car rental and explore some of the many destinations that featured in those hit films for yourself? We guarantee it’ll be a trip that you’ll never forget.

Hobbiton in Matamata

Nestled in the rolling green hills of the North Island, visitors to the town of Matamata will find the hidden village of Hobbiton.

This picturesque movie set has been left standing following the completion of filming and serves as a fantastic visitor’s destination for ring-buffs.

A great itinerary for a trip to Hobbiton is to book yourself an Auckland car hire, and drive down, taking in the stunning scenery along the way.

Once you arrive, you can snap a photo in front of a hobbit hole and even visit the Green Dragon Inn!

The Southern Lakes near Queenstown

If you are visiting the South Island on your trip to New Zealand, you might want to organise a Queenstown car hire instead and take a trip out to the stunning Southern Lakes.

These lakes are the same ones that featured in films such as The Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers, and the friendly tour guides will be more than happy to point out various locations to you.

Not only that, but you will also get the opportunity to handle some authentic Middle Earth costumes and weaponry!

For a truly unique Lord of the Rings tourism experience, you could even book in to stay at one of the themed Tolkien hotels that can be found in Wanaka, about an hour’s drive out of Queensland.


The North Island Foodie Road Trip

By Auckland / New Zealand / North Island / Wellington /

Zealand is a nation of foodies, so it only makes sense to visit the culinary hotspots of the country.

Here’s your guide for where to go to with your Wellington or Auckland car hire to keep your taste buds happy when travelling through the North Island!


Ask any Kiwi from the North island, the Coromandel is the place to go for oysters. It’s not bad as a holiday spot either, but that’s another story. The Coromandel Oyster Company is right in the heart of the Coromandel and offers fresh pacific oysters from the farm gate – as well as a multitude of other oceanic delights from the area.


Kapiti is a small area just an hour away with a Wellington car hire and while small, cannot be missed because it is home to two of New Zealand’s best dairy products. The name Kapiti goes hand-in-hand with both ‘cheese’ and ‘ice cream’. Cheeses from here are known throughout the country as award-winning favourites, and the ice cream comes in divine flavours like ‘lemongrass and ginger’ or ‘blue berry muffin’.


New Zealand’s capital city is known around the world as having more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York. In particular, the ‘best little capital in the world’ is known for its cafes. It’s hard to go wrong here, so grab a coffee and a bite to eat in any one of them and see for yourself.


Many visitors to New Zealand will be interested in the indigenous Maori culture, and of course, their traditional food. In Rotorua you can book yourself a tour of the Tamaki Maori village, where you will be treated to a hangi feast. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional earth oven with native herbs by the local Maori chef.

This trip will only take you three hours from Auckland with a car or campervan rental.