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How To Choose The Right Campervan


Planning a campervan holiday in New Zealand involves a few important steps to make your dream holiday a reality. Before planning an itinerary, the first step is choosing the right campervan for your adventures. Your campervan rental will be your home on wheels for the length of your trip, so it’s important you rent a campervan that meets all your needs. This includes one suited to the people you are travelling with, whether it be a family adventure, or a couples escape.

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There are some things to consider when it comes to choosing the right vehicle. From the best small campervans, to vital motorhome accessories, keep reading for our full guide on how to choose the right campervan for your New Zealand road trip.

Considerations when choosing a campervan

At Britz, we have a large selection of campervans. Choose from compact and cosy 2 berth campervans ideal for a couples escape, to larger 6-berth motorhomes perfect for families needing a little extra room. We’ve got you covered for your New Zealand campervan holiday.

With so many options, it can be hard to decide which campervan is best for you. Asking yourself the following key considerations before you begin looking can help you determine which option is the best for you.

How many people are going on the trip

Britz campervans can fit up to six people, so tally up your family and friends. If you have more than six people, book two or more vehicles, and you can sort out who goes in which vehicle later.

Planning a holiday for the entire family? We understand that your furry friends are part of the whanau too. At Britz, we loves pets too. One of the benefits of travelling with a camper is the ability to bring your pets along for the ride. No one gets left behind! Each of our campervans can host up to two well-behaved cats or dogs. Browse through our campervan options confidently, knowing all models welcome your pets on board. There is just a small pet fee to make sure we can deep clean the vehicle before handing over to the next guests.

Campervans for 1 to 3 people

The Venturer and HiTop are the best compact campervans, perfect for a couple. Whereas the Venturer Plus, with the extra child’s bed, is perfect for a family with a child under 7. Featuring a kitchen, lounge and even a toilet and shower in the Venturer & Venturer Plus , you’re all set to get off the beaten track and explore. The HiTop comes with a Porta Potti. Here are your options:

Campervans for 4 to 6 people

Whether you’re a couple looking for some more space for your adventure gear like surfboards or bikes, or you’re looking to take the whole family on a campervan trip, the 4-6 berth range is for you. Providing spacious living, the 4-6 berth vehicles come with multiple beds, fully furnished kitchens and a lounge to relax in. The Discover, Explorer and Frontier also come with a toilet and shower, so you can unwind from a long day in hot the water! The Voyager has a Porta Potti for self containment.

If you’re looking for flexibility in travel and the space to take more with you, these vehicles are for you. Your options include:

How much extra space you want

The berth number indicates the number of people each vehicle can fit in each camper,, but you may prefer extra space, especially if you are going on an extended holiday. It’s always good to have a place to unwind after a long day of activities! Each of our Britz campervans come in different sizes and are the perfect fit for a range of different holiday styles and travellers.

If you’re taking your pet with you, you may want to upsize so they have enough room to move around. If you’re bringing young children on a family campervan holiday in New Zealand, you might need to pack toys to keep them entertained during days spent driving. Our larger campervan options have plenty of storage, so opting for a bigger size may be best to fit everything on board.

When considering upsizing your campervan for extra space, the size may seem daunting to drive and park. But fear not! No matter a campervan’s size, they’re easier to drive than it may seem and can be driven on a standard car license. All models have large side mirrors and built-in GPS, while our larger vehicles are equipped with reversing cameras,.This helpful addition makes for an even smoother drive.

Whether you need a toilet and shower

Thinking of doing a bit of Freedom Camping? Well, you’ll definitely need a toilet and shower on-board. That way, you’ll avoid getting a fine from local councils.

Are you staying in Holiday Parks for your entire road trip? There are plenty of them around both the North and South Island. If you’ve already booked your powered sites, maybe toilets and showers aren’t so important. Perhaps the old ‘hold it ‘til we get there’ attitude can be put to use (within reason).

Campervans with a toilet and shower

At Britz, we have a range of campervans with a toilet and shower for your convenience, including:

  • Britz Venturer
  • Britz Venturer Plus
  • Britz Explorer
  • Britz Discovery
  • Britz Frontier

Campervans with a Porta Potti Toilet

At Britz, we also have a range of campervans with a Porta Potti toilet, including:

  • Britz HiTop
  • Britz Voyager

Your budget

Hiring a campervan for your New Zealand holiday is a cost-effective way to travel, especially if you’re planning to tick a few destinations off your bucket list. You’re essentially bundling up your accommodation and mode of transport all in one and saving on hotel nights in the process. Travelling by campervan means you’ll get to embrace the freedom and flexibility it offers, including being in charge of where you stay, how long you spend, and how you get between places.

Our Britz campervans range in price, depending on which one you choose and how long you plan to travel in it. You may be able to save money on your Britz camper, depending on the season you are travelling in. Kiwis generally take advantage of the festive period school and office shut-down over Christmas and New Year, which falls over the summer months (December to February). This means more people are out on the roads, at the best camping spots and enjoying the many great activities New Zealand has to offer. With more people on holiday at the height of summer, prices also can increase. To stretch your budget further, it can be good to explore New Zealand during the shoulder seasons; spring and autumn.

Check out our latest deals to see if you can save some money on your hire. Find out more about our Britz price match.

The campervan options at Britz

While all of our campervans come with a standard range of equipment, including a kitchen with fridge, cooker and sink, lounge, toilet, and storage, some campervans have unique features on their own. For example, the Venturer Plus is perfect for a couple who would like to cook outside whilst travelling, with an external BBQ, while the Discovery has a unique drop-down bed to enhance internal space. Get an overview of the key features of each of our vehicles below.

Britz HiTop


The HiTop is a 2-berth campervan with all the mod-cons like a microwave, fridge and gas stove. It also features a fold-out table from the inside, for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Britz Voyager

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The Voyager 4-berth campervan is set up for an awesome adventure! It’s perfect for four people to travel and sleep in. Its roomy and clever use of space means you can travel in comfort with all the mod-cons, including a microwave, gas oven and running water.

Britz Venturer


The Venturer is a fantastic option for the couple wanting to travel in comfort. With its flexible and spacious bed configurations and toilet and shower facilities on board, it is a true home away from home. It even includes a BBQ for those who are keen on a bit of outdoor cooking.

Britz Venturer Plus


The Venturer Plus is designed with you and your growing family in mind! Room for two adults and one child, this cleverly designed vehicle comes with toilet, shower and kitchen facilities, including an external BBQ.

Britz Discovery


The Discovery is a 4-berth campervan, perfect for a small family or two couples. Featuring a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area and two double beds (one pulls down from the ceiling). The Discovery has all your road trip needs covered.

Britz Explorer


The Explorer 4-berth campervan is perfect for a spacious trip away. With a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area and two double beds, the Explorer is ideal for a family of four or group of friends.

Britz Frontier


Be the envy of other campervans when you pull up in this brilliant Frontier 6-berth campervan! The large windows around the living area will provide you with an awesome view each morning. The vehicle features a dinette, full kitchen and toilet shower.

What to do if you still can’t decide

It’s always handy to do your own research, but if you still can’t decide on which campervan to hire, feel free to talk with your local Britz branch. They’ll be able to give you more details about each campervan option to help you decide the best one for your family. You can also compare our campervans online to make sure you are hiring one that meets all your travel needs. Our website has a live chat if you’d like to ask any questions online instead of over the phone.

Ready to book your camper?

Ready to lock in that adventure of a lifetime with the perfect campervan for you? Book now with Britz and get off the beaten track for an epic adventure!