To ensure your safety on the road, there are a number of locations our campervans are not permitted to travel. Examples of these include mountain roads such as Skippers Road and Crown Range, including ski field access. For more information and a list of restricted locations, please see our page on road restrictions.
Check yourself out – Mighty's Camper pick up and drop off are self-service so make sure you check in online before you arrive. It will save you time and get you out on the road faster. If you need extra gear like the Express Return Pack (easy drop off!), you can order this when you check in online and it will be ready and waiting in your Camper when you arrive. You can check in any time using the link on your booking confirmation and we'll also email you a reminder before you arrive.
Information is power – all the Mighty crew have stories of getting to a campsite at night and trying to scrabble around working out where things are. Why not use some of your pre-holiday wind down week to check out our handy camper facts. Don't worry we will arm you with more detailed info about your camper for when you are on the road - you'll find a manual in the passenger door pocket, as well as handy how to videos.
Get to know the ins and outs of how your Mighty camper works before you go.
Mighty General Camper Information
We'll be expecting you
– Let us know what time you are planning to pick up your camper. This one's really important because pick up and drop off outside of these times may cause a delay and impact the time spent at the branch.
Make sure you have a valid licence to drive in New Zealand - If you have a foreign licence in a language other than English, please ensure
- It is current
- appropriate for a full size motor vehicle (not restricted or learner)
- and you must also present an accredited English translation
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).
We can arrange a translation for you at the branch but it will cost you NZ$58 and will create delays with your pick up process.
Watch the "Top 7 things you should know before you arrive in New Zealand" video - This video has essential information on driving a camper in New Zealand to make sure you have a safe and fun trip. It'll give you an overview of road rules for campervan travel, tips for driving larger vehicles on New Zealand roads and road hazards to watch out for. You'll also find some great advice on where to go, where to buy food and places to stay.
Be prepared, take the Quiz - Essential NZ driving theory
Hiring a car or campervan for your New Zealand holiday? Familiarise yourself with our Road Code rules by taking the Quiz. The questions are designed to help campervan users stay safe while travelling in New Zealand.
• Reading traffic signals, stop signs and give way signs at various intersections.
• Learn who has the right of way. Where should your car be on the road when driving - intersections and unlaned roads, and more.
• Basic road code driving knowledge - following and passing rules, give way rules and more.
- Keep LEFT! We drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- Always wear your seat belt. Everyone in your vehicle must wear a seatbelt, and children must be secured in an approved child seat. Your rental vehicle company can rent child seats to you if you didn’t bring your own
- Keep to the speed limit and always stop at STOP signs.
- Always slow down to observe recommended speeds around bends.
- Overtake other vehicles only when it’s safe to do so. Use passing lanes whenever possible, and never cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line.
- Stay well-rested. Plan to only drive 1 - 2 hours at a time, and take regular breaks during your journey to stretch your legs.
- Drive to the conditions. You’ll need to reduce your speed if it’s raining, icy or snowing, windy, or if you’re in a roadworks area. Ask your accommodation provider if in doubt.
- Use this Driving Time and Distance Calculator or GPS to estimate driving times while planning your journey. Driving in New Zealand can often take longer than expected due to our winding roads.
- Do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New Zealand and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.
- It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in New Zealand. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over at a rest area or in a safe place.
- For more information what's different about driving in New Zealand follow
On Pick Up
On arrival our crew will be waiting to take you through your rental agreement and take a swipe of your credit card. Take a sneak peek at the Mighty Rental Agreements before you get there. We recommend you use our self check-in tool before you arrive. This will give you a chance to check out the rental agreements, watch a safe driving video and enter all driver details pre arrival!
In the branch, you’ll have to show us your driver licence and let us take a credit card authority so make sure you have these at the ready. Remember additional drivers are subject to extra charges (unless you choose the Mighty Inclusive Pack) and we do need the licence details for every person planning to take a shot behind the wheel during the trip.
You’ll need understand your liability options and what is included in your daily vehicle rate.
Important Note: Be aware that
without the addition of the Inclusive Pack or Liability Reduction Option,
you are liable for damage to your motorhome or any third party property on your hire. Any costs incurred will be calculated and recovered at end of the hire, regardless of any independent cover you may have.
Be sure you chat to your Local Host about road user charges. Road user charges (RUC) means that anyone using New Zealand's roads contributes towards their upkeep. Most road users pay levies when they buy fuel. Others, such as motorhomes and trucks pay through road user charges. You can buy the Express Return Pack which will include these costs in your drop off.
Remember to let your bank know you are travelling, as this can help you to avoid credit card issues. Credit card surcharges will apply = 2% for Visa or MasterCard and 4.6% for American Express. Our transactions are conducted in New Zealand dollars. Please ask your Local Host for more information on pick-up.
You will then get to meet your vehicle with a show-through by one of our Local Hosts; they will tell you all the ins and outs of making the most of your motorhome. There is a lot to take in and we want you to feel comfortable, confident and safe in your vehicle, so take some time to familiarise yourself and ask any questions of our crew before you depart. Mighty handy vehicle information will be in the passenger door pocket just in case you forget where the light switches are when you are on the road.
Rental Agreement – you need to have this in your vehicle for the duration of your trip.
On The Road
Help! Although you are unlikely to need it, should you need assistance while you’re on road, please just check the Mighty handy vehicle information placed in your passenger door pocket. If you still have no luck figuring out the issue, please call our Mighty On Road crew. To point you in the right direction, you need to talk to one of our Mighty roadside assistance crew before visiting a service centre.
Oops! If you have had an accident or there is any new damage on your vehicle you will need to complete the Accident Claim form provided, simply fill it in and sign. Remember you need to call us on 0800 422 267 to let us know about any damage within 24-hours of it happening. When you get back to the branch just hand the completed form to a Mighty crew member.
Keep yourself safe in NZ
New Zealand is a relatively safe travel destination but we are not crime free. It is important you take the same precautions to look after yourself and your possessions as you would at home.
The emergency number for fire, ambulance and police is 111. Calls are free.
Remember these key things:
- Don't walk alone late at night and avoid unlit areas.
- Don’t carry lots of cash, valuables or expensive jewellery with you.
- Always lock your vehicle and keep windows secure.Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in your parked campervan, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.
- Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets, mobile phones or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.
- Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).
- Report lost or stolen possessions as soon as possible to the nearest
For more information please go here:
Visitors safety guide
Help at every turn
All our campervans are fitted with an in-vehicle TomTom GPS tablet to help you at every stage of your campervan holiday. There are a number of different features, functions and information all designed to help you find your way around, discover what you’re looking for and provide answers to questions you might have.
So what does it do?
- Navigation – get you from A to B and everywhere in between
- Suggest activities and experiences near you that you can book directly off the tablet Safe Driving videos
- Operational ‘How to’ & troubleshooting videos
- Enable a WIFI Hotspot Locate useful things like campgrounds, dump stations, petrol stations, LPG refill points via the Campermate app
- Driver safety alerts reminding you about speed limits, harsh breaking and taking regular breaks
Once at the branch for pick up, one of our Local Host crew will show you through your vehicle and explain a bit more about how the In-Vehicle tablet works. It’s a great addition to your overall holiday experience and we know you will find it useful!
New Zealand’s toll roads use an electronic tolling system. You don’t need to slow down, stop or hunt for loose change. There are three toll roads in New Zealand, all located in the North Island:
- Auckland Northern Gateway between Orewa and Puhoi (7.5kms area)
- Tauranga Eastern Link between Papamoa and Paengaroa (15kms area)
- Tauranga Takitimu Drive between State Highway 29 (SH29) to State Highway 2 (SH2) in the direction of the Port of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui (5kms area)
You will be responsible for paying any toll fees that you incur when driving these routes. There are no toll booths so we recommend using the easy online payment option, go to
Toll Roads Brochure
On Drop Off
All good things must come to an end! We want to make sure you’re Mighty prepared for when you drop off your Camper. Read the info below so that you know what to expect.
Please in the branch prior to 4:00pm to return your motorhome. This gives you and the crew enough time to complete the return process before they close. As part of the process the crew will inspect your motorhome for any damage. If you haven’t selected the Inclusive Pack, please remember
you are liable for damage to your motorhome or any third party property on your hire. Any costs incurred will be calculated by the crew and recovered at end of the hire, regardless of any independent cover you may have.
If you are running late, please be sure to call the branch to let them know.
It’s a good idea to check that you have emptied your toilet waste and that your gas bottle/s and fuel tank are full.
We offer an Express Return Service to help you get away with a minimum of fuss once you have returned your motorhome – you can simply drop all sets of keys at the return desk and you don’t need to fill your gas bottle. We recommend adding the Express Return Pack to your hire - you can do this at any stage before drop off. This allows you to return your vehicle with an empty fuel tank and gas bottle, as well as a toilet emptying service, express key return (with Liability Reduction Option only) and included road user charge recovery fees. Note: Pricing may change on a monthly basis to accommodate changes in consumables pricing.
If you haven’t got the Express Return Pack, there are a few things to remember.
Fuel & LPG – Remember to fill up your fuel and LPG before you drop off your Camper. Full, means full so the gauge should register as full and the receipt for the LPG bottle should be left in the ashtray showing that it’s been filled within the last 24 hours otherwise we have to charge you for them to be filled.
Empty your loo - make sure your toilet is completely empty of all waste and water. You don’t have to put any toilet chemicals in it. Remember if we find a surprise in the toilet cassette, you will be charged an additional $125.
Clean up your room! – Make sure that you’ve taken any rubbish away, swept out the floor and generally your van looks spick and span! If it’s not in a respectable condition then a $250 cleaning fee can be charged. Also remember that smoking is not permitted in your Mighty Camper so this cleaning fee also applies to any smoking related cleaning.
We also love to hear any feedback, so please make any comments that help us understand where we are getting it right and also any possible improvements we can make.
A few days after your holiday, you will also receive an email from us asking for your feedback on your holiday experience, and we would love to hear from you.