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Choosing the right vehicle for your adventure

Motorhome
Motorhome

Including all the day to day home comforts you could ask for, motorhomes are an affordable solution ready to take you anywhere. Whilst these tend to be most popular with families they can also accommodate large groups ready for big adventures. Expect a hot shower, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable sleeping and seating arrangements.

Campervan
Campervan

Recommended for smaller groups, campervans are the preferred choice for budding adventure travellers looking to hit the open road. Campervans come in all shapes and sizes from 2 person campers to larger 2-5 berth Hi-top vehicles. If you are looking for a budget camper or something with a little more luxury there is something for everyone. We compare the rates with every vehicle rental company to ensure you get all the available options suited to your travel needs.

4X4 Off-Road
4X4 Off-Road

If you plan to head off the beaten track into the unknown then a 4×4 is the perfect vehicle to do it in. Our suppliers offer a vast selection of the toughest, most reliable vehicles on the market. Whether you’re planning a short weekend to Fraser Island or an epic trip across the Simpson Desert a fully equipped vehicle is essential.

Car
Car

Starting at just $49 per day, cars are an affordable mode of transport for all trips, long and short. Whether you need a vehicle for a weekend away, your next work trip or an adventure up the coast we’ve got you covered. Our suppliers offer a wide range of vehicles that are budget-friendly and reliable to ensure you can get from A to B.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a special license to drive a campervan in Australia and New Zealand?

No special license is required for hiring campervans in Australia and New Zealand. A valid driver’s license from your home country, along with an English translation if it’s in a different language, is usually sufficient. International Driving Permits (IDP) are recommended for non-English licenses.

Who are campervans suited to?

Whether you’re a first time traveller or a fully-fledged grey-nomad there are no limits here. Across roads around Australia and New Zealand, you’ll meet people of all ages loving life as they bounce from place to place living life on the road. Campervans are suitable for those with a thirst for adventure looking to see all the hidden gems along the way.

Is travelling in a campervan expensive?

It’s common knowledge that Australia and New Zealand can be pretty expensive places to travel. Depending on your spending habits you can make travelling in a campervan as cheap or as expensive as you like.

We find that a campervan is considerably cheaper if you are travelling in a group of two or more compared to booking public transport and paying for accommodation as you go.

In most campervans you combine all your sleeping, travelling and cooking needs into one. This helps cut costs as the overall cost is rolled into one.

Can I pick up a campervan or car in one city and drop it off in another?

Absolutely, the beauty of booking with Happy Travels is that our suppliers often have depots location all across metropolitan cities and regional towns in Australia. Use our campervan finder to put your pick up location and drop off location to find out what’s available.

I’m travelling solo, is a campervan for me?

If travelling solo you definitely rent a campervan although we recommend booking a bus pass that you can combine with accommodation. This way you’ll get to meet more people along the way and save a few bucks compared to renting a campervan on your own.

What are the insurance options?

In Australia and New Zealand you can hire a campervan without needing additional insurance, however, you will be required to put down a deposit or ‘bond’ prior to collection which you would be liable to pay if your vehicle is damaged. If you are looking for stress free insurance or damage cover, you can pre-purchase this at check out for full peace of mind. We highly recommend taking insurance so you can have a nice relaxing journey without any worries.

Can I camp wherever I want?

In short.. No. You can’t just pull up at Bondi Beach and set up camp for a few days and wave good morning to the lifeguards on shift. You should expect to check into the odd campsite here and there but with tons of free campgrounds across the country you can certainly do van-life on a budget.

Where are the best campgrounds in Australia?

We recommend that you check out a mix of campsites whilst on your travels. Check out the site Hipcamp (this is like the Airbnb of campgrounds) you can stay on peoples properties in incredible locations from as little as $6 per night. National Parks websites are also a great shout, there are tons of campgrounds in world-class locations for less than traditional camp sites and holiday parks. If you’re searching for free camps then check out Wikicamps for a list of freedom camping sites, they are a great shout too.

How do I make a campervan or car hire booking?

Bookings can be made directly on our website. Simply choose your pick-up and drop-off locations, select your hire dates, and browse the available vehicles. You can book and pay online using our secure payment system. Alternatively you can request a quote and one of our team will contact you right away to help you plan your trip.

Are campervans in Australia or New Zealand easy to drive?

Depending on what style of camper you choose i.e. 2-seater camper car, hi-top or motorhome you’ll see that size matters. The smaller the vehicle, the easier they are to drive. If you’re looking for something that drives like a car then we recommend a 2-seater camper car or a mid-sized hi-top. These come in both manual and automatic transmission and drive just like a normal car.

Can i change my dates? How much does it cost?

Yes! We offer free date changes on car and campervan hire however this is subject to availability and pricing. If you plan to move your dates to a time of year when the costs are higher, you will need to cover any additional supplier price increases that may occur. Happy Travels do not charge a fee for this service.

How much fuel do i need for my trip?

If you didn’t already know, fuel in Australia is cheap and is generally less than in Europe, The U.S.A & Canada. If you want to know how much fuel for your trip will cost you, just message us with your start and end destination and we’ll calculate how much fuel you’ll need for your trip and what it costs.

Alternatively, if you want to work this out yourself you can jump on this handy Fuel Calculator. You can find out the average fuel usage from your vehicle on the vehicle details page on our campervan finder.

If you want to find the cheapest fuel whilst on your road trip, we’d recommend downloading Fuel Map Australia which is a handy app that shows you updated prices from fuel stations near you

Is it expensive to hire a campervan or car in Australia?

Depending on the time of year you plan to travel, or how far in advance you book your trip prices fluctuate. Availability is a key factor in rental companies pricing structures so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.

What if I want to extend my campervan hire booking?

We always recommend pre-booking as many dates as you think you’ll need to reach your destination as extending is always subject to supplier availability. If on your trip though you decide that you’re loving van-life and want to extend then just contact us, we’ll contact the supplier for you and ask if you can extend. Booking with Happy Travels makes life easy.

Can i rent a campervan through Happy Travels if i am under 21 years old?

Yes, absolutely, we work with every rental company in Australia and New Zealand and we can recommend you which companies offer rentals to those under the age of 21. It is worth noting that not every company offer this service so reach out to us directly to find out more.

How does booking with Happy Travels save me money on my campervan hire?

Booking a car or campervan hire through Happy Travels is easy. We work with every leading and local rental company in Australia and New Zealand. As a company that have been specialising in rentals for over 20 years, our long standing partnerships allow us to get our customers the very best rates. Using our Campervan Finder, you can compare many options of vehicles suited to your needs. Once you find a vehicle you like, you can take advantage of our exclusive discount codes to make it cheaper than booking direct.

What happens once i complete my car or campervan hire booking with Happy Travels?

Once you have made payment, you will be sent a booking confirmation with your pre-check in information that you will need to fill out prior to collecting your vehicle. Our friendly customer service team are available 7 days per week to assist you with any questions along the way. We also offer a free travel planning service as well as discounts of activities you may wish to do along the way.

Do you charge booking fees?

Happy Travels does not charge a booking fee and our service is free for our customers. Once you have completed your purchase, we get paid by the supplier. Our prices are never above the RRP set by our suppliers, making it always the same price or cheaper to book with Happy Travels.

What if I can't pick up my vehicle because of government restrictions?

If your travel is cancelled due to government implemented travel restrictions then please contact us immediately. We will contact the supplier and cancel your travel. You may request a refund which is subject to supplier terms and conditions. Each supplier’s terms and conditions may vary so it’s important to read these carefully before booking.

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