Want to travel New Zealand on a budget, while following your own personalized itinerary in a relatively condensed amount of time? Your perfect solution is renting a camper van! Trust me, it is easier than you think.
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My friends and I booked our campervan through Rankerz and had quite a pleasant experience. We rented the Britz Explorer, which is a mid range 4 berth campervan that comes with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area and two double beds. We paid $1,290 NZD with a full insurance/value pack. With full insurance, the BRITZ value pack includes liability reduction, single vehicle rollover cover, 1GB of WiFi, linen exchange, a picnic table and chairs, and snow chains if required. If we did not take the standard insurance package, we would’ve had to deposit $5,000 that would be taken from a credit card and refunded at return.
The campervan advertized as sleeping five, however it could squeeze eight. There are two queen size beds and a table that transforms into a cushioned bed as well. We ended up not using the transforming table because we slept three in one bed and two in the other. Pillows, sheets, comforters, multiple blankets and towels were provided. As well as silverware, pots pans, cutlery and most kitchen essentials. There isn’t anything you need to bring, everything was all taken care of!
My only complaint about my campervan experience was the bathroom and shower situation. After dumping our toilet waste, our bathroom began overflowing with water and waste from below. We brought our campervan to the Maui-shop in Queenstown, where the attendant cleaned up the mess and told us we just didn’t click in the waste container properly. However, the issue persisted for the duration of our trip and we ended up not using the bathroom and shower all together. The next time I rent a campervan, I won’t be renting one with a bathroom and shower combination. Bathrooms can be found at various pit stops along roads surrounding national parks and every powered campsite we stayed at provided showers and bathrooms that were a pleasure to use. If you can deal with stopping every so often, renting a campervan with a bathroom isn’t a necessity.
I hope my tips were helpful if you’re planning on renting a campervan on New Zealand’s South Island or inspires you to consider it as an option! Exploring NZ has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and campervaning the country with my new friends brought us so much closer! More blog posts surrounding the topic of traveling New Zealand will be out soon! Make sure to stay in the loop by subscribing to my blog via email or on bloglovin.