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    Default Campervan Rental Suggestions?

    My wife and I will be in New Zealand in September and are considering renting a campervan to travel the country for about two weeks. We've found several places that rent and some reasonable rates. We aren't looking for a huge van, but something along the lines of a Toyota Hiace; somethign with a refrigerator, stove, and cassette toilet.

    We've seen a variety of options via campertravel.co.nz, but were wondering if anyone had any opinions or suggestions with regards to best companies or things to avoid.

    Thanks!

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    Jucy = good, Wicked, not so much.... Alot without toilets, but alot of press about 'freedom campers' causing all sorts of problems, so a little time reading up about on 'free' camp sites will put you ahead of the pack! Two weeks is going to be a rush....

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    Some relocation sites, may not work on a tight time schedule....
    http://www.apollocamper.co.nz/reloc.aspx
    https://www.transfercar.co.nz/search
    http://www.imoova.com/imoova/relocations
    http://www.rentalcarrelocation.co.nz/take-a-peek.php
    Where are you planning to ariive/leave from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billhilly View Post
    Some relocation sites, may not work on a tight time schedule....
    http://www.apollocamper.co.nz/reloc.aspx
    https://www.transfercar.co.nz/search
    http://www.imoova.com/imoova/relocations
    http://www.rentalcarrelocation.co.nz/take-a-peek.php
    Where are you planning to ariive/leave from?
    Yes, we've heard good things about Jucy, and we have them in the U.S. now. I wouldn't rent from Wicked after the stuff I've read over the last few weeks. And while it might be a rush, we'll see what we can see in two weeks.

    We will be arriving into Auckland, and headed to see family on Waiheke Island. After our visit there, we figured we'd pick up a campervan in Auckland and tour around; probably mostly head south.

    https://www.campertravel.co.nz has been a decent site thus far, so I've found. However, there are a lot of vehicles to choose from.

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    Please ensure your camper is certified self contained (CSC) it will have the blue label on the rear. This will save you a lot of grief from the freedom camping wardens (and their instant $200 fines) that many councils employ .

    https://www.nzmca.org.nz/freedom-camping/

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    Thirty-Nine, I've had great experiences with Tui in Christchurch..... As have my friends that go every year in a group of three or four vans in convoy. I go with the smallest vehicle they offer that has a cassette toilet , hot shower and CSC. They aren't the newest and blingest vehicles but prices are really competitive. Usually a Ford Econovan. Last year I got a bigger Ford with a flat panel body on the back. This year (coincidentally same as you in September) I have already booked a Ford van again. Just a bit more compact to drive about in .

    NZ must be the campervan capital of the world. It'll blow you out how many are on the road there. Lots of Top 10 parks and if that's not your scene the free camping is awesome everywhere you look..,... Think Lord of the Rings -type scenery. Just don't try to get up Treblecone in a big van. Haha.

    Also check about any restrictions taking certain roads. Tui was great but some won't let you drive up to any ski fields or on dirt roads.
    Last edited by whatcharterboat; 05-04-2016 at 10:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty-NZ View Post
    Please ensure your camper is certified self contained (CSC) it will have the blue label on the rear. This will save you a lot of grief from the freedom camping wardens (and their instant $200 fines) that many councils employ .

    https://www.nzmca.org.nz/freedom-camping/
    Thanks, Dusty! I've read this before and appreciate your confirmation of the CSC vehicles.

    Quote Originally Posted by whatcharterboat
    Thirty-Nine, I've had great experiences with Tui in Christchurch..... As have my friends that go every year in a group of three or four vans in convoy. I go with the smallest vehicle they offer that has a cassette toilet , hot shower and CSC. They aren't the newest and blingest vehicles but prices are really competitive. Usually a Ford Econovan. Last year I got a bigger Ford with a flat panel body on the back. This year (coincidentally same as you in September) I have already booked a Ford van again. Just a bit more compact to drive about in .

    NZ must be the campervan capital of the world. It'll blow you out how many are on the road there. Lots of Top 10 parks and if that's not your scene the free camping is awesome everywhere you look..,... Think Lord of the Rings -type scenery. Just don't try to get up Treblecone in a big van. Haha.

    Also check about any restrictions taking certain roads. Tui was great but some won't let you drive up to any ski fields or on dirt roads.
    Last edited by whatcharterboat; Today at 02:28 AM.
    Thanks! I actually just found out that a friend will be there at the same time we will and will also be in a campervan. They must be pretty popular! Thanks for the heads up about the restrictions, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirty-Nine View Post
    Thanks! I actually just found out that a friend will be there at the same time we will and will also be in a campervan. They must be pretty popular! Thanks for the heads up about the restrictions, too.
    Yeah no worries.... Might see you there then. If this is your first time my only advice would be don't try to cover too much ground. There is so much to see. The trip I did last September was around the South Island only for two weeks and we covered 3500kms .... It was far too much driving IMO. BTW it rained the day we arrived then we had almost cloudless skys the whole time. My friends were there 2 weeks prior and had constant rain..... Go figure. This September we are plannIng to B-line down to Wanaka region and just cover that mainly. I only get 2 weeks each September. You would want months to see both North and South islands I reckon and even then you'd be wanting to come back to get the spots you missed or wished you coul have spent more time.

    You'll have a blast regardless.
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    Looking at all the campervan rentals, it appears they all offer extra insurance. Here in the U.S.A., I never take it. However, overseas, we are not covered by our domestic insurance company. What's the general thought on purchasing extra insurance from the hire companies? (Britz, Jucy, etc.)

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    My two daughters and I flew down to Christchurch and rented a Maui camper for two weeks and did about 2500 k. Down the West Coast, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Mt Cook sort of a deal. I payed for what they are calling 'liability reduction'. I'm guessing this is what you mean by 'extra insurance'? Looking on the Maui/Britz website now, with 'standard liability' you are still responsible for between 5k - 7.5k in the event of an accident (!). Even as a Kiwi my 'domestic insurance company' won't help me in a rental situation. Personally, this was too much of a gamble for me, someone crash's into me, and I have to pay 7.5k! Huge expense though, sixty something dollars per day to rent a nice camper, an additional $45 for liability reduction! Oh, and there is one more twist insurance wise, hidden inside the 'Get the sizzle and stay connected' bundle(!) (on the Britz website), is 'single vehicle rollover cover'..... They don't consider single vehicle rollover's 'accidents' so another $10/day will cover that for you! Again, buried down inside the FAQ's is a list of roads you aren't allowed to drive on at all... To summarise, depend's on how well you know Murphy, I'd pay for it!

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