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The Best Backpacker Campervan Rentals in New Zealand

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The Best Backpacker-friendly campervan rental companies in New Zealand!

What are the best campervan rental companies for those with a sense of adventure and on a budget? As you might have figured out by now, renting a campervan in New Zealand is not cheap. However, we’ve whittled out the expensive campervan rental companies to bring you the best of the backpacker campervan rentals in New Zealand. The budget campervans from the following companies are perfect for keeping the costs down.

The backpacker campervan rentals below have an affordable daily rental rate – NZ$19-$170 per day, depending on what season you hire the campervans. They also have the limited amenities and essentials most backpackers would need when travelling New Zealand to keep the costs low, rather than added extras that you would normally end up paying extra for. For more information on renting a campervan, see Travel by Campervan in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide.

How to Budget for a campervan trip in NEw Zealand

Before we move onto the best backpacker campervan rentals in New Zealand, here are few tips of how to budget for a campervan rental.

What costs are involved in Campervan rentals?
  • Daily rate – this fluctuates with the season: summer being the most expensive season and winter being the cheapest.
  • Insurance – most campervan rentals in New Zealand have standard insurance included, but you have the option to reduce the excess and bond costs at a daily rate between NZ$15 to $30 per day. However, not all insurance policies are the same so be sure to look into what’s included in your insurance. Plus, if you don’t have a credit card, see How to Hire a Car in New Zealand Without a Credit Card.
  • Young driver fee – some campervan rentals will incur a fee if the driver is under 25 years old.
  • One way fee – most rental companies charge a one-way fee if dropping off the vehicle in a different location from where you picked up the vehicle.
  • Extra drive fee – you may be charged a one-off fee for an extra driver.
  • Premium location fee – most commonly charged for picking up a vehicle from an airport depot. Not all companies will charge a premium location fee.
  • Optional extras – GPS, camping chairs, snow chains, gas bottles and others may be available to hire as an optional extra.

For a more in-depth look at budgeting for campervan rentals, take a look at How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in New Zealand?

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Mad Campers

Mad Campers

With affordable campervan rentals and totally Instagrammable vans, Mad Campers is a great option if looking to travel New Zealand on a budget. All of their vans are certified self contained meaning you can legally freedom camp, meaning that camping for free is likely to be an option. Plus, their NZ$45/day rate in the low season is an offer you can’t refuse!

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers available in Auckland however, outside of the office hours may incur a transfer charge. Christchurch transfers are subject to availability.

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location: Auckland and Christchurch

Campervan types available

Nissan Vanette sleeping up to 2 people and certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Up to 3 drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, fridge and sink
  • Portable toilet
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Safe box
  • Fuel discount card
  • Discounts of activities
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$5000 excess and $2500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$35 per day with less excess and bond to pay. (Daily rates are determined by driver’s age).

Hugo Rentals

Hugo Rentals

Could this be the cheapest campervan rental company in New Zealand? Well, considering there are next to no inclusions with Hugo Rentals, that may explain why their prices are so cheap. However, they still rent out campervan equipment, allowing backpackers to choose only the items they will need. This could still work out cheaper than other rental companies, so Hugo Rentals is worth considering.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers available during office hours.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Toyota HiAce sleeps 2 – 3 people (not self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 14 to 20 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Sink and water tank
  • Bedding (no linen)
  • Maps, campground guides and guidebooks
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4,000 excess and  $3,000 bond to pay. Or there are options to reduce the excess and pay no bond for NZ$22.50 – $35 per day. Upgrade rates depend on driver’s age.

Escape Campervans

Escape Campervan Rentals

With awesome spray-painted designs, Escape Campervan Rentals are your good-looking trip companion. The vans have all the essentials for staying comfortably in campsites around the country. Be aware that not all the vans are self-contained.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Toyota HiAce on Nissan vans sleeping up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 13 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Heater (for use when attached to campground power outlet)
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Maps
  • Child booster seat available
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond to pay. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$17.50-$27.50 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Tui Sleepervans

Tui Sleepervans

Choose from the Backpacker Sleepervan or Deluxe Sleepervan for another great budget option when road tripping around New Zealand. These vehicles are easy to drive and are as low as NZ$26/day in the low season and only as high as NZ$90/day in the peak season. Note there is a minimum hire period of 5 days or 14 days during peak season.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch (Wellington, Picton, Greymouth, Dunedin, Queenstown and Nelson also available at a NZ$650 charge)

Campervan types available

Toyota Voxy sleeping up to 2 people and certified self-contained or a Toyota Liteace/Noah sleeping up to 2 people (not self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 9 to 18 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, 12v cooler box
  • Portable toilet (only with Nissan Voxy)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Awning
  • Campgrounds guide
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$1,500 excess (NZ$2,400 for drivers aged under 25 years) and same price bond to pay for the Toyota Liteace/Noah. Or NZ$2,000 excess (NZ$2,900 for drivers aged under 25 years) and same price bond to pay for the Toyota Voxy.

Jucy Rentals

Jucy Rentals

With regular deals, great prices in the shoulder and low season, and a wide selection of campervans to choose from, Jucy is worth considering when choosing a backpacker campervan rental in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Toyota Estima campercar sleeping either 2 people or 4 with a top tent (not self-contained), High rise Toyota HiAce sleeps up to 4 people (self-contained), High rise Toyota HiAce (more premium option) sleeping 3 people and self-contained, and Fiat Ducato motorhomes sleeping either up to 4 or up to 5 people and fully self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 2 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink
  • Grill (motorhomes only)
  • Portable toilet (included in HiAce)
  • Shower and toilet (included in premium HiAce and motorhomes)
  • Heating (motorhomes only)
  • Kitcheware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

Lucky Car and Campervan Rentals

Lucky Car and Campervan Rentals

Lucky has seven campervan-types to choose from ranging from the super low budget to the budget. While they provide the basic cooking equipment, note that you will have to hire bedding from them (or supply your own).

Pick-Up and Drop-off Locations

Courtesy shuttle is available to/from the airports and rental depots between 8:15am-5:45pm in Auckland, and on a seasonal schedule in Christchurch.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Toyota Estima sleeping up to 2 people, Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 3 people and Toyota HiAce/Nissan Caravan sleeping up to 4 people. (Some, but not all, vehicle are self-contained).

Vehicle age range: 8-21 years old

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Sink and water tap
  • Gas cooker
  • Fridge (HiAce/Caravan)
  • Kitchenware
  • Casette toilet (some HiAce campers)
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$2,500 excess and same price bond to pay. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$15-$25 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers

This backpacker campervan rental company in New Zealand has made a name for itself for its controversial spray-painted designs. Plus, their vans are affordable to rent! Just watch out for the few hidden fees. We suggest reading their FAQ to really understand what you are being charged for and what’s included in the rental.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.

Campervan types available

Toyota car with roof tent sleeping up to 3 people, Toyota Estima sleeping up to 2 people, Nissan Vanette/Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 3 people, premium Toyota people-carriers converted into campercars to fit 2-3 people, and Toyota HiAce/Nissan Vanettes with a rooftop tent sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range: 7 to 15 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box
  • Kitchenware
  • Mattress (no linen)
Insurance

Insurance is mandatory but not included in the daily rate of the rental. Wicked Campers gives you two options: Pay NZ$100 fixed price for NZ$5000 excess and NZ$3000 bond to pay, or pay NZ$25 per day for NZ$3000 bond and NZ$3000 excess.

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