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The Best Campervan Rental Companies in Christchurch

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Christchurch campervan rentals worth considering!

Want to explore the South Island or travel the “quiet” route around New Zealand from the South Island to the North Island? Then hiring a campervan in Christchurch is the way to do it! What’s more, there are so many campervan and motorhome rental companies in Christchurch that you’ll definitely find the right vehicle for your New Zealand road trip. However, because the offering of Christchurch rental companies is so huge, picking a campervan or motorhome rental company can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best campervan rental companies in Christchurch!

The comparison below shows some of the market leaders, as well as some Christchurch campervan rental companies that you might not have heard of. We compare the inclusions, such as insurance, amenities and pick-up/drop-off locations as these will be hugely important factors in choosing a Christchurch campervan rental company. Prices are not compared, however, as rates fluctuate with the seasons.

5 Things to look at when comparing campervan rental companies in Christchurch

  • Location: In Christchurch, it’s either going to be near the Christchurch Airport or in one of the Christchurch suburbs. Figure out how you are going to get to these locations. Are they convenient for you? Are there any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location (likely if you are picking up at an airport depot)? Also, consider where you are ending your trip and whether the drop-off locations are convenient for you.
  • Prices and inclusions: The base price of campervan rental fluctuates with the seasons. In summer, daily rates are at their most expensive, while they are at their cheapest in winter. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a campervan usually is. Additionally, to truly understand the value of your rental you need to compare what’s included in a campervan rental. Not all companies include the same thing, especially when it comes to insurance.
  • Vehicles offered: Most campervan rental companies in Christchurch will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however, a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems, so keep vehicle age in mind. Of course, the size of the campervan will be incredibly important for the level of comfort you want to have. What’s more, decide whether a self-contained campervan is important to you or not. In order to freedom camp in New Zealand, you need a vehicle that is certified self-contained. For more information on the different types of campervans in New Zealand, head on over to this page.
  • Service: Once you have picked a few campervan rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
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The Pod

The Pod Campervan Rentals

Planning to travel like two peas in a pod? The Pod Campervan Rentals is a Christchurch-based rental company offering super affordable self-contained and non-self-contained vans (which is the difference between camping for free or using campsites). What we love about The Pod is that they don’t charge one-way fees, meaning you can pick up the campervan in Christchurch and drop it off in Auckland at no extra charge. Choose The Pod if you want to travel around New Zealand or the South Island on a budget!

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for Christchurch Airport and city centre

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Location: Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland.

Campervan types available

Nissan Vanette or Mazda Bongos campervan sleeping up to 2 people – either self-contained or non-self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • No one-way fees
  • Gas stove and sink
  • Cooler box
  • Fan heater
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs and table
  • Logbook
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$3000 excess and $500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$20 per day with less excess.

Campa South

Campa South rentals

Travel New Zealand with everything you need in a compact campervan with Campa South Rentals. Although there are branches across the country, Campa South mainly operates from Christchurch, giving travellers the widest range of vehicles to choose from if picking up from Christchurch. The vans do not have any branding, so are safer from thieves (although that’s not a huge issue in New Zealand, it can happen).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for airport and nearby accommodation.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Halswell.

Drop-off Location: Christchurch, Auckland, Picton and Queenstown

Campervan types available

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to four people and Nissan Vanette which sleeps up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Fan heater (for use when attached to campground power outlet)
  • New Zealand mobile phone hire
  • Matches and torchlight
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, electric toaster, electric kettle
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs
  • Camping maps
Insurance

Free standard insurance. A 25+-year-old driver has NZ$750 excess and NZ$750 bond to pay.  21-25-year-old drivers have NZ$1500 excess with NZ$1500 bond to pay. 18-20-year-old drivers have NZ$2000 excess and $2500 bond to pay.

Euro Campers

Euro Campers (Budgy Campers and Heron)

Euro Campers really has a bit of everything, from budget campervans, campercars and motorhomes to luxurious motorhome models with all the fixings. They also include two other campervan rental brands in New Zealand, Budgy and Heron. Note that 18-year-old drivers can only hire the campercar and high top van options from Euro Campervans. You need to be over 21 to drive the motorhome-style vans. Find out more about rental age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Rolleston.

Drop-off Location: Christchurch and Auckland.

Campervan types available

Campercars Toyota Estima (budget and premium) sleeping 2 people, campervan Nissan sleeper van style sleeping 2 people, high top vans (budget and premium) sleeping 3 people, and a range of fully certified self-contained motorhomes (budget and premium) sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 20 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Range from gas cookers and cooler box in campercars to a gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink in vans
  • Solar panels (on motorhomes)
  • Electric heaters
  • Toilet and shower (Portable toilet and solar shower in HiAce and campercar)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Maps
  • Fuel discount card
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player (in motorhomes)
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$250 excess of over 21-year-old drivers or NZ$2500 for 18-21-year- old drivers.

Piwiwiwi

Piwiwiwi Campervans

Looking for a smaller campervan rental company in Christchurch offering a more personal service? Check out Piwiwiwi Campervans. There’s no huge branding on the vans, making it less likely a target for thieves. Plus, storage for surfboards and bike racks are available. However, Piwiwiwi is not open year-round, but they are typically open September to the end of May.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfer available for Christchurch Airport and city centre.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Rangiora.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch.

Campervan types available

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to three people.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Up to 3 drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, fridge and sink
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Camping Chairs
  • Towels
  • Surfer-friendly kit
  • Safe box
  • First Aid Kit
  • Guidebooks and maps
  • Access to free box of food and consumables left by previous hirers
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$2500 excess and $2500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$25-$30 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Affordable Car & Motor Home Rentals

Affordable Motor Home Rentals

If you’re looking for a larger campervan, such as a motorhome, at a more affordable price, then consider Affordable Motor Home Rentals. Their fleet of older vehicles makes them cheaper than other motorhome rental companies in Christchurch. They also offer smaller campercars that are certified self-contained, meaning you can freedom camp even in a smaller vehicle.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and accommodation available.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervan types available

Self-contained campercars sleeping up to 2 people (Toyota Estima & Alphard) and self-contained motorhome options by Ford sleeping either 4 or 6 people.

Vehicle age range: 10 – 11 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink (Campercars excludes some of these)
  • Toilet and shower (Motorhome only)
  • Portable toilet (Campervan and campercars only)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Iron and hairdryer available
  • DVD player and TV (Motorhome only)
Insurance

Free standard insurance with NZ$1500 excess and bond to pay for 1999/2003 series models or NZ$2500 excess and bond to pay for 2004/2010 series models. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$15-$25 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Wilderness

Wilderness

Travelling New Zealand in a campervan doesn’t mean you have to “rough it”, and that’s certainly the case with Wilderness Campervans! Choose from a fleet of luxury campervans that have been specially designed with the comfort of all types of travellers in mind. Added extras like the one-way fee, free New Zealand SIM Card and guidebooks are an added bonus.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport/airport depot/airport hotel available.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch.

Motorhomes available

2-berth, 4-berth and 5-berth motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 4 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • One-way fee
  • Gas stove, oven/grill, extractor fan, fridge, sink
  • Gas heaters
  • Toilet and shower
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
  • Towels (as many as you would like)
  • CD/DVD/MP3/USB input player
  • First aid kit (a fee applies if opened)
  • PDF New Zealand guidebook download
  • New Zealand SIM Card
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$7500 excess and NZ$7500 bond to pay. There is the option to upgrade for less or zero excess on insurance and only NZ$500 of bond to pay at NZ$29-$69 per day.

Mighty

Mighty Campervans

Looking for that premium campervan or motorhome experience at a slightly more affordable price? Mighty Campervans are from the same company as the high-end Britz and Maui brands, meaning that Mighty is the brand that takes the “older” vehicles that were used as Britz vans the year before. Considering Maui and Britz offer brand new vehicles every year, renting a Mighty campervan doesn’t exactly mean you’ll get an “old” van! You’ll still get a modern and reliable campervan, just not at the ultra-premium price.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-Off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown

Campervan types available

A wide range from high top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes all certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range: 4 to 9 years old.

Free Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and sink (grill may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Toilet and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Kitchenware
  • Bedding
Insurance

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess for campervans and NZ$5000 bond to pay or NZ$7500 excess for motorhomes and $7500 bond to pay. Drivers under 25 years old will have an NZ$3500 excess. Windscreen excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$10-$30 per day to reduce excess amounts.

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