We are planning a trip to New Zealand later this year and there are a lot of brands online. We want a reputable company that offers good quality vehicles. We have heard of operators like Kea, Maui, Britz, Apollo etc - are some better than others?
Also my normal tendency is to book with the supplier but there appears to be quite a few agent websites around - is there any downfalls to booking through one of these?
Air New Zealand have a great compare and book engine via this site:
http://www.airnzcampervans.com/?utm_source=AirNZUK&utm_medium=UKHomepage&utm_campaign=UKHomepagetile almost 8 years ago
sorry steve, i'm no expert on this - loads of options and can be quite expensive.
lots of people do buy cheap vans (with matress in back), use for a few weeks
and then either leave in auckland or try to sell again. there are usually a lot of these semi-wrecks on the notice boards at YHAs in the cities. doesnt sound like what you're after but this might help someone else scanning these files!
best of luck! almost 8 years ago
We did a 6 week trip and used http://www.pacifichorizon.co.nz/ which were good. The one we had was large as we wanted space as opposed to a cheaper price. It drank fuel, the toilet was a great thing to have, the access to the bed over the drivers seats was for extremely small or very bendy people and the heating wasnt great. But they did give us a free ferry from North to South, were helpful in showing us the van, gave advise when we had a technical issue and were generally good.
But I always liked the look of these http://www.spaceshipsrentals.co.nz/ and would probably use either Kea or Maui as the configuration inside the vans was great.
We went for a van with all the mod cons, but to be honest, we didnt really do any "rough" camping and usually stayed at a nice site with toilets, showers, kitchen block etc. The one thing that we did use that was great was the BBQ that they gave us, but again, all campsites usually have an outdoor cooking area.
We stayed on a lot of sites through http://www.top10.co.nz/find-a-park.html almost 8 years ago
A campervan trip around New Zealand is a brilliant idea! Quite possibly the best way to see our country. I'd definitely reccomend going with a reputable company as there's nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere.
We (Air NZ) have a great site that compares 4 brands of campervarn (Maui, Britz, Explore & Backpacker). The rates and availability are fed direct from each brand and we do not charge a booking fee. Check them out here: www.airnzcampervans.com almost 8 years ago
Maui, Britz, Explore and Backpacker are all owned by NZ's biggest tourism corporation. They are big but not always that attentive. Check out what other hirers have said on the independent travel review site www.rankers.co.nz. If you're travelling in winter, it pays to go for a camper that is winterised (few companies offer these) otherwise you will be very cold. Happy travels. almost 8 years ago