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Backpacker Sleepervans


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Backpacker Sleepervans are not your normal run-of-the-mill sleepervan concept with a mattress on a platform. Our vehicles can best be described as campervans without the high top.

Backpacker Sleepervans are designed for visitors wishing to experience affordable, flexible and fun independent travel around New Zealand. Offering super affordable budget rates, these modern sleepervans boast funky designs and are ideal for budget-minded adventure travellers keen to experience all that New Zealand has to offer along the open road! Each economy van is also packed with special interior design features not found elsewhere. Standard sleepervan features include CD sound system, roof racks, bed linens, towels, on-board water, cooler box, glassware, cutlery and cookware, gas stove, dining table, mini kitchen and solar power. An awesome range of sleepervan accessories is also available for hire, including outside BBQ, wi-fi, outdoor furniture, snow chains, awning kit, solar shower, boogie board and loads more! All rental rates include free unlimited kilometres, 24-hour roadside assistance and GST.


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Lea Tesner's avatar

Lea Tesner


Ranking: 10/10

I can highly recommend the Deluxe Sleepervan. We had great 3 weeks and no problems with our car. Everything was clean and well equiped. The handover in Auckland was friendly and informative, giving the car back in Christchurch was perfect as well. The Transport from and to the airport was really helpful. We have nothing to complain about.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jorg Luypaert


Ranking: 2/10

Collected the car in christchurch and saw it was scratched and banged up. No problem for us, but after driving 40 km, we noticed that there was mold in the car. On the roof, in a little compartment next to the handbrake. Called the office and we could go back to solve the problem.
A lovely lady cleaned the car and gave us new curtains and we got 1 day hire back. After the first night we noticed that there were still places with mold and the smell of the cupboard with the sink was like an old, wet basement.
The 2 burner stove was rusted and couldn't get used, it was stuck. They gave us 2 little camperstove's, wich is not a problem, but you don't have the place to put them in your car. So you have to look for a bench. We payed 25$ for 3 gas canisters(wich i tought would be for the integrated stove, and would probably cost around that mark) but got 3 canisters for the camping stove(wich cost 5$ in the warehouse for 4 canisters). But that is not the bad part: one of the canisters was not full and rusted. Also the door handle looked dodgy: It appeared that the car got broken into, and that this could happen easely again with a screwdriver.
The first night we sended an email for this and the door handle, but never got a reply.
Also really really cosy for 2 people(a double bed of 1m wide ...), but that's not their fault. For 1 person it would be a great car and a cool design, if they would renew the whole inside.
Postive note: the car only used around 8-10l /100k and drove pretty ok for an older car. They only needed to adjust the brakes, because there was a really big margin in pushing the brake and braking. Also a strange thing: when driving you plugin the coolerbox, but how do you recharge your gps then when there is only 1 12v plug and no usb...

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Matthus Groem


Ranking: 7/10

The service that we got when picking up the van was good, nice bloke. The van itself is alright. It does the job but leaks in wet weather. It has more than 459,000km on it, that is probably why.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you back again.

Vanuxem's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

A small company, our van is not so expensive compared to other companies. The campervan is very comfortable.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you felt the van was comfortable and affordable. We hope to see you back again.

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Nicole Joersen


Ranking: 8/10

We had the backpacker sleepervan booked for 7 weeks. Communication was good with the company! And although the van was tiny, it was so efficient set up on the inside, we thought it was perfect for what you pay for it! It was an oldy, so it squeeked and squeeled, but it never let us down.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Great to hear you enjoyed your holiday in NZ in the sleepervan. We hope to see you back again!

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Barry Fuller


Ranking: 7/10

Good value, well equipped

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review!

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Annick Bauknecht


Ranking: 7/10

I rented a sleeper van from the Pod in October. It was a fun experience and a cool road trip. In my case though, because it was only for 5 days, it came up to be more expensive than taking a room in hotels. So, even if the rental price for the van was not too high, it wasn't really economic so let's say I did it for the experience.
The van itself was OK: it was very basic of course and this was expected for the price I paid. If you're on a budget and not too fussy, it's a good option. It was clean and in good running condition, not too hard on gas. Small size, so easy to drive on New Zealand winding roads and good flexible pick-up and drop off options. The only problem I had was with the little portable heater that wouldn't work and that was unfortunate since I hit a lot of bad weather when I was there. I would also suggest that the rental company would have a form so you can report any kind of damages you find before you leave with the vehicle. Since you can pick the van in almost any location, you don't really have options to make sure that the damages caused by previous users are not imputed to you.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Hi Annick, great to hear you enjoyed our trip in NZ and the van. As per the rental agreement, if something small in the van stops working like the fan heater you are welcome to replace the item and we will reimbursed you upon return. We hope to see you back again!

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Kim Lau


Ranking: 10/10

Very good vehicle for 2, complete with bed, full kitchen and almost new utensils. The vehicle (Toyota) was trustworthy without any needs for maintenance topup. I think this setup is more flexible and economical to camper vans. Absolutely superb experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Backpacker Sleepervans responds:

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review! We are glad you enjoyed your hire!