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Escape Campervan Rentals – Popular Campers at Affordable Prices.

Escape Rentals is one of New Zealand’s favourite campervan operators, providing reliable, economical campers for backpackers and independent travellers. We’ve been operating for nearly twenty years and over 30,000 happy hires.

Each campervan sleeps two to three adults on a large queen-sized bed. Our campervans are fully equipped with free bedding, beach chairs, kitchen facilities/utensils and more. We also provide 24 hour roadside assistance and a ‘No Hidden Costs’ price policy for complete peace of mind. And of course, there’s the unique artwork featured on each of our vans, perfect for that selfie or Instagram photo.

Escape Rentals has depots centrally located in both Auckland and Christchurch. We’re a popular choice for international backpackers, so ‘Make your Escape’ and choose us for your New Zealand adventure.

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Jack

Ranking: 10/10

We cannot speak highly enough of the staff at the Auckland branch of Escape rentals - they were so friendly and helpful and showed real care for our trip. They went above and beyond to ensure we had the best trip possible. We would always recommend their services to our friends and family travelling NZ.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Jack!
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Jana Fickerova

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely flawless process. The camper was exactly what was advertised and made our holiday super fun.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Jana! Nice to hear your trip was fun and Cathedral Cove was good for you :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Claire Judd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Spent 5 weeks travelling all over NZ in an Escape camper - had an absolutely amazing time. Perfect budget option. We had enough space for our luggage and were comfy. Would thoroughly recommend!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Claire! We're happy you and Treasure Hunter had a great NZ trip :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Felicity Littlefair

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

We hired two vans from Escape Rentals. Both were their cheaper Hugo vans. They were certainly old and budget, but they had all the basics, no fancy frills and that was all we needed. Despite them being old vans and having done huge amounts of kms both ran well enough and got us to where we needed to go. If you are looking for something budget, simple with no fancy frills then I would definitely recommend a Hugo van. They even through in some freebies of old camping chairs, esky etc which were nice!

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Felicity! Glad the two Hugos gave you a good trip around both islands :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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CARMERS

Ranking: 5/10

My husband and I used an escape van for about 16 days during September 2017. We are American so we aren't used to driving manual cars, so we opted for an automatic van. We got a very old van unfortunately (when we saw the other options I think the manual vans were newer). Even worse to my surprise, it was painted with pinup girls on the side instead of the flowers or turtles we had come to expect based on the company's website. Needless to say, it was kind of embarrassing to park our bright pink and blue van with pin up girls while we were traveling throughout the country. Our stove didn't work (which wasn't a huge deal for us). I think the biggest thing that was hard was that the size of the van is very small and to store stuff you have to put it under the wooden slats where the bed is. This would not have been a huge problem, except we were traveling during a really wet month so anytime we tried to set the bed up, the bed would invariably get wet. There was lots of condensation during the night, and the only light source is a desk lamp. I think upgrading to a tiny bit larger van would have been worth it just to avoid standing in the rain when trying to set the bed up. I also just felt like the van was definitely on the older side. There was a plastic piece (like a grate) between the front hood and the windshield that fell off midway through driving and we had to stop and get tape to put it back on. I would have felt more comfortable getting an automatic with a different company that offered slightly newer/bigger vans. That being said, the price was good for what we got, and I definitely recommend campervanning in NZ in general. I think renting with Escape is reasonable as long as you definitely know what you are getting.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in September 2017

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Carmen - we are a budget backpacker company and we don't misrepresent ourselves, the age and size/dimensions of the vans is detailed on our site. We do have our Self Contained Escape vans which are all 2008-2013 models so newer vans are available also with us. We have more storage in our van than a lot of larger campers out there. We paint all sorts of things on the vans and Pinup Chix is featured within our gallery online - along with many other non-flowery designs. We are glad you enjoyed NZ and the van life though, and happy also that the price point was good ($27 per day in your case travelling over September/winter).
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Cory Snegirev's avatar

Cory Snegirev

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely trip. Lovely Country. Lovely service.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Cory! :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Baudry Manon

France

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a self contained van for 12 days from Christchurch. Awesome company, good quality van, perfect service... go for it !

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Manon! Nice to hear that you and Wally-3 had a fun time in NZ :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Terry Boehmer

United States

Ranking: 2/10

We were unsatisfied with our experience with you. We had planned the trip since May and I had researched all the different companies and thought yours was the best product. The van was 12 years old with 300,000+ kilometers on it. It was dirty and worn out. It had no power going up hills; very embarrassing with cars behind me. We were going to drive up to Mount Cook but thought it would not be able to handle the hills. I have a 1995 Ram Van which had more power than this one. We actually ended up sleeping in hotels. The "chilly bin" was a very inexpensive ice chest that did not hold much food beside the ice and the ice melted within a day. I would definitely suggest to potential renters to ask more specific questions about the van they are going to rent to you.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Terry - this is disappointing to hear. We are a budget backpacker company and we don't misrepresent ourselves, the age of the vans is detailed on our site. This age/kms is pretty standard throughout a backpacker oriented fleet in NZ. We note that you hired a Standard Escape - we do have the Self Contained Escape vans which are all 2008-2013 models, they are a bit more expensive to hire but if you are after a newer model vehicle they are the way to go. We do detail that all the vans are 2.0L petrol engines also, little unfair to compare to a (Dodge I assume?) Ram - I'd say that's a much larger engined vehicle? We've checked our return paperwork and the prior hire to yours passed no comment on the vans power. It has been out on another hire post your return (and driven by our team) and no comments were made regarding the power either. It has been a hot summer so if the ice has melted quickly in the chilly bin (again we do detail that is a chilly bin in the van, not a fridge) we can only put it down to the very hot weather. We don't operate fridges as the vans have a single battery system and to do so would mean using the 12V cigarette lighter outlet. We did this around 8-9years ago and the amount of flat battery telephone calls we received from clients that forgot to unplug it when the engine wasnt running meant we decided it wasn't a viable option for us.
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

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Audrey Barras

France

Ranking: 9/10

We rented an Escape campervan for 20 days in the Southern Island. We had a Johndory fish van, brand new ! We enjoyed it ! It was a great experience. Will do it again. People at the Christchurch office are so nice !

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Audrey! We're glad you and Dory Snapper had fun :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Stuart Atkinson

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Van was perfect, basically no issues over 3 weeks. Helpful staff on both ends.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Stuart! Glad you guys enjoyed your honeymoon in Valentine :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Laura Meelynn

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Glad we chose Escape for our honeymoon campervan rental. Pickup and dropoff were easy, comfortable bed, van did pretty well on unsealed roads. Screens on the windows would have been a lifesaver in sandfly areas. Put 3,540 km on it over the course of our trip and spent about $950 on petrol.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Laura! Glad you guys enjoyed your honeymoon in NZ with us :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Quentin Vercamer

France

Ranking: 8/10

Funky campervan!! Practical (not too big!), large bed (for two people), ice box, no fridge (does not need power but bags of ice). Not enough places to put luggage (under bed is not accessible). Escape team is very friendly, willing to help, with good explanations!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Quentin! There is around 300L of storage space under the bed area, the box lids simply need to be lifted to access the boxes. We do recommend bringing soft cases/backpacks where at all possible, some larger hard cases wont fit in the boxes. Glad to hear we looked after you with everything else :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Anis Quentin

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very comfortable and all was as said on their website. The team was kind and always here for us (we had a little problem). Maybe more information on functions of the van would be cool.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Anis! Glad we could help with any issues you had. We try to cover off everything you need to know at pickup regarding the van, and the Escape Guidebook in the glovebox of each van does feature (I think) everything you'd ever want to ask :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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250 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 20.

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Jack's avatar

Jack

Ranking: 10/10

We cannot speak highly enough of the staff at the Auckland branch of Escape rentals - they were so friendly and helpful and showed real care for our trip. They went above and beyond to ensure we had the best trip possible. We would always recommend their services to our friends and family travelling NZ.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Jack!
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Jana Fickerova's avatar

Jana Fickerova

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely flawless process. The camper was exactly what was advertised and made our holiday super fun.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Jana! Nice to hear your trip was fun and Cathedral Cove was good for you :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

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Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Claire Judd's avatar

Claire Judd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Spent 5 weeks travelling all over NZ in an Escape camper - had an absolutely amazing time. Perfect budget option. We had enough space for our luggage and were comfy. Would thoroughly recommend!

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Claire! We're happy you and Treasure Hunter had a great NZ trip :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

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Felicity Littlefair

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

We hired two vans from Escape Rentals. Both were their cheaper Hugo vans. They were certainly old and budget, but they had all the basics, no fancy frills and that was all we needed. Despite them being old vans and having done huge amounts of kms both ran well enough and got us to where we needed to go. If you are looking for something budget, simple with no fancy frills then I would definitely recommend a Hugo van. They even through in some freebies of old camping chairs, esky etc which were nice!

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Felicity! Glad the two Hugos gave you a good trip around both islands :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

CARMERS's avatar

CARMERS

Ranking: 5/10

My husband and I used an escape van for about 16 days during September 2017. We are American so we aren't used to driving manual cars, so we opted for an automatic van. We got a very old van unfortunately (when we saw the other options I think the manual vans were newer). Even worse to my surprise, it was painted with pinup girls on the side instead of the flowers or turtles we had come to expect based on the company's website. Needless to say, it was kind of embarrassing to park our bright pink and blue van with pin up girls while we were traveling throughout the country. Our stove didn't work (which wasn't a huge deal for us). I think the biggest thing that was hard was that the size of the van is very small and to store stuff you have to put it under the wooden slats where the bed is. This would not have been a huge problem, except we were traveling during a really wet month so anytime we tried to set the bed up, the bed would invariably get wet. There was lots of condensation during the night, and the only light source is a desk lamp. I think upgrading to a tiny bit larger van would have been worth it just to avoid standing in the rain when trying to set the bed up. I also just felt like the van was definitely on the older side. There was a plastic piece (like a grate) between the front hood and the windshield that fell off midway through driving and we had to stop and get tape to put it back on. I would have felt more comfortable getting an automatic with a different company that offered slightly newer/bigger vans. That being said, the price was good for what we got, and I definitely recommend campervanning in NZ in general. I think renting with Escape is reasonable as long as you definitely know what you are getting.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in September 2017

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Carmen - we are a budget backpacker company and we don't misrepresent ourselves, the age and size/dimensions of the vans is detailed on our site. We do have our Self Contained Escape vans which are all 2008-2013 models so newer vans are available also with us. We have more storage in our van than a lot of larger campers out there. We paint all sorts of things on the vans and Pinup Chix is featured within our gallery online - along with many other non-flowery designs. We are glad you enjoyed NZ and the van life though, and happy also that the price point was good ($27 per day in your case travelling over September/winter).
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Cory Snegirev's avatar

Cory Snegirev

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely trip. Lovely Country. Lovely service.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Cory! :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Baudry Manon's avatar

Baudry Manon

France

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a self contained van for 12 days from Christchurch. Awesome company, good quality van, perfect service... go for it !

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Manon! Nice to hear that you and Wally-3 had a fun time in NZ :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Terry Boehmer's avatar

Terry Boehmer

United States

Ranking: 2/10

We were unsatisfied with our experience with you. We had planned the trip since May and I had researched all the different companies and thought yours was the best product. The van was 12 years old with 300,000+ kilometers on it. It was dirty and worn out. It had no power going up hills; very embarrassing with cars behind me. We were going to drive up to Mount Cook but thought it would not be able to handle the hills. I have a 1995 Ram Van which had more power than this one. We actually ended up sleeping in hotels. The "chilly bin" was a very inexpensive ice chest that did not hold much food beside the ice and the ice melted within a day. I would definitely suggest to potential renters to ask more specific questions about the van they are going to rent to you.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Terry - this is disappointing to hear. We are a budget backpacker company and we don't misrepresent ourselves, the age of the vans is detailed on our site. This age/kms is pretty standard throughout a backpacker oriented fleet in NZ. We note that you hired a Standard Escape - we do have the Self Contained Escape vans which are all 2008-2013 models, they are a bit more expensive to hire but if you are after a newer model vehicle they are the way to go. We do detail that all the vans are 2.0L petrol engines also, little unfair to compare to a (Dodge I assume?) Ram - I'd say that's a much larger engined vehicle? We've checked our return paperwork and the prior hire to yours passed no comment on the vans power. It has been out on another hire post your return (and driven by our team) and no comments were made regarding the power either. It has been a hot summer so if the ice has melted quickly in the chilly bin (again we do detail that is a chilly bin in the van, not a fridge) we can only put it down to the very hot weather. We don't operate fridges as the vans have a single battery system and to do so would mean using the 12V cigarette lighter outlet. We did this around 8-9years ago and the amount of flat battery telephone calls we received from clients that forgot to unplug it when the engine wasnt running meant we decided it wasn't a viable option for us.
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Audrey Barras's avatar

Audrey Barras

France

Ranking: 9/10

We rented an Escape campervan for 20 days in the Southern Island. We had a Johndory fish van, brand new ! We enjoyed it ! It was a great experience. Will do it again. People at the Christchurch office are so nice !

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Audrey! We're glad you and Dory Snapper had fun :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Stuart Atkinson's avatar

Stuart Atkinson

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Van was perfect, basically no issues over 3 weeks. Helpful staff on both ends.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Stuart! Glad you guys enjoyed your honeymoon in Valentine :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Laura Meelynn's avatar

Laura Meelynn

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Glad we chose Escape for our honeymoon campervan rental. Pickup and dropoff were easy, comfortable bed, van did pretty well on unsealed roads. Screens on the windows would have been a lifesaver in sandfly areas. Put 3,540 km on it over the course of our trip and spent about $950 on petrol.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Laura! Glad you guys enjoyed your honeymoon in NZ with us :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Quentin Vercamer's avatar

Quentin Vercamer

France

Ranking: 8/10

Funky campervan!! Practical (not too big!), large bed (for two people), ice box, no fridge (does not need power but bags of ice). Not enough places to put luggage (under bed is not accessible). Escape team is very friendly, willing to help, with good explanations!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Quentin! There is around 300L of storage space under the bed area, the box lids simply need to be lifted to access the boxes. We do recommend bringing soft cases/backpacks where at all possible, some larger hard cases wont fit in the boxes. Glad to hear we looked after you with everything else :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

Anis Quentin's avatar

Anis Quentin

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very comfortable and all was as said on their website. The team was kind and always here for us (we had a little problem). Maybe more information on functions of the van would be cool.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Anis! Glad we could help with any issues you had. We try to cover off everything you need to know at pickup regarding the van, and the Escape Guidebook in the glovebox of each van does feature (I think) everything you'd ever want to ask :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
Escape

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