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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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Jeremy Wright

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

As a retired couple we are probably not the typical Escape customers, but we spent a month touring South Island in April and had a great time. The Escape van did well - no issues and 100% reliable and comfortable. The facilities are very basic but functional. All the Escape vans are all unique which is a nice individual touch - we had Boat Builder which we renamed "Ruddy Duck".

Reviewed 16 days ago

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will.i.am

Ranking: 8/10

Escape Campervan Rentals. Great company to work with. Check in process was clear. Fun to drive on the left side of the road. Tips: check all elements for repair before sending out, warn people about the stupid sandflys,

Reviewed 22 days ago

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Alice McCary

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience! Friendly, thorough service at pickup. Easy return.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Neil Cook

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We can’t fault a thing, a truly fantastic trip, escape we’re brilliant to deal with as we’re Rankers. Our van went like a dream and never had a problem, really comfortable and great value for money. The staff we dealt with at pickup and drop off were fantastic. Highly recommend. Thanks to both companies

Reviewed 2 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Neil! Good to hear we (and the team at Rankers) looked after you :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Andreas Jonsson

Sweden

Ranking: 6/10

Escape Rentals was 100% good to talk to and they had straight forward information. Nothing to complain on there. So far 10 of 10. But The car decreased the result and also here it was not escape fault because they had wrote about their van in the specifikations. However The van had a not enough power to work properly in Mountains. The automatic was not always working smoothly and the tachometer increased to 4000 rpm with a velocity of 70 kmph in slopes. One more minus was that the car had no cruise control. Overall it was a very good week and except for those problems above and some other things that decreased the standard a bit, we was satisfied. Satisfied with escape Rentals and the van took us wherever we wanted.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Andreas - we are a bit disappointed in the 6/10 rating if we're honest. We do state (as you mention in your review) clearly on our website the van specs including the engine size etc. We're not aware of any backpacker-esque vans out there with cruise control. They are not the fastest vehicles on the road (we make no apologies for that) but they are amongst the most reliable out there. We are glad that we ticked all the other boxes for you though and hope you enjoyed your trip in NZ.
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Brendan Jones

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The team at Escape is professional and handled my rental exceptionally. The pick up procedure was detailed and the team took the time to answer all questions. The safety-first and preserve the environment philosophy was clear during the briefing and the van itself was great. During the trip on the South Island, I encountered some minor issues and voiced my concerns. The Escape team went far beyond expectations in clearing these up. I would highly recommend Escape as their vans have comfortable beds, and are properly outfitted for the elements. Further, their team was excellent during the pick up and drop off process.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Brendan! Happy to hear that we resolved the issues you had and that you and Fairground had a good time in NZ :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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Francois & Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Size of the campervans perfect for NZ roads, size of the bed is large and perfect. Sad you can't choose your design and vehicles a bit old but price and oprions are very competitive and service provided by the Team to help and answer queries is really efficient.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Francois and Caroline! We do cover the age of our vehicles on our website (we are a backpacker company after all) and we do try our best with design requests but cant guarantee any particular design received. Glad that we looked after you in the other respects though and hope you enjoyed your travel in NZ :-)
Cheers
Jolly Roger
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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 6 months 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 11 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely trip. Lovely Country. Lovely service.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Escape Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your review Cory! :-)
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Jolly Roger
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