121 Rankers Reviews
See the fantastic South Island of New Zealand in a 2B 4B or 6 Berth campervan from Kia Ora Campers
We have a modern fleet of campervans that are fully equipped with toilet, shower, hot and cold water, cookers, heaters,fridge,crockery, cutlery,cooking equipment and microwave. No need to book forward accomodation or plan your trip beyond booking your campervan.We can deliver to Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill,Picton, Nelson, West Coast or deliver to any address required. Delivery Fees apply outside Timaru. Free parking for your vehicle while you enjoy your break in one of our campervans if picking up from our Timaru Depot. No special licence required just a standard full car licence.
See our website for Rates and our Terms and Conditions and for Booking Information.We pride our selves on our personal service so feel free to contact us today.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Timaru
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We rented 3 different motorhomes from Kia Ora for 2 trips totaling 5 weeks. As we'd had no experience with motorhomes we researched extensively, drawing up comparison charts of prices, insurance policies, features of the vehicles and their add-ons and of course read all the Rankers reviews. We settled on Kia Ora as they rated well in several of the categories. We were delighted with our choice and would recommend them highly, in particular because you are dealing directly with the owners of your motorhome, Vicky and Steve. Throughout the booking process they were informative, friendly and very helpful with general advice we needed. At various times we communicated by phone, email and text and always found them to be prompt and thorough and their processes to be efficient and streamlined. We think there was more opportunity for flexibilty with dates and pick up and drop off sites when dealing directly with a smaller company.
We picked up 2 of the vans from Christchurch Airport with the handover done by staff of Airpark Canterbury, both of whom were very competent. The shuttle collected us within minutes of our call on landing.
We never had a single mechanical issue with all 3 vehicles, they drove very well and it was easy to see they were very well maintained. I was impressed by their cleanliness and fresh odour which was not the case with the fridges and mattresses of the more expensive vans we checked out at one of the larger companies (research for future group). On our travels we talked to other motorhome renters, some of whom were discontented and were envious of our vehicle at a similar price but more so of our ability to contact our owners 24/7 should we need to.
We were so impressed with our experience (and NZ!) that within a week we rebooked with Kia Ora. Due to a health condition I had purchased a pillow for the first hire, leaving it behind on purpose. It was waiting for me in the new motorhome some months later, having been stored by Vicky!
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We have rented a large 6-berth VW camper at Kia Ora with our 2 children for a full 3 months (Jan-April), after various offers from large providers did not convince us. The contact with Vicky and Steve was very straightforward and personal right from the start. The offered value for money also spoke for a booking. Kindly, Vicky also provided us with free bicycles and various other items due to the long rental period. The takeover in Christchurch was very straightforward and we were very happy with our vehicle. Very clean and everything worked, although the vehicle was a bit older (which we knew). The decor was meticulously maintained and not just equipped with the essentials. With Britz and the other big companies you have to buy a lot of additionals, which Kia Ora simply has provided from the start. For minor problems, Steve was easily available and very accommodating (replacement lights, chairs, etc.). We had no additional costs and also an extension of the rent was without any problems and with very attractive price indeed. We can highly recommend Kia Ora if you value personal contact and would like to directly support Kiwi people and not big companies. At Kia Ora you are in perfect hands. We will hopefully come back sometime!
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Steve and Vicky were super friendly, easy to deal with, and helpful at every stage of the process.
We decided to use Kia Ora based on their reviews, cost and the fact that they were a smaller company who valued their customers. We were given an older 6 berth CV and whilst it had a few minor issues it handled very well and we had no issues, it suited our needs and those of our 6 and 8-year-old children. In preparation for our trip, the communication was very prompt and any questions we had were addressed.
The 6 passenger Volkswagon Camper van we rented in March 2019 was better than we hoped. Since it is a 2011 year model we expected it to exhibit more wear and tear (renter abuse) than what we encountered. With 23300 kilometers on the odometer it was not show room new but was in great repair, tidy and performed well. A couple of the cabinet door latches would not cooperate and a plastic clip intended to hold a broom handle was broken. The propane house heater worked like a champ on some of the chilly mornings. The 2.2 liter turbo diesel and 6 speed automatic transmission hauled us up and down the mountains without a problem. The best thing about Kia Ora Campervans are Steve and Vicki Paul, the owners. We had occasion to stop by a camper van store that is also the rental center for some of the "Big Name" rental companies. They have a waiting lounge that had over a dozen people trying to get their vehicles. A shuttle picked us up at the airport, took us to a car park where our camper van and Steve were waiting for us. Steve gave us a through orientation, advised us where to a small shopping center to get provisions and lunch. He then had us follow him to the shopping center where by chance we encountered him again at the restaurant he recommended. We asked him to joined us for lunch and he graciously accepted. During lunch we peppered him with questions about points of interest. He was a wealth of information and added greatly to the overall experience. "Good on You" Kia Ora.
Kia Ora Campers responds:
Thanks for your kind words . I was a pleasure having you guys .
The van was good value for the price. There was a company rep who conducted the briefing of features of the van. He did not cover two specific issues. For example, I was shown the water inlet port and told to just fill the tank until it overflows. He failed to mention that there was a valve which requires the hose to be inserted past it to fill the tank. So my early attempts to fill the tank gave me the impression that it was full as water just gushed out. It wasn't until I ran out of water that I had to work that one out. The rep also showed me the waste water outlet drain, cap and valve and said that it was just a matter of connecting up the waste hose and allowing that to drain. Did that a couple of times without much results, so though that perhaps the water drained into the sewer cassette - which I cleared every other day. It wasn't until the shower failed to drain that I realised that there must be a blockage in the system. I prodded around with a metal coat hanger to attempt to clear that and out gushed the waste water, with what appeared to be tea leaves and other gunk from a previous renter - my partner and I drink tea from tea bags. Steve, the proprietor, was generally helpful when I rang him about these problems.
Isabelle & Bruno - France
All is said in the rating ! We spent two times 4 weeks in a Kia Ora Mercedes 2 berth in February/March 2018 and 2019. Each time, great experience. Not a single mechanical problem with the van and Vicky and Steeve are very reactive to find a solution to any issue you could have, even when you create the problem a Sunday as we did this year :)
Kia Ora Campers is great value for money, we definitely recommend it if you're looking for a simple, efficient and well maintained campervan.
Thank you for supplying us with a well maintained vehicle.We hired a 4 berth for the 2 of us as it was for 4 weeks so we wanted enough space.The Kea Breeze.The vehicle drove very nicely and a joy to drive,Rear veiw reversing camera was very usefull.Well equipped with enough storage space.The vehicle became very much part of our adventure on this once in a lifetime holiday round this amazing country.Only challenges we had was the clean water was difficult to fill up on some occasions and also ran low quite quickly, although it was the first time we have used a campervan so wasn't used to being water saving conscious.
Great experience with Kia Ora Campers.
The camper was well maintained, drove really well, and communication with Kia Ora was easy and reactive!
We've had 2 breakdowns the first week. Nothing major but annoying. They handled it the best they could and we're fair with us at the end of the rental.
They helped us find a great place for the last night to catch our flight leaving very early in the morning...
Really happy with rental! Can only recommend this company!! We had a 6berth for 2 adults and 3 kids and we had plenty of room...
The van had one or two issues but they were sorted out. Very friendly service. Had an amazing trip.
K Michele Austin
Fabulous trip. Highly recommended.
I was concerned about booking with other companies due to many poor reviews. We had left it a bit late but fortunately Rankers managed to source a rental from Kia Ora who have a great rep. We had an older Mercedes Getaway but it was perfect for the 2 of us. First campervan experience. The van performed well and was surprisingly comfortable to sleep in. We had it for 3 weeks and had a great time. The only issue we encountered was a puncture. Vicky promptly arranged for the AA to come and switch wheels and then we eventually took it to a garage who fixed the puncture and Vicky paid them over the phone.
Great experience and we will use these guys again in future if we make it back to NZ.