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231 Rankers Reviews

31 Face-to-Face

3 Motorhomes

Sunrise Owner

Nathan & Chieko Smith's avatar

Nathan & Chieko Smith

Owner Operator

Kia ora, hello and welcome!

My name is Nathan, I’m the owner of Sunrise Holidays and we’ve made it easy to enjoy a beautiful New Zealand Campervan Holiday. We call it the ‘Sunrise difference’ so you can enjoy all the best NZ has to offer.

My philosophy is simple, give people quality tools to have a great experience and the business will take care of itself.




Beautiful campervans well set up for freedom camping.

We are here to help you maximise your enjoyment! Enjoy New Zealand at your pace in a Sunrise Holidays vehicle. All our vehicles are certified self contained and well set up for freedom camping, they are all fitted with large solar panels. Browse our Motorhome and Camper Van rental options available from Auckland and Christchurch. Don't hesitate to ask us some questions we would love to hear from you.

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Feature Value Info


North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Motorhomes

Business Times

9am - 3pm

On road support is available at all times.



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    Sunrise Holidays

    Piwakawaka 669

    2+1 Berth Tribute 669

    At a shade under six metres long, the Tribute 669 is compact enough for everyday use but sufficiently spacious for four people to travel and sleep in comfort. It is compact enough to use as a practical everyday vehicle for active families.

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    Piwakawaka 680

    2 Berth Tribute 680

    The Piwakawaka 680 model is perfect for couples who are after plenty of space, but a van that is discreet and very easy to drive and park.

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    Sunrise Holidays

    Weka 620

    4 Berth Tribute 620

    Perfect for a couple or a family with young children.

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    Sunrise Holidays

    Weka 590

    4 Berth T-Line 590

    The Weka 590 is perfect for families with young children, or couples who seek space in their kitchen and dining areas. It is the same Fiat Ducato cab with a different fit out than the Weka 620 & 625.

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    Sunrise Holidays

    Takapu 720

    2-6 Berth Tribute 720

    Perfect for families! Designed with two distinct lounging areas, the spacious Tribute 720 gives children and parents their own dedicated zones.

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    Papa Takapu 736G

    2-6 berth Tribute 736G

    Swivel seats and a spacious front living area with plenty of storage space help families get together at the end of a busy day, or if it is just the two of you, relax in total comfort in the sublime swivel captains chairs.



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Featured review

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire has selected this customer review to be pinned to the top of this page.

This review was selected by Nathan & Chieko Smith of Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire on Tue 21 May, 2019.

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dino Sikkel

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

My fiance and I have nothing but positive things to say about Sunrise, they provided a clean, reliable and versatile vehicle along with all the support we could have possibly needed to provide us with the trip of a lifetime. We still think back to our campervan 'Trevor' with fondness as it (he) was so comfortable and so versatile. One of the best things about the trip was that we were able to stay where others couldnt and longer than those who could. The solar panels charged througout the day and the gas was so efficient (we only refilled once over our 5 week trip and even then it was still half full) such that we had more than enough power to keep us going wherever we were. So while others were having to travel to the larger campsites to plug in (we met loads of campervanners who were out of power and had to find a large campsite), we were able to pick and choose sites that were off the beaten track, quiet and beautiful (the self contained campsite at the top of Log Race Road in Piha - and its views- were incredible). The Sunrise team offered support every step of the way. When all wrapped together, this meant that we had no worries, no concerns, we were away from the crowds and we could just get on with appreciating how amazing NZ is and enjoying our time away.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2019

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Hi Dino, thanks heaps for the great review, nice to meet you guys and hear about your amazing adventures. Glad you guys loved Trevor so much, he enjoyed the journey too. Hope to see you again sometime. Nathan and the Sunrise team

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Ash Worthington

Ranking: 10/10

The best campervan company in NZ! We were extremely happy when we found sunrise holidays, a real family business with great values and energy.

Huge difference in service in comparison to the big companies, truly creating a wonderful campervan experience from start to finish the whole team is super helpful and they have a fantastic fleet of awesome and incredibly well equipped. Even having a lovely oven which we managed to bake bread and flapjack ;)

We had the amazing piwakawaka 669 (Henry) and was perfect for us (couple) to have the most amazing trip around NZ.
As others have mentioned the edition of the solar charger and the driving the leisure batteries stay very well charged and allow you to spends weeks/days freedom camping no need to ‘hook up’.
Extremely comfy to driving so the 8000km we did was no problem!
Wether it’s a Long weekend away or big NZ tour I would defo choose sunrise holidays again and can highly recommend them to anyone else for sure!

Thanks everyone at sunrise for making or NZ trip totally unique & unforgettable.

Reviewed 3 days ago and experienced in June 2020

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Josephine Moggie

Ranking: 10/10

I lived in "Helen" for a month and she was more than a home away from home. The Sunrise team were superb from the start. I had to replace a flat tyre in Whangarei and Sarah and the Sunrise crew couldn't have made it easier for me. That single flat tyre was the only issue I had throughout the entire month, and the crew of Sunrise were so attentive the whole thing was sorted out in less than an hour. And I didn't have to bear the cost of replacement. Not only that, when the mechanic suggested replacing both rear tyres, Sunrise didn't flinch at all and willingly authorised the transaction. It really made me feel that safety was a priority for them.

Not only was the vehicle excellent, such a pleasure to drive, and a wonderful temporary home with every convenience provided, but the Sunrise crew are awesome.

Many thanks to Sarah, Danny, and Eddie.

Reviewed 7 days ago and experienced in June 2020

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks so much for your review Josephine. I'm glad Helen was a nice home for you during your extra time in NZ. Glad you made it home safely as well! Hopefully we'll see you back with us one day after all this Covid madness is over. - All the best and stay well - Sarah

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Ranking: 10/10

Do not search anymore ! You found it ! It’s the right choice!

Excellent company- SUNRISE Holidays- which combines being extremely
Professional while being like a family-owned business and this can be felt at all levels;
nothing to do with the “big factories”, impersonal, covered with logos etc….
The experience has been a 10 out of 10.

Flexibility, good advice, available, welcoming, professional, attentive, responsive,
really these qualifiers are real and sincere and not exhaustive! The SUNRISE team is
always present, responds immediately to the slightest concern (we had broken a
mirror), is keen to provide a good service and is committed to our well-being.

Recent and very well maintained campervans, thought out and furnished with care and quality. Comfortable.
Excellent way to see NZ.
Solar panel, a real gas cooker, quite big fridge, frozen space, hot water, comfortable sink, mosquitos screens,
good bedding, etc. In case you plan to be in NZ in winter, the heater is very good.
Booklet and full details on the vehicle and multiple tips.
We could observe that in spite of the suddenness and general panic and mess at the
time of the look-out linked to the Coronavirus covid19 in March 20, they did
everything to facilitate the anticipated and panicked returns of their customers, (which
was not the case of all renting companies !), and they did their best for us as we had
decided to stay in New Zealand during and after Covid19-lockdown.
Diesel (cheaper than gasoline, low consumption (approx 8-9 L per 100km).
Tribute 669 drives very well and easily, good power, good recovery, good stability-
secure, no problem to raise hills … ..; easy parking, short enough to park in the
normal parking space most often.
Good organization for campervan check in on arrival and departure.
On a previous trip we had rented elsewhere (and a simpler vehicule) ... and there we
saw a real difference! both in terms of vehicle and in terms of contact with
the rental company

Reviewed 10 days ago and experienced in July 2020

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks Guy & Karine,
I'm pleased you were happy and safe in Colin during lockdown. What a strange experience of NZ you had! - Sarah

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Lena's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I can highly recommend Sunrise Holidays to anyone. Excellent service from the beginning to drop off and all of them were really helpful! We enjoyed our South Island trip in our camper "Don". The camper was clean, high quality and modern. Its a bonus that these campers do not have any stickers on the outside. Happy to travel anytime with you guys again!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks for the review Lena! I'm glad 'Don' treated you well!

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stephen hailes

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had such a good time, high quality vechlie, high quality service, everything was perfect

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks for the review! I'm pleased you enjoyed your trip :) - Sarah

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Tina Gahlot's avatar

Tina Gahlot

Ranking: 10/10

Sarah and Nathan from Sunrise Holidays were always friendly and most helpful with all our questions. The campervan was clean, the price was good and we never had any problems with our campervan. As it was our first time with a campervan everything was explained to us very well. Pick up and drop off was easy and without any problems. Even when we couldnt fly home and were stuck in New Zealand and got a little stressed cos of the lockdown Sarah and Nathan found a great solution for us and were always kind and supportive. Sarah always answered our questions within minutes. We can only recomment Sunrise Holidays. Its a smaller company where the person counts, not profit. We wish them all the best.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in March 2020

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks Tina & Florian for your lovely review. It's crazy times for us all, and I'm so pleased that you got home safely eventually. Stay well and hopefully we'll see you back in NZ again! - Sarah :)

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Andrew Dickson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My family of 4 (kids age 6,8) spent seven weeks in "Don" on the South Island and we were beyond impressed with Sunrise Holidays. The service we received was so much better then we would have gotten from one of the big companies. A few highlights of the rig was that it wasn't covered in stickers so you didn't stick out like a sore thumb. The second was how great the Sunrise team was, we encountered a mechanic problem about midway through the trip. The team bent over backwards to get everything made right and us back on the road. We totally understand that stuff happens and breaks when your house moves down the road so the important part is how the company handles. Stop looking, these are the people to hire/rent from.

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in February 2020

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Hi Andi, thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time in Don. I hope you are safe and well and life gets back to normal for you soon. We'd love to see you back in NZ oneday! - Sarah :)

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Adrian Cheetham

Ranking: 10/10

I cannot recommend this company more. Starting from the booking phase to the final handover (after 2 extensions and then having to leave early due to Covid 19) they were accessible, responsive and the customer service was excellent. Everything we needed was included in the price , including tolls, there are no hidden gotchas. As an example of the service, our Sat Nav (GPS) developed a fault. After one email to the fabulous Sarah we were able to collect a replacement in the next town that had already been paid for. We had to leave early as per the above but we intend to return and we will only be looking at one company for a van. Do visit the Koha experience and swim in the river, it is a beautiful spot in a wonderful part of the country.
Adrian and Beth (UK)

Reviewed 6 months ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Hi Adrian & Beth! Glad to hear that you made it back home safe and sound.
Thanks for your lovely review, and I hope the last few weeks of your trip weren't too stressful. Can't wait to see you back in NZ! - Sarah

Luke's avatar


Ranking: 10/10


We (2 adults and 2 small kids) have spent about 7 weeks and roughly 7500km in a Sunrise 6 berth camper van in February and March 2020. It was our first camping vacation and will be remembered vividly (not only because of the Corona crisis that hit us all). We drifted along without too much planning and had a great time!

The car was properly cleaned, well kept and well equipped and fully filled. We also received a proper introduction to the vehicle upon arrival.
LPG, water and grey water supply as well as battery were large enough for us to mostly use DOC sites or to freedom camp for about 2 days (we cooked and showered daily).

The communication with Sunrise Holidays was always friendly, efficient and reliable. Help was there when needed. (We had to replace our chipped windshield mid-journey and they handled the replacement process very professionally.)

Were we satisfied? 100%
Would we recommend Sunrise? Most certainly
Would we do it again? For sure

Happy travels and stay healthy!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback Luke, I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your holiday, and more importantly made it home safely! Hopefully all this blows over quickly and we can have you back exploring New Zealand. All the best and stay well! - Sarah

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Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed 6 months ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks Edwin! Nona is enjoying her new French flag. So glad you enjoyed yourself. Hopefully we can see you back in NZ sometime! - Sarah :)

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Adrian Trumper

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

What lovely people to deal with! First class vehicles at sensible prices.
We will use Sunrise for next years trip as they recognise customer loyalty.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you next year. Hopefully we can get you travelling in Alf again.
Cheers - Sarah :)

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Fontaine Josiane


Ranking: 10/10

Très sérieux, rapides dans les checkings , aimables .
Le van était conforme au devis

Reviewed 7 months ago

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks Josiane! - Sarah & Ernie :)

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Kellie Wallace


Ranking: 10/10

We were so happy with Sunrise personal service and our beautiful and spotless camper van provided. Eddie had our vehicle at our hotel ready and waiting for us. Any questions we had during our trip were answered quickly by phone or email. We took a wonderful tour through the north island and had no problems with the camper at all. Providing table and chairs made it easy for us to sit and enjoy the sunsets. It was a once in a lifetime experience for my husband and kids as to which we will never forget. I highly recommend Sunrise Holidays. Thanks Nathan, Eddie and Sarah for making our holiday extra special.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in December 2019

Sunrise Holidays - Campervan Hire responds:

Thanks so much for the lovely review Kellie. So pleased you had a great time in Tom with your family! - Sarah :)