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Kenny Reeves

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The company is absolutely excellent and extremely friendly in dealing with requests. Once we decided to go with them as they had the best price by far and lowest excess, their service again was excellent throughout. In addition they have 2 cute dogs who are very good at doing tricks! Thank you campa south

Reviewed 14 days ago

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Oskar Rönneman

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Probably the best campervan rental company in NZ. Small family owned business. They don’t take big bond on credit card or rip customer off. Extremely satisfied with our rental. They have a bit older cars but well equipped and in super conditions! Owner is super friendly and even drive you to airport!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Terry Rousseau

United States

Ranking: 10/10

In researching and reaching out from the Pacific Northwest to New Zealand,
Graham and Susan at Campa South Rentals proved to be reliable, reasonably/competitively priced and resourceful.
We rented the 2008 Nissan Vanette Self-Contained Sleepervan for its unmarked, unadorned, plain, straight-forward and reliable drive to freedom camp in New Zealand. Graham and Susan pinpointed the map to the wild South Island we were anticipating. Graham was clear about the mechanics of the Vanette and offered his direct telephone number if the squeaky fan belt squeaked longer than it should in the startup; his briefing was essential, comprehensive and honest and definitely enhanced our travel. Susan was efficient in the communication process throughout and even tucked in a vintage plaid wool blanket for extra warmth as the end of summer was nearing. The best stargazing was over the moon with that wool blanket thrown across our shoulders. The wide boxy windows offered views of the boastful night skies. While watching sunrises standing just outside the Campervan, under the back hatch made for the perfect covered porch and making a pot of pressed coffee. The well packed kitchen was an ease for picnic suppers of lamb sausage and burgers, rice curries and those crisp local carrots. The chilly bin was perfect for packing ice and cold ginger beers. The compact size of the Vanette offered the freedom to explore the South Island coastlines, to drive the valley toward Mt. Cook and to freedom camp at ocean shores and watch the cows come home at the tide lines.
On our last day, we lingered at Birdlings Flat just south of Christchurch on Banks Peninsula to watch the rocks tumble from the wash of ocean waves. It was on the second day, we named this straightforward and worthy of adventure van, “Scout”. Scout made the best traveling companion to see New Zealand!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Miranda Grace

United States

Ranking: 7/10

I found Campa South on Rankers, and selected them since they were a small, family-owned company. The van was older than I thought it would be-it only had a tape player and radio in it! At least there was a USB plug to charge your phone. It ran fine but minor things were broken, like the bolt that held the table in place and one of the electrical outlets. You also couldn't use the electrical outlets unless you were plugged in at a campsite. (Maybe that's normal?) The linens and towels they gave us were threadbare and the duvet didn't seem clean. The kitchen was well supplied with all you needed, however, and we slept fine on the good-sized bed.
Also, when going to drop off the van in Auckland, the directions they gave specified a petrol/dump station close by which we could not find. So we were hit with a 50NZD fine for not emptying the gray water.
We still had an amazing time and would love to visit New Zealand again!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Miranda, thanks for the comments. Its great to get the feedback, as we aim to provide an excellent service to our customers.
You are correct, that the plugs do not work unless you are plugged in (and this is true for all campervans as the house batteries are not the same as mains power ie- 240v )
We are sorry you could not find the dumpstation, and will review the return instructions.
Thanks for travelling with us, and we are pleased you enjoyed your time here
Regards, Susan and Graham

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Xavier Ambroggio

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and I had an amazing road trip in the South Island and it was in no small part because of Graham and Susan and Campa South Rentals. They went above and beyond any vehicle rental agency I’ve ever worked with and it was clear that their main mission was to make sure that their customers enjoy their time in New Zealand. It’s important to us to support local, small businesses and we couldn’t have found a better one.

• The Standard Camper was in perfect working order and fully equipped for our trip.
• Graham made pick-ups and drop-offs from the airport easy.
• Booking and communicating with Graham and Susan was easy and fun.
• In addition to the van, they provided us with all the local information and apps we would need to have a great trip.
• It’s hard to overemphasize the peace of mind that came with knowing that it was Graham and Susan and Campa South Rental’s goal for us to have a good time. It felt like we had a few more local friends that were ready to help out if anything went wrong.

I will rent from them again when I go back for another road trip and I’ll recommend them to friends and family headed to New Zealand. All that said, my favorite part of renting from Campa South Rentals was what happened when we first arrived there to pick up our campervan. We were talking to Graham and he looked distracted for a moment and said, “Excuse me…” and then quickly corralled one of his horses that had mischievously gotten into feed he wasn’t supposed to be eating. I knew right then, it was going to be a great trip.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2018

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Daisy

Ranking: 9/10

Where do we start! From the airport pick-up, to the drop off, Graham, Susan & their friend Steve couldn't have more genuine and helpful in ensuring our van trip to NZ was one to remember.

Coming from a small town ourselves, it was important for us to support this family owned business, rather than going with one of the "big guys". With family businesses, like Campa South, you can always expect a personalised service that goes above and beyond and this was no exception.

Our comfy little van had everything we needed for our 2 weeks around the South Is. It's in the extra detail of things like extra blankets, towels, chairs and tables that Campa South really makes you feel like your in a little mobil home away from away.

Thanks again guys! We'll hopefully be back soon :)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Daisy
Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are pleased you had a great time and hope to see you again.
Best wishes
Susan and Graham

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Ian & Cheryl

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! Just recently returned from our first trip to NZ. We were referred to Campa South from a competitor who was booked up for our dates. Had I known they provided the excellent service and value they do, I would have made them my first choice, as it would be pretty hard to beat. Clean, well maintained and reliable vehicles, that include all you need: chairs, table, cooking and eating ware, linens, maps, all in insurance, (and some local knowledge), all for a fixed price. The owners were flexible, and accommodating with our airport transfer schedule, with good cheer. Family fun business, no tacky labels on your vans. Highly recommend!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Ian and Cheryl
Thanks for the kind words, it was great to meet you guys, and we enjoyed chatting with you. Hopefully you will get to visit this way again soon
Best wishes, Susan and Graham

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Jill Hore

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Graham and Susan were very friendly, helpful and professional. The standard van suited us down to the ground and was just great on the roads, especially the narrow ones! The layout was good and came with a good range of crockery, cutlery and utensils.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Liesbeth Groot

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Graham and Susan from Campasouth are lovely people who are really into their jobs: they have good campervans that have all the specs we needed. A good eye for detail: all you need is there: good sharp knifes, etc. The bed in the van was large enough for us Tall Dutch people to sleep on. The van itself was very handy: enough space for clothes and food, good lay out. We are NZ addicts and will contact Campasouth next time we travel there! Graham picked us up and brought us to the airport. Thanks very much!!!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Rosemary M

Ranking: 10/10

Susan and Graham were brilliant, we loved our van and considering how late we booked - we were lucky to get one at such a reasonable price! Good, fast communication for booking and the lifts to and from Christchurch airport were really helpful. They run a well organised, experienced, professional service and reassured us that we could call them up with any questions whilst we were on the road. Our van had everything we needed and it really made our trip. I can highly recommend Campa South Rentals.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Michal

Ranking: 10/10

Holiday was simply fun,
in your happy camper van.

We were feeling waterproof,
under comfy higher roof.

We could travel at big seals,
quickly in home on four wheels.

We saved really lots of money,
with your family company.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Joan Handasyde

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We booked a camper van through Campa South Rentals. It was very easy to do this and the whole booking system went smoothly. Communication was excellent with Susan and Graham and they got back to us promply with any queries we had. We arrived in Christchurch one day before picking up the van and Graham was happy to come to our hotel to pick us up even though we were a distance away. That made it so much easier for us as we were new to the area. On our arrival back Graham also delivered straight to our hotel again. The information Graham and Susan gave us about the van and places we should visit was fantastic. Nothing was left to chance. The van was in great condition and very clean. There was everything in it that we needed and then some. The bed was so comfortable and we had no problem sleeping. Susan and Graham were so easy to deal with and they are so happy and friendly. Would certainly recommend them to any visitors to the South Island of New Zealand. Keep up the great work.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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helbel

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

We hired a standard Toyota Hiace campervan for 33 nights North and South Island. The van was 16 years old and had done 260,000km before we started however it worked the entire trip and no flat tyres. The layout wasn't as pictured on the website however we placed our cases on the front seats when sleeping and kept the bed made up the entire trip. The good thing was that there was no signage on the van so many people assumed we were local. The poor score is because little things in the van needed improving. One of the burners on the stove didn't light without rolling a face washer and placing it underneath the knob to depress it. This is obviously a problem with Graham showing us how to do this with the face washer.. One of the chairs was broken and the torch did not work without buying a new battery. The portable toilet which we didn't use had not been cleaned properly from a previous user. One of the USB ports didn't work and the radio was so poor we didn't use it. The hose was split and we had to buy an attachment to get it to work. I had emailed Susan before the trip asking for 2 extra towels which she agreed to. Graham voiced his unhappiness in us having the 4 dollar towels as he wouldn't get them back as we were dropping the van off in Christchurch. Susan said Graham would help us with the itinerary but then said we would have to work it out for ourselves. This was most unhelpful. We have hired campervans previously that have been kitted out much better inside so I guess we expected better. Despite this we met people that had hired from other companies and their vans had broken down.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in December 2018

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Lisa Gossweiler

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Campa South operated by Susan & Graham fully met our expectations and made a great trip possible. At the end, we were reluctant to return the campervan that was our home for 34 days.

---Information---
The inquiry per email was quickly answered and we were given two options, each listing the vehicle and accessories and the price in detail, giving us all the information for a well-founded decision. For us, all we needed was included - we only bought an umbrella later that we realized was a mistake to buy :D.

--- The van---
Our campervan was excellently organized with cupboards, drawers and overhead space, so that everything had its place and we didn't feel the need to convert back from the made bed back to the table even once. Still we had space to cook. We were careful with the water and it lasted the entire trip.

---In good hands---
On arrival we were picked up at the agreed time and on the way to the property Graham put me in the driver seat and gave me a first experience on keeping left with a few tips. I can't promise he'll offer you the same but it shows how involved they are. Actually, we kept in touch during the trip via text and we got some useful advise as Graham (as a private pilot) is quite aware of the islands weather.
If we would have had any problems I'd have been absolutely comfortable to ask Susan or Graham for help and rely on their advice/instructions. This confidence is based on the fact that they maintain the vehicles themselves and know them.

We learned about Campa South from its excellent Rankers reviews and can confirm they deserve the ranking. At first glance there seem to be cheaper options out there but considering all included and the fixed insurance, therefore no hidden costs, we were very happy with the price. And on top all interactions were more than pleasant and personal.
I can only recommend you to inquire for a campervan with Susan & Graham as well.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Mario Radl

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Everything worked out really well. Graham (the owner) picked us up from the airport and brought us to his company. We learned all the important things about the campervan and were ready to go. Unfortunately after a few days the fridge stopped working - but we just called Graham and he managed everything - one hour later we were ready to go again. So if there are some problems or if you're not sure about something, just call him and it will work out! We had a really nice time in our campervan, although it was not the newest, but we had it for six weeks and except the fridge incident, everthing was working great. A real advantage was that there is no advertisement of the company on the vans - so we almost felt like locals. At the end of our trip Graham brought us to our hostel, which was very nice as well! Thank you for the special time - we enjoyed it! :)
Miriam & Mario from Austria

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in November 2018

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Gabby Nash

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A poem about our experience with Campa South

We decided to book a Campa South van

And were greeted by Graham who’s a top class man

He picked us up from our accomodation

Him and Sue were a wealth of information

On travelling around NZ, the beautiful nation

We drove the van over 3000 ks

Through mountains, and sunshine and pouring rain days

It chugged up the hills like Graham told us it would

And so it was named the little engine that could

No doubt about it, this is the best money you’ll spend

Impeccable service from start until end

So if you’re going to NZ and need a van to rent

Choose Campa South, we give them 100 percent

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sven Wilkens

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing trip in New Zealand (both North and South Island) with a Toyota HiTop from Campasouth Rentals! Susan and Graham are really welcoming, helpful and were always available in case we needed to ask them something.

The van had a good size for us two travelling as a couple. The van was good to park with and even driving in some smaller road were no problem. Though its smaller size the van had all we needed: a small fridge, place to sit and relax even when it rained and enough space for storage.

When we come and explore NZ one more time in the future we would absolutly do it with a campervan from Susan and Graham.

When we left the campervan in Christchurch we had the chance to meet them in person and even their lovely dogs.
We really appreciate their local thinking, e.g. buying tyres from a local shop to support the community.

Thanks a lot!
Sven and Ida

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Roy

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing experience with Campa South. The campervan we received was not the newest (we booked the standard camper) but was in good condition. The van contained all we needed for a camping road trip trough the country. If we had a question, Graham and Susan were easy to approach and responded very quick and were always helpful (also on public holidays). The pickup service from and to airport was arranged perfectly.
High value for price, we would strongly recommend a booking with Campa South!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Michaela Oetzel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

CampaSouth provided us with a super van super & service. Great family owned business! So happy we weren’t one of the thousand rolling billboards of JUCY, Britz or Maui!
We rented a campervan for our 4 week trip over the South Island.
The van was older, but in very good shape and had all we needed! Both interior and engine, tires, breaks etc were in excellent condition and it was driving very well. If we had the choice, we would take the same one again over any newer one.
We loved the blackened windows that gave us privacy even parking right in the middle of other vans.
Sue And Graham were super helpful and friendly, the communication easy all the time. They provided us with advice, maps, and lend us a travel and hiking book. They have a great website that you should check out before booking.
Would highly recommend it to every one who travells NZ.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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John Duncan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Sue and Graham provide excellent value, personal service, really efficient, friendly and reliable. We (my wife and I, in our sixties) wanted, and they provided, a smaller van, a Toyota Hiace Hitop manual, which was beautifully looked after, very clean and obviously well-serviced. We booked it from the UK and emails were replied to extremely quickly by Sue. The van insurance deal was very reasonable and sensible with a modest excess of only $900. Comparable rental quotes we received from other companies were up to almost twice as much, with sometimes crazy daily rates after a minimum period (check the breakdown) and sometimes very high insurance on top. Graham provided pick-ups from the hotel and to the airport, which were included at no extra cost. There was a comprehensive and immediate introduction to the van before departure and a very quick handover on the return. They totally lived up to expectations - highly recommended - we would definitely go with therm again.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Jornt van Dijk

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Travelled around NZ's Southern Island in a Toyota Hiace, rented at Campa South. Susan and Graham were very clear and helpful in their communication, and offered us an older type van, but at an appropriately reduced price. They were always available for issues, and managed to provide a quick solution to an occuring problem. Their personal touch was appreciated, and the lack of decals on the van contributed to the overall experience as well. We would not hesitate to rent here again!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Melody Marks

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The camper van we rented was a little worn, but well tended. Graham and Susan were great, getting us to and from the airport. Like their website says, everything needed was included in the charges and there were no surprises there. We would definitely rent from them again,

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Andreas and Andrea

Ranking: 10/10

Susan and Graham are running the most honest car rentals we have ever experienced in our travels around the world. They are offering fair deals and moreover they take plenty of time to explain the campervan and to give answers to all our questions even when calling during our trip. The campervan was equipped with we need four our long trip in Newzealand and was a cozy mobile home. The campervan comes with cutlery and dishes as well as towels and duvet including liners. We especially valued their flexibility to our travel schedule and we very grateful for the transfer to and from the airport. This the campervan rental company you wanna go with if you appreciate fair conditions, honesty and reliable campervan.

We want to point out the warm welcome and helpfulness which made our trip unforgettable.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in November 2018

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Melanie Raczek

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you for the amazing campervan experience in NZ!
Graham and Susan were so friendly and the personal contact via email was excellent. We got all the information about the camper and interior that we needed for planning our trip with our little one. Furthermore, they helped us to optimize our route. Graham picked us up at the airport and went through the paperwork without any waiting time (that you normally have with other companies). The explanation about the van was detailed and he and his family are so welcoming and friendly. We even got some food for our hungry baby. During our travel we contacted Graham twice due to punctures and it was uncomplicated and excellent. The van was running fine for our whole travel and we enjoyed travelling with a non-labeled van. We named the van “old lady” and didn´t want to return it. We felt so much at home (also our little one) and had a wonderful time in NZ. We could recommend Campa South and would definitely book the van again with them.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Brad McCulloch

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I would highly recommend Campa South.
My wife and I chose Campa South because we were wary of scams and overcharging that we had heard of with some hire companies from time to time.
We wanted to be certain of what we were paying for at the outset. We didn't want to encounter any hidden charges.
We found the online reviews from previous Campa South customers very reassuring.
We liked the fact that Campa South is a small local family run business. it was nice to have that personal contact with the business owners that a family run business can provide.
Graham and Sue were extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. They were happy to pick us up at our motel on time and went through the paperwork and familiarisation with our van in a thorough in a short timeframe. There was no waiting around for anything. The terms and conditions were straight forward and very reasonable.
Although our van was not the latest model, it didn't miss a beat.
Graham encouraged us to contact him if we had any problems along the way or didn't understand how anything worked on the van.
I was confident from the online reviews that he would respond quickly if any mechanical issues arose.
The price for hire in the peak season was very reasonable and we liked the fact that it included items like a table and chairs, toaster, kettle and extra blankets at no extra charge.
There were no hidden costs. All we needed to do was to provide a receipt that we had filled the gas bottle at some point during the trip, return with a full fuel tank and give the van a tidy up and sweep with a broom and that was it.
We intend to do a trip around the North Island in the near future and will use Campa South once again. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Campa South to anyone who is looking for a budget priced van. We found the Toyota van with a high top gave us roominess and comfort and yet we could manoeuvre anywhere that a family sedan would go. The smaller van worked well for us.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Sacal

Ranking: 10/10

We Booked a 2+1 berth camper-van from CampaSouth based on online reviews. If there ever was an example of the internet hive mind working well, this is it! The company is absolutely brilliant. I will not go on and on, as there are plenty of details in the other 10 star reviews.

What we liked most is:
1. Excellent communication, with great response time from the owners.
2. Incredibly friendly and genuine people.
3. We picked the van up in Auckland, and the process was smooth and pleasant; the van, though old and with incredible mileage, was a joy to drive and live in.
4. No logos on the van meant that everywhere we went, we were treated as locals. Most people renting a camper-van will do so before they arrive in NZ, and I didn't quite realise just how important a point this is. The country is full to the brim of heavily advertised vans, and it gets annoying fast. You really don't want to be the one driving the immediately recognisable rental van. Great on Susan and Graham that they keep their vans ad-free!
5. The van was so well taken care of. Despite the mileage (441.000 on ours when we dropped it off), it took the 4000+ km we threw at it with aplomb. The engines are bullet-proof, and the interior is well thought-out and well maintained. And, just as importantly, the vans are full of charm. We named ours Ciccio, and we miss it!
6. Price-quality ratio is unbeatable.
7. There really are no hidden costs. Graham and Susan are, to put it mildly, very reasonable when it comes to what they count for insurance purposes. If you rent with them, you can trust that you are renting from very honest people.

Thanks a lot for this unforgettable trip, one of the best we've ever done! Greetings to Ciccio, and happy travels for as many km still!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Andrew & Mareike

Ranking: 10/10

Just finished up an incredible 4-week tour around the South Island and we couldn't be happier with having chosen Campa South as our first choice rental company.

We had a small reservation before booking due to the age of the vehicles (circa early 2000s), but went ahead based on other Rankerz reviews. We needn't have worried! Our camper performed brilliantly, and Graham and Susan provided a first class service to get us underway (again, thank you for the "Windy" app tip!).

The van handled everything 3000 km of NZ road tried to throw at it with aplomb - 20% gradients, lots of hairpin corners, long corrugated gravel roads and busy city streets. All with a reasonable fuel economy and small turning circle. Good as gold!

Driving aside it was also a pleasure to live in the camper for a month. The HiAce model meant we could stand inside without any issue (I'm 6ft 1") - good for changing clothes and repacking bags for the day.

The interior kitchen allowed for meal prep even if it hammered down, and came with little extras such as a chef's knife, french press and even microwave! Additionally, the fridge was able to run for a day off the battery (separate from the engine), and wasn't too nosiy. We were also able to charge all our batteries via USB each evening/night off the same battery.

The backseat+table area was easy to configure for eating/sleeping, with plenty of storage for backpacks and other bits. We could open the boot to enjoy unimpeded views from bed! Some windows had fly screens on to allow fresh air in even if the sandflys we're lurking outside.

In fact, the only negative we experienced is that the sound system in the camper wasn't great, with no Bluetooth or aux-in (we could find). So road-tripping to your own personal jam means bringing along a portable speaker. But it's a minor issue and one that didn't detract from our experience.

We hope to be back very soon for more adventures around NZ with CampaSouth!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Marco

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing new Zealand experience and that's thanks to Graham and Susan who went above and beyond to find us a van with very little notice in the busiest time of the year - he even drove from Auckland to Christchurch to make sure we'd get it on time!
The van was perfect and well mantained and we made the most out of it thanks to many of Graham suggestions on the South island.
They will genuinely look after you during your stay in NZ and I can't recommend them enough.
Last but not least, we were happy to find out that part of their proceedings goes to charities - we wish they were more businesses like this!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Marco, you and Tiphane were welcome. We're are so glad you both had a great time in NZ. Ha ha...yes, my long drive from Auckland wasn't planned but due to a cancellation your van was stranded there so I did what was necessary to ensure you got your camper as promised.
You are quite right about our gifting of funds and also time. Campasouth has helped with the construction of a Kindergarten in Zimbabwe both through labor and materials, development of an English language school in Laos and a girls orphanage in northern India. Campasouth also provides for the support of two foster children. One in India and the other in Pakistan.

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Claire Fitoussi

Ranking: 10/10

We hired a van with Campa South during the month of November 2018 and absolutely loved it.
- Safety&Kindness : throughout the trip, we really had the feeling we were in good hands. I think when you rent a van you first want to feel safe, and that's how we felt thank's to Campa South owners (Graham&Susan) and Graham's brother Bevan. If we had a problem with the van, we knew that we could really rely on them and that's priceless.
- Great van : outside the van, no tags or brand on the van (simple white van). Inside, the van had a lot of storing space and every thing you need to live (toaster, heater, kettle, gas cooker, cooking tools, cups&glasses, plates, forks/knives/spoons etc, cooking tools, camping table and camping chairs for when you want to eat outside, flashlights, cushions, duvets...).
- No hidden cost : honest people.
For all of these reasons, we would recommend to anyone to pick this company to hire a van. The vans they rent are great and well arranged and they are such kind and lovely people. Enjoy your trip!

Reviewed 5 months ago and experienced in November 2018

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Claire, so nice to read your review from your trip with us. Wow, it's been a while since you were here but it seems like just yesterday...time flies by so fast. Thanks for using us for your van hire and we hope you come again to NZ. Bevan has returned to Australia for a while to visit his family there but will be joining us again next season to help with campervan preparation like this year.
Take care
Graham and Susan

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Veronika

Ranking: 10/10

10/10 for an absolutely lovely, warm and helpful rental service! We loved travelling in our little campervan that became our home (we named him "Olaf") over four weeks. Everything that we needed was provided by Graham and Susan. The camper hat a stove and a sink and portable toilet (we didn't use the toilet) and we were provided with towels, bedsheets, cutlery, dishsoap.. we loved the fact that it had darkened windows in the back so we had a little more privacy but could still look out. Graham and Susan were incredibly nice, answered all our questions and gave us recommendations where to go. We did not have any problems with our camper but we were told (and I'm sure if we'd had) we could have called them any time. We are convinced that it was the best to support a small family run business rather than giving our money to one of the big and unpersonal companies with big labels all over the car screaming out "tourist"!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Christian and Veronica. Sue and I really enjoyed having you both visit NZ and using our great little campervan. From now on we should call him "Olaf".
You talked about coming back to visit the North Island next so please call us because we offer campers from Auckland as well as Christchurch.
God bless your new marriage and live well together. Next time perhaps flying the glaciers will be a possibility!
Regards
Graham and Sue

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Amy Fulham

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely family run business that went out of their way to be helpful and make our holiday the best it could be. Can't recommend them highly enough. They made us feel at ease when we picked up the campervan and that they would be there to help if we ran into any problems, which is what you need when on a holiday that for us is once in a lifetime and you don't want any worries.

When we picked up the hightop campervan, they explained how everything worked clearly and how the driving was on New Zealand roads. The van we got had a great layout which you don't get at other companies as you could go from the seats in the front into the back without having to go outside

There was all the kitchen equipment we needed for cooking and washing up stuff was also provided.

There was an extra blanket, outdoor table and chairs, fan heater, pegs and washing line and a map book.

Before we set out they even took the time to discuss the best route to go because there was some bad weather expected in some areas that week. The campsite suggested the first night was lovely and all the other ideas were great too.

The van looked very well maintained and when we picked it up they said if we had any problems to let them know early and they'd do anything they could to sort it out. Or if it was some of the equipment that we damaged like the table and chairs they were happy for us to replace it as this was the cheapest and easiest way, which seems like a really practical way of dealing with it and shoes they are not like some companies that try to charge a lot for really minor things as a way to boost their profits.

As it was, we did have a minor problem with a light on the van that required a new part (but not something that interrupted our holiday). We let them know and they arranged for a replacement to be couriered out to the next big town we were going through and someone was waiting at the garage to fit it as soon as we arrived. Great service and we weren't charged for it.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

What an adventure you guys had? Yes the light was a challenge as you were moving so fast from each beautiful location to the next. Luckily we managed to have one of our contacts fix it for you without holding you up longer than a few minutes as you passed near the spectacular Able Tasman National Park here in the South Island.
Come again Amy and Ashley because NZ still has more to offer.
Regards
Graham and Sue

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Larissa D

Mexico

Ranking: 10/10

My boyfriend and I rented the sleepervan for 17 days. We searched so many companies and decided to go with campasouth because it is family owned and local! we couldn’t be happier with our choice. Graham and Susan were really warm and welcoming from the beginning, they gave us lots of information about places to go and kept our extra luggage during the time we had the van. The van was super clean and everything worked perfectly. It also came with everything we could need, sheets and pillows were really good, we had gas, kitchen utensils, plates, and lots of other stuff. The bed was super spacious, there was more than enough space for the two of us. Even when we found ourselves driving in unexpected snow the van worked perfectly and we managed to get to our destination without any trouble. Visiting New Zealand in a camper van is an experience of a lifetime! And Graham and Susan made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy it. If we come back to New Zealand we will definitely rent from them again. We try to support local and family owned business and to be responsible travelers, Susan and Graham are doing an amazing job with the business! we highly recommend them !!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for the kind words Larissa. Sue and I are passionate about traveling just as you are and so we make every effort to make your time here as trouble free and enjoyable as possible. Even the Sleeper van you used is quite well equipped and our Hi top campers are even better arranged for space an functionality. WE have the same ethos as yourselves because we also support small business whenever we can. Come again and enjoy NZ because there is always more to see.
Regards
Graham and Sue

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Marius Hundt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We booked a Campervan for 3 (two Adults, one infant) for the duration of six weeks.
Everything worked very well. Starting with the communication before the trip. Susan was very helpful and patient. She gave us very good advice ans answered every question.
Graham picked us up from the airport and explained everything in detail, he could even explain NZ's wind and weather conditions. So we could decide best where to go, depending on the wind.
The insurance was included and sounded fair.
It was easy to get in contact with Graham. He solved upcoming issues like flat tires fast and fair.
The van wasn't the newest, but did its job very well. It was equipped with everything we needed and even more.
Conclusion: We had the feeling, that Campa South cares for every customer and do their job with passion.
We highly recommend this company, we had a great time!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Marius, you guys did a great job traveling with a child and we were well impressed. The weather was a little troublesome when you were here but I'm glad you took our advice on the weather and managed to avoid the rain that most the other travelers using other companies were caught in. I hope your time here with your parents as well was enjoyable.
You guys certainly explored the Banks Peninsula area well and even stayed at one of the quiet spectacular parts usually used by locals only.
Thanks for using us for your hire and perhaps we will see you again.
Regards
Graham and Sue

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Suzie and Ric

Ranking: 10/10

Campa south is a great company. Communication with Susan before we left the UK was excellent. On arrival Graham met us at the airport and was really helpful with looking at the route we would take and offering advise and showing us the van. The vans are not new like some of the silly expensive companies out there but that is why they are so great. They feel like home and are hardworking comfortable honest vans with no hidden costs. Ours was real workhorse (we named him Ricky Baker after the Wilderpeople film that made us want to visit NZ!) and we never doubted it mechanically to drive the 3000 or so miles we did in it on both islands. They are well equipped you dont need to bring anything extra as the van has everything from fresh linen and blankets to cafetieres to a toaster and torch ours even had feather pillows! The bed was such a good size and really comfy and we had plenty of storage. We had 2 occasions to ring Graham out of hours when we had 1) chipped the windscreen and 2) forgot to ring the returns company in auckland (the girls there by the way were super too)! I was really worried about calling but Graham was so kind and reassuring with practical advise to fix the problems and seemed more worried it didn't spoilt our holiday even though they were our mistakes. They have a genuine honest desire to share their country and give you a great holiday. We feel they provide a personal service which is rare to find in a hire company these days. If we had the chance again we would definitely go with them - just go for longer next time :0)

Reviewed 6 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

You guys were awesome and we're so glad you had a great time here in NZ. Heh, don't worry about the hiccups...you were on holiday so glad you could chill and enjoy. We're glad to hear that our guys in Auckland are doing a great job as well. Suzie, you and Rick are always welcome here in NZ with your Campasouth family

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Siegfried Behrendt

Germany

Ranking: 1/10

We have had the worst experiences with Campasouth Rentals. The motorhome was in a very miserable condition when it was handed over: it smelled, there were mould stains on the ceiling and the cupboard was dirty. The tyres were completely worn out. In such a vehicle we could and wanted to spend no vacation.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

This gentleman has never rented from Campasouth. He reserved a campervan (not a motorhome as he claims above, and perhaps this was part of the issue) in 2017 for last season but refused to take the van when he arrived. The issues he claimed to us at the time were easily rectified, however he was not willing to work with us, and changed his plans. Campasouth even fully refunded his deposit, but he seems to want to tarnish our good reputation by placing a review 12 months after the event. We wish him well as we do all visitors to NZ and hope he enjoyed what this wonderful country has to offer.

Also, as a side note, we are no longer using the turnaround agent in Auckland that contributed to these issues, in order to continue to provide the best possible service for our customers.

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Rachael Dyson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

We had a great experience travelling around both islands in our Toyota campervan we named 'Toby'. Toby the Toyota (don't ask). He was comfy to sleep in and was kitted out with everything we needed. Although not the newest model and with over 300,000 km on the clock, he was very reliable and powerful enough to get up a hill in fifth gear. Graham and Susan were great at communicating via email to get everything sorted, included a tent on our request and dropped the campervan to us in Queenstown for a reasonable fee. My partner lost his wallet during out trip and Graham was very helpful in making sure he was reunited with it. Graham was always on hand to reassure us both on this occasion and when we had to ask how to check the oil mid way through our journey. The only issue we had came at the end of our 16 day trip when returning Toby. There was a small dent on the back which we had not noticed and were unaware of causing. We got charged $400 for this which was disappointing as we didn't feel it needed a new panel, however we can appreciate their decision and realise they have to cover costs of repairs regardless of fault. Overall, big thumbs up for Campa South and Toby the Toyota.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Rachael. Thanks for the kind words and we're really glad Toby ran well for you. Our Toyota campervans are absolutely the best and seldom give us or our renters any problems. We're also really sorry for the dent in the door and we suspect it occurred sometime while the van was parked up either in a shopping centre or a camping spot when you weren't close by. You are quite right that the van doesn't need a new panel, however, medium size dents do occur and they must be attended to with some panel repair and painting. Often this type of repair can be quite expensive but in your case we reduced the amount somewhat to help your budget. Please approach your travel insurance as they usually cover these sorts of things and of course we will be happy to provide documentation to support your claim.
Hope you make it back to NZ again soon
Graham and Susan

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CAMILLE ROBAUDI

French Polynesia

Ranking: 10/10

Nous avons passé 15 jours dans un campervan CampaSouth et ce fut une expérience inoubliable! Le van est bien pensé, très fonctionnel, nous le quittons à regrets... Apres avoir comparé avec d'autres van le rapport qualité/prix me semble le meilleur!
Merci pour tout et à très bientôt j'espère :)
Camille

Reviewed 6 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Heh thanks guys. We hope Bora Bora in French Polynesia is great and hope to see you again soon in beautiful NZ
Graham and Susan

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Eduard van der Weert

Ranking: 9/10

Greham welcomed us after arrival in christchurch. He was very friendly and the campersouth rental was close to the airport near the supermarkets. The van was very cozy, clean and in a good condition. It had all the facilities we needed. A good walk through van perfect for 2 persons travelling around new zealand! Would definately recommend it to anyone!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Eduard, hope you had a good trip home and thanks for chosing us for your hire

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Karen Stephens

Ranking: 10/10

Graham and Sue run an amazing service. They gave great advice, including apps to use to find good camping sites. They were really helpful with pick-up and drop-off. The van we had was comfortable, clean, and fully equipped. Nothing broke!!! Everything was maintained to a high standard. And Graham and Sue are such friendly, welcoming, helpful people. Thank you so much for such a lovely experience. You really helped to make our stay in NZ enjoyable and stress-free!!!

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in September 2018

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Karen and Andrew
We are so pleased you had a great time here in NZ visiting family, and be sure to come and visit again soon.
All the best for a great year in Laos. We love the work you are doing there. Blessings from Susan and Graham

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Rosalie Mathews

Ranking: 10/10

Having rented from Campa South previously & had a great experience we had no hesitation in using them again for our latest trip. Graham & Susan do a fantastic of job of making you feel very special & that you are their only clients, which is far from the truth. The popularity of their vans is testament to the help you receive & the calibre of the vans. The vans, while not top of the range are well serviced & very comfortable along with all the amenities you would need.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Rosalie. You and Russel are always welcome here at Campasouth Rentals.

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paula

Ranking: 10/10

We have just finished up our 2 week south island trip with campa south rentals and couldn't have asked for anything better. Susan and Graham were amazing people full of helpful information given to us starting from the first email, the local knowledge was a big help in planning our first trip to new Zealand, and their caring nature a great personal touch that you would not get from bigger companies. The van was great to drive no worries at all, comfortable sleeping with soft pillows and an extra blanket thrown in for the cooler months. As an avid traveller I would definitely recommend this company above all others no hidden costs with a genuine company. love it!! score 12 out of 10.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Haha, thanks Paula. Great comments and really appreciated by Sue and myself. The most important thing for us here at Campasouth is for our custmoers to have the best time possible while in NZ and driving one of our camper vans. We always try to make our customers feel like part of our family when they are here in NZ; after all, it's a foreign country for most of you so we want to make it as easy as possible.
Hope to see you again soon.

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Line Lefevre Nielsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

We lent a camper van from Campa South Rentals in December 2015. We unfortunately had a burglary in the camper van shortly after departing from Graham and Susan. Graham came immediately and they both helped us so much through the incident by talking to the police and the insurance. At the time all the camper vans were fully booked but they did everything they could to get us a new camper van the day after since the first one needed to be repaired. We are not sure we would have received the same service other places. Graham and Susan are the most kind and helpful people we have ever met. We give our highest recommendations for Campa South Rentals. Without their help we would not have been able to have an enjoyable trip despite the incident.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in December 2015

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Line
Wow, so nice to see you left us a review. We hope you and Maike are doing well. Yes, it's been a while since you were here but we still remember you both very well.

Thanks for the kind words and of course we would assist anyone who has problems while visiting our beautiful country. We have never had a theft before or since that happened to you guys so NZ is still a very safe place. I guess even here though one must be careful because one never knows for sure what can happen.
Take care
From your NZ "family" Graham and Susan at Campasouth

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Helen Rimmer

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Graham and Susan are good to deal with. From pick up to drop off, they are friendly, helpful and very responsive to emails or questions. They allowed us to get our lost luggage dropped at their place, worked out great as there was a small water leak that we were able to get fixed when we stopped in. They took the time to help us plan a route and suggested places to stop, things to see. The vans are older, but you know that going in and it balances out not having to pay a large bond. We went with CampaSouth as we were able to get a basic van with a fridge, didn't want to deal with a cooler or move things into the camp fridges. The van has the necessities and overall was comfortable, easy to drive. So why the lower rating? The electrics in the van. It's passed all the tests, had the warranty but it didn't work with the new power systems in the campgrounds and when plugged in the breaker tripped. When we contacted them we were told it was a known problem but usually not a big deal as it didn't happen often and just ask for the older plugs. They could remove the breaker but hadn't as they didn't feel it was an issue. Unfortunately it was an issue for us as many of the places we stayed only had the updated power and no older plugs. When this happened, most of the campgrounds were able to move us to an non-powered site and refund the price difference. It probably wouldn't of been such a big deal if the battery was able to hold a full charge to keep the fridge cool but it also seemed to be having issues. We did as told and turned off the fridge at night, but it didn't keep our food chilled. So despite paying for a fridge, we ended up not being able to use it and had the hassle of moving food in and out of a camp fridge. A lot of hassle would of been avoided if this had been mentioned to us at the beginning. We still would of rented with them just gone with another model where we didn't pay for something that didn't work.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in December 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for being patient Helen. Changes in NZ electrical code requirements has caused this issue for some folk in campers in NZ and has occurred more lately as the campgrounds have been updating their systems. We apologise but can now reassure you and others that the issue has been fixed for 2018-19 so that the vans can operate on both old and new systems. Unfortunately, until all NZ motorcamps use the same system, this issue will remain out there but at least now Campasouth has made sure it will not affect any of our renters in the future.

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Elizabeth Layhe

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful company to deal with in every way. Sue and Graham are on hand to help out in the friendliest way possible. I highly recommend campersouthrentals and when I return I would use their vans again. Great advantage not have their company name splashed over their vans!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2018

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Sophie & Nils

Ranking: 10/10

We were traveling through New Zealand for 4 weeks in February and March and could not have chosen a better company than Campa South!! :-)
At the beginning Graham told us some helpful things about the weather conditions during the next days and where to drive best and we even could watch his very intelligent dog doing some tricks for us! That was a perfect start of our journey :-)
Graham and Susan are super friendly and give you the feeling of really wanting the perfect holiday for you in their beautiful country! The van itself (we had a Deluxe one) was very spacious, the bed was comfortable, we could stand in it and cook in it (really great if it rains outside and you can watch the others cooking in the rain while sitting inside the warm van - sorry for "German Schadenfreude"). But not only that the van was great, the most important thing was the feeling of always! beeing able to call Graham if there is an issue. One day our sink wasn't working and the other day we had to change a tire and Graham was directly available on the phone and prepared us with all the information we needed and made appointments at the next car repair / tire shop. We are so happy we booked our van at Campa South! THANKS Susan & Graham!
Nils & Sophie (Feb & March 2018)

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in February 2018

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Katarzyna Tulwin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a really nice trip around New Zealand with Deluxe campervan from Campa South Rentals. The experience with the company was pleasant from the early beginning, the e-mail contact with the owners was nice and we got all the important information before arrival. We had literally no problems with the car, it was well equipped and in good condition. We got a convinient transfer from and to the airport, and enjoyed the meeting both with the owner and with the agent. And all of that for a reasonable price! Thank you Graham and Susan and hope to see you again :-)

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Douglas Burbidge

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Graham and Susan were great. They picked us up and dropped us off at the airport, were easy to contact, and there were no surprises or problems with the rental. Excellent experience.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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David Dam

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We had an awesome time with our little camper van from Campa South! The first enquiry we made was late at night (close to midnight NZ time) and Susan answered within minutes! Both she and Graham have been very helpful, booking the van went really smooth, Graham picked us up from the city and dropped us at the airport when we returned the van, the van was very smartly outfitted with every nook and cranny used, it had literally everything we needed for an amazing trip around New Zealand! Also super grateful for the extra blankets provided as NZ can get cold!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Renee Glenn

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Graham and Sue went well out of their way to accomodate for us. We were looking for a van over the busy Easter period and they did everything they could to ensure we had a nice visit to NZ. The motorhome was clean and comfortable and we would definitely recommend going with Campa South!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Denise Adamic

United States

Ranking: 9/10

So happy we choose Campa South Rentals for our South Island vacation. Graham and Sue were great throughout booking and obtaining our van - the most timely and responsive company during our research process. We liked that they are a family owned operation with plenty of experience and time to help make our trip amazing. Sue recommended hotels for our arrival and collected us at the airport. Graham coordinated our van drop off and delivered us to the airport for our return flight. The van was well equipped with linens, kitchen utensils, maps, extra blankets, camping chairs, a picnic table, clothes line and pins, electric heater, dish soap and small camping stove (perfect for cooking outside!). They have a fleet of vehicles (some newer than others, but all in good condition) and none have logos. It was so nice to blend in as we explored the country. Not only did Graham and Sue take time to orient us to using the van and driving in New Zealand, they also recommended sights to visit, routes to take and the best local grocery stores and coffee shops to try. When we had a minor mechanical issue (lose drain hose), Graham met us at their house within an hour and fixed the issue on the spot. Upon our departure, they visited with us and genuinely inquired how our vacation went. We highly recommend this company and will rent through Campa South Rentals next year on our return to New Zealand.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Terri Kennedy

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

We had a really great experience with Campa South! We rented a campervan from them and toured the south island for 3 weeks. The van wasn't fancy but it had everything we needed and Graham and Susan were super easy to deal with. Susan answered all of my questions via email and Graham got us on our way and gave us a ride to the airport when we returned. Highly recommend booking with them!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Peggy Larson

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Graham and Susan are wonderful people . We had some mechanical,vehicle issues that my husband was able to solve. The vehicle we rented was dated, needed a few perks( Lawn chairs were rusted, held together with duct tape and not very comfortable. Needed a few organizer baskets. Other then that we enjoyed our travels around NZ. Would hesitate to rent the older vehicles to someone not mechanically inclined when things go wrong. Important safety things like gas hookups ,fire extinguishers,lights should be checked by owner prior to rentals. Not sure you should rely on returnee of vehicle to tell you if something needs attention. All in all our trip around NZ was wonderful. Beautiful country.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Peggy. Thanks for the review. We are flabbergasted that you had a chair held together with duct tape because we would never in a thousand years do this. In fact we tell everybody that rents from us if they break a chair then simply buy a new one and we will always repay them without hesitation. Your holiday is about having a great time and that is the most important thing for us. Our vans are checked between rentals using a 34 point check sheet which covers most everything one can think of, however, occasionally things do go unnoticed if a previous renter experiences something and doesn't tell us.
We have a range of vehicles which vary in age (this allows us to give such good rates) but all are maintained using the same stringent standards.
Unfortunately we cannot control how our vans are treated once they are on the road under the care of a renter and sadly many folk treat our vans poorly which causes failures. Some do not tell us and even hide issues for fear of us getting angry (of course we never do and would rather know if something breaks).
Relying on returnees to give us feedback is indeed crucial so we can address issues when they arise, even on the road as most issues can be fixed same day with a simple phone call. Graham is always available directly as every renter is given his private number in the event he is needed 7 days a week.
We really hope your trip was awesome as this really is a great country.
For any potential renters, please...the camp chairs are on us...we will never ask you to use a broken one and are always happy for you to call with concerns so we can address them immediately.
Thanks for your comments
Graham and Susan

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Dan Larson

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Older vehicle served us well. Best to be a little mechanically inclined, just in case. Just right for the two of us. Economical on fuel, 10 l/100km or 22 mpg (us) @ $2.00/l. Can park anywhere. Had a wonderful experience. Rankers has a very helpful app.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jacqueline Reimers

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had a wonderful time tripping around in the camper we hired from Susan and Graham they were very friendly and helpful .our experience was awesome traveling around the south island many beautiful sites to see our only downfall was we didnt find many camp spots with a shower it would be great if susan and Graham suppied a shower tent as the campers have hot running water with a long hose that you could shower with just outside the door its not really private enough when your surrounded with other campers around you lol but other than that i would highly recommend them .thankyou Susan and Graham see you next year .

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Bronwyn Logan

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We highly recommend using Campa South Rentals. Our Deluxe Camper was very reliable and comfy, ultra fresh and clean, and made for a very enjoyable home away from home for us, during our awesome 2 week trip around Southland. Graham & Susan offer a great friendly service, from picking us up at the Airport upon our arrival, to delivering us to our Hotel before our departure. They even offered us the use of their own personal Motorhome for our last night in Christchurch, when we were finding it difficult to find a hotel that wasn't totally booked out. Just loved the personal touch that bigger companies cannot compete with. Their price was so much more affordable, as well. We will definitely be back, and have already been recommending them to all our friends. Cheers guys. :)
Bronwyn & Ollie Logan, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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David Owen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I picked up a camper van from Graham and Susan for a 3 week trip in New Zealand, in January 2018. The van was everything we wanted, spacious, easy to drive and a very reasonable priced. Graham and Susan gave use a thorough explanation of the van before we set off from their house to begin our adventure.

This is where this review take it's slightly unconventional direction, because 3 days into our trip, we crashed the van in Wanaka. Thankfully our injures were superficial, but the damage to the van was much more serious. Luckily, we were taken in by a local family for a couple of days, so had somewhere to stay. I was worried before ringing Graham and Susan to explain to them what happened, but I need not have been. They were both so understanding, and far more concerned about our physical and mental state, than the damage to the van. They made many enquires to find us a replacement vehicle so that our holiday wasn't ruined, which they wanted no extra money for.

Graham and Susan put our minds at ease, reassured us that accidents happen and that the most important thing was that we were ok. They stressed that we should put the damage to the car well and truly to the back of our minds, and focus on enjoying the rest of our trip. The small excess that we had to pay was nothing in comparison to other campervan companies who charge huge amounts for damage. Most people reading this will never have to consider paying their excess as accidents are rare, but if you are involved in one, you want the piece of mind that the excess isn't too heavy a price to pay. I can stress what honest, caring, kind and understanding people Graham and Susan are and their attitude and actions meant that our time in New Zealand wasn't ruined by this unfortunate accident.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Philippe ISOLA

France

Ranking: 9/10

Sue and Graham were welcoming and helpful .The van was in perfect conditions. The only trouble was that it wasn't really adapted for sleeping three adults but we managed. Thank you for everything. Your website is very helpful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi again Philippe ,
Thanks for posting a review. It was lovely having Catherine and you visit us and of course, thank you for choosing Campasouth for your camper hire. We advertise the van you used as a 2+2 because it's actually set up for two adults and two children(that's what +2 means). However, as you found out it's possible to sleep extra adult as well if they are not too big. Our deluxe vans are very nice and of course we always keep the maintenance up to date. We hope you will come again to NZ soon.

Smiles
Graham and Susan

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Cassandra Thomson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Campasouth is a small 'mom and pop shop' with customer service at the forefront of the business. We had an unfortunate incident with our van before we got out of the driveway, it was Christmas Eve, and Susan and Graham worked very hard and made a lot of arrangements to get us sorted with another vehicle the same day. They are also very responsive and always available by mobile if you have any sort of hiccups along the way - although everything went perfectly smooth for us with the replacement van.

Their campers aren't brand new like some of the bigger franchises but they are very well kept, run great and have all of the bits and bobs that you'll need for your trip. And since they work extremely hard and keep their overhead costs low, you get the best value for your money, especially since the vehicles are self-contained. If you don't already know, everything in New Zealand is EXPENSIVE, so having the self-contained certification is a must if you want to stay at free campsites (which saves a lot of money).

The campervans are great for small families. We travelled with a 6-month old and we were able to safely install her carseat in the 3-person cab, and she slept at the back of on the top bunk of the camper which is actually a full-sized single bed.

The three of us had a blast in this van. You definitely can't go wrong with Campasouth rentals in terms of their value, customer service and reliability of their vehicles. Highly recommended

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Cassandra
Wow, what a visit! We were really sorry you had that misshap with the van but at least we got you and your family up and running again without delay. At least no one was hurt and you all had a great holiday here in NZ.. You guys were really great and we hope you can come again soon.
Take care
Graham and Sue

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Boon Sheng Teo

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

There's a reason why Campa South is one of the top (if not the top) ranked camper van rental companies. From before the booking to collection and return, Sue and Graham were great. They were informative, detailed and friendly. We got ourselves a very drivable Toyota Hiace which took to the roads beautifully. Our van didn't have much issues, and it came with everything we need - pots, pans, utensils, wash cloths, clothes pegs, drying line and a bucket for your dirty linen. It even has a proper French press (coffee press)! We've just returned our vehicle and we already miss our van. The beds were extremely comfortable, with clean linen provider and spare blankets, which we didn't needed. Very thoughtful of them. Sue even gave us an umbrella because it was raining when we were collecting the van. On the last day I stupidly reversed into a lamp post in a wide open car park and shattered the rear windscreen. We called Graham up immediately and he was very calm and helpful. Since I was already in Christchurch we drove back to their place and have the damage accessed. Sue guided me through the paper work and she brought out water for us. We didn't receive any blame and in fact they assured me to not lose any sleep over it, even though I was completely at fault! I am pretty sure that van is due to go out soon, but now they will have to wait until Monday before it gets replaced and they would have to clean up all of the glass fragments. Yet! They still offered us to stay the night (because we should have been sleeping in the camper that night). We would have loved to stay, but we've got so much going on (re-packing) so we really didn't want to trouble them further. We're sure they would have been perfect hosts! So yes, Campa South is run by a very, very lovely couple. Sure, they don't have the latest and newest vans, but they are fully equipped and functional. It takes a while to get used to, but once you settled down and get the hang of it, it becomes your home!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Boon and thanks for your kind words. We have a wonderful team whom we can rely on and Adrian Huisman (our windscreen replacement guy) is one of the best in the business. Thanks to him we had the rear window replaced and the dent partially removed although it needs a bit more attention when the season winds down.
Accidents can happen but this shouldn't stop you from enjoying the beautiful country God has given us nor should it ruin your holiday. We always try our best, even in difficult conditions, to ensure our guests get the best holiday experience it is possible while renting from us. Take care and please come again.

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Wayne Ong

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

The "lifeblood" of a company is in its humans, and that is where I shall begin. Graham, Sue, and their daughter Kelsey (spelling?) have been such a blessing, and together with their graciousness and service with a human touch, they are extremely professional as well. Graham and Kelsey picked us up at the airport as promptly as they could despite some busyness, brought us to their home, and very clearly and patiently went over all the details in the contract, insurance policies, freedom camping, van details, etc (and I had MANY questions due to campervanning for the 1st time), and still had time to share their travel stories as well as their wonderful pets (and the tricks they can do) with us.

As I mentioned before, the "lifeblood" are the people, not the machines. There will be some issues with the machines regardless, if not with me, then perhaps with the next customer. However it is the service and the response that determines our experiences; upon leaving to commence our trip, we experienced the sink not draining (it had previously drained when Graham demonstrated with the waste pipe open), we immediately called Graham and thank God we were nearby that we could easily drive back. He promptly fixed the problem by cutting the air hose under the sink, no questions asked. Also, in the latter half of our trip we lost our freshwater tank camp (it was our fault) and called Graham, He did not blame us but calmly told us to use a cloth to seal it and we just had to pay for a new one ($30?)

The van was clean when handed to us (it had clean sheets and linen and blankets), very comfortable, and do not underestimate the comfort of being able to standup or cook indoors in the Toyota Hiace, this alone helped us avoid sandflies and rain and cold. The van despite having 290,000km on it ran well, fast and safely.

I could go on and on, but to sum up, Graham and Sue's character transcends into their service and their vehicles, and I would definitely use Campasouth again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Wayne, how was you journey home to Singapore after the North Island? We loved having you guys and hope you can visit us again.
You are very kind in your words to us and we certainly appreciate it when our guests recognise that running a business like ours takes a personal touch and this is what helps make the memories people take home with them. We have always recognised that attention to details makes the difference and this includes being available for people when they have questions or need help. We are always just a phone call away and you get to talk directly with us even on weekends and in the evenings. Take care and we will see you again we hope. Regards

Graham and Susan and Kelsey (yes the dogs too...haha)

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Michael Pitman

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience! Collected and dropped off at our accomodation before and afterwards. Graham was very friendly and informative. Good rundown of the van when picking it up. No issues with the camper. Was spacious, bed was more comfy than we expected. Plenty of room for two six footish people! All the needed equipment, foldable table and chairs, cutlery, pots and pans, gas, linen and bedding. Could not recommend more!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Michael. You were great to deal with and are always welcome at Campasouth Rentals

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Sophie Sheather

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you Graham and Susan !!
What an amazing 2 weeks we just spent road tripping throughout the South Island in the Nissan Vanette! (We loved it so much we named it, and we very sad to hand it back over this afternoon!)
From our first enquiries and pre-arrival emails our experience with Campa South was just so easy. Upon picking up the van everything was explained to us and Graham and Susan were always just a phone call or email away. They picked us up from our airport accomodation and dropped us back off at the end of our trip :)
We are 2 x average height 23 year old girls and the Vanette was exactly what we wanted and exceeded expectations. We took it all over from north to south to east to west and not a hitch along the way. Although a small van, the layout is practical (we are also very organised) the bed super comfy and you can sit on the bed and use the sink/ bench. There is storage but we found it easier leaving our bags on the bed and just popping them on the front night at night. We had wonderful weather so spent most of it outside using the table and chairs supplied but on the 2 evenings it rained we lay in bed with our books and turned on the fairy lights we bought and had hung up :) If you don't need much the Vanette is perfect, if you're after a little more space to move around go the Hiace. All in all we feel so lucky to have stumbled upon such honest people with reliable campers and personalised service and cannot thank Graham and Susan enough for being the key part to our amazing travels here in NZ. Would 110% recommend, will be telling family and friends about Campa South and will be using them again next time !!!!
Sophie and Zoe :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Sophie, you guys were amazing. You were always so upbeat and excited about our wonderful country that everytime we spoke you brought a smile to our faces.
e're glad you had a blast and No...you cannot take the van home with you.
Regards

Graham and Susan

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Nivard van Gerrevink

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We are most positive about campasouth rentals.
Hired the standard campervan for 2 persons. It was great value for money! Very robust little van, with all you need on a 6 weeks trip.
Really convenient layout compared to a lot of other vans we saw on the trip; passage to the rear via the driver seat, kitchen reachable from the inside and no need to go outside to enable the gas.
The mileage on the van was only 200k km which is not much for a 16 year old van. Bed slept great and it's a piece of cake to switch from day to night mode.

Upon arrival in Auckland we were welcomed by Kurt who works together with Susan and Graham. He explained all about the van, and was really friendly and helpfull on our questions.
When we had a small problem on the way with the plumming, Graham made some good suggestions to fix it (which helped greatly) on a phone call. They are reachable very well and respond immediately, also in our pre-arrival mail contact.
When returning the van in Christchurch we were welcomed very friendly by both Susan and Graham, and the handover was done smoothly.
Afterwards Graham dropped us off at the airport. Great service!
would definitely recommend campasouth rentals to anyone who wants a great affordable van!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for the words Nivard.
Yes, our "walk through" designed vans are the best and there is only a couple of other companies in NZ who do them.
Ah... the plumbing...yes this is one of the things wwith campervans that can cause issues. Such small sinks and drain hoses means that we must be careful of food waste etc because they are easy to block. Don't worry though because we know the tricks to fix small things like this..
Take care

Graham and Susan

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fred atkins

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Family of 3 adults toured NZ for 3 plus weeks recently in the economy sized camper van. Van was clean, flawless driving and operation, everything including tires in great shape. Handled those crazy mountain roads without problem.. Sleeping was actually very comfortable for three adults. Experience with owners Graham and Susan was fantastic, helpful at every stage from providing information by email at the onset right down to getting us to the airport on departure. These are REALLY nice, helpful and honest people!! The gent who met us at Auckland airport was also very helpful. He gave us all the info we needed and showed us around the van. If I return to NZ I will use this company again most certainly.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Fred. You three were pretty game to climb into that fairly small van and travel around NZ but good on you for doing it. Come again
Regards
Graham and Susdan

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Owen Kaluza

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Just back from a really great relaxing and trouble free time travelling around NZ in a 2 berth hi-top van from Campa South.
Really recommend Campa South highly, we much preferred dealing with a smaller family business rather than a large company with stressed out staff.
Graham and Susan are very helpful, friendly and efficient, great service and communication, always available on the phone to talk to about any questions and quick to respond to emails and picked us up from our accommodation / dropped us off at the airport perfectly on time.
It was a really well kept and maintained van, ran beautifully with sufficient power for climbing the South Island mountains fully loaded and was clearly mechanically very sound. Appreciated the fact it was plain white with no writing or graphics at all. The interior equipment on our van was aging slightly but perfectly functional and as expected for the very reasonable price.
Everything necessary plus more was provided in the van equipment wise, run through of all the features was comprehensive and we were made confident we had all we needed and knew how to use it before leaving.
Also really happy with the excellent insurance coverage included, with none of the usual ridiculous excess with equally ridiculous daily rate to reduce it I've come to expect from car rental companies.
Thanks again and we definitely hope to be back!
Cheers from Australia, Owen & Rebecca.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

HI Owen. Back home in Oz now I suppose. Thanks for choosing Campasouth for your rental in NZ. You are right about our insurance. It's about the best in NZ and we have it.
Regards

Graham and Susan

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diez fabrice

France

Ranking: 9/10

We are very satisfied to have booked a van with campa south rentals ! The van was not from the last generation but very fonctionnal. Suzan and Graham are very nice. They also were very available and reactive to answer all our questions. We called them few times and they answered directly, we really appreciated that. We highly recommand them !

Two Frenchis

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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John Dougherty

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Rented a standard camper van for 17 days and had a wonderful time. Absolutely no issues, van was not new, but worked perfectly. Graham and Sue were very attentive, and though we had no issues, they made sure that if there were issues, they would handle it immediately. Outstanding value for the money. Will rent from them again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks John. Our vans don't produce the G forces of one of those fighters you flew but you definitely get to see more stuff close up. Hope you can make it again soon.
Graham and Sue

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Luke Meier

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Just dropped our campervan off after 2 weeks travelling the beautiful south island. As it was our first time in a campervan we were really excited but a little nervous before we set off. Graham made us feel at ease and talked us through the campervan and showed us how things work, which made us feel a lot more confident. The vans themselves are Great and had everything we needed in them. When we first arrived Susan gave us some travel books and a big map which was a nice touch. Everything went smoothly on our trip and we had such a good time but it was nice to know graham was on the other end of the phone if we needed him. If we ever come back to new zealand which hopefully we will, we will Definitely use campa south rentals. This is easily the best and only way to see the country. Graham dropped us off at the airport which was also a nice touch. Thank you campa south for making our trip even better. Definitely need to get ourselves a Toyota hi ace back in England!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Luke. Thanks for the review and you're welcome. Come again and visit our little slice of paradise. We'll have a van waiting for you. Regards Graham and Sue

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Heidi Nicholl

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a campervan with Campasouth in 2017 and have had a brilliant experience with them. Graham and Sue went absolutely above and beyond expectations to help us out after I had a work crisis and had to get back to London for 3.5 weeks in the middle of our rental! Absolutely exemplary customer service throughout the rental. We highly recommend renting with Campasouth. Massive thanks guys!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in May 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Heidi
So glad things got sorted with all the difficulties at home. We absolutely try to make things as easy for our customers, as we fully understand how difficult it can be when away from home for any length of time. We are in Laos at present, volunteering at an English summer school, and have left the children to mind the house and animals - so far so good, ......? One week left to go!!! :) Take care, Susan and Graham

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Grant

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

A nice little campervan that has everything we needed. Included transfers and insurance. Graham was very helpful.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Chad Hobart

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I rented a 2-Berth and traveled NZ north and south islands for 30 days. Owners Graham and Susan are all over their email and ready to help with all of our silly questions prior to renting. The campervans are a few years older, but have everything a traveler could want. Lots of power when needing to climb and actually fairly easy to parallel park in a busy downtown Queenstown!

Took us about 100 miles to get used to driving on the Right with a manual transmission - as a first time Right-Side driver, I would have welcomed meeting in a large empty lot to get the hang of manual shifting prior to embarking on our journey, but we figured it out soon enough. Freedom camping was epic - there is really no better way to see NZ. When the weather was a bit rough, we simply grabbed a motel for a night here and there. Would have loved to have A/C, but we managed quite well even during the hotter months we traveled - February and March.

We had most everything we needed and actually made use of the room quite well - my wife and I had Never vacationed this way before and we never got in an argument the entire trip!

The key to successful campervan travel... make sure you unpack immediately and put things away before driving too far. You do not want to live out of your bags! Space is limited and using all the great storage aboard the van is the key to staying happy! Boil Eggs and keep them in the fridge for Hunger-Driving - buy a small milk for coffee and get fresh every other day - NZ Milk is the best in the world! We didn't use the stove or microwave all that much as we stayed at Holiday Parks and used their kitchens to make a mess. If we were confined to the van due to weather, we would simply eat out. Top10 Holiday Parks are the best - get a membership card and save even more. Best park is Lake Taupo!

Great people - Great Company - Great Vans. You will be very happy with Campa South - We hope to return and finish exploring your beautiful country soon!!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Jasper de Groot

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

My girlfriend and I made a really nice trip of 5 weeks in the Hiace Hitop 2berth. Good price for good quality. The van had everything we needed and was comfortable. Nice owners and clear communication. We recommend to hire a campervan with Campa South Rentals.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Timo

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Roamed around NZ in a 2 berth Toyota Hiace campervan from Campa South Rentals and had a great time! Contact was super friendly, quick answers and very helpful. The terms and conditions are probably the best you can find regarding overall price, insurance excess rates, glass coverage, etc. The van was in very good condition, had all the necessities and no ugly graffiti or big logo on it outing one as tourist from miles away. If we were to travel NZ again (hopefully), we would definitely rent a campervan from Susan and Graham from Campa South Rentals.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Timo
You are right about our insurance; we have about the best going in this business and work hard to make sure our customers benefit from it with peace-of-mind and low rates.
WHY NO LOGOS?? Easy, we often use our own vans and we surely don't want logo's all over whatever van we have available at the time. We're locals and want to be treated like locals. Most of our guests like to be treated like locals too so we keep all our vans unmarked.

By the way, thanks for the cool photos of your holiday in NZ you sent to us Timo...NICE.

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Chloe Gibbs

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Smooth rental experience and very helpful with date changes we made. Campervan was excellent and out of all the vans we saw we thought it had the best layout.No problems experienced with the campervan and very easy to drive. Would definitely recommend Campa South and will use again next time.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Chloe
We hope your trip home went well.
You're one of many who love the layout of our vans. None of the big companies have the same layout with the smaller campers so we are very fortunate to have these vans available to us.
Thanks for using us and we hope you can come back soon.
Regards
Graham and Susan

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Tom Mayer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Thank you so much CampaSouth for supplying us with a fantastic campervan for the past two months. We have had a wonderful time driving it around New Zealand and enjoying your beautiful country.
Me and my girlfriend rented the Toyota Hiace high top for two months and it was perfect for us.
Graham And Susan run a fantastic business. Their customers really do come first.
Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were always there to help (on the phone and email) and able to give advice to make our trip truly great.
Highly recormend CampaSouth to anyone wanting to live in comfort, on the road in a reliable vichacle at an affordable price.

Tom and Annie

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Tom
I guess it helps that Susan and I take every opportunity we get to visit the same places our guests do, even using the same vans. We just got back from a week visiting the South Island's west coast this week and researched a few new camping spots. Weather was beautiful and the Arthurs Pass over the mountains was as spectacular as could be.
Thanks for choosing us for your rental
Regards
Graham and Susan Gaiger

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Rick Semo

United States

Ranking: 9/10

We had a generally good experience with Campa South. Graham picked us up at the airport in Christchurch and took us to his home. We did the paperwork there and were briefed on the van. The van pretty much matched my expectations, clean and well used. We had 3 adults, which is a challenge for this type of van. We knew this going in, and it actually worked out fine. A lot of cooperation is the key, would be a fine choice for 2 people for sure. Mechanically the van was fine, a little tough on the downshifting. And there is a lot of downshifting on the South Island. We had a fantastic time there, just a wonderful place! "Bessie" did a good job of getting us all around on many challenging roads. Graham met us and drove us back to the airport, the pickup and return of the van were both very easy. Thank you Graham and Campa South.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Rick
It was a very good effort for you to cruise around the South Island with your family and we're so glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Perhaps you'll be back again and do the North Island next, although, why would anyone go anywhere except the beautiful South Island anyway?
Travel safe
Graham and Susan

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Felix Dally

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We had very good two months in our 1999 Toyota Hiace Campervan with our two children. Very nice communication with Graham and Sue who we visited on our last day in Christchurch and had lunch together. The car did not make any difficulties at all, was fun to drive and had all the equipment we needed. Only downsize was a not so well instruction in Auckland of how all things work in the car and especially a wrong sized children's seat for our baby - luckily Kurt had one for under 6 month old's left!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Felix/Cecilia. We loved that you dropped bye and shared lunch with us on your penultimate day in NZ. Come again soon.
Graham and Susan

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Janet Hopwood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Six weeks of happy and trouble free camping in our nice little van. Susan and Graham were friendly and helpful from the very first e-mail to dropping us off to come home - thank you......we hope to be back to NZ and would book another Campa South van.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Ellen Obenland

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had such a great time with this campervan!!!
it was not the newest car but very nice and comfortable. We were two people sleeping in there for 4 weeks and even for me (I´m 2,07 m tall) it was totaly fine!!! So tall guys, there you go ;-)
Also the engine was pretty strong so we had no problems with steeper roads (which happens very often in new zealand ;-))
The airport pickup and return is a great thing, so you don´t have to take a bus after a long flight.
Susan and Graham are great people! The always answer your questions quick and you can basicaly reach them all the time on the cellphone. And as they say on there website, there are no hidden costs!
During the 4 week of traveling we just had a problem with one of the tires, so we just puted on the spare tire and continued our journey. We didn´t had to care about getting a new one and also they didn´t mad us pay for it! I can imagine this might be different with some other companies!
Thanks again for the great 4 weeks! I can totaly recomend Campa South Rentals

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ann Trebitz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

In January and February we spent a little over three weeks traveling beautiful, marvelous NZ in one of Susan and Graham's amazing campervans. We were given one of the older models which was in tip-top shape, well maintained, and wonderfully reliable. We didn't have any problems during our trip, mostly thanks to the info materials they had provided - from maps and general tipps on traveling the sometimes tricky NZ roads, to car specific info, Susan and Graham thought of everything.

We appreciated their uncomplicated and laid back way of treating us. Even before we arrived in NZ they provided us with tipps on accomodation and told us about the Campermate App. Their Auckland associate Dan met us at our hotel in Auckland to hand over the van and make us acquainted with everything we needed to know about the vehicle. And off we went on our NZ adventure.

The van had everything we needed for two people. All equipment - from kitchen to bed - was sufficent and perfectly suited for two adults.
We especially enjoyed travelling in a van without any commercial logos or screaming colors. ;-) Thanks to the certification "self contained vehicle" (the one in the windshield, not just the sticker on the back) we were able to stay in places we wouldn't have been able to experience otherwise.

After returning the van in Christchurch, Graham drove us down-town, telling us about his home town's history, which deserves extra kudos!

All in all, we definitely recommend Campa South! If you're looking for an affordable and reliable campervan with that little extra hospitality - look no further, give Susan and Graham a call.

Thanks, Susan and Graham, for helping make our honeymoon an unforgettable one!

Ann & Joerg
from Germany

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

You guys are awesome.
Actually, we owe you an apology because we usually give couples on their honeymoon a box of chocolates as a welcoming gift and a blessing for their future.
We didn't do it this time because we keep the chocolates in Christchurch and you started in Auckland...our bad... Maybe next time!
We hope you will come back and celebrate an anniversary with us.
Regards
Graham and Susan

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Philippe Colas

France

Ranking: 10/10

Hello from France! I just came back from visiting wonderful New Zealand for 5 weeks with a Campa South's campervan.
And i would like to warmly thank one more time Graham and Susan for the best service i could hope during this road trip.
All informations needed were fastly given before arriving New Zealand. I had the very good surprise to have the van delivered to my Air Bnb in Auckland without having to drive anywhere else to get it. That was very nice! The campervan itself was great. Clean, comfortable and convenient. Not a new one but you can clearly see that Campa South rental takes very good care of their vehicules. Well maintained and very nice to live/drive in.
I only had one very small technical problem and Graham was very effective to fix it. So again, thank you very much Graham!!
At the end, Graham took me back to the airport to get my flight back to France. So yes, it was a 5 star service from beginning to the end!
I would definitely recommend Campa South Rental to anyone traveling in New Zealand. And when i'll be back to this amazing country, i won't be looking for another company.
Campa South Rental will be the only one i will think about.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Philippe
We are glad you made it back to France safely. Thank you for such a lovely review.
Thank you also for the little string of solar lanterns you left us, we have them strung across our balcony now--very nice.
Cordialement mon ami,
Graham and Susan

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Wacker Michel

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

We are a Swiss couple and we became parents a few months ago. So after that magic moment we decided to go to NZ for holidays, totally 2 months.

According the very good offer of Campa South we took this chance and we were agreed with this excellent price.

We arrived in Auckland and the campervan was allready prepared. We took a very clean, comfortable, spacious vehicle and drove a lot of kilometers without any problems.

After the road trip we gave back the campervan and met Susan & Graham in their home. It's to mention that we got very fast an answer for every request while we travelled in NZ. Susan & Graham are very kind and helpful people and we were glad to meet Susan & Graham personally.

Graham drove as to the airport and we hat a very good talk about interesting things of life.

Campa South ist highly recommended and we would take it again.

Thanks for everything and take care

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Bill Lafferty

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Where do I start? First off, we were an engaged couple from America traveling both islands over a span of 3 weeks. We rented their high-end campervan and LOVED the entire experience. Also, understand that I come from the inner city and have done very little camping in my life, so I was a little skeptical beforehand about living out of a van for 3 weeks.

In a country full of nice people, Susan and Graham were the two nicest people I met during my three weeks in New Zealand. Very easy-going, very personable, and very reasonable. As for the actual campervan and service, it was top notch. The van was super clean and well-maintained, it included everything I would assume should be in a campervan to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, they gave us a very detailed in-person description at pick-up, and we thought the price was very reasonable for the quality of vehicle and the service.

Their vans are in such great shape because of how well they maintain them. As great business owners, they also expect you to treat the van with the same care that they treat it with...which I have zero problems with. Upon return, we hung out with Graham for a few hours before he drove us to the airport. We shared stories about our trip, had a beer, and met his family and dogs as he opened his house to us despite never meeting us before. I have no doubt I will keep in touch with them as they felt like long-time friends after those few hours. As I said already, they are GREAT, genuine people who run a top-notch business. I would recommend to anyone - as long as they are respectful of others' property - who is looking to rent a van in New Zealand.

Thanks to Graham and Susan again for making our trip to New Zealand one we will never forget!

Bill and Lizzy

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Bill/Lizzy
Nice words and well appreciated. We love meeting people who like to travel as much as we do and you guys fit that description perfectly. We hope your trip home went well and, while I'm thinking of it, thanks for the cap and shirt you gave us.
Take care

Graham and Susan

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Ian & Irene Jameison

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We hired our Hiace camper for 6 weeks to tour both islands, and the whole experience from being collected from our Auckland hotel to being deposited at Christchurch airport went like a dream. There were a couple of minor niggles with the vehicle I admit,but they did not detract from our overall feeling of satisfaction. Not only with the vehicle but with Graham & Susan personally, who went out of their way to make sure ALL of our queries prior to collection were answered swiftly and in good humour.

If you want reliablility and customer service then look no further.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Ian/ Irene
We're glad the Auckland pick up went well guys because we rely on our agents up there to fly the flag for us. We've now got two agents working with us in Auckland so it's easier than ever to pick up and drop off there or in Christchurch.
Better for everyone!

Graham and Susan

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dani salamon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We were very lucky to get a last minute booking with Camper South Rentals. Graham and Sue were so helpful and respondent when organising the van as well as handing it over. The van itself was brilliant. It was very clean and reliable. We loved our stay in NZ and would definitely recommend Camper South Rentals!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for coming Dani. We were a bit lucky finding a van for you after a bit of shuffling bookings but it worked out well in the end. Glad we could help and thanks for the recomendation.
Graham and Susan

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Sebastiaan & Chloé De Vries

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

If you're looking for a reliable and amazing camper experience (and meeting the probable next president - Vote Graham) look no further than Campa South.

First of all, you get treated as a valued customer instead of a number at the other companies. Graham was 24/7 available to provide us any information we needed about the van, route info, and scenic areas. On top of that we got minor problems with the van and Graham decided to drive (12 hours!) in the middle of the night towards us to bring us a brand new prepared van because he wanted to give us the best trip ever! This is what real customer service is supposed to be like.

Many thanks to Graham and Susan,

Chloé & Seb

p.s. only comment what we can give that besides his dogs the cat can't do any tricks

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Ha ha, you guys are a barrel of laughs. Yes, even newer vans can have a starter motor decide to not work. That is a very unusual thing but we got it sorted by swapping out the van straight away. Actually, I love any excuse to drive through the beautiful mountain/lakes area of the South Island so it was a pleasure really.
And I promise that next time you come I will have the cat jumping on my shoulders on command.
It was a pleasure having the two of you use our camper. Take care Chloe and you too Seb.
Graham and Susan

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Peter Fand

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great experience with Campa South. The campervan we rented was perfect for what we were doing. It was in great shape, and was narrow enough to navigate those nutty NZ roads. It wasn't very powerful though, and there were times that we felt like we were pushing the engine to get up some of the bigger hills. It got there without complaining though. It came outfitted with everything we could have needed, and was actually even kinda comfortable to sleep in. And, Graham and Susan are great people...a very nice connection far from home. Oh, and their two border collies and cat are super fun and entertaining. All around a great experience. Use this company without hesitation.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Ha ha, thanks Peter. I'm working on a few new tricks with the dogs to keep people entertained. Jaffa's now jumping through hoops (no not flaming ones yet). Maybe you can get us a gig in Cirque de Soleil:)

Thanks for choosing Campasouth.

Graham and Sue

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Marcal Serrallonga

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is a family business, they are very friendly and helpful since the first contact. The booking process was so easy, I just paid a deposit of 400$ and later I paid all the amount on my arrival. They arranged the transfer to and from the airport very professionally. And the most important, the standard camper was great, perfect for a couple and without any problem in 2 weeks. I think that their price is good, so I really recommend this company.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hope you got home safely Marcal. We are glad you had a great time in NZ and please come again.

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Thomas Mulley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had the pleasure of renting a great camper van from Graham and Susan. The camper van was in excellent condition and you can tell it's been very well looked after, it came with everything you could possibly ask for and more and it ran absolutely perfectly for the whole month we had it. Graham and Susan where both lovely, very helpful and told us everything we needed to know with a very relaxed attitude. Finally and possibly the best part was the price, excellent value for money that I found hard to beat. In all Campa south really made our holiday trouble free so we could enjoy New Zealand without any worries at all. Thanks again Tom and Aimee.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for taking great car of our camper Tom. You and Aimee did a good job of cleaning it up and that's always appreciated. We're also glad you had a good trip and got to see all the great spots you planned for. Maybe we'll see you back here for the Lions tour in June-July huh?

Graham and Susan

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Sara Kim

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommend! We are two girl who rented the smaller sleepervan for 16 days around the south island. The size was perfect for us (5ft 5"). I think it would be too small for anyone much taller, but there are many more vehicles to choose from! Although our car wasn't the newest or most powerful, we were able to get around with no trouble and save some money to spend on petrol (which was expensive to US standards). I was confident that if anything were to go wrong, Graham or Susan would be there to help. They were responsive, communicative, warm and friendly. They seem to love what they do and like to share their experiences and tips for the area.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Heh thanks Sara...nice words. We hope you and Maria enjoyed Tahiti on your way home. It was great talking and talking political with you guys.
Take care and we hope to see you again soon.
Graham and Susan

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DC_NZ

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Based on the excellent reviews here at rankers we decided to hire our campervan for our 5 weeks NZ trip at Campa South Rentals. And we were not disappointed! Already the communication during the inquiry process was friendly with detailed information.
Arrived in Auckland we picked up the campervan at their agent Kurt. The pick up was in Waiuku, southerly from Auckland. But this wasn't really a problem, since Kurt met us at the train station in Papakura. Kurt is from Switzerland originally. Therefore we could do all the paperwork and explanations concerning the campervan in German, which, for sure, made it for us much more comfortable. During our trip we just ones had a small software issue with the turbo charger. We called Graham and he promptly arranged an appointment at the next Toyota service station for us. After 1 1/2 hours we could pick up the campervan at the service station and the problem was solved for the rest of our trip.
While we parked our campervan in Wellington, we got a scratch on the left side. This was caused by the campervan next to us respectively the wind blew their door against our campervan. We informed Susan and Graham and exchanged all necessary data with the two ladies from the other campervan. At this point it was already sure that the insurance from the two ladies will pay for the damage. Nevertheless, after returning our campervan in Christchurch, we had to do some paperwok for the insurance. But with the support of Susan and Graham it wasn't a big issue.
Altogether we really enjoyed our NZ trip not least because we had a reliable and well equipped campervan. We definitely can recommend Campa South Rentals to everyone who looks for an individual and friendly support apart from the big rental car companies!

Thanks! Daniela & Chris

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Daniela. We're glad you enjoyed yourselves and we're glad to say that the dent in the side of the camper is sorted and the insurance has paid fully. You got your deposit back in full as we predicted.
Like our web site says, we have one of the best insurance policies in the business with the lowest excesses. There was never a doubt that the other party was at fault and we were confident it would work out.
We would love to see you again soon so call when you next come visit beautiful NZ.
Graham and Susan

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Freddy

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We travelled 4 weeks from Auckland down to Christchurch with one 2 Berth Hitop Toyota of Graham and Susan. To keep the review neat, I put it into different categories.

CampaSouth itself:
Susan & Graham, who run the business are doing everything by themselves. Everything is really personal, which takes every doubt of renting a camper from them. They are really easy to talk too and try everything to make the stay more than enjoyable.

Booking:
Easy, transparent, no hidden cost, fair price.

Vehicle:
Really well maintained; Engine and car itself is really reliable even they don't have the newest models; we did have little issues using one side door, but it didn't bother anyone too much.

Equipment:
Unfortunately we had a little smelly towels in our van. But honestly, that and the sliding door is the only thing that bothered a litte. The kitchen equipment is perfect and more than expected. Enough space to stow cutlery, food, ...

Would I consider taking another Camper from them. No doubt about it. It's just so damn far away from Europe.

Thanks Susan & Graham for taking such good care about your guests. It really eased our trip.

Cheers
Freddy

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

That's a great review Freddy. Thanks for choosing Campasouth for your holiday. It was nice chatting with you when we were together. Take care.
Graham and Susan

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David Webster

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We had a lovely van with everything that we could possibly need - Graham and his wife put in a wonderful extra blanket as it was still a wee bit cold and, even more wonderfully, a sharp knife! The personal touch provided by Graham is what really makes the holiday easier: the fact that wherever we were, if we had a question, a concern then we could ring him. It is also very helpful being dropped off at the airport and makes the whole van hire thing a lot easier.
Thank you Graham - we had a wonderful holiday thanks to you!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks David. Yep, I'm the chief knife sharpener as well as the chief van washer, pickup driver and telephone answerer when there's an issue. That's fine though because we love putting people into the vans when they come and hearing their stories when they return the vans very dirty with blunt knives, ha ha...back to work...
Graham and Susan

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Merel Blonk

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We had such a great time with the Campervan from Campa South! Graham picked us up at the airport and at his office we played with his dogs. Very personal attendance, which makes the start very pleasant! The van was a toyota Hiace. with a very nice setup and was well equipped! We even had warm water so we could shower in the nature! Van was great. service was great. I highly recommend this personal service. We even had a airport drop off! Thnx a lot Graham!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Merel. It was great having you guys rent our camper. We wish you the best for the next leg of your trip. Enjoy French Polynesia.
Graham and Susan

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Francis0123456

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The service, the price and the vehicule was perfect for our needs. Each time we had a question we received answers in the next day. Graham was kind enough the meet us at our arrival and leave us at our hotel before our departure. We recommand this company for their human approch and all the help they gave us.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for the kind comments Francis.
Susan and I loved having you guys over and we hope Australia works out well for you. Take care and come again soon

Graham and Susan

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Jan Hulleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

In the period march-april 2016 we rented a campervan from Campa South. We choose them because of their consistent good reviews over a longer period of time. Campa South turned out to be a small family run business. Contacts with the friendly owners were smooth from the beginning. Whenever needed for advice they were readily available during the trip as well. The campervan itself was a Toyota Hiace, not the most recent model, but really well maintained and perfectly equiped. We did not have to rent any equipment at additional costs. To us the price-quality was great. We would definitely rent here again!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for the kind words Jan. We loved having you visit NZ and of course we were very glad you chose us to rent from.
We hope to see you again
Graham and Susan

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Annalies Beard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely couple running this camper company. Really helpful. Camper was very clean with everything you need. Cheapest by far!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Annalies. We would love to catch up you guys again soon. Take care and tell your friends.
Graham and Sue

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Ewa Starzomska

Poland

Ranking: 9/10

Me and my boyfriend had a great experience! Graham picked us up from the airport and took us straight to their home in the suburbs of Christchurch. During the drive he explained everything we should know about driving in NZ. At their place we payed and they showed us the car. We even got info about what's worth seeing. And then our roadtrip started. The car worked really good. It was an old Toyota, sometimes we had some problems with the central locking but the problem wasn't this big to influence our trip. We were in touch with Graham when needed. Very good cooperation. It was the best trip of my life and Campa South made it possible. We'll definitely visit NZ again and Campa South will be the first we turn to! Thank u Susan & Graham!!
//Mats & Ewa

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Ewa/Mat. Glad you guys had an awesome trip here in NZ. Yes ,because of heavy bookings we had to resort to one of the slightly older vehicles although this year we have upgraded our fleet and added a couple more vans too. We would really love you to come back and visit again soon.
Thanks for visiting us in Beautiful NZ.
Susan and Graham

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Luca Staudt

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

To us it seems to be best value for money and Susan and Graham really take care personally for everything. We had some problems with our vans electricity which was a bit annoying though.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Campa South Rentals responds:

HI again Luca. Thanks for the nice comment above. I'm glad we got that battery issue sorted quickly so you could enjoy your holiday in NZ. Those little things can be annoying we agree and that's why we do everything in our power to fix issues wherever our customers are on the road.
We hope to see you again in NZ soon

Graham and Susan

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Katharina Eylens

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We rented the nissan vanette sleepervan for 10 days to travel around the south island. They picked us up in Picton and welcomed us really friendly and explained everything we needed to know according the campervan. The van itself was very clean, well equipped and all in all in a good quality. Unfortunately we had a car accident two days before the end of our holidays. Due to this accident the van wasn't mobile any more. We immediately called Susan and Graham. They said we shouldn't worry about it, the only important thing is that we are OK and they told us what to do next. They offered us to take the next available bus to Christchurch and to stay the night at their house. In the evening they helped and explained us a lot with going through the paperwork (insurance etc.)
They took the most of our worries and they gave us a lift to the airport the next morning. All in all they treated us really lovingly and we felt very comfortable with the whole situation. We hope that this feedback is helpful for people who are in the same situation or are worried to get in a similar one. We can definetly recommend Campasouth as we were glad about renting our van here rather than from a bigger, more anonymous rental car company.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

We were just pleased that neither of you were hurt at all. Accidents can happen and that's why we have one of the best insurance policies in the business. Luckily you didn't loose time on your vacation and we managed to get you and the van back safely. We hope to see you again soon.
Graham and Susan

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Rick S

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Campas South is awesome! Thanks to this website, we found Graham and Susan while planning our three week trip to the South Island. After checking out their website, comparing other companies/reviews, and chatting with Susan via email, we decided they were the best option for us. What a fantastic decision! We just got home a few days ago from our best holiday ever, and are already wondering/hoping/planning for another trip with Campas South up on the North Island!
You simply cannot go wrong with these guys...they are a small family-run operation, and their attention to detail is impeccable. Right from the start Susan was very responsive to all my questions via email...super helpful, patient and accommodating. Upon arrival at the Christchurch airport, Graham was there on time to pick us up. He brought us to their home where we were able to check out the van in a low-stress environment which was awesome. The contract was signed on their kitchen table (NOT in a corporate office, NO waiting in lines) while we chatted about the weather, trip details and ideas for places to visit. Our van in particular wasn't quite ready yet, so Graham gave us his personal vehicle to drive to the grocery store to start stocking up on food for the trip while he finished up the last few remaining details....how awesome is that! I guarantee the other companies out there won't loan you their personal car to run errands! Anyway, we were only at the store 30 minutes and Graham came to find us...the van parked outside, well equipped, clean, fueled up and ready for adventure. We felt like locals too since the van had ZERO advertising on the outside (compared to some of the other companies which were pretty ridiculous).Three problem-free weeks later we sadly brought our van back, and Graham delivered us to our hotel near the airport. Thanks again for helping us make such a memorable trip...keep us the great work!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for the feedback Rick.
It was great having you guys use us for your travel here in NZ. As keen travelers ourselves we love to meet everyone in our home personally and swap stories and show them the local supermarket just around the corner.
Come again soon,
Graham and Susan

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Mark Adriance

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Just finished a month in a CampSouth Toyota Hiace. Chose this company based on good price, good reviews, good insurance coverage standard, and ability to freedoms camp (self contained rated). The van was a little older (2005) but very clean and in great condition, as well as fitted out with everything we needed. Dealing with Graham and Susan was always prompt, straight forward, and pleasant. Appreciated the lack of advertising on the van (some others we saw was truely hideous) and the size was perfect for the two of us. Don't go to big, roads are narrow and twisty to many of the favorite spots we visited.
Our van was standard shift, which I prefer, but if you have only driven automatics the learning curve along with driving on the left could be intimidating. They may have automatic shift versions available, so ask. Also, older audio system so couldn't plug in our own music (no big deal).
The free pickup and drop off at the airport was much appreciated. We did both north and south islands so it was great to leave the van in Auckland after starting in Chistchurch.
I would definitely recommend considering Camp South.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for choosing us over the many other companies out there Mark.
We are NZ wide so offering vans in ether island is no problem with a depot in Auckland as well as Christchurch.
By the way, yes we do have automatic transmissions in our little sleeper vans as well as our larger premium diesel vans for those who want ether economy or a luxury alternative.
Susan and I hope you have a safe trip back home and we hope to hear from you again next time you visit NZ.

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Robert Schellekens

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing trip through the North and South Islands with our Toyota Hiace campervan from Graham and Susan (Campa South). The communication with Campa South went very smoothly and the van was perfect as well. It was technically in a perfect shape, never let us down, and it was well equipped - all gear like table, chairs, cooking utensils, cutlery etc. was included. We also had an airport pick-up and drop-off for free. Susan and Graham did a great job! We highly recommend Campa South and we wanted to thank Susan and Graham for 6 stunning weeks in NZ with one of their vans.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for using Campasouth for your NZ holiday Robert.
We are thrilled that you had a great time and hope we can help you again.
We have better campervans for 2016/17 season and also a better insurance with lower excess!! campasouth... Better for everyone.

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Benjamin Hall

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

After spending many stressful hours scouring the internet for a good company to hire a camper van from, we finally came across Campa South Rentals (the only company we found with consistently positive reviews). We hired a budget camper for 17 days to drive around the South Island and couldn't be happier with the experience we had. Both Graham and Susan were extremely helpful and accommodating, both picking us up and dropping us off to our required destinations before and after our hire, and giving us lots of useful advice to help us on our way. The camper van itself was thoughtfully set up with everything we needed and definitely exceeded our expectations. Overall it was a very functional, reliable and well maintained vehicle. The only issue we had was a large stone chip on the windscreen towards the end of our trip, which was handled quickly and painlessly with a couple of phone calls to Graham, who organised a windscreen repair for us. We will recommend Campa South to our friends planning trips to NZ and wouldn't hesitate to hire from them again if we return.

Thanks Graham and Susan!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hope you got home Ok Ben.

Thanks for using us and hope to see you again.

We've improved our insurance for next season (2016/17) with lower excess and better cover. Also great van upgrades to make our fleet better.

With season almost over Susan and I will finally get a chance to take a holiday and enjoy some of the magnificence you experienced for yourselves...can't wait!

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Janet Newton

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

After hours of searching in the internet and getting offers from the bigger companies, I was very lucky to find the Campa South Website. I was immediately impressed by the uncomplicated website and the friendly and immediate communication.
We hired a standard camper van for 16 days and travelled all around the South Island . We were picked up in Christchurch by Grahem who really took time to explain about the van and give us tips about the route .
The vans are really affordable and well equipped with everything you need down to a box of matches. We were happy with the equipment ,the layout of the van and the comfortable bed.
We had absolutely no trouble with the van along the way but felt good that we would have been able to contact them easily. I would thoroughly recommend this company . We were more than happy with the van itself and the friendly personal service of Susan and Grahem.They even took the trouble to post something we had left behind. Would definitely book with them again.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hi Janet.
We really enjoyed chatting with you while you visited.
Glad you had a great time.
Just to update you for next season "campasouth" have great changes to our website and opportunities for discounts for 2016/17 season.

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Madeline Rae

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I'm usually not one to post reviews, but our recent experience with Campa South Rentals was so outstanding that I absolutely had to share with fellow travellers.
Not only was the van itself wonderful - comfortable, clean, spacious, fully equipped with all the necessities plus extras - but the service that Graham and Susan provided was above and beyond. They were able to help us get to and from their depot, were consistently contactable, granted us many hints and tips and even offered us a cup of tea as they assisted in sorting out an unfortunate fine we came across. They were genuinely caring and professional and we felt really happy in our choice in having hired from them - so I highly recommend!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Kind words Madeline, thank you.
Oh...about that fine, you got off having to pay after we sent photos of the van and the documentation to show it was certified self contained. I've forwarded a copy of the letter to you, from the Tekapo council, confirming that the fine has been dropped.
All good and a happy ending. Thanks for choosing us from the many rental agencies out there.
Graham and Susan

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Eleanor Pundyk

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had such an amazing experience using Campa South Rentals. Our van had everything we needed in it, cooking equipment and bedding, at no extra cost. The van itself was spacious and easy to navigate. We could both stand up in it and manoeuvre around each other with ease. From seeing other campers and on the road, it was easy to see that we had lucked out on our purchase as it was not too big but big enough to have everything we needed. The van came in perfect condition and all of its facilities were top notch. The bed in the van was so comfortable and after not too long at all the van felt like our little home. It was very comfortable and comforting.
The main benefit of hiring from Campa South Rentals is the personal and friendly service given by Graham and Susan. From the beginning, we were treated so kindly, something I feel that larger rental companies are lacking. We were picked up from the other side of Christchurch on short notice because we had miscalculated the time and Graham had no issue with this. When we arrived, we were given a very thorough explanation of the van and driving in New Zealand tips and at all points we were treated so kindly and friendly. It was made very clear that they could be contacted at all times and if we needed help to call them. They both gave us tips for our travels and we felt so safe and assured in hiring from them.
On the last day, we received a camping fine and when explaining our circumstances to Graham, he insisted on calling the officer for us to see if it could be waived! We were shocked by how much he cared for us and we appreciated his effort so much. Graham and Susan go above and beyond to offer a first class service to all of their customers. It was such a pleasure hiring from them and I will 100% use their service again when I return to New Zealand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Eleanor.
That fine you got was completely unfair and issued by a zelous warden without checking the facts. Your van was completely legal and fully self contained certified. Once this was brought to his attention he cancelled the fine and apologised. Of course he should have looked more closely to see the blue "self contained" sticker on the back was supported with the smaller detailed official card inside the front window.
I'm sorry that happened but some of the wardens are a bit too quick to issue fines. Don't worry, we always go out of our way if this happens. This season they seem a bit quick to write tickets.
It all worked out though. We're glad you had a great time.

Graham and Susan

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Johan Van Buren

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A friend and I travelled the South Island for 4 weeks, two of which were by campervan. Susan and Graham were able to offer the budget Toyota Hiace with the high-top. We had a lovely experience with no real issues at all. The van was fully equipped with everything required for cooking ourselves, bedlinen, towels and much more. The van has plenty of storage areas and offers two fairly comfortable double beds. We were thrilled about the fact that there are no logos printed on the side, so we didn't feel too touristy.
Susan and Graham themselves are such nice people. Both easily contactable by either phone or email, and response time is great. The pick-up at the airport worked really well for us too.
We were given more than we expected with Campa South, and we will definitely be back to rent another campervan the next time we come.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

You are welcome Johan.

Thanks for choosing Campasouth for your rental

I'm sorry we couldn't earn a 10 out of 10 from you. If something wasn't perfect please tell us so we can improve next time.

Regards
Graham and Susan

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Kelly Peacock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Hired this from Graham for just under 3 weeks. Covered about 3000 km over both north and south islands. What a great van. Had everything we needed and more. We stayed in several Top 10 campsites and a couple of Kiwi holiday parks. We did stay in a DOC site at Mount Cook in terrible weather and the van kept us warm and dry. It had everything we needed including kettle, toaster and microwave. Bedding, linen and towels were provided too. So much better than having a heavily branded van with adverts all over it, felt more personal. Any questions we had were quickly resolved by Graham and his team. Would definitely hire from them again.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

So nice having you guys rent from us Kelly and Will. Sorry you copped a couple of bad weather days at Mt. Cook, I'm glad the rest of the time had good weather though.
Travel safe
Graham and Susan

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Warren Reece

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Hired for 10 days from Christchurch to travel the South Island. The van was a 2003 Hiace, not the newest of vehicles but did everything we needed it to do and was clean and well maintained. Drop off at airport for the long journey home was a nice touch. Highly recommended!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2015

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks Warren!
Hope the weather back home is not too cold.
Thanks for taking such good care of our little bus and plan on coming back soon.
Graham and Susan

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David Donnelly

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a budget camper for just under a month and couldn't have been happier with it. The van had everything we needed, had no problems of any kind with it and it really felt like our home as we toured NZ. It was also nice to be a bit less conspicuous than many of the other highly decal-ed campers so we didn't feel too touristy. Graham, Susan and Kurt were immensely helpful and the Auckland pick ups / drop offs were a great service.

Can't recommend enough!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Glad things worked out well for you guys during your stay here in NZ.

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Tess G.

Fiji

Ranking: 10/10

We had a fantastic experience renting from Campa South. We hired a camper van for 18 days to loop the south island, and were very pleased that there aren't any logos on the van (felt like we weren't obvious tourists!). No mechanical problems, Graham and Susan keep the vans very well maintained. We would definitely rent from Campa South again!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Glad you enjoyed your stay and glad we were able to help it happen too. Stay cool in hot Fiji now you're back there.
Susan and Graham

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Tuomas Nikoskinen

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a campervan from Campasouth for the second time and were as truly satisfied as on the first time. The service Graham and Susan provide is brilliant and they are also lovely people. Communicating with them and organizing the rental was very easy regardless of Christmas time busyness. The van itself was superbly functional with everything that we were looking for. We do highly recommend Campasouth for camper van rentals in NZ.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Glad you enjoyed yourselves Tuomas. The little scuff on the side buffed out with the power polisher fine so no problems and no extra cost there. Little things happen... We sure hope we can see you again for your third trip with us. Graham

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Simone Buerkli

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a budget campervan, and we had a great experience traveling with it for 7 weeks. Susan and Graham run the company in a very professional and personal way. The pickup and drop-off was so easy and fast for us, they came to pick us up from where we stayed in Christchurch. When we had to return the van in Auckland, their agent came to pick it up from where we stayed. The van was very well equipped (and tidy and clean), one could really tell that they really knew what you need when camping. Everything worked well, the van took us all around the country and we had no troubles or breakdowns with the motor. Even though it was an old van, it was very well maintained. We can highly recommend them, and we will hire there again!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Nice words Simone, thank you. Tell your friends about NZ. and come again of course. Graham

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Lorenzo Raco

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

After having done a lot of research I stumbled upon Campa South and from the first moment I had a good feeling about them. Our experience was excellent from the first emails we exchanged to the moment Graham dropped us off at the airport when we returned our camper. The camper itself was very reliable, didn't cause us any problems what so ever and we were very happy with it. We can't speak highly enough of Campa South, a family business run by very humane and generous people.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Hope you had a good trip back to Italy Lorenzo. We'll look you up if we get to Tuscany and take you up on a place to stay. Graham

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Juergen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

At Campa South we experienced a very personal and obliging service when we travelled NZ for 8 weeks in one of their Standard Campervans. Susan and Graham are very kind and helpful people. They did a great job customizing an offer that suited us (2 adults and a baby) perfectly (at a way lower price than the big companies) and arranged everything very convenient from pick-up to drop-off. The van itself was serviced very well and never caused any problems during our stay. Thank you so much for everything!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Glad you got Safety back to Germany Jurgen. I hope the baby traveled well. Come again some time. Susan

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Vincent Gunn

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My new wife and I hired one of Campa South's camper vans for our honeymoon earlier this year. We found Campa South to be very helpful, friendly and informative which made all of our dealings with them very pleasant. Graham and Susan's knowledge of their vehicles and the South Island of New Zealand gave us huge confidence in our van and we were able to enjoy our experience of our trip to the fullest. We have been hugely greatfull to Graham and Susan for all of their help and advice and for also providing a tidy and well kept van for us to use (and all for such a great price!!!). We will definitely be coming back to you guys :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in September 2015

Campa South Rentals responds:

Your welcome Vinnie and Caitlyn. Nice choice to tour NZ's South Island on your honeymoon. Good luck for the future.

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Hidde Verschuur

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Quick and good service. No hassle and very friendly people. The vans are neat and we loved the set-up. Would rent there again. Better than the big rental companies.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

We're really glad you had a great holiday Hidde. Stay safe
Graham and Susan

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Newzealand2015

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing time with our standard campervan. Graham is extremely helpful. When we had a minor accident with our campervan, he organised directly an appointment at a nearby garage, so that we could keep going on our trip after only one hour. I would definetily recommend Campa South!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

Thanks for taking good care of the van Alex. We hope you make it back to NZ soon. Call us if you do...

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karen Eade

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My hubby and I hired a camper from these guys for a 3 night stay over in Dunedin. I was a bit nervous about driving it but due to my husband having a leg injury I had no choice. We had the larger of the campers on offer which made me even more nervous as I prefer small vehicles. Well, have to say it was a breeze! Drove beautifully and the camper was very comfortable and spacious. Combined with an easy process of pick up and drop off, no dramas and no long, tedious waiting, great experience!. Thanks Campa South, simple and affordable. Cheers :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

You were welcome. We heard the Fleetwood Mac concert you guys attended was great too. There were several of our vans there and everyone seemed to have a great time.

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Tracy Kovacs

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Sue and Graham are awesome providers of these vans, very tidy, well maintained vehicles. Always available at the end of the phone if we needed to contact them for any reason. Thanks guys, will definitely use you again.
Great start to the summer holidays with an awesome Road Trip to experience Fleetwood Mac.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Pamela Hintie

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

With my boyfriend we have rented a nice Toyota Hiace Hitop Campervan by Campa South Rentals in Auckland for a bit more than one month from the middle of December 2014 until the middle of January 2015, where we gave it back in Christchurch. We had the chance to book the Campervan a couple of weeks before departure and for a very good price in comparison to other bigger rental agencies.

Our whole experience was worry-free, we got a ride (included in the rental of the Campervan) from our hotel in Auckland to the place (40km south of Auckland) where we could meet our new home for the next 5 weeks, and where we got very useful tips from Kurt, the business partner of Lyn and John from Campa South.

We've enjoyed every day of our road-trip through the North Island to the South Island without any technical problem, and after having returned back our beloved "Arapi Raukatauri" (Nomad Cocoon in Maori) in Christchurch to the home of Lyn and John (very kind couple, uncomplicated and reliable), we could say that the only negative point was the cost of all these liters of petrol that we consumed during our trip, where we've tried to see as many places as possible in the "short" time that we had to discover both islands of New Zealand!
To drive a Campervan with a diesel engine would have been way cheaper for us, but as we could figure out, it's difficult to find such a Campervan in NZ due to the regulations. Briefly, we were fully satisfied from this experience with Campa South Rentals, and recommend them warmly! :-D
Greetings, Pamela and J-M from Switzerland

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Graham Jenkins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We hired a Toyota Hiace for 2 weeks. It wasnt the newest van, but it did all we wanted it to do.. The administration of the company and the service delivered by Lyn and John was spot on. Also they were one of the cheapest hirers we found, but this was not reflected by the van or the people. We would highly recommend using Campa South Rentals.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Gabriel Schönung

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Everything perfect: the camper (standard camper of the older generation) was clean, well equiped and perfectly running and the pickup/drop off very nice!
Great value/price!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Bill Dorman

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Everything from pickup at the airport, cleanliness and follow up was great. The claim that everything was included was spot on. A most pleasant experience all round.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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John Cobley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a standard camper for 3 weeks and found John and Lyn at Campa South to be brilliant.
Fast and efficient communication, well equiped van, no hassle response to any problems. All in all, great service and highly rrecommended.
The prepaid mobile phone which came with the van was particularly helpful.
John and Gerard from UK

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Sophie James

England

Ranking: 8/10

Good condition van with good communication. Problems were sorted early.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Jaap Velthuis

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We had a wonderful time in New Zealand in a camper which we rented from John and Lyn. The camper was in an excellent condition and equipped with everything you need during your trip. Above all, the kind service provided by John and Lyn was outstanding!
We lost our camera with all our memories of NZ and John and Lyn found it and couriered it back to us!
We highly recommend Campa South Rental for renting a camper van in NZ.

Jaap and Anna
Netherlands

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Denise Donaldson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Hired from Campa South after doing lots of research on the internet. The positive reviews for this company stood out. We hired a 2 berth self contained van and travelled the South Island for 9 days. The van was well equipped, reliable and comfortable. The price was very reasonable. John and Lyn were great. They clearly care about their customers. The communication was excellent. Would definitely hire from them again and highly recommend them. 10/10.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Danielle Pohn

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

After researching tons of campervan companies, I am so glad we found this one! The price was amazing - beyond comparable to other places. The service was epic - pickup and drop off to airport, available by phone for any problems while you have the van out. The van rental includes all the extras - linens, dishes, camping chairs and table, prepaid mobile phone. The bed was super comfortable - and a comfy duvet was provided which kept us warm on the chilly fall nights.
John and Lyn are two of the nicest people we encountered on our NZ trip. Driving around in their campervan for 10 days was amazing and if we ever return we will rent from them again!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Christophe Scieszka

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

We can strongly recommend this company to everyone who wants to explore New Zeland feeling freedom and indépendance. We've rent budget campervan not self contained, Toyota Hice Hitop. The car was clean and confortable in Daily using with big bed. We have browsed many websites with campervan before and now we know thai for this price and quality it is the best option. We've driven 4000-5000 km. Fuel consumption 11-11,5 l/100km. We are vary satisfied for this campervan rentals.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Sarah Osborne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We recently hired one of Campa South's standard campervans for a10 day trip of the South Island and we had a fantastic experience from start to finish. John and Lyn were absolutely brilliant and very friendly. The van came at a competitive price with lots of added extras (free pick-ups and drop-offs, all bedding, maps and leaflets and a pre-paid mobile phone) which many of the larger companies charge extra for. No gimmicks or hidden extras, just good old-fashioned customer service. Would use again without any hesitation.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Elisa Vireca

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent service, from the very first email contacts to weeks after the rental was over, with the notification that credit card blocked amount had been released. The budget campervan was fully equipped with everything you may need and more, it has a comfortable bed and fridge is large enough, not a single problem was detected in 24 days of rental. We were even given brochures and maps and advice on Christchurch area. Very competitive price for this type of campervan. We would use it again and definitely recommend it!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Fiona Buglass

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Campa South Rentals is an excellent company. John and Lyn's vehicle was extremely well equipped, in great condition, very comfortable and self-contained!! Their vehicles and services are very reasonably priced and we were happy that there were no excessive bonds or extra charges to be paid. As well as having break down cover and additional drivers included, John even offers free transfers to and from Christchurch airport or city and he is a very helpful, friendly guy. Everyone should book with Campasouth rentals for great value for money and a more personal campervan experience. They even include useful freebies like a pre-pay phone, campsite guides and picnic chairs and table! We loved our trip around the South Island in the sleepervan and would highly recommend renting with John and Lyn.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Romke Wijma

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We have just returned home after a 5 week trip to NZ. For just over 3 weeks we have travelled with a Campa South campervan and we loved the trip. The van was very well equipped although we could have done with an extra blanket in some cold nights. We have visited both islands and had no problems with driving. A few problems with the van have been solved in a very satisfying way and we would recommend Campa South to everyone. Lyn and John are very easy to communicate with and give great service.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Richard Kop

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

New Zealand is a beautiful country! Travelling with a campervan is the way to experience NZ. Campa Souths campervan was all good! John & Lynn are lovely people and the pickup is a great service! Thank you John & Lynn

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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AUDREY BIGAND

France

Ranking: 10/10

It was our first experience in campervan and it couldn't be better.
The van had everything we needed and even if it was old, it worked quite well during our 1 month trip through New Zealand. And it was really cheap comparing to the other famous rental companies.
John & Lyn are really nice and convenient.
They "transfer" you where you need to go when you give the van back which is really helpful.
We recommend!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Christoph Lagger

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a campervan (not self contained) for nearly a month from Campa South for an absolutly good and reasonable price during summer. John picked us up at the airport and 30 minutes later we got our Toyota Hiace which we named Rosi during our trip :) Altough the model is 1999 it was in perfect condition, very clean and absolutely reliable during the whole trip. Everything from kitchen utensils to towels, linen and even a cell phone was provided. The van was very comfortable, enough space for two people. For us it was the perfect car to explore beautiful NZ!

As we just explored the south island I am looking forward to visiting the north island soon. As everything went so smooth with Lyn and John I will gladly rent there again. I would recommend Campa South to everyone! Thanks for everything, Christoph and Robert.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Billy1951

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good, plainly but comfortable; everything you need is there. We only missed the handy pull-out table from last time. Good service from John, Lyn and Dan. And not to forget: very affordable.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Zuzka Prokopova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

We could not choose better!! We spent 3 months in their Nissan Vanette, which was reliable, comfortable and well equiped. Any issue and question we had they solved immediately. We really appreciate the great service they provide. The car might have a higher fuel consumption (10l/100km), but it is a safe car with self-contained verification, useful map of NZ and really soft duvet cover :)

Thank you Lyn and John.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jason Leet

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent Service. They picked us up at the Christchurch airport and dropped us off. Great people, I will rent from them again.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Mo Bottger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We miss our camper now .... In January we spent four weeks as a couple with a baby in the camper. In short: It was great. Everything you need is there, dishes, stove, chairs, table. Just get food from the supermarket and the holiday starts. The car itself was older, and not as luxurious as other campers - but hence the cheap price. For chilblains like us the blankets were a little thin - a separate sleeping bag is of advantage. And consumption of the car is quite high. We used about 12l / 100km so you are limited in range. Once it was pretty close to reach the next gas station. Overall, the service was great, we got the camper to the hotel, and were dropped off on our way back at the airport - what else could you want.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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James Johnstone

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a Campa South budget camper for just under two months, from Auckland to Christchurch. I have to say at first we were a little anxious about hiring a camper, but we quickly fell in love with our little hi-top. John and Lyn were really relaxed but always very quick to answer any questions we had, and were very helpful. For the price we paid, it felt like there was going to be a catch somewhere, but the camper was fantastic – it was reliable and had everything we needed and even some nice extras too – the blanket and heater were both valuable when the temperature started to drop! The bed was easy to assemble and a lot comfier than anticipated. We drove just over 7,500 kms without any problems greater than a couple of chips on the windscreen. The thing that impressed me most was how good value the camper was for the price we paid – having looked online extensively for the best looking value within our budget, I am extremely pleased that we chose Campa South. I would definitely recommend them and use them again if we go back!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Markus

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had a long time rental for 3 months! Auckland to Christchurch.
Our Toyota campervan was absolutely reliable and running like new, only 1 litre oil needed over the distance of 8000km, although it was built in 1999. The tyres and batteries were new, and the van was equipped with everything we could wish, including a prepaid phone, a heater and even a hairdryer. Our van was absolutely clean, in and out, and in very good condition. Lyn was fantastic as she was ringing and asking around for the best child´s seat for our son, and we had it brand new.
Also the airport services were outstanding, no additional fees for different locations and even the very early airport transfer by John.
We had such a nice contact and got the best conditions at Campa South Rentals, so that we would give even more points for this very well doing, little lovely company.
Best wishes for the future, hope to meet you again! Markus

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Sebastian Gartner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This was my first trip to NZ and I do recommend both, to travel by camper and especially to rent at Campa South!!!

John and Lyn are very nice guys. I had absolutely no problems organising everythin from Germany before my trip. Campa South reply very fast via mail and also the payment worked out easy and save (and reasonable ;-)
The camper itself was fully equiped and I had no problems during my 4 weeks trip starting south island, ending north island. Except for a little parking accident i had. But campa south worked out everything for me with the insurance company. I always got the latest updates on everything and except for the extra costs this had no negative vibes on my lovely time I had making my way around new zealand in a very nice camper van!!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Tim Soukop

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a Toyota Hiace from John & Lyn at Campa South for 28 days & could not be happier. From the beginning to the end they were always there to answer any questions we had. The van ran perfectly for the whole trip, & we had one small malfunction with the fridge that John was right on top of, sent us to a electrician & with 20 minutes we were on our way. The van had all the amenities one could ask for, except for wine glasses that John said he was going to put in. We were a little worried about how comfortable the bed would be, but we were pleasantly surprised. We slept like babies every night. It is a small family run business, & we want to thank John & Lyn for a wonderful vacation at an affordable price. Would recommend Campa South to anyone.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Florian Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We spent a wonderful 5 weeks in one of Lyn and John's campervans. We had a 3 berth Toyota Hiace which was excellent and had enough space for the two of us and our little one (1year old). I was impressed how good the campervan was maintained, everything worked perfect and the configuration was more than sufficient. We loved the time in our campervan and took priceless memories from this trip! Thanks to Campa South erverything worked perfect. We got picked up at the airport where the van was already waiting for us and the handover was very smooth and fast so that we could start our holiday immediately. Also the drop off was very easy, Lyn and John were very kind and drove us to the airport were we had to say Farewell. I would definetly chose Campa South again, I had the opportunity during our journey to compare our van to similiar others from other compnaies and I must say this was absoult the best value for our money! Thanks again! ...Lisa & Flo

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Joy S

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Lyn and John met us at the airport at the start, and helped get us to our hotel after our trip was over. We rented a campervan (Relfie) that was as expected based on reviews and pictures, an older but very functional and clean van. It was equipped with everything we needed for our 10 day trip around the South Island. Be prepared for slow performance on steep grades. Also be ready for petrol prices is greater than diesel. L&J were easy to reach by the cell phone provided. They provided many maps and tips which were indispensable. They were very attentive to our needs, very easy going, helpful without being intrusive. We chose them because they were in our budget and the many positive reviews on Rankers. They did not disappoint and overall provided a fantastic experience. Would strongly recommend! Joy and Mike.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Bryan Fisher

United States

Ranking: 10/10

What an experience! Camps south is not a big rental company, it is run by a tight group of individuals and they are very professional at what they do. My girlfriend (which changes later in this review) and I rented the budget Hitop which was perfect for us. The van was clean, well maintained, and ran like a dream. It had everything you need to get going off the plane. No need to buy anything extra other than food.

Our van was also filled with some good memories as well. After a long drive from the remote west coast of the south island to Lake Hawea, which is right near Wanaka, the setting sun was glowing the entire mountain side near the lake. My girlfriend and I were sitting on a bench at a holiday park, drinking wine and enjoying the sunset. I thought - what a perfect moment that I wanted to engrain into our heads forever. I got down on one knee, presented the ring I was hiding for the entire trip, and asked her to marry me.

So no more girlfriend, hello to fiance, and thanks Campa South for providing the reliable transportation to get me there.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Anje

Netherlands Antilles

Ranking: 10/10

We are a couple in our sixties. We enjoyed our rental van, it was the perfect size for our 2,5 month's trip through beautiful New Zealand. The van had everything we needed, including a very good electric heater for cold evenings. Although the campervan was around 10 years old, it was meticulously maintained, everything worked all the time, and it was delivered to us spotlessly clean, including bedlinen, pots , etc. The owners are very accommodating and the price is very good as well. We also liked that everything was included in the price, no hidden cost for all kinds of things. We absolutely recommend Campa South.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Simon Dixon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I can't recommend this company enough! Fantastic rates, excellent vans and amazing service. Airport pick up and drop off was really helpful and the quality of the van and it's equipment was top notch. Will definitely use this company again.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Amy Gately

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect. Lyn was so helpful right from the beginning, perfect van, amazing time. Pick up and drop off to the airport was brilliant.
Can't recommend them enough.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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JUAN VALCARCEL

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

We rented a 4wd vehicule to drive from
North to south in NZ. The Car was a Mitshubishi Delica very well organized inside. It is small but it had everything that we needed. Very clean when we pick it up. The price was very competitive for what we've got. It is also very important that the owners gave us all the facilities. Thanks for helping to make our NZ's aventure easier and unforgettable.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Anna Garlicka

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

We couldn't choose better company! We were absolutely delighted and happy during the whole holidays. The van was extremely clean and in very good shape.

Our campervan had everything we needed. Prepaid mobile phone (extremely useful while making some bookings and enquires), maps, towels, pillows, duna, kitchen utilities, portable table, chairs and many more! All these things were included in price. No extra fees at all!

Also we didn't have to pay extra for 2nd driver's insurance that was below 25.

Additionally, John (the owner) picked up us from the airport and gave us a lift on the way back. That service was also included.

John and Lyn were really professional, nice and helpful. We are very happy that we have chosen that company and met that lovely people!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Bakkerfamily

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great! Good service, clean we even had a free upgrade.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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brian herberte

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Hi Guys, my wife and I recently hired a budget campervan from Campa South rentals for a 6 week tour of NZ.
Campa South owners John and Lyn are very friendly and professional, providing helpful advice on the campervan and touring tips.
We were meet and welcomed to NZ by John at the Christchurch airport and driven to his home to pick up our Campervan.
We had selected a Toyota Hiace HiTop campervan - budget model - not a “freedom” unit, as we did not believe we required the self-contained option or air con.
O/N accom. style, Camping grounds 80% - Doc sites 20%. Mid Dec. – end Jan. ‘14
The vehicle was extremely clean, safe, straight and without signage- bonus!
All the fittings and equipment were clean and in very good condition - some new.
The vehicle was well maintained, mechanically sound , reliable and safe, current WOF and electric cert. We had no issues with our rental vehicle at all.
+’s - 24/7 roadside service and a phone provided - in the event of emergencies or the need to ring the owners – neither used.

Our vehicle drop off arrangement in Auckland was also very pleasant and professional.

No hesitation in recommending this company.

Regards
Brian and Sue

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Helga van der Linden

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

We had a great time in NZ, we stayed for 40 days in the budget campervan from Campa South. Everything was there, we were very surprised about the great bed and even a portable toilet (that we didn't use!). Great value for our money. We advice everybody to go to Campa South. Service is excellent, the camper was brought to our hotel in Auckland, and we brought it back in Christchurch, were we were dropped off at the airport.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Michaela Boysen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I stay in nz the 4.st time and this time last year i have got a very nice campervan company. Lyn and John make everything easy for us to take the campervan and this vehicle was very nice and the service as well. Thanks Lyn - you was wunderful".

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Stuart Curran

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Although we were a day late getting into New Zealand, the very friendly owners at Campa South Rentals were at the airport to pick us up and also didn't charge us for the day we were late. Lyn and John Partridge are the owners of this wonderful little company and were extremely helpful with getting us started and suggesting possible camping spots and places to see. The van we rented was clean and very sound mechanically and fully equipped with everything you might want for comfortable camping, including maps and brochures. After our two and a half week trip around the South Island was finished, we were driven back to airport for our flight and they did everything but pack us a lunch! My wife and I can highly recommend this company and these two honest and fair owners and we wish them every success with their business. We would use their services again any time in either the North or South Island.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2013

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Daniel Kaiser

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We've booked a Camper from Christchurch to Auckland and had 3 very nice weeks in NZ with a very good camper. Everything works like a charm and every question was answered immediatly. For the next trip we're going to book a camper again!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in October 2013

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Bernard

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very good experience. Good professionalism of Lyn and John. We can only recommend them to anyone who wants to rent a motorhome. We use them for 5 years and we are very happy

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Natalie Abendroth

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks to Lyn and John! We had an outstanding holiday with one of their camper vans. Vehicle was very well equipped and had everything that was needed. Contact was very nice, friendly couple. Rental time was 4 weeks, we had an awesome holiday. Price and camper van was perfect! Pick up and drop off was super easy.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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DonHendricks

Ranking: 10/10

I have to commend you on an outstanding vehicle that led to a marvellous twenty five days in the South Is. I had one of the 4WD Sleepervan- perfect for me, as I like a bit of room.
The van was outstandingly comfortable to drive. I like to travel wild and only stayed in camping grounds when the washing and shopping needs to be done.
The van and camping gear met all my needs wherever I stayed.
The South Island is beyond beautiful and I fell in love with Nevis Valley. The car handled like a dream. Plenty of power and excellent steering on those narrow goat tracks
Thank you for making this one of our most fantastic trips ever and that is saying something! We have had some amazing journeys and I am very glad we impulsively decided to take that drive around the South Island in one of your excellent cars. Lyn & John could not have been more helpful and friendly which put a little more icing on the cake of a great trip.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lars Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Lars Petersen
Denmark
I have been in NZ 12 times fly fishing.living the good life .
the last 5 times renting camper van from campa south.
nice people,nice camper,nice price.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Christoph Erb

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed 6 weeks in New Zealand and discovered the North- and South Island. Whit the Toyota camper van from Campa South we was independent and could do what we like at any time. The camper van was affordable and had all what we needed. It was a unforgettable time.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Enna Keet

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Cheap and complete. Only thing: on the site the interior of the campervan looked different and that was a little disappointing. They offered to swap when we would pass through Christchurch - we picked it up in Auckland. We decided to keep this one.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Campa South Rentals responds:

We are sorry that you were disappointed with the layout. Our website does state that the internal layout may vary.
The reason we scheduled you for this particular campervan was that there were additional seat belts in the rear of the vehicle, which we thought was a safer option when travelling with a child.
We will try to be clearer in the future with communication re alternate layout.
Thank you for your feed back.

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Chris Peterson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Extremely helpful and a wonderful couple run this company. Their vehicles are outstandingly maintained and the supply of all needs within the campervan are supplied and are first class. One of the cheapest if not the cheapest vans in NZ. The vans are unmarked so do don't look like a tourist as well.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Juergen Lake Constance

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a very satisfying rental. Lyn and John delivered the camper to the backpackers hostel and I didn't have to pick up the camper somewhere. What an advantage. Good price and no problems whatsoever on my four weeks drive around the South Island. Very honest, reliable and recommendable business!!!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Piet de Jong

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Campa South Rentals offer a down to earth Kiwi service where what you see is what you get. The descriptions and pictures on the intenet were very true to what we experienced when we picked up and drove the van for 17 days. Excellent and friendly service meeting us at the airport when we arrived at 7.30am feeling a bit tired and shitty. Van was very well and thoughtfully equipped and gave a good steady performance on the road, even through some very extreme bad weather. Campa South excelled themselves at the end of the trip when we left a couple of items in the van. They went out of their way to drop them at a courier depot, and paid an extra charge for packaging themselves. The van was getting on a bit - but we knew that - and that was what we paid for.
Was a pleasure to deal with a good, honest business.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Charly Kempf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very kindly and friendly owners. The service with transfers to the airports was very very good. We got our Camper in Auckland in the early morning at 6.30. Our budgetcampervan was not expensive, reliable and very clean. All nessesary amenties were on bord, pots, pans, fresh pillows, warm blankets and even a handy with nz simcard. We are were very content with all. The van was our sweet home 7 for weaks without any problems. Thank you for all!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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cs cs

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Delivered everything they promised with no fuss.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Kali Lohman

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Owners very friendly and helpful. Van in excellent condition with thoughtful inclusions - maps, coffee plunger, clothes pegs, comfy doona and pillows.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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E C Frans

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Campervan was delivered at airport. Almost perfect in order (back windscreen defrost defect), very friendly and helpful. We missed a good radio and CD player.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Jol Balder

Ranking: 8/10

Great van, amenities, pots pans, cutlery etc. Just a bit old the campervan itself, goes very very slow up the hill. But the absolute best amongst the budget vans.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Tanja Haring

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Camper is for me 2nd best, I always prefer public transport to meet the locals. Unfortunately this is not well arranged in NZ.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Robert Trostle

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Van fridge had electrical short and needs to be coddled. Van was to be set up for 3 persons but lacked additional sheets and blanket for 3rd person. (sleeping bag and tent were provided). But company was very responsive when notified and remedied the problems. Rental price was excellent deal!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Chris

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Low key, honest, getting abit run down, great to deal with.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Greg and Sue

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Everything we expected.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Gabriel Faber

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Could be a little more luxurious, and it's old. But the service is greatand they fixed everything we needed. For the money it's great value.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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