Travel NZ Motorhomes



97 Rankers Reviews

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14 Motorhomes



2 Berth Camper


Travel NZ Motorhomes is a family owned campervan, motorhome and RV rental holiday business based in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.

The pick up and drop off locations for our motorhomes are Nelson, Picton Ferry and Christchurch Airport in the South Island. However, we can offer other hire options; such as one way or return to other locations around the country.

We offer discounts on the hire of a Campervan or Motorhome for long hires. See the Specials page for details and Contact us for more information.

At Travel NZ Motorhomes we offer a personal and attentive service to make sure you have a fantastic campervan holiday.

We offer 5 day campervan hire in the 'off season' for those wanting a relaxing mini break, vacation or business trip with a difference. How about a trip to Golden Bay or the Marlborough Sounds for a long weekend?


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South IslandNelson RegionNelson


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    2 Berth Economy - VW

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    2 Berth Mercedes

    Intimate and stylish, our modern MERCEDES motorhome is the perfect motorhome for your great kiwi adventure.

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    4 Berth - Mercedes

    These are our 4 berth Mercedes. Great modern look and features.

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    6 Berth

    All of our 6 berth Motorhomes are modern and fully equipped Mercedes (turbo diesel, 5 speed automatic transmission)


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Salla Vainio


Ranking: 10/10

We received several offers for a motorhome rental when we sent a query thru Rankers (for the last three weeks of the year 2018). Travel NZ Motorhomes immediately stood out because we could actually understand the very clear offer (for the first-timers from overseas, renting a motorhome was not immediately familiar), it was reasonable, and felt also very personal. We were very happy that we chose them, as the same first impression continued in reality throughout. Hamish gave us excellent advise before, during and even after, and it all worked towards 100% great experience. The motorhome (VW) was perfect for two adults, and we definitely now consider renting again some time. We warmly recommend Travel NZ Motorhomes.

Reviewed 8 days ago

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Linda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I hired a 4 berth Mercedes self contained camper for our 12 day round trip from Nelson. I searched the internet for a Nelson based firm and found Travel NZ or Road Abode as it was called then. Hamish was very helpful and friendly all the way through our booking process and on our arrival and departure from Nelson. Our camper was very comfortable even on the cold wet nights and days. We had hot running water for the entire 12 days. Thank you Hamish and I would recommend your firm to anyone and have done so. All the best.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

I started planning my trip to New Zealand in Feb 2018, I contacted Travel NZ (formerly called Road Abode) by e-mail. I got a prompt reply from Hamish and once I had outlined what I was looking for everything was sorted.

On arrival in Nelson Hamish brought me through the features of the 2 berth campervan. it was very modern, exceptionally clean and well equipped with all the agreed items.

The van was great to drive although it took a few minutes for me to get used to an automatic!

Hamish was just great with any questions I had, a pleasure to deal with. Collection and drop off were all done on time and with ease. I spent just over two weeks on the South Island based in Nelson and taking trips to some of the most spectacular places.

If I'm ever visiting again I will contact Travel NZ without any hesitation.

Reviewed 2 months ago and experienced in September 2018

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Maree's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Hamish was so good to deal with and all the arrangements went 100% to plan. The Motor Home was very comfortable and went without any hitches.
A great way to see New Zealand and hope to do another trip the same way. Thanks Abode Motor Homes!

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in April 2018

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Roger Bayliss

Ranking: 10/10

Roadabode provided us with a fantastic motor home for our week long trip.
Hamish gave us fantastic customer service, airport pickup and drop off, excellent explanation of the camper functions before we hit the road.
We had a great time, and wouldn't hesitate to hire from roadabode for our next trip.
Roger Bayliss

Reviewed 8 months ago

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John and Jan Loxley

Ranking: 9/10

We hired a motorhome for 8 days from the 3rd April having had difficulty finding any suitable options because it was out of season and we were able to secure a 6 berth for three of us and we drove via Blenheim to Kaikoura to kayak and whale watch before setting off across to Hanmer Springs for a day relaxing in beautiful sunshine before venturing across the Lewis Pass to Reefton and then Pancake rocks on the west coat. We then headed north staying over night on route before staying two nights at Abel Tasman National Park taking two boat trips up the coast and hiking along the coastal paths amongst terrific scenery, beaches, bays and bush before returning to Nelson. Hamish was really helpful prior to and after our trip particularly in catering for our tight timetable and recommended stopovers and our sat nav was invaluable. It was helpful to know that we could contact him at any time.The bedding was great as was the internal equipment. We were kindly dropped off at the Bus Station to catch our inter city bus to Picton. Up until then we had glorious weather and it was joy to travel on uncongested roads. The van was straightforward to drive despite being 7.5 metres long. Great experience.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Amanda Cleghorn

Ranking: 9/10

We had a great week around Golden Bay with our young family and were very well looked after by the staff at Road Abode. The campervan exceeded our expectations, was very comfortable, well equipped, well maintained and a great experience all round! We would recommend Road Abode highly.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Keith and Jan

Ranking: 10/10

We hired a Fiat from Hamish and did a 10 day tour from Nelson dropping off in Queenstown. We had an issue with the vehicle - entirely of our making! - but Hamish was completely unphased, sorted it out and had us back on the road in a few hours. He was a delight to deal with - friendly and communicative. It is so much easier dealing with a small independent Company than through a customer service team. I would highly recommend Road Abode. It made our NZ experience all the better.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Glyn Jones

Ranking: 10/10

Hamish and Rode Abode were a delight to deal with. We booked last minute for a tour of the South Island whilst in New Zealand for our son’s wedding in February. The van was very well equipped drove well. We had an issue with the house battery which Hamish dealt with speedily and efficiently. We even survived Cyclone Gita. I would have no hesitation in using Rode Abode again or in recommending them.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Emma's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We did a trip to the South Island for 10 days in August 2017, and we highly recommend the company Road Abode.
They had all what we could expect and all what we needed:
- Communication: Excellent Communication from the beginning (quotes), during our trip and to the end, after our holidays.
- Customer service: Excellent response. Always available to help us
- Campervan: In very good condition, very comfortable to drive

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in August 2017

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H Phillips

Ranking: 10/10

We hired a motorhome from Road Abode for three weeks in February 2018, from our first enquiry Hamish could not have been more helpful and accommodating. The pick up and drop off went extremely smoothly, the motorhome was spotlessly clean and the bikes we also hired were brand new and a very good spec. We had a brilliant trip around New Zealand.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in February 2018

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Mat Frei

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great experience with the Road Abode motorhome. Away for a week, we went to stay at Totaranui Campground, Wharariki Beach Campground and The Barn Campground in Maharau. My kids (age 4 and 6) loved the whole trip especially sleeping above the driver's cabin and getting to bed very late...
For me it was the first time to drive such a big motorhome, but it was not a problem and even easier than expected. We had a great personal support from Hamish and he gave us some useful information before the trip and a good introduction on the spot. Pick-up and dropp-off were very easy and the quality of your Mercedes 4 berth motorhome very good.
Thanks again to Hamish!

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in December 2017

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Aruna Narandran

Ranking: 9/10

Had a fantastic experience with the company. My brother and I rented a VW Volkswagen LT35 for around 16 days to tour the NZ South Island. We had the absolute best trip ever, particularly thanks to our awesome self contained motorhome, affectionately know as Moby the great white whale. It was a little tricky to manoeuvre to begin with with neither of us ever having driven a camper of that size before but Hamish at Road Abode was incredible patient and helpful. A few other situations arose with us not being familiar with filling it up with water etc, but Hamish continued to be super accommodating, even taking our calls on Christmas Day (sorry Hamish!) They also allowed us a slightly delayed return of the vehicle which actually saved us a heap of costs sorting accommodation at the last minute. Overall, if you're looking for a no frills campervan experience, great, personalised service with some good people, then Road Abode is perfect for you. Highly recommended!

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in December 2017

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