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203 Rankers Reviews

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2 Motorhomes

A Day in The Life


Cooking in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan
Chilling in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan


Exceptional service and the luxury of a full standing height campervan

PiwiWiwi might have a silly name, but we're totally serious about New Zealand road trips.

Our campervans are fully kitted out to comfortably transport you around New Zealand checking everything our country has to offer (beaches, walks, waterfalls, vineyards, or museums - whatever floats your particular boat...)

We have vans tall enough to stand up in yet small enough to park easily. They are all well equipped - we've been campervanning for years, so know what you need and what gets in the way - you just need to bring your clothes, buy some food, and you're away. Our vans have stereos that you can plug your iPod into (you can’t have a road trip without a soundtrack) and USB charging points to keep your gadgets full of juice. For all you surfers - we're also the only company in NZ with surfboard stroage straps in our vans to keep your boards safely out of your way when you're not in the waves. For cyclists - we have bike racks for our vans too.

All of our vans are certified SELF CONTAINED so you have access to NZ's beautiful FREEDOM CAMPING spots.

Our customers seem to be happy with what we do... why not give us a go too?


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South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


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    HiAce Surf Campervan

    The Original Surf Campervan - now certified Self Contained



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Chris Felicetta's avatar

Chris Felicetta

Ranking: 10/10

By far best vacation of our lives and it was made possible by renting our campervan from PiwiWiwi Campervans. Family owned and operated campervan company that truely cares about their customers. From the moment we met Nick it was evident his passion for exploring New Zealand and taking care of his customers. The campervan was immaculate and very well maintained for your safety. Nick picked us up from the hotel and brought us back to his family's home to sign paperwork and go over the ins and outs of the vans. He also is incredibly knowledgable about the south island so gave us tips of sites to see. Many advantages to PiwiWiwi over larger companies. 1. campervans are not marked so your van blends in more to deter any thiefs. 2. Family owned so it was very easy to get a hold of Nick on his cell phone if we had any concerns. (the weather changed for us and Nick gave us a great recommendation on how to modify our trip) 3. The layout of the vans are very smartly designed for comfort and storage. 4. The price is very reasonable. Please look no further for the best family owned campervan company in New Zealand.

Reviewed 9 minutes ago

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Melanie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

PiwiWiwi Campervans far exceeded our expectations as a campervan hire. The vans were well kept and ran perfectly for our two week long trip. We were given a thorough walk through of how the van was setup and where to find all the information about the van if needed later. With PiwiWiwi, the vans have no large branding identifiers which was nice so you were able to blend in with the locals, unlike the mainstream hires that plaster their logo all over the van. Nick was also very gracious and picked us up from our AirBnB within Christchurch and dropped us off. if you’re looking for a local hire in the South Island, PiwiWiwi Campervans is your place.

Reviewed about 9 hours ago

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M. Nederveen


Ranking: 9/10

The campervan was in perfect condition, very clean and had a lot of amenities, and more! The kitchen is very complete, the bed and things provided are good and clean. And you get chairs and table without extra charge. The communication with piwiwiwi was very good and fast.
The only disadvantage that we experienced is that the bed is a little short for tall (Dutch) people ;).
We definitely recommend this NZ family-owned business for you roadtrip!

Reviewed 18 days ago

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Sally and Davy

Ranking: 10/10

Rented a campervan for 4 weeks and had a really great time. Van was really good, nice conversion and very practical. Great service and really friendly and helpful that really helped make our time in NZ so much fun.

Reviewed 22 days ago

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Lore & Sébastien

Ranking: 10/10

In November we travelled around the south island for 3 weeks in a Piwiwiwi campervan and had an amazing time! From the day we informed about the van, we got all the necessary information from Nick and it only got better from there. Nick picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at the airport when we went home. We got all the information we needed, not only about our campervan, but also about things to visit during our trip. The van itself was perfect: fully equipped, spacious and well maintained!! Everything is well thought-out: storage everywhere, a reusable shopping bag, a hand broom to clean up after your dirty shoes... We loved travelling around in the campervan.

What we loved most about Piwiwiwi campervans was the personal touch Nick gives to his company and customers. He listens to his customers, provides great vans and gives good tips. A lovely family business with excellent service!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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jess c


Ranking: 10/10

Our PiwiWiwi Campervan home made our NZ experience. It had everything we needed, it was spacious, easy to drive and I always felt safe in it. Nick was incredibly helpful both with the van and helping us with tips and tricks to travelling NZ. The experience was very personal and genuine. If I were to return to NZ (and I certainly will) I will definitely be hiring another PiwiWiwi van, hopefully for a lot longer this time ! Could not recommend this company enough !

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in October 2019

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Olga and Evan Patronik

Ranking: 10/10

You can really tell it's a family business by the love and attention PiwiWiwi puts into their vans and their service. As any new arrivals, we were lost and Nick pointed us in the right direction, highlighting the least visited but must see spots. The van was cozy and equipped with everything we needed for the trip. We travelled the South island for a month between October and November. The heater came in quite handy on the colder nights and the extra blanket they stowed away made sure we were comfy. Really fair prices, and best service - Nick was available to answer any concerns or questions throughout our trip. We felt very taken care of.
Many thanks to PiwiWiwi!
Olga and Evan

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Rebecca Sutherland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10


My partner and I spent 3 weeks in the south island touring around in a piwiwiwi van this November. Even from the day we booked online, Nick was brilliant at providing us with all the information we needed for a smooth and hassle free trip. He picked us up from the airport and took us back to his home to sign the paperwork and go through the ins and outs of the van. Even though we had never driven or holidayed in a campervan before, he made us feel very confident and even more excited about our trip!
The van itself was flawless! Exactly what we expected and more. It was spacious enough to store all of our belongings and the standing room was a blessing. Great sized fridge, sink with running water and all the kitchen utensils/pots/pans you could need. Cooking was a breeze with the gas stove and there was also a grill too.
The little things had obviously been thought about which was much appreciated such as the inclusion of reusable shopping bags, coffee keepcups, clothes pegs etc. The list goes on!
We never had any issues with the van at all but if we had, I would have had confidence that Nick would have sorted it out.
The van was just the right size that there was plenty of space for 2 of us but it wasn't too large to be able to manoeuvre in and out of car parking spaces.

Piwiwiwi Campervans enabled us to have the best three weeks imaginable and (even with the very changeable weather) the van always provided us with a home away from home. Many thanks to Nick and family! Keep up the good work!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Katherine Paschall

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Piwiwiwi was awesome! We rented a van from Nick for our two week honeymoon around the South Island. We drove about 3,000 km and camped in new places every night. The van is easy and comfortable to drive. As a passenger, it’s very comfortable. In terms of the living quarters, Nick has thought of everything. There is sufficient storage (more than we needed on our short trip), two options for tables, sufficient cooking/prep space, a reliable fridge, sufficient chargers, and a comfortable bed! There are lots of little details that made our lives easier; it’s clear that Nick and his family are van-lifers themselves, because he is so thorough! The van’s size is great, and the website was accurate in terms of the specs and what to expect. We enjoyed meeting Nick and his family - when you rent from Nick, you’re renting from a small family business, not a corporation. We loved that the vans were unmarked, so we didn’t scream “tourist.” We didn’t need any roadside support or help along the way (the van was in tip-top shape!), but Nick was very prepared for any condition and made himself available to us. In short - we had the BEST time, and the van was comfortable to sleep, cook, and travel in. This company deserves the praise - the vans are made with love! I hope we can come back and adventure with Piwiwiwi again!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Jonneke van de Kamp


Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing trip with this campervan! Nick and Julie are super friendly and helpful and their vans are absolutely amazing. This van had everything we needed: lots of storage, comfortable bedding, a very well equipped kitchen, a rear-view camera (which was really helpful for parking), outdoor chairs and table, a heater and a great stereo system. And driving this van was a breeze. They are very reliable and well maintained and small enough to manoeuvre with ease. We would highly recommend PiwiWiwi, thanks so much, Nick and Julie!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in October 2019

Sandra's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We couldnt have asked for more. Just got dropped of at the airport by Nick (owner) after about 4 weeks campervanning on the South Island. The layout of the van is just perfect. There's lots of storage and room to manouvre. With the van being about 1.95 high on the inside you won't be bumping your head or getting a backache while cooking. The foldout table is really handy. You can really tell they took the time to think about the perfect layout for a van and then build it themselves. Highly recommended!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sophie Van Tol


Ranking: 10/10

We could not recommend PiwiWiwi highly enough - after a lot of research into different rental options we most definitely made the right choice. We were very well looked after, both by Nick & Julie and by the van. The business is family run which gives it a real personal touch, with pick-ups and drop-offs to get you to and from the van, and we knew we could contact Nick if we ran into any trouble. He also helped us with our route and gave us some local’s tips which turned out to be the highlight of the holiday! The van is very cleverly designed with lots of space and everything you could need, including little extras you wouldn’t realise you might need - like a cheese grater, coffee press and electric heater! It was also very easy to drive. We also appreciated that the vans are unbranded, helping you to blend in more with the locals and the stunning surroundings. All in all, could not have been better - thank you PiwiWiwi! 

Reviewed 2 months ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a lovely, family-run business that made travelling around New Zealand a dream! The van was kitted out with all the necessities and was quite spacious too. It was great having Nick help us figure out the best route for our trip at the beginning too. I wouldn't travel around New Zealand any other way!

Thanks guys!

Reviewed 3 months ago