PiwiWiwi Campervans



181 Rankers Reviews

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2 Motorhomes



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Exceptional service and great quality camper vans

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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Darryl Neo

Ranking: 10/10

It was our first time renting a campervan to travel around the South island of NZ. Having said that, I can say that we were really fortunate to have found Piwiwiwi Campervans to provide us a campervan for the trip. Unlike the big companies, Nick and Julie both operate their small business from their home, so you can expect a lot of personalized service which we really enjoyed. They will make sure you are comfortable with the van and also share tips for your trip.

The van itself was just perfect. We drove over 3000km during our 3 week trip without any breakdowns or issues. It is one of the cleanest vehicle that we have been in, and everything in the van was designed with travelers convenience in mind. As for the rates, they were pretty damn competitive as compared to other companies. For the quality of the van we got, we could not have been happier. If we do decide to head back to NZ again we would not hesitate to get our van from Piwiwiwi again. Thanks again Nick and Julie for the amazing memories.

Reviewed 5 days ago

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LB & Michael

Ranking: 10/10

This is the one you want to rent your van from. Personal service. High attention to detail regarding every aspect of the van. Incredibly knowledgeable about the country and where to go. First class all the way around and touring around in the van was so fun! Exceptional. Can't wait to come back and would 10/10 rent from PiwiWiwi again.

Reviewed 23 days ago

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Felicia and Andy

Ranking: 10/10

We couldn't have chosen a better company to rent a camper from, from the moment of the booking till Nick dropped us off at the airport everything was 10/10. Smooth email communication, detailed pre-trip advice, awesome local tips, comfortable and spacious van, you name it.. New Zealand is amazing itself but what Nick and Julie's family run company offers is essential to have a perfect holiday. The easiest 10/10 ever.

Reviewed 27 days ago

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Martin and Nikola

Ranking: 10/10

Für einen Monat hatten wir einen Campervan von Piwiwiwi. Piwiwiwi ist kleiner sympatischer Familienbetrieb der 8 identische Campervans zu vermietung hat, derzeit wird die Flotte erneuert. Die Campervans haben alles was für einen Campingurlaub gebraucht wird. Alles ist gut gewartet und sauber. Es gibt nichts zu meckern, alles war perfekt.
Das besondere ist der persönliche Kontakt. Alle Fragen werden schnell beantwortet, wir wurden in Christchurch im Guesthouse abgeholt und zurückgebracht. Es gibt bei der Übergabe eine gute Einweisung und viele Tipps für die Tour. Besser kann man es nicht machen. Wir können Piwiwiwi 100 Prozent weiterempfelen.

Nikola und Martin

Reviewed 28 days ago and experienced in February 2019

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Svea Brömel


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent! Anytime again! Friends recommended PiwiWiwi to us and we are glad we followed. As a family owned business Nick and Julie take great care of you and the campervans. We happily followed their insights on how to plan our NZ adventure with our 5 month old baby and fell in love with our pretty new Campervan. We even had a safety barrier for the top bunk babybed! Thanks guys for giving us such a great time.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in February 2019

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Matthijs, Anouk en Mika Smit

Ranking: 10/10

We traveled with a 1 year old for two months on the southern island. Everything you need is in the van. Easy driving. Good personal communication with Nick. Our last night we had dinner with the piwiwiwi family and we shared our travel stories.

Compared to other rental companies we definitely recommend Piwiwiwi.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 10/10

A solid 10/10 right from the moment we booked until handing the van back after over six weeks on the road and 6747 km across North and South Island. Nick and Julie are great people and will go out of their way to offer a personal service. We spent a good couple of hours before hitting the road, discussing routes and places to see on South Island. If there were any weather warnings Nick was quick to email us with a heads up. We also loved the fact he was able to pick us up and drop off back in Christchurch, free of charge. The visitor book was a lovely touch and had plenty of hidden gems from previous travelers which we enjoyed reading and adding to as we road tripped.

The van set up was spot on. It was a new build and on top condition. Plenty of storage, comfortable head room, large fridge, two hobs and handy charging points. We felt this set the bench mark for all other 2 berth vans and was very comfortable and practical for the 6 weeks we lived in her. We were sad to hand her back! The lack of branding is also a big plus, you don’t stick out like a tourist and can blend in more like a local.

If you want the trip of a lifetime in a van across NZ, book Piwiwiwi, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Hiring from Nick is more like borrowing a car off a mate. A very different experience to hiring from a large corporate hire company. We wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in February 2019

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Scott Browning

Ranking: 10/10

PiwiWiwi Campers is a great family run business. As our wonderful South Island trip progressed, my wife and I became more grateful for our fortune of dealing directly with the owners Nick and Julie. It's not only that Nick and Julie personally and thoughtfully build the campervans, nor that they completely equip them, nor that the campervans are highly maintained - so important when you find yourself remotely located. The real benefit we discovered was how Nick and Julie spent time in advance with a map giving us local tips so that we could have a great vacation. They answered all of our questions, as well as being available by cell should anything arise. It was an absolute pleasure doing business with caring owners of PiwiWiwi Campers!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sandy Curry

United States

Ranking: 9/10

We rented a camper van from Nick and Julie at PiwiWiwi for 25 days and were very happy with our experience. We had one of the older vans but it was outfitted with everything we needed. The bed was more comfortable than I expected, and we had plenty of room for all our belongings. We did have a mechanical problem with the van and needed to have AA come get it started. We had to take it to the service station to get checked, thus the rating of a 9 rather than a 10, but Nick was extremely responsive to the problem and our concerns - I honestly can't imagine getting better customer service from anyone else! If we go back to NZ, I would gladly rent from him again.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Niek and Anne (The Netherlands)

Ranking: 10/10

We've had the most awesome experience with our Piwiwiwi van! We travelled around New Zealand for 8 weeks and we could not have had a better time! Nick and Julie were so welcoming and the van is really fully equipped, with a lot of kitchen supplies, and other nice things (foldable buckets, chairs, foldable table, washing line, peggs, etc). The van is selfcontained, which makes freedom camping possible. The lay out in the van is great and there a surprising amount of stuff you can storage in the van. We also appriciated the large table, which makes eating inside when necessary possible. Nick and Julie gave all kinds of tips and when we had a minor problem with the van he made sure it was taking care of, which was great! We could not have asked for a better experience than the one Piwiwiwi gave us. Thanks for all the great memories, we highly recommend renting a van with them, they are the best!

Reviewed 2 months ago and experienced in January 2019

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Matt Linton

Ranking: 10/10

My fiancé and I spent 5 weeks in a PiwiWiwi camper travelling the south island of New Zealand and loved every minute of it. The camper was fantastic and had everything you could need to live comfortably, and was clearly well kept and serviced. As for our dealings with the owners, Nick, Julie and family, we can only say that we felt like we were visiting good friends. They are simply great to deal with and go above and beyond when it comes to enhancing your experience in any way possible. We will certainly be heading back to see more of this amazing country in the future and without doubt will doing it in a PiwiWiwi!!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Henry Meehan


Ranking: 10/10

I cannot recommend PiwiWiwi highly enough. We inquired about a shorter-than-usual hire on very short notice, and I know that all involved went out of their way to get everything ready for us in time for our arrival. The van was comfortable, reliable, well-equipped, and the quality fit-out has a very bespoke, home-made feel. Great attention is paid to every detail and I have no doubt that the vans are meticulously maintained. The layout is clever, leaving plenty of space even for two relatively tall guys. Nick and Julie are knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming. The whole experience felt more like renting a van from a friend than a business - even down to the kids playing in the next room while we were sorting the paperwork. It was a delight!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Andrew Borch

Ranking: 10/10

Our rental van was awesome, and came pristine and very well furnished. The owner was so friendly and helpful. He took the extra time at the start to walk us through every square inch of the van and give us plenty of great recommendations on what to see and where to go. It was great to rent an inconspicuous no logo van from a wonderful local family run business. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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