PiwiWiwi Campervans, Canterbury, NZ - 143 travel reviews for PiwiWiwi Campervans
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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?

Chilling in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan

Chilling in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan

Cooking in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan

Cooking in a PiwiWiwi HiAce Campervan

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Matt

Ranking: 10/10

Piwiwiwi is an excellent company that is truly family-centric. Nick and his family make the whole rental experience so comfortable and are extremely trust-worthy. Why rent from a large company where you are just a dollar sign when you can rent from a company like Piwiwiwi? They made us feel very confident in our trip and the rental process, both before and during our rental. We had the pleasure of meeting the whole family during our complimentary airport pick-up and drop-offs and these types of guestures are what we value in a company that we are relying on for something as important as a campervan rental (since it is both transportation AND accomodation!).

The vans are older model Toyota Hi-Aces (as of this post), although they are in the process of upgrading their fleet. This did not bother us at all since our van was meticulously cared for, in great mechanical and cosmetic shape, and suited our needs. The vans are equipped with literally all the basics, and we did not find we needed anything more. Sure they are no racecars, but that's not why you rent a campervan! It's best to go slow and enjoy the beautiful NZ scenery anyways. The vans are also without any flashy logos and paint jobs so they look less touristy, which we enjoyed.

Overall, this is the company you should be renting from if you value trust in business, good relationships, and an authentic Kiwi travel experience. Much thanks to Nick, Julie, Holly, and William for an unforgettable experience!

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Jan

Ranking: 9/10

Loved our camper van adventure! It got us places that I didn’t think it could! Outfitted with everything that we really needed for cooking and activities
The owners were extremely friendly and helpful
There was a slight smell from ? Particle board but I hear that has been addressed
Can’t wait for our next campervan trip through them!!

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Marita O'Brien

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We hired our campervan from PiwiWiwi Campervans. Booking the van, pick up, our 15 days traveling around New Zealand and the drop off of the van, could not have gone smoother. Nick was on hand from day one to offer advice and tips on how we could get the best out of our trip, replying to numerous emails, making special arrangements to meet us to pick up the van. No bureaucracy or hard sell of extras when signing contract, conditions of hire were those agreed at the beginning. The campervan was really well fitted out with everything one could need. Nick's manual on the workings of the van definitely is a contender for 'Campervans for Dummies'. We were so sorry to have to return the van as we could have kept going, but all good things must come to an end. Again returning the campervan was easy, no searching for parking space in large return carpark and queuing to return keys, but a civilised trip out to the country where we met Nick, Julie, Holly and William. Nick then drove us and all our luggage back to our accommodation in Christchurch, what more could you ask for. Thanks Nick

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Georgia

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing experience travelling through New Zealand, and made all the more perfect by using a campervan from PiwiWiwi! Nick and Julie made the whole experience so easy and enjoyable. They were always available to help if needed and were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. From little things such as suggestions of routes and where to go, to providing us with emergency phone numbers to use at any time if needed, to dropping us at the airport, Nick and Julie were always happy to help. The van itself was great- comfortable, clean, spacious enough for three adults and well equipped for our trip.
I really do believe that our trip through New Zealand was made so special due to PiwiWiwi. The personal touch and amazing service made the experience so easy and comfortable, and meant we could enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer without any concerns about the van getting in the way. I would definitely use PiwiWiwi Campervans again!

Reviewed 29 days ago

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Martina & Trev from Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

very friendly and helpful owners. we shipped our mountain bikes to Rangiora. Nick picked them up and even put them together for us! We were traveling with a canoe and two bikes for 6 weeks. The camper was reliable, spacious and very well equipped for our needs. We will rent a camper again from Nick and his family for our next holiday in NZ.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in November 2017

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Jorg

Ranking: 10/10

Wunderful experience. The entire conversation prior to our trip, during our trip and afterwards was very friendly and helpful. Nick picked us up and took us to his home where we met his lovely family and picked up the van. We felt very comfortable around them all the time. While Nick explained me the van our son got to play with Nicks little one. Nick also had some very helpful suggestions to our route and during our trip sent us an E-Mail as there was a cyclone approaching to warn us. Also prior to our trip he sent us some tricks and tips to make our trip easier and a list of their favorite places in New Zealand so we could include them in our plan. And the places he suggested were absolutely stunning and well worth it.
It's all very familiar, friendly and laid back. There is a guestbook in the van where you can share your experiences. It's a great way to find nice places and know of places you might want to avoid.
You can tell Nick and his family care about the people and also the van. Even though the vans are a bit older, they are in perfect condition because Nick really looks after them.
We had the best time in the van "Kotuku" (name it was given by former travellers) and with Piwiwiwi and will recommend them anytime. We will come back to New Zealand and we'll choose Piwiwiwi again!
Thanks Nick, Julie and your lovely kids!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Roz Lobo

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely absolutely terrific company to deal with. Nick and Julie are the perfect hosts and make you feel very welcome and at ease at all times. You certainly feel within a few minutes of meeting them that you’ve been old family friends for years. They are always on hand if you are ever in trouble. Their rates are extremely competitive and you certainly get a very personal and incredibly friendly service. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Fantastic.
(Ps: it’s also unlimited mileage which is brilliant and a real bonus)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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kath combes

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We celebrated 30 year wedding anniversary with a 4 week campervan tour of the South Island in Feb 2018. So there was lots of reading and weeks of stress about choosing a good company to rent from (there seem to be many brokers selling rentals from the big name companies). Initially I thought we should rent a 'newer' van with low kilometres in order to feel assured that things wouldn't break or breakdown (I read way too may negative Trip Advisor forums)
Then I happened upon Piwiwiwi and after a couple of emails with owners Nick and Julie knew that this was the company to book with. The van was not new and not low kilometres - part of what made it so perfect, we never stressed about the sand or mud that found its way in though mechanically it never missed a beat. The van was comfortable, very well maintained, clean, had everything we needed and nothing we didn't, and Nick was happy to source any extras if requested. And it cost us significantly less than any of the big rental co's meaning we had more money for adventures ( jet boating, skydiving, tours, cruises, hiring bikes, kayaks etc - NZ is so beautiful and so much fun!). Very importantly too, Piwiwiwi vans are discreet - I.e not highly visibly branded.

Nick and Julie take pride in their business, show integrity and are invested in making sure their customers have a great holiday experience, their attentiveness to us was faultless. I have no hesitation in rating our experience 10 stars and highly recommending Piwiwiwi and owners Nick and Julie as great people to hire from. We plan to return to NZ in a year or two and we won't be hiring with any other company.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Andy Barlow

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We would highly recommend using PiwiWiwi Campervans if visiting New Zealand. We found Nick and his family very friendly and helpful, and couldn't fault their service in any way. We had an amazing and memorable experience touring the South Island for 10 days. Our Campervan was very comfy, reliable and well laid out....and great fun.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Julia's avatar

Julia

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly, great hospitality (even got to eat fish and chips with Nick & his family). The van was in great shape (although old), clean, equipped with good guides and thought-through in terms of layout. The bed was very comfortable :-) The motor of the van was not very powerful but enough to cruise around this wonderful country.
We enjoyed a wonderful holiday - Thank you PiwiWiwi for the perfect service!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in December 2017

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Kristel & Tim

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We absolutely loved our campervan from PiwiWiwi <3 Their personal approuch is the best! Nick and Julie were interested, friendly and excellent in their communication. They picked us up from our hotel, checked every now and then to make sure we were doing good and they made our 4 weeks roundtrip through the South Island an unforgetable holiday. The campervan itself was perfect and clean, it is the right size, drives very good and has everything you need.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Richard Janes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This is the second time that we have taken a holiday in NZ and we chose to hire a van again from PiwiWiwi. We felt that PiwiWiwi's customer service was even better than previous - and it was great last time! Our van was super reliable. We asked for the exact same van as last time (memories!) and we had no issues at all. Not one! He did us proud. The first thing we thought when we drove off was; the van feels taken care of. You can tell that PiwiWiwi take time between customers to make sure their vans are as well presented as they possibly can be.
Nick and Julie were so warm and helpful. Always happy to help or answer questions on the run-up to the holiday. Happy to sit down and talk with us in their own home on our arrival and make us feel welcome, after collecting us from the airport. It was great to get some tips and ask their opinion as locals on some of the places we were thinking of visiting. Nick checked if we were getting on OK after there had been some bad weather mid-way through our trip. They care about their customers!
We had a fantastic 31 days in our PiwiWiwi van and wouldn't hesitate to hire from them again if we return (really hope we can in the not too distant future!).

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Felix Maliers

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Our PiwiWiwi was just perfect. It was clean, had all the stuff you might need and drove along smoothly for 7.500 kilometres - Nick told us we are currently holding the record for the season! :) The vans might not be the newest but in fact, in comparison to newer models, we found that we liked ours the best: the layout is very clever and we often noticed that we had much more storage space for our stuff than most other people in different (and newer) vans. Being able to stand, sit and cook inside is a big bonus during rainy days. Nick and Julie had great some great tips for our journey and were lovely hosts. Thanks again for everything!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Matt's avatar

Matt

Ranking: 10/10

Piwiwiwi is an excellent company that is truly family-centric. Nick and his family make the whole rental experience so comfortable and are extremely trust-worthy. Why rent from a large company where you are just a dollar sign when you can rent from a company like Piwiwiwi? They made us feel very confident in our trip and the rental process, both before and during our rental. We had the pleasure of meeting the whole family during our complimentary airport pick-up and drop-offs and these types of guestures are what we value in a company that we are relying on for something as important as a campervan rental (since it is both transportation AND accomodation!).

The vans are older model Toyota Hi-Aces (as of this post), although they are in the process of upgrading their fleet. This did not bother us at all since our van was meticulously cared for, in great mechanical and cosmetic shape, and suited our needs. The vans are equipped with literally all the basics, and we did not find we needed anything more. Sure they are no racecars, but that's not why you rent a campervan! It's best to go slow and enjoy the beautiful NZ scenery anyways. The vans are also without any flashy logos and paint jobs so they look less touristy, which we enjoyed.

Overall, this is the company you should be renting from if you value trust in business, good relationships, and an authentic Kiwi travel experience. Much thanks to Nick, Julie, Holly, and William for an unforgettable experience!

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Jan's avatar

Jan

Ranking: 9/10

Loved our camper van adventure! It got us places that I didn’t think it could! Outfitted with everything that we really needed for cooking and activities
The owners were extremely friendly and helpful
There was a slight smell from ? Particle board but I hear that has been addressed
Can’t wait for our next campervan trip through them!!

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Marita O'Brien

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We hired our campervan from PiwiWiwi Campervans. Booking the van, pick up, our 15 days traveling around New Zealand and the drop off of the van, could not have gone smoother. Nick was on hand from day one to offer advice and tips on how we could get the best out of our trip, replying to numerous emails, making special arrangements to meet us to pick up the van. No bureaucracy or hard sell of extras when signing contract, conditions of hire were those agreed at the beginning. The campervan was really well fitted out with everything one could need. Nick's manual on the workings of the van definitely is a contender for 'Campervans for Dummies'. We were so sorry to have to return the van as we could have kept going, but all good things must come to an end. Again returning the campervan was easy, no searching for parking space in large return carpark and queuing to return keys, but a civilised trip out to the country where we met Nick, Julie, Holly and William. Nick then drove us and all our luggage back to our accommodation in Christchurch, what more could you ask for. Thanks Nick

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Georgia's avatar

Georgia

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing experience travelling through New Zealand, and made all the more perfect by using a campervan from PiwiWiwi! Nick and Julie made the whole experience so easy and enjoyable. They were always available to help if needed and were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. From little things such as suggestions of routes and where to go, to providing us with emergency phone numbers to use at any time if needed, to dropping us at the airport, Nick and Julie were always happy to help. The van itself was great- comfortable, clean, spacious enough for three adults and well equipped for our trip.
I really do believe that our trip through New Zealand was made so special due to PiwiWiwi. The personal touch and amazing service made the experience so easy and comfortable, and meant we could enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer without any concerns about the van getting in the way. I would definitely use PiwiWiwi Campervans again!

Reviewed 29 days ago

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Martina & Trev from Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

very friendly and helpful owners. we shipped our mountain bikes to Rangiora. Nick picked them up and even put them together for us! We were traveling with a canoe and two bikes for 6 weeks. The camper was reliable, spacious and very well equipped for our needs. We will rent a camper again from Nick and his family for our next holiday in NZ.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in November 2017

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Jorg's avatar

Jorg

Ranking: 10/10

Wunderful experience. The entire conversation prior to our trip, during our trip and afterwards was very friendly and helpful. Nick picked us up and took us to his home where we met his lovely family and picked up the van. We felt very comfortable around them all the time. While Nick explained me the van our son got to play with Nicks little one. Nick also had some very helpful suggestions to our route and during our trip sent us an E-Mail as there was a cyclone approaching to warn us. Also prior to our trip he sent us some tricks and tips to make our trip easier and a list of their favorite places in New Zealand so we could include them in our plan. And the places he suggested were absolutely stunning and well worth it.
It's all very familiar, friendly and laid back. There is a guestbook in the van where you can share your experiences. It's a great way to find nice places and know of places you might want to avoid.
You can tell Nick and his family care about the people and also the van. Even though the vans are a bit older, they are in perfect condition because Nick really looks after them.
We had the best time in the van "Kotuku" (name it was given by former travellers) and with Piwiwiwi and will recommend them anytime. We will come back to New Zealand and we'll choose Piwiwiwi again!
Thanks Nick, Julie and your lovely kids!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Roz Lobo

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely absolutely terrific company to deal with. Nick and Julie are the perfect hosts and make you feel very welcome and at ease at all times. You certainly feel within a few minutes of meeting them that you’ve been old family friends for years. They are always on hand if you are ever in trouble. Their rates are extremely competitive and you certainly get a very personal and incredibly friendly service. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Fantastic.
(Ps: it’s also unlimited mileage which is brilliant and a real bonus)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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kath combes

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We celebrated 30 year wedding anniversary with a 4 week campervan tour of the South Island in Feb 2018. So there was lots of reading and weeks of stress about choosing a good company to rent from (there seem to be many brokers selling rentals from the big name companies). Initially I thought we should rent a 'newer' van with low kilometres in order to feel assured that things wouldn't break or breakdown (I read way too may negative Trip Advisor forums)
Then I happened upon Piwiwiwi and after a couple of emails with owners Nick and Julie knew that this was the company to book with. The van was not new and not low kilometres - part of what made it so perfect, we never stressed about the sand or mud that found its way in though mechanically it never missed a beat. The van was comfortable, very well maintained, clean, had everything we needed and nothing we didn't, and Nick was happy to source any extras if requested. And it cost us significantly less than any of the big rental co's meaning we had more money for adventures ( jet boating, skydiving, tours, cruises, hiring bikes, kayaks etc - NZ is so beautiful and so much fun!). Very importantly too, Piwiwiwi vans are discreet - I.e not highly visibly branded.

Nick and Julie take pride in their business, show integrity and are invested in making sure their customers have a great holiday experience, their attentiveness to us was faultless. I have no hesitation in rating our experience 10 stars and highly recommending Piwiwiwi and owners Nick and Julie as great people to hire from. We plan to return to NZ in a year or two and we won't be hiring with any other company.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Andy Barlow

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We would highly recommend using PiwiWiwi Campervans if visiting New Zealand. We found Nick and his family very friendly and helpful, and couldn't fault their service in any way. We had an amazing and memorable experience touring the South Island for 10 days. Our Campervan was very comfy, reliable and well laid out....and great fun.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Julia's avatar

Julia

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly, great hospitality (even got to eat fish and chips with Nick & his family). The van was in great shape (although old), clean, equipped with good guides and thought-through in terms of layout. The bed was very comfortable :-) The motor of the van was not very powerful but enough to cruise around this wonderful country.
We enjoyed a wonderful holiday - Thank you PiwiWiwi for the perfect service!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in December 2017

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Kristel & Tim

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We absolutely loved our campervan from PiwiWiwi <3 Their personal approuch is the best! Nick and Julie were interested, friendly and excellent in their communication. They picked us up from our hotel, checked every now and then to make sure we were doing good and they made our 4 weeks roundtrip through the South Island an unforgetable holiday. The campervan itself was perfect and clean, it is the right size, drives very good and has everything you need.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Richard Janes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This is the second time that we have taken a holiday in NZ and we chose to hire a van again from PiwiWiwi. We felt that PiwiWiwi's customer service was even better than previous - and it was great last time! Our van was super reliable. We asked for the exact same van as last time (memories!) and we had no issues at all. Not one! He did us proud. The first thing we thought when we drove off was; the van feels taken care of. You can tell that PiwiWiwi take time between customers to make sure their vans are as well presented as they possibly can be.
Nick and Julie were so warm and helpful. Always happy to help or answer questions on the run-up to the holiday. Happy to sit down and talk with us in their own home on our arrival and make us feel welcome, after collecting us from the airport. It was great to get some tips and ask their opinion as locals on some of the places we were thinking of visiting. Nick checked if we were getting on OK after there had been some bad weather mid-way through our trip. They care about their customers!
We had a fantastic 31 days in our PiwiWiwi van and wouldn't hesitate to hire from them again if we return (really hope we can in the not too distant future!).

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Felix Maliers

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Our PiwiWiwi was just perfect. It was clean, had all the stuff you might need and drove along smoothly for 7.500 kilometres - Nick told us we are currently holding the record for the season! :) The vans might not be the newest but in fact, in comparison to newer models, we found that we liked ours the best: the layout is very clever and we often noticed that we had much more storage space for our stuff than most other people in different (and newer) vans. Being able to stand, sit and cook inside is a big bonus during rainy days. Nick and Julie had great some great tips for our journey and were lovely hosts. Thanks again for everything!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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