184 Rankers Reviews
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?
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Christchurch
The Original Surf Campervan - now certified Self Contained
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Hiring from Nick and Julie was an absolute dream. We are so glad we decided to go with a local family business over a bigger company. We had a personal experience with great service and no issues whatsoever. The van we hired was decked out with everything that we needed and was really easy to maintain over the short 2 weeks we had it for. When we come back and visit NZ, we would 100% hire from here again. If you are looking for a easy no fuss experience with everything that you need, then PiwiWiwi is your best option.
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The greatest. Honestly, PiwiWiwi are the real deal. Look no further and book with these guys IMMEDIATELY. We initially liked the look of PiwiWiwi because of the personal sounding service and amazing reviews they already have on here, and boy we were not disappointed. While organising the camper before our arrival in NZ, Nick was incredibly responsive and helpful and it honestly felt like i was just emailing one of my mates. When we arrived Nick kindly picked us up from our hotel in Christchurch (all part of the PiwiWiwi service!) and we got to meet his wonderful family. We sorted out the paperwork and chatted in Nick and Julie's kitchen (!) and then set off in the camper with the family waving us off! Why on earth would you want to hire from some faceless corporate company when you can get this amazing personal service!
There are a lot of campers on the road in New Zealand but we had multiple different people comment on how great the PiwiWiwi camper looks inside and out. These vans have been beautifully kitted out by Nick himself and people will be seriously envious of you out there.
If we could give more than 10 on this review we would. Please do your holiday a massive favour and book with PiwiWiwi. This is by far the best camper van company in New Zealand - it's really that simple.
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Päivi and John Anderson
We used a PiwiWiwi Camper-van supplied to us by Nick. He was more than helpful in navigating us on the van, the route and just about any helpful hint on Holiday Parks, DOCs and places. We had the time of our lives driving through the South Island with all of the freedom in the world. Favourite areas were Mnt. Cook, Te Anau,The Caitlins and Nugget Bay.
I miss all of the little bakeries, counter food, the kindness of NZ people and most of all the breathtaking scenery. Thank you New Zealand for a memorable experience.
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.
LB & Michael
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.
Felicia and Andy
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.
Martin and Nikola
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
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.
Matthijs, Anouk en Mika Smit
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.
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.
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!
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.
Niek and Anne (The Netherlands)
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!