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192 Rankers Reviews

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1 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



Showing 13 reviews of 192.

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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 about 18 hours ago

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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 14 days ago

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Avalon Ridler

Ranking: 10/10

Great family run company with homely vans and all the little touches to make your trip perfect. Nick and Julie have thought of everything and provide great customer service. I would highly recommend.

Reviewed 14 days ago

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Maire Peate


Ranking: 10/10

It can be overwhelming researching campervan companies, who to choose and why. As soon as I started reading the amazing reviews on PiwiWiwi, I knew we had found the perfect company for us. It was such a pleasure from start to finish dealing with Nick and Julie’s family run company. Our van was beyond perfect! It was easy to drive, had more storage than we needed, very clever cabinetry, super comfy bed and bedding, and loads of thoughtful touches like a hot water bottle, coffee press, kitchen utensils that you actually need! (Hello grated cheese to add to our morning scrambled eggs)

NZ weather can be incredibly changeable, so being able to stand up and cook inside was a massive win..... we saw so many campers struggling to cook from the back of their vans in bad weather, and it didn’t look fun!

We like to travel a lot, and we are putting this 2 week adventure as probably the best holiday we’ve ever had..... and the majority of this praise goes to the very smart decision we made choosing PiwiWiwi. Nick made everything so easy, and we really appreciated that everything is included, and there are no hidden charges, or add ons.

We also loved that we are supporting a local family, and not a big multinational company. We also appreciated that the vans are unbranded, so you feel less conspicuous and more like a local.

We will definitely be back in 2021, and I won’t be needing to look at any other rental companies..... you can’t improve on perfection!

Reviewed 15 days ago

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Stephen Hall

Ranking: 10/10

We had a fantastic experience in the Piwiwiwi camper van. We have been with so many other large companies where there are so many hidden costs and hoops you have to jump through. Piwiwiwi is a small family run business and right from the beginning we were soooooo happy we booked with them. Nick picked us up from the airport and took us back to his home where he gave us copious amounts of information and advice. We loved how up front everything was, no hidden costs and no tricks. They have all of these extras in the van too like a hot water bottle, outdoor chairs and a table, and a great doona all for no extra cost. The van ran so well, we had no issues at all. We were very warm at night and had everything we needed provided for us in the van :) we are so thankful to Nick and his family for our amazing experience. We would highly recommend them to anyone traveling to NZ.

Reviewed 17 days ago

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Maureen Clarke

Ranking: 10/10

Our 2-week holiday in New Zealand would not have been complete without our rental van from PiwiWiwi. Nick and Julie treat their customers like family and made sure we had everything we needed before we departed on our adventure. We had a blast driving around the north side of the South Island for 10 days, stopping at camp grounds and freedom camping along the way. Being able to pull over and hang out whenever and wherever we wanted was always nice and easy. We spent many nights playing card games and eating fresh cooked meals in the back of our vans. Sleeping in the vans was never a problem, comfy pillows and a space heater helped. The convenience of the PiwiWiwi Camper Vans cannot be beat. Always a good time and we hope to be back soon for another adventure!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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John Sivigny

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! We've been all over the world and have done some great adventures. This trip driving and camping the South island was the best so far. Thats hard to say because the last trip we took to NZ was the best (So we thought)! I think the biggest contributor to this success was the great folks at PIWIWIWI. The personal service from making the reservation to getting picked up and dropped off at the airport is Wonderfull. Its a small company that really cares about your experience and tries to make it as care free as possible while encouraging you to go explore. The PIWIWIWI fleet is clean, reliable and easy to live in and drive. The set up is great for freedom camping to holiday parks. We've put these vans to the test and always felt safe and comfortable. PIWIWIWI's included 24hr road assistance is great too. Haven't needed it but great to know its there. These vans are also easy to drive in the cities too. Small enough to swing around in towns and find easy parking. Driving in the wind in NZ is a challenge sometimes but PIWIWIWI vans do darn good job of staying where they should. If you want a great price, great service, and want to meet some great people, go PIWIWIWI.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Maija Morgenweck

Ranking: 10/10

I spent 13 days in a PiwiWiwi van making a loop around the northwest section of the South Island. The price was solid, the van was solid and well laid out. The owner clearly communicated in writing to make reservations, and clearly communicated verbally and in writing on all aspects of renting and using the van (including what to do in case of mishaps, but I didn't have to try that out). I wholeheartedly recommend renting from PiwiWiwi.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in March 2019

Brooke's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in May 2019

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Harry Newton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Päivi and John Anderson

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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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 6 months 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 6 months ago