PiwiWiwi Campervans, Canterbury, NZ - 143 travel reviews for PiwiWiwi Campervans (Page 2)
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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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    HiAce Surf Campervan

    The Original Surf Campervan - now certified Self Contained

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Ranking: 10/10

we would definitely recommend piwiwiwi!! we loved the van, had no troubles at all, everything was perfect!
Nick and Julie were great, they gave us good advice and helped us with every question we had.
Starting at the airport pickup and throughout the whole time the service was exceptional and very personal.
the van was very clean and provided everything we needed for our 4 weeks journey. this company really tries very hard to make everything perfect and they are very well organized. we hope to come back some day!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Chris Scrimshaw

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a perfect service with PiwiWiwi Campervans! Right from the very beginning, when we were planning our trip, to the end of our travels, when we were dropped back at the check-in desk for our flight home. A very personal and family orientated company. The campervan itself was very clean, everything in good working order and very well organised. We have a campervan at home and so have experience with vans- we found this camper layout very comfortable to live in. In fact, so comfortable, that during our trip we got engaged! We would definitely recommend PiwiWiwi to anybody wanting to travel New Zealand!

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in November 2017

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Kim Verplancke


Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing service it has been! We were a 3-generation family of 6, renting 2 vans from Piwiwiwi to cover the North and South island in 6 weeks time. The communication throughout the renting proces (before and during) has been flawless, with Nick being available for any request or question. The vans are perfect, and found a sleeping solution for our 2 small kids with Nick beforehand. During our travels we also added bicycles to the rental for a few weeks, which was great (including brand new child seats!). Piwiwiwi does not spare any effort to make you feel welcome and serviced.
The vans are as complete as you can imagine, up to the beach towels and cooking kits/camp chairs. We wanted for nothing throughout -> Highly recommended!

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in November 2017

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Wendy and Vincent


Ranking: 10/10

We traveled New Zealand for 4 weeks with PiwiWiwi and are extremely pleased with the service!

The owners Nick and Julie were wonderful hosts. Upon arrival, guests are picked up from the airport or in our case our hotel where we spend one night to recuperate (highly recommended), and were brought to the airport at the end of our trip. We really enjoyed the fact that piwiwiwi is a small family business and Nick and Julie take the time to explain everything and answer any question you might have before going on the road. Also during our trip, we were able to contact them at any time when we had a question about the car.

Even though the campervan was not the newest model, that was actually a good thing! Newer vans have a lot of (too much for us) storage space and limited space to maneuver within the campervan, whereas ours had perfect proportions and really nice features such as USB chargers added to it. The van includes everything you need in terms of utensils, pots, pans, linen, and we could take two extra camping chairs free of charge. Also the fact that the van isn't branded is a bonus. The van was easy to drive and made all the mountain peaks and hills easily. Only hiccup was that the water tank was air-locked quite often making it seem like the tank was empty. With help from Nick we figured out how to fix this problem.

We definitely recommend this company!

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in October 2017

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Rebecca Grace

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Nick and his family/team at PiwiWiwi Campervans provide a 5* service that I would recommend to anyone looking to hire a camper to explore NZ. They picked us up from the airport (and returned us to the airport after our adventure) which took the stress out of wondering where to go after we arrived in the country. We were given a very useful tour of the van, which was a Toyota HiAce which has an excellent layout and is fully kitted out/self contained for freedom camping for a couple of people (or couple with young child). PiwiWiwi gave us some top tips on where to go before we set off, and they checked on us halfway through our trip to ensure we were ok. We certainly had an excellent holiday thanks to them. I strongly recommend you consider using PiwiWiwi for your campervan hire.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Greg and Syd


Ranking: 9/10

We would definitely recommend Piwiwiwi!
Piwiwiwi was high quality service from start to finish on our 26 day rental. The van ran perfectly the entire time. Nick was helpful and accessible the entire trip. The whole experience felt very personal and positive, a perk of renting from a small, family operation.
The van itself is one of the older models so you are not going to win any races going up hills. Just take advantage of all the lovely view points and pull-outs.
All in all it was a cosy and comfortable set up, everything was well cared for and very clean.
The set up with the kitchen in the front, bed in the back, is ideal with adequate storage and very well stocked. It had every thing we needed (think the little things like cheese grater, bottle opener, French press for coffee and tea, clothes line and pins, camping chairs and so on).
There was enough standing room for two people to move around comfortably.
The bed was firm but not too firm, still very comfortable. The extra pillows and extra blanket were very welcome!
Lighting in the van was very good, which was particularly nice for those rainy afternoons and evenings.
We cooked plenty on the little stove and it worked very well. I recommend setting up the table either outside or inside for additional food preparation space, worked like a charm for us.
On the first day we noticed the secondary battery was not charging via driving (was fine if plugged in). We contacted Nick and it was sorted immediately.
We also had an issue with the passenger side door. It would not make a tight seal. We decided not to bother Nick with this while we were traveling. It was more of a minor annoyance than anything and we wanted to keep on the move. Unfortunately for us, we found out the hard way that when it rained hard, it would leak. We walked through this with Nick when we dropped off the van. He was very apologetic and is getting it looked at right away.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Tom Coul

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Extremely pleased with the overall Piwiwiwi experience in New Zealand.

Nick, the business owner, is incredibly professional and very friendly. He'll pick you up from the airport, provide you with every single bit of information you need to have an awesome trip. His pricing are very competitive and there are absolutely no hidden fees. Everything is explained black and white during the communication with him to secure the booking.

They cares so much about the 8 vans they own, that he and his wife actually clean and prep them by themselves instead of paying someone to do it. Conclusion: A very clean van, in excellent working order (not once in 20 days did we have anything fail on us) and most of all very discreet (no branding)...and trust me that's a big plus out there!

Van has got plenty of space for all your stuff, an actual full size double bed, stove, fridge, sink... and an oven! It's also fully loaded with quality cooking equipment!

100% recommend this company, enjoy your trip!


Reviewed 4 months ago

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Tim Leary

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Delighted with everything after my 5 week surf / SUP tour of North and South Islands with PiwiWiwi Campervans.
I could tell from the start from the personal emails, answering all my questions including "Will a 9ft x 30" SUP fit in the roof with a 6'4" surfboard?" Answer YES! and it was easy - They both went up there in the straps and when then tilted I had almost full headroom in the middle of the van. Would have managed a 9'6" easily. Perfect - Boards safe, paddle under the bed and hired bike strapped on the back - I was away on 6250KM trip.
The van was reliable, fast enough and comfortable to do long hours on the roads, which is easy to do with that amazing landscape out of each window, everywhere you go.
Major advantage of this smaller van size is the ease of parking - Spent a week in St Clairs, Dunedin where I was able to park overlooking the point break each day and wait for optimal surf conditions while drinking tea! No larger van would have got anywhere near this spot.
I started off Freedom camping, but the camp sites are cheap - Normally $20NZ per night - Quite reasonable. 4G is nearly everywhere so navigation with Google Maps on your phone is easy - Bring a phone mount!
On my arrival and departure, Nick and Julie were most hospitable - The van was parked in the shade of an outbuilding to let me settle in and pack up in comfort - The weather was great!
If I go back to NZ I will definitely do it with PiwiWiwi Campervans.
Leave all your travel plugs etc. at home - Plenty of power by the USB chargers front and back of vans. Didn't use the portaloo, as toilets everywhere in NZ, and much better quality then I'm used to in the UK.
Do not hesitate to book - You won't get it cheaper or better elsewhere!
PS. I scored some epic surf and the surfers are pretty friendly if you are considerate in your approach! Even to a SUP!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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kohn stephan

New Caledonia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience with PiwiWiwi van. Everything was easy, Nick pick up us at the airport, book accommodation before departure.
The camper was tidy and well equiped, enough room for 2 people, you just have to bring with you your own stuff and be happy.

Have the contact directly with the owner guarantee quality and high level service.
Everything is done for the customer.
Don't hesitate it will be a great experience ++++

Stephan from New Caledonia

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jonas Himpe


Ranking: 10/10

Thanks to PiwiWiwi we had a great experience travelling NZ. They are a family business, the contact is personal & warm. Before the trip, they gave us some practical tips, and when we were there we noticed that they really do 'the extra mile' for their customers.

While looking for campervans before the trip, we didn't know about some little details that make the travel better. The vans are very well-organised with the optimal storage vs. space ratio. They are tidy and contain all that is necessary (sheets, blankets, towels, etc.). The van was reliable, the engine ran smoothly, and we felt at ease. Although, we felt completely assured knowing their well organisation, in case of any issues.

During the trip, we really liked that there wasn't any advertisement on the van. Before the travel, we thought that a portable toilet would be necessary (which the vans do contain), but NZ is full of public toilets and showers. This made the type of campervan perfect : compact but spacious. The vans are Self-Contained, which means you can camp on all available places.

We can keep on writing all positive aspects, but there's one argument that beats all: when we come back to NZ, it will be with PiwiWiwi :-) !!

Thanks Nick & Julie, and Holly hopefully we see each other again :-)

Reviewed 5 months ago

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James N


Ranking: 10/10

If it was possible to give a score of 11 we would! PiwiWiwi was fantastic! My partner and I were travelling New Zealand for a month, over the winter, checking out both the North and South Island. Being a small business, the service was great! Very quick reply's on all e-mails, competitive prices and tailored service. The van was a real solid machine too. Great storage (we even managed to fit snowboarding gear for two in with all our stuff). It was a awesome to travel in this van for 4 weeks and we would do it again in a heart beat! It was an absolute pleasure to work with Nick and Julie. Can't wait to get back!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tracy Frauzel

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very helpful staff/owners with specific information and very quick with a small repair on the road. Van layout very well thought through and everything you need on the road.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ray Verbeek


Ranking: 10/10

It was an absolute pleasure working with Niall and Anna regarding the rental of a campervan for our one month tour of New Zealand. We were met at the Auckland airport by Anna and had a lovely drive to Raglan where they are headquartered. They led us through an extensive review about the campervan and its features. They also provided us with many great suggestions about where to go and what to see. They were very enthusiastic about our trip which was a great personal touch. Niall and Anna offer great service, efficient and simple return policy and a well maintained campervan that allowed us to have the trip of a lifetime! Sue and I thank you both!

Reviewed 12 months ago and experienced in March 2017

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