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Lynda, Duncan and family gave us a fabulous introduction to NZ and camping with their personal service and excellently fitted out van.
They instantly made us feel at home and went way beyond to make the experience as easy as possible.
The vehicle ran faultlessly for our 2700km trip and was a pleasure to drive. Our sleeper van fitted with the side awning was the envy of other campers that had rented from other big name companies.
The stock swap allowed us to get going without having to buy lots of bits and pieces. We were happy to pass on our remaining stock for the next campers.
I can not recommend them too much! They contributed to a fabulous holiday.
I’m so surprised why this business is not as popular as it should be. Superb service 10/10.
Travelled alone for 6 days in the West Coast with a self-contained sleepervan from Affordable Motorhome. Lynda and her team was amazing, very helpful assisting me with the booking and providing me all necessary details and recommendations where to stop. They were so kind upgrading me to a better van for same price. The van is in good condition, new, clean and tidy. Price is much more affordable, pretty much including everything in daily rate, no hidden cost.
The team at Affordable Motor Home Rentals Christchurch were fantastic to deal with. Right from our first communication we could tell they cared about the customer, they were warm, welcoming and helpful. From our shuttle pickup and return to the airport, to making sure we were informed with regards to everything we needed to know to operate our camper van, their service was outstanding. Our vehicle was around 10 years old, it was immaculate, clean and tidy, and drove well. The interior was well designed and everything worked as expected. If we have a chance to travel south again in the future, we will definitely look at using their service again. Thanks for a great experience.
Lynda and her team were amazing from our first contact through to returning the camper vans. Any issues or enquiries we had were dealt with immediately. I would use them again without hesitation.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals has been the only company we have used (and will use) to hire both camper vans and cars. The family run company will bend over backwards to help in every way. Linda, the friendly voice at the end of the phone is always so helpful and ensures you have everything you need before you embark on your journey. All vehicles and clean, comfortable and a home away from home (on a much smaller & fun scale). We have recommended Affordable Motor Home Rentals to many friends and they too have never been disappointed. Thank you for such a great service.
We rented a sleepervan with my girlfriend for two weeks and it was a great experience.
The van was so comfortable, very well equipped, bedding, towels and kitchen items to enjoy a great holidays.
The staff is very attentive, Linda helped us with all our questions and was always available to answer. We definitely recommend this company!
I cant speak highly enough of the experience that we had with Affordable Motorhome rentals or the memorable trip that they enabled us to have. I took my 14 year old son and his mate on a west coast surf trip and was the first time i had rented a motor-home, i would definitely do it again. Affordable homes enabled me to have a stress free holiday with my son. the experience we had has even got him talking about doing the same thing when hes old enough to drive. We had a couple of technical issues due to my lack of knowledge with motor-homes but with a couple of phone calls, Lynda and the team had us sorted. The van was well kitted out and was perfect for what we needed.
For future trips Lynda and her family will be the first place we will go to,when we first started looking for a suitable vehicle they were about the 4th on the list, but after a short email and a follow up phone call everything was sorted, the fact that they are local and a family owned business was a big plus for us. They listened to what we wanted and we got more than we expected. Easy 10/10
We rented from Affordable in February 2020, intending to return home in April, but the lockdown happened and we ended up having the van until June. We cannot say enough good things about this company. Lynda’s responses to our communications from the USA, Grant’s help with our questions during the hire, and especially the way the lockdown was handled were all much better than what our lockdown neighbors experienced with the big companies. We had two different vans and both were as described, with some years and km in their history, but they were well-maintained and fully functional. The way the interiors were fitted out was particularly clever and made the space very efficient. All in all, if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to see New Zealand, you should consider these folks.
Highly recommend Lynda & Affordable Motor Home Rentals. We left it quite late to book a campervan, and heard about this company through a Rankers request.
They had a great 2-berth Alphard Sleepervan available for us, which had all of the features we were looking for - electric fridge, self-contained, and even an awning for the side of the van which many other companies didn't have or charged extra for (this was very useful for changing in after showering!). Plus, it was at a really competitive rate too.
Unlike bigger companies you get a really friendly, personal service, and even though we had some teething issues (a battery needed changing but was organised without hassle by Lynda at no cost to us) we were impressed by how well things were dealt with. The van was easy to drive, comfortable, and we had a great time in NZ. Sadly our time was cut short there by coronavirus, and I hope this company survives to serve other people in future.
P.s. I'd recommend getting excess insurance, either directly or third party, as we learnt the hard way that windscreen chips are quite common! Luckily our 3rd party insurance via Tripcover covered us for this :)
Smooth pick up and return. Vehicle in good condition and very well designed. The water tank sensor was not working (though this was made known to us when we picked up the vehicle) - not a big issue at all. Accommodating staff although we had changes in our flights. Very pleasant experience!
Lynda and her team were amazing. We had an amazing trip with our sleepervan. We rented the sleepervan alphard. It was in very good condition and fully equipped. The bed was super comfortable. Easy pick up from Christchurch and drop off at Christchurch airport. Everything was great. I highly recommend!
Affordable Motorhomes is what the name says--affordable, but that doesn't mean anything was sub-par. We rented the 2-berth compact for three weeks and were so pleased with everything. The kitchen was well stocked, and there was plenty of storage space for our needs. The bed was really comfortable. The van drove well, and everything worked. We were ending our trip as NZ shut down for COVID-19, and Lynda was there to answer the phone and our questions every time we called. She was so helpful and supportive during a very stressful time. Customer service was excellent. We were happy to rent from a family-owned and operated business. Highly recommend them! And, we were on the only domestic flight out of Christchurch to Auckland on 3/28, and then flew on to San Francisco.
We hired a four birth motorhome from Affordable Motorhomes for four weeks in January/February 2020. We had a wonderful month in the van. It's a small family firm that offers very personal service. Lynda responded quickly to any questions we had beforehand and gave us some really good advice. We loved the van. It was old compared to many of the other hired vans we saw on our travels, which is why it is so affordable. We really liked that as it distinguished our van from all the other white boxes driving around. The van was really comfortable inside with a well functioning bathroom. My husband is tall so we used both the bed that is made up in the seating area and the overcab bed. This worked well for us. We had wonderful weather so we just left the bed made up & sat outside to eat & read. We covered a lot of miles but the van coped with all the roads, no matter how winding or steep (we obviously didn't go off road at all). My husband did all the driving and kept commenting on how well the van coped with the roads. Please don't hesitate to hire a van from Lynda and Duncan at Affordable Motorhomes. The service and support they offer is second to none and it really is what it says ; an affordable way of travelling the beautiful South Island in a motorhome.
Amazing company! Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip due to the corona situation, but Affordable Motorhomes was always flexible, and very friendly and fast in their communication.
Without a doubt we will be book with them again, when things turn back to normal, and we can reattempt our travel to NZ!
The van was exactly as advertised. There was a slight delay at the Auckland pick-up site due to the van being at the mechanics', but we got lent a car to go grocery shopping in the meanwhile, so it did not slow us down and showed that the situation is under control even when setbacks happen.
We drove down all the way from Auckland to Invercargill, and back to Christchurch through the West Coast route, with the van functioning as expected with the exception of the house battery running out every night, even after having been plugged in for 1.5 days. All in all, we were very pleased and would definitely recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals to anyone wanting to travel around NZ and wants to spare a few dollars on the van. Additionally, the owners and staff are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet!
Our Affordable Ford transit motorhome was great. We had a thorough induction from Lynda before we set off and everything went to plan. Maybe not the newest or smartest van on the road it was nevetherless very easy to drive, economic and very comfortable. Inside all in great working order, the hot shower was a treat and when set up, the double bed was enormous and comfortable. Would certainly recommend Affordable very happily.
We hired several vans for over a fortnight to tour NZ South Island. As always, the service was friendly and efficient and the vans fitted with everything we needed. After many years of using Affordable Vans we see no reason to change.
book with confidence with this small family friendly business. my wife and I took a 4 week road trip round both islands in January with one of their campervans - collecting in Christchurch and leaving it in Auckland. van drove faultlessly for the entire time, and was fully equipped for all types of stay - free camping with our onboard toilet/kitchen or in large sites with hookup. any tiny niggles were dealt with on the spot ( replacement chair paid for and refunded ) and we felt they were there to help if needed. thanks Lynda - you made a great trip easy!
Matthias Van de veire
We cannot begin to express how much value Lynda and her team added to our travel experience. We choose to rent at this company as we prefer family companies for better customer service. Rankers' reviews have limited characters so we'll only address to the amazing customer service we received. As customer service typically starts with a problem, this may sound like a bad review. However try to look through this and focus on their solutions as this was only a small part of our holiday. I challenge you to find a company that does better!
We stayed in New-Zealand for 28 days in their Ford-Transit 2004 lines. Their van was equipped with a large 80l water tank and recharged the batteries while driving and by a solar panel. This ensured that we never had to go to powered sites (although we did sometimes on laundry days) and had plenty
After day 1 we encountered some problems with wind whistling in the van as well some slight pulling to the left while driving. After a call, affordable was quick enough to try and arrange a solution and sent us to a garage. They were very helpful trying to find garages that were along our travel itinerary.
A few days later however we encountered another problem. Our van wouldn't start anymore. It was a rainy Sunday in Westport and road assistance did not want to investigate the problem. Affordable decided to send us a new campervan so we could continue our holidays. In just less than 5.5 hours, they assembeled a team, prepared a van and sent it from Christchurch (330 km's). On a Sunday!
They called us several times again to really check how we were doing. Starting from that point we had no issues at all anymore. Whenever we had some questions we were able to call them and they were very friendly to respond.
On the return date they were very honest too and we agreed to receive a refund for 2 days. Even after this we received some hugs to say good bye. They are a very warm yet professional team. I would highly recommend them!
John van Herk
Perfect van for us, great communication ad service!
Kylie and Lynda were wonderfully communicative, smooth collection, good price, good condition of van! Brilliant for our roadtrip across NZ!
The CamperCo van was perfect for us to travel with our baby and camping during our trip in New Zealand. Very good price compare to others company. Moreover in our campervan was on the roof solar panel so we could recharge ourself alone.
The CamperCo van was perfect for us to travel with our baby and camping during our trip in New Zealand. Very good price compare to others company. Moreover in our campervan was on the roof solar panel so we could recharge ourself alone.
We loved our camper van and the service provided was brilliant and it is really affordable and no hidden extras. Excellent
Great rental company.
They offer a free shuttle from and to the airport.
No hidden fees.
They answer quickly by email or phone if something is wrong during the trip.
We have rent a sleepervan and we had all the required stuff.
Our sleepervan alphard perfectly suited our needs, it had everything you need for an unforgettable journey across the south island. The service from affordable motorhome rentals was awesome! They did everything to ensure we have a journey without troubles, also providing easy and fast service when the wind screen got a crack.
We definitely recommend chosing affordable motorhome rentals! You will have a perfect car, friendly service, and support a local family owned business!
We had an excellent experience traveling through the South Island in the Estima SleeperVan for two weeks! The van was very well designed and comfortable for the two of us. The kitchen in the back, complete with the stove, sink, pots, pans, utensils, etc. made cooking at the campsites very easy and convenient. Before arriving, we wondered if the van would be too small for the two of us and all of our belongings, but it was very well organized in the interior and had plenty of space. Lynda was so kind and very helpful throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Affordable Motor Homes!
We were so pleased with our experience with Affordable Motorhome Rentals. Our self contained sleeper van was comfortable and equipped fully with everything we needed for our 16 days around the South Island. A table and benches inside which easily transforms into a bed, cooking and sink facilities out the back, including a box fridge and 2 burner cooking stove (LPG). The van drove beautifully without any problems. Best of all, we had a full run down with Lynda from the company of everything to expect from the van before we left for our roadtrip. She was kind, helpful and very thorough. I highly recommend this company for your roadtrip, you won't be disappointed!
We rented their camper van for 3 weeks. They use older models. This one ran GREAT the whole time and never burned any oil. We wanted self-contained, but also wanted a shower, solar panel and sleeping in the rear. They are family-owned and we preferred this to the more corporate side of the camper van world. It was mostly a great experience. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and seeing the country in a camper van is the way to do it.
Downsides: During orientation it was explained that the rear door needed an extra pull and finesse to open. What we found out was that it was even worse trying to open it from the inside. We bought lube for this but the lube didn't help at all. Seems they need a new mechanism. We ended up having to go in and out the front doors more than we wanted to. While in sand fly land, we noticed they were coming in through the overhead vent, the screen was torn. The bed linens were old and no longer fresh even after laundering and the pillows were old, misshapen and uncomfortable.
We liked that they were accommodating with shuttling us to their place and to the airport on both sides of the trip. Overall, a good experience.
Really friendly family owned business who rented us a compact but really user-friendly designed campervan.
We booked the campervan immediately for the day of our arrival from Europe. However they were very thoughtful and on advise of Lynda (from the company) we booked a hostel for the first night so we could get some rest and start fresh with our roadtrip. They were more than friendly to give us a refund for that first day. We also got a lot of tips and tricks for a kick start of our holiday. All in all they were very flexible and helpful
Great and friendly experience!
Great camper van at a reasonable price, contact with Linda was superb. Van had everything we needed and plenty of space for the 2 of us. We had no problems and had the best holiday ever!
lovely & friendly people there, giving good pointers, just that the campervan is more dated and little things like door knob of side entrance came off, TV doesn't work (more for DVD) and drawers requires hard pull strength; over the length of 2 weeks may have caused alight inconvenience. Overall still pleasant.
We highly recommend this family company. Lynda accomodated all our needs. We initially received a manual camper while asking for an automatic one and exchanging it would cost money (labour and transport cost). After discovering a small technical issue however, she sent someone to Blenheim to exchange it for free. We were satisfied with the camper itself, the shower and kitchen and sleeping facilities. We enjoyed our time in NZ waking up to different natural views and free camping sites. Lynda was very friendly and kind. Definitely recommend this company.
Fantastic service. Lovely people. Good explanations. The van was a Ford Transit 4 berth. We had 3. Might have been a squeeze with 4 adults. Never let us down and kept up with traffic. It had a lot more power than other campers.
We hired a van from Affordable Motor Homes in September and spent 10 fabulous days traveling around the South Island. The camper was perfect for us, a family of 4. Our kids, 9 & 11 absolutely loved it and we all rated it our favourite family holiday ever! It was such an easy, relaxing way to see NZ and more than once we had the most beautiful camp spots all to ourselves!! The camper was really comfortable and driving it was a breeze. With Affordable Motor Home Rentals being a family owned & operated business we felt we got a more personalised experience. Everyone was lovely, kind and very helpful. It also worked out to be really great value. We would highly recommend this company and seeing NZ this way. We are already planning our next trip for the same time next year and will not hesitate to use Affordable Motor Homes again then.
Affordable Motor Homes were. Amazing. Lynda could not do enough to help us. Our motor home was unstoppable. We felt safe, comfortable, warm and supported for our whole journey. Highly recommend these guys.
We rented a sleepervan for two months (April/May). We (Israeli and American) researched A LOT of companies and options and found this company to be the best, budget friendly without sacrificing our needs. This was our first time renting a sleeper vehicle. We were not disappointed with our choice in the company and type of the vehicle (Alphard). The company is family owned which made communication easy before/during our rental. We never felt like just another customer and had response from the company almost immediately. The pickup service from and to the airport was efficient with good locations to start and end our journey (Auckland to Christchurch). The vehicle was perfectly cleaned, maintained, and suited all our needs. We found the space to have a comfortable layout and all the amenities provided by the company made it easy to slip into the campervan lifestyle. We even had fellow campers come check out the vehicle and received numerous complements. On arrival, we enjoyed that other renters left odds and ends behind at the company pick up location. Our favorite things about our rental included the set up of the kitchen space in back and solar panel on the roof. The size was great and of course smaller than some of the bigger RVs, but we found this to be an advantage in driving/parking in some of the more secluded areas. Something we would change would be the type of outdoor table provided as it took a little time to set up, but we were thankful to have a free table/chairs provided by the company as we spent a lot of time outdoors! When we had a small problem during our rental (due to our fault), the company was quick and flexible to provide options for fixing it and not impacting our trip. No mechanical problems. We have only great things to say about the company, the vehicle, and the experience of traveling NZ in a sleeper van. It was an amazing experience and we were so comfortable in our sleepervan, it truly felt like home! Thank you Lynda and team!
We traveled the South Island for 17 days from Christchurch to Christchurch in the Alphard two berth van. We were very comfortable and had everything that we needed. Linda was very obliging, picking us up from the airport and making sure that we knew everything about the van in our walkthrough.
They have shelf of items that you can use that others have left behind, so we got some hot water bottles that were very useful on the June nights at unpowered sites.
Overall, we had a wonderful time and had no issues with the van. Would recommend!
Great Guys and great company, there have only been a couple of small inconveniences that aren't even worth mentioning.
I absolutely loved my experience with Affordable Motor Homes. The campervan was perfect for me (a solo traveller) and everything was set up to be as easy as possible. It was comfy and surprisingly warm even when the temperature outside was freezing!
At one point my cooler box had a fault and Linda immediately booked me in with a Toyota garage near me to get it fixed. They have great support throughout the trip!
I'd definitely recommend as they were the most reasonably priced company, but also really personal and professional. The van was ace and I miss it now I'm back home!
Thanks for an amazing experience!!!!
Small family owned business, super warm and flexible. I have booked my 4 berth motorhome in March, just on the day when the terrorist attack happened. We decide to delay our booking and the owner Lynda was very glad to help. I don't think this gonna happen in any big rental companies. So we delayed our tour to June, which is a bit cooler. The day when we received our motorhome, we were picked up by Ben from the Christchurch airport, the pick up van which is nicer than many other companies. When we enter the motorhome, I realized that we made the right decision. The design of the motorhome is very functional, with traditional wooden decoration, just let us feel at home. The heating system is superb during the winter season, only need about 10 min to heated up, and the indoor temperature can reach 21 degree when outside is just 5 in the evening, nice! Big kitchen with all facilities, easy to use. Plenty of space for 2 or 3-4 family. The driving experience is surprised me also, very light and smooth, engine full of power, and save diesel. I haven't feel any pressure to drive this big manual gear motorhome all around NZ, although I came from a country driving on right side of the road. The experience in total was excellent, I will recommend to anyone who ask me, and I will use this company again.
We spent 16 days travelling on a campervan (Ford transit), made more than 2500km and couldn't be happier with the exceptional experience that we had with Affordable Motor Home. Excellent communication (a big thank you to Lynda who was always available and very helpful) and really good service. Their free airport shuttles were easy and efficient. I highly recommend them.
Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.
We rented 2 campervans from Affordable Motor Homes during the summer of 2018/2019. We had a great experience from start to finish. The company was a delight to work with: very responsive, friendly, provided great communcation and the vans were as exactly expected. They were well outfitted, super clean, comfortable. The checkin walk thru was thorough and returns were easy and fast. Lynda was always available for questions and recommendations and provided lots of brochures and maps of the local sites. I highly recommend their company, I will certainly rent from them again without hesitation l.
So this year, we returned to New Zealand, but this time, to the South island. Each time for our visit to NZ, this is the only company we would hire a camper from. Linda and her family, are so friendly and could not be more helpful. You absolutely get what you pay for and more, as they look after their own vans. Very few camper van/motorhome hire companies are family owned, so please always check, as a number of them are owned by huge companies and then the money does not actually stay in NZ.
Once again, thank you Linda & family for all your patience and assistance.
Rental staff and the owner were very friendly and helpful when sorting out problems. The car itself had a fair mileage but went without major issues for 6000km across NZ. In comparison to other rental companies I found the terms, pricing and insurance most suitable to my needs.
Just loved the service at Affordable motorhomes and the motorhome was comfortable and excellent service available. I 100% recommend them for your next road trip.
Just one feedback - will be great if we could have an automatic 4 berth transmission motorhome as an option as well.
Excellent service, very friendly staff and great vehicle - loved the trip!
We hired the van at Christchurch to travel to Tekapo and surrounds. This company and people are fabulous to deal with and make the process easy. I would highly recommend using Affordable Motor Home Rentals. We were very cosy in our van and it was just what we needed for the trip. Thank you team.
We had a lovely and smooth trip with our 4 berth. Affordable is a great company and I definitely recommend them. Lynda and her team were awesome.
My husband and I rented 2 berth Compact 2004/08 model(auto) for 14 days. The model is old but overall everything was good and we were happy with it. One of the complaint we would like to highlight is the hot shower which was heated by gas was quite slow and it did not last long. And also, the gas stove knot need to be hold for at least 10 secs in order to light up the gas stove. Lynda is friendly and helpful. Love the free pick up/drop off from/to airport service.
Affordable Motor Homes is a great New Zealand company. We received very personal communication and service both before, at rental time, and during our 23 day rental when we had questions or needed help. We would highly recommend the company to anyone. The vehicle we rented was one of their older model (2007) Toyota Hiace Campervans. Everything worked well and we didn’t have any problems.
However, I will caution that you do get what you paid for. In our case the vehicle was extremely slow going up steep hills (40 km/hr max), had sluggish acceleration, was fairly cumbersome to drive, and because of the age the fuel consumption was very poor. The company offers a lot of different options, including newer vehicles that I’m sure would have performed better. Next time we would definitely pay a bit more for a better vehicle.
We rent the sleepervan ( Toyota Estima) for one month during March 2019. It was just perfect. We got attached to it and it was hard to leave it :)
No issue with the car during the almost 5000 kms. "Titine" was very comfortable and well organized ( compared to other big brand rental companies).
It is very quick to get the van and to give it back.
Staff is so great and post me back some precious stuff I had forgoten in the car.
I definitevely recommend!
Jim Lundy and Sherryl Livingston
We knew many camper van rental companies are available, but heard of Affordable Motor Home Rentals through a friend who recommended them. Lynda and Duncan made our first NZ camper van experience easy and fun (and affordable). We traveled the South Island for 17 days in a 2-berth Toyota (we nicknamed "Bessie") and had a blast. Ben picked us up in downtown Christchurch, and showed us how everything worked (we are used to tent camping, so there were more moving parts than usual). Bessie had a few miles on her, but she was game for all we attempted. Blankets and duvet were warm, beds comfortable. We had incredible weather, so except for driving we did not hang out much inside the van during the day. Our rental ended in Picton, where Lynda and Duncan met us. They were great to work with, and we recommend them highly.
We were very happy to rent a campervan with affordable motorhomes. Dealing with Lynda and Duncan was very pleasant, they are genuinely kind and honest people. When we had small damage, they handled it very well.
The campervan was perfect. We drove more then 5000 km and had no single problem. The bed was spacious and comfy and there was enough space for our stuff. Also the awning was very handy for rainy nights and freedom camping.
Because we loved our experience, we decided to rent the van for two more weeks. We could return the van in Auckland instead of Christchurch which was perfect.
Theo & Iris
These folk were really helpful when we just turned enquiring about renting a motor home...with no prior contact..and they were good to their word. The camper came with EVERYTHING!! Nothing missing..everything worked...and not a hickup with roadworthyiness in nearly 4000 km around NZ. Maybe not the cheapest but value for money and would definitely recommend...and genuinely pleasant people to deal with. No hesitation in booking ahead with this company next time with
confidence ....good company.👌👍🙂
Affordable Motorhomes, a great family run business based in Christchurch. Lynda and the team were great and very helpful and accommodating when we had an issue that needed sorting out. Would recommend them again.
My daughter and I rented the Toyota Alphard sleepervan - fully self-contained certified - for a 5 week travelling vacation in New Zealand. I picked the vehicle up in Auckland and dropped it off in Christchurch. Transportation to and from the airport was provided and was a seamless experience. The vehicle was well appointed with all needed equipment and supplies. It was the perfect set-up for us and was a great way to see NZ. I loved working with Lynda. She was so attentive and responsive to my questions before arriving in New Zealand and while travelling in this beautiful country. When I finally met Lynda at the end of our trip, I felt like she was family. A family run business that treats you with respect and care. Couldn't ask for more!
Me and my partner hired an alphard sleepervan for 23 days in auckland and drop off in christchurch. The trip through the north and south island through to christchurch went without a single issue with the van. The cooking facilities and equipment was great. Often better than campsite shared facilities. The fridge was a must have in my opinion. We travelled nearly 5000km on our trip and were very happy with the van. Easy to set up and very cozy. Have already recommended this company to other travellers.
We rented a camper from Affordable Motor Home Rentals for a months road trip around the South Island in February.
Communication via email was always courteous and efficient and we were delighted to be collected from our accomodation in Christchurch and taken to the depot where a clear and comprehensive introduction to our vehicle was given.
Though one of the smaller car derived campers it was perfectly fitted and equipped to provide both comfort and convenience. The vehicle was in excellent working condition and served us without incident throughout our extensive touring adventures.
Returning the vehicle was as pleasant and straightforward an experience as at the start with a friendly chat with our hosts whilst being dropped off at our accomodation in town.
This is a well established family business that provided us with an excellent rental service at a most reasonable price and has certainly made our Kiwi experience all the richer.
Thank you so much..Jonathan and Laura
A pleasure to deal with Lynda and Ben at Affordable Motor homes. The camper was set up comfortably for two people. It was clean and organized. Lynda was quick with email replies both before and after booking. We had no issues with the camper. I had done extensive research, the price was fair and competitive. They were very accommodating in regard to transport to and from their depot. Hope you get to have a wonderful experience, as I had, with this company.
accueil et amabilité des personnels à Christchurch et à Auckland
I rented a Mode camper van through Affordable Motor Home Rentals in Christchurch and I had a great experience! Ben is so nice and helpful, and the van was perfect for me. I had a wonderful trip!!
I would have loved to give Affordable a 10. Communication with Lynda was great and probably if you pick up at Christchurch everything will be perfect.
But the pick up station in Auckland (Otahuhu) is not managed by Affordable themselves and we were a bit unfortunate it seems. They didn't know anything about our arrangements with Lynda concerning duvets (we needed synthetic and no feathers for allergy reasons) and there was no GPS left in this office. So we had to start our trip against our planned direction to Auckland to a shopping area (not the most relaxing experience when it's your first time driving a bus and on the left side of the road) to buy a GPS which we got refunded. Later we found out that one of the two cookers wasn't working.
On the south island our beloved 1999-2003 campervan (bed in rear layout is fantastic!) caught a little cold when the temperature was under 10 degrees in the night. So we needed a little push in the mornings from fellow campers.
And in the end we found out that the guys in Otahuhu had given us the completely wrong paperwork with a wrong returning office address. So if I hadn't double checked with Lynda before drop off we would have turned up at a totally wrong company to return the van.
In Christchurch we got to get know Lynda in person and the drop off was a very good experience. She even gave us a lift to the accommodation we stayed at in Christchurch.
Despite all that happened we still think it is a good company. small and family based. Next time we'll book again with them and come to pick up the van in Christchurch. ;-)
Awesome van. Very helpful staff ! They exceeded our expectations, were very comprehensive for our payment and very easy to deal with when we got a chip in the windshield.
Affordable Motor Homes have a great team that took great care of us and we recommend their service. Thank you very much! Their motorhomes are 10+ years old but do their job with slight minuses. In our 4-berth sitting in the back was not too comfy, the cushions are too soft for a long ride and the children seats were standing crooked because of that. Cupboard doors kept opening when riding bumpy roads so we closed them with straps. We got the BBQ for free but we used it only once as it took forever to fry. The locks for the outside cupboards are old and worn and opening them can be tricky. Other than that everything was fine.
Renting from Affordable Motorhomes was a fantastic experience. In total we rented for 7 weeks, we had a toyota hiace with bed in the middle. In total they have about 49 vans/RV's of different sizes/makes. We were a couple travelling with a 1 year old. Lynda and her team were absolutely amazing, I couldnt recommend them more. Affordable motorhomes is a medium sized family run business and you could feel the personal touch through the entire rental and prep, you get personal attention and she really listens to what you want, flexible with options and not pushy like the big companies. Lynda was very communicative through the whole process, you could literally reach her anytime. She helped to explain options and was very flexible with our changing dates, she even allowed us to pick it up a day later and change res just the day before. She picked us up and dropped us off from our hotel in christchurch, she spent over an hour personally just with us to make sure we understood everything about the van. The van itself was in great mechanical shape, in the 6 weeks we never had a single problem, it was a slightly older model than what you get from juicy or the like, but in very good shape and never missed a beat. It was equipped with a solar panel and LPG heater, we never had to plug into power in the 6 weeks. During the rental she was always available to help clarify questions about the van as we got settled in. We extended our trip by a week and rented a second van from them, the Ford Transit model, we were also very happy with it. One evening the house battery went out at 6pm, as typical with her she was always available. I called Lynda and she was able to get a new battery their by 10am the next morning. I couldnt recommend Affordable homes more, in the end it felt like renting from a friend rather than being just another number at a bigger company. I will for sure recommend them to any friends I know who would like to book a van in NZ.
Maria van Loon
After making a thourough search between multiple companies, we chose Affordable, sleeper van Alphard which absolutely met our wishes during our 2 months trip in NZ. Booking the car was clear and there were no hidden extra costs. By pickup everything looked very neat and we got a clear explanation how to use the grey/white water tank, portaloo and instruments inside. A simcard was provided by the company as well.
During our trip, we had 2 minor accidents with the car, which were taken care of by Lydia at once. Once we called her, she phoned back in half an hour and had arranged a garage on our route so we wouldn't loose any extra time.
Affordable Motor home is a small family company which you notice in just that little bit of extra service which, for us, added to a troublefree holliday.
We had a great experience renting from affordable motor home rentals. We came for 3 weeks in December and rented a minivan camper van that had been remodeled inside to have everything we needed! The car was super reliable and the service was awesome and personable. It's a family owned and operated business and you could really feel the difference- the owners were incredibly nice and really cared about our experience. Definitely recommmend them!!
I rented a sleeper van for three weeks through the South Island and it was fantastic and at a good price. The set up was great (solar powered fridge especially) and the fact that it was self-contained really helped. It was an incredible trip!
Wowzers! We were blown away by how simplistic and comfortable the kind and thorough people at Affordable Motor Homes made our trip around The south Island!
Our Toyota Alphard quickly become our second home. It never missed a beat and had no problem tackling all of the conditions the wild south island presents. It was cosy and well equipped with everything we needed and more, without any additional purchases or hidden fees. We definitely agree with all of the positive reviews which led to us choosing A.M.H and strongly recommend you do so as well, as they were very helpful and really showed they cared about us and that we enjoyed our time.
The airport pickup and drop off they provided really helped too!
Thank you Affordable Motor Homes, we wish we could stay longer :)
Alex and Vyv
We have just returned from hiring a people sleeper from the Cheistchurch branch, although it felt like renting from good friends. Communications both pre and during our visit were efficient, helpful and immediate.
On arrival we were met with a warmth generated from a family team. Nothing was too much trouble and we cannot thank, in particular Lynda, enough for looking after us so well .
Our vehicle was comfortable, well kitted out, the awning was a real plus.
We would recommend Affordable Motors without any hesitation and should we be so fortunate as to visit New Zealand again we would head straight to Lynda and team.
I loved that this is a family owned small business that has been going for decades. They went the extra mile by dropping our bags that we stored at their depot to our camp ground on our last night so we could pack up. And then opened up extra early the next day so that we could drop off the campervan and catch an early flight. The campervan we had was on the older side but it had been upgraded with solar power and extra large capacity water tanks. These things helped make our experience that much better. It was well maintained and well designed, with felt lined drawers and a specially designed crockery cupboard. This campervan didn't rattle and it was easy to drive. We would not hesitate to use this company again!
Well equipped complete campervan. Good lay-out, well mantained and friendly staff. Would rent again if we would go to NZ.
Oz and Tina
We had an apsolutely amazing experience with Affordable Motor home rentals. From communication and responsives of the staff to the quality of the vehicle everything was perfect! Vehicle was very well equipped and we loved travelling around stunning NZ landscspes in it. the bed was very comfortable too. Thank you for na making our holiday very enjoyable and care free.
We hired a Ford Transit with Affordable and That was a great choice.
We started our trip in Auckland and finished in Christchurch 2.5 weeks later, driving 3,500 km. We didn’t have any problem with the car (although it’s not a brand new flashy camper an... ours was 10 years old) it was perfect and easy to drive.
Affordabke is a small company compared to Jucy, Maui, Brit’s ... but their customer service is awesome, they’re cheaper (no hidden fees) and the equipment of the van is complete (towels, bedsheets, all the instruments you need to cook good meals).
In a word, I recommend Affordable!
We loved the campervan from affordable motor homes. Lynda was so helpful and replied to all correspondence quickly. We had a Toyota hiace high top which meant we could walk around easily inside without hitting our heads. It was easy to make dinner and change from bed to table. We could also use the free campsites as the van is self contained. The van was reliable and was equipped with everything we needed. Highly recommend.
Great place to rent a van, really nice people! I would recommend it!
great staff, and an affordable excess. Suited our needs
Everything was perfect...
Our 50 days with the 2 Berth Ford Transit was one of the Highligts of our Worldtrip. From the pick-up in Christchurch till to the return in Auckland the campervan worked without any problems. Thanks to Lynda an the crew that make this great experience possible!
Family owned business with wonderful people who were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended!
We had the chance to use the Alphard Sleepervan for a month and the least we could say is that it was an amazing experience. This van is really well organized and feels brand new! A lot of other campers were quite jealous :)
As far as the service and assistance from Lynda, she was very responsive on the phone and email and made sure that we had the best experience possible.
My girlfriend and I decided to go with Affordable Motor Home Rentals for our campervan rental, and we were very pleased we did. We chose them because the prices seemed much better value for us considering we weren't bothered about having a brand new model campervan, and from the very first e-mail the communication with Lynda and team were very reassuring and friendly. We went with the 2 berth compact Ford transit and it was the perfect size for us both. It meant we weren't stood outside cooking in the cold in a small camper, but meant we also weren't trying to drive a massive motorhome around the New Zealand roads. Our van also had the power it needed to get up the hills really well and to safely overtake any slow tourists in their little hire cars! We are both 6'0 in height and could just about stand up in the van, the bed was very big and we didn't feel squashed, we were also provided with plenty of bedding to keep us comfy and warm.
At one point on the holiday we had an issue with our gas bottle, which was resolved with a phone call to Lynda who was glad to help sort us out. We felt safe and supported on our holiday with a campervan from Affordable Motorhomes and would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone without hesitation. What a lovely family company!
Travelled in end Sept / early Oct 2018 in their 4 berth camper and it ran like a dream. We rented the 2 berth from Affordable for the first time in 2016 and decided to upgrade this time round.
Absolutely no regrets on that decision - the 4 berth camper had no issues at all and ran better than the camper booked (from one of the big name brands eg britz mighty etc) by our relatives we were traveling with.
Lynda and the team were such friendly and welcoming people. Easy to get on with and very helpful in answering all our questions. Really glad we went with Affordable Motor Homes once again and we will continue to do so every time we travel to NZ.
Affordable Motor Homes are quite frankly AMAZING! So we had shopped around for a little while trying to find a suitable campervan for my wife and I's trip in New Zealand, unlike other places there were no extra charges for breakdown cover, bedding, full gas canister, full water tank, full fuel - it was all included. The extra charges weren't excessive either - we had a picnic table and chairs added, and went for the better insurance option. Not only did the family run business go through every part of the campervan with us, but they also answered all of our questions, and gave advice regarding travelling in New Zealand, and a few things to see!
Affordable Motor Homes has breakdown cover - and went through the procedure on phone number to call, and customer account number etc., and were happy for us to contact them regarding any questions we had whilst we were using their campervan. They also had an on site garage and mechanic, who services and looks after all the vehicles. Our campervan was slightly older than most of the ones they had - but it was comfortable, clean, easy to drive, with plenty of character and had no mechanical issues. Thank you Affordable Motor Homes!
I must say it was a great experience to rent from Affordable Motor Home, they were very thougthful from start to end, also the sleepervan was clean as expected.
They also have a very extensive insurance where almost everything is included, not like other companies where the bill grows for each item, and even included a picnic table and two chairs. And from my extensive research, they are one of the cheapest Rental companies in New Zealand.
Will sure make business with Affordable Motor Home again when I get back to New Zealand.
I would give it rating 11 if available.
Excellent customer service, clear cut details for vehicle rental, insurance charges, and payment. Exceptionally affordable.
My 7 days in NZ was nothing if without their Motorhome. A bit old, but very well maintained vehicle, and it does what it supposed to do (from Christchurch up to Milford Sound without any problem). Great company, hassle free, recommended for everyone travelling to NZ.
Thanks Lynda and the team. Kudos.
Great communication, excellent service and reliable campervan! Highly recommended!
Affordable Motorhomes (AM) picked us up from the airport and we were really happy with their service on pick up and the camper van we hired was clean and as described.
We then made it a couple hours down the road and it sounded as though rocks were in the engine. We pulled over and started to regret going with the company that was the cheaper option. We assumed our short trip to NZ was going to be severely hindered by this choice.
BUT THANKFULLY we did choose Affordable Motorhomes! Occasional breakdowns are inevitable but how they are dealt with is what makes or breaks a holiday. AM made sure it made our holiday!
Even though our phone service was patchy where we broke down and it was after hours Lynda’s communication was exceptional. She made all the calls and arrangements to get everything sorted and called back several times until she could reach us to give us updates. The roadside assistance was out to help before too long and was able to fix the problem enough for us to drive a couple hours further so we didn’t miss our booking for that night. Lynda encourages us to drive further away so we could go to our booking even though it meant they had to come an extra two hours (four ADDITIONAL hrs return) the following day to pick it up and deliver another vehicle for us.
The replacement vehicle was an upgrade to say the least! They didn’t charge us extra for it and even offered to discount us for that first day. Although we initially thought our trip was going to be severely hindered we started to feel pretty lucky for the experience and would DEFINITELY recommend and book with AM again!
Thanks to Lynda and the team at AM for making sure our trip went virtually seamlessly even though there was a bump along the way!
We have just completed almost 3 weeks touring New Zealand South Island in an older motorhome rented from Affordable. From our first contact with Lynda to the last it was a great experience. The camper was exactly as described clean, comfortable and very well equipped and maintained. Despite some very challenging conditions due to the wet and stormy weather it never missed a beat. We had nights of -4 degrees and 48 hours of rain and wind but we were warm and cosy in the van. The people we met at Affordable were absolutely lovely they picked us up at our hotel and dropped us back to the airport and gave us great advice. We didn't need to contact them throughout our trip but it was nice to know that we could if we ran into any bother. We would like to thank Lynda, Grant and everyone at Affordable and would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a great experience at a reasonable price.
The campervan was a little bit old as expected and announced. We haven't any problem during our 26 travel and more than 4000 km. There was a 24hour phone to contact in case of doubt or issue. The campervan equipment was complete and functional, fridge, heater, kitchen and all the gear to cook, WC,shower with hot water, TV ... It has the selfcontained tag in order so it was very useful to park in lot of places for free. The staff was very charming. Is a family company but very professional. For the price we pay, we think they are the best option.
Thanks Linda and family to help us enjoy such a beautiful country and people.
Lynda was super helpful from the initial enquiry right through to collecting some forgotten kit after we had returned the campervan!
The van itself was great - just what we needed. Enough stuff to make it feel livable but without too much to worry about how everything worked. We were picked up from the airport and guided to the nearest supermarket and camp site for the night. There was an electrical fault on that first night meaning that we ran off battery rather than the powered site, but it was fixed in 15 minutes the next morning.
Great customer service from a family firm that made you feel that you weren't just a number to be expolited.
Affordable Motor Homes were absolutely great - their communication and advice was excellent even before we had made a booking and their very personal service continued throughout our experience with them. We rented a 2003 Toyota Estima (these guys specialise in slightly older vehicles, which is why their prices are so low), and we were very happy with it. The camper was clean, excellently maintained and ran very smoothly for the complete duration of our 2100k road trip. The design of the camper was excellent and especially the side awning that these vehicles have is so useful - on the whole of our trip we didn't spot any other camper company that used once like theirs - it really made a huge difference to the useable space and being on the side of the van meant we could use it for changing, cooking or just sitting out before climbing into bed (which was really comfy, to my surprise)!
Full marks for these guys - their camper van and very personal service was perfect for us and we were very happy indeed.
Pour le prix que nous avons payé, nous avons été plus que mieux servis. Le van n'était pas des plus récents, mais il était en très bon état de fonctionnement, propre et bien maintenu, donc c'était vraiment nickel. Nous avons fait un road trip de deux semaines avec et on aurait bien pu rester plus longtemps dedans !
On a eu un petit souci au début, le siphon de l'évier qui fuyait à cause d'un tuyau percé. La responsable, Lynda, a trouvé un lieu pour réparer ça sur notre trajet sans que nous ayons à faire de détour. Nous nous sommes rendus dans l'atelier indiqué, et en 30 minutes c'était réglé. On recommande sans hésitation, le service est vraiment excellent et le prix pas cher.
We had a very good campervan for the price we paid. It was a little old but well maintained, clean and functional, so it was perfect for us.
We encountered a minor problem during the first days (the sink was leaking because of a broken hose) and Lynda found a place to fix it on our road so we did not have to make a detour. We went to the repairing place chosen by Lynda and it was solved in a matter of 30 minutes. We recommend without hesitation, very good service and cheap price.
These guys are amazing and I would use them again. They were very cordial during my time researching. They pick me up at the airport, gave me a thorough orientation to the vehicle, and made the return very easy. My vehicle operated perfectly over the two week time That I used it.I don't think you could go wrong with this company. Plus the rates were very reasonable.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sharon. We are so glad you had a lovely time and hope to see you next time you are in our beautiful country!
All the best,
The team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals
Excellent service (thank you Lynda), old vehicles perfectly maintained and holding their promises like a good wine. Most important an excellent quality/price ratio and the friendly atmosphere of a family run business. Highly recommended.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Hello Thierry and Sophie! Thank you for the beautiful comparison, we love a good wine! We wish you all the best with your next adventures and hope to see you again one day soon!
All the best,
The team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals
Rented a campervan for 8 days, started off with great customer service, was picked up at the airport by Linda's parents. The vehicles are later models (early 2000s) and on our second day the alternator died on our van. There was poor communication during the event and replacement van we were told a delay in getting it was due to running it through their checks (total of 6 hours from issue to getting back to where the issue occurred, refunded 1 day of rental). We then discovered that their checks did not discover that the fridge in the new van was not working. Since it was unfortunately a holiday so it took 2 days until it could be repaired. We then discovered the pump was faulty on the new van and it was suggested to unscrew the faucet and suck the water out or flood the tank each day from a water source (chose not to spend more times at shops and they paid for our last 3 nights at holiday parks). Communication did get better after day one (answered phones on holidays/weekends when issues happened) and they said they are changing policies so a faulty replacement van won't occur. If you rent from them be aware that you might have to spend a good amount of time getting things fixed.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Thank you for your feedback. However, we would like to clarify a few things from our end.
With the alternator breakdown, the 6 hours included the response time from the roadside assist, alternator diagnostic and us driving a replacement vehicle to your location. The age of the vehicle is also irrelevant to the fault, the mechanical parts of these vehicles have had both transmissions and alternators overhauled for this Summer season.
The fridge blowing a fuse was unfortunate indeed and as written to you earlier, a new procedure is in place for this. This was reported by you on a Sunday and we had you booked for repair work on the Monday morning at a location on your chosen route.
The suggestions for a remedy on the water pressure was given to you to prevent you from having to call in on route again. We can see how our solution of filling of the water tank daily could have been frustrating but, this made it functional without causing a delay by stopping anywhere else for a pump replacement.
We do acknowledge the incidents happening not being ideal, which we did and still do apologise for.
Again, we are sorry for the issues that occurred. This is not what we wish for anyone but, we feel some clarification on the issues is justified. Hopefully, this and our paying for your sites and crediting a day which is more than is required for compensation (in accordance with our T&Cs, compensation normally only happens when you cannot spend the night in your motorhome), reassures you that it was a genuine error and we did everything we could to help you have an enjoyable holiday.
Kindest regards and take care,
The team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals.
We rented a campervan from Affordable Motor Home Rentals for two weeks in September. We could not have been happier with the service provided or the van! Linda and Kylie were super helpful along the way and the van came equipped with everything we could need. The linens were clean and super comfortable and towels provided were great as we didn't have to use the ones we had packed with us! The camper was just enough space for us and our luggage (including surf boards). During the entire 2 weeks we did not have to replace the LPG propane that ran the stove and the heater until we returned the van on the last day. The heater was really nice and kept us toasty all night long. I will definitely use Affordable Motor Home Rentals during our next adventure in New Zealand and highly recommend them to others who are looking!
Affordable Motor Homes went beyond there duty, Friendly Faces, Helping to all my needs, Great Van . Made my Holiday so much easier with all the information I needed. Highly recommend this family run business.
Excellent communication and local tips! I will be happy to use them again and I’ll recommend to my friends!
Outstanding customer service and the van was perfect for our trip! Lynda and the gang are amazing, any problems were always resolved extremely quickly and Lynda would go out of her way to make sure we were always having the perfect experience!
Our experience with Affordable Motorhomes was fantastic! Great vehicles with everything you need. Lynda, Duncan and family provide fantastic service - friendly, helpful and ready to answer any questions. They give a good run down on how to use and enjoy the motorhome, and great camping/travelling tips. They understand the budget conscious traveller - our family enjoyed an affordable 2 week holiday travelling the south island. We highly recommend this company!
Just finished a 10days trip last week with affordable's sleepercar and its been amazing!! Collection and returning of the car was fuss free and Lynda has been super efficient and helpful with my questions pre and during the trip! Highly recommend!
What a delight... Lynda and staff were more than helpful with all of our needs (including special requests). We were picked up from the airport, furnished with our motor home, taught how to use all of the running systems, given our choice of handy 'leftovers' from previous renters (salt, pepper, dry goods etc.). The motor home was clean, well equipped and mechanically well maintained. We were assisted swiftly by staff when we noticed a brake light globe had blown. I would recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals without a moments hesitation... fantastic.
I rented a Toyota Alphard from Affordable and went on a solo road trip. It was one of the best decisions of my trip. Affordable and Lynda were prompt in replies to queries, non pushy about getting you onboard. The prices and extras were clearly spelt out, so basically you just need to make payment before taking over the vehicle. No further costs required.
The vehicle was also well maintained and covered 3.7k mileage over 2.5 weeks without any cause for concern. There was also an air purifier onboard, and towels and kitchen utensils were also onboard. Not to mention the blankets which kept me warmth through the chilly nights.
They have several models of vehicles and should be suitable for all type of travellers. Lynda was also very prompt in responding to calls and when required for enquires, she will advise accordingly. Strongly recommended.
I am a little late in writing this review, but I feel that great service deserves recognition. Not only was Affordable one of the cheapest quotes we had for our epic North Island adventure, but they were incredibly friendly and easy to deal with. We did have some problems along the way (unfortunately another driver crashed into us) but our holiday was not interrupted by the inconvenience at all. I have to say that I thought this would disrupt the whole holiday, but
Lynda was fantastic at keeping in touch with us throughout the process and letting us continue our adventure without any further stumbling blocks. Recently, a month or so after our rental with Affordable ended, they have still been in touch to let us know the situation. I am so impressed by their customer service, and their willingness to help during your rental. The van itself was more than comfortable for myself and my friend, and we particularly enjoyed the fact it was a plain white van (with a small Affordable branding) rather than the garish green of Jucy or the crazy colours of Wicked. We had a great time using this small, family-run company. I don’t feel we would have received all the help and support that we needed at points from a larger company. Thank you Lynda and the team! We’re continuously recommending you to everyone we know!
Lynda and the team is excellent. We would absolutely recommend to get your camper with them. They are attentive to your needs, flexible, kind and quick in replies. The car we had (alphard) was easy to manoeuvre around NZ - went down south to wanaka and up north to the west coast, it was spacious enough for the both of us, and blankets provided by the team kept us warm and toasty in the winter nights.
We used it in May and I was great. It was a little bit cold sometimes at night with electrical heating but if turn on gas heating it is super warm. Nice people who manage it. Overall is very good
Vous pouvez louer les yeux fermés chez Affordable Motor Home. Les prix sont vraiment interessants et sans mauvaise surprise. Le camping-car n'est pas tout récent, mais il se conduit très bien. Il est bien entretenu et très propre. On était triste de devoir le rendre!
Lynda et son équipe sont adorables et très professionnels. Ils ne vous laisseront pas tomber si vous avez un problème sur la route. Ils sont disponibles et feront vraiment tout pour que votre séjour dans le camping-car soit parfait. Allez-y!!!
We rented a small camper van which was perfect for my daughter and I. We had everything we needed. We paid extra for a table and two chairs which was well worth it. The van was self contained which allows us to do freedom camping. I would definitely rent from affordable rentals again
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Thank you, Debbie, we appreciate you taking the time to say and post a review, We are very glad you found our self-contained Sleepervan perfect for you and Becky, we have tried hard to fully stock the units so everything is there to make a perfect holiday, So it is very good to hear we succeeded and it was perfect for you both, we will look forward to seeing you in the future
We had a great travel with Affordable vehicle(Toyota Estima). We've traveled for 16 days around all south island without any problem, besides the car came with all facilities.
Lynda was very attentive with us.
We recommend the company.
Gabriel and Camila.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Thank you, Gabriel and Camila, Thank you for taking the time to send the review, we are glad to hear you found the sleepervan Estima model had all facilities you needed, we are proud of putting them together,items like the awning/privacy room and chiller box on its own battery supply all make for a good holiday, being able to offer this and being attentive in all aspects is really important to us, so thank you for your recommendation to others and it was a pleasure to meet you both, Ihope we will meet again in the future.
We had an amazing experience with the Toyota Estima. It is cleverly set up and very comfy. The price of the vehicle was absolutely affordable even for a backpackers budget and the service was really great! We can only recommend this company!
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Your words say it all, Thank you for taking the time to share what you feel, we are very glad you choose us to experience NZ with and delighted you like us and our vehicles, Thank you.
For now, our very best to you both and we hope to see you again in the future
Our family traveled around New Zealand's South Island in April 2018 in a 6 berth motor home from Affordable Motor Homes. We had the most amazing holiday. Our camper became our new home and it took us to some jawdroppingly beautiful parts of the country. I can't thank Lynda and the team at Affordable Motor Homes enough. They were so warm, kind and helpful. We really felt well looked after and nothing was a trouble. They came highly recommended from friends and I'm so glad we took the advice and went with a company such as this that is smaller and more family oriented. The first week of our holiday we used a hire car and that process made us feel like a number in a system, and not even a wanted number. The motor home hire was the complete opposite experience.
The motor home itself was really comfortable, clean and well looked after. It may not have been as shiny-plastic, outer-space looking as some of the vehicles we saw on our journey but it had all the room and comfort, and power to cruise around big mountains, that our family of five needed. It was much easier to drive and navigate than I expected. Everything is laid out inside nice and included all the little comforts required. By the end of our first day we had our heads around the controls and the best places to store our gear. There was heaps of storage room. Speaking of operation, I'd never used a motor home before but found the use of everything, water, gas, power etc really easy and straightforward.
Our three kids, all aged 9 and under, absolutely loved travelling in the motor home. They each found their own space and enjoyed the adventure of what new place we would stop each night. It really was a wonderful holiday experience and our little home away from home for those few weeks. I'd have no hesitation recommending this company and our family is already talking about when we can come and and do it again.
Jarrod (Sydney, Australia)
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
Thank you, Jarrod, It is really nice to know we made your families experience here a good one to remember, we are glad you had a good time and did not just feel a number when hiring with us and that our motorhome was perfect, powerful and easy to use, with lots of space for you all.
Thank you for saying from us all here at Affordable Motorhomes
Affordable is a nice family business with lovely people. We hired the Berth 2 - bed in the middle and we loved it! Yes its an golden oldie, but everything worked very well. When we arrived at Affordable they really took time to explain everything. We felt really welcome in NZ and espacially at Affordable. Communcation with Lynda went smooth & quick. My partents rented a campervan from an other company, but Affordable was better in communication and service. Affordable: we would definately recommend you!
We collected the Ford Transit Motorhome from Christchurch. Meeting the gracious Linda was pleasant. She and her team had organized our camper, collected us from our motel, and spent time explaining the camper to ensure our holiday would start on a very happy note! We drove out of Johns Road excited about our journey! We travelled south to Bluff then over to Te Anau and Milford. We then went west through the Haast Pass following the beautiful Buller River. North along the amazing West Coast to Westport then Motueka down to Nelson, Blenheim, Kaikoura and back to Christchurch. Kaikoura Coastline was amazing and the roadworks a great achievement! The Camper was comfortable to drive in its amenities adequate, clean, and a good selection. As we have an off road caravan we found the cooking facilities, the shower and toilet, easy to manage. We did several Free Camps and managed very well!! Thanks to Linda and her team we had a great holiday. We'll be back👍👍
We booked at the last minute after having a disaster with another Motorhome hire company!
Lynda was helpful from the beginning. She went out of her way to ensure we could continue our holiday.
The Motorhome was in fantastic condition, heaps of storage, great amenities and was absolutely sparkling clean.
We can not thank Affordable Campers enough for saving our Holiday.
We received a high service from the booking request to the end of the campervan rental. The campervan met all expectations. Great design and equipment, and everything worked during the entire trip. We got a detailed introduction to the campervan. Perfect service to be picked up in the airport and transported to Affordable Motorhome location. Everything was in top even the price! High recommandations.
Back in 2005 we hired a motorhome from Affordable Motor homes at that time it was Father,Son and Daughter we were doing a motorhome trip around the South Island from the first contact to the end of our hireage Linda was in constant contact we picked our motorhome up from their Auckland office..I prepaid our trip 6 months prior to our travel as I wanted the hassle free service of not having to worry about travel expenses...
We had the most wonderful trip we called in to meet Lynda and her lovely Dad (John)?!.who was a cabinet maker by trade and Brother who at the time was Jack of all trades!!!.. at that time they were at Hoon Hay Rd..it was a blessing to meet this wonderful family..Linda told us then how they got into the rental business at the time there were 4 and 6 berth motorhomes and her Dad was at the time building a 2 berth transit van they were making steady progress because as Linda told me they didn't want to get ahead of themselves I remember leaving there as we were there an hour or so (Linda's brother had to fix the power cord which plugs into a power box at the camping ground because I absent mindedly drove away with it still plugged to the box) so had to call in and get it replaced...it was no problem to them although I felt terrible..everything was sorted had coffee a good chat and we continued on our trip..I remember leaving there thinking if you are as genuine and humble as you are now you are going to do well,they exceeded our expectations to say the least and they truly are "Affordable Motorhomes"..
I have not as yet done another motorhome trip,but I see all the reviews and they still offer the same wonderful service they did all those years ago..
My Daughter and family are coming back to NZ for Christmas and she wants to hire a motorhome she told me that she lives the one we hired so I'm hoping she will use Affordable as they are the Best to this day I have never forgotten the wonderful Family and Service...
Poko Tapurau (Poutu)
Fantastic experience with affordable motor homes. Could not have been happier. Small, personable, wonderfully helpful when we needed them. We can find no fault and would recommend them to anyone. This company would be our first choice again- no question.
Our experience with Affordable Motor Homes was all positive:
Communication prior to our trip was quick and helpful.
They picked us up from our motel on the first day and dropped us back to the airport at the end.
They were able to accommodate us with an extra day of hire when we changed or plans last minute.
The vehicle was good value for money - clean and with everything we needed for an easy trip including maps and tourist info. Because it was an older model diesel it was a little slower on the hills than others we saw on the road but once we adjusted our expectations it was no problem.
It was great to be able to support a smaller company and we would be happy to recommend them and use them again.
We rented a sleepervan from Affordable Motor Homes for a month and it was perfect! Great value for money, the self contained certification meant we could do loads of free camping. The set-up of the sleepervan is very cleverly designed and thought-through, and Affordable Motor Homes providing us with everything we could think to need - great kitchen facilities, a map, leaflets and vouchers, loads of bedding for every eventuality (it was warm when we were there so we didn't use all of it). We were really comfortable in the space. We had no real issues with the car, but when we did get in touch to say our electronic cooler box wasn't working all the time, they checked us straight into a garage near where we were and got the problem sorted immediately and it was really no trouble for us. Cars can go wrong, and we felt really comfortable that Affordable Motor Homes would sort anything out quickly should we have any problems. Even though the sleepervan was pretty old it was clearly well taken care of, and we felt really confident in it. Lynda is very friendly and great at communicating quickly. When we return to New Zealand we'll definitely return to Affordable Motor Homes.
Ruben Roa Hernandez
We rented a slepervan for 24 days and it was more comfortable than expected and very functional. The car worked correctly. The company is very correct at all times. In general, we would recommend this company to anyone
Friendly, prompt and helpful communication at all times. Van was reliable and clean. Served our purpose very well. I understand the business model and didn't expect the van to be modern but the sofa/bed covers were seriously faded and could have done with replacing. The A/C was also noisy and ineffective. Small points hence the score of 9 rather than 10. Overall the experience was very positive and I would thoroughly recommend renting from this company.
Lynda and the whole team at Affordable Motor Home Rentals have been fantastic.
I got a very reasonable quote from them, via Rankers, and the thing that made them standout from the others was their excellent communication.
They provided extremely helpful (& cost-saving) tips to help us prepare for trip to New Zealand and get the most out of our camper van rental experience. I probably came up with at least 7 or 8 questions in the couple of months after we reserved the van and before we actually got to New Zealand. Lynda answered them all promptly and with the utmost patience.
Once we arrived and picked up our van in Auckland, we knew we made the right choice. It worked flawlessly for us, wasn’t too big to maneuver on the (sometimes) very narrow roads and yet was very comfortable for sleeping. Our van – a Toyota Alphard, was customized with a custom cabinet in the rear which had compartments for gas stove, small propane tank, sink, small refrigerator, kitchen supplies, dishes, and glassware. Shelly, our Auckland contact at pickup, did a great job showing us how things worked, made sure we knew what to do at the few toll road locations we might encounter, recommended apps to download to help us locate campgrounds wherever we were going, and gave us directions to the nearest grocery stores to stock up and get on our way. She answered all the questions we had at the time, and gave us their number to call her or Lynda if we had more questions or needed assistance of any kind during our 2 month rental.
We met lots of other camper van renters like us on our trip, and on more than a couple occasions they had complaints about their van, and how their rental companies dealt with them if they tried to resolve the problem.
When we returned the van in Christchurch, we were pleased to finally meet Lynda and to be able to thank her in person for all her help. We can’t recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals more highly.
The staff were really helpful and the very clean camper, even though it was high in klms, drove well and never let us down at all. It was very comfortable and helped us enjoy the trip. I would recommend Affordable motorhomes to anyone, they have a variety of choices and being a family business, I felt them very trustworthy.
Best wishes. Greg Parry.
Affordable motor homes were brilliant. Every part of the rental was so easy. The van was ideal and had everything in it, even down to washing up towels! We had two months in the alphard model, it was perfect for the many miles we were doing. There was enough room to sit in the van on rainy days even though I’m 6ft4. Seeing that our trip was for two months we looked into buying a van instead but we were very happy we rented in the end down to the ease of everything and no worries. We were picked up by Lynda in Christchurch showed around the van and sent off on our trip with plenty of advise, leaflets and a good map. Only thing that would’ve been good in the van were camping chairs and table. After our two amazing months we were due to drop the van back and have our last night in a hotel in Auckland. We decided to see if we could have the van for our last night instead! We asked the day before and all was arranged by Lynda with no worries! Thanks making the rental process a breeze! We just wish we could start it all again right now!! Cheers
We rented a campervan from Affordable for 42 days (Feb/Mar 2018). We must say the staff was friendly and helped us on our way quite professionally. However the downfall of the rental was how old the unit was and its’ very worn condition, there was the taste of diesel in the fresh water tank and a grey water/sewer smell in the cab during the beginning of our drive in the morning. The unit we rented had close to 400,000 km on it. Literally shake, rattle and squeak as we went down the road. Other issues we had was passenger door very, very hard to open; key fob to unlock the doors not working properly ( had to squeeze the fob to make it work and even then it didn’t always work ( we replaced the battery in the fob but that didn’t fix the issue); leaky ceiling vent during rain; diesel taste in the fresh water and the grey water smell. As per Affordable’s suggestion (we contacted them a few weeks into the rental period) we purchased some treatment powder for the grey water tank and treated it twice but it made no difference. We also treated and flushed the fresh water tank. One last thing was the general worn condition of the cushions which we slept on. They were just well used and not in the cleanest condition.
We did contact Affordable weeks into the trip about the major issues. They suggested a few things and as per above the flushing did not work. We expected Affordable to check in with us to see if the issues were resolved after following their suggestions but we heard nothing from them then or at the end of our trip to see if we were satisfied customers
Mechanical wise the vehicle performed well and had no problems.
Personally we thought the unit was too old for renting to the public. We would not rent from Affordable again unless newer units were available.
This is a lovely family owned and operated business. From daughters to granddads, a group of friendly folks.
Their rates are very competitive and they dont try any funny business or unscrupulous charges or "gotcha" charges. Everything is up front and honest.
But what puts this family owned business on top is, they go out of their way to make things enjoyable and easy, relating to the hire of a campervan. In fact they even saved me money by setting up the campervan at a local campsite because my flight came in at midnight. This saved me money on a hotel room and the hassle of finding one. That was cool! And in the morning, they popped by and we followed them to their base only a few blocks away for all the legal stuff and tutorials.
I am reluctant to post this for I dont want to contribute to them being booked out when I return however in all fairness, I feel I must share my thoughts on a wonderful company, and put aside my selfish motives.
Will definitely be using them next time and I wont even bother shopping around.
Great family run business ,we couldn't be happier with the service they provided
A pleasure to deal with from the time of booking until we dropped off the van! Linda was a great help every time we had a question. Would definitely use AMH again!
I usually don’t like writing reviews, but this time we had the best experience with this campervan rental and I want other people to know. First, the family who owns the company is super super nice, friendly and helpful. We had the feeling we could always call and ask if there was a problem. When we arrived, there was a problem with my credit card and they were very friendly gave us time to figure it out etc.
But the best thing was the van as such. I was one of the best prices we saw AND the van was perfect. It was clean, nicely equipped, a lot of space inside and you could make longer distances easily(Toyota Alphard).
All in all, I can just recommend this family business to everyone who is looking high quality to a low price. Thank you again!!
The motorhome was everything we had expected, the assistance received booking the RV and during our trip was first class, would definitely use them again and would happily recommend them.
Such excellent service! Linda and Duncan were so helpful. Gave good advice and tips pre-trip and collected us from the supermarket after we arrived at Christchurch airport, which gave us time to shop first. Van was great. Very practical and we loved the living space. Found the back door a little hard to open and wish we had tried ourselves when we collected the van as we would have found out what to do. Van worked really well mechanically and all the equipment was great - had all that we needed. Fridge very efficient and we needed to turn it off at times to stop it getting too cold!! Really enjoyed the experience and missed the van when we gave her back and moved on!
We cannot recommend this company enough, we had a completely wonderful experience with them. We rented the 2 berth Alphard sleepervan for 3 weeks in the South Island - the van drove really well and was perfectly organised and compact for 2 people to live in comfortably - being self contained certified was another bonus. From our first interaction with Lynda on the phone when we made our booking, it was clear we were in good hands. Affordable Motor Homes is a family run business, with excellent customer service, great campervans, and more reasonable prices than some of the bigger companies. When we return to New Zealand (sometime soon hopefully!) we will look no further than Affordable Motor Homes for all our campervan needs! We will be recommending this company to everyone who is planning a trip to NZ.
We travelled 5 weeks with a campervan and can recommend this company 100%! Our campervan was very well maintained, perfectly equipped and comfortable. Didn´t spend one night in a hotel :-) We appreciated the service of Linda, Ian and the whole team. It´s a family enterprice and that´s how they care about it. We also found, that they have a transparent and fair assurance policy! We had a little accident and they helped us and cared about everything, so we could enjoy the holiday. Thanks again and greetings from Germany, Katharina and Marco
It was our first journey with a self contained campervan and our first trip to New Zealand and it has been an absolutely fantastic experience! Our van (a Toyota Alphard) was easy to drive, cosy and had everything we needed (many kitchen utensils for example). It's very well designed and practicle and you can see that they have thought in every details. The team has been kind and helpful from the beginning till the end. And during the whole trip, we just had one problem: on the second day, we detected the cooker had a gas leak somewhere (apparently from the hose). We called the company to ask how we should proceed and after some attempts to fix this by ourselves, they just bought us a new cooker online so we could keep on our journey safely. We found this rental company thanks to Rankers website so thanks a lot!
We had a fantastic 3 weeks in our Affordable Motor Home. The team was kind enough to pick us up (and drop us of)f at our accommodation in the city. We did a complete loop of the south island and the van handled it all. It was equipped with everything that we needed for cooking and comfort. It's so nice travelling around with a fridge! Everything was easy to use and well maintained. We didn't have any issues with our van during our travel, but we enjoyed knowing that if we did, it seemed like it would have been taken care of swiftly. A definite advantage of renting from a smaller, family-run company. Overall, great experience! Thanks!
Everything went smoothly, from the first contact till returning the car. The team at Affordable Motorhome rentals was always easy to reach and ready to help.
We rented a Toyota Alphard van for 4 weeks and car was well kept, clean and equipped with everything one would need for the trip. They really did a great job thinking of all the little details. Offering proper bedding, towels, kitchen towels etc. are all nice little touches that make the trip much more pleasurable. Pretty much the only downside was that the car was lacking power to go uphill but being on holiday we weren't in a hurry and just took it slowly. Thanks to many slow lanes on NZ roads it's easy to let faster cars pass by. All in all, a fantastic service (they really try to make sure you have a pleasant holiday), great car, I can only recommend them!
Great rental! Staff very friendly and helping, did everything so that our trip is as comfortable and easy as possible. Van very cosy, clever furniture with lot of stowage space... had a great trip!
The 2-berth campervan was okay but old and a bit worn out (the advice of checking the oil level every three days - which indeed was necessary - is not quite what you expect, even for this price). Besides some things most of it worked well for our four weeks trip and the defects didn't really disturb our wonderful experiences in beautiful New Zealand. Lynda and her family are very supportive and friendly, but it's important to know that the company is not contactable for some days during Christmas. Fortunately we could pass on with a crack in the frontscreen and we were glad we didn't have a serious breakdown those days.
Good camper, great for the travel around NZ. The solar panel just meant we needed a dump station every now and then rather than paying for sites. Well maintained vehicle and had all mod cons.
Lynda and her family were extremely helpful throughout the whole process. We were well informed from start to finish. They ensured we were comfortable whilst we got a feel for the van and answered with any questions we had. We felt as ease on our travels knowing that the team were on hand to help should we need them even throughtout the festive period. They provided guidance on where we should visit and helped us decide which route we were going to take. Lynda and Kylie provided recommendations on what which campersites we could use that would be suitable for us. Overall, the team provided a fantastic service and we would definitely use affordable motorhomes again and recommend it to fellow travellers.
Really friendly people who accommodated a late arrival-Thanks Emirates-and an early finish due to a UK bereavement. Van was great. Not cutting edge but really good. Perfect for 4 of us. Would thoroughly recommend.
We rented a sleepervan for two weeks in December from Affordable Motor Home Rentals and had an amazing experience. The service was top-notch all-around. Everyone that works at Affordable Motor Home Rentals is friendly and helpful; going above and beyond every step of the way. We had a few questions we came across while on the road. It was easy to get in touch with the team back at the office to receive prompt and helpful tips + information, as our phone calls or emails were answered immediately or responded to within a reasonable timeframe. Additionally, the information the team provided prior to our departure was really informative and useful on the road (i.e. - stay within speed limits, WiFi hotspots, where to fill up on water and propane, let cars pass you that are speeding, etc.). It was a fun journey to have the freedom to camp anywhere, knowing we received an affordable price on the van as well as that we rented from a group that earned our trust quickly. We highly recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals for many reasons, and the main being the friendly service you will receive as well as a simple yet innovative campervan design. These factors made the experience even better than we could have imagined!
While the owners are wonderful and supportive, the RV itself was old and run down and in need of some repairs.
Lynda, Duncan and family gave us a fabulous introduction to NZ and camping with their personal service and excellently fitted out van.
They instantly made us feel at home and went way beyond to make the experience as easy as possible.
The vehicle ran faultlessly for our 2700km trip and was a pleasure to drive. Our sleeper van fitted with the side awning was the envy of other campers that had rented from other big name companies.
The stock swap allowed us to get going without having to buy lots of bits and pieces. We were happy to pass on our remaining stock for the next campers.
I can not recommend them too much! They contributed to a fabulous holiday.
Excellent service. A great van and helpful throughout.
The pick up and drop off was really easy and quick. Linda and the team were amazing. Picking me up from the station and then dropping me at the airport after dropping it off.
The van (2003-08 budget model transit) was clean, tidy, well laid out and equipped.
everything worked fine. We had a minor mechanical issue with the van. Phoned the office and they said to get it sorted- and thanks for reporting it. Took it to the dealer listed in the excellent paperwork supplied. The office phoned them and settled it all up whilst I wandered around town.
very highly recommend
Very good! We love it!
Booking through to collection was very smooth, which is down to Lynda and Duncan. The sleepervan is well maintained and well equipped for two. However, some appliances are a bit dates, ie the stereo and fridge.
We are very satisfied with the camper.
Excellent family run business. Very reasonably priced compared to big companies. Quick to resolve any problems/issues with the campervan.
Definitely recommend this company. It’s a family business that provides a great service and even provided a courtesy airport pick up and drop off. They care about their customers and provide tips and brochures for your NZ adventure. Camper van was in excellent condition. They are in an ideal location close to the North South Holiday Park, Z petrol station and airport.
Great motorhome for a familiy with three children. We enjoyed the service, the quality of the van, the nice team at the Christchurch Depot. Thanks for making our holiday one to remember ! I would recommend to anyone looking at motorhomes, specially aiming to deal with local business and personalized service. Great deal !
Michael Thomas Hermawan
Simply Remarkable. Everything was so smooth, from picking us up at our hotel until we return the van back to the depot. I have rent two times from this company. 1st in March ( 6 Berth motorhome ) and 2nd in November ( 2 Berth Campervan ). Both unit were very great indeed. Even for older van, i found no engine failure at all. The interior were also in supreme condition, the fridge, the water heater, the air conditioning, and even the blanket is so good. Looking forward for my third holiday to NZ with Affordable again. Thank you Lynda, Duncan, and Kyle.
Absolutely fantastic experience with Affordable Motorhomes where I from the very beginning was very impressed with their prompt and extensive reply to my query about motorhome rentals available. They set a very high standard in their communications and this they kept throughout my whole experience.
The camper was generously equipped with bedding and utensils and more, the vehicle was well maintained and very easy to manouevre, a thorough manual as to operate it came with it and for any questions beyond that the friendly staff was willling to answer.
I found the pricing very competitive, the standard of vehicle and equipment that came with it very good, the pick up/drop off service provided by their staff was a very welcome bonus and I willl definitely be a returning costumer to this business.
Very happy to recommended Affordable Motorhomes to anyone looking to use a rental for travelling around this beautiful country.
I book a campervan for two, it was a Ford Transit of 2003 (I believe). It was in good shape, the engine never failed over almost 2.000 km on south island. Even though the camper had some years, it ran perfectly and with the right horsepower to drive on NZ roads. Above all I have to mention the good attention and kindness from Lynda and its team, that really makes a difference, and that’s exactly why I chose them. On my way back I left my bag with a camera, subglasses and my kindle, all locked inside the camper. Since I was returning to my country (some 12k kms away), I had no chance but to ask Lynda for help. She was responsive and made everything to send all my belongings to Uruguay safe and sound. Things like that made a difference. Thanks again for everything, I highly recommend this company.
NOR HISHAM HAJI ALI
Me and my wife had a wonderful journey for 10 days in south island, this won't happen without a great and affordable camper from this company. It comes with fully furnished from sheets until cooking utensils, made our days very memorable (we're missing that small little camper). Had small problem on our last few days with the vehicle but the team responded effectively and did not disappoint us at all. I will surely hire Affordable motor home in future when i come back to NZ and it is highly recommended to you guys out there!
Che Junaid Mayet
Great Personal service from Affordable Motor homes. Easy to call and get advise as well. Best to go with a family business, they know how to treat travelers.
Spent 3 weeks in South Island and Affordable Motor Home Rentals made the journey exceptional. The car we hired was wonderful, and fully furnished with everything from pots and pans to sheets and pillows. Lynda was extremely accommodating, gave us great advice, and even went out of her way to drop a book I left in the car at the airport so I could pick it up on my way out.
Excellent service, and great people here, will definitely look them up again when I head back to Christchurch!
Lynda! Thank you for everything! I can't rate affordable motor homes high enough! Lynda and her father were incredibly welcoming and provided and awesome motor home to use. When I got it it was spotless and ran perfect for my 1800km trip. No problems what so ever! Thank you again!
Very friendly and helpful staff. Car that had everything we needed and drove really smoothly. Affordable as its name suggests. Would use them again in a heartbeat
Amazing company with amazing campervans! Very friendly and helpful from the start, we got picked up from the airport by them and taken to pick up our camper. Everything was explained to us, how to fill up the water etc. The van was spotless inside and out, very reliable vehicle that was fuel efficient and kept us warm in the new Zealand winter! It had everything we needed inside and was fantastic for the whole three weeks. Would deffintly recommend this company to anyone looking to rent a camper in NZ! :)
My husband and I have recently returned from a wonderful month long holiday on the North Island and we would really like to thank Lynda and the other excellent people who help run the Affordable Motor Home Rental Company. The communications prior to our booking were speedy and thorough. The pickup was easy and we were taken through the ins and outs of the vehicle well. We booked a little sleepervan which is the most awe inspiringly well designed and made vehicle for our purposes. It's a minimalist, self-contained van, easy to drive, enough grunt for where we wanted to take it, secure on the dirt/mud roads I endlessly took it on and cosy and warm for winter use. We are campers and expect just enough space to be comfortable at night, but this was 5 star camping! We were exposed to the odd bit off rain (haha!), frost and storm conditions but we felt dry and safe all the time. New Zealand also threw in some magnificent weather but we were there in winter which made for a cheap rental and relatively empty camping grounds and roads. I don't think I would have like to have down the Coramandel road in peak hour but we had it to ourselves and could stop and chat to local farmers when we liked and stop and admire every beautiful little bay that one meets on the journey. With the self contained vehicle we could change our itinerary with gay abandon which was great when roads suddenly became blocked due to storm conditions and on the odd visit to caravan parks we made where the power went off we still had everything at our finger tips when the poor backpackers in the cabins couldn't charge their phones etc and fell apart. I must admit we didn't use the porta potty nor the alcove as we went really minimalist and made use of toilets provided for the public which were always perfectly adequate for our purpose. The combination of the van and the Rankers site (yay for offline access!) made for a great, adventurous and memorable trip. Thank you Affordable!
My girlfriend and I did our home work and chose Affordable Motor Homes with the intentions of having a safe, reliable camper van experience to see NZ. Our experience with this company was an absolute NIGHTMARE.We picked up our camper in at the Auckland office. When getting a walk through of the vehicle we noticed typical wear and tear for a vehicle of its age (98' Hiace). We signed papers and headed out on the open road. Later that day we went to use water & realized the dirty water containers had not been emptied from the prior campers. It was not a big deal for us, but did have us wondering if the vehicle had been looked over before we had picked it up. The next day the side mirror was falling off due to a crack in the plastic around it, causing no visibility on the drivers side.This worried us so we bought duct tape to fix temporarily. After buying groceries we realize the piece to hold the fridge closed was broken forcing us to keep a backpack against it to keep it closed. We called Lynda to explain the issues we were having. She agreed to swap out the camper for another one if we drive back to Auckland which was 300mi away.After getting a replacement it only lasted 2 weeks before it left us stranded on the side of a highway in the middle of the north island due to missing a bolt on the timing belt, causing us to swerve off the road to avoid getting rear ended. We had to stay in a small town for 2 days while the van was being repaired, causing us to miss some treks we had pre-booked. Less than 3 weeks after that event our suspension went out while on our way down the Remarkables. That was one of the most frightening situations we have ever been in. The car was diagnosed by AA and was towed to a campsite nearby. They demanded we pay for the vehicle tow and a new van to be sent to us. We got another van after 4 days, and the transmission blew on it while heading to Tekapo. We waited 5 hours for them to approve a tow for us. We have documentation of all events.
Lynda and the team are brilliant, happy to help over email or in person. The van is comfortable for two people and easy to get around to anywhere your heart desires! Great little fridge that surprisingly holds a lot!
Really good reliable four seater. Intelligently designed to be very comfortable and warm inside. Motor was very reliable and smooth. Loved driving it and slept well every night. Handles the steep mountains well. The vehicle is well supported by the attentive staff. Enjoyed the LCD monitor for movies off my hard drive for the early winter nights. AND they are affordable !!!
We loved our 2 berth campervan from affordable. It had everything we needed for a 4 week tour of New Zealand. Lynda was amazing at getting us organised and very understanding when we needed to change our plans. A smaller company than the green and purple vans you see everywhere but that is a good thing. Would highly recommend them to anyone.
We have rented from Affordable 4 times now and even the first time we were treated as friends. Anytime in the future when we holiday in the South Island we will be hiring an Afforable Motorhome.
Very kind and flexible owners!! It is a small family business with a real individual approach. They really love their business and jobs and they make me love their campervans. Next time - definitely again!
Tracy Mering Stephen Law
Very convenient and helpful. Made our trip much easier and was a smooth transition. The campervan was in quite good condition although it was a bit old in age. Still managed to get us around South Island with no problem. Lynda and her parents were so friendly and made us felt very welcome. Thanks! Would definitely rent again in the near future.
We hired our camper van for 10 weeks. We picked up directly from the airport and taken to the depot to collect our campervan. We were given a great tutorial about every aspect of the van including dumping etc. Over the 10 weeks we had one minor issue with the campervan. We were booked into a local garage and the issue was sorted within 24 hours. Emails were answered within the hour even at weekends. We had our campervan for 10 weeks when we compared the cost to larger hire companies it was almost half price. Therefore truey affordable. Overall a hugely positive experience and definitely would use this company and thoroughly recommend.
We rented a 2 berth standard model motor home for 22 days and travelled over 4000 kms. The van was exactly as described to us, and whilst it was a bit on the old side, it performed marvellously up and down all the hilly, winding N.Z. roads. We couldn't fault it. We were picked up at the airport by a gentleman from the company in Christchurch, and he went through all the features of the van very methodically. Any email queries I had, both before and during the trip, were promptly dealt with by Lynda. Our thanks go to them for their assistance. We would definitely recommend this company.
Older vehicle, but 100% fit for purpose. Service we received was outstanding. We would definitely use again and would have no issue recommending.
Below are the pros and cons for us.
PROS: The company was very responsive throughout the process. The campervan was exactly as shown in the pictures on the company's website. It drove well (for a campervan) and has good visibility of the road. The appliances worked well; the accessories provided (utensils, linen, etc.) were more than adequate.
CONS: The two seats for the children are at the back of the campervan - see the pictures on the website, and determine if that would work for you. The campervan is a little old and the seat covers were a little dirty. We saw some other campervans during our trip and liked their layouts better.
OVERALL, the company is responsive, the campervan is a little dated, and you get what you see in the pictures on the company's website.
We had an excellent experience . They answered all are questions and when an issue did arise it was dealt with quickly and efficiently. We were happy with how the van was equipped and the barbecue we rented was a bonus.
We had our Toyota Hiace campervan for 32 days and travelled 5000 km. Our first day out we realized we did not have our chairs and table. Lynda made sure we got them the next day at a city on our route. The other Van in our group had some issues so we phoned Lynda. The next day we went to the city we had agreed on that was on our route and everything was fixed in a few hours. Lynda and her team worked very hard to make sure that we were supported in every way and that our trip went smoothly. The camper vans are older but well taken care of, and comfortable for sleeping. I would highly recommend this company!
For our first trip to NZ and first motorhome experience ever we rented the 4-Berth Consort Deluxe 2007/8 from Lynda and team. The communication with Lynda over email during the time of booking and anytime afterwards was fast and pleasant. In Auckland, we were picked from the hotel perfectly on time. The introduction to the car was fast but very informative and sufficient for operation of the motorhome. The beds were comfortable. The communication with Lynda over email during the time of booking and anytime afterwards was fast and pleasant. We finally traveled only in two people, not four as initially planned, so we felt almost having an excess of space and car would be perfectly comfortable for living of family of four too. The back seats (two in the midle) used when car is on the road seemed not very comfortable. It looks these seats are done differently in different cars by Affordable according to photos at the website. Ours would work quite well with the child seat but probably would not be that comfortable for longer rides without it. Howerever this is just a feeling, we didn't use them. The motorhome (based on Ford Transit) had about 250k on the odometer but apparently was very well maintained. The diesel engine was powerful and car did not have problems running to hills. All the equipment worked great all the time during our two weeks, 3000 km trip around North Island. The car return was smooth and fast. Because we missed the scheduled shuttle service to the airport the Auckland depot team offered extra ride for reasonable price. I am also grateful to Linda for organizing the shipping of an item forgotten in the motorhome. I fully recommend the company!
Simply the best. We did our research and the size of the bed was great. It was not a shiny new van or bright funky colours, but as a Ford Transit, well planned inside with comfortable seats and bed, etc and room to stand up in, what else do you need? Well there is one thing more......nice people to deal with. Thank you Lynda and Dan for being the best and hopefully we will make it to the South Island next year for another 6 weeks. Cheers Boo & Matt from UK
Very well designed vans; friendly and caring staff. All designed to give you a good holiday. Having a shelf with excess food and goodies from previous rentals was an excellent idea.
The collection and return processes went very smoothly. The staff was helpful and quick to respond to any questions we had. We selected the excess reduction option and we did not have any hidden fees or problems with the return of our security deposit.
Nice people, nice car with everything we need. The bed is comfortable as well. Thanks Affordable provide this car, we took around South New Zealand and had a wonderful memories.
Lynda and co were great from initial queries to final communication . Helpful and responsive. Camper vans are older, but well-maintained, clean and comfortable. We had one mechanical issue which was promptly taken care of with a call to the AA. Appreciated contact after the 2016 earthquake to make sure we were ok. Pick up and drop off in Christchurch & Auckland was very easy, information provided was useful. I would use the company again.
Despite quite a few kms on the odometer, we travelled almost 7000 km with our Toyota Hiace and we didn't experience any problem!We contacted the call center once and they were very polite and fast in answering! Definetely reccomended!
Good family run company. Very helpful & good to deal with. Our first campervan trip. We had a diesel Ford Transit. I think it was 2004. No issue getting over the mountains but slow going up the hills so just pulled in to let people by. The campervan was well laid out & had everything we needed. We were travelling with our 7 month old baby & they set the van up specifically for us. Very pleasant experience & I would recommend them to anyone
Booking process was simple and communication throughout was excellent. We were met on time at the airport, very short ride to the collection point. Our van was ready on arrival, and every element of the van was explained to us by the Affordable staff. Given that this was our first time in a camper we had very few issues operating the van. The vans are 'well-loved' but very clean and everything worked properly. The age of the vans is reflective of the price charged by Affordable, which was considerably less than the prices we were offered by some of their bigger rivals. The interiors are well designed and we were very comfortable for our two and a half week stay. Mechanically the van was in good condition despite the age (1999 Toyota HiAce). Steep hills were a struggle but you just have to be conscious of other road users and pull aside when safe to let others pass. The van also handled the few unsealed roads we needed to negotiate but the van is much more comfortable on sealed roads.
The hand-over process was also very straightforward, and Ian was kind enough to give us a lift into the city following our drop-off. We had twice chipped the windscreen during our travels but we were only $45 each for these which we thought was very reasonable. It was really nice to deal with such a pleasant family-run company, and we would not hesitate to recommend Affordable.
A wonderful family owned business that took good care of us from online booking to final drop off. Everything worked on the camper as described. We almost went with the smaller toyota campervans with the external kitchen but after running into heavy rain and colder weather we appreciated the internal kitchen and extra room. The size of the camper van worked for us as well. Nz roads can be narrow and winding which made me appreciate the vans size. It allowed us to do everything from freedom camping to staying at holiday parks all without any troubles. This family owned business also had great customer service. They came and picked us up in down town Christchurch then gave us a thorough training on how everything worked on the campervan. They answered all our questions and then some. A truly great and appreciated experience. Can't wait to do it again!
The staff was very friendly and helpful when I phoned. Pick up and drop off were both easy.
The van is a bit older, but the price is right, and the 2 Berth compact is the right size for two. Smaller would have been too cramped, larger would be hard to drive.
There was only one mechanical issue, the battery gave out, so I had to wait for AA road service, but it didn't cost me anything. A couple of minor issues, the heater fan would only work on the high (noisy) setting, and the water heater needed to be turned off and back on a few times.
The kitchen was well stocked.
We would rent from them if we get back to New Zealand.
Dalila Mohammed Isa
I have rented a 6 berth motorhome for 7days tour. It was great to meet Lynda and family. Since the first day communicate with Lynda and team, they always reply to my inquiries. It was easy dealing with them. They are so helpful and their vehicle gives us everything that we need and work perfectly along our journey. The day we need to collect our vehicle, Joy pick us at our hotel and need to make her wait for a while coz we still not finish our breakfast. She was so tolerate and kind. Everything was splendid along our way and this is our first great experience travel using motorhome. Conclusion is Affordable motorhome, worth for money with their great hospitality. Besides the pillow a bit thick, everything was good!! Also, there was no hidden charges....no worries.
Rented the 6-berth ford for 8 days. The team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals were superb; in view of the earthquake they offered us an extra day's rental FOC. Midway our pump broke down, but we managed to get it fixed nearby which only set us back 30 minutes. Our water hose and waste pipe had problems connecting to the outlets but they were super understanding and gave us a generous discount in view of the difficulties. They also picked us up from the airport and dropped us off at our next destination. There is also a shelf in the office that lets you stock up on essentials that other campers have left over so you get to save! Really fantastic service, double thumbs up, would not hesitate to book with them again!
Lynda, Joy, and the team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals have made our experience in New Zealand an incredible one. Our first experience renting a camper was easy and smooth sailing, from the moment Lynda handled my million and one enquiries with incredible patience, to the moment we returned our vehicle without a hitch.
The vehicle itself worked perfectly despite its age (2001-03 model) and was just right for our 13 days spent in the camper. My partner who is over 2m tall had not much of an issue navigating around our little home for the 2 weeks therefore would be perfect for any 'normal' size couple!
We loved every single moment in the camper and would recommend everyone do this at least once in a lifetime. Definitely also rent with Affordable Motor Homes as they treat you like family and their vehicles are in great working condition.
2Berth Standard automatic, bed in middle, 30 days, 4.500 km – except 2 unpredictable mechanical problems, which were solved quickly, everything worked well. The contact to Affordable Motorhomes was good and efficient.
The car was very well equipped and functional – we did not find anything missing.
You can feel the wind on the car (it is 3 m high), and the engine is a bit slow, but what can you expect from a 17 years old car with 450.000 km? We knew it was an old car we hired.
Based upon the above we give the highest score
Firstly the only reason this company doesn't get 10/10 is because their Auckland agent isn't as organised as necessary. This I believe has already been addressed following our raising the issue. The communication, helpfulness, value for money and overall friendly and professional approach by Lynda and Ian at the Christchurch depo is impeccable. The van was well fitted out with all the necessities. We hired a 2 berth bed in back version. As almost all the stops had picnic tables we found leaving the bed set up was simple and easy to navigate. We used the shelf above the bed for all our clothes and a cupboard in the kitchen for our bathroom essentials. The kitchen was functional with plenty of space to cook in given the size of the van. They even supply a coffee plunger!! A must for us coffee lovers. The linen provided kept us warm ( a big plus for a person like myself who is not a fan of the cold) The van is easy to clean and maintain with water filling and loads of easily accessible dump sites throughout both north and South Island. We did have a minor breakdown (no ones fault) the roadside assistance used by this company was very efficient despite us being 2hours from any phone reception both of the lovely couples we stopped passed on our details. It took us only 6hours from breakdown to be back on the road. The van we had runs well. And was easy to drive. I sincerely could not fault the service we received from both Lynda and Ian. Full of helpful information prior to pickup and made the final drop off a breeze. Your professional and outstandingly friendly service was truly appreciated!! We will most certainly be back and hope to see you again.
Tanya & Neil
It was our first trip to new zealand, and first time in a motorhome. We selected the sleepervan because we wanted something relatively small to drive, while being convenient for the road trip. We chose affordablemotorhome following the great reviews we read on this site, which was indeed a great decision!! :-)
From day 1, Lynda & Kylie were very helpful to share the information about the rental and answer all my questions! The welcome by Lynda & Duncan was very warm and friendly, and they made us feel welcome in their family. The pick-up from the airport was very easy. They gave us many tips and were available to take our calls, especially the first day when we were a bit lost and forgot where things were placed :-)
The sleepervan was old model but it was comfortable, well maintained and easy to drive, and our cosy home for 10 days in this fabulous country! It is very well equipped both on kitchen side and sleeping side with warm duvet and cover, the space is optimized and practical.
And a special mention to the tent above the car, that was so useful and helpful, especially during the rain time! people in the holiday parks were asking us about it and found it a very nice and useful add-on to the sleeper van!
We highly recommend them, and we will definitely use their campervans again in our next trip to NZ.
Thanks a lot for everything !!
Overall had a great, hassle-free experience with my campervan rental. I was traveling alone and on a tight budget, and while Affordable wasn't the absolute cheapest option, it was a great deal for what you get. I ran into some people on the road who had gone with the super low-budget options and had breakdowns and other issues - worth a little more to me for the service and quality I received. Family-owned company who were all friendly, helpful, and extremely responsive.
Spent a month (over 4000km) in the 2-berth standard bed-in-rear. Vehicle was definitely old with a lot of miles on it and some quirks, but I had absolutely no mechanical problems or other major issues. Took the curvy steep mountain roads better than my own much newer car would have! Van was worn, but clean and well equipped. Good heating systems (important for chilly spring travel) that worked well both with and without a power source. I really wanted a Diesel (cheaper) and automatic, both of which they offer.
Only not 10/10 because of the age of the vehicle. But a great company, would recommend them if you're looking for something reliable but cheap.
Do not do any discussion already deduct customer credit card it is an irresponsible action. , it is an insecure as customer even the car have hit sliding door.
Affordable Motor Home Rentals responds:
We are sorry you feel this way, but this was something that was discussed with you when you returned the campervan with damage.
We also emailed you with a full breakdown of costs, which was a lot less than the excess you choose, before we took the payment off the credit card which you had nominated on your rental agreement for the excess.
Kindest regards from the team at Affordable Motorhomes Rentals
Chea Hao Wong
The team at affordable motor home is fantastic. The sleepervan I have is at tip top conditions, even though I was a bit worried before I come as it was a refurbished 10 year old Toyota estima. My worry was proven unnecessary, there is not a single issue with The vehicle and it was very clean and comfortable. I ordered a GPS prior to arrival but was missed out somehow. They immediately found me one and gave it to me free of charge. Pick up and drop off were efficient. All in all, it is a perfect experience with Affordable.
Amazing company. I went with them after reading the reviews on rankers and they did not disappoint. They treat you like family. Do not be tempted by some of the bigger companies supposed cheaper rates. I guarantee, like their name, this company is extremely affordable and the people are truly one of a kind. They made our trip amazing. I booked in advance and Lynda was so kind to answer all of my questions as they came up and I never felt like I was bothering her. Early in our trip our GPS was not working right, we called, they immediately apologized and arranged for us to pick up a new one at a retail outlet that we were close to. Unbelievable!!!! A few days later, we unfortunately ended up damaging their motor home during our trip, but their response was unparalleled. They did not treat us badly, they encouraged us to continue to enjoy our vacation and after our trip when we received the cost of the damage that we caused it was amazingly appropriate. They could have charged us more and we would have not been able to argue, after all it was our fault, but they are extremely honest and really only charged us what the damage was. You will not find a better company! If you have any doubt about going with Affordable Motor Home Rentals, read the other reviews, it will be hard for you to find a bad one. They should truly be at the top of Rankers in my opinion, if I was to ever go to New Zealand again, I would with out a doubt use them and if they rented motorhomes in the US, I would be overjoyed because their service is unparalleled, their honesty is unbelievable, and their hospitality is amazing. Truly felt like we were family, they will forever be the standard that I measure all other service companies against. Truly outstanding!
Christchurch: Friendly staff were happy to ferry us to and from the pick-up depot. Vehicle was very well equipped, reliable, smooth, roomy and very affordable.
Facilities and equipment onboard were plentiful.
Bedding was spacious, comfortable and warm without any heating.
Water systems were easy to use and monitor.
Diesel mileage was decent for the older Transit and the vehicle itself was mechanically sound.
Will definately use Affordable in future returns to NZ and highly recommend them for south island travelling.
Lynda and her team are very nice and helpful, it is a pleasure to deal with them. They picked us in Christchurch city to get the van, and at the end of the trip they drove us to the airport.
We took the stantard 2-berth campervan, bed-in-rear. There was everything needed in it: comfortable bed and hot covers (it was in August), plates and dishes, fridge... It is largely sufficient, with all the facilities available in campings, and all the clean public toilets you can find everywhere.
We asked for automatic gear because we thought it would be hard to get used to a manual gear at the left hand. It's easier indeed, but I'm not convinced by the 4-speed automatic transmissionof the Toyota. If you feel at ease with manipulating the gear with the left hand, maybe you should consider taking the manual transmission. Also the range is a bit low: if you do not exceed 80 kph, you cannot go further than 450 - 480 km. In some places you should be careful to fill the tank as often as possible. But with such a low price, you cannot expect evrything.
A good experience, I highly recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals for your trip.
Family owned company with about 40 campervans/motorhomes. Campervans are older but do exactly what they need to do. Very cheap company.
It was again a pleasure to deal with the friendly family team at Affordable. Reliable and fast to ensure you get the best possible experience. Will recommend them to any potential Motor Home traveller.
Travelled 1700km with reliable vehicle. Had one issue with back door and although we were far away from their Homebase the problem was solved within an hour!!!
Will definitely use them again.
I have in the past used some of the most expensive and prestigious motorhome providers in NZ, this time I thought it was time for a change, so I tried Affordable Motorhomes, the first thing that struck me was how personalised and flexible their customer service was, I was flying into Christchurch at 2:00am and had been looking at finding a motel for the few hours that morning but Lynda from Affordable Motorhomes came up with a brilliant solution, they parked my Motorhome at a facility 5 minutes from the airport, so when I got there I had a heated room, filled with the fragrance of fresh linen, felt like I checked into a resort 😊; Now that kind of gold class personalised customer service will not be found with any of the other larger operators. The motorhome home itself was equipped with all the necessities one would need to undertake a extended journey anywhere in the world, the vehicle was very comfortable to drive the long distances I drove and extremely reliable; I was very happy in all aspects of my experience and dealings with Affordable Motorhomes, I would gladly use them again and will recommend them to other would be users, I would like to thank Lynda Egan and the team at Affordable Motorhomes for an awesome experience during my recent holiday in South Island NZ.
Really friendly people (Lynda) who have done their best to make our trip possible by accomodating our changing needs (due to personal circumstances). Great campervan with everything you need!
First of all, the price is affordable for a budget travel compare with the other company that provide the same type of vehicle.
I am glad that i had chosen Affordable Motorhome, amazing and friendly staff with prompt reply regards with any queries ,motorhome with sufficient functions and so comfortable that allowed us sleeping in a car for the entire month ( early winter ).
Indeed, travel with a motorhome in Newzealand is the best way to explore the kiwiland. I will be back and i will still choose affordable motorhome to continue my journey in New zealand.
Thanks Lynda and the company's crew for the amazing experience.
Our first experience with a Motorhome rental, and happy to say a quite pleasant and memorable one. What really stood out was the service we got from Lynda and the crew at Affordable Motorhomes.
The vehicle itself was in emaculate condition. Everything worked except a small trouble with toilet flush but they promptly had it replaced in a few minutes. For every query there was someone at the phone or on email even on weekends. Everybody there was eager to help with smile on the face, how often do you get that?
Go ahead.. you will be driving without worry if you hire from these people and on top of that they have the best rates in SI (we checked!!)
Thanks Affordable! see you on our next visit :-)
This is the third time we have rented a campervan from Affordable Motor Homes.
Unfortunately our trip this time was not too kind weather wise, with well below freezing most nights, but the camper was very cosy and warm. Everything has been thoughtfully included in the camper and everything worked fine.
As usual, the service from Lynda and the team was great. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and we highly recommend this company to anybody.
Hopefully we will be back again.
Cannot rate this company highly enough. We rented our camper-van from December 2015 until April 2016 and it never missed a beat. Granted it was not the most luxurious of vehicles we have stayed in (we have our own motor-home back in the UK) however the price we paid was really good and the service that we meet from all especially Linda was second to none. Hope to visit this wonderful beautiful country again and will not hesitate to book with Affordable Motor-homes again.
Lynda and the rest of the crew were extremely friendly and helpful. They went above and beyond in helping with anything regarding the campervan to recommendations on accommodation, activities and restaurants. We rented a 4 person campervan. It worked perfectly with no problems at all. I would highly recommend hiring from them. After reading a few horror story reviews on larger/ well known campervan companies I decided to check out a few smaller/ lesser known ones. The family who runs Affordable Motorhomes is dependable, hardworking, and trustworthy. I will definitely rent with them again next time!
Given the many nightmare experiences I'd read online about other rental companies in NZ, I was very fortunate to happen upon Affordable Motor Homes. They are a unique company in that they are a family owned business that embraces the best old school values of business - providing exactly what they advertise with no false marketing promises and an awesome customer experience.
Many of their campervans are older, but I got the distinct impression that all are meticulously maintained - the van I rented had over 400,000 k's on it but it ran like new. The only material mechanical issue I encountered - a heater in the rear of the van that stopped working - was dealt with quickly and fairly. On the first call to report the issue, I was immediately given the option to have it repaired at the nearest mechanic or having the fees for three nights rental waived. Another example of the quality of the customer experience that AMH provides occurred when I turned in the vehicle with a tear in the plastic at the bottom of the rear bumper that happened sometime during my rental - AMH sent me a note indicating that the repair would be $20NZD, far less than what I thought it might be. I'd also accidentally broken a plastic shelf in the refrigerator when I was putting drinks in it, but AMH didn't charge me anything for it, which they had every right to do. Had I rented a vehicle from a corporate rental firm, there's simply no way that the issues above would have been dealt with so quickly and fairly.
I highly recommend AMH for anyone that is looking for great value and isn't worried about renting a new vehicle (although AMH does have some newer vehicles available). I have no doubt that Lynda and the team will treat you like a highly-valued customer, providing more than what they advertise, including priceless peace of mind during your rental.
We had an awesome experience with the Affordable Motorhome Rentals team, especially Lynda and Danny. We reserved our campervan several months ahead, and Lynda answered all my questions and went out of her way to accommodate a couple of special requests. She provided very clear instructions when we arrived into Auckland, and we had no problem picking up our campervan. It was exactly as it was described on the website, and was furnished with everything we needed to have a great trip, from bedding and propane, all the way down to a French Press and a toaster. We never lacked anything we needed. There were a few minor issue with the campervan (sink not draining well, etc.), but it ran great, was fairly fuel-efficient, and was pleasant and comfortable to drive. Thank you so much, to Lynda and the team, for making our New Zealand holiday/honeymoon just perfect. We will definitely be working with you again when we come back!
I would review Affordable Motorhomes a 10/10. My reason for giving such a high score is my overall experience. When I booked, it was easy, seamless, emailed with correct information. The price was as it says "affordable" and it was very clean. We were given more than we needed in linen and towels which was fabulous. The whole van was in such good repair. Motor was finely tuned. The instructions where really taken time and done very well. Every person I spoke to was professional and really informative. The set up with plates and cutlery was amazing, even little parts like line with pegs. The little touches are what makes your holiday even better. There was a bucket that was so handy on board, a brush and shovel. 3 types of heating, all working. So overall really super happy with experience. Enough to say I would use them again and would not hesitate to rate them number one motor home supplier. Thank you Affordable motor homes your team are amazing.
As it's name states, it is really affordable. All their staffs are really friendly and helpful. While communicating with them for the vehicle quotation, vehicle equipments etc, you can see that the service and friendliness level is excellent. Their vehicle quotation is really detailed, prices are broken down to details for you. Information that you need to know about the vehicle ( certification , unlimited mileage and many more ) are provided. Was staying in AirBnb place the night of arrival in Christchurch and arranged for them to pick us up there even though it was kinda out of the way for them, but they willingly and arrived on time to pick us up. Booked the 4-berth Consort Deluxe 2007-8. Briefing given is detailed as well. Vehicle doesn't look really modern, but it doesn't look old as well, good enough to have that solid bigger motor-home feel. Vehicle was clean when picked up. Vehicle was easy to get used to and had no problem cruising for long duration. Engine oil was still high when I checked so I believed they checked the vehicle well before handing over to you. We forgot to get the gas refilled upon returned and it was nice of them to refill it for us.
Excellent customer service! Made you look forward to your trip every single day after booking.
My wife and I hired a sleepervan for 3 weeks that we picked up in Picton and dropped off in Christchurch. Right from the time we contacted Lynda at Affordable Motor homes about hiring the vehicle to dropping it off, we had nothing but great service from them! The vehicle was a fairly old Toyota Estima (that was in great condition!) which had been newly kitted out so we were the first to use the freshly modified van. The design was really well set up with so much attention to detail and comfort, which makes a difference when living and traveling in a vehicle for 3 weeks. We especially enjoyed the kitchen setup in the rear as we noticed it was far superior than other companies that provide the same type. Overall, the people at Affordable Motorhomes really know what they're doing which made own trip in NZ extra special!
We hired a 2 berth Compact Deluxe 2005 model. After an initial hiccup with booking, the team went out of their way to get us on the road ASAP. The camper was everything we could've wanted. Easy to drive, all the utilities we could want ready to go, and nice and toasty warm for the Ozzy Boy not used to the cold nights ;P Thanks Lynda and team- had a blast!
Bob van Hest
We hired a 2 Berth Standard Toyota Hiace campervan from Affordable Motorhomes.
Two weeks before our pick up date in Christchurch we received an email from Lynda that we were luckly to receive a free upgrade to a 2 Berth Compact Economy campervan. This campervan was 1.2 meter longer and had a certified toilet and inside shower......What a great service and the perfect way to start our six week holiday in February/March 2016.
The communication with Lynda who looked after the booking was perfect ! Always willing to help and the customer service has been outstanding. For example, we received a parking ticket but because our creditcard was hacked in Asia we were not able to pay this online. We've send a email to Lynda and explained our situation. Affordable Motorhomes paid our ticket online and agreed to pay the ticket cash at there depot in Auckland. That's the difference between hiring from one of the big names in camper hire or you choose for the family company of Affordable Motorhomes, where nothing was ever too much trouble !
The pick up and drop off service in Christchurch and Auckland are very convenient when you are traveling both islands and the campervan was very clean, comfortable, reliable and well equipped, with everything we needed. We've travelled 8500 km with no problems.
Overall we had a roadtrip in New Zealand which we will never forget. We've enjoyed every single day and highly recommend Affordable Motorhomes without any doubt.
We hired a Toyota Hiace camper van from Affordable Motorhomes for a six week trip in January/February 2016. We travelled 6500 kilometers around both islands and loved every minute! The van was great to drive, and although compact had everything we needed for a comfortable trip. Lynda and the team at Affordable Motorhomes were always at the end of the phone if we needed any help with anything, from technical queries about the van to just about anything! Great service from lovely people!
The motorhome was everything we expected. Lynda who looked after the booking was excellent and truly made our tour of the South Island memorable.
Affordable Motor Home do provide affordable campers. It was the cheapest option we found even though we were late with booking and because of the Rankers reviews we didn't hesitate. Contact was very quick, easy and friendly prior to starting the trip.
We had a couple of issues:
1) the car that picked us up at the airport was too small and not set for 6 and it took quite a while to rearrange the seats, taking all the luggage out again and then back in so that we could all fit in
2) the barbecue we hired was handy as it had a big pan but very weak so unusable for quick grilling
3) the picnic table we hired was a 2 person table, we were 6! and very flimsy and annoying to put up
4) the battery providing power to the camper was not holding the charge so even when alternating 1 night free camping with 1 night powered site, with driving in between and charging with the solar panel, we still needed to turn on the engine to do the dishes at night or have a shower in the morning when free camping. It also meant we had to turn off the pump at the switch every time as when the battery was running low, the pump would not switch off anymore (or switch on when we were not using water) which would drain the battery even more
5) the windscreen wipers stopped working a couple of times for 5 minutes in heavy rain
All in all it was still an enjoyable experience, the camper was not new and we knew it, still not as old as some other campers that we had seen for hire. Problem 4 was the most annoying and I hope they have replaced the battery. Problem 5 was a potential disaster but we only had 1 day of rain in 3 weeks.
We really enjoyed the fact that they do not make you pay surplus for additional drivers, that it is a family business and they don't try to rip you off.
Car did well, very friendly staff, family company. Pick up and drop off at hotel, car was a little bit old, hose for cooling the engine broke but road assistance worked well, no problems after that.
Excellent experience. The campervans are reliable and the staff (Lynda and Ian) are fantastic!! I strongly recommend them!!!!
Thank you Lynda for making our holiday in South Island such a memorable one. We had our road tour in a 6 berth campervan. Though not as comfortable as home, very practical and convenient. Our group travelled in 2 campervans. My campervan was hired from Affordable Motorhomes, and my brother's was from another big and exclusive company. I can easily compare between these two campervans and am pleased to say that Lynda and her Affordable Motorhome is the best. Lynda and her personal treatment made me feel that we are not strangers on our first meeting. We also didn't have problems with the campervan, the water tank is big enough for the six of us and it kept us warm at night with its independent heating system.
We did have some problems with the vehicle on our last day in South Island, but Lynda has made it up for us and even refunded us 1 day rental.
I strongly recommend the Affordable Motorhomes to those looking for campervans in South Island, New Zealand.
As returning customer from a RWC2011 rental, Affordable was a logical choice for us this year too. This time we had a Ford Transit campervan with small toilet/shower unit for more freedom. Yes, the campervan is not brand new, the pickup location is not at the airport but you still get very good value for money, you get picked up and dropped off. It is a small company and the contact is very personal. This is important for me when you prepare for such a holiday.
Lynda was really helpful and responsible before and during our trip. The campervan was in great condition for its age and came with everything we needed. It really exceeded our expectations - very good value for money!
We decided to hire our campervan from Affordable Motorhomes after reading the reviews on Rankers. The quote that we got was very competitive and our communications with Linda were very prompt, informative, friendly and helpful from the start. We hired a 3-berth compact deluxe 2004/2005 for 47 days and it was perfect! The campervan came with everything that we needed, was very clean, comfortable and in great mechanical order. Also, whenever anything went wrong, Grant knows the vehicles inside out and issues can be resolved with a simple phone call.
Moreover, we had an accident but Linda and her family were very supportive, gave us a replacement campervan on the same day and dealt with the whole incident in a very professional, yet very personal, manner that for us is a sign of a great company!
We would definitely use Affordable Motorhomes again if we get back for another roadtrip to New Zealand and we hope you do too!
We heard good comments about them, and we were told they were both affordable and reliable. After studying the market and main competitors we decided to contact Affordable Motorhomes and we ended up hiring a 2-Berth Compact Deluxe 2005/8 model for 20 days, with an Auckland collection and Christchurch return. We also had a reduced excess insurance, hot plate gas BBQ, picnic table and 2 picnic chairs.
The campervan was great, comfortable, reliable and well equipped, with everything we needed (kitchenware, towels, linen, heater). It was self contained so we could park and spend the night in the vast majority of permitted places all over New Zealand.
Lynda and her Team are really nice, always willing to help and customer service has been outstanding. Danny picked us up at Auckland's airport and took us to the depot, explaining everything in detail to us so that we could start our journey. When returning the campervan in Christchurch, Lynda kindly gave us a lift to the airport.
We would chose them again without any doubt, it has been a great experience.
Lynda and Team have been very helpful in securing us a vehicle that meets our requirement. Ian in particular spent time to explain to us how to operate the campervan and gave directions for places to purchase groceries and parking for the night. Paul who came to Picton to collect the vehicle from us for return has been very kind by giving us a lift to the ferry terminal and spotting us. Wonderful experience and looking forward to deal with the team again on our next visit.
We hired a 2 berth compact deluxe campervan for six weeks, starting in Auckland, & finishing in Christchurch. The service from start to finish has been first class, from prompt replies to emails, returning phone calls, & being more than helpful when we changed our travel plans; nothing was ever too much trouble. The pick up & drop off service at the start & finish of the hire is a very nice touch. The campervan was just as described on their website, & was reliable, fuel efficient, & extremely comfortable, & we couldn't have been any happier. You could hire from one of the big names in camper hire & just be another customer,or hire from Lynda & her amazing team at Affordable & be treated to friendly, personal & individual service second to none. The only downside? Having to go home!!
This was our first experience with a campervan. We reserved it online and could subsequently change to a bigger one. Lynda was very nice and helpful, gave us comprehensive tips for the journey, such as recommendations for apps and maps.
The campervan was carefully rebuilt and clean, we felt very comfortable!
+ Good price
+ Easy Returns
+ Reliable airport transfers
+ Top-notch customer orientation
At our next trip to New Zealand we will book again with you, thank you!!
We recently hired a van from Affordable Motorhomes for 10 days and had a great experience. We would definitely use them again when returning to New Zealand. Lynda provides a very friendly and personal service and is happy to answer questions by e-mail before and after agreeing to hire. We were picked up from our accommodation at the start of the hire, Lynda explained all the features of the van to us in a way that was easy to understand and not rushed (this was our first time hiring a vehicle of this kind), and then we were off on our way. The vans are, as I understand it, not the latest models, but frankly, who cares. Our van was 100% reliable, very comfortable and functional, and a safe and solid drive. It was exactly as described on the website. The comfortable bedding and on board shower meant we were refreshed throughout the trip. Fuel efficiency was good and, unlike companies like Jucy who plaster their vans with all kinds of silly adverts, the van is plain white with just the name of the company on it. At the end of the trip, we returned the van to the depot (it is currently behind roadworks, you have to drive through a road marked "site access" to get in, this seems to be fine to do). Everything about the company was transparent and clearly explained, the vehicle was good value for money, and the friendly and personal service is a major advantage. I hope they keep it up!
This was the fourth time we've rented an Affordable Van and it definitely won't be the last. Lynda and the team make the whole process a pleasure. Emails are answered promptly with all questions answered. From the moment we are picked up at the airport to the time we are dropped off several weeks later, everything is done smoothly, efficiently and with real friendliness. The vans are exactly as specified on the website and are great as our homes away from home. They contain everything we needed, including some items we have never found in vans from other companies. And they are definitely the most affordable we have found. All in all, a great experience.
The full experience with Affordable Motor Home Rentals was really good!
Booking: they answered all questions fast, made suggestions, and were always trying to be as helpful as possible - I am not always used to a great service like this especially like when you travel in south east asia :)
Check in: They set up the campervan in a camping spot in advance in order for us who landed late to avoid a night in the hotel and some back and forth. Really appreciated.
The day after - a friendly lesson on how to use it was conducted in a family spirit!
Motor home itself: Not sure how the competitors' vans are set up but this one was really well done - everything is included and we really appreciatde not having anything extra that needed to be bought apart from the food of course and the gas/petrol. The campervan has a very good economy on water/gas/petrol allowing you to alternate camping and cheaper solutions. Heater and appliances are both available whether you are plugged into an electricity source or not so you can really do whatever you want in the camper (again very well done!). The set-up is really detailed and there is more in the camper than expected. You can spend 3 weeks in it without missing your home comforts!
Check out: Again they were been very flexible and supportive to make things easy based on trust. Everything was organizsd by email and all went very smoothly without any bad surprises that you may have sometimes when you rent.
I warmly recommend Affordable Motor Home Rentals since you have a personalised service, a great support and a win-win relationship where everything was crystal clear - no bad surprises - really a good value for money and they deserve more customers :)
A huge thank you to Lynda, Grant, Ian and the team at Affordable Motorhome Rentals for helping to make our V8 Supercars road trip the success that it was. This was our first experience at hiring a motorhome and it was fantastic.
An absolute pleasure to deal with, we weren't just a customer, we were made to feel like we were (are) a friend, nothing was a problem, the motorhome was fantastic, clean, well equipped and presented to a very high standard.
We enjoyed the experience so much that we would definitely hire from them again.
Again, thanks guys, we can't thank and recommend you enough.
Philip and Helen
With a family of six it made more sense to rent an Affordable Motor home then pay for accommodation and the running cost of our vehicle. So glad we did! Not only did we not have the "are we there yet" as the kids were comfortably seat belted in the bench seats with lots of room,'' there was also the pull over Dad we need to use the toilet." Try doing that in the people mover!
The motor home was clean and comfortable, and the setting up of the beds at night was something the kids looked forward too. I would highly recommend Affordable Motor Homes as the way to have a family holiday.
It was such a great experience for our family to rent one of your motorhomes in the school holidays. Your friendly personal service made a great impression on us all. We will definitely choose this as a holiday form again - and YES it was affordable.
We had an amazing experience in our cute campervan for 2 persons! Lynda was from the first contact moment very helpfull and friendly. She arranged everything for us and was very kind in giving extra blankets and food or stuff other people had left over. Everything was explained clearly. The motorhome has everything you need. Ideal to cook inside during the winter period. Even when we left the lights on and had difficulties finding the battery to jump start the motor, we phoned a number of the mechanical guy and he came by and heled us out!
We would highly recommend renting a motorhome with affordble motorhomes!
M E Black
The staff were an absolute pleasure to deal with. We received a very competitive and comprehensive quote without hidden costs. Very comfortable and warm motor home with everything needed supplied. These guys made the whole process so easy and hassle-free; we will definitely be returning and recommending Affordable Motor Home Rentals to others!
Rented a motorhome (2007-8 Ford transit, 4 berth deluxe) with the two of us, 6 weeks from the beginning of March until half of April. Pick up in Christchurch and drop off in Auckland. After a lot of searching and on the internet we were very lucky we found this company. From the first contact with Lynda via email everything was arranged very well. We were doubting a bit because of the age of the motorhome, however it just turned out to be an excellent choice. As they design and build their own motorhomes they are really good made and still in very good shape even though they are a bit older. During the six weeks travelling we did not have any problem. The ford transit is an excellent strong base for this kind of motorhome and perfect for travelling around the new Zealand roads and mountains. They come fully equipped with everything you need. A major reason also to choose this motorhomes was the fact that I ( 1.93 m tall) could stand in it and this was the fact. Also the bed in the back ( we used the overhead bed for storage) was comfortable and big enough. Besides this (as their name says..) they are affordable compared with the major companies. So if you are looking for a motorhome and friendly service you should not look any further.
I'll begin by saying that their service is outstanding. I am studying at the University of Otago and needed to hitchhike to pick up our camper van in Christchurch. After a very long, unsuccessful day we finally arrived hours after our pick up time. However, these guys had taken the time to drop off our camper at a holiday park so we could hop in for the night and then handle paperwork in the morning. After a long 12 hour day of thumbin' it, this was an incredibly warming experience. After this, the service continued to get better. Our van was clean, efficient and extremely comfortable. We journeyed about 1,500km and enjoyed every minute of it.
My boyfriend and I rented a 2 berth from Auckland last week for 10 days. The service from Danny was great as he picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at train station when we requested with no fuss. The van itself was good as we had no problems with driving or using it at all. However...on the first night we were a little annoyed to find some blood stains on one of the sheets we were meant to be sleeping on and a mass amount of hair through most of the bedding. (these were meant to be clean)
Only reason for lowish rating is due to the inconvenience of having to wash and dry all bedding before being able to sleep that night.
It was easy booking our camper van, including arranging different collection and return points, the van was reliable and comfortable, with all we needed, including an excellent road atlas. It was waiting us on arrival, and easy to drive. Whenever we had contact it was with a real person not just a machine service and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We'd recommend them.
My partner and I rented a 2 berth Toyota Hiace from Lynda over Easter 2015. The service from all of her team was exceptional, we even got a mini guided tour of Christchurch as Ian dropped us into town after our holiday. A great little camper and brilliant service all round - will definitely rent again. Many thanks :)
We found Affordable Motorhomes easy to deal with (professional), cost effective, and the motor home we hired was very reliable. They responded to emails and phone messages promptly and their advice and information proved true to their word. We really appreciated that given we were so far away from home. We hired the motor home for nearly two weeks (2 adults and 4 children). Overall it was a great experience for the whole family. I will have no hesitation in recommeding this company to others.
We enjoyed a fabulous holiday in New Zealand. A major part of this was the great campervan we rented from Affordable Motor Homes! The assistance Lynda provided made the whole transaction seamless and enjoyable. The camper van we rented was perfect for us. Danny had the camper waiting for us to pick up. It was clean and in excellent working order. Danny was very friendly and professional. Our whole experience with Affordable Motor Homes was exceptional.
Just had to submit a review (my first ever, on *any* site) to let folks know what a fantastic job that Lynda and Affordable Motor Home Rentals did for my wife and son and me on our recent 3-week vacation to New Zealand.
Lynda was such a help through the entire process, patiently answering all of my incessant questions during and after the booking process, making recommendations about places to go and things to see, and accommodating our every need.
The price was great, the motor home was in excellent condition (not particularly fancy, but it was clean, everything worked, and it ran great), and it worked perfectly for our family.
I would HIGHLY recommend Lynda and her company to anyone looking to do a motorhome vacation in New Zealand. It's truly a family-run business (seems like Mom, Pop, sister, brother, etc. are all involved), everyone was so friendly and pleasant and made the entire process so easy and helpful.
Thanks again Lynda, and we certainly hope to be seeing you again in the future!
Tom, Linda, and Steven Sartorius
We rented a bed in rear campervan from Affordable Motor Home Rentals and we thought it was FANTASTIC! The van was extremely well maintained and everything functioned well. The van was very smartly rebuild and we enjoyed it to be our home for 40 days. It was very economic and a diesel, which is a lot cheaper than petrol. All communication with Lynda was very easy and pleasant. From the first communication until we brought the van back, it was a very good experience. Big thumb up and we highly recommend this company!
We rented a bed-in-rear campervan for 2 months from this family-run business. From the start email-correspondance with the owner (Lynda) was very fast and informative. Booking the van and arranging collection was straightforward. We landed in Auckland in the early hours but we were still met with our van by Trevor who drove to a supermarket for us, explained everything and pointed us in the direction of a short drive to then sleep! The van was well equipped with a great map and a helpful guide. Freephone help number also great and was never a problem with us ringing.
We can't recommend this family company enough. The van was perfect; it drove well, was comfortable, and allowed us to freedom camp when permitted, which we loved to do! Returning the van was just as simple as collection and everything went smoothly. Overall this is a professionally run and friendly company who provide excellent service and a personal touch for your holiday. Highly recommended. Thanks to Lynda and her team.
Rented from Spain. If you´re looking for a cheap motorhome rent, this is your company. Old motorhomes, but with very well done manteinance. Everything was perfect with this company. Save a lot of money and don't mind. They make things easy!!
Affordable Motor Homes were a great way for us to explore the south island of New Zealand! Linda and Ian from our first interactions were helpful and kind, and provided much assistance and suggestions in the planning of our trip. It was very lovely to hire a motor home from such experienced and trust worthy people.
The motor home was well designed for a long term stay, with plenty of storage and a layout that was well though through. The car ran well, and felt sturdy in all climates and terrains.
Having hired out of large companies previously, it was lovely to have the family touch that Affordable Motor Homes creates. Thanks Affordable Motor Homes for making our New Zealand trip a fantastic experience!
We’re so glad we toured the South Island in a camper van, versus a car; and we’re especially glad we chose Affordable Motor Homes.
From the first contact email and throughout the trip, Lynda very was helpful and responsive to our questions or concerns.
Picking us up and returning us to the airport couldn't have been more convenient.
We had a great experience with Affordable Motor Homes, and we’d definitely choose them again. Being a family-run business, full of talented mechanics, we felt completely safe in the older, but well-maintained vehicle (which drove like a dream).
Sleeping was comfortable throughout the three weeks. Passing so many B&B “No vacancy” signs, even in September, made us appreciate our bed on wheels, all the more.
There's no question that we'd choose Affordable Motor Homes again, and we’d recommend them to anyone who is comfortable with a higher-mileage vehicle, at a great price.
Thanks again, to Lynda and the team!
I don't usually get around to sharing my travel experiences but thought I would make the effort for affordable motor homes. Linda and the rest of the staff made every effort to make our holiday a success. We travelled with our infant son and they helped is by making sure our car seat would for. The motorhome was of very good quality and suited our needs perfectly. We got a great deal from them which made our holiday more affordable. We travelled around the South Island and will be using them again when we are doing the north island. I would definitely recommend using this company, their motorhomes are a bit older but are in great shape and ours ran perfectly without and problems.
We rented our campervan from Affordable Motor Homes from Jan 15- Mar 31,2014. Even before, we arrived in New Zealand, I was impressed by the emails sent to me by Lynda (part owner of the firm). She was clearly concerned that we get the best vehicle for our extended road trip and went out of her way to answer our questions,clearly comprehensively and quickly. She also came across as very personable and friendly :) Once we had established which vehicle to rent, Lynda offered us a very competitive rate with some useful extras and a reasonable deposit to hold the vehicle. We rented an older model camper, a 1990s Toyota Hiace and as with any older well used vehicle, we ran into a few maintenance issues during our long trip. Both were minor and were remedied very promptly with a minimum of inconvenience to us. Nearing the end of our trip, we accidentally drove over a hidden cement curb and punctured the low hanging water tank. Lynda gave us the option of having the repair done locally (by this time, we were on the North Island near Auckland), with the likely outcome of us having to replace the tank or making do until we got back to Christchurch where the tank could be repaired. We opted for making do and when the bill came, it was a fraction of the cost of a new tank. Aside from the incidents above, the Toyota Hiace was a reliable and comfortable vehicle for our 2 1/2 month trip. Affordable Motor Homes bent over backwards to make sure we were well looked after during our trip. Lynda even arranged an appointment for me with her hairdresser, when I needed one at the end of the trip! All in all, this was a wonderful and memorable holiday and Lynda and Affordable Motor Homes' contribution was a major factor in our satisfaction. I would not hesitate to recommend them highly and we would certainly use them again.
From first contact with Linda the hire was seamless. Linda answered all questions quickly and on the day of the hire our van was ready to go straight away.
The heater was a real bonus and In the middle of winter made the van very cosy.
For an older van it performed well.
Had no issues at all with the hire.
We jut came back from a 12 day South Island drive. the company picked us up from the airport on time (11 of us). they took the time to explain all about camper vans( we were all clueless). That night ,they even answer us after hours to explain about how to turn on the heater on one campervan, they were very patient and helpful. the campervans were very equiped with every detail we needed dor the trip. Lynda, Ian & Grant were all very patient, helpful, honest and professional. We would book with them again and I recommend this company for any future vacation in campervans.
Renting a campervan from Affordable Motor Home Rentals proved to be good value, good quality and a hassle-free experience. The relaxed but professional nature of this family-run business really showed through in all of our interactions with them. From our initial contact, through the booking procedure and then the follow-up questions; these were all handled excellently by Lynda. On arrival into Christchurch we were collected from our central hostel by Ian then driven to their depot. Here we were given a thorough briefing regarding the campervan along with loads of useful general tips. We were then allowed to help ourselves from the collection of items that previous campers had left behind. Lynda had also kindly acquired a new TV for us so just so that we could watch our own media via an HDMI cable. Our 2 Berth Compact Delux was perfect for our needs. The fact that it was certified as self-contained came in handy on various occasions. The final drop-off at Auckland airport parking was similarly straight forward. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we fully recommend them.
This was our fourth rental with Affordable Motorhomes. We keep coming back because (a) they are such delightful people (b) their prices are competitive (c) their vehicles are fully equipped and they'll toss in extras on request - often at no cost. But also, big guy that I am, they seem to be the only company left who have motorhomes with king-sized beds. I recommend them very highly.
Linda is ultimately the warmest and most sincere person we met in the whole duration of our NZ campervan road trip. The campervans are truly affordable yet top notch maintenance was provided. I don't really know about other companies , but there is absolutely no reason for me to try another company when I come back next time,
This is a pleasant family run company which gives a personal service. Their vans are not recent, but unlike many hire companies in NZ they tell you in advance what you are going to get and we had wanted this. We had a 20 day hire out of Christchurch in a 2 berth bed-at-the-back Ford Transit with a shower and kitchen. They give a detailed briefing of how everything works before letting you set off, and instructions about supermarkets and where to fuel up and stay. Affordable’s insurance can be supplemented down to a NZ$250 excess which we were happy with, and importantly their insurance covers hirers for all public roads including unsealed ones. This matters if you want to get into the mountains and the back country as we did. We had some problems with the van and were more than happy with the personal attention to getting things fixed.
Very kind and helpful staff, cheap, clean and very good state camper van with decent mileage (2001 Hiace), fully contained with all I needed on board, including linen (and lot of things I didn't have time to use). Only the diesel consumption was not so good but this model had a 3L engine so that's understandable. The vehicle made my trip to NZ fantastic and I did about 3300kms with it without any problem. After my experience I would recommend this rental company.
Wow! We have never rented a camper before, but we do have a camper trailer, I know once the kids grow up we will be getting a motor home, this first time experience was fantastic a family touch with professional attitudes and with qualified trades people within to make this experience second to none. Everything was provided our six birth motor home had a big shell with heaps of room inside, also plenty of power to get up some of the biggest hills mountains I have ever seen. We come from a hot part of Aussie I was worried about the cold for my family, our camper had two heaters tonnes of blankets and plenty of towels. We had a great trip thanks to a great camper and a family business that cares about customer satisfaction across the board thank you Lynda!
My wife and I rented a larger motorhome from this company. I decided to rent from them because they were cheaper than their competition and had good reputation based on my reading of Rankers reviews. This turned out to be a great decision. Affordable Motorhome Rentals was a pleasure to work with. It is family owned and operated. All comms were timely and comprehensive. Lynda offered us a larger motor home at no additional cost, which I accepted. They picked us up from our hotel to start the rental and dropped us off at another hotel after returning the motorhome. The inspection process at the end was fair and painless. Smooth as silk!
The motorhome was obviously well maintained, clean and it was well provisioned for our 11 day trip. Overall I fell it was an exceptional value as compared to their competition. A friend of mine is currently looking to do a motorhome trip in NZ and I enthusiastically steered him to Affordable Motorhome Rentals. I highly recommend this company.
For the 3 x a campervan from Kea, for the 3 x top!,
Thank you ! Gudrun in Auckland, for the nice and competend Job!
We hired from Affordable motor homes for the 6 berth MH for 4 weeks. From the very first email it was evident that the service was going to be first class. Nothing was any problem for Lynda, I felt we were treated like family rather than customers. I had forgotten that Lynda had promised to drop us at our hotel and felt bad that I had booked a city hotel but she would not hear of us getting a taxi and told us to cancel the one we had booked. Her father is a lovely gentlemen, he drove us into Christchurch telling us about his family and why he started the business. We prefer to deal people like Lynda and family. The only negative (and its tiny) is that there would be a 'start up pack' to include dish washing liquid, insect spray, maybe salt and pepper.
We intend to return and wont hesitate to hire another MH from Affordable motor homes.
This was the first camper van trip for us (from India) and that too after retirement. Lynda and co made it a truly memorable and pleasant experience. We had booked the 2 berth compact Economy 2001/03 Diesel manual van and the well maintained self contained vehicle performed truly well, giving us no problems at all. Climbing hills slowed down the vehicle and that was the only issue. We traveled 2700 kms around the whole of South island in 11 days, starting on 4th March 2014. We rode up to Milford sound also and camped mostly in DOC sites.
We met Lynda's dad who started the co and he was also very friendly and helpful.
Thanks Affordable Motor Home Rentals for enabling us to enjoy the camper van experience so much that we were sad to bid good bye to this "second" home.
Regie &Thomas Chacko
Johan Hereora Hummerhielm
Linda was extremely helpful and got us a car when no other company had a car. The owner, Ian and Lindas boyfriend were really friendly and helpful.
But. The problem was that we got a van that was actually quite good, EXCEPT two things: the radiator "blew" which meant that the van started spewing coolant all over the ground and started making this screeming noise (since it couldn't pump any water) which the made the car un-drivable and scared us to death.
But the worst part was that it was leaking LPG/gas(!). This could have actually - to be morbid - killed us. The company told us this was normal and that it was nothing to worry about. Either by blowing us up if one of us were a smoker (thank god that we aren't) or by never waking up.
After letting Ian know this he actually never thought of compensating us and I (as the Swede I am) were to modest to even ask for one. Back in Sweden me and my girlfriends families were outrages and told us we at least should write about this at Rankers.co.nz, which we now did.
We like the campervan otherwise, but these really, really serious problems weren't really acted after the way one could have wished.
Would have used until these things happened, so please be careful if you can smell gas/LPG and do insist on returning the van or getting it fixed (which we lost driving the west coast, by trying to assort the problem with the leaking coolant).
The best company to deal with!
My wife and I were on a honeymoon travelling both on the North & South Island for 24 days.
We have rented the Toyota Hi-ace 2Berth Standard (Bed-in-Rear) camper van with Affordable Motorhomes and we can say that we were never more satisfied!
From the first contact with the company to the last. We intentionally booked the older camper van (with automatic transmission) to look more cool on the road ;-) Going up the hill was slower but we knew about it while choosing the van, so we wanted it and enjoyed it! Despite the years of the vehicle, it was in a very good condition, clean, fully equipped as it was agreed during the booking process. Most importantly, everything worked for 24 days & finally for more then 4000 km without a one single problem. We were informed about the specifications and the rates in detail, there were no any surprises or additional unknown costs.
Mrs. Lynda was a perfect person for all the arrangements and was even extra friendly and helpful with other suggestions regarding our road trip. She made our lives easier and our honeymoon nicer. All the options of picking up the camper van and returning it were completely flexible and adapted to our wishes.
Now imagine this, everything mentioned we have received for the best available price...We know it because we've received several different offers for the same type of the vehicle and the Affordable Motorhomes were the most affordable option! ;)
Dear Lynda, thank you very much for a great service.
We highly recommend Affordable Motorhomes to everyone!
Great service, friendly, honest, no small letters. They respond quickly and give you all the information you need. I will reccomand the company to my friends.
Great company, and rates that were far cheaper than any comparable campervans as far as I could find. They picked us up and dropped us off at the airport, as well as giving a thorough walkthrough of how the van works. The deluxe 3-berth was perfect for 3 adults traveling around the South Island. Would recommend them to anyone!
we spent perfect time in New Zealand in campervan from this company www.affordablemotorhome.co.nz . We comunicated with Linda. She was very helpful and and friendly. Thank You for helping us to made best holiday ever. Peter
great service and great camper!
I shopped around for a long time before i settled on Affordable Motor Homes for our camper van rental. Lynda was very helpful and happy to advise throughout the initial booking procedure and beyond. The price i got for a fully contained 2 berth motor home was far better than any competing offer. On arrival Lynda picked us up at the airport in our Toyota Hi-Ace (later to be known to us as Harriet). Upon taking us back to the depot Lynda fully explained all the ins and outs of the van and answered any questions we had no matter how silly! The week we spent with Harriet was fantastic. We cover almost 2800km in that time so we spent alot of time on the road as we wanted and did not have any problems with Harriet at all. The van is quite old and has covered alot of milage but has clearly been well looked after and maintained. The only mishap we had was scratching the fridge by dropping the table onto it. Lynda was very understanding about this and to our relief took it in her stride. Lynda and her husband (i want to say Doug but i know its not that ;-) are very warm people who clearly strive to provide an excellent service and experience for their guests. If you want a camper van at a good price and with a bit of character then opt for affordable motor homes and i am sure you will not be disappointed! Thanks Lynda for an unforgettable week and big hugs to Harriet the Hi Ace! :-)
My wife and I have just returned from 2 weeks travelling around the south Island.We thoroughly enjoyed our camper van from Affordable Motor Home Hire. Lynda and other staff at Christchurch were most helpful and friendly.The 2 berth compact economy whilst being 12 year old was clean and well equipped and mechanically did not miss a beat travelling up the passes etc We felt it was very good value for the money and would recommend this company to anyone contemplating a fantastic experience in NZ.
Great customer service provided by Lynda from booking to the return of the motor home. This is the only company we found who would rent out a motor home for less than 5 days and also at reasonable prices. We were not locked into a return time within business hours, which took a huge amount of pressure off, which meant that we had more time on our break and didn't have to worry about getting back before 5.00pm closing times as other rental companies required. The motor home was very, very clean and all linen and kitchen utensils were provided. The beds were surprisingly comfortable as well. It was a 4 berth diesel van. If you want more room for 4 people I would suggest the 6 berth. We would definitely book through this company again.
marianne van eykelenborg
The campervan that we had was in excellent condition and fully equipped. Lynda, Ian and Grant were very helpful in their information and service. Especially at the end. They got us to leave the camper at the airport, to make it easier for us. Unfortunately we had left a wallet in it. I rang Lynda in a panic and she actually drove to the airport with it. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again and would highly recommend them to any one. Excellent price , fantastic holiday and oh what a beautiful country regards Maz
What a great company to deal with. From the moment we made email contact till they dropped us back at the airport everything is simple, easy and efficient, and exactly as advertised. We have used Lynda's company twice (2008 and now) and it was no fluke, they know the meaning of service. The motorhomes were very clean, tidy, very well equipped, and everything worked!. Unlike many people we met with much newer and more expensive vehicles that were poorly equipped and only had problems. Our trips were both faultless. We highly recommend Lynda and Affordable Motorhomes, you won't regret it.
Super friendly and helpful family business.
It was obvious from the very start of our contact with Lynda that Affordable Motor homes is a Family business and that as "customers" we then became “family”.
Nothing was too much trouble, even to the point that it was “Our Motor home”.
We were picked up from the Airport by Lynda and taken back to the depot, on the way back we were told that we had been upgraded to the Luxury 6 berth. Thanks for that.
The Motor home was very comfortable had everything that we needed and preformed faultlessly.
Not once were we cold as the dual heating worked very well. “Considering that we were traveling in winter and got one of the best snow storms in the last few years.
The great thing is that there are no "hidden' costs, No large deductions. Just jump in and go.
Thanks again Lynda.
Part of our 8 week vacation around the South Pacific was a 2 week jaunt around the South Island of gorgeous New Zealand. We wanted to campervan around, but wanted a reliable and affordable campervan, nothing fancy, just a "westfalia" type campervan. AFFORDABLE MOTORHOME RENTALS was our best bet. Every company seemed to offer the same fleet of vans, but the problem was, your base price looked great, but then it was extra for this, extra for that, and this list just continued to grow, and at the end of the day, we were overwhelmed with what we were or maybe not getting.... Lynda at AFFORDABLE MOTOTHOME RENTALS made it very clear, this was the final price, ALL IN, so we booked. When it came take to pick up the campervan, Lynda, the person we made the arrangements with, was there, she is AWESOME (which you can tell from her emails) she was excited for us, she gave us a few places to see, and the van was everything she promised. We went with a older Toyota high top, nothing fancy, but clean and very well equipped. If you’re looking for a campervan that will WHIP you up a hill no problems, get a newer van (they have them), but otherwise, the van was great! We would highly recommend this company, and we when we return back, we totally will rent with Lynda and AFFORDABLE MOTOTHOME RENTAL COMPANY again. Thanks Lynda, you made our vacation !!
Good value for money, very accomodating, price matched hire car, well equipped van.
Very nice company to deal with and we enjoyed our holiday in the motorhome overall however we would not use again due to some very important factors overlooked.
Fuel consumption - The camper although very nice had a kitchen made from solid oak and thick MDF worktops etc so weighs slightly less than the moon. The camper did 19MPG (13L/100km) (without air con) which had a huge impact on our budget since we travelled 3500KM during our trip. The fuel consumption was not advertised on their website.
Sat Nav - This was disgusting. We paid extra for this and it caused more hinderance than help, this was due to the maps not being updated since 2007. There have been many changes to the road networks in NZ over the past 5 years as we found out to our dissappointment, we were constantly being sent the long way round or to cross briges that are no longer in use or being shown as driving through the middle of fields. As this was a touring holiday it should have been very important. We should not have had to pay for this. When confronted, Lynda lauged about this and that other customers had had similair experiences. We could have bought the newest model of the same GPS unit new from Dick Smith with new maps for an extra NZ$50 over what we paid for this. The extra fuel used and time wasted was definately more than this.
Gas - The camper had 2 gas bottles, the first, which was already connected when we received the van lasted 3 days and the second which was full lasted 11 days. When you can top up the bottle at most garages this is unacceptable.
I think the biggest point here is that they are called affordable motorhomes but in the end we could have used a more "expensive" company for the same cost. Overall the camper was comfortable and reliable although I am unsure the brakes are suitable for the four tonnes it has to haul to a stop down the mountain roads in some areas.
My husband & I have just returned from 3 weeks in the North Is. of New Zealand. I just read the GREAT reviews of this family company again & agree wholeheartedly with their comments!! This is the second time that we have hired a motorhome from Affordable Motorhomes. Hiring from any-one else was not an option as we believe no-one else is in their league. Once again we found them to be a FANTASTIC bunch, VERY friendly, helpful & affordable. The motorhome we had was clean, comfortable, everything worked & we felt like Lynda, Ian & Grant couldn't do enough for us.. I, too, sent lots of emails, prior to hiring, & felt like we were the ONLY ones hiring from them!!!! Felt special! We found it helpful that advice was only a phone call away, on their free number, if we had any questions!!! We had a great 3 weeks holiday, due primarily, to the motorhome performing beautifully!!
Great family run company that provides excellent personal service. Was grateful that I got an upgrade to a newer campervan at no additional cost - thanks to Lynda and Ian. Had a Ford Transit 2-Berth Compact Deluxe 2005/08 automatic transmission which was a joy to handle and had everything I needed for my 2 weeks holiday. Did lotsa research before deciding on this company and never regretted. Definitely coming back for more :)
Very helpful staff.
Very convenient. Free feeling
Thoroughly enjoyable experience in a Franz Explore More camper. Safe, reliable vehicle fit for purpose at a very good price. Ideally suited to our needs and met or exceeded all our expectations at the budget cost. Pick-up and drop-off was convenient for our travel plans (Ak airport). Staff polite and friendly. As seasoned caravaners little explanation required on camper operations and all van features worked as expected.
Would recommend to others looking for a value for money travel experience
True to their name. Very good value. Older van (1996) but well serviced. Ours just had new cylinder head + needed topping up with water, but good advice from accessible mechanic on phone.
Very helpful, good service. Friendly.
Quick and easy pickup, good price for fine van compared to Apollo where we rented a motorhome for a couple of weeks and we had to wait half a day at the office to pick up the vehicle.
Great small family business. Sent tens of emails to them and all were responded to friendly and quickly. Really nice experience in depot, van was great, new and clean. No faults at all, use these people!!!
This is what service is all about nothing is too hard for them to do. Lynda in Christchurch was very efficient with all our requests like getting "Snot Off" for cleaning Didymo and sending our stuff which we had left behind. As a small company they have ensured that their prices are competitive but more importantly when you look at what is included in their pricing, they come out much better value. The campervans were quite modern, clean and everything works very well.
This is a small family company, with very dedicated personel, especially Lynda.
We had a great campervan, just as we asked for, with everything clean and very good equipped.
The contacts were very good and nice. Lynda was very helpful with everything we asked, including booking of the ferry for us when we were already in Wellington.
Could be more affordable!
Very helpful - good quality vehicle. Well equipped - would recommend.
Friendly & professional, good value - ideal ambassadors for NZ.
A small family run business; they've given us excellent service for the six years we've rented campervans from them.
M and H Lunn
Informative/Helpful/Affordable. Note - hired camping equipment from Kiwiana Camping equipment hire - very good 9/10.
Hans & Karin
Price/quality is good
Nice staff, clean van
The staff we dealt with were young and enthusiastic, a pleasure to deal with.