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Self contained camper vans from Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, with a focus on amazing customer service. Check out the new Adventurer model with a full fridge, solar and internal power.

Welcome to The Pod Campervan Rentals, where you can hire self contained camper vans from Christchurch, Queenstown or Auckland . Our professionally fitted affordable rental vans provide you with freedom and cover all your camping needs. You will get more for your dollar with The Pod than any other campervan hire company in New Zealand.

We pride ourself on having the best customer service in the market, and we work extremely hard to keep our customers happy from their first contact with us. We want you to have a stress free holiday in this amazing country, so get in touch to feel what it's like to receive genuine customer service.

For the 2019 - 20 season we have introduced the Adventurer model to our fleet which sits in the mid range market and comes with an auxiliary battery which is charged when the vehicle is in motion or through the roof mounted solar panel. This has allowed us to install a 60 litre fridge, internal lights, a water pump powered faucet, 12v and USB internal power and also an internal power point through an inverter for lap top and small device charging. The full queen sized bed has been retained meaning this is truely luxurious camping at an affordable price.

We've also introduced the Economy Pod which allows you to secure a camper that has done higher kilometres at a much cheaper rate. The interiors have all been renovated so they are like new, meaning the only difference to the Traveler Pod is that the Economy Pods have done in excess of 200 000 kms. These camper have been with us for a number of years so they have had the benefit of our very strict maintenance and servicing schedule allowing us to continue to send them out on the road with confidence. We offer a price guarantee on the Economy Pod where we will match any other quote for a similar vehicle, so just send us an email with the relevant quote and we will match it :) An Economy Pod Campervan is the cheapest you will find in Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland - guaranteed.

We now offer a large range of optional extras for hire including transmission guarantees, airport transfers, kitchen dining tents, night time insect screens, portable 12v showers, privacy shower / toilet tents, WIFI, roof mounted luggage storage, bike racks, hammocks, and the option to drop and run at the end of your rental meaning you do not need to refuel, empty the grey water or clean the exterior of the camper prior to drop off.

Being certified as self contained means you can camp in many more areas throughout New Zealand. Most Local Governments in popular tourist areas have introduced bylaws restricting where people can and cannot camp, but having a self contained campervan with us allows you to stay in those areas.

We offer a $50 refund to all clients who post four or more photos of themselves and their Pod during their holiday and post it on their public Instagram account. It's well worth having a look through our Instagram account to see some of the amazing adventures our clients have had over the last few years. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter - have a look through our Facebook feed also to find links and recommendation of places to visit and experiences that should not be missed during your holiday here. We also recommend following us on Facebook for the duration of your trip to find out any weather or roading alerts that may affect your travel.

If you take the time to compare our camper van prices, the extras we supply free of charge, and the quality of the vehicle fit outs and the high quality of our customer service, we are confident that we offer the best value for money in the New Zealand campervan market.

So please get in touch - we look forward to working with you towards a memorable New Zealand holiday :)

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South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township

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8.00am - 5.00pm
Monday - Sunday

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    Adventurer

    (Available from Oct 2019)

    Adventurer 2 berth self contained campervan. Auxiliary battery, solar charging, 60 litre fridge, water pump powered kitchen faucet, internal lights and charging points.

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    Traveler

    Traveler 2 berth self contained campervan. 0 - 199000kms, toilet, camping chairs and table supplied, hand pump water faucet, slide out gas cooker and chilly bin (esky / cooler box)

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    Economy Camper

    Economy 2 berth self contained campervan. 200000+ kms, regularly serviced and reliable vehicles, refurbished interiors, toilet, camping chairs and table, slide our gas cooker and chilly bin (esky / cooler box)

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Showing 13 reviews of 212.

Bryce Robinson's avatar

Bryce Robinson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Pod Campervan was fantastic. We had Little Tai which is one of the bigger of the range. The car did not miss a beat, the bed was comfortable. The kitchen was very easy to use. We had the car for eight days and stayed at DOC sites. It was lovely. We hired the hammock which we enjoyed a few times. We thought it was worth it.
We packed fairly light but had rock climbing gear and it all fit in easily.
The best part about the POD was the staff, we had a really informative yet easy intro to everything in Queenstown and an excellent hassle free drop off in Auckland. The staff always answered our questions straight away (even when they were silly questions). They were absolutely delightful!
Thanks Pod!!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thank you Bryce! Great to hear you had a good time. You sure packed some km's in for Queenstown to Auckland in 8 days! And good to hear you got some use out of your hammock too :)

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James F

Ranking: 10/10

We rented “Little Polly” from The Pod Campervan Rentals for a 3 weeks while travelling both Islands. Everyone was super friendly and helpful the entire booking process.The bed was super comfy and had plenty of storage room for us for both our bags and our food for a few days at a time. The van was super easy to drive and more importantly park !! It had a gas cooker, cooking supplies, dishes, etc were all in great condition for us. It was also nice to know our van was easily recognizable amongst the tons of Mighty and Britz vans we saw everywhere & not trying to figure out which one was ours. By the end the van became part of our family. I highly recommend renting from this company! A* all round !

Reviewed 5 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks James :)

Note to others: We have a long list of included extras on the FAQ section of our website if anyone is looking at comparing our prices to other companies. We give you lots of things at no extra cost :)

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Aleix Roca

Ranking: 10/10

I booked the The Pod Adventurer campervan, and I think that it was worth every single dollar that I spent on it. The van was in pristine conditions when I rented it and was very well equipped. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, and you can see by all of the small details that a lot of effort and love has been spent to adapt it. I had not a single issue with the internals of the campervan, and its performance was excellent. Surely, it is way more aerodynamic than those campervans with extra two beds on the roof. Also, because of the lack of this extra bulk, the inter-island ferry is cheaper because you can register it as a "van" instead of a "campervan" :D. The battery (and solar panel) were, in my opinion, the cherry of the cake. I was expecting to pay for a powered campsite every three or four days. However, their system kept all my devices (laptop, phone and two 25000mha external
batteries) fully charged for the entire month. Even on cloudy days, without moving the van, I could see the battery being charged to its maximum capacity (slower, draining the campervan battery, but still charged).

It was my first time driving a campervan and driving on the left, but Liz and Mike (the "The Pod" owners) had a lot of patience to teach me until I felt confident enough. The area where we practised at the outside of Queenstown was very convenient and easily accessible from the airport with a bus. The roads nearby were not busy, and a big and almost empty parking lot was great to practice for the first time. Do you need to buy supplies for your incoming trip? No problem because near the "The Pod" garage in Queenstown you can buy all you need in a big pack'n'save !

Liz and Mike are lovely and efficient. During my journey, I accidentally broke the grey water pipe under the van and called them for instructions. They adapted to my situation and scheduled an appointment with a plumber that fixed it in a couple of hours. Please, take the full insurance! Is worth it!

Reviewed 7 days ago and experienced in September 2019

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Aleix! Great tip about the ferry too :)

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David Lorfeld

United States

Ranking: 10/10

EXCELLENT campervan for the value and price paid. I have used other companies in the past and this was my first time with The Pod and will definitely use them again.
- The prices (even during peak season) were unbeatable by other campervan rental companies
- The Pod included unlimited kms, the kitchen/cooking gear, and linens and pillows in the base price instead of charging an extra fee
- Our van was in great condition, a quality vehicle, and met all of our needs
- Van was easy to drive, handled well and was well maintained
- We had The Adventurer: Plenty of room for two adults, bed was queen sized and comfortable, self contained (though we didn't use the toilet), and aux battery was more than sufficient for our needs

We'll definitely be returning for another trip with The Pod! We've already had a friend choose The Pod based on our recommendations and he absolutely loved it as well.

Reviewed 10 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Wow, David - thanks for your feedback and kind words, and we most certainly appreciate your recommendation to others. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Mitch Darling

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Great organisation of booking and pick-up/drop off. We were even able to pick up in Queenstown. The vehicle was perfect for us (a couple for 2 weeks) and no issues with it. Excellent use of space, you can store 2 large suitcases no problem. Useful additional equipment.

Reviewed 10 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Mitch - and for those with even more luggage requirements we also have roof racks as an optional extra!

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Madison Boynton

Ranking: 9/10

The two of us chose the budget van and travelled the whole South Island for about 2.5 weeks. It was absolutely excellent and cheaper than other self-contained vehicles we could find! The staff consistently had quick thoughtful responses over email -- we even mistakenly scheduled our drop-off for Queenstown and didn't notice until a few weeks before our trip but had no trouble adjusting. Pick-up was quick (~25 min) and staff was both helpful and friendly. Very inclusive basic features and supplies, and some bonus items like glovebox log from past users. The ONLY thing we didn't love about Little Julie the van was the lack of headspace/ability to sit-up in bed. Absolutely would recommend.

Reviewed 23 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Madison :)

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Keriann M

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing road trip in our Pod! The setup was great for two people - comfortable bed, all we needed was available, and the team at the Pod was amazing throughout the process. They were very responsive and accommodating.

Reviewed 28 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Kerianna - and hopefully you found the FAQ's area in the Pod folders helpful too :)

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Ramakrishna Bijanapalli

Ranking: 9/10

We rented the pod for 9 days from Christchurch. The employees at Christchurch were very friendly and helpful. The pod is small enough to easily drive and park anywhere while spacious enough to sleep 2 6ft people comfortably and a small child. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a small toilet to make it fully self contained and to use any freedom camping areas. However the toilet is more of an emergency toilet and new Zealand has public toilets in most places. The company is small with few employees but they have 3 convinient locations in Christchurch , Auckland and Queenstown and they are super easy to approach. Booking online was extremely easy and they respond promptly to emails and calls. It's easy to make changes and requests thru emails. The pricing is very good and there are no hidden fees, they have few add-ons they have clearly stated them in the website. I hope to see this company expand their operations in USA someday.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review Rama! We'd like to see us over there one day for sure too :)

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RuthEllen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had the most wonderful 3 weeks with our pod Little Lola. The team were super helpful with any questions when booking and also showed us in detail how everything with the van when picking up. The staff are very friendly and approachable. The van it's self was everything we needed, ample space inside and my 6 foot 3 partner could lie flat which was a bonus! We would recommend pod rentals and would be very keen to use them again if we had the chance to come back to New Zealand.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Ruth - good to hear the Pod the big enough :)

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Khristian Snyder

United States

Ranking: 8/10

I had a great experience with The Pod! Everything was so clean and seemed brand new inside. The van had everything I needed for a week on the road staying in campsites and freedom camping. It was a bit slow going over mountain passes with the small engine but that was minor.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Tim O'Brien

Ranking: 10/10

Great company! I hired Little Ted for two weeks and he never let me down. The perfect compact camper to go everywhere, he managed even the steepest of hills and the bed was one of the comfiest I've had in NZ. The staff were very helpful and had great customer service. 10/10 would definitely recommend.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Tim - some of those mountain passes are incredibly high so glad to know you made it over them!!

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Vince

Ranking: 10/10

We enjoyed our pod experience immensely. It was just enough comfort, space, and amenities. The little van drove well and was good for boondocking aka freedom camping

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Vince - we've ever heard of boondocking before so perhaps we need to include that in our freedom camp sites around NZ!!

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mary gibbs

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I had I great time with Little Julie! The van was perfect for us! We picked up the van in Queenstown and returned it in Christchurch without any issues! They supplied is with all the camping essentials so we didn't have to buy any extra supplies. The owners told us they were playing on retiring little Julie soon but we enjoyed it quite a bit!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Good to hear - at least when she leaves our fleet she'll go out feeling well loved - thanks for looking after her!