The Pod Campervan Rentals



172 Rankers Reviews

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6 Motorhomes




Self contained and standard non self contained camper vans from Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, with a focus on amazing customer service.

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

To see how our vans operate, we have included a 'how to' video on the vehicles page of our website. This will give you an in depth look inside the vans with an explanation of how everything operates and will show exactly what you will have in your van to help you plan for your holiday.

We pride ourself on having the best value camper van hire in Christchurch and wider New Zealand, and being a small company we focus on providing the best service possible to our customers. We want you to have a stress free holiday in this amazing part of New Zealand, so we make a huge effort to ensure that you can have a cheap but comfortable camper van holiday from Auckland, Queenstown or Christchurch.

If you want to make your cheap campervan hire even more comfortable, we offer extras for hire including solar showers and privacy tents that can be used for both the toilet and solar shower.

Because we want to protect New Zealand's natural environment, uniquely all of our rental vans have a grey water container and come with a cassette toilet - you won't find that in many other backpacker style campers! We want you to genuinely embrace the freedom that camping offers so when you rent a camper van from us we will provide you with everything you need to get away from the tourist traps and experience the real New Zealand, without negatively impacting on the environment. Some companies require a bond which is taken from you if you use the toilet - we do not have any charge for the use of the toilet and encourage clients to use this rather than ruining our beautiful natural environment. We take our responsibility for protecting NZ's natural environment seriously and ask that our clients behave in an environmentally respectful manner. Please note that our campers are not self contained, so we recommend the use of approved campsites to avoid fines.

Being a family owned campervan rental business based in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes area, our priority is looking after you and making your trip an unforgettable experience. What we offer you is a high standard of personal service and a great product. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter you will be able to see our latest campervan deals as soon as they come online so you won't miss out. We are always keen to hear about your experiences with The Pod Campervans, so feel free to send us some photos of your Pod in some great locations throughout New Zealand and we will post them on the site and on our Instagram account.

We encourage you to carefully compare our camper van prices, the extras we supply free of charge, and the quality of the vehicle fit outs. We are confident that we offer the best value for money in the New Zealand campervan market. In our Economy range we have a price guarantee 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.

Embrace freedom with The Pod!


Feature Value Info


South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


  • Motorhomes

Business Times

7.00am - 7.00pm
Monday - Sunday



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    Adventurer (Available from Oct 2019)

    Adventurer 2 Berth self contained

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    Our rental vans are set up so that you will have everything you need to camp in New Zealand.

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    Economy Camper

    Economy 2 berth self contained


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Roadies's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing time going around south island for a week in a campervan for the first time. We loved Little Lizzy, she was great ! She took us everywhere we wanted with no problem at all though steep hills and overtaking were challenging at times but we were pretty happy with her. We put some fairy lights up in the van at night and she looked just perfect and also quite helpful when you need a bit of light at night thanks Destiny for the tip ;) In terms of fuel consumption we paid around $120 a tank and she could go for about 8 hours. Kitchen area was well set up though it can get a bit cold if you want to cook outside from evening onwards. We used a cassette toilet a couple of times. It's under the bed so it can be quite tricky to take it out and put it back if you have got your bed out (we did not want to keep setting up the bed every night). We would like to thank the Pod team for making our trip so comfortable and smooth, Mike and Destiny were super chill and helpful in every way with tips and services. They gave us some snow chain at no extra cost. We bought a zero excess (highly recommend!) and towards the end of the trip we had a stone chip in a big windscreen and it was all covered for! We will definitely rent Pod again for our next roadtrip, with this price we paid and what we got out of it was well worth it!!

Reviewed 9 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks ladies! The fairy lights are definitely a cool touch for nighttime too. We look forward to seeing you both again - perhaps next time in the summer!

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Stu Johnson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Genuinely great experience with this company and very much missing our Pod after returning it yesterday! Mike and his team couldn't have been more friendly, helpful and patient. The van itself was a pleasure to drive and simple to live in for a week. It had everything we needed and not much that we didn't - we camped mostly at serviced campsites but freedom camped a couple of nights too. Also no one-way fees made it a real pleasure to freewheel on the open road for the time we had, knowing we were never more than a long day's drive from our destination.

If you're looking for something simpler and more fun to drive than the Britz, Jucy etc campers which you will see everywhere across NZ, please do book with Pod. We didn't see another one and we couldn't be happier. Sweet as!

Reviewed 22 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Stu - you bravely picked the time of year when there are not so many intrepid travelers on the road due to cooler weather, so really glad you enjoyed your experience!

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Alison's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

What an incredible holiday we had thanks to the personalised service of the Pod team. Huge thankyou to Liz, Mike, Juuso and Destiny for looking after us, for making sure we knew the best places to visit and for ensuring our first ever camper experience was memorable. Every detail was taken care of, with all our questions answered quickly. We had a super early departure which was no trouble for the team who organised a smooth and fast exit. Can’t wait to come back and do it again!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Alison - great to hear you enjoyed your time with us :)

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Elisa Almada

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Had an awesome time using The Pod campervan during our trip in the South Island. Greatly appreciated that they don't charge a one-way fee and they have pick up/drop off locations in convenient spots. We also were given a self contained vehicle even though we had booked a month before they would be launching them so it was a very nice surprise and opened up more campsites for us to use. :)

The van is roomy and still has good storage space when the bed is out. It was an older model van, so hills were not it's best friend, but it still got the job done and didn't affect our experience.

I'd totally recommend and use them again!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in September 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review Elisa - our smaller campers are all about love not speed :) You do get to see more of the views as you head up those mountain passes!!

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Elise Hopkins

Ranking: 8/10

We just went in a 9 day road trip in a self-contained Pod van and it was amazing! The kitchen set up is great and easy to use and keep organised. We loved the stereo and the ability to play our own music on the road. The self-contained van has an odd bed design due to the rule that you need to be able to use the toilet while the bed is set up. This means the bed is an odd shape and we did find it a little uncomfortable to sleep in with two people. We would probably opt for the van that isn’t self-contained next time for the bigger sleeping space! We would definitely recommend Pod rentals and it’s always great to support a growing local business!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Elise :)

Our new Adventurer campers retain the full sized queen bed and also come with an auxiliary battery, fridge, internal power and USB points. The website is currently being updated but they will be available from October, so anyone interested can send us an email for a quote -

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Florence S

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We really enjoyed our time spent in "little Ella". From when we were picked up in downtown Queenstown, Mike and Liz went out of their way to create an awesome customer service experience. They explained all the details of the pod and even let us take a few items from the "pantry" left behind by other campers. Mike and Liz have created an awesome camper- they should be proud!
Over our week long journey from Queenstown to Christchurch, the pod camper was perfect. It ticked a lot of boxes for us and was very economical compared with other camper vans we looked at. Everything has been thought of and well designed. And the bed was surprisingly comfortable too! Very cosy. Just bring some sandfly repellant!
We loved how all the campers are named differently, and it was always exciting to see another pod on the road.
Although we didn't have one of their newer self contained campers, we found plenty of cheap campsites around with showers and toilets so it wasn't a problem. It was such a cool way to travel around the beautiful country of NZ, and I felt very proud to show my American husband what NZ has to offer.
I can't think of anything negative about our experience. They even couriered my water bottle to me after leaving it in the van. Would definitely rent from this company again and have already recommended them to my family!
Thanks pod rentals!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in December 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Florence - and thanks for the recommendations to family!

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Dan Creaser

Ranking: 9/10

We had Little Lucy as part of our adventure for 3 weeks. It was fantastic. Cosy but comfortable. She became affectionately known to us as The Goose and was fully part of our family as she took us through the amazing scenery from South of the South Island all the way up to the North of the North. I can't imagine there being a better way to experience New Zealand than in a campervan. Some of the campsite experiences alone made the trip SO worthwhile, (little tip: Make the effort to stay at Gillespie Beach near Fox Glacier. Sunset was beautiful).

I miss being there and I miss the Goose.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2019

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Ha - thanks Dan! Gillespie Beach will be a little cooler at this time of year but we agree about the sunsets. And we'll tell Lucy you asked after her ;)

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Ella Taylor's avatar

Ella Taylor

Ranking: 10/10

We took our lovely Pod, named Little Rimu, from Queenstown to Auckland and loved it! It was compact but really comfy, with ingenious solutions to make the most of the space like slimline shelves that we used for the folding table and chairs and our shoes. Everything we needed for cooking was either in the Pod or on the free stuff shelf in Queenstown.
Mike was amazingly friendly over email, and Liz was awesome when we called her one day about a cracked windscreen! Couldn’t recommend them enough, a great experience that we’ll always treasure.
For a really great price, we couldn’t have asked for much more!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Ella!

Emily's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We had the Pod for a 10 day trip, and could’ve gone much longer! The layout is perfect to be able to store your things without having to hunt or rearrange every night. They think of little details like travel mugs, so you don’t have to pay extra for single use cups. Getting full coverage even on unsealed roads is what sold us - we made it to all the best locations without worrying. Would definitely book again!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Emily!

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Alastair Todd

Ranking: 9/10

The Pod Campervan rentals are one of the best companies I have had the pleasure of dealing with, from the very first email they replied swiftly, personally and helpfully. A few other companies I had been dealing with simply gave stock answers to questions and seemed unwilling to enter into discussions about flexibility or customer satisfaction.
I would go so far as to say emailing with Mike was a pleasure and was actually a little looking forward to meeting him when the time came!
I think the only reason that I haven't given a 10 was that having previously owned a fitted out camper there were subtle touches to the fit out that would have made it more effective in my eyes, but this is a very personal view. I recognise that fitting a fleet of different vans out means a standard design and The Pods are incredibly well and thoughtfully designed. The vans themselves are deceptively roomy given how big they actually are, the beds/seating is comfortable for that inevitable rainy day. There were so many extra and helpful touches such as a heater, small amount of dish washing liquid and toasting rack which lets you know that you're in good and thoughtful hands.

I can't thank Pod enough for how easy and wonderful they helped make our travels in New Zealand

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Alastair - and we're always keen to know what the suggested improvements are that you could suggest to make our vans even better. Each season we come out with something a little new or different due to client feedback so it's always welcomed. Thanks for choosing us :)

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Silas Hulbert

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and I had little apiti pod and we traveled the top of the South Island on Easter weekend! We defiantly felt like 2peas in a pod nd had everthing we needed during our travelling. Would highly recommend the pods we had an amazing Easter holiday travelling in little apiti can’t wait to do the bottom of the South Island next year. Thanks to Bianca at the Christchurch depo and Liz and mike 😃

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Silas - glad you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to getting you back into a Pod for the remainder of the south island!

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Marissa Lopers


Ranking: 10/10

We rented our van with the lovely folks over at the Pod. The van, little Alex, was perfect, it was very comfortable, had everything we wanted and took us all over both islands.

We picked it up at Christchurch and dropped it off at Auckland, which was ideal. The process of renting the van was very smooth and when we made a mistake with booking the people at the Pod were so helpful!

The van itself was easy to drive in, it had the perfect size for two people, not too big, not too small. We drove little Alex around New Zealand for about a month and during that time I never regretted once for choosing to rent with The Pod.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2019

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the 10/10 Marissa!

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Lea Burgess


Ranking: 10/10

We had the most amazing journey around the South Island of New Zealand in our POD rental van it was so comfortable and convenient to travel around in whilst we were visiting family and friends. We had our own cooking facilities that were great and such a big help when we camping in the National Park areas. It was such a breeze to wake up each morning, cook our own breakfast and make plans for where we were going to POD off to each day🙂 We would thoroughly recommend booking a POD rental to anyone who wants a hassle free holiday traveling New Zealand to see the sites and wonders that this gorgeous Country has on offer 👍

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in September 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Lea! It sounds like you guys had a great holiday, and figuring out where to go each day and not having to follow an itinerary is one of the best ways to see NZ!

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