The Pod Campervan Rentals



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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.

If you are planning a longer term campervan hire, it pays to make contact with us through our website and we can discuss making your Pod camper van rental even more affordable. If you book more than 28 days, you will automatically receive a 15% long term hire discount - this will even be added on top of another discount that you may be claiming, potentially discounting your campervan booking by hundreds of dollars.

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.

You can follow us on Facebook at 'Pod Rentals NZ', on Twitter at @Podrentals or on Instagram at '@thepodcampervanrentals'. We use our social media accounts to post photos of places to visit, travel articles and recommendations, and also weather and road conditions to assist you during your holiday. It's highly recommended that you follow these accounts during your trip to get the latest information on what is happening in NZ so you do not miss out.

Embrace freedom with The Pod!


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South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


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7.00am - 7.00pm
Monday - Sunday



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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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Ranking: 10/10

We are having anamazing trip to NZ ! The staff at Queenstown have been amazing, even picking us up at he airport to help us collect our van! The van was super clean and in very good condition - all the staff were super friendly. I can’t recommend highly enough.

Reviewed 5 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Phil :)

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Dorian MAHE

Ranking: 8/10

Great rental experience with the Pod company, really flexible with the dates of the renting: we have indeed changed two times the check-in date and it has been ok for them.
Our camper an was really clean and easy to take in hand. The bed is just a little too small but it is fair considering the price we paid ! We recommend !!

Reviewed 6 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Dorian - we aim to be flexible! This year we have brought in bigger campervans (Hiaces) which are all certified as self contained, and all our smaller campers are now going through a minor bed conversion so they are also all certified as self contained. This bed modification makes the bed slightly narrower at the feet end. As soon as we have completed the conversions, we will be updating the images on our website but until then, prospective clients can feel free to contact us directly at and we can send animations and preliminary photos for anyone wanting to know the difference. Thanks :)

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Ranking: 10/10

After 29 days fantastic days with ''Little Suzie'' (my campervan) around New Zealand, i would like to say a big thank you, to The Pod Campervan Rentals, the campervan was great, working perfectly, good size , easy to park, driving me in so much beautiful places, the staff always looking at my progress and giving great advices ... Really a great time ... Merci

Reviewed 6 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Dominique - an absolute pleasure :) Make sure you come back and do the North Island next!!

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Eoin Murray


Ranking: 10/10

We had a fantastic experience travelling around New Zealand using “little tui” the pod self contained campervan. We collected the campervan in Queenstown and travelled through the south and north islands eventually returning the pod to the Auckland depot. We had no issues with the van, it was easy to drive and gave us no problems at all over the 24 days we had it. We communicated mainly through email and pod were always quick and helpful with their responses. Would highly recommend using the pod campervan rentals to travel around New Zealand.

Reviewed 7 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Eoin!

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Janna Schneppenheim


Ranking: 10/10

This definitely is how a rental campervan companie should be! Very nice and accomodating contact and allways a very fast reply to all our questions. Picked up and dropped off at the airport. We had a fantastic time with our campervan "Little Tommy". Everything worked without problems, the campervan was nice to drive and clean and we had all the equipment included, we needed for a comfortable journey.
I would definitely recommend this company. Thanks for a great time!

Reviewed 8 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

You're very welcome :)

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Joanne Skinner

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Ranking: 10/10

Hired the pod for 3 weeks initially but extended to 5 weeks as it was so great!!
Perfect size, not too big to drive around/park. Easy to drive.

Very well designed with space to store backpacks under bed so bed can be kept down at all times. Comfortable bed.
Excellent black out curtains.

Everything we needed was included - sufficient cooking gas for entire trip, all cookware, bedding, table, chairs, esky (which works fine as fridge providing food transferred to campsite fridge overnight), ice blocks.

Staff were excellent throughout. Very responsive by email. Collection and drop off staff great. Free ride into Auckland CBD :)

Much better than the ultra budget campervans (converted cars) which we saw others with.

Would recommend to anyone who wants a budget but comfortable campervan experience!

Reviewed 11 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Joanne :)

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Ranking: 10/10

Since the first moment we contact Pod Rentals they were really helpful, nice and close to us. The van "Little Hass" was amazing and full equipment with everything we need to hit the road. We drop the van in Queenstown Airport and there we met Liz, we had a nice chat with her and she, so kindly, drove us to the center of the city as we were staying there for the last night. We would highly recommend Pod Rentals, best Campervan company in New Zealand.

Reviewed 11 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Iker and Janire - we hope you had a great last night in Queenstown too :)

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Ranking: 9/10

We had a good time with “Little Alex” and would highly recommend this campervan. We had the NSC version and it worked out perfectly fine for us. It has everything you need for a camping trip including a comfy bed, gas cooker, table & chairs etc. Little Alex doesn‘t like hills too much, but who does?
Big thank you to the Pod team in Christchurch and Queenstown.

Reviewed 15 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Eva :)

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Matthew Slover

Ranking: 10/10

I can't rate POD rentals highly enough! From the time we picked up Lil' Billy in Christchurch to when we dropped it off in Queenstown it was an amazing experience. We were given a free ride on both ends of the trip along with a fully stocked van that included all the cooking, bedding, chilly bin and even table and chairs. Little touches like a shelf in the office that had leftover condiments and other items that we could take free of charge before we started our journey. Everyone we dealt with was fantastic and supper pumped about the POD rentals. We even found that other "Pod People" in our travels would honk and strike up a conversation when they saw us. The number one thing that most people are concerned about is price and after doing a lot of research POD was cheaper than a lot of the bigger operators and came with more free of charge. The fact that there was no one way fee for us to drop off in Queenstown after picking up in Christchurch was a big factor as well. The van itself was in incredible condition and not once did we run in to any issues with it. You won't regret renting with POD!

Reviewed 16 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Hey thanks so much Matthew! We've been so grateful to all our clients who've left things behind for the next clients - Pod folk helping Pod folk - just the sort of caring spirit we love to see! And the bonus is, things aren't getting wasted :) Thanks again!

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Ranking: 9/10

The Pod, and specially Little Rata (as it is named our van), has been a great choice in our trip around NZ.

We were trying to find a cheaper option compared to the more common rental companies that you can find through the internet and there it was the Pod.

The attention has been incredible in every moment, we had some flight delays and some other too late and there was no problem at all in changing the specific time of pick up and dropp off.

The equipment of the van was perfect. Everything we needed and expected.

Thanks for everything Mike and the rest of the team.

Reviewed 20 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review and thanks for choosing us Olallo :)

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Kristiana Dragneva

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great experience with The POD Rentals. Our Little Milton was very well organized, spacious and cozy. You had everything you need there - comfortable bed or sofa , kitchen supplies and a car : ))) We got inspired from the POD and we bought our own campervan to travel within Europe. Great job, guys!

Reviewed 23 days ago and experienced in November 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Oh wow Kristiana - how awesome for your Europe trip!! Thanks for the lovely review too. Have an amazing time over there - perhaps you need to start a European Pod Rentals ;)

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Lisa Potter


Ranking: 10/10

The Pod Campervan Rentals: Our experience with this company was A Grade - we picked up our van called the "Little Sefton", we were shown thoroughly how to use the van, the staff were amazing, so friendly and helpful - everything in the van was at your fingertips and so easy to use. The bed was perfect for the 2 of us travelling and warm and cosy at night. The fuel economy was excellent, we were very pleased with that as the petrol in NZ is quite expensive to say the least, so having a little 4 cylinder van was perfect. We had a dream drive around the south island and being a small campervan we were able to access roads that were unavailable to large campervans, which was a real bonus.
We have recommended The Pod Campervan company to many of our friends already and could not rate them high enough. We can't wait to come back to do the North Island and rent a van through these guys again. Thanks for making our 1st trip to your beautiful New Zealand our best holiday we have ever had (and we are not just saying that!!)

Reviewed 24 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

That's really awesome to hear guys. And we know you'll enjoy the North Island as much as the mighty south! Thanks for the kind review :)

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Nicky Westlake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We hired a Pod camper (ours was Little Sefton) to take us around the South Island for a week, and we loved every minute. The van was very comfortable and had everything you needed to make the trip awesome.
Picking up Pod was easy, and we were walked through everything in detail before driving away. Little Sefton was very smooth and easy to drive, and ate up the kms with ease, though she needed a few breathers on the steep uphill climbs (understandably!!).
Overall, we really loved our week in our Pod camper, we were sad when we had to give her back!! Would definitely recommend this great company if you're looking for a small and comfy camper to show you the sights.

Reviewed 24 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review Nicky :)

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