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    The Pod Campervan Rentals


    (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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    The Pod Campervan Rentals


    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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    The Pod Campervan Rentals

    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)



Traveler / Economy kitchen
Adventurer interior
Traveler / Economy
Traveler / Economy Interior
Adventurer kitchen


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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David Lorfeld's avatar

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 months 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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Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome two weeks with a POD van. Pre,during and post-deployment communication with company was seemless, really helpful and friendly. The Pod was like a car to drive and effortless to get on/off The Interislander. It was clean, tidy and modern with eye catching company graphics on the exterior which drew interest and favourable comment wherever we went . Thanks POD people. Highly recommended as a really cool way to see the country.

Reviewed 3 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Awesome thanks Kerry :)

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Olivia Winbush

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic experience! We got a Hiace van that was beautifully kitted out, very clean and tidy (inside and out) and never missed a beat so super reliable. The fuel consumption was way lower than we expected and we are definitely going to miss "our" van!
The bed was surprisingly comfortable, heaps of room in the fridge and several thoughtful additions included (eg clothing pegs and clothing line, toaster for the gas stove, an AUX cord for the stereo etc).
The booking/pick up/payment was quick, easy and good value for money with friendly and helpful staff.
In a nutshell: I would not hesitate to recommend this company and they'll definitely be our first choice for future holidays.

Reviewed 3 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Olivia - would love to see you guys back!

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Kristie Newton

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I recently completed a trip down the West Coast of the South Island with Little Hararei (Pod Adventurer). The trip was fantastic and this camper van made the trip even better! The vehicle is comfortable and easy to drive, the bed is incredibly comfortable and spacious and was great to climb into after a long day and I stayed warm despite being the middle of winter. The solar panel is a great addition and I found it very handy to no not have to worry about finding somewhere to connect to power.
I booked this van at the last minute and the team at the Pod were incredibly helpful and accomodating with such short notice.
I highly recommend this company and their vans.

Reviewed 4 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Kristie! It's great to hear you stayed warm as the temps were certainly a bit cooler during your travels! Let us know when you want an NZ summer experience too :)

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Irene Lanser


Ranking: 9/10

We really enjoyed our trip in the pod! We rented the adventurer and never regretted it! Service was great. The van qas quite new with only 45000 km's counted. We drove nearly 6000km with it without any problems. company was really flexible with the change of plans due to covid.
Van had everything we needed, had some small problems with the bed, but nothing we couldn't fix ourselff. We really recommend this company!

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for your kind review Irene! Once travel to New Zealand is back on the table we hope to see you again so you can cover all the areas that were cut short :)

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Emma Masterman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I honestly couldn’t recommend Pod Campervans any more! We had the adventurer van and thought it was so well equipped for what we needed. By far the best quality for the price! The team were super friendly and answered all queries very quickly. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Pod again when I return to NZ!

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Emma - and hopefully when the lock down and Corona crisis is over we'll see you back on these friendly shores :)

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Sarah Watson

Ranking: 10/10

Pod rentals were amazing! I was worried about finding a trustworthy campervan rental company given all the nightmare reviews out there. But when I came across all the positive reviews and read about Mike and Liz, I knew I could trust pod rentals. We were provided with a transfer from the airport to the rental pick-up in Queenstown, and we were on the road within 15 minutes. We had an economy van, and campervan itself was great - clean, everything provided, plenty of room and super easy to drive. We dropped our van off at the end of our trip in Queenstown with no issues. Mike and Liz even gave us a lift to our accommodation. Couldn't have asked for a more positive and worry-free experience.

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Sarah - worry free holidays are what we like to hear about!

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Charlie Green's avatar

Charlie Green

Ranking: 10/10

We had a Pod for 29 days, (Little Zoe), touring both the North and South islands. Really good fun!
The team in all of the sites were super good, friendly and approachable - it gave a family ran vibe.
Van itself was cosy, had all of the essentials included and proved the perfect home for our tour.
Would recommend! ☺️

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the recommendation Charlie - we certainly like to think of our clients as part of our family too so glad you had a great experience :)

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Austin Miller

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great people.

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Austin!

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Gemma Bagge

Ranking: 10/10

The best two weeks exploring the beautiful S.Island in our little pod! You can tell these vans have been designed by people who love to travel... it might be small but it’s efficient, everything is easily accessible and most importantly, it’s cosy! The team at Pod were so helpful, from providing us with our van at short notice, to being easily contactable when on the road. Nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you for being the highlight of our NZ road trip, we will be spreading the word and recommending you to our friends!

Reviewed 8 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thank you so much Gemma. We ourselves travel based on others recommendations so we appreciate you giving us a nice word!

Lisa Pearson's avatar

Lisa Pearson

Ranking: 10/10

I cannot recommend Pods enough. The owners (Liz and Mike) are present, helpful, and kind and bend over backwards to help their clients—see below. This enterprise is their passion!

We rented out of Queenstown. Our flight was delayed from Auckland and we were set to arrive after hours. We called, and Liz, Mike, and their dog Bryan stayed late to get us set up in our little van. We were good to go!

On our third night of our trip, we were caught in a flash flood and had to abandon the van and our luggage and head to high ground. We were airlifted out, and eventually came back home to the US. After we left, Liz was our point person for any news and so promptly and kindly responded to what I’m sure were our incessant texts of “any news?” Once the van was finally towed out 6 weeks later, Mike and Liz went to assess the damage and took the time to sift through the muck to extract our belongings, clean them, and package them up to come home.

Will this particular adventure happen to every customer? I hope not! But this level of kindness really shows what this business is about. When we first called them with news of what happened, their first questions were “are you okay? Do you need a place to stay?” These are the people I want to do business with, and when we come back to NZ there’s only one company we’ll rent from! (Also, the van was comfy, well-equipped, and high-quality! I wish we had more time with it!)

Reviewed 9 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Lisa - your review makes us feel all warm and fuzzy :) You guys were awesome and calm in the face of what was a pretty serious situation so kudos to you both. Vans can always be replaced - people can't - so we were extremely thankful you came out okay. We are looking forward to seeing you back over here one day, and will make sure we hook you up with every single weather app we can think of for peace of mind!

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Ben Ursell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

POD were fantastic from beginning to end. The team in Auckland when we picked up
the camper were really helpful and gave us some great recommendations on stuff to do, things to look out for and general dos and donts. Throughout our time with the camper we had no issues and enjoyed our time in the POD. Having done quite a bit of research before booking the camper we are both really pleased to have gone with POD, you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed 9 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the recommendation Ben!

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Jessica Calvey

Ranking: 10/10

We had a brilliant 4 weeks travelling around South Island in our economy pod Little Millie.
First of all the booking process was very easy and stress free, the communication was quick and professional between ourselves and Mike and Liz. We felt like we were valued and in good hands.
The pick up process was very easy, Bianca on Christchurch was very friendly and pleasant and took us around the van well, we enjoyed that we didn't have to wait at all and we were out in 30 minutes. The service felt very personalised to us :)
Our van drove very well around the windy roads of south island, its compact nature meant we had no problem parking it in busy mall car parks or squeezing into spaces at busy campgrounds, it also meant the fuel consumption was reasonable for a campervan but at the same time was SC so meant we could freedom camp with no issues.
The van itself was comfortable with nice pillows, thick duvet and black out curtains which allowed us to get good night's sleep. The only slight issue we had was accessing the fresh water pipe is in a  bit of an awkward position under the bed, and once we had the van loaded up with our big bags it just made it a little too impractical for us to access this during our rental. We purchased a separate 10L water holder and that suited us fine however.
The mini kitchen at the back of the van was well equipped and had the basics that we needed to cook and the cool box worked much better than we anticipated at keeping our goods cool.
The price was much more reasonable than other rental companies we looked at for the same duration of time, so we were very pleased about this!
Overall, the excellent customer service and a great van with no technical issues makes two very happy customers. Would highly recommend this company!

Reviewed 9 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Jessica :) Happy customers are our favourite kind!

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Jessica Mullery

Ranking: 9/10

We had a great experience with our Pod! The staff we interacted with were all friendly and responsive. The bed was comfy and pretty easy to set up; a little tight for two, but good if you like to snuggle! :) We liked that our campervan wasn't too huge -- it made it a lot easier to drive and park everywhere. One slight drawback was that the van struggled a little with getting up to speed on the hills and mountain roads. However, we did have the older basic economy van, so we knew going in that it would not be a speed machine! All in all a great experience!

Reviewed 9 months ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Great to hear thanks Jessica!