The Pod Campervan Rentals



120 Rankers Reviews

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6 Motorhomes



Pod Kitchen


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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Business Times

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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Will's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Pod rental customer service was excellent. We picked up in Christchurch and were given the run-through of how to use / maintain the Pod. Drop off in QT was equally smooth and the owners dropped us off at the airport. The Pod itself was excellent and as described. The configuration of the bed, kitchen etc makes full use of limited space and can be set up with minimal effort. The Pod took us all over the South Island with no problems whatsoever. Future customers should keep in mind that the vehicles are a little old and as such the automatic gearboxes aren’t the latest technology, meaning that going up hills can be quite slow. Nevertheless this didn’t detract from our experience and we would gladly go with Pod again. Excellent customer service, excellent vehicles.

Reviewed about 17 hours ago

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Matteo LoBianco


Ranking: 10/10

Very easy to work with, friendly and understanding! Made for a great experience no matter what

Reviewed 1 day ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Matteo :)

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Kurt Walker

Ranking: 10/10

My girlfriend and I hired 'Little Kahu' from Queenstown for 10 days to explore the beautiful south island, and we can safely say it was one of the best decisions we have made on our trip.

The van drove well, it was also very thoughtfully set up and came with all the necessities, all we needed to purchase to start our trip was food and ice for the freezer bin. We really appreciated the comfy bed and user friendly kitchen which meant making meals and cleaning dishes quite easy. Even the smallest things were thought of like non slip mats for the pots and pans and a drawer that locks out so that you can access the freezer bin and use the stove without it sliding back in and a toast maker for a gas stove.

A major plus was the customer service! We had direct contact with the owners who are lovely people and are passionate about camping and helping us get the most out of our adventure. Communicating with them was a breeze, they were prompt with their replies and easily reachable throughout our whole trip despite it being peak season. This was very useful when part of our grey water waste tap came off (probably from going down some bumpy gravel roads), as we called them and they immediately reassured us and explained how we could fix the problem and continue the rest of our trip.
Luckily, we purchased the $0 excess insurance package so we did not have to pay for its repair.

Overall, you get great value and service for your money, much better than any large rental company in the region. We would highly recommend Pod Rentals to anyone else looking to explore New Zealand!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Kurt and it was great to meet you guys too. And just for others, all our locations have a 'Freebies' cupboards where previous clients leave non perishable food items (and other odds and ends like towels, insect repellents etc) at the end of their trip, so you can save yourself a few dollars before hitting the supermarket! We also give you pre-frozen icepacks to start you on your way, but a bag of ice is good to completely pack out your chilly bin before you hit the road :)

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Magnus Hovind

Ranking: 10/10

Most awesome company to rent a camper from. Quick to answer to any questions or concerns. Great professional and personal service. Vans have everything you need and even though they are small and cozy (which makes them very easy to navigate) they use the space so well and are well equipped, and at a great price! We loved every minute in ‘little katie’. Would love to come back and wouldn’t hesitate to book with the pod again, and would definitely recommend to everyone I know!

Reviewed 5 days ago and experienced in November 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Magnus - it was great meeting you guys and we hope to see you again another day :)

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Linsey and Callum

Ranking: 10/10

Our experience with Pod rentals was fantastic, they managed to find us a van with a days notice, the van itself was perfect! We loved the layout of the kitchen with its own sink, drawers and cupboards, we had plenty of space. Mike (the owner) was always on hand if we had any issues, our gas stove broke and he let us buy a new one and refunded us the cost! He was also absolutely fine about us being a little late to drop the van off. We were so sad to drop off our van but we had the best time with our ‘little lola’ and would definitely use Pod again, we only wish they had a branch in Australia!

Reviewed 11 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks guys - always great to be able to help out folks with last minute travel plans!

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Matteo Ponti

Ranking: 10/10

Great Van and absolutely value for money. We enjoyed 2 weeks trip on the road without any problem or issue. The Van is basic but you have everything you need , the bed in comfortable and perfect for 2 people. Very kind and attentive staff that explain everything you need to know about the Van before you start your trip. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 17 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Matteo! Really glad you enjoyed your time in your Pod!

Stephen's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Our pod van was fantastic, had everything we needed as we drove around the north island. Heaps of room for our stuff and the bed was very comfortable. The van also felt safe and comfortable to drive! Would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat!

Reviewed 22 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Stephen - glad you had a great Pod experience!

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Lisa Marshall

Ranking: 10/10

I'm not long home after nearly 2 months driving around NZ (with my partner joining me for a month of that) in 'Little Sally', and can honestly say that Pod are one of the best companies we've ever dealt with!

About the van: As a Mazda Bongo, Little Sally was a decent size - compact enough to fit in a normal parking space, and drove like a car (so you can take her down the tight, twisty roads that are common in NZ, unlike a larger motorhome), but at the same time was spacious enough and comfortable inside for the two us to live in for a longer period of time. We're both pretty tall (Ross is 6ft 4) and we had no issues fitting in! The vans are very well maintained/serviced - we covered almost 10,000km in Little Sally with no real issues. We had a few slow punctures/flats (pretty common in NZ with all the roadworks going on and dirt tracks!), which after a quick email or phonecall, were dealt with immediately by Liz and Mike, and replacements sorted for us in the next town. The van was nicely laid out, clean and fully equipped with everything we needed for our trip, including a really comfortable bed. Plenty of storage under the bed too for our two 75L rucksacks and some smaller bags.

About Pod: It's a small, family-run business, and the customer service is just amazing and felt really personal. Liz and Mike are lovely people, and really approachable - any questions/issues were dealt with straight away. I got a nice welcome and introduction to the van from Nina upon my arrival in Auckland too, and the free taxi from and to the airport at the beginning/end of our travels was a really nice touch. I did a lot of shopping around before booking a camper, and found Pod to be the best value for money for my 2 month stay.

In summary, if you're looking for a compact (and very cute) wee camper with everything you need for a trip around NZ, combined with awesome customer service, don't bother wasting your time looking at other companies and just go with Pod!

Reviewed 23 days ago and experienced in November 2018

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much for the lovely review Lisa. And you sure did have your run of flats during your two month holiday!! Make sure you come back and see us again one day :)

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Georgia Dix

Ranking: 10/10

We absolutely loved our experience with Pod Rentals!! They were so helpful in showing us where to go on our trip and gave great advice! We have had experience with vans in NZ and here in Aus and didn’t realise what we were missing out on until we got the Pod van!! We had clean linen supplied, a gas cooker and a spare gas can and even an aux cord (it’s the little things that count)!! Our can was fully self contained which was fab because we just camped anywhere we wanted (legally of course).

Thank you so much Mike and Liz!!!!

Reviewed 23 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

You're welcome Georgia :)

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James Killeen


Ranking: 9/10

Had "Little Julie" for 2 weeks, a perfectly functional small van for 2 people. The van had all the basics we needed (gas stove, fresh refillable water, cooler box etc). There was room for our 2 suitcases and backpacks as we travelled around and we could then bring the bed down when needed in the evening, which done the job and we slept well.
The van got through countless km's all around the North and South Islands without as much as a hiccup. The power chord to give power sockets at powered camp sites did stop working towards the end of the trip, however one quick email and an offer was made to bring a replacement to us the next day (we didn't need it as we were covered for the last night but that was still providing a top service).

Overall we were perfectly happy with the van and the happy, easygoing personalities of those we met from POD rentals and would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone we know coming to NZ.

Thanks very much to all at POD Rentals

Reviewed 27 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks James, and thanks for those recommendations :)

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Samuli Hietala

Ranking: 10/10

The Pod campervan was great! We had their lovely "Little Milton" for three weeks and everything worked as smooth as a baby's butt!

The customer service with the Pod is just remarkable. Mike and the crew made our holiday just perfect with letting us leave the car on their garage for the duration of our Routeburn hike and giving us lift to the city and back.

All together everything works. The car and the communication. The van is easy to drive and super comfy to sleep in! Fully recommended.

Reviewed 29 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Samuli - glad we could help out you guys!

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Andrew Harms

Ranking: 10/10

We rented through The Pod Campervan Rentals twice and absolutely loved it. The van comes with everything you need for cooking including a pull-out stove, cooking utensils, and bowls, plates, etc. The bed is comfortable and the best place to park and look out at the beautiful coasts of New Zealand. Mike and the staff were very helpful and wonderful to work with.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks very much Andrew!

alycia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

All the staff were so lovely and accommodating, the vans a great size, super comfortable beds, really well stocked and modern inside. I would 100% recommend travelling in a pod camper van and will hopefully get to travel in one again in the future!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Alycia - there are lots more mountains left for you to climb so definitely worth a trip back!

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