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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.

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Business Times: 7.00am - 7.00pm Monday - Sunday

89 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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Rachel's avatar

Rachel

Ranking: 9/10

We loved traveling through the south island for 3 weeks in our self-contained pod van. The van is very comfortable for 2 with a queen bed and is equipped with almost everything you could need for cooking. The van ran well and didn't suck gas too bad. What really sets pod apart is the amazing customer service though. I emailed the owner, Mike, back and forth for a week before booking and he patiently answered all of my questions and responded quickly. A couple of days into our trip we noticed that our water tasted a little like plastic and Mike was happy to meet up with us and flush the water system a few times.
Overall the van was a great selection for us because we didn't have any issues, it was a good size, the price was reasonable, it was self contained allowing us to easily freedom camp, and because Mike answered all questions fast. A couple of additions would improve our experience even more: a plug and a screen to keep bugs out. Our van didn't have a back up battery to charge our laptop; a simple solution would be to get a converter from cigarette lighter to plug. While we traveled in the spring, I think the van would get really hot in the summer and you'd need to keep windows open so a screen would be nice to keep the darn sand flies from devouring you.

But really the van and our entire experience with pod rentals was amazing and I'd definitely recommend them. There were many thoughtful additions like clotheslines + pins, a USB charger, included camping chairs + table, lots of bedding, and kitchen utensils that made our adventure better. Book with pod rentals, you won't regret it!

Reviewed 2 days ago

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Debra Stenmark

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

The Pod van suited our needs completely. It was comfortable with a well equipped 'kitchen' in the back and plenty of room under the bed for one large, soft top suitcase, one large back pack and 2 day packs. The bed was big enough for a 6' 2" man and very comfortable. The pick up at Queenstown was a great experience - very friendly and informative. Thank you! The van was slow on the hills but that was the only downside. I liked it that it was compact and could be parked in a normal car space.
We would have a Pod again, definitely!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Debra - really nice meeting you guys in Queenstown and it's great to hear you enjoyed your time in Little Ophir :)

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Jon's avatar

Jon

Ranking: 10/10

While scrambling to find a campervan in the middle of high season in Queenstown the only company that was able to help me was The Pod. The service was great and the owners were absolutely lovely. The camper itself was exactly what we were looking for and was great for two people. The little kitchen in the back was well appointed and we had just about everything we needed! Will absolutely use them again next time I'm in queenstown!

Reviewed 5 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Jon - it was a pleasure to be able to scramble a van together at short notice to help you guys out. See you next time :)

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Cathy's avatar

Cathy

Ranking: 10/10

Mike, Liz and their team were fantastic. Super easy to communicate with, offered genuinely personalised service and always on hand for any problems that came up. The vans are a good size, well equipped and super easy to drive. Couldn't recommend them more highly.

Reviewed 12 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review Cathy :)

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Hayley Surgeson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A huge thank you to pod campervans, had an unreal time in NZ and a lot of it was made possible because of the Pod and there amazing service we can't thank them enough!! We had an incident in Queenstown with someone driving up the back of us, we documented the accident and drove to the pod depot in Queenstown, we were given a new pod and were back on the road within the hour! The car was compact and very reliable allowing us to travel both north and south island without any issues! On a side note I would stress the need for full coverage insurance to avoid extra cost at the end of the trip, insurance is expensive until you need it!

I would 100% recommend pod campervans and would use them again next time I am in NZ!!

Keep up the good work Mr and Mrs Pod :)

Reviewed 14 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Hayley - and we absolutely agree about the insurance option - all care and no responsibility insurance is exactly that! I'm really glad in your case that we did have a replacement van immediately available. Safe travels :)

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Tim Lambert

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Overall excellent experience and good support from Mike and Liz at Pod. The van was very comfortable, reliable and straightforward and all fittings in top condition. Everything matched what was said on the website. It’s an excellent way to see NZ and the sites we went to had good services to complement the campervans equipment.
A suggestion - it would be useful to have some easily accessible shelf or pocket, perhaps on the ceiling, to put things in at night, such as torch, water bottle, cell phone.
I would and will recommend Pod and would use again in the future.

Reviewed 19 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the feedback Tim, and I'm happy to say for this current season we have actually been adding a mesh pouch against the back of the Pods kitchen to store all your goodies in. Your van - Little Tommy, hadn't received his at the time of your rental sorry, but we're getting on to it!!

The Pod Rentals Team :)

Kate's avatar

Kate

Ranking: 10/10

We rented Little Bryn for 14 nights and he was amazing! We travelled round the South Island and thoroughly enjoyed our trip! The lady that checked us in was really friendly and helpful! Had previously emailed a few questions prior to our trip and they responded quickly and were helpful. Just one litttle thing a camping kettle would of been useful but apart from that would definitely use this company again and recommend them!

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the feedback Kate - and don't forget to come back and do the north island next!!

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Paul Bradshaw

Thailand

Ranking: 10/10

An absolutely fantastic company to rent from. Before our trip I did a lot of research and saw some stories from other companies of vehicles going wrong and no support/lack of support. I read about The Pod and they seemed very strong on service as well as flexiblility and price. 100% true. From the pick up in Auckland to the drop off in Queenstown (2 and half weeks, 2,600km) everything was superb. We had 'Little Keith' and it was just perfect for us, easy to drive and had everything in it we needed. Mike and Liz were superb from start to finish, everything was done quickly and nothing was too much trouble. Whilst near Kaikorua, a stone flew up and we got a small crack which started to get bigger. Liz arranged for us to drop the car in at a garage in Christchurch and 2 hours later we were back on the road with a new windscreen. We really can't say enough about the whole experience, it made our travels complete and we will not be looking anywhere else or recommending anyone else when we return next. Mike, Liz and 'Little Keith' thank you very much for everything and see you again.

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Your flexibility in allowing us to help you out made you guys awesome to deal with Paul. And we should all extend our special thanks to the Christchurch Auto Glass team for getting you back on the road so quickly!!

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you again :)

Lucas Thygesen's avatar

Lucas Thygesen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

An unforgettable time!

We had the pleasure to rent Little Suzie for a month and it has been fantastic! The vehicle was perfect for our needs and comes with everything! Pod Campervan Rentals was great with a lot of nice benefits that you will pay for elsewhere. We had a very fast and friendly correspondence with Mike. We are so glad that we chose them and can definitely recommend this place!
They made New Zealand unforgettable! Thank you!
Johanne & Lucas

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for choosing us Johanne and Lucas, and don't forget to come back again one day :)

Caroline Massart's avatar

Caroline Massart

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

The pod campervan rentals has excellent price for the quality you receive. On top of that the customer service is perfect with quick replies via e-mail, arranged pick-up and drop-offs and lovely staff; as we were travelling in the colder spring months we received extra bedding to make sure we were not cold. The pod is a relatively small campervan, but when doing research for bedding, this was actually best suitable for 1.98m long guy (6'6) as there was extra space at the end of the bed. For us this was the perfect campervan for 9 days, with a kitchen that has everything you need at the back - if you're going for several weeks on end it might be less suitable due to space restrictions.

Reviewed 22 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Caroline - great to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :)

Cindy B.'s avatar

Cindy B.

Ranking: 10/10

This was our first time driving around/sleeping in a campervan, and we had the absolute best time. The Pod was comfortable and cozy, and it was super easy to drive and park. There was more compartment space to store all of our things than I was expecting, and I appreciated all of the cooking and camping gear that came with the van. Would definitely recommend Pod Campervan Rentals to others!

Reviewed 26 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Cindy! We look forward to seeing you again one day :)

Sivert Berg's avatar

Sivert Berg

Ranking: 9/10

We had a wonderfull time with pod rentals! No worries with the car except that the gears were a bit slow. Other than that, the van was in good shape and came at a good price. Friendly staff. Two small and friendly tips: the cussions kept sliding at night, so maybe make the edge of the bed a bit taller to keep them in place. Also, we got pulled up by the cops asking for our rental agreement, which we did not have.These are just minor things, and we are very pleased with the pod team.

Reviewed 27 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Sivert - we appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again another day :)

Layna Levorson's avatar

Layna Levorson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Literally zero complaints about the the pod campervan rental company. From the beginning we could tell that Mike and Liz put a lot of love and care into their campervans and have everything you could ever need in there! They even picked us up from our hostel and brought us to the company. They made sure we would have the best trip possible and took interest in our travel plans. Unfortunately we had a flat tire on our trip, we felt guilty and bad about it but they assured that it was no big deal and offered to pay for the repair directly (since we had full insurance). We highly recommend this company to anyone thinking about renting!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Wow thanks Layna! You ladies were amazing clients, and Pod promo girl Bryan (the girl dog) was sad after you all left without her. Hope you have an awesome time for the rest of your travels :)

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89 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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Rachel's avatar

Rachel

Ranking: 9/10

We loved traveling through the south island for 3 weeks in our self-contained pod van. The van is very comfortable for 2 with a queen bed and is equipped with almost everything you could need for cooking. The van ran well and didn't suck gas too bad. What really sets pod apart is the amazing customer service though. I emailed the owner, Mike, back and forth for a week before booking and he patiently answered all of my questions and responded quickly. A couple of days into our trip we noticed that our water tasted a little like plastic and Mike was happy to meet up with us and flush the water system a few times.
Overall the van was a great selection for us because we didn't have any issues, it was a good size, the price was reasonable, it was self contained allowing us to easily freedom camp, and because Mike answered all questions fast. A couple of additions would improve our experience even more: a plug and a screen to keep bugs out. Our van didn't have a back up battery to charge our laptop; a simple solution would be to get a converter from cigarette lighter to plug. While we traveled in the spring, I think the van would get really hot in the summer and you'd need to keep windows open so a screen would be nice to keep the darn sand flies from devouring you.

But really the van and our entire experience with pod rentals was amazing and I'd definitely recommend them. There were many thoughtful additions like clotheslines + pins, a USB charger, included camping chairs + table, lots of bedding, and kitchen utensils that made our adventure better. Book with pod rentals, you won't regret it!

Reviewed 2 days ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Debra Stenmark's avatar

Debra Stenmark

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

The Pod van suited our needs completely. It was comfortable with a well equipped 'kitchen' in the back and plenty of room under the bed for one large, soft top suitcase, one large back pack and 2 day packs. The bed was big enough for a 6' 2" man and very comfortable. The pick up at Queenstown was a great experience - very friendly and informative. Thank you! The van was slow on the hills but that was the only downside. I liked it that it was compact and could be parked in a normal car space.
We would have a Pod again, definitely!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Debra - really nice meeting you guys in Queenstown and it's great to hear you enjoyed your time in Little Ophir :)

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Jon's avatar

Jon

Ranking: 10/10

While scrambling to find a campervan in the middle of high season in Queenstown the only company that was able to help me was The Pod. The service was great and the owners were absolutely lovely. The camper itself was exactly what we were looking for and was great for two people. The little kitchen in the back was well appointed and we had just about everything we needed! Will absolutely use them again next time I'm in queenstown!

Reviewed 5 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Jon - it was a pleasure to be able to scramble a van together at short notice to help you guys out. See you next time :)

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Cathy's avatar

Cathy

Ranking: 10/10

Mike, Liz and their team were fantastic. Super easy to communicate with, offered genuinely personalised service and always on hand for any problems that came up. The vans are a good size, well equipped and super easy to drive. Couldn't recommend them more highly.

Reviewed 12 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the review Cathy :)

Hayley Surgeson's avatar

Hayley Surgeson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A huge thank you to pod campervans, had an unreal time in NZ and a lot of it was made possible because of the Pod and there amazing service we can't thank them enough!! We had an incident in Queenstown with someone driving up the back of us, we documented the accident and drove to the pod depot in Queenstown, we were given a new pod and were back on the road within the hour! The car was compact and very reliable allowing us to travel both north and south island without any issues! On a side note I would stress the need for full coverage insurance to avoid extra cost at the end of the trip, insurance is expensive until you need it!

I would 100% recommend pod campervans and would use them again next time I am in NZ!!

Keep up the good work Mr and Mrs Pod :)

Reviewed 14 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Hayley - and we absolutely agree about the insurance option - all care and no responsibility insurance is exactly that! I'm really glad in your case that we did have a replacement van immediately available. Safe travels :)

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Tim Lambert's avatar

Tim Lambert

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Overall excellent experience and good support from Mike and Liz at Pod. The van was very comfortable, reliable and straightforward and all fittings in top condition. Everything matched what was said on the website. It’s an excellent way to see NZ and the sites we went to had good services to complement the campervans equipment.
A suggestion - it would be useful to have some easily accessible shelf or pocket, perhaps on the ceiling, to put things in at night, such as torch, water bottle, cell phone.
I would and will recommend Pod and would use again in the future.

Reviewed 19 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the feedback Tim, and I'm happy to say for this current season we have actually been adding a mesh pouch against the back of the Pods kitchen to store all your goodies in. Your van - Little Tommy, hadn't received his at the time of your rental sorry, but we're getting on to it!!

The Pod Rentals Team :)

Kate's avatar

Kate

Ranking: 10/10

We rented Little Bryn for 14 nights and he was amazing! We travelled round the South Island and thoroughly enjoyed our trip! The lady that checked us in was really friendly and helpful! Had previously emailed a few questions prior to our trip and they responded quickly and were helpful. Just one litttle thing a camping kettle would of been useful but apart from that would definitely use this company again and recommend them!

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for the feedback Kate - and don't forget to come back and do the north island next!!

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Paul Bradshaw's avatar

Paul Bradshaw

Thailand

Ranking: 10/10

An absolutely fantastic company to rent from. Before our trip I did a lot of research and saw some stories from other companies of vehicles going wrong and no support/lack of support. I read about The Pod and they seemed very strong on service as well as flexiblility and price. 100% true. From the pick up in Auckland to the drop off in Queenstown (2 and half weeks, 2,600km) everything was superb. We had 'Little Keith' and it was just perfect for us, easy to drive and had everything in it we needed. Mike and Liz were superb from start to finish, everything was done quickly and nothing was too much trouble. Whilst near Kaikorua, a stone flew up and we got a small crack which started to get bigger. Liz arranged for us to drop the car in at a garage in Christchurch and 2 hours later we were back on the road with a new windscreen. We really can't say enough about the whole experience, it made our travels complete and we will not be looking anywhere else or recommending anyone else when we return next. Mike, Liz and 'Little Keith' thank you very much for everything and see you again.

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Your flexibility in allowing us to help you out made you guys awesome to deal with Paul. And we should all extend our special thanks to the Christchurch Auto Glass team for getting you back on the road so quickly!!

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you again :)

Lucas Thygesen's avatar

Lucas Thygesen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

An unforgettable time!

We had the pleasure to rent Little Suzie for a month and it has been fantastic! The vehicle was perfect for our needs and comes with everything! Pod Campervan Rentals was great with a lot of nice benefits that you will pay for elsewhere. We had a very fast and friendly correspondence with Mike. We are so glad that we chose them and can definitely recommend this place!
They made New Zealand unforgettable! Thank you!
Johanne & Lucas

Reviewed 21 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks for choosing us Johanne and Lucas, and don't forget to come back again one day :)

Caroline Massart's avatar

Caroline Massart

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

The pod campervan rentals has excellent price for the quality you receive. On top of that the customer service is perfect with quick replies via e-mail, arranged pick-up and drop-offs and lovely staff; as we were travelling in the colder spring months we received extra bedding to make sure we were not cold. The pod is a relatively small campervan, but when doing research for bedding, this was actually best suitable for 1.98m long guy (6'6) as there was extra space at the end of the bed. For us this was the perfect campervan for 9 days, with a kitchen that has everything you need at the back - if you're going for several weeks on end it might be less suitable due to space restrictions.

Reviewed 22 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Caroline - great to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :)

Cindy B.'s avatar

Cindy B.

Ranking: 10/10

This was our first time driving around/sleeping in a campervan, and we had the absolute best time. The Pod was comfortable and cozy, and it was super easy to drive and park. There was more compartment space to store all of our things than I was expecting, and I appreciated all of the cooking and camping gear that came with the van. Would definitely recommend Pod Campervan Rentals to others!

Reviewed 26 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks so much Cindy! We look forward to seeing you again one day :)

Sivert Berg's avatar

Sivert Berg

Ranking: 9/10

We had a wonderfull time with pod rentals! No worries with the car except that the gears were a bit slow. Other than that, the van was in good shape and came at a good price. Friendly staff. Two small and friendly tips: the cussions kept sliding at night, so maybe make the edge of the bed a bit taller to keep them in place. Also, we got pulled up by the cops asking for our rental agreement, which we did not have.These are just minor things, and we are very pleased with the pod team.

Reviewed 27 days ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Thanks Sivert - we appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again another day :)

Layna Levorson's avatar

Layna Levorson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Literally zero complaints about the the pod campervan rental company. From the beginning we could tell that Mike and Liz put a lot of love and care into their campervans and have everything you could ever need in there! They even picked us up from our hostel and brought us to the company. They made sure we would have the best trip possible and took interest in our travel plans. Unfortunately we had a flat tire on our trip, we felt guilty and bad about it but they assured that it was no big deal and offered to pay for the repair directly (since we had full insurance). We highly recommend this company to anyone thinking about renting!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

The Pod Campervan Rentals responds:

Wow thanks Layna! You ladies were amazing clients, and Pod promo girl Bryan (the girl dog) was sad after you all left without her. Hope you have an awesome time for the rest of your travels :)

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