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Stationwagon

The backpacker classic! Nothing beats a stationwagon for touring New Zealand. Perfect for tourists on a budget who still want to experience New Zealand up close – not through the window of a bus!

HiTop Campervan

The Hitop Campervan is a thoughtfully designed vehicle that sleeps for 2 to 3 people.

Kuga Campervan

Travellers Autobarn has launched its brand new Kuga Campervan models in New Zealand – which come with brand-new fit-out (2016 - 2018). So if you like something NEW this is the right camper for you!

HI5 Campervan

Travellers Autobarn is launching our custom-built Hi5 Campervans in New Zealand! The Hi5 Camper is our biggest camper yet, seating and sleeping up to 5 people.

Chubby Camper

There is a new 2-berth campervan hire on the block in New Zealand! The Chubby Campervan is the perfect two-person campervan for the New Zealand road trip of a lifetime.

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Travellers Autobarn is a budget/backpacker campervan rental company with locations all around Australia & New Zealand

Travellers Autobarn is offering a wide range of campervans, campers, and vans for hire from two locations in New Zealand – Auckland and Christchurch. As a proud and well established Australian campervan company, Travellers Autobarn (est. 1993) has been operating in New Zealand since 2009 and is the perfect ’one stop shop’ for backpackers and budget travellers planning their self drive trip around New Zealand in a campervan. Our campervans are all factory built, purpose built for you to rent. They are reliable and functional, there’s plenty of space, and they are about the smallest vehicle that can truly to be called a campervan.

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  • Tue Service at office was very good.
Eaay process and great value.
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Correct, no problems with the van whatsoever.
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Outstanding Campervan Rental Experience! I rented a campervan from Travellers Autobarn Christchurchand had an incredible experience. The van was in great condition, Chris and Craig were friendly and supportive, and the service was excellent. Highly recommend them for a hassle-free and enjoyable trip!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Took a van from Auckland to Queenstown. They upgraded us to a tall van from a Chubby Camper. Pros and cons: slower, older (200k on the clock) , used more petrol, but more space (able to stand inside to cook etc). The pick-up and drop off were easy and the explanation/briefing on the vehicle was great. Very happy with the company and value for money and would certainly use them again

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Steve Brooking

Camper is very nice! We really enjoyed our time in the Hi-Top campervan. But…. they definitely have to invest in better sleepingbags. Please do yourself a favour and ask for an extra blanket. Even in high summer nights could be very cold (5-10 degrees) in New-Zealand. The sleepingbags they offer are so thin it’s not enough..

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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6000$ for 3 weeks. Kuga van 2011 more than 200k km When we got our van we where happy but quickly unhappy after. The van is slow for hills drive no more than 40km no matter what you do. Drinks a lottttt of gaz. When we took the car the guy insisted we need to make oil change before bringing back the van!! WTF also said we have to check oil level everyday and put more oil onto engine will be necessary every now and then. Also ask before bringing the van back we get it clean by professional ??! Also didn’t not check with us the car for inspection- back light was broken and a lot of scratches on windshield. Answer of the company guy: don’t care because you bought insurance we will pass those problems on your insure after even if I’m not responsible for those car problems and noticed them before leaving Very weird and uncommon for a rental company In march cold night in the van didn’t give us adequate sweeping blanket or sleeping bags. No heat in the van included even for 6000$

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Jessica Delattre

Had the best experience with travellers autobarn! my friend and I travelled around in the chubby Campervan and it had everything we need! Great bed, tools for cooking, power for charging our laptops. We managed to travel all around the south island with ease and woke up in some amazing camp spots. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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joanne hollings

Had the time of my life travelling around the South Island in December! My friend and I had the chubby camper and we road tripped to some of the best destinations in the country and had the convenience to stay at the many campsites along the way! The chubby camper van came equipped with a very comfortable double bed, table, fridge, sink, gas cooker and more. We never had any problems with the van and the staff working at Travellers Autobarn were very friendly and helpful with any questions we had! I'd highly recommend travelling with Travellers Autobarn and I can't wait for my next van life roadie!

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Samantha Jayne

Road trip round NZ south and north islands. The van was easy to drive and equipped with everything I needed. Joseph at the Christchurch depot was fantastic.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Kelli's avatar

Very good rental agency experiences with minor to be let for wishing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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axel schulze

Fantastic site! How often this site has saved our holiday and provided vital information is impossible to count. Some improvements and/or additions could be made: such as route maps to your destinations, and listing recycling centers.

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Joe Culbertson

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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We rented a van through them from 23rd Dec to 09 Jan. Paid more than 5,000 dollars. Our flight got cancelled and reschedule for the 25th Dec. I called them 4 times to try to get a pick up out of office since they were closed from 24th to 27th. It was not possible, even if they say contactless pick up available on their website. They extra charged me 200 dollars to pick up the van on the 27th saying they were sending someone just for me. The truth was they were open on the 27th as well and they just wanted to extra charge me a fee that doesn't exist. In general the van was ok, but really slow. It couldn't make more than 40 km/h where the road was ascent. People at the branch was helpful, but custom service is poor.

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I booked a campervan for 6 weeks with autobarn and was really excited about the road trip of my life. Since the beginning we noticed small issues with the van like some leak which could have been easily spotted and fixed if the van was checked properly before check in. When we call them about the issue they did not offer us any solution to fix the issues. Then we had mechanical issues , bad one that forced us to changed our itinerary because of the road condition ( too steep for example ) . Since those incident happened during Christmas and new years eve it was really hard to reach someone. Until the van literally stopped moving and left us on top of an hill. After that we had three days stucked at the mechanic and then we decided to rush to Christchurch to get a new van. I understand that mechanical issue are nothing related to the company but the help we had was not enough. The second van we had was great , I would be more than happy if I've had this van since the beginning but it was not the case . I spend more than 5000 for a van half broken when I could have had a nice and shinny van , How is this fair ? The only compensation I had was 3 days refund for the days spent at the mechanic. I work a full year to afford this roadtrip and definitely did not received the service I paid for.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2020

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Victorine MARIE

We had a wonderful experience thanks to Joseph from Travellers Autobarn in Christchurch! He assisted us with the pick up and drop off of our van and helped us with questions that came up during our travels. He explained everything so well and could always reach him in case of questions/emergencies etc. He even took us to the airport at the end of our travels! :)) The van itself was just great, it was wonderfully equipped and we had the best time during our 3 weeks of travelling the South Island. Very easy to drive and to keep clean, we would definitely rent with Travellers again. Thank you Joseph for everything! We will hopefully see you again soon! Jess and Mariana

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Jessica Rose

Have used them twice now, both in New Zealand and in Australia in different vans and have loved both experiences. Have used them twice now, both in New Zealand and in Australia in different vans and have loved both experiences. Really helpful service insuring that we had everything we wanted for our trip and the van worked great. We had a slightly older model with a few bumps and dents on the body work, but the internal fit was still very good and we had no problems with the engine. Would highly reccommend and if we are ever back this way, we will book again with TA!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

Alice's avatar

Campervan was good, refridgerator was making terrible noise and battery only holding max 12 hours from full charge. When calling customer service you end up in Australia at a friendly person but unable to solve any issue.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Arnold van der Linden

Easy pick up and drop off. Clear and easy to understand rental agreement and online pre check in procedure. Loved driving the van,it’s not as glitzy as others you see on the road but it had loads of storage, good fridge and lots of worktop space for food preparation. It was a little scuffed on thecinternal paintwork but if I’m honest that made it less intimidating to drive and use. Bit slow going up hills but we were there to see the scenery so that was fine. My daughter and I had a great time and would definitely recommend these vans,

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Karen Gething

Hired from the Christchurch depot of Travellers Autobarn their newly remodelled/refitted Hi5 Campervan. We needed a vehicle that seated and slept 4, this hi top van accommodated 5. Pick up and drop off was absolutely smooth and very professional. Their depot is very easy to get to catching the No. 29 bus and then a 10 minute walk if you want to use public transport. We had our nominated drivers collect the vehicle and drive to our accommodation to pick up the other passengers, this saved having to take our luggage to the depot. No issues with the van whatsoever during our month long trip of the South Island, all ran well. The remodel is fabulous making it easier to have separate areas for cooking and leisure seating/sleeping with easier access to the seating area from the sliding door access. Very happy with it's handling of some of the windy roads we travelled, would not have wanted the stress of driving a larger vehicle as some roads and bridges are very narrow. In all a great hire choice and would strongly recommend for a stress free travel experience.

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Anne Wallace

Rented a Kuga campervan for 20 days, great experience! Campervan was great, everything worked as expected. Very comfortable bed, fridge was big enough and microwave was an awsome plus. We had 2 big suitcases and were able to store them in the upper level. May be too small for 3 people.

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Amazing camper! Amazing Times! Thanks a bundle!

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Christian Cippis

Excellent service and vehicle, we had a great time!

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We had an incredibly stressful and disappointing experience with Travellers Autobarn after booking one of their vans via the recommendation of a travel agent for a 10 day trip around the south island. The trip started off smoothly and we were thrilled with how clean and spacious the van was. After trouble with a dead battery in Milford Sound, we jumped our car twice after it stalled mid-drive- the break assist, power steering, and gas all stopped. This was absolutely terrifying, especially with the steep drive back to Queenstown. After driving 4 hours nonstop with no air or radio on for fear of draining the battery. We were confident that the battery would be recharged and the van safe to drive after this, but it stalled again 3 times when we arrived back in the town center in Queenstown which was super concerning. We called the Christchurch office the next day and encountered a pretty rude staff member who insisted that this was all our fault because of the dead battery, even though that is not normal after a jump start and 4 hours of driving to recharge. She told us to call someone to diagnose the problem which we paid for out of pocket. This man wasn't a mechanic and couldn't tell us what was wrong besides that it was not due to the previous death of the battery. So we ate that cost and had no answers. We called customer service in Australia and had much better service with a woman who showed concern and put us in touch with her personal mechanic in Queenstown. This mechanic was very helpful and seemed qualified and smart. However after hours of looking at our van, he came up with hundreds of solutions that could fix our van but concluded that it was a really complex issue and that the van needed to be taken out of commission and looked at. He did say that the battery was 8 years old and overdue to be replaced as well as the spark plugs which made us furious, as we assumed we were renting a safe and up to date van........

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2018

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Hi Avery, Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your road trip with us. It’s very tricky situation when you have a breakdown on the road, we try our best to source the best professionals to assess and fix these problems as they happen. In this case, you advised you had an issue and when we sent you to a mechanic, but they indicated there is no problem with the vehicle. Three different mechanics assured us on each occasion that there were no safety issues with the vehicle. We would not allow you to continue with an unsafe vehicle. In the event of a mechanical breakdown we refund you for the time spent off the road and in this case, we refunded $330. It's difficult to predict if a vehicle is going to break down and we think this is the fairest to compensate for lost time. We are sorry you had a to deal with a breakdown and that you felt unsafe, that is not the outcome we want for our customers. I hope you we able to achieve some enjoyable experiences on your trip and enjoyed New Zealand overall.

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Bastian Graf

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Everything was perfectly good with TA. The van was clean and well maintained. The pick up and drop off were easy going, effective and fluent. I would recommend it without any doubt. Laurent

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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laurent twardowski

Very satisfied. The Kuga campervan didn't present any problem during the 17 days. Confortable bed and all commodities as advertised.

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João Carvalho

Nice campervan, all the facilities you need. Cold inside once summer is over.

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Tim Pellenkoft

We have rent a kuga van for 5 weeks and we really enjoyed it! Great service and clear communication at arrival in Auckland and drop of in Christchurch. The van was in good condition. Good value for the price, so we definitely recommend it!

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yvonne smolders

We have picked up our KUGA campervan at Christchurch office. The process was quite fluent. The van was in good conditions with some minor scratches. It served us well during our 23 day rental period. The only issue we had was with additional heater which didn't work. We were offered the reimbursement. Kuga van was spacious enough for two (OK, sometimes we missed some extra space). Fuel consumption was less than described on spec sheet. When deciding about choosing KUGA campervan we were not sure if it is manual or automatic since data on web page and on PDF spec sheet were different. After inquiry the data sheet was updated. Kuga is automatic. The drop off proces in Auckland depot was so fast we forgot to claim reimbursement for the heater:)

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Sasa Jamsek

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Pieterjan Tuybens

Tue Service at office was very good. Technical condition of caravan car was also good. But it is very expensive for what you get. Cheap and not very qualitative equipment ( e.g.camping chairs, dishes )...the kuga van does not really have a space for storage ( it is always mess in the van) ..it could be some more shelves/ closed storage space...

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Alexandra Alles

Such a great help in finding the right campervan and our trip was made so much easier/better with the rankers app!

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Kate Brandist

Great service and the van was well kitted out for our needs. The TA app was very useful too.

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Allyson Ekin

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The worst experience with a rental car. DO NOT use this company. We had to drive back several km 4 times to have things fixed. Fridge stops working after 2 hours nonpowered despite an extra battery, Emergency exit closed due to a faulty lock, broken ladder, faulty seatbelts etc. Beds are horrible, cushions falls apart, sleeping bags very thin, bad pans and no sharp knives. Our list is very long. We had to buy many stuff to live in the car, and we are experienced backpackers. They gave us a new car, but a defect waterpump after just 2 hours ment we had to drive back. Better of renting from other company even though more expensive, in the end less time with damage stuff and less problems. They wouldn't refund money even though experience was horrendous and they didn't keep their contract with the standard of the car.

Date of experience : February 04, 2019

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A trusty stead for our trip around New Zealand!

We hired a hitop camper for two weeks in New Zealand. It was the perfect companion for our adventure. We felt as though if there was a problem we'd be well supported as the staff where we picked our camper up in Auckland and where we dropped it off in Christchurch were amazing. I can't remember the name of the guy in the Christchurch office (he was young and Asian if that helps!) but he was so helpful and even dropped us off at the airport so we didn't have to get a taxi.

Hi Nicola B, His name is Joseph and he is great isn't he! Thank you for your kind words. Cheers Peter Burke

We hired a campervan during the seasons peak and it was good choice. Car was in reliable condition, we drove like 3000 km in 3 weeks without any technical problems and slept in the car everyday. Staff was friendly during picking-up and also dropping-off of the car. Car was Toyota Hiace with manual gear, so dont await any race car, but it is campervan, so its ok. Thanks.

Hi MichalKukol, Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. Much appreciated. Best regards, Peter Burke

We were nervous of taking the plunge hiring a camper van for the 3 of us, a couple and 8 year old (we are not budget backpackers) but took the opportunity of the new year long weekend of 4 days to give it a go - it was the best thing we did and the Kuga van from Perth made the trip memorable. easy to drive, lots of storage space and fitted with the essentials, microwave, fridge, hob, kitchen utensils and bed linen/towels. Sleeping was fine with our son in a top bunk, it is best for one person to set up the bedding to save time and frustration. Recommend to take out the extra stress free insurance to negate the $2k credit card bond and listen carefully to the comprehensive pre-start instructions to avoid surprises especially returning the vehicle - Perth staff were great, friendly and helpful. BCF can refill the 2kg gas for $8 and we hosed the Kuga down before dropping it back. The van is not fancy, take an iPad if you like consistent radio reception, but is value for money, clean, tidy and gives the freedom to stop anywhere on your road trip. Thank you Travellers Autobarn for a great experience we hope to repeat at the next long weekend.

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Hi SimonHi, Thanks, agree vans are not fancy, very pleased you had a great time. Will pass on your comments to the Perth team. They'll be thrilled. Cheers Peter

Rented out Kuga Campervan from the Brisbane branch for 30days. Took it on a roadtrip covering land from Sunshine Coast down to South Sydney. Only issue was a broken key which we were reimbursed for (max $100). Good value campers for a person looking for a cheap travelling holiday.

Thanks Chris P, Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. Cheers, Peter B

First in bullets the brutal facts as it will be a long story. If you are still interested after the bullets feel free to read the entire story: - Ford Falcon 400.000 kms - Broken tire in Outback - Broken fan-belt in Brisbane - No service during week-ends; stuck in Brisbane - Replacement-car and promises to reimburse costs - Customer service never replying w/o reminders - Replacement car, Ford Falcon 200.000 kms - Permanent red warning light in cockpit - Return of car in Sydney - Discussion about re-imbursement and of course only limited money back - Unfriendly words from customer service in Sydney - Advertising for a free ride to Airport for a Tripadvisor review – but of course not for customers having issues before Still interested, here we go: Pick-up of Ford Falcon, bad optical shape in Brisbane, 400.000 kms. After 2 weeks in the middle of the Outback a broken tire. Ok, can happen, but should not happen. Seeing the other tires…no more comment. After 5 weeks on a Saturday, a broken fan-belt in Brisbane. Ok, can happen, but for sure can be avoided with a normal maintenance and frequent replacements of such common strong demanded parts. Luckily it happened in a parking lot, so the lady driving was still able to park the car w/o the missing power steering. Do not imagine this situation on a freeway during rush-hour. Call roadside assistance, towed to Autobarn branch Brisbane. So the home to sleep in a dark, ugly industrial area w/o shower and restroom…stuck for 2 nights, as Autobarn is closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday. 2 nights in a very cheap hotel (AUD 80 per night) outside the city but with restroom and shower. Monday, discussion with manager of Brisbane branch. Replacement of car and the promise to reimburse the costs for the rental as well as the costs for accommodation. Just send an e-mail to customer service. Done. But no answer within one week. A small reminder and here comes the answer: “No, we will not pay. To whom did you talk…” Ok...follow up with Brisbane (for customer service would have been easy to figure out who of the 5 guys I talked to), but no, I had to figure it out. Found the guy, he confirmed to pay for the hotel. E-Mail to customer service with the name…of course no answer. Return in Sydney, long discussion, finally got some money back but by far not the costs incurred. When asking for a confirmation of what happened to try to get money from whatever insurance (which was the idea of a Autobarn guy) the guy told me ”that would be incorrect”. Oh nice…to try to get the remaining costs is incorrect…and such words from such a company. Of course the confirmation was never sent. Now back to the second car, Ford Falcon, 200k kms, permanent red warning light, roadside assistance again. They could not find something but the light was still there. Any more questions about maintenance and shape of cars? Not to forget, that you have to organize all your tolls on your own (if not Autobarn charges you a service of 75 AUD on top of the fine). Other companies organize you a direct debit of tolls…but of cause, for Autobarn the business is better like this…but regarding this I just refer to the other Tripadvisor reviews. In the return office is a nice paper telling you, make a review on Tripadvisor and get the trip to the airport for free (of course not for us, as we had bad experienced) So finally, if you want to feel good and enjoy your vacation, especially being one of the thousands European female student groups backpacking through Australia just one recommendation…pay a bit more and spend a few days less and take a serious, safe and co-operating company for your car…all guys in Europe, want you back alive and as beautiful as you are.

Hello Dear TripAdvisor Community, This is a difficult response for to write, but here goes. Apologies in advance for the length of my reply. The reviewer above is not a Travellers Autobarn customer. He did not book the vehicle, was not involved in the decision making process, that is, was not part of any process that compared the various rental vehicle company offers and was not involved in the decision to choose to rent from Travellers Autobarn. The reviewer was not present at the time of pick-up, so did not enjoy the benefit of our pre-trip safety and instruction briefing. The reviewer was not a signatory to the rental agreement and was not an authorised driver of the vehicle. Some further background information before addressing the points raised in the review. The vehicle was picked up in Melbourne on 31/10 for a 65 day rental and to be returned to Sydney on 13/12. The cost of the rental was $35 per day, including unlimited kilometres. During the 65 day rental period the hirers covered almost 10,000kms, or Approx 150kms every day. From Melbourne to ALICE SPRINGS and back to Sydney. This is a serious road trip. December is peak tourist season across Australia and a large Falcon wagon for $35 is not expensive. So the comments made in the review.."If you want to feel unsafe" - we have little control over how people may 'feel', so impossible for me to argue the point, but using the word 'safe' when talking about a tyre and fan-belt issue is deliberately inflammatory. I will come back to tyre and fan-belt issues a bit later. Ford Falcon 400,000kms - yes, they are 6 cylinder, 4 litre, made for Australia and great for road trips such as this. We service them regularly and 95% of the mileage is done in top gear on the highway. This is a 400,000km highway car. No apologies for that. Bad Optical shape.....?? It hurt the reviewers eyes I can only assume. We are describing a $35 per day Aussie Ford Falcon stationwagon that is a favourite of backpackers, but clearly not a favourite of the reviewer. Now to the real issues. A tyre issue in Alice Springs after leaving Melbourne. Anyone familiar with cars and this route would agree that it's entirely possible for a tyre to have a problem, as the reviewer says, "OK, it can happen" but also adds "it should not happen". I am sorry but why should it not happen?.... ever? Even if a new tyre left Melbourne on this trip, it could fail, for a number of reasons. For arguments sake, if the wheel alignment on the vehicle is not perfect then as you drive hour after hour for hundreds of kilometres in essentially a straight line, one edge, usually the inner edge on the front tyre could be scrubbed out in a distance much shorter than the distance from Melbourne to Alice Springs. NB; The wheel alignment on a vehicle can be drastically affected from hitting the kerb or just hitting a pothole. Road camber can also play a role when driving long distances. I do not know the cause of the tyre failure in Alice Springs, my point is that raining down fire and brimstone on Travellers Autobarn over such an issue could possibly be a little unfair. In any event, Travllers Autobarn, replaced the tyre at our cost as soon as practical once informed. Imagine if we started making promises such as 'you'll never have a tyre issue on a trip around Australia". Who reasonably expects us to make that promise? And who sets off on a trip to Alice Springs and back without considering in the back of their mind that they may at the very least might have to change a tyre. I think most people, even in their own private vehicles might think to themselves, "If I drive to Alice Springs and back and not even have an issue as small as a flat tyre, I'll be doing OK". All that said. Travellers Autobarn does apologise for any inconvenience suffered due to the tyre failure and especially apologises if our customer service was in anyway lacking during this issue. To the next mechanical issue; Failure of a fan-belt in Brisbane. Near the end of this epic road trip. Again, the fan belt, like the tyre is one of those items in a vehicle known as 'consumable items'. It is unusual for a fan belt to fail during a rental, and despite our regular servicing of our fleet we will never be able to ensure 100% non-failure of fan belts. In Australia especially, on long outback roadtrips, fan belts in otherwise good condition can rapidly deteriorate if a foreign object such as a stone gets, caught up, or it could fail simply through a manufacturers fault. When a fan belt that is connected to the power steering fails it actually much easier to steer the vehicle when it is moving faster than when it is moving slower. So the failure of the fan belt in the car park as opposed to failure of the fan belt on the Freeway is no more or less problematic than each other. The remainder of the items raised in the review are more or less subjective. Communication errors, assumptions, and mismatched expectations due to these communication errors and assumptions. We do not offer a 24hr hotline. We offer only limited assistance on weekends as there are no mechanics open and there's nothing we (or you) can do anyway. As such we can not apologise for a service we do not offer, this is something that is normally considered during the booking process and something we explain when picking up the vehicle. Remembering the reviewer was not involved in either the booking or pick-up, so one can understand where this mismatch of expectations arise. Our terms and conditions are very transparent and designed to be easily read and understood. The reviewer had an expectation of a level of service that had he been present at he would have understood we do not offer, and quite possibly would have decreased the level of frustration evident in his review. The comments regarding the TOLL infringements. Again, if the reviewer had been present at pick up he would have been 100% briefed on the issue. As the driver of a vehicle, any vehicle, even private vehicle, it's your responsibility not to run a red light, not to get fined for speeding, not to get parking fines and to pay your tolls....How is this a 3rd parties responsibility??? Unfortunately people are always looking for someone else to blame. Regardless of all of the above, I will apologise for any deficiencies in our customer service, if we have been disrespectful or if we have in any way failed to live up to our side of the bargain. 100% apologise. Customer service is an area we are always trying to improve. It could be argued that this response to the above review is an example of poor customer service as we should simply say sorry to the reviewer and promise to do better next time, and I understand that. But this response is not directed to the reviewer above, this response is directed to the entire TripAdvisor Community and any prospective customers that might read this review. This review is a reply, a defence, to a review that we believe should not have even been permitted. Maybe this dialogue between the reviewer and myself is helpful to someone on the web, but in reality, the review above and my reply are a massive waste of time and an example of all that is wrong with TripAdvisor and ….. dare I say it …the world today. On return of the vehicle in Sydney, our Fleet Manager sat down with the reviewer and discussed all these issues, after a lengthy chat they shook hands seemingly in agreement and the reviewer walked off and uttered an obscenity* in German directed at our fleet manager. *rhymes with Rissole. We ask all returning customers to complete an online survey using a tablet while we 'check-in' the vehicle. The results of the survey from the Actual Hirers of the vehicle include TAB Experience - Satisfactory Value for Money - Satisfactory Vehicle cleanliness - Very good Mechanical Conditions - POOR Customer Service - POOR Rent Again? - Maybe Recommend us - Maybe Any Comments - No Response THAT is THE ACTUAL REVIEW from our HIRERS LASTLY, "In the return office is a nice paper telling you, make a review on TripAdvisor and get the trip to the airport for free" *****This is NOT for Travellers Autobarn**** THIS IS a 'nice paper' ADVERTISING the BUS COMPANY that offers the trip to the Airport!!!!!!! PS: I should add that the hirers were refunded everything applicable under our terms and conditions. No arguments. Thank you for reading this far and apologies for ranting...... Best regards and have a great 2017 Peter Burke Owner, established 1993.

We had the best time in our Kuga campervan! Spent one month driving from Perth to Broome and back again, and never had issues with the car. It gave us the ultimate flexibility, and allowed us to camp in awesome locations. The staff at pick up were really helpful, and made us feel safe and ready to hit the Aussie roads. The van had everything we needed, and was so easy to use for different purposes. The kitchen was fully equipped, and the fridge made sure we had cold water in the dying heat! Would definitely recommend to any young backpackers, or even to an older crowd! :)

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Hi there hfriistravels, Am glad you had a great ime. Western Australia is awesome, can be hot, can be tough on cars. Thank you for your feedback! Best wishes. Peter B

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Last updated: 7/24/19

Travellers Autobarn welcomes the 2 berth Chubby Camper to its budget fleet. Get to know more about the latest add-on and learn why it's a popular choice among travellers. 

Travellers Autobarn is a large campervan rental that offers affordable 2 to 3-berth campervan deals in New Zealand. They have depots in Auckland and Christchurch, with their parent company located in Australia. Whilst the company specializes in the budget market, there have been some upgrades to their fleet as they welcome new models to their selection.

About Travellers Autobarn New Zealand

With partnerships from Escape Campers , Travellers Autobarn focuses on providing a variety of campervan deals suited for different types of travellers on a budget. At present, they have five campervan options, which are mostly for couples or small families. Youngsters certainly appreciate them as they allow rentals starting the age of 18. Compared to their branch in Australia with six depots, they only have two in NZ— both located in prime locations— in Christchurch and Auckland. Since they partnered with Escape, renters can pick-up/ drop-off the Escape campervan directly from/ to Escape's depots. Recently, Travellers Autobarn has been slowly adding campers, which are still aimed at the budget market.

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Travellers Autobarn offers a fleet of mostly older models that have miles on the clock. Most of the models have catchy exteriors and well-fitted interiors that include cooking essentials and sleeping gears. Most of these vehicles can sleep 2 to 3 people, except the Hi5 Campervan that accommodates up to 5. Only certain units come with a baby seat option. All campervans, except the Station Wagon, are equipped with sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, kitchen cutlery, pots and pans, and tea towels. You need to avail of the living equipment at $45 good for two if you're renting the 2 berth Station Wagon.

Chubby Camper

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The newest and the most popular campervan on the fleet, the Chubby Camper is a Toyota Hiace model with 2019 fit-out. Since this is a recent camper with newer features, no wonder this camper easily books out. This compact camper is a perfect unit for 2 persons who want extra comfort and style. It has plenty of internal space for you to eat, relax, and sleep comfortably. In the middle area are two storage spaces and a table that convert into a double bed. The built-in kitchenette at the rear comes with a sink, icebox, and another storage area. Plus, you have two electrical power-plugs for your electrical appliances.

Station Wagon

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Travellers Autobarn begins with their Station Wagon— the cheapest campervan on offer. This 2006- 2010 Toyota Estima model is the ideal choice for travellers in big groups. It is tagged as the company’s backpacker classic because of its well-designed layout and vehicle features. Travellers could either sleep at the rear area or at the 2-dome tent, for an additional price. Being an economical campervan, you might not be surprised that the cooking and kitchen facilities, along with the mattress and pillows are not free of charge, creating an additional expense to the budget. As with all older models you must expect some wear and tear on the vehicle and quite some miles on the clock, however, you are also getting an exceptionally cheap camper.

Hitop Campervan

The Toyota Hitop campervans are typically ranging between 2009 and 2012— all of which are designed for a 2 to 3 berth hire. As a Hitop campervan with extra headspace, taller people will enjoy longer trips without compromising their comfort. Aside from the campervan’s upgraded dimensions and certain additions such as gas stove, microwave, fridge, and the optional porta potti, there’s nothing more special with this Hitop campervan. And just like the Escape campervans, you still need to deal with a manual gear vehicle and you will need to visit external facilities for a shower. The bigger vehicle dimension may also be hitch as you need to carry the extra dash of weight all throughout your vacation – yes the hi-top will add drag and weight and cost more to run, so factor that in, but it has a lot more luxury than the previous 2 models.

Kuga Campervan 

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Seating and sleeping up to 3 people, the Kuga Campervan is one of the latest vehicles with 2016 - 2018 fit-out and the most popular option among travellers. Generally, the vehicle design and dimension are likely the same with Hitop campervans from many other competitors, but there are more unique features like attractive fittings, nicer upholstery, and some large compartments. The campervan is second to none when it comes to its high-quality fit-out and its easy-to-change configuration— from using the tables at lunchtime to getting ready for bedtime. Kuga is well-fitted for longer, comfortable trips because of its spacious cooking area and roomy sleeping space. The large windows also complete your scenic NZ road trip.

Hi5 Campervan

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To complete the Travellers Autobarn fleet, we give you the Hi5 Campervan. This up-to-date and top-of-the-line campervan hire may be priced a bit more than any other campervans on selection, it takes pride with its 2016 interior fit-out, and not to mention its added sleeping capacity. The priciest yet newest among all campervans on the fleet, this campervan is still within the economical rate that features extra storage, an additional height dimension, and full kitchenette. There are only two double beds, so practically this 5 berth model is recommended for a couple with 2 to 3 kids or 4 adults.

The insurance is included in the daily rental rate, but you may still be liable for the insurance excess up to $3,000. However, you can limit the liability by choosing their additional protection coverage. The Midway Protection ($20 per day) will reduce the excess to $1,500. And if you want a carefree NZ campervan experience with $0 excess, the inclusion of single-vehicle write-off and single-vehicle roll-overs, opt for the Protection Plus by paying $30 per day – which is actually quite cheap for that much coverage.

Thoughtfully designed for the budget economy, Travellers Autobarn remains to be a good option to save money while still enjoying the scenic NZ views. The company has already created a name in the campervan rental industry all over the world, consequently giving them an edge among small, family-owned campervan hires in the country. However, since you are paying less for your vehicle, you cannot expect a refined accommodation on wheels. The choices may not be as big and striking compared to other classy campervans on the road, but these are well-fitted for a reliable road trip because each camper still provides you with the needed camping essentials.

All in all, Travellers Autobarn can be a great deal if you’re on a shoestring budget. But of course, you should also take into account that a lower price might take a toll on the campervan’s efficiency and overall amenities. Well, you just can’t expect older models to run perfectly without any glitches. You may need to spend a little more money for a more pampering road trip.

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Want to test-drive the van life, literally? Travellers Autobarn has campervans for hire. We took one on the road to try it for ourselves.

Living out of a camper is no longer just for dirtbag climbers or travel-hungry globetrotters. People of all ages and from all walks of life have embraced either traveling or living full-time by campervan. And that’s just as true with renting the van life. For those not ready to purchase, there are plenty of great applications to using a van for adventures.

Who are campervans for? Really, anyone. Recent grads, remote workers, seasonal park employees, travel nurses or travel writers, retirees, and more are hitting the road, sleeper-style.

And Travellers Autobarn offers fully built-out campervans — with tons of room for gear — at an unbeatable price. I loved the van itself. But I also liked the services and features the company provides. These include unlimited mileage, access to a campground app subscription, solar panels for off-grid living, and more.

Kuga Campervan Rental: On-the-Road Review

Travellers Autobarn, an Australian company, just upgraded its fleet of Kuga campervans . The company is also fairly new to the U.S. It’s been running in Australia since 1993, but operations began here in 2019.

I lucked out and took one out for a 7-day road trip through California. Here are my thoughts on the experience. 

Travellers Autobarn campervan at camp with camp chairs and a blanket outdoors

Overall Quality

The van excelled in some areas. In others, it was pretty standard.

The overall essentials provided in the van were really great, and they were certainly everything I needed. The company thought of lots of little details, including USB charging ports for phones, a can opener in the kitchen, and exterior lighting for sitting outside at night.

All of the company’s Kuga Campervans were updated in 2020; however, the actual vans date back as far as 2012. This means that the cab, engine, and driver’s area aren’t quite new.

Now, I can’t totally fault Travellers Autobarn on this — the brand does market itself as a budget rental service. Just know that you might get a campervan, fully built out and functional, but older.

Appliances and Functionality

The appliances in the campervan are awesome. I tested every aspect and the features rocked it.

The Dometic gas cooktop sports two burners, and the Dometic fridge worked like a charm. The solar lights, panels, and outlets were all easy to navigate. And the electric hookups did the job as well.

Also worth noting, unlike an RV, the solar batteries are quiet — there’s no generator humming or groaning in the night.

campervan propane burner

Now, as someone who usually backpacks or tent camps, I only used the electric hookups one night (which power an added 12V microwave). Everything else in the van ran off solar . In my opinion, the hookups are great, but totally optional — with solar power, you can choose whether or not to stay in a developed campground.

Kuga campervan bed

The campervan I tested sleeps up to three folks. I never had three people inside, but the length and width of the bottom-level bed are spacious enough for two, and the upper loft (purely for sleeping) is adequate.

There’s not much headroom for the third person up top — about a foot — but hey, it can sleep three. And when the loft is stored away, there’s still plenty of livable space for one or two.

I used the upper loft section for bedding and extra gear storage. It’s worth noting that the max standing height in about two-thirds of the van is 6’5”, more than ample for most travelers.

Gear and Storage

Let’s talk storage, which is arguably the most important part of a campervan. No one wants to take a 2-week road trip or embrace the van life if there’s no room for toys and luggage on board.

There are three storage bins under each bench in the living space of the van: two cubby-sized bins and one large main compartment. I was impressed. This room provided stash space for climbing gear and shoes , carry-on luggage, camp blankets, furniture, chairs, dirty hiking boots, and more.

On this trip, I had a 50L duffel bag, camp chairs, a blanket, a paddleboard , a daypack, a hydration bladder pack, and a travel Dopp kit all stashed away.

That’s in addition to the water hosing and electric hookups, bedding, sleeping bags, pillows, and a full cookware and kitchen set (teapot, mugs, utensils, dinnerware) provided and stored in the van.

campervan living space

For a one-week road trip, I had everything I needed and more. For anything longer, I would have still had ample room for gear, but I would probably have to be more strategic about food storage. (The campervan included a fridge, so I didn’t bring a cooler.)

Based on what I packed, I was able to utilize the storage for both living essentials and my personal gear. Converting the storage benches from a dining area to a bed was also fairly easy, though most days I opted to forgo the interior table. I picnicked, ate, and aprés outdoors instead.

Water, Gas, Solar, and Electric

The Dometic cooktop uses standard propane, and it’s a great size. Additionally, the fridge fit more than I thought it could. Anything not stored in the fridge went into the cupboards, which had extra room for dry goods in addition to the van’s cookware.

The water tank in the Kuga campervan holds an impressive 13 gallons (some van builds have tanks as small as 5), providing plenty of water storage for a week or several weeks.

The hose that came with the van (for refilling the tank, which I never needed to do but did test) is a standard 25-foot hose. The water pressure in the sink was great, and this aspect was seamless to operate.

campervan water refill

The solar panels on the roof also worked great, and — thanks to California’s sunny disposition — it provided plenty of power along my trip. And the battery system was quiet.

The solar panels powered outlet and USB charging ports, the fridge, and interior and exterior lighting. In one national park, it took less than 2 hours from sunup for the two solar panels to fully charge. Impressive.

This campervan rental and road trip experience would have been miles different without this awesome solar-powered feature included on the Kuga Campervans.

Travellers Autobarn: Pick Up/Drop Off Process, Customer Service

Picking up my campervan had some ups and downs.

First, the company does an awesome job with communication, namely pre-check-in emails and digital information about your trip. I got an email several days before, a day before, a receipt upon arrival, and several at the end of the trip.

The Los Angeles Travellers Autobarn office, which I assumed would be a sunny and busy mecca, was a fairly low-key van depot. The public-facing company storefront was closed due to COVID, so take the following with a grain of salt. There was only one other person waiting to check in and pick up a van, so it didn’t take long.

The staff member who checked me in was helpful but didn’t seem the most engaging. He gave a full overview and walkthrough of the van features, answered a few questions I had, and (after a short mixup with a set of keys) I was on my way.

Returning the van at my final destination was a much smoother experience. The staff was super friendly, and the office seemed a bit more organized. Overall, my experience with Travellers Autobarn staff and customer service (in person and over the phone) was positive.

Renting With Travellers Autobarn: Why You Should

Now, I’ll dig into all the behind-the-scenes, fine-print details. Here are the pros (there are lots) and cons of renting a campervan with Travellers Autobarn.

Campervan: Fully Equipped

It’s a campervan! Sure, you could rent a car from Budget and road trip to hit some national parks, or stealth camp in a U-haul .

But really, if you are going to give someone else (or yourself) a road trip adventure, go all out. Bring refrigerated goods, bring your favorite pillow, bring the surfboard, and the trad climbing rack.

Bask in the convenience of solar panels and running water. Glamp it up.

Low Renter’s Age

Unlike Outdoorsy , GoCamp , and several other van rental services, you don’t have to be over 25 to rent with Travellers Autobarn. (There’s no young driver fee, either!) All you need is to be 21 or older.

This is a huge perk for recent grads (like my younger sister), young professionals, and millennials looking to dip their toes into the ever-trendier “living out of a van” lifestyle.

No Mileage Fees

Repeat after me: Free. Unlimited. Mileage. Take that unexpected road detour. Stop at your friends’ house. Don’t stress about how many miles you spend driving around looking for the perfect spot to camp .

Don’t worry about added costs if you go over. Travellers offers unlimited miles on every campervan rental. I love this aspect of its service.

the Kuga Campervan parked along California's pacific coast highway

Budget-Friendly

Travellers Autobarn told us that the all-inclusive (campervan rental, insurance, supplies) average cost per trip is $20-40 per day. (My trip came to almost exactly $33 a day.) We’ll do the math for you: A 2-week road trip is about $420. That’s cheaper than most airline costs — and definitely cheaper than a week of lodging.

Even on a DIY road trip, I can see myself spending at least $20 per day on what the campervan provides: a vehicle, lodging, a place to cook and eat (stove and fuel), and a gear room on wheels. Now, the cost does go up when you factor in things like campground fees and gas, but that’s all part of being on the road.

To make the deal sweeter — or if you are on a tight budget ( ahem , young professionals) — and worth your while, Travellers tosses in things like discounts for more days on the road, a free subscription to a campground app (with discounts) for all renters, and free 24-hour roadside assistance (which you hopefully won’t need!).

Campervan Cons, Other Logistics

I experienced very few cons with this campervan rental service. But, there were a few.

Driver and Vehicle Safety

Travellers Autobarn is a budget campervan rental company. Its vans are affordable and accessible to nearly everyone. If you are looking for a luxury, $200-per-night van getaway, this isn’t it.

The company discloses that its vans are older (as old as 2012) GMC and Chevrolet vehicles, meaning the cab isn’t the most up to date, and its controls may be manual (side mirrors, windows).

I imagine for renters not familiar with driving 18-foot vans, high-tech vehicle features like smartphone compatibility for directions and automatic controls in all vans would be nice. And that may even make the driving experience safer.

van cockpit

For context, we not only test-drove a campervan, but we also took a look at Travellers Autobarn’s whole California fleet for a better perspective. I’d guess a bit more than half of the vehicles had newer, automatic controls.

However, I also had a few issues on the topic of vehicle safety. One, the van I got had over 130,000 miles on it (this is not a con, just more mileage than I expected). And two, I had a few engine/service lights go on and off while driving.

When you are 80 miles from the nearest town or driving up a mountain road, this can be nerve-wracking. I had cell service, and I was able to call the company’s customer service (the team member I reached was helpful and knowledgeable) to determine whether it was safe to continue driving. But no one wants to have to deal with that on a road trip, especially when the company is marketing travel to remote places.

Slightly newer vans should be in Travellers Autobarn’s future plans. And unofficially, they are, as the company told me it plans on updating the vans every few years.

Because these are rental vehicles, Travellers Autobarn does not allow pets. So if you’re a pup parent, you will need to make arrangements for when you’re away.

Itineraries

a webpage showing Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan itinerary

For a vehicle rental service, it’s cool that Travellers also provides itineraries for those looking for more structure and trip ideas. This takes them up a level in my mind from just a rental service to more of a campervan and adventure company.

a webpage describing a week-long Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan itinerary

It even designs itineraries around specific activities, like climbing and winter sports.

I followed one of its itineraries as I tested the campervan. And while I loved the stops, national and state park recommendations, and pace, I do wish a few more details were included.

Things like two or three recommended options of where to stay, maybe a few “locals’ tips,” and a labeled estimated driving time for each day would be helpful additions.

Limited Pick-Up Locations

If you visit Travellers’ website, the first thing you’ll probably notice is its extensive, nationwide itineraries.

We’re talking Seattle, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Denver, Miami. The contiguous U.S. is your oyster (kind of). However, Travellers’ home bases for the brand new Kuga Campervans are only in L.A. and San Francisco, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is in addition to Travellers’ home stomping ground of Australia and New Zealand .

So, if you are super set on renting a campervan from these folks, you’ll want to factor travel to those locales in.

I will add that Travellers Autobarn is expanding to home bases in Denver and Seattle this year. So hopefully, you won’t have to wait long to get more options near you!

Final Thoughts

I traveled over 1,000 miles around and across California, hit up four National Parks, and a half dozen state parks as well. The van was fairly easy to drive, the interior living space functioned really well, and there was room for gear.

Short of not quite feeling like home (though this rental was better than some other rental “lodgings” I’ve experienced), this van delivered. It gave me comfort, convenience, and access to outdoor spaces.

And given everything that was included, the price is a huge positive that you really can’t turn down. I’d consider renting from Travellers Autobarn again, unless I catch myself buying and building out my own van first.

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Travellers Autobarn is a campervan rental company that we’ve used on several occasions, both in the U.S. and abroad. The Australia-based company has been around for over 30 years now, although it launched in the United States just a few years ago. Even so, it has quickly become one of the best places for RV rentals in the USA .

The company is concentrated in the Western U.S., so we’ve rented Autobarn campervans for a couple of trips around Las Vegas and the West Coast. More recently, we rented the Kuga campervan from Travelers Autobarn for an exciting journey through New Zealand. I can wholeheartedly recommend this rental service, especially if you’re looking for a vehicle that’s safe and comfortable, but also within your budget.

If you want to cut right to the chase and rent a camping van, you can go straight to the Travellers website . Otherwise, keep reading for my full Travellers Autobarn review , what we love about it, and why it’s one of the best campervan rentals in the U.S.

My honest Travellers Autobarn review – 3 campervan rentals later

As I said, we’ve used Travelers Autobarn a few times now, so we’ve become quite familiar with their campervans and the whole rental experience.

We rented the Kuga campervan each time, as it’s the perfect model for us. This high-roof campervan is efficiently designed and has a dining area, sleeping area, and a full kitchenette. I’ll share more about the Kuga van and the other Travellers camper van rentals in a bit, but just know that every rental comes with free unlimited miles, which is a huge bonus.

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My honest Travellers Autobarn review

Since we travel as a couple, we have plenty of space in our campervan. That said, the Kuga model is designed to accommodate up to 3 people, which I can imagine would be a bit uncomfortable, but doable. The loft area converts into a single bed, but since we didn’t need it, we used it for extra storage space.

I also love that we can prepare our own meals in the van. This is perfect for when we want to explore more remote areas for extended periods of time. The campervan comes with a sink, fridge, and gas cooktop, powered by the van’s battery. There is also a microwave, but this is powered by the van’s solar panels, so that’s something to be aware of.

The campervan is tall enough for us to be able to stand up inside it, which makes it a lot easier to move around (Dan is 5’ 11”). Plus, we can convert the dining area into a bed in less than 2 minutes without having to open the doors. However, if you’re in the driver’s cab, you must exit the vehicle to get into the back part of the van.

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During the rainy days, we often use the dining area for work. We always travel with a portable Wi-Fi device , the Solis hotspot , so we can have reliable internet connection everywhere, but there are also other awesome options if you need internet while traveling .

As for driving, it’s an automatic transmission, so it’s quite easy to maneuver. It might take a bit of getting used to since it’s more top-heavy than a regular minivan, but it’s not difficult at all.

And, of course, the price for a Travellers camper van rental is very competitive. The company markets itself as a budget rental service, so you can find great deals. That said, the prices vary depending on the season, as well as where you pick up the vehicle. We’ve always picked up our campervan in Vegas, and the daily rate was around $120/day. Again, you get free unlimited miles as well as 24/7 roadside assistance, making this one of the best campervan rentals in Las Vegas .

The only con for us is that some of the vehicles are older, with some dating back to 2012. However, the company regularly services and updates its fleet, and the interiors were overhauled in 2020.

Travellers Autobarn locations in the USA

Travelers Autobarn USA has three locations in the Western U.S. At each location, the pick-up times are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the drop-off times are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Las Vegas location is just a few blocks from the Strip, so it’s super convenient. You can pick up your Travellers campervan after visiting the top attractions in Vegas . The Travellers website even has popular road trip ideas to inspire your next adventure.

You can also find Travellers camper van rentals in Los Angeles , California. The office is in Inglewood, so you can check out LA’s best attractions , and then head out on the road to explore the more natural areas and parks.

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There is a third Autobarn location in San Francisco , specifically across the San Francisco Bay, in Hayward. If you want to start your trip in this city, a good idea would be to see the best places in San Francisco , then hop aboard your campervan for a road trip adventure.

Travellers Autobarn announced that it has two more U.S. locations coming soon: Denver and Seattle . So, you’ll have even more options for renting a cheap Travellers campervan and exploring the great United States wilderness.

Other Travellers Autobarn locations around the world

There are additional Travellers Autobarn locations outside the United States. The company actually started in Australia , so there are offices throughout the country, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, and Darwin.

They also offer campervan hires in Auckland and Christchurch, in New Zealand, as well as an office in Tokyo, Japan .

Types of Travellers Autobarn campervans

Choosing the right vehicle for your trip can be tricky, so Travelers Autobarn makes it easy by offering 4 types of campervans. You can find more details about each type below.

Keep in mind that an optional “living equipment” bundle is available with any rental for a one-time fee. It includes things like cutlery, pots/pans, cleaning supplies, sleeping bags, and linens. Also, Travelers campers in the USA aren’t self-contained, but you can purchase a portable toilet for a one-time fee, so it’s something to consider if you want to do some dispersed or free camping.

Minivan Rental – Seats 2-5 • Dodge Grand Caravan (2012 – 2017 Model)

The Travellers minivan rental is a converted Dodge Grand Caravan. It’s good for weekend tent camping trips to nearby locations. Since it’s smaller than the other vans, it gets slightly higher mileage plus, it’s easier to drive.

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Travellers Autobarn minivan rental

You can add the living equipment bundle to this rental for $45, and it includes a 2-person tent, two camping chairs, an outdoor table, a gas cooktop, and cooking supplies. There is also the option to rent a folding foam mattress with sleeping bags and pillows.

Hi-Top Campervan – Seats 2-3 • Sleeps 2-3 • Chevrolet Express Campervan (2014 – 2016 Interior)

The Hi-Top Campervan from Travellers Autobarn is a Chevrolet Express campervan that sleeps 2-3 people. It has an older interior than the other campervans, but also tends to have lower daily rates, so it’s a cheaper alternative.

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The van has a full kitchenette with a 2-burner gas stove, a fridge, a sink, and a microwave. It also has an 11-gallon water tank, 120V and USB plug-ins, a double bed fit-out, and a single bed in the loft area. You can add the living equipment bundle to this rental for $45.

Kuga Campervan – Seats 2-3 • Sleeps 2-3 • Chevrolet Express Campervan (2019 – 2021 Interior)

The Kuga campervan is Travelers Autobarn ’s most popular model and our personal favorite. It has a full kitchenette with a 2-burner gas stove, a fridge, a sink, and a microwave. You’ll also have an 11-gallon water tank, 120V and USB plug-ins, a double bed fit-out, and a single bed in the loft area.

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Travellers Autobarn Kuga campervan

This Autobarn campervan has slightly newer interiors compared to the Hi-Top Campervan, as well as exterior lights and rooftop solar panels. You can add the living equipment bundle to this rental for $45.

Hi5 Campervan – Seats 4-5 • Sleeps 4-5 • Ford Transit Campervan (2022 or Newer)

Finally, the Hi5 Campervan is the largest Travellers campervan available, as well as the newest. It features a full kitchenette with a 2-burner gas stove, two fridges, a sink, and a microwave. There is also an 11-gallon water tank, 120V and USB plug-ins, two double beds, exterior lights, and rooftop solar panels.

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The custom-built interior of this campervan hire grants you more storage room and a living area, plus a second row of seating behind the front cabin. It can sleep 4-5 people, so it’s ideal for families or groups. You can also add the living equipment bundle to this rental for a one-time fee of $75.

Travellers Autobarn insurance options

While Travelers Autobarn gives you the option to forego insurance, I always recommend purchasing insurance, so you’re covered in case anything happens. Besides, Travellers Autobarn’s insurance options are straightforward:

  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): Covers damage to your campervan, includes protection for 2 tires and the front windshield. $13/day ($25/day for Hi5 Campervans).
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI): Up to $500,000 in protection against 3 rd parties (other vehicles, property, or people). $13.99 ($16.50 for Hi5 Campervans).
  • Protection Plus : Includes CDW and SLI. $26.99 ($41.50 for Hi5 Campervans)
  • Minimum Cover : $0. You’re responsible for any and all damages.

It’s always a good idea to purchase insurance! You don’t want to risk having to pay thousands of dollars for any damages caused by you or someone else.

If you’re traveling from outside the country, don’t forget your travel insurance for the USA . Health care is ridiculously expensive here!

Price of Travellers Autobarn campervan rentals

One of the best things about Travellers Autobarn is that it offers highly competitive rates. That said, the price of your rental depends on several factors, such as the pick-up location, the type of campervan, and the season.

Below, you can see the prices for a Travellers van rental for a 7-day trip and a 30-day trip. For this comparison, I selected Las Vegas as the pick-up and drop-off location.

*Sales tax and insurance not included

Travelers Autobarn ’s daily rates tend to be lower for longer trips, so you can save a lot of money if you’re traveling for several weeks or taking a month-long journey. You’ll find the lowest rates on the company’s website, and if you check the “Specials” page, you may find limited-time offers.

Also, your rental comes with free unlimited miles, 24/7 roadside assistance, a 30-day free trial to The Dyrt’s campground app, and discounts at select RV parks. All these benefits make Travellers Autobarn one of the best places to rent a campervan in the USA .

Travellers Autobarn promo codes & discounts

The Autobarn Travellers rates are already very good, but if you’re looking to save even more money, you can take a look at the website’s “Specials” page . Just make sure you read the terms and conditions to see what’s included and not included in these limited-time offers.

Travellers Autobarn discount for long hires

You can save on your Travelers camper van rental by extending the length of your trip. The “long-hire” discount is automatically applied to rentals over 7, 14, and 21 days. This discount lowers the daily rate 5%-20%, so you can save quite a lot. One-way fees are waived for any rentals over 28 days.

Travellers Autobarn special deals

Throughout the year, Travellers Autobarn offers special discounts for certain locations. For example, 15% off rentals out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles during some months. Check the website’s “Specials” page for more information on current Travellers Autobarn deals.

Travellers Autobarn relocation deals

Another special offer you can find on the website is a relocation deal. These types of discounts change throughout the year but can be a great deal if you’re flexible with your travel dates.

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For example, you may find a Las Vegas to San Francisco relocation deal that includes 3 free days and 700 miles. However, the special only applies to certain Autobarn campervans . Also, you’ll be charged for any excess miles (50 cents/mile) and days ($99/day).

Travellers Autobarn discount for U.S. military personnel & veterans

Lastly, U.S. military service members and veterans can get 10% off their Travellers campervan for rental periods of 7 days or longer. To get the discount, you must contact Travellers Autobarn customer service and present valid documentation.

10 Things that make Travellers Autobarn the best campervan rental in the U.S.

There are plenty of reasons why Travellers Autobarn is considered one of the best campervan rentals in the USA . Below, I’ll share the top 10 reasons why Travelers Autobarn stands out from the rest.

1. Space-efficient conversions

Travellers campervans are ideal for couples, which is why they’re so perfect for us. The Kuga and Hi-Top vans can accommodate 2-3 people, while the Hi5 vans can sleep 4-5. In addition to a full kitchenette, there is a convenient dining area with a double bed fit-out, plus a loft area that can be used for storage or an additional bed.

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One of the coolest things about the campers from Travelers Autobarn is that you can easily convert the dining area to a sleeping area in less than 2 minutes without having to open the van’s doors or stepping outside.

We visited New Zealand during our 10-month around-the-world trip and we were traveling with two big suitcases, plus two big camera bags. However, we had plenty of room in our campervan to move around comfortably.

2. Fully-equipped campervans

Travelers’ camper van rentals come with everything you need for life on the road. Your camper comes with a full kitchenette, which includes a decent-sized fridge, a microwave, a sink, and a gas cooktop. You’ll also have plenty of storage space for dry goods as well as luggage and equipment.

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Fully-equipped campervans

The vans also have an 11-gallon water tank with a 25-foot hose, charging ports, and USB plug-ins. The Kuga and Hi5 campervans also have rooftop solar panels, so you can enjoy short-term off-grid living.

We also appreciated the battery capacity since on our New Zealand trip it rained non-stop for 3 days, and we were able to work on our laptops without driving around or draining the batteries.

3. Free unlimited miles

One of the best things about renting a campervan from Travelers Autobarn is that you get free unlimited miles, regardless of which vehicle you choose. So, there’s no need to worry about taking a detour or circling the lot looking for a parking spot.

4. Great campervan rental prices

In addition to free unlimited miles, Travellers Autobarn has highly competitive daily rates, making them one of the best options for budget-conscious travelers. You can get a campervan rental for as low as $50/day, and insurance costs as little as $13/day.

Of course, keep in mind that the prices depend on things like your rental location, the length of your trip, the type of van you rent, and the season.

5. 24/7 roadside assistance

Another perk of renting from Travelers Autobarn is that you’ll have 24/7 access to their roadside assistance team. So, if you get stuck with a flat tire, you need a jump-start, the vehicle breaks down, or anything else, help is just a phone call away.

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24/7 roadside assistance

Travellers Autobarn can also help with any questions or concerns you may have, be it a mysterious light on your dashboard or you’re worried about running out of gas. To reach them, simply dial 1-800-469-4790.

So far, we haven’t had to use roadside assistance, and I hope to keep it that way!

6. Super quick pick-up/drop-off process

Once you confirm your reservation, you’ll receive email alerts in the days leading up to your pick-up time with all the necessary information. You can also complete the online check-in to make the in-person pick-up process super quick and easy. You’ll also receive email notifications before your drop-off date.

7. Friendly pick-up/drop-off times

Travellers Autobarn ’s pick-up hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and the drop-off hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday. If you need to arrange pick-up outside of these hours, you can contact customer support. However, contactless pick-up is only available in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

8. No young driver fee

Many campervan rental companies require drivers to be at least 25 years old, but with Travellers Autobarn , you can rent a van as long as you’re 21 or older. Plus, there is no young driver fee, making this the best option for young professionals or recent graduates.

9. Discounted caravan parks

When you rent a Travellers camper van , you’ll get a 10% discount for your stay at any KOA campground in the U.S. You’ll receive the discount code when you pick up the vehicle, and you can use that code when booking your campsite reservation on the KOA Campgrounds website .

Be aware that this 10% discount applies to your first stay, and for a maximum of 4 nights.

10. Free 30-day campground app

Travellers Autobarn is partners with the online campground platform, The Dyrt. With your Travelers camper van rental , you’ll get a 30-day free trial for The Dyrt’s Pro Camping app .

The app helps you find top-rated campgrounds in your area, download campsite maps, create your own itineraries, and more. You can even get exclusive discounts at hundreds of campgrounds nationwide.

Travellers Autobarn terms and conditions

It’s always important to read the fine print so you know what you’re getting with your campervan rental. You can read the full Travellers Autobarn terms and conditions here , but I think the most essential information pertains to cancellations and changes to your rental.

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For example, if you want to extend your rental period or change your drop-off location after picking up the camper, you must contact Travellers Autobarn and obtain written consent. Also, these types of changes may result in an additional fee (up to $500)

There is also a $25 fee if you make any changes to your rental reservation within 28 days of your pick-up date or during your rental period. No refunds will be given if you change to an earlier pick-up or drop-off date within 28 days of the original date.

Regarding cancellation fees, it depends on when you cancel:

  • Up to 14 days before pick-up : free cancellation
  • Within 14 days of pick-up : $200
  • Within 7 days of pick-up : 50% of the rental price
  • Same-day cancellation/no-show : 100% of the rental price

Again, you can read the full terms and conditions for Travellers Autobarn online or contact them if you have any questions.

How to contact Travellers Autobarn in the U.S.

If you have to contact an Autobarn location or the customer support team, you have a few ways to do so:

Travellers Autobarn phone number (for customer support)

You can contact the customer care team Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reach them by phone at 1-800-469-4790.

Travellers Autobarn email

If you have a question or request that isn’t urgent, you can send Travellers Autobarn an email via the official website or at [email protected] . They usually respond within 24 hours.

Travellers Autobarn roadside assistance

You can use Traveler Autobarn roadside assistance 24/7 at 1-800-469-4790. The assistance team is on Skype, WeChat, and WhatsApp.

Travellers Autobarn reviews from other road trippers

You don’t have to take our word for it; there are plenty of others who have had great experiences with Travelers Autobarn . Across its three U.S. locations, the company has an average of 4.5 stars on Google, with over 340 reviews.

Here is a positive Travellers Autobarn review from a customer who took their campervan across different terrains and elevations. They point out how reliable the vehicle was, allowing them to enjoy total freedom and convenience:

Travellers Autobarn review

This is another review from a customer who chose the Kuga camper van rental from Travellers . They noted how flexible and functional the van’s layout was, and the overall efficiency of the vehicles and the company:

Travellers Autobarn reviews

No company is immune from negative reviews, so here is an example from a customer who gave the company a 1-star rating. However, it seems that there was a communication issue, and they called the wrong phone number:

Travellers Autobarn review

Here is how Travellers Autobarn responded:

Travellers Autobarn review response

Overall, the majority of customers are super satisfied with their Autobarn campervans , regularly praising the vehicles’ useful storage areas and bed fit-outs, as well as the seamless renting process. You can read more reviews for Travellers Autobarn here .

Summing up: Main pros & cons of renting from Travellers Autobarn

After reading this Travellers Autobarn review , it’s clear that this rental company has way more advantages than disadvantages. To summarize, here are the most important pros and cons of Travellers Autobarn :

Overall Travelers Autobarn is an amazing choice, especially if you’re looking for a budget-friendly campervan rental. The Kuga van from Travellers is the perfect vehicle for our road trip adventures, providing plenty of storage, sleeping space, and a full kitchenette. Best of all, we get free unlimited miles with every rental, on top of the already competitive rates.

Travellers doesn’t allow pets, but that’s not a problem for us. And while some of the models are older, all of the vehicles are regularly serviced. So far, we have never had to call roadside assistance! If you’re in the western USA, this is by far one of the best companies you can rent from.

FAQs – Travellers Autobarn review

To finish up this Travellers Autobarn review , I’m sharing the answers to some common questions. If you have any concerns about renting a Travelers camper van , check if your question is answered below!

What is Travellers Autobarn cancellation fee?

The Travellers Autobarn cancellation fee depends on when you cancel:

What are the Travellers Autobarn pick-up & drop-off times?

Travellers Autobarn ’s pick-up times are Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The drop-off hours are Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Are bedding kits and cooking utensils included with your Travellers Autobarn rental?

No, but you can purchase the living equipment bundle for a one-time fee, which includes bed linens, cutlery, pots/pans, and more.

What should I do if my Travellers Autobarn campervan breaks down?

The Autobarn campervans undergo regular service and maintenance checks, but if you experience a problem, you should contact the roadside assistance team at 1-800-469-4790 (for the USA).

What is the minimum rental period at Travellers Autobarn?

Depending on the season, the minimum rental period is 4-10 days.

Can a child seat be fitted on Travellers Autobarn rental campervans?

Yes, you can request baby and child seats for your Autobarn campervan .

Do I require an international driving license to rent a campervan at Travellers Autobarn?

No, you don’t need an international driver’s license to rent from Travelers Autobarn , but it’s recommended when traveling from abroad.

Does Travellers Autobarn allow you to travel into Canada?

Yes, travel into Canada is allowed at no extra cost.

Does Travellers Autobarn allow you to travel into Mexico?

No, Travellers Autobarn USA does not allow travel into Mexico.

Does Travellers Autobarn allow you to travel through Death Valley?

Yes, the company allows travel through Death Valley, but only between October 1 st to April 30 th .

Can you travel with a pet on a Travellers Autobarn campervan?

No, Travellers camper van rentals do not allow pets.

Can you take a Travellers Autobarn campervan to Burning Man?

No, you aren’t allowed to take your Travelers camper van rental to Burning Man.

That’s it for this Travellers Autobarn review ! I hope this answered any questions or concerns you had, but if you’re still unsure, feel free to leave me a comment below. I’d be happy to help you out as best I can.

I’d also love to hear about your experience with Travellers Autobarn in the USA or elsewhere. Let me know what you think!

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The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in New Zealand 🚐 [2024]

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New Zealand is the ultimate road-tripping; a campervanning country with so much to see on the road and so many stunning campsites and freedom camping areas to sleep under the stars. One of the most important decisions you will make will be choosing a motorhome or campervan rental company. This camping vehicle is not only going to be the way you get around New Zealand, but it’s going to be your home too, so you better like it! To help you with your New Zealand campervan comparison, we have put together a list of the best motorhome and campervan rental companies in New Zealand. You’ll be surprised that there are a lot of campervan rental companies out there offering all kinds of experiences. We have included a wide range of campervan rental companies in New Zealand, from small budget campercar rentals to large luxury motorhomes.

Before we begin, be sure to open up  How to Plan a Campervan Trip in New Zealand for more essential camping tips!

5 Things to Look at When Comparing Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand

1# Location : Look at your itinerary and where you want to start and end your trip in New Zealand. With that, you need to find a campervan rental company that has a depot in locations that are convenient for you. Also check if there are any extra fees you will need to pay for the premium location, such as picking up from the airport. Finally, if you are ending your trip in a different location to the pick-up location, then compare the one-way fees that are likely to be incurred.

2# Prices and inclusions : The price of campervan rental changes largely depending on the season. Read our 20 Ways to Save Money on Car & Campervan Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a campervan usually is. Plus, when comparing prices, compare what’s included to understand the true value of the rental. We have added the inclusions in the comparison below. Additionally, be aware that not all insurance policies are the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.

3# Vehicles offered : Most campervan rental companies in New Zealand maintain even their oldest vehicle to the highest standards, however, a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems, so keep vehicle age in mind. Of course, the size of the campervan will be incredibly important for the level of comfort you want to have. What’s more, decide whether a self-contained campervan is important to you. In order to freedom camp in New Zealand , you need a vehicle that is certified self-contained. For more information on the different types of camping vehicles, head to our guide to The Different Types of Campervans in New Zealand .

4# Service : Once you have picked a few campervan rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.

5# Reviews : It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers experiences. Why not ask the question in a New Zealand travel Facebook Group ?

EPIC Campers

Hit the road with your partner, best mate or solo in one of the cleverly designed 2-berth campervans of EPIC Campers , a small independent company. Pick up from either Christchurch and Auckland and enjoy the benefits of freedom camping thanks to the campervan’s self-containment certification . Not only do the vans have quality interiors, such as a fold-out kitchenette and manoeuvrable living/sleeping space, but there are thoughtful touches from the USB powerpoints front and back to the coffee plunger! Ah! Book your EPIC Camper at epiccampers.co.nz .

For more epic camper options from Auckland, head to  The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in Auckland .

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Transfers are available from Christchurch Airport for a fee. Parking at their depots is available.

Pick-up/Drop-off Locations : Auckland and Christchurch.

Campervans Available

High-roof van (Mazda Bongos) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to two people. A three-seater campervan is also available.

Vehicle age range : Up to 10 years old.

Free Inclusions

  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Gas stove, fridge and sink
  • Kitchenware
  • Kitchen consumables (olive oil, salt, pepper and dishwashing liquid)
  • Bedding (including an extra fleece blanket)
  • Portable toilet
  • Insect nets
  • New Zealand SIM card
  • Phone holder + USB charger

Free standard insurance with NZ$5,000 excess and $3,000 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$30 per day with less/no excess and bond to pay. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

Travellers Autobarn

Travellers Autobarn is a great option for travelling in New Zealand while staying in holiday parks and campsites. With no extra fees for young drivers, Travellers Autobarn is a great choice for drivers of all ages. It is an extra NZ$50 to hire a portable toilet and for your certified self-containment sticker to be valid to be able to freedom camp in New Zealand. Tip: Rentals are usually cheaper when starting in Christchurch with Travellers Autobarn. Book your campervan at travellers-autobarn.co.nz . Plus, check out our review of their “Kuga” campervan .

For more campervan options from Christchurch, check out   The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in Christchurch .

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Campervan/station wagon Toyota Estima sleeping 2 people in a tent, and Hitop Toyota Hiace vans sleeping between 3-5 people.

Vehicle age range : 4 to 12 years old.

  • 10% discount for premium caravan parks
  • Access to free campgrounds
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, microwave
  • Optional extras also include kitchenware, bedding, child booster seats, multiple drivers and a heater.

Free standard cover with NZ$3,000 excess and NZ$3,000 bond to pay. Full cover is also available at an additional NZ$30 per day for no excess or bond to pay. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

What Does a Travellers Autobarn Campervan Look Like?

Check the NZ Pocket Guide team touring a Travellers Autobarn campervan in the following video:

Based in Christchurch, PiwiWiwi is a small family-run campervan rental company with a huge offering of inclusions and personal service. You don’t have to pay extra for handy essentials and indulgences like a phone holder, an extra blanket (mink blanket, might we add), or a coffee plunger. There’s no huge branding on the vans, making them less likely a target for thieves. Plus, all vans have a low kilometre count and contemporary fit-outs no more than four years old. PiwiWiwi is typically open from September to the end of May.

Check out PiwiWiwi’s cleverly handcrafted design in this YouTube video and book your campervan rental at piwiwiwi.co.nz .

Courtesy transfers are available to/from Christchurch Airport and the city centre.

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location : Christchurch.

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to three people.

Vehicle age range : 5 to 9 years old.

  • Up to 3 drivers (21+ years old)
  • Gas stove, grill, fridge and sink
  • Camping Chairs
  • Surfer-friendly kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Guidebooks and maps
  • Access to a free box of food and consumables left by previous hirers.

Free standard insurance with NZ$2,500 excess and NZ$2,500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$25-$30 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Wendekreisen Travel

With no one-way fees and no RUC (diesel tax) charges, Wendekreisen Travel stands out among other motorhome rental companies in New Zealand. There are opportunities to make huge savings while having a huge fleet of campervans and motorhomes to choose from.

See more great-value rentals in  The Best Affordable Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in New Zealand .

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport and city are available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland and Christchurch.

Cars with roof tents (not self-contained), a selection of high roof vans (VW T5, Mazda E, Toyota HiAce, etc.) sleeping up to 2 people, and a selection of motorhomes sleeping 2 to 6 people.

Vehicle age range : 0 to 14 years old.

  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance (compulsory +NZ$14 a day)
  • No one-way fees
  • No diesel road user charge (RUC)
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink (some come with grills)
  • Electric toaster and kettle
  • Heaters or diesel heating
  • Toilet and shower (smaller vans have an outdoor shower and portable toilet)
  • Picnic table and chairs

Standard insurance is included with NZ$750 excess for drivers over 25 years old (NZ$1,000 for drivers aged 21 to 24). There is the option to upgrade for less excess at NZ$21-$28 per day.

Kiwi Motorhomes

Kiwi Motorhomes has mid-range prices with a whole lot of inclusions. Just ask and it’s likely they will be able to include it with your motorhome hire! Note that there is a minimum hire time of seven days. Their larger vehicles mean that Kiwi Motorhomes are one of The Best Family Campervan Rentals in New Zealand .

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport and accommodation are available.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Whangarei, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.

A range of certified and full-self-contained motorhomes from VW, Mercedes and Ford vehicles sleeping up to 6 people.

Vehicle age range : 7 to 15 years old.

  • 1 driver (25+ years old)
  • No Road User Charges (diesel tax)
  • Mountain Bikes + child seat
  • Park Over Properties (POP) locations
  • Solar Panels
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink
  • Toilet and shower
  • Satellite TV, DVDs and books
  • Baby seats available
  • DVD player and TV
  • Boogie boards available

Standard insurance is included in the rental but excess costs are calculated on a case-by-case basis.

Travelling New Zealand in a campervan doesn’t mean you have to “rough it”, and that’s certainly the case with  Wilderness Motorhomes ! Choose from a fleet of luxury campervans that have been specially designed with the comfort of all types of travellers in mind. Added extras like the one-way fee, free New Zealand SIM Card and guidebooks are an added bonus.

For more luxury options, head to  The Best Luxury Campervan & Motorhome Rentals in New Zealand .

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport/airport depot/airport hotel are available.

2-berth and 4-berth motorhomes.

Vehicle age range : 0 to 4 years old.

  • One-way fee
  • Gas stove, oven/grill, extractor fan, fridge, sink
  • Gas heaters
  • Towels (as many as you would like)
  • CD/DVD/MP3/USB input player
  • First aid kit (a fee applies if opened)
  • PDF New Zealand guidebook download

Standard insurance is included with NZ$7500 excess and NZ$7500 bond to pay. There is the option to upgrade for less or zero excess on insurance and only NZ$500 of bond to pay at NZ$39-$59 per day. Check out our explanation of how insurance works in New Zealand Rental Car & Campervan Insurance: Explained!

Affordable Motor Home Rentals

Just like the name suggests, Affordable Motor Home Rentals offers some very affordable vehicles to rent, from small camper cars to full-on motorhomes. What’s more, all of their vehicles are certified self-contained so you can freedom camp if you wish.

Courtesy transfers to and from the airport and accommodation available.

Self-contained campercars sleeping up to 2 people (Toyota Estima) and self-contained campervan and motorhome options by Toyota sleeping up to 3 people.

Vehicle age range : 10 to 15 years old.

  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink (campercars exclude some of these)
  • Toilet and shower (motorhome only)
  • Portable toilet (campervan and campercars only)
  • Iron and hairdryer available
  • TV (motorhome only)
  • Map/guidebook

Free standard insurance with NZ$2000 excess and bond to pay for sleepervan models or NZ$3500 excess and bond to pay for campervan and motorhome models. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$20-$35 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

Euro Campers (Budgy Campers and Heron)

Euro Campers really has a bit of everything, from budget campervans to more luxurious motorhomes with all the fixings. They also include two other campervan rental brands in New Zealand, Budgy and Heron . Note that 18-year-old drivers can only hire high-top van options from Euro Campers. You need to be over 25 to drive the motorhome-style vans. Find out more about rental age restrictions in  Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand .

Courtesy transfers to and from airport and city available.

Campervan Nissan sleeper van style sleeping 2 people, high-top vans (budget and premium) sleeping 3 people, and a range of fully certified self-contained motorhomes (budget and premium) sleeping up to 5 people.

Vehicle age range : 1 to 20 years old.

  • Multiple drivers (18+ 0r 25+ years old, depending on the vehicle)
  • Gas cookers/gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge and sink
  • Solar panels (on motorhomes)
  • Electric or diesel heaters
  • Toilet and shower (portable toilet and solar shower in vans)
  • DVD player (in motorhomes)

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess. There is the option to upgrade for less or zero excess on insurance at NZ$25-$45 per day.

Cruzy Campers

Another great budget campervan option for a couple travelling New Zealand is Cruzy Campers . They offer high-roof vans with a choice of petrol or diesel. Be away that while diesel price is cheaper than petrol in New Zealand, you will have to pay a Road User Charge, which is a diesel tax when driving a diesel vehicle in New Zealand. Note that petrol campers only come with manual transmission.

A courtesy transfer is available for airport and nearby accommodation.

High-roof campervan (Toyota HiAce), which sleeps up to 3 people and is certified self-contained. There is a choice of petrol or diesel.

Vehicle age range : 7 to 12 years old.

  • Gas stove, grill, fridge, sink
  • Kitchenware (including a coffee press)
  • Cleaning equipment and products
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Camping chairs and table
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • NZ mobile phone hire

Free standard insurance. 25+-year-old drivers have NZ$2,000 excess and bond. 21-24-year-old drivers have NZ$2,500 excess and bond. 18 to 20-year-old drivers have NZ$3,000 excess and bond. Excess reductions are available for 25+-year-olds at NZ$20-$30 per day.

If you’re looking to tour the South Island for at least 15 days for an affordable price, then consider CamperCo . With no branding on their three campervan choices, this means you can blend in with the Kiwis and be less likely subject to break-ins (not that that happens often). With free ferry transfers in Picton, they are a good option for hiring on the South Island after you disembark the North Island-South Island ferry . Note that there is a minimum time of 15 days.

A courtesy transfer is available for the airport, Picton ferry terminal and nearby accommodation.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Christchurch, Picton, Nelson and Queenstown

Campercar Toyota Estima which sleeps up to 2 people, a high-roof campervan (Toyota HiAce) and sleeps up to 3 people, and a larger Ford Transit van sleeping up to 3 people. All of which are certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 5 to 109 years old.

  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink
  • Microwave (Motorhome only)
  • Gas heater (Motorhome only)
  • Hot water (Motorhome only)
  • TV (Motorhome only)
  • Toilet and shower or portable toilet
  • Camping tables and chairs
  • Tents (on request)

Free standard insurance. 25+-year-old drivers have NZ$3,500 excess. 21-25-year-old drivers have NZ$4,000 excess. 18 to 20-year-old drivers have NZ$4,500 excess. There are options to reduce the excess by paying NZ$30-$35 per day.

Kia Ora Campers

A more luxurious option for camping vehicle travel in New Zealand would be with a motorhome from Kia Ora Campers . They have a wide range of relatively new model motorhomes available. All motorhomes are fully self-contained with everything you need for road tripping around New Zealand.

See more premium camping vehicles listed in  The Best Luxury Campervan & Motorhome Rentals in New Zealand .

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton, Picton and Invercargill.

A range of motorhomes sleeping between 2 to 6 people, all of which are certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 1 to 8 years old.

  • Multiple drivers (25+ years old)
  • Solar panels
  • BBQ with hires over 10 days

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4500 excess on 3-6 berth vehicles and NZ$3500 excess on 2 berth vehicles. There are options to pay NZ$20-$50 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Campa South Rentals

Travel New Zealand with everything you need in a compact campervan with Campa South Rentals . The business mainly operates from Christchurch and the vehicle types are subject to what is available in your chosen pick-up location. The vans do not have any branding, so are safer from thieves (although that’s not a huge issue in New Zealand, it can happen).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland, Christchurch, Picton and Queenstown.

High-roof van (Toyota HiAce) which is certified self-contained and sleeps up to four people and Nissan Vanette which sleeps up to 2 people.

Vehicle age range : 5 to 15 years old.

  • Fan heater (for use when attached to a campground power outlet)
  • New Zealand mobile phone hire
  • Matches and torchlight
  • Gas stove, fridge, sink, electric toaster, electric kettle
  • Camping maps

Free standard insurance. A 25+-year-old driver has NZ$3000 excess and NZ$400 deposit to pay. 21-25-year-old drivers have NZ$4500 excess. 18-20-year-old drivers have NZ$6000 excess.

Escape Campervan Rentals

Escape Campervan Rentals stand out from the crowd with their uniquely artistic-designed campers kitted out for budgeting backpackers. Despite being “cheap”, they are a transparent company with their website clearly outlining any additional fees you might have to pay. Note that their cheapest vehicles are not certified self-contained but self-contained vans are available. Also, be aware that automatic transmission vehicles are not a guarantee but you can pay a transmission fee of around NZ$10 per day to guarantee your choice of transmission.

Nissan Caravans sleeping up to 3 people.

Vehicle age range : 8 to 19 years old.

  • Solar shower
  • Gas stove, sink, cooler box
  • Portable toilet (in self-contained vans only)
  • Mains-powered heater
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Guidebook with activity discounts
  • Snowchains in winter (on request)

Free standard insurance with NZ$3,000-$4,000 excess and NZ$3,000 bond. Other insurance options are available at an added NZ$22.50-$30 per day for less excess and bond to pay.

A more premium brand with a premium price is Britz . Their constantly updated fleet of new model campervans and motorhomes means you are less likely to break down due to vehicle age. Be aware of the costly bonds you will need to pay as a security deposit before hiring.

For more rentals available from Queenstown, head to  The Best Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in Queenstown .

A wide range from high-top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes sleeping up to 6 people and are all certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 0 to 3 years old.

  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Gas stove, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and sink (grill may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Toilet and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)
  • Towels and bathmat
  • Tablet with GPS

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess for campervans or NZ$7500 excess for motorhomes. Windscreen and tyre damage excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$48-$59 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Tui Campers

Tui Campers provides a range of campervan and motorhome hires in New Zealand, from easy-to-drive “sleepervans” to functional motorhomes to even wacky 4WD Ford Rangers with fold-out tents on the side and roof! Their Sleepervans are the most economical, however, with self-containment certification included – a must-pick if you’re backpacking around New Zealand. On the downside, they charge a NZ$20+ Visa/MasterCard fee.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland and Christchurch (Wellington, Picton, Greymouth, Dunedin, Queenstown and Nelson are also available at an NZ$800 charge).

Toyota Voxy sleeping up to 2 people and certified self-contained, Toyota HiAces sleeping up to 2 or 5 people and self-contained, Ford Transit sleeping up to 2, 3, 4 or 5 people and self-contained, and Ford Ranger with tents sleeping up to 5 people and self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 9 to 18 years old.

  • Gas stove, sink, 12v cooler box or fridge
  • Portable or fixed toilet

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4,000 excess (NZ$5,000 for drivers aged under 25 years) and the same price bond to pay. There are options to reduce the excess and bond for NZ$25-$45 per day.

Road Runner Rentals

With a selection of backpacker-style campervans to fully self-contained motorhomes, Road Runner Rentals has a great fleet of vehicles to choose from. While 18+ drivers can hire the smaller vans, you need to be 21 and over to hire motorhomes.

For more backpacker-friendly options, head to  The Best Backpacker Campervan Rentals in New Zealand .

They have a range of Toyota HiAce and Nissan Caravans sleeping up to 2 people, some self-contained. There’s also a range of self-contained Mercedes Sprinter or Ford Transit motorhomes either 2-berth, 4-berth or 6-berth.

Vehicle age range : 6 to 20 years old.

  • Gas stove fridge and sink
  • Microwave (HiAce and motorhomes only)
  • Toilet and shower (motorhomes only)
  • Portable toilet (campervans only)

Standard insurance is included with NZ$4,000 excess/bond for motorhomes and NZ$2,000 excess/bond for campervans (this is NZ$3,000 for 18-21-year-old drivers and NZ$2,500 for 21-25-year-old drivers). Excess can be reduced for NZ$25-$55 per day.

Mighty Campervans

Think “Britz” (see above) but with slightly older model campervans and motorhomes. Mighty Campervans is another premium motorhome rental brand in New Zealand with a huge fleet. Nevertheless, we still advise booking well in advance for summer rentals with this popular luxury motorhome rental brand.

A wide range from high-top Toyota HiAces to a fleet of motorhomes all certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 4 to 9 years old.

  • Toilet/porta potti and shower (may not be included in hitop campervans)

Standard insurance is included with NZ$5000 excess for campervans or NZ$7500 excess for motorhomes. Windscreen and tyre damage excess of NZ$250 is also included. There are options to pay NZ$32-$42 per day to reduce excess amounts.

Hippie Campers

Another budget campervan option to consider is Hippie Campers . The campervans have all the basic essentials, however, they are not self-contained so you will need to stay in campsites and holiday parks, rather than enjoy freedom camping. See  Where Can You Camp in New Zealand if Your Campervan is Not Self-Contained?  for more advice.

High-roof Toyota HiAce sleeping up to 3 people.

Vehicle age range : 3 to 17 years old.

  • Gas stove, sink, fridge and kettle

Insurance is included in the rental with a NZ$3,000 bond and NZ$3,000 excess. There are options to reduce the excess and bond to pay for NZ$22 per day.

Mad Campers

Hit the road in these small yet comfortable-to-drive campervans built for freedom. All vans with Mad Campers are certified self-contained meaning you can legally freedom camp where permitted!

For more ultra-affordable camper brands, check out   The Cheapest Motorhome & Campervan Rentals in New Zealand .

Courtesy transfers are available in Auckland, however, outside of office hours may incur a transfer charge. Christchurch transfers are subject to availability.

Pick-Up/Drop-off Location : Auckland and Christchurch.

Nissan Vanette sleeping up to 2 people and is certified self-contained. Nissan Cube sleeping one person and is certified self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 0 to 12 years old.

  • Up to 2 drivers (18+ years old)

Free standard insurance with NZ$5,000 excess and NZ$2,500 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$17.50-$30 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Jucy Rentals

Jucy Rentals is a car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand . Be aware that they do charge a “premium location fee” for the Auckland Airport, however, this fee is minimal.

For more campervans for young drivers, check out  The Best New Zealand Car & Campervan Rentals for Ages 18 to 25 .

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations : Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Toyota Estima campercar sleeping 2 people (not self-contained), high rise Toyota HiAce sleeps up to 4 people (self-contained) and a high rise Toyota HiAce (more premium option) sleeping 3 people and self-contained.

Vehicle age range : 2 to 10 years old.

  • Portable toilet (included in HiAce)
  • Shower and toilet (included in premium HiAce)

Free insurance with NZ$5,000 excess and NZ$5,000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$40-$55 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance (or more likely, what’s not!) is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this to compare with other insurances offered.

More About Motorhome and Campervan Rentals in New Zealand

See more New Zealand campervan rental companies on campervan comparison websites! Alternatively, stick around on NZ Pocket Guide for more rental tips:

  • The Essential Guide to Renting a Campervan in New Zealand
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Camper Van Rental in New Zealand
  • Which is Cheaper: Campervan Rental or Car Rental + Stay in Hotel/Hostel/Airbnb ?

Now that you’ve found the best campervan rentals in New Zealand, do you need some road trip ideas? Check out the following itineraries for the best road trip routes:

  • North Island in 1 Week : Road Trip Itinerary
  • South Island in 1 Week : Road Trip Itinerary
  • South Island Campervan Itinerary: 10 Days
  • North Island in 2 Weeks : Road Trip Itinerary
  • South Island in 2 Weeks : Road Trip Itinerary
  • New Zealand in 2 Weeks : Road Trip Itinerary
  • New Zealand in 3 Weeks : Road Trip Itinerary
  • New Zealand in a Month : Road Trip Itinerary

Finally, if there’s anything that we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in  How to Plan a Campervan Trip in New Zealand .

The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

  • Tourism New Zealand (General travel advice - Updated [2024])
  • Immigration New Zealand (Visa and immigration advice - Updated [2024])
  • New Zealand Customs Service (Customs and Biosecurity - Updated [2024])
  • New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD online platform - Updated [2024])
  • Tiaki Promise (Care for people place and culture - Updated [2024])
  • Safe Travel (NZ travel advisories - Updated [2024])
  • Stats NZ (Statistics and travel data - Updated [2024])
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Road and transport tips - Updated [2024])
  • DriveSafe (Road safety - Updated [2024])
  • Council websites and freedom camping maps (Local travel advice region by region - Updated [2024])
  • AdventureSmart (Know before you go - Update [2024])

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My partner and I recently rented a Kuga campervan from Travellers Autobarn for a 2 road trip around the south island (July 2017). The van was surprisingly spacious, having a lot of room for storage as well as a lot of head room in the kitchen area (especially useful for my partner at 1.82m tall!). The kitchen itself was great, with a two burner gas stove, a small fridge and all the kitchen equipment you could need. Due to the fridge running off a different battery from the van, we were able to leave it running on the lowest setting with no worry of it draining the battery. As is was winter we had the winter pack which included extra sleeping bags and a hot water bottle which was awesome to have on those colder nights. The van was super easy and smooth to drive, making travelling from place to place much more enjoyable. Having the self contained option was awesome as it meant we could stay in some stunning Self-Contained parking areas. The staff were super friendly and easy to deal with; booking the van and picking it up was a breeze. Overall Highly recommended.

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Travellers Autobarn was super simple and straightforward to deal with. We own our own VW Transporter kitted out and the Kuga was certainly an upgrade. Clean and tidy van with all of the necessary elements, as well as a few luxuries like running water and power-points. Sunshine Coast - Melbourne over 5 weeks, such an epic journey supported by the wheels of Travellers Autobarn. Our top #vanlife tips: 1) Tripping coastal? Enjoy the views for dinner and bed prep but park residential to sleep. 2) Surfing? Take a coat hanger to hang your wetties while you're parked up. 3) Parking illegally? Be up and about by dawn. 4) Hate dirty feet? Have a 'squeezey' water bottle (to create pressured water flow) to clean your feet at the end of the day. You can even boil hot water for those cold nights. 5) On a budget? Plan your meals (just a little) to make the most out of your food and prevent wastage. 6) Raid community herbs to hang and dry to use for cooking - a easy and cheap way to flavour. 7) Fill your kettle with water at any opportunity so you always have fresh water on hand. 8) Don't have a 'bin' so that you have to dispose at each meal and then you won't get that smelly build-up. 9) Just Breathe and enjoy the space and time.

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Hello Kat T, Most people that rent a KuGA Campervan are usually very satisfied. It's the best vehicle in our fleet! Thank you, I thought i knew it all but your #vanlife Tips are brilliant!! Totally agree! Great review!!!! Cheers, Peter Burke

We were looking for a budget car rental option and after reading online reviews, we decided to go with Travellers Autobarn. We were not disappointed! We went with a station wagon mainly because of automatic transmission, to make it easier to drive on the left hand side of the road. It did, in fact, make it so much easier to adjust. At first, we were worried that station wagon will be too small to sleep in, but it was much better than we expected. There is enough room for two people. Of course, if you are too big, you can always use the tent that comes with a car, but we never even opened it, since sleeping inside was comfy enough. Though its not a camper with high ceiling, you could still sit up in the car, which made it so much easier to live there. Nearly 5,000 km throughout Australia and no single issue. This car became a cozy home for us during a month and we were sad to give it back. We are very pleased with our choice and will use Travellers Autobarn again for our next road trip.

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Hello 46malenat, Most people that rent our stationwagon usually don't sleep in it anywhere near as often as they thought. The Stationwagon is our most budget vehicle and is pretty basic as you described. Certainly would not recommend a wagon to anyone but the hardiest of travellers of the smallest of budgets. That said it's about the cheapest and most exciting way to see Australia. Thank you for the review of our Stationwagon! Cheers, Peter Burke

My friends and I hired a Hi-5 from the Cairns branch, it was such an awesome van!! It took us on the best road we've ever had, so easy to drive as well as set up at night. For a budget camper van the experience was incredible. Super friendly staff, always found them helpful. Can't wait to use Travellers Autobarn again in the future!

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Dear all, my wife and I were in Australia for 3 1/2 weeks, and we rented a Kuga Campervan for two weeks (from 24th April to 6th May). We picked it up in Brisbane and returned it in Cairns. I want to say that we never had Problems during the whole time. The Camper was in good technical condition. The Equipment was new and we had a wonderful time. The man (I guess his Name was Wayne) in Brisbane was very friendly, we had to wait for about 30minutes because two couples were served before us. But this was no Problem. Also the return in Cairns was without any Troubles, also a friendly Young woman took the Camper back. I want to give this comment here because there are some very negative Feedbacks, and I cannot confirm this. As I said everything was o.k. Thanks for the great trimp to Australia, Dietmar and Barbara from Vienna Austria.

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Europe could see even higher summer temperatures than 2023, when heat waves damaged infrastructure and people. Photo / 123rf

Every year, Kiwis travel en masse to Europe in search of warmer weather during the cold New Zealand summer. In 2023, they got more than they bargained for .

Alongside photos of travellers sipping Aperol Spritz’s in Italy or tanning on beaches in Majorca, we saw pictures of people upending water bottles onto red faces, wilting on sidewalks and crowding around fountains.

According to meteorologists, this year will be no different.

In 2023, severe heat waves hit southern Europe, driving temperatures up to a sweltering 40C. Railway lines buckled, wildfires tore across cities and countries such as Italy, Spain and Greece were evacuated.

This wasn’t a one-off event either, Europe has been named the fastest-warming continent and of the 30 most intense heatwaves to hit the continent since the 1950s, 23 have occurred since 2000.

More are expected to hit this summer according to experts at US-based climate intelligence firm, Atmospheric G2.

“Our computer models are in good agreement that it’s going to be another unusually hot summer, especially during late July through August,” Vice President of Meteorology Todd Crawford told The New York Times.

Atmospheric G2 believed the summer could be similar to 2022, which was Europe’s hottest on record and mainly felt in southern countries such as Greece, Croatia and Italy.

The damage and health risks caused by heatwaves in 2023 and 2022 were not confined to locals; many travellers had holidays ruined or cut short as a result.

Blistering heat, combined with the crowds that come with peak summer have prompted some Kiwis to alter their travel plans .

In January, travel news site and market research company Skift said a boom in shoulder season travel would be one of the next major travel trends. Global tour operators such as Intrepid Travel and TUI have already begun extending their tour seasons and adding cooler destinations to itineraries.

However, it may be a while before the heat can convince all Kiwis to forgo iconic spots like Greece or Italy or pull their kids out of school to visit outside of the July school holidays.

How to beat the heat in Europe this summer

For those travelling to Europe this summer, there are some things you can do to beat the heat.

Change your destination

If there’s still time to change your plans, consider heading somewhere cooler (and cooler!) like Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland or Sweden. Finland also has much milder climates and who knows, you could learn a thing or two about happiness from the joyful denizens.

Check with your guide

If you’ve booked with a tour company or organised guide, now is a good time to contact them and check whether they have factored in the heat and have contingency plans if the weather takes a severely hot turn. Some tour companies have adjusted itineraries and shuffled activities to the early morning and evening rather than walking around in the heat of the day.

Keep an eye on the weather

This age-old advice is always helpful for travel but especially so when there’s a risk of heatwaves. Besides having a good old-fashioned Google, travellers can also check Meteoalarm , which offers an overview of weather-related warnings across all of Europe.

Pack accordingly

If you’re moving around during the day, it is key to have light, breathable clothing that provides good coverage from the sun. Other backpack essentials include hats (the bigger the brim the better), one or two full water bottles and a small towel, which you can dunk into cold water at a pit stop and place over your face or neck to keep you cool.

Plan your days strategically

Try to schedule activities or tours, especially those you must walk to or during, for the early morning and early evening, when the heat isn’t as strong. Then, in the afternoons you can schedule indoor activities such as walking around an air-conditioned gallery or chilling at the hotel. Travellers can also download the Extrema Global app, which calculates walking routes with the most shade and identifies the nearest places with AC, fountains, parks and free drinking water.

Prepare your hotel room

If there’s ever a time to prioritise a room or hotel with air conditioning, summer in Europe is it. Additionally, close the windows and shades of your room when you’re out exploring, to help keep the room cold.

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Great experience and a great way to get around Australia. There was a small issue with the van... read more

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Amazing trip with my Chubby van! Perfect for two people. My sister and I took a 2.5 week trip from... read more

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Our NZ Home away from home :)

My partner and I recently rented a Kuga campervan from Travellers Autobarn for a 2 road trip around the south island (July 2017). The van was surprisingly spacious, having a lot of room for storage as well as a lot of head room in the kitchen area (especially useful for my partner at 1.82m tall!). The kitchen itself was great, with a two burner gas stove, a small fridge and all the kitchen equipment you could need. Due to the fridge running off a different battery from the van, we were able to leave it running on the lowest setting with no worry of it draining the battery. As is was winter we had the winter pack which included extra sleeping bags and a hot water bottle which was awesome to have on those colder nights. The van was super easy and smooth to drive, making travelling from place to place much more enjoyable. Having the self contained option was awesome as it meant we could stay in some stunning Self-Contained parking areas. The staff were super friendly and easy to deal with; booking the van and picking it up was a breeze. Overall Highly recommended.

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Hello Sarah, Thank you for your NZ review of Travellers Autobarn. I would be very disappointed if you had not been satisfied. Our vehicle in NZ are only in their second year of operation, and are in great condition. How good is New Zealand, such a beautiful place to tour! Our team in NZ, lead by Mike (AUK) and Joseph (CHC) will be chuffed with your kind words. Many thanks, Peter Burke

Travellers Autobarn was super simple and straightforward to deal with. We own our own VW Transporter kitted out and the Kuga was certainly an upgrade. Clean and tidy van with all of the necessary elements, as well as a few luxuries like running water and power-points. Sunshine Coast - Melbourne over 5 weeks, such an epic journey supported by the wheels of Travellers Autobarn. Our top #vanlife tips: 1) Tripping coastal? Enjoy the views for dinner and bed prep but park residential to sleep. 2) Surfing? Take a coat hanger to hang your wetties while you're parked up. 3) Parking illegally? Be up and about by dawn. 4) Hate dirty feet? Have a 'squeezey' water bottle (to create pressured water flow) to clean your feet at the end of the day. You can even boil hot water for those cold nights. 5) On a budget? Plan your meals (just a little) to make the most out of your food and prevent wastage. 6) Raid community herbs to hang and dry to use for cooking - a easy and cheap way to flavour. 7) Fill your kettle with water at any opportunity so you always have fresh water on hand. 8) Don't have a 'bin' so that you have to dispose at each meal and then you won't get that smelly build-up. 9) Just Breathe and enjoy the space and time.

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Hello Kat T, Most people that rent a KuGA Campervan are usually very satisfied. It's the best vehicle in our fleet! Thank you, I thought i knew it all but your #vanlife Tips are brilliant!! Totally agree! Great review!!!! Cheers, Peter Burke

We were looking for a budget car rental option and after reading online reviews, we decided to go with Travellers Autobarn. We were not disappointed! We went with a station wagon mainly because of automatic transmission, to make it easier to drive on the left hand side of the road. It did, in fact, make it so much easier to adjust. At first, we were worried that station wagon will be too small to sleep in, but it was much better than we expected. There is enough room for two people. Of course, if you are too big, you can always use the tent that comes with a car, but we never even opened it, since sleeping inside was comfy enough. Though its not a camper with high ceiling, you could still sit up in the car, which made it so much easier to live there. Nearly 5,000 km throughout Australia and no single issue. This car became a cozy home for us during a month and we were sad to give it back. We are very pleased with our choice and will use Travellers Autobarn again for our next road trip.

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Hello 46malenat, Most people that rent our stationwagon usually don't sleep in it anywhere near as often as they thought. The Stationwagon is our most budget vehicle and is pretty basic as you described. Certainly would not recommend a wagon to anyone but the hardiest of travellers of the smallest of budgets. That said it's about the cheapest and most exciting way to see Australia. Thank you for the review of our Stationwagon! Cheers, Peter Burke

My friends and I hired a Hi-5 from the Cairns branch, it was such an awesome van!! It took us on the best road we've ever had, so easy to drive as well as set up at night. For a budget camper van the experience was incredible. Super friendly staff, always found them helpful. Can't wait to use Travellers Autobarn again in the future!

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Hello Queen of Topaz, Thank you for your review of our Hi5 Campervan in Australia. The Hi5's are large and can carry 5 pax, which is their best quality. They don't have as much storage space as a KuGA and are quite a bit older, so very glad you loved your van. We'd love to have you back as well! Cheers, Peter Burke

Dear all, my wife and I were in Australia for 3 1/2 weeks, and we rented a Kuga Campervan for two weeks (from 24th April to 6th May). We picked it up in Brisbane and returned it in Cairns. I want to say that we never had Problems during the whole time. The Camper was in good technical condition. The Equipment was new and we had a wonderful time. The man (I guess his Name was Wayne) in Brisbane was very friendly, we had to wait for about 30minutes because two couples were served before us. But this was no Problem. Also the return in Cairns was without any Troubles, also a friendly Young woman took the Camper back. I want to give this comment here because there are some very negative Feedbacks, and I cannot confirm this. As I said everything was o.k. Thanks for the great trimp to Australia, Dietmar and Barbara from Vienna Austria.

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Hello Dietmar and Barbara, Of course everything was OK, you had a KuGA Campervan - the best we offer! We also offer the choice of standard living equipment and 'premium' living equipement.....and virtually everyone who takes the premium living equipment has no regrets. I recommend choosing the premium equipment everytime. I wish all our campers were as good as the KuGA! But even these current KuGA's will one day become HiTOPS and after that become BUDGETS..... The circle of life.... Will most definitely let our Brisbane and Cairns staff know the positive feedback, we are all trying very hard in the area of customer service. Thanks!! Cheers, Peter Burke

A/C is not working Sleeping bag witch smells like vomit Filthy from the inside Back door cannot stay open to ventilate Gas stove is not working Lights not working I can continue, but a lot is wrong with the van and customer 'service' is not helpful! Not happy at all with Travellers Autobarn!

Hello Pien S, I note you picked up the Budget Camper in Perth and you reported your first issue 10 days into the rental, and your last email reported you as past Broome, near Katherine. A 20 day trip from Perth to Darwin!! Well done that is really hauling booty. Glad the vehicle has performed so well despite the issues you have raised. I note that you are returning the vehicle today so will ask our Darwin Team to look after you. I can see from our notes that there's been some email correspondence and some solutions offered. In any our Darwin Team are lovely and I'm sure they'll be able to cut through and get things sorted out. Cheers, Peter

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World’s best airline for 2024 revealed

The wait is over – the winner of the world’s best airline for 2024 has been revealed, with two Aussie carriers scraping into the top ten.

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Qatar Airways is the world’s best airline, according to AirlineRatings.com.

The Doha-based carrier nabbed the prestigious Airline of the Year title for 2024, having nudged out last year’s winner, Air New Zealand, for the top spot.

Qantas and Virgin Australia/Atlantic came 9th and 10th, respectively.

Qatar Airways named world’s best airline for 2024. It also nabbed best business class.

The judging panel, which consists of five editors, consider a range of criteria that include safety and product rating, fleet age, profitability, serious incidents, passenger reviews from several sources, innovation and forward fleet orders.

Between the judges there’s more than 100 years of industry experience.

“In our objective analysis Qatar Airways came out number one in many key areas although it was a very close scoring for the top 10,” AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said in a statement.

Qantas came ninth on the list.

“The passenger reviews however scored Qatar Airways ahead of all airlines and its consistency and high standard of service delivery came through in the feedback.”

Coming in second on the Top 25 list is Korean Air followed by Cathay Pacific Airways.

Emirates secured fifth place.

Air New Zealand fell back to spot four while Emirates secured fifth place followed by Air France/ KLM, All Nippon Airways and Etihad Airways.

In 2023, both Qantas and Virgin Australia secured sixth and seventh spot, but this year they fell back to ninth and 10th spot respectively.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways also picked up Best Business Class for the fifth year running and Best Catering and Air New Zealand won Best Economy Class .

Singapore Airlines won Best First Class , while Virgin Australia won Best Cabin Crew .

Best-in-Flight Entertainment and Best Premium Economy went to Emirates .

Virgin Australia came 10th on the list and secured the best cabin crew award.

It is the ninth year that Emirates has won the entertainment awards. It was one of the first to introduce seat-back videos for economy passengers back in the early 1990s.

According to Airlineratings.com.au it has led the field ever since and today the system has 6,500 channels “making it a clear winner for Best Inflight Entertainment”.

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Qantas picked up Best Lounges, while Etihad Airways picked up Best Environmental Airline for the third year running.

Qatar Airlines’ success comes as the group reported a strong financial performance for the first half of 2023/2024.

It reported a net profit of QAR 3.736 billion ($A1.537 billion) which represents an increase of 113.8 per cent compared to the same period last year 2022/2023. The Group’s total revenue for first half of fiscal year 2023/2024 increased to QAR 40.126 billion ($A16 billion)), up 7.4 per cent compared to the same period last year 2022/2023.

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  15. Our NZ Home away from home :)

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    All our branches are in the heart of backpacker areas and since 1993 we have opened several locations around Australia. Sydney in 1993. Cairns in 1999. Brisbane & Melbourne in 2002. Darwin & Perth in 2005. We are also proud to announce that we have opened branches in New Zealand, the USA and Japan. Auckland & Christchurch in 2016.

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