Meet the finalists for ‘Best Car/Campervan Hire – New Zealand’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…

 Escape Rentals

Escape Rentals is an award-winning New Zealand campervan hire company providing reliable, economical rental vehicles for backpackers and independent travellers.  Each campervan sleeps up to three adults and is individually painted by a talented artist. The campers are fully equipped with bedding, beach chairs, kitchen facilities, utensils and more. Escape Rentals also provides 24-hour roadside assistance and a ‘No Hidden Costs’ price policy for complete peace of mind. Escape has depots centrally located in Auckland and Christchurch and has a small, friendly team, who are passionate about New Zealand. Whether you are a Backpacker or a Babyboomer, the company will ensure your travel experience in New Zealand is ‘sweet as.’

Hippie Campers

Hippie Camper’s ethos of quality, affordable transport has ensured the brand’s ever-increasing popularity with budget-conscious travellers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 2006, each van is kitted out with oodles of features, including a built-in bed and kitchen facilities. Hippie Camper happily provides all living equipment, maps and campground guides to travellers, making it easy to travel light and on a tight budget.


Standing for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling, Jucy offers unique and exciting travel solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Budget-conscious and adventurous travellers love the fleet of vehicles, whether that be a campervan or a basic car. Rental locations can also be found all down Australia’s East Coast, plus down the length of New Zealand’s North and South islands, enabling travellers to be as flexible as possible. Not content with just one mode of transport?  The family owned business has also branched out into cruises, as well as a hotel in Auckland.

Mighty Campers

Mighty Campers has a vibrant campervan range for the value-conscious traveller, with a choice of seven campervan categories. New Zealand was made for campervans, and whether you’re just looking for a place to sleep (lowball) or after a mini apartment on wheels (Double Up), Mighty Campers is sure to have a low-priced campervan that would suit. The campers are well maintained and loved and are around five years and older. Mighty Campers have a fantastic range of reliable two to six berth campervans and motorhomes available to hire for a fantastic New Zealand adventure.


Picking up the Golden Backpack award for ‘Best Campervan/Car Rental Company’ for the last three years, Spaceships’ custom-designed vehicles have won customers over. The Swiss army knife of campers, the vehicles are versatile, compact, fun and fuel efficient. And the best bit for travellers on the go? With Spaceships, you are not alone while exploring Australia’s outer space. You will see other Spaceships and can pull over and swap DVDs as you go. This creates a unique community and also provides you with invaluable information on what to do and see along the way. Spaceships also provide extensive travel information with campervans available for hire from Auckland and Christchurch.