RV Rental Details


Several companies rent RV's so some of the details might differ.  In general, here is a description of the RVs we rent. Typically, these are late model Class C turbo diesel vehicles accommodating four adults and including two double beds, gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, shower, toilet, air-conditioning/heating, pressurized hot & cold water, and radio/TV/CD player. Also included are linen, bedding, and kitchen equipment.  All vehicles in our last tours were automatic transmission and are very economical on diesel fuel with an estimated fuel consumption of 16 mpg.  Recently the RV has been built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis.  They have a rear vision camera, two dining areas (both convertible for beds), and a large awning.  Although they can accommodate 4-6 persons, they are ideal for two people accustomed to the large RVs owned in the U.S. and Canada.

Vehicle length is 25 ft. (7.7 m), width 7.5 ft. (2.3 m), height 11.5 ft. (3.5 m), interior height 6.5 ft. (2 m).  Double bed length is 6.9 ft. (2.1 m).

Here is a more detailed list of supplies: plates, bowls, cups, glasses, knives, forks, spoons, bottle/can opener, mixing bowls, colander, saucepans, frying pans, cooking utensils, chopping board, kettle, teapot, coffee plunger, toaster and tea towel, linen and bedding (pillow, pillowcase, sheet and towel per person), general equipment (pegs, dustpan/ brush, fire extinguisher, bucket/hose, broom, coat hangers, toilet roll, sponge, scourer, customer care and emergency assistance numbers, travel wallet including maps and driving tips. Although the equipment usually suffices for our needs, we have found that they often do not include steak knives or ice cube trays. 

The tour price covers the rental of the RV, including vehicle insurance with a deductible, GST, administrative fees, extra drivers fees, and unlimited mileage.

Additional expenses not covered:  Diesel fuel cost on our last tours was US$1250 total.  For New Zealand diesel tax is added after the completion of the tour and is estimated to be $185.  Expect these costs to vary with exchange rate and changing fuel prices.  RV rentals include insurance, but with a deductible of about $7500 AUD or $7500 NZD.  In New Zealand, auto insurance is not required, so if you are hit by an uninsured driver the damage expense to your RV is yours to pay unless you are covered by insurance.  Optional additional RV insurance is available to bring the deductible to zero.  The RV rental agency offers a "Liability Reduction Option" at approximately $45 AUD or $45 NZD per day.  Although not required, almost all guests on our past tours have opted for a package costing $58.75 AUD or $58.75 NZD per rental day that includes the liability reduction option, a pre-purchased gas bottle, initial set of toilet chemicals, camp chairs, and table.

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Revised: November 20, 2018.