Today’s post is about the most popular, reliable, and economical brand in New Zealand, which is Toyota.

Wherever you are traveling you will see a Toyota Campervan, small or big, there are plenty of different models traveling all around, especially hire companies to use them due to their reliability and maintenance costs.

In the following post, we focus on Toyota Campervans made for Backpackers, which means the models we show and explain are cheap, not Caravans or Motorhomes are included in this topic.

Most Popular Toyota Campervans in New Zealand

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Toyota Estima Self-Contained

— Popular models on the road from the year 1992 to 2005.

— Medium size campervan for 2 persons, easy to convert into self-contained.

— Average mileage 200,000-250,000 km.

— Price range: $8,000 to $10,000.

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Toyota HI ACE Self-Contained

— Popular models on the road from the year 1990 to 2000.

— Long wheelbase size for 2 or 3 persons, easy to convert into self-contained.

— Average mileage 250,000-400,000 km.

— Price range: $10,000 to $15,000.

— Other models: Toyota Townace, Toyota Voxy, Toyota Gran Via, Toyota HI ACE (regius version)


Converted People Movers (On Budget Option)

Models like Toyota Gaia or Toyota Ipsum are converted in New Zealand with a double mattress at the back where 2 people can sleep in.

These models used to have lots of space for storage under the mattress, a simple wood structure is enough to have a cheap converted campervan.

Price range: $5000 to $6000

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Buying VS Renting a Toyota Campervan


Buying a campervan in New Zealand is the most popular and convenient option for tourists traveling for at least 2 months, buying will give you the option of re-selling it and get you back up to 100% of your money, even if that’s not the case most people find that this option is way cheaper than renting a campervan for 3, 6 or 12 months.

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On the other side, you will need to make sure the campervan you purchase is in healthy condition at the time of buying it. If you pretend to buy from a private seller a thing you must do is a mechanical check, after the purchase is done you won’t be able to claim anything from the seller.

Instead, if you buy a campervan from a Dealership it should come with at least 30-Day Mechanical Warranty, the car should be free of mechanical problems, with new WOF and service, which means no extra costs should come on top short after you bought it.

On Travel Cars we offer this service + Buy Back Option, for more info about what we do you can check the following link: Campervan Buy Back – Q & A



If you are looking for a Toyota Campervan to buy, you can check our listings here: Backpacker Campervans for Sale


The option of hiring a campervan in New Zealand is the right one if you are planning to travel for up to 6-8 weeks, hiring won’t give you any stress at the time of leaving or if any issues occur while you’re driving, for example, if an accident or a breakdown happens the hiring company will take responsibility and handle everything for you.

If you are planning to travel more than 45-60 days then buying will be a better option in terms of costs

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toyota with kitchen

Repairs, Maintenance, and Parts Suppliers

Toyota Suppliers in Auckland

Toyota Suppliers in Wellington

Toyota Suppliers in Christchurch

Useful Links & Info about Campervans in New Zealand

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Backpacker Car Insurance in New Zealand

Tips for Buying a Campervan in New Zealand

General Information about Self-Contained Campervans

Basic Campervan Maintenance

Second Hand Campervans (full info)

Mechanical Warranty + on Road Assistance


If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below. Thank you and safe travels!