New Zealand Campervan Hire
Who We Are
Thomlinson Rentals Limted – Since 1938!
Hokianga Campervans and the Rental Car Village are brand names used by the Thomlinson family, and February 2008 was our 70th birthday.
Hokianga Campervans, by Grant Thomlinson
The Hokianga is located in the Far North of New Zealand. It was one of the first Maori Settlements and still retains a very strong Maori culture. We owned a farm in the Hokianga, located 5 km from a small town called Kohukohu and overlooking the Hokianga Harbour. I attended the local primary school which had 3 classrooms and 50 students, so we all knew each other fairly well.
The Hokianga is a great place to visit; you can take the main highway north to the Bay of Islands, and on your way back, drive down the West Coast. Travel through our hometown of Kohukohu and across to Rawene on the local car ferry. The ferry holds 21 vehicles and takes 15 minutes to cross the harbor. Next, travel through the Kauri Forests on the way back to Auckland.
The name Hokianga Campervans is to promote our hometown. It’s laid back, the locals are friendly and you can really get off the beaten track!
May, 1938 – Established in automobile industry, Auckland
Our company was originally called Britomart Service Station Limited. It was located in Downtown Auckland; it offered motor auto repairs, lubrication and had a gas stand. As a subsidiary of NZ Forest Products Ltd, the gasoline license was later used to supply millions of gallons to the pioneers of pine plantations in the North Island. Our Customs St branch is now being reconstructed into the Britomart Transport Station.
April, 1988 - Present management came of age.
While at high school, my Dad finally left us to mind the gas pumps on quiet weekends over the winter period. My brother and I wheeled our pushbikes onto the forecourt for rental by the hour and the rentals began. The concept of Thrifty Campervans, evolving since 1977, became the main part of our business, the originals being designed and built in our own workshop.
March, 1997 – Diversifying into Car Rentals
Twice having outgrown our location, we moved into specially designed premises and renamed the business Thomlinson Rentals Limited. As individuals, we advertised our Rental Cars and Campervans under different brand names via Rental Car Village - the brand was born!
March, 2003 – Christchurch Office Opened
Developing a presence in Christchurch since 1991, opening our own branch allowed us to provide one way and split hires between the North and South Island more easily.
Grant and Jui
Manager of Accounts, Marketing and Website Design
Grant has traveled overland through Australasia, Middle East, Siberia, Europe and North America. He married our web designer, Jui, from Thailand. They now spend the low season in Thailand and high season in New Zealand.
Manager of the Auckland Office, Reservations and Administration
Helen's just returned from an American Road Trip. She enjoys rollerblading, hockey, holds a Degree as a Kindergarten Teacher. Her husband, Dan, plays in a band, has a local gardening business and models for many of our campervan photos.
Manager of Christchurch Office, Campervan Design and Fleet Maintenance
In his spare time, Keith enjoys fishing and days out on the farm. Having a bike stored in London, he cycles within the UK for a month most years.
Manager of Campervan Interior, Inventory and Quality Control
Linda handmade the original awnings and mosquito nets for our campervans. She enjoys cycling (touring the UK by bike with Keith) and likes photography
Hokianga campervan hire offers you to rent a car or hire a campervan in New Zealand at the following locations.
Rent a Campervan in Auckland
Rent a Campervan in Christchurch
Hokianga Campervan Rental New Zealand: Located at the Rental Car Village
From overseas call + 64 9 255 5444
Within NZ free phone 0800 33 44 44 or 09 255 5444.
Auckland Campervan Hire New Zealand: 12 Pavilion Drive, Mangere, Auckland.
(only 5 minutes from Auckland airport)
Christchurch Campervan Hire: 3 Doric Way, Waterloo Business Park, Islington, Christchurch