Sunrise Holidays Review

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A humble family-owned campervan hire in New Zealand that was established decades ago, Sunrise Holidays allows you to watch the sky light up in the rose and golden hues of a stunning sunrise on Te Araroa, the easternmost point of New Zealand through their mid-ranged campervans. 

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Sunrise Holidays was established in the 1990's, even before the advent of social media, and continues to provide homey rentals at competitive prices. However, despite being in the business for more than decades, they aren't one of the top picks in town, with only one depot to serve their renters. Still, they’ve got a nice selection of campervans available at good prices. You’re not going to find any incredible bargains here, but their prices are fair and in line with other mid-range market options. One of the best things about Sunrise Holidays is that they seem to have vehicles available to fit whatever your particular travel needs might be. 


The fleet of Sunrise Holidays moves around their Tribute models, and one LDV unit. These campervans are great for couples, starting families or larger groups up to 6. All vehicles are self-contained to allow you to explore all bits of NZ's beautiful yet remote locations in comfort with  significant facilities like solar panels, fridges and gas heaters. In addition, you get to drive newer campervans, mostly with 2017 fit-out and other with 2015-2016 models. 



Traveling in a smaller group? You might be interested with the 2+2 berth Piwakawaka. This little campervan gives you and a mate the chance to experience New Zealand’s rugged wilderness up close and personal. But if you want to travel with two kiddos, don't worry because you can sneak 2 of them inside. As the name itself suggests, Piwakawaka is NZ's native bird― small creature with a big name. And just like its description, the Piwakawaka campervan is small but compact with more than enough camping essentials like kitchen with sink and gas stove, 3 way fridge, dinette, comfortable sleeping areas, shower and cassette toilet.


Another recent option from the fleet is the 2- 4 berth Weka that features freedom and comfort in one setting. The campervan is fitting for a couple with two kids over 7 years old. The Weka, in reality, is a native bird known for being smart and adventurous. Hence, the name of this particular vehicle― Weka. The Sunrise' Weka is a mid-sized unit with smart layout that would take you to a more adventurous road trip without leaving behind all the comforts of home. Unlike the previous choice, this campervan has a bigger fresh water tank and comfier internal layout.  The entire back area can either be a generous lounge or a spacious double bed. For your kids, sleeping up above the cab can be very convenient and exciting. The bathroom has a separate compartment for the toilet and shower.


Taking the whole family out on the road? The 6 berth Takapu available at Sunrise Holidays is perfect. With bigger vehicle dimensions to comfortably get the family where they need to go, this campervan makes travelling on wheels more fantastic. It has two spacious lounging areas that give private zones for the parents and children. The lounge-diner behind the cab area can cater up to five with the swivel front seats rotated. The bathroom with a separate toilet and shower is positioned before the rear bed. This bed can be a nice entertainment area during daytime. Other options for sleeping would be the bed front double from the dinette or the cab-over bed. 


A 2 berth compact vehicle like the LDV is very easy to maneuver with its 2.5L turbo diesel engine and 5 speed auto transmission. This one is designed to simply get you to your destination with just few yet very useful camping facilities. Hence, you won’t find a shower on board, making it a better fit for folks who don’t mind roughing it a bit. Also, this is the oldest option on fleet, but seriously not very old as you think because it's a 2015-2016 unit. Still, some unique features that make this campervan a standout are the solar panels, LED lights and flyscreens.


Ideal for family with young children, the 4 berth Tribute has a four-seater dinette that lies behind the cab seats to cater at least four passengers on-board. And if you want, you have the option to replace the dinette into an L-shaped lounge dining area with belted travel seats. At the back area is the private bathroom with separate toilet and shower cubicle, and the roomy full kitchen with lots of overhead cabinets.


The standard insurance, which is already included in the rental, features a bond of $5,000 to cover the insurance excess. But you can avail of the extra insurance options to reduce the bond or excess to a lower amount. For $29 per day, this lowers the excess to $950 and $49 per day for a $0 excess with inclusion of RUC tax. Just in case you do not want to pay an additional fee, you must provide a credit card imprint to cover the possible liability.


Newer campervans are what to expect with from this campervan hire company with this price range. No surprises here. What might come as a surprise is just how beautiful Sunrise Holidays’ customer service is. This is a family-owned business and it shows. Little touches like familiarizing you with your campervan, helping out with personalized trip itineraries, and setting you up with coffee, tea, and sugar at the start of your trip go a long way. Accordingly, they couldn't provide you anymore with impressive discounts because their rates are already attractive. They aren't that popular also, with only one depot. 


Whatever your travel situation― from two friends to the whole family to anything in between― you’ll likely find a campervan for hire from them that’s just what you’re looking for. When you consider the selection of vehicles, friendlier service, and mid-range budget, Sunrise Holidays is an easy recommendation for travelers. Definitely worth checking out.

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  • Caters the mid-ranged market
  • Extensive selection for different needs
  • Newer vehicles on fleet


  • No impressive discounts
  • Only one depot
  • Not really popular


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