Our vision at Wilderness is to make your dream New Zealand holiday a reality for you. Since 2004, we’ve given thousands of wanderers much more than a motorhome rental - we’ve allowed them to live their New Zealand dream.
We are a family owned company with a passion for sharing this amazing country. Our team is driven by a commitment to ensuring your New Zealand experience is truly unforgettable. What could be more rewarding than seeing your excitement as we set you on the road and sharing your smiles and stories when you return? It’s not work - it’s dream making.
Are we for real?
You will have noticed that unusually high customer satisfaction is what sets us apart from the rest of the rental vehicle market. Consistently high satisfaction rankings are so out of the ordinary for vehicle rentals that many people have asked "are you for real?" This is why we only post reviews from independent social media sites so you know our reviews are from our "real" guests.
Our values and the way we do things are shaped by te whenua (the land), te tangata (the people), and te wairua (the spirit).
He Tangata He Tangata He Tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people! This means we act with integrity, honesty and transparency. We treat others with dignity and respect. Getting our team and our guests home safely is a priority for us.
Be more awesome.
Every day we strive to do better, as a person, in our roles, and in the company.
Make our planet a better place.
We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment and contributing to the communities we are a part of.
Explore, dream, discover.
We draw inspiration from Mark Twain "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
Wilderness Motorhomes was founded in 2004 by John Managh, a young and passionate adventurer. After travelling the world, he returned home to Thames to start his own business. He bought six Toyota vans, converted them into campervans, and started his own rental business in his parents basement. From the outset, he put himself in the shoes of his customers. In fact, they weren’t viewed as customers, just new friends. It was John’s authenticity and tireless dedication to making customers happy that really got people talking.
John’s sister Mary joined in 2005 adding her business experience and passion for making a difference to the growing company. We opened a base in Auckland and soon after Christchurch allowing us to service the South Island, add bigger motorhomes to the fleet, and bring more skilled and energetic people on to the team.
In 2008, a new manufacturing company was established to feed the expanding rental fleet. RoadCraft brought a whole new level of complexity. Not only did we design the motorhomes, we sourced the parts, fitted them, tested, and tuned them - and all to our exacting standards.
John and Mary sold RoadCraft in 2010 to focus purely on the rental sector. They partnered up with motorhome rental guru Michael Becker. Michael brought more than a decade of experience as well as the vision and drive to take the company to new heights. Later that year, we took the top prize for all transport providers in the Rankers Traveller Voted Awards.
In 2011, we imported a couple of German manufactured motorhomes to test in the New Zealand market. These came with more features and a new level of design and construction expertise never seen before in New Zealand rental motorhomes. The German motorhomes were an outstanding success and as a result, our rental fleet is now solely Bürstner and Carado motorhomes imported from Germany.
We Got To Be The Best Because
It's all about you!
Yes, we rent motorhomes but what we do is so much more than that. In fact, the sole reason we come to work every day is to enable you to live your New Zealand dream. Our entire business is focused on delivering your dream - from the first contact you have with us to the last farewell, it's all about you. Here are a couple of examples: We spend time with you to share our experiences with touring New Zealand. Plus we will even give you the best guide book to help you with your planning! We are so determined that you will experience the best of New Zealand that we have done away with "restricted roads". Unlike other companies, we let you take your motorhome into the wilderness. Because that's who we are.
We're not too big
Our company is big enough to have a wide range of options, good systems, and backups if things go wrong - but it's not so big that you will be treated like a number. You won’t find any queues or line ups at our bases, just a warm welcome and a helping hand. And whether it’s advice on where to find the best coffee in Wellington or snowboard hire in Methven, either before you leave home or while you’re on the road, our team are ready, willing, and able to help.
We have top of the line motorhomes
Ok so the motorhomes are important. Our European motorhomes are the most advanced rental motorhomes in New Zealand. You can't beat them for comfort, style and innovation. What's more, you will get the exact model you booked - not one that's similar - because we put you and your preferences first. Watch this video to find out what makes our motorhomes special.
As more than one thousand independent online travel reviews will attest, our level of care is second to none. You’ll be blown away with how committed our Wilderness team are to delivering your dream New Zealand holiday. But don't take our word for it, just read what our guests have to say.