New Zealand in a Classic Camper

2 02 2012

After visiting family and friends in Australia for the last two months, we are still on parental leave, but will now spoil ourselves with three weeks of travelling in New Zealand. And we will do this in style in a 1975 Volkswagen campervan! We hired this beauty from Classic Campers, a campervan rental company in Silverdale just outside of Auckland. It is owned and run by Bevan and Andrea Beattie and comprises a fleet of nine kombis (one split-window, five T2as and T2bs and three T3s) and several more modern campers. Check out their web page (click here) for more information on their buses. We had a great start when we picked up our van two days ago. Andrea and Bevan welcomed us with a cup of tea, lunch and lots of information on what we can do and should not miss on our trip through New Zealand. Our bus is a T2b Devon camper conversion which comes with bedding, a fully equipped kitchen, camping chairs & table, a small annex and, last but not least, a baby capsule for our now 5-month-old daughter. Before we started out on our trip, we had a look at the other buses that were around, and at a number of current and future projects, in restoration or waiting for restoration. There are some pictures below – hope you will enjoy them!

This is Van No. 2, a 1973 T2b campervan with a customized Devon camper conversion.

Van No. 3, a 1969 T2a campervan with original Westfalia conversion.

Another view of Van No. 3, with bike carrier fitted. The last customers, a family with two small kids, rented it complete with two montain bikes and two children's bike seats.

Van No. 5, a 1975 Devon campervan and our companion for the next three weeks. More soon!

Buses under restoration (T2a in the foreground) and waiting for restoration (T1 single cab in the background).


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2 02 2012
Caroline

Looks amazing, really envious of you guys! Enjoy your trip, looking forward to seeing lots of photos when you get back. I think it’s brilliant a way to spend your time with your daughter!

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