The following manufacturers produce motorhomes and caravans in New Zealand which are bought by private campers and which also form part of many hire fleets at home and abroad:
Gipsy and Classic Caravans have been around for over 60 years and now the third generation of people are bringing their experience to bear on the company. This company was founded and has been in the ownership of the same family since 1951 which is a great achievement through good and bad times. They bring their experience to bear on building caravans and motorhomes specifically for conditions experienced in New Zealand. Gipsy will be happy to work with you in order that your van is manufactured to your individual specifications.
As well as designing and manufacturing their own range of leisure vehicles they also carry out maintenance, modifications and repairs to all kinds of other models.
Gipsy buy and sell good used models, they rent campervans and caravans and also act as agents for other manufacturers. In addition to all this they carry a wide range of parts and accessories.
You can get in touch with them at Gipsy Caravans Levin, 5 Oxford Street, State Highway 1, Levin 5510. Tel 0800 704 944
Kea operate both as a manufacturer and as a rental company for their own range of camper-vans and motor-homes. Founded in 1995 they now have four factories, a service and retail center, and a whole range of premises selling motorhomes in New Zealand and in Australia. Their fleet consists of a wonderful total of 1,200 luxury vehicles including motorhomes, campervans and four wheel-drive-campers.
They custom build their units for safety, comfort, security and of course reliability. Their range encompasses 2, 4 and 6 berth units and their staff go out of their way to ensure that your experience of dealing with them is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
You can contact Kea on 0800 52 00 55.
Leisureline caravans are built in New Zealand to withstand the local conditions. They invite you to have a look around and are confident that you will see caravans from the 1970’s still going strong. Everything they do is designed to build in the maximum amount of life for each of their caravans.
Somewhat unusually for a manufacturer they have a testimonials page on their website which at first I found surprising. Having read through it however it makes total sense to do this as there are obviously so many very happy customers who are willing to speak up for the company.
The Leisureline range goes all the way from a little two berth caravan through to a giant 7 berth, twin axle unit which is eminently suitable for use on a permanent site or even for use instead of a holiday house. Their 7m, 4 berth unit is also interesting in that it provides heaps of room in what is in effect a medium sized caravan.
Leisureline will be delighted to hear from you on +64 7 8492356
TRAILlite motorhomes tend to hold their value well but their re-sale value is only part of the reason that allows them to claim that their products are one of the best investments you can make. They are proud of their manufacturing process and really do believe that they produce a truly quality product.
Their attention to detail, and their attention to their customers, begins with the manufacturing process and extends through the process of providing maintenance and upgrades.
They tell you that as well as having the peace of mind that their 5 year warranty brings, you will also lower your cost of ownership of the vehicle.
This company has been around since 1954 and it’s clear that that are stayers for the long haul. They have a very useful service facility which is directly supported by the factory, plus their base vehicle warranty is also directly factory supported. When you price one of these units what you see is what you get. There are no costs hidden away in the paperwork and once you write the cheque you’re on the road for the price advertised.
People tend to buy TRAILlite motorhomes for the long haul too as their design takes into account the needs of customers, who in turn tend to hold onto their purchases for a long time.
Add in the facts that the vibrant owners community likes to get together regularly and that whatever parts you need are available in New Zealand and you’ll quickly get the idea that the experience of owning one of these things is a good one.
Based in Pukekohe, this company does not confine itself solely to producing motorhomes. Their caravan range includes the 660 series which when taken in overview is well worthy of consideration. This unit includes 109 liter fresh and grey-water tanks for being that bit more self reliant in a trailer. It has a great big battery which can be charged in the normal way through the site hookup or via solar panels which each have their own monitors.
Entertainment wise the 660 series comes complete with a LCD TV and a manual satellite dish. This is all tied in with built-in Freeview, CD, radio, and an input for your iPod.
The five year warranty applies equally to the caravans and comfort and peace of mind comes as part of the package.
You’ll find TRAILlite at 77 Paerata Road, Pukekohe in Auckland and you can chat with them toll free on 0800 872 455
UCC Motorhome Manufacturer
UCC are based in Christchurch and were known before as Universal Caravan and Coachbuilders. Their specialty is in manufacturing specifically 2, 4, 5 & 6 berth motor-homes. There are plenty of individual owners of these products and you will also find them in the fleets of top New Zealand Motor-home rental companies.
They pride themselves on taking a modern, practical approach to their design work while providing an excellent value, robust product for you to enjoy.
Two base vehicles are used, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis and the chassis produced by Mitsubishi Fuso/JAC
It is possible for individual customers to have some control over the design of their individual vehicle. You are able to chose therefore from available options related to fabric, floor and furniture coverings, external decals and accessories.
Repairs and refurbishments are carried out at the their premises in Christchurch and you can contact them at 238 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch. Tel +64 3 348 2247.
Frontier Motorhomes is a family run business which has been in operation producing units for 25 years. They employ skilled and trade qualified coach builders to provide the dedication and service expected by customers. Their workshops are open to you during the build process and they welcome you to come along while your vehicle is being made in order that you can be sure everything is exactly as you want it.
A full restoration, service and repair facility is available and they carry out work on all models including repairs to English caravans.
Frontier pride themselves in being the specialist supplier and fitter of a vast range of caravan and motorhome accessories which include reversing cameras and a very nifty looking built-in slide-out gas BBQ unit.
Their expertise doesn’t end with RVs as they also produce a range of catering vehicles, commercial and technical vehicles and horse coaches.
They are available at 174 Green Road, Dairy Flat, RD2, Albany, Auckland 0792. Tel 09 415 2266.
Wakerley Motorhomes have been busy for more than fifteen years developing a build system that is designed to cope with the conditions found in New Zealand. Their motorhomes share an appearance that is individual to this manufacturer and they provide features based on the individual needs of owners. You can chose from units of between six and eleven meters in length and you can to opt to include slide-outs in your selection.
In addition to their extremely versatile range of motorhomes, one with a particularly appealing roof terrace area, Wakerley are particularly proud of their versatile A class vehicle. This is a truly luxurious, large unit and it can be produced to your requirements. You can choose to have it built for holidays, permanent living or as the toy hauler of your dreams.
Worth a look also is their fifth wheel option, which means that you can can leave your unit on site and explore the area in your truck.
Contact Wakerley Motorhomes at 86 Maleme Street, Greerton, Tauranga. Tel 07543 4332.