Hippie New Zealand
Rental Terms and Conditions
This document contains a brief summary of our rental conditions. The full details of our rental contract do apply. Rates quoted are in New Zealand dollars NZD.
Rates include unlimited kilometres.
Rental days are charged per calendar day. The day of pick-up is calculated as the first day of rental and the day of return is calculated as the last day of rental. Vehicles must be returned within branch hours.
Flex Rates - Simply check out the Flex Table. The flex rate that is available at the time of booking for the first rental day determines the daily rental rate for the entire rental period up to the 28th day. All rental days from the 29th day on are counted as a new booking and the flex rate that applies for the 29th day will be used from then on, the flex rate that applies for the 57th rental day will be used from then, etc.
Hippie Camper and Blue Travel will not honor calculation errors. Should a calculation error occur Hippie Camper will charge for the shortfall.
Drivers 21 years and over - Add NZD 29 per day.
Drivers 18 to 20 years - Add NZD 39 per day
The Value Pack includes: VIP Cover, One Way Rental Fee, 3% Vehicle registration, duties and administration costs, Pre-purchased Gas Bottle, Heater, Camp Chairs and Table, Snow Chains (on request) and Camp Ground Guides.
Hippie Camper has branches in Auckland and Christchurch.
Branches are open seven days a week, 8am to 4:30pm. Branches will be closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.
A NZD 50 surcharge will apply to all rentals picking up and/or dropping off on National public Holidays:
Vehicles must be collected and returned to our branches (not airports). Transfers to and from the Hippie Camper branch are included in the rental price.
Our rates include 15% GST.
A charge of 3% of the total cost will be levied to cover vehicle registration, duties, other associated costs and administration fees.
For security reasons, Hippie Camper will only accept credit card or debit card for rental charges paid on vehicle pick up or drop off. Cash payments will not be accepted at rental branches. The Bond on the vehicle is only payable at pick-up by Credit Card or Debit Credit Card. The Bond cannot be paid with a pre-paid Credit Card.
We only accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. Visa and MasterCard will incur an additional non-refundable 2% surcharge on any transaction. American Express and Diners Club will incur an additional non-refundable 4.5% surcharge on any transaction.
All credit card transactions are conducted in New Zealand dollars NZD. Due to exchange rate, fluctuations there could be some variance in the amount refunded compared to the amount initially charged. We do not accept any liability for variances up or down. Refunds by credit card can take up to 15 working days depending on the renter’s Financial Institution.
The minimum rental for all vehicles is 7 days.
Between 15 Dec and 10 Jan, a minimum rental period of 14 days applies. Minimum rental periods are subject to change during peak periods.
Until 31 Mar 2015:
A one-way fee of NZD 250 is charged for rentals between the North and South Islands and vice versa.
From 01 Apr 2015:
One way rentals are available between the North and South Islands and vice versa. The following one way fees apply:
A current and full motor vehicle driver’s licence is required. If the driver’s licence is not in the English language then an international driver’s licence is also required. An accredited English translation will be accepted in lieu of an international driving permit. The driver’s licence must be valid for the whole length of the rental. The original driver’s licence must be shown at time of pick-up when the driver is present. The minimum age to drive the vehicle is 18 years.
Drivers must be 18 years of age or over with a full drivers licence or hold an Australian Green P licence.
Each vehicle is supplied with complimentary living equipment (such as bedding, cooking equipment, eating utensils, bath and tea towels.)
Each vehicle is supplied with complimentary campground guides.
On pick up of the vehicle our staff will provide a complimentary vehicle consultation. This includes an explanation of all the interior and exterior features of the vehicle as well as driving tips.
Each vehicle is supplied with a complimentary Hippie Camper Pack for the first night that includes some essential items.
The gas canister/bottle is supplied full. A service fee of NZD 25 is payable on pick up of the vehicle.
Cannot be fitted in the Hippie Camper.
Consecutive Hippie Campervan rentals can be combined to qualify for a long-term discount rate. Rentals in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America on Star RV, Apollo, Cheapa Campa and Hippie Camper can be combined to obtain a long-term discount rate, providing travel is within a 3 month period. If drop off of a vehicle and pick up of a new vehicle occurs on the same day then a day each will be charged per respective vehicle. Multiple rentals are treated as separate rentals under the one way fee and minimum rental period conditions. This discount does not apply to completed bookings.
The Hippie Camper can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well-maintained access roads less than 12 kilometres long to recognised campgrounds.
No vehicle shall be driven on Skippers Road (Queenstown), The Crown Range Road (Queenstown), Ninety Mile Beach (Northland), Ball Hut Road (Mt. Cook) and North of Colville Township (Coromandel Peninsula).
Hippie Camper reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict vehicle movements in certain areas due to adverse road or weather conditions, and the distance to nominated destinations in relation to the length of the rental period.
If the renter wishes to change the drop off destination after the rental has commenced, they first must obtain authorization from the Hippie Camper Reservations. Subject to the change being approved, a minimum additional charge of NZD 750 will apply.
If the customer wishes to extend the rental whilst on hire, they must first obtain authorisation from Hippie Camper Reservations. This is subject to availability. The extra cost of an extended rental must be paid by credit card over the telephone or at a Hippie Camper Branch immediately on confirmation of the rental extension.
Whilst on hire if you decide to extend your rental duration (changing the drop-off date) by 2 days the same flex rate is used that applied on the day when you made your original booking. If you extend by 3 days or more, the booking change rule applies.
Failure to obtain authorisation will result in the renter being charged double the daily gross rental rate.
Although we run late model vehicles, it may happen that small repairs are required. Repairs up to NZD 100 may be affected without authorization and will be reimbursed unless the damage is caused by the renter. For amounts over NZD 100, Hippie Camper will need to be informed in advance. All vehicles are enrolled in the New Zealand Automobile Association and 24hr emergency roadside assistance is available.
Hippie Camper reserves the right to charge the renter for any speeding, toll way or parking fines not reported on return of the vehicle. In addition to these costs, Hippie Camper reserves the right to charge for associated administration costs for processing the fines (irrespective of liability). An administration fee of NZD 75 will be applicable.
Should the vehicle booked be unavailable through unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to substitute an alternative vehicle without prior notification and at no extra cost. This shall not constitute a breach of contract and does not entitle the renter to a refund.
Vehicles cannot be requested by make or model, only by vehicle category.
Should the renter decide to take a lesser vehicle than booked then they will not be entitled to any refund.
In the event of no alternative vehicle being available to the renter our liability is limited to a refund of the hire charge or in the case of mechanical failure (unless caused by the renter) the remainder of the hire period.
We reserve the right to refuse any rental at our discretion.
Service dogs are permitted to travel in our vehicles with prior permission from Hippie. No other animals are permitted in our vehicles.
Smoking is not allowed in our vehicles.
We strongly recommend that renters ensure they take out the highest level of Travel Insurance.
New Zealand legislation provides limited coverage for personal injury. Hippie Camper strongly recommends that all people travelling in New Zealand take out their own personal travel insurance.
The Vehicle is insured for damage to it or damage to the property of a third party. However the renter is responsible up to the amount of the applicable Liability for the cost of such damage to third party property, or to the rented Vehicle. The renter is also responsible for the cost of demurrage for the period the Vehicle is unavailable due to repairs. The Liability applies in respect of each claim, not per rental. In addition to the Liability an administration fee of NZD 75 will be charged per claim.
The Liability is applicable regardless of who is at fault and must be paid at the time the accident is reported to Hippie Camper, not at the completion of the rental Period. Hippie Camper reserves the right to charge the renter for any vehicle damage including Third Party property damage not reported on return of the vehicle.
The below Reduction Options do not include windscreen and tyre damage (renter is responsible for windscreen and tyre damage at all times).
|Drivers 21 and over||Cost per Day||Bond||Liability|
|Liability Reduction Option 1||$12**
(max charge $600
i.e. 50 day rentals)
|Liability Reduction Option 2
(Included in the Value Pack)
(max charge $1000
i.e. 50 day rentals)
|Drivers 18 to 20 years||Cost per Day||Bond||Liability|
|Liability Reduction Option 1||$22**
(max charge $1100
i.e. 50 day rentals)
|Liability Reduction Option 2
(Included in the Value Pack)
(max charge $1500
i.e. 50 day rentals)
|** The minimum amount payable for each reduction option per rental segment will be based on the minimum rental period applicable for your rental.|
For security purposes, only a credit card can be used to provide a Bond. With the Standard Liability and Liability Reduction Option 1 the bond will be debited to the credit card account immediately. When the bond is debited a non-refundable credit card administration fee will apply of 4.5% for American Express and Diners Club and 2% for Visa, MasterCard, Visa Debit and MasterCard Debit. With Liability Reduction Option 2 (VIP cover) the Bond is payable to Hippie Camper by an open signed credit card imprint with an authorisation obtained (sufficient funds must be available) for NZD 100/NZD 250. The credit card holder must be present and able to sign for the Bond upon vehicle collection. The credit card holder is jointly and severally liable for any damage to the rental vehicle.
The Bond is fully refundable when the vehicle is returned to the correct location on time, is full of fuel and all other terms of the Rental Contract have been complied with. If there is damage to the vehicle on its return, the Bond will be used to cover the cost of such damage up to the amount of the relevant Liability. However, if the terms of the Rental Contract are breached and the Bond is insufficient to cover the damage than any extra costs will be charged. Refunds by credit card including bond refunds can take up to 15 working days depending on the renter's Financial Institution.
Bond Roll Overs are permitted for Hippie Camper multi hires only within the same country when the bond is banked.
At all times the renter is responsible for:
Are subject to change without notice.
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