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Backpacker Sleepervans

Backpacker Sleepervans was formed in 1983. Their family operated business provides outstanding travel transportation services to visitors wishing to experience affordable, flexible and fun travel around the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Backpacker Sleepervans offer low cost rental rates and comfortable New Zealand self-drive holidays for young budget adventure seeker travellers. The vehicles are modern, funky designed vans that capture the style and imagination of free spirited travellers. We realise that young independent globetrotters are not interested in ‘just being a number’ and lumbering around scenic New Zealand in large mass-produced, expensive motorhomes. With our sleepervans you are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd along the main routes or off the beaten track. Each of our economy vans has an exciting unique New Zealand theme professionally applied to the exterior of the vehicles, while the interior is packed with special design features not found elsewhere.

There are currently no terms and conditions for travel during this period. If your rental is during these travel dates, new terms and conditions may apply. Please contact us before booking.

Backpacker Sleepervans insurance

All Tui Sleepervans are fully insured in case of accident damage or loss of contents (excluding personal belongings). When you collect your vehicle we take an impression of your credit card for the bond. We do not deduct the bond from the credit card at the start of your hire, but merely hold the authority to deduct it in the unfortunate event of an accident. The impression of your credit card covers your accident/ damage bond liability plus any extra costs such as refilling fuel, cleaning, emptying of the toilet at the end of hire or any traffic infringements, losses or breakages and any related surcharges. Each separate accident will incur an excess charge. A credit card imprint must be on all rental agreements and must be the credit card of the main hirer unless prior arrangements have been made. For customers who are using debit cards for the bond imprint, due to the limitations within Terms of Use for Debit Cards these are treated as cash and the full excess will be debited unless the excess reduction is purchased and then a signed imprint will be taken.

Bond waiver/excess reduction
You are fully insured in case of accident damage. The Liability is applicable regardless of who is at fault and must be paid upon the completion of the rental period. If the hirer is not at fault and the third party admits liability, then Tui Sleepervans will refund the amount charged to the hirer upon receipt of payment from the third party. Please note the hirer is fully liable for all towing/retrieval costs of the damaged vehicle regardless of the purchase of the Excess Reduction. Please be aware that once the Excess Reduction is selected and confirmed with Tui Sleepervans, the cost of the Excess Reduction Option is non-refundable.


Backpacker Sleepervan - There is an excess of NZ$1,500 (NZ$2,400 for drivers aged under 25 years) included within our standard rates.
Deluxe Sleepervan          - There is an excess of NZ$2,000 (NZ$2,900 for drivers aged under 25 years) included within our standard rates.

Bond waiver/excess Reduction

Sleepervans offers Excess Reduction as an optional extra at a fixed rate of:

Backpacker Sleepervan - NZ$22.00 per day ($27 per day for drivers under 25 years)
Deluxe Sleepervan         - NZ$25.00 per day ($30 per day for drivers under 25 years)

This has a nil excess that covers you if you have an accident with another vehicle whether your fault or not, (especially if you have an accident with another vehicle and they have no insurance).

Excess Reduction does not cover you if you have a misjudgement of dimensions, e.g. hit a stationary object.

Please note that Excess Reduction is completely optional and can be decided upon collection of your vehicle.

Sleepervans strongly recommends our customers to take the bond waiver insurance to minimise excess exposure and travel with peace of mind.

Optional Coverages
In addition to the insurance cover set out above, the hirer may also choose the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and/or Personal Effects and Baggage Insurance (PEB) and/or Bond Waiver Insurance (BWI) options by so indicating on the Rental Document. PAI and PEB insurance is offered on behalf of the current policy underwriter, and the owner acts only as their agent in arranging this insurance. The amount of that excess and the daily rate payable in respect of BWI is dependent upon the age of the hirer and the type of vehicle hired.

Bond waiver cover includes the following extras:
- Zero excess (Subject to exclusions below)
- One windscreen replacement, multiple windscreen chip repairs and two tyre replacements
- Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and Personal Effects and Baggage Insurance (PEB)
- Road Tolls

Bond waiver does not cover:
- Any water related damage, which includes but is not limited to:
a) Any vehicle submersion.
b) Creek or river crossing.
c) Driving through low plain flooded areas.
d) Beach driving.
- The terms of the rental agreement are breached. The hirer will be responsible for the total cost of any damage. This will also include any damage caused by wilful misconduct (e.g. sitting or standing on the bonnet or roof of the vehicle) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- The incorrect use of fuel (fuel being diesel or petrol). The hirer will be responsible for any associated cost.
- The cost to retrieve or recover a vehicle which has become bogged.
- The cost to replace keys, which have become lost, or retrieval of keys, which have been locked in a vehicle.
- Overhead and underbody damage to the vehicle.
- Any damage arising from misjudgement of dimensions.
- Driving on restricted roads.
- Damage is caused to the vehicle by the use of snow chains
- Damage is caused due to fuel being placed in the water tank

Personal Accident Insurance (PAI):
Tui Sleepervans offers Personal Accident Insurance as an optional extra at a fixed rate of NZ$5.00 per day (inlcuded free in the Bond Waiver Insurance).  
This provides the Authorised driver and passengers with cover up to a certain limit for specified injuries, disablement or death to a maximum of $100,000.

Covered injuries include: 
- Death 
- Permanent Total Loss of one or more limbs
- Permanent Total Loss of sight in one or both eyes
- Permanent Quadriplegia
- Permanent Paraplegia
- Hospitalisation - $100 for every continuous 24 hour period You are confined in a licensed hospital as an inpatient up to a maximum of 30 consecutive days.
Note: Only Personal Accidents related to the Hire Vehicle are Covered

Personal Effects and Baggage Insurance (PEB):
Tui Sleepervans offers Personal Effects and Baggage Insurance as an optional extra at a fixed rate of NZ$5.00 per day or buy the Personal Accident Insurance both for $9.00 per day.
This provides vehicle occupants (but excluding any hitchhiker), with cover up to a certain limit for loss or damage to baggage and personal effects contained within the rental vehicle up to a maximum of $6,050.

Cover includes:
Any one Insured person - $3,050
Per Rental Vehicle - $6,050
Limit any one Article - $1,050
Click here to view Personal Plan Policy (PAI and PEB) Wording and Schedule
Number of claims
Each insurance policy can only have one individual claim made by the hirer. The policy is cancelled after each accident and all payments are forfeited. Tui Sleepervans reserves the right to agree to a renewal of any insurance policy or to cancel the hire at the hirers cost.  

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