See you in Sydney for the Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo!

Are you in or around Sydney from November 6-7? If so, we’d love to see you at the annual Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo!

The expo will be held at Town Hall, Sydney this year and over 200 travel companies will be exhibiting. It’s a great opportunity to research your next trip around Australia or abroad. There are also countless freebies and some awesome competitions.

The cost to attend is a measly 5 bucks – and you can score a 2 for 1 deal by joining the online Expo Community.

Hippie Camper will be there with flying colours. Representatives Mia and Elysha will be available to tell you everything you need to know about campervan rental in Australia or New Zealand. You can even book your trip at the expo if you’re super keen.

Hippie Camper Sydney Backpacker Expo

Also, since we love giving away free stuff at Hippie, we’ll also be GIVING AWAY a 7 day campervan holiday in Australia or New Zealand!! All you need to do is visit us at stand 28 and fill in a simple form telling us why you should win.

FREE Campervan Holiday with Hippie at the Sydney Expo

When you see this poster, you've found us.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there very soon. Peace out.

Hippie revealed as Golden Backpacks finalist 2010

The Golden Backpack Awards reward those companies who work hardest to make backpacking around Australia & New Zealand that extra bit special. They are a bit like the backpacker industry Oscars, but are driven by votes from you, real backpackers! Each year, we’ve tried our hardest to promote Hippie as a candidate at these awards – as we feel that our product is pretty special. This year, our hard work and all your support has finally paid off!

Thanks to your votes, Hippie Camper has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Car / Camper Rental Australia award. The winner will be revealed in November. Even if we don’t win, the whole team is very proud and grateful for the vote of confidence from our many happy clients!

Hippie Road Trip Giveaway September winners revealed!

It’s time again for us to showcase more winners from our fantastic Road-Trip giveaway competition (you know, the one where we give away iPads, videos and cameras?)!
We’re thrilled to share a short except from the awesome winning blog entry, which really illustrates the awesome adventures you can have if you do a trip down the East Coast of Australia in one of our fantastic campervans:

Going Nowhere Slowly

We chose a Hippie camper as the most cost effective package of essentials needed to ensure a trip of pure sun soaked hedonism: a fridge to chill the beers, air con to help the sea-breeze, a sound system to raise eyebrows and a back seat kitchen and double bed. Yes, it’s possible to be hippie these days without forgoing life’s modern luxuries…

The east coast of Australia is littered with excellent beach-front tourist parks and camp sites. The freedom of a campervan allows you to choose to linger at the most stunning beaches, where you can hit the beach before sunrise (such as the sunrise at Yeppoon, showing the the Keppel islands on the horizon) and linger until the great milky wheel of stars rise wet and shimmering from the waves. Read the rest of the blog post here
We also had some simply awesome photos from our happy Hippie campers, including team favourites such as this retro shot from James:

And this spectacular New Zealand pic from Jane:

Don’t forget, the competition is still running, so there’s still plenty of chances to win. Keep up the good work!

Happy Camper: Thanks a bunch, Wannes!

We recently received a delightful comment from our client Wannes, who toured New Zealand in a Hippie Camper last year. Thanks for your kind words Wannes and we hope to see you again one day!

Dear people of hippie camper I have almost been a year now since we’ve travelled through NZ with that great Hippie camper. And I gotta say: Everything was perfect and as you described on your website. We asked for an -1 year old van, and we got one of 9 months old. We never had any problems with the car once. And everything was delivered with it. All the camping equipment was available. And most important, all the equipment was clean! (even the water boiler and the toaster) From day one I knew that I was gonna have the best vacation ever. After almost 2 months in that superb camper we delivered it back to the depot in Christchurch and started our trip home. Even after almost a year we think back to that fine vacation and that nice camper! Keep up the good work! It was really lovely to drive that van! Greetings Wannes

Hippie Campers in Kiwi Land: Ferry Crossing

Lots of Hippie Camper clients take their campervans on a grand tour of New Zealand, travelling around both islands in one foul swoop. And why not? Both the North and South Islands have so much to offer backpackers. Beautiful scenery, sheep, adventure, sheep, culture, sheep, nightlife and sheep.

But of course, if you’re going to island hop, you’re going to have to take the ferry. We wish there was a big beautiful bridge connecting the islands – but alas, for now you will have to rely on a boat.

The good news is that the boat is pretty schmick one (comfy seats, food, and souvenirs to buy all on board). At Hippie, we work with Interislander – which is the most popular ferry operator. The Interislander runs around 5 ferry crossing services a day between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. It is around a 3 hour journey.

You’ll need to book your spot on the ferry in advance. We can book your ferry trip for you, but be aware that if you wish to keep your dates flexible cancellation fees may apply. You pay for each passenger and your Hippie Camper. The cost of the campervan is determined by its length, so the longer the campervan, the more it costs. The Hippie Deluxe is about 4.51m long.

Relax: Taking your campervan on the ferry is easy peasy

You may be worried about driving your camper on board the ferry, but don’t worry – the Interislander staff will provide clear directions. We have had very few reports of difficulties.

And that’s all we have to say about the ferry for now. Stay tuned for more campervan travel tips on the blog in the near future…

August Hippie Road-Trip Giveaway Winners

It’s that time again – we have some new winners of our Road-trip giveaway and we’d like to share them with you!

Matthew Hickman scored himself a Canon Compact Camera with this great shot:

So who won the coveted iPad? It was the lucky Bryan Pacher with this great blog (P.S. it’s in French):  Born to be wild

We also gave a FREE transferable campervan trip to Ben Wise (congrats Ben).

All you need to do for a chance to win these GREAT prizes is rent with us and get those photos, vids, and stories in!

Bec Woods on travelling Australia’s East Coast

Today we’re delighted to share a story from Bec Woods, a Pro Surfer who is sponsored by our parent company Apollo. First of all, here’s a quick intro video about Bec:

The last few months have been quite eventful as a Pro Surfer. This was supposed to be my downtime between World Tour events and for majority of it I was on the Gold Coast for training and enjoying the warm winter of Queensland.

However as a surfer you tend to move around a lot searching for the perfect wave. For people traveling on the east coast of Australia I recommend heading to Lennox Head and Byron Bay in the cooler months of winter. These small coastal surfing towns have such epic vibes, great coffee and many waves to choose from. Cruising from one to the next is a great way to spend a weekend and how I generally spend mine whilst around the Gold Coast.

Between training I spent a bit of time shooting for a TV segment and working on a proposed surfing event I am planning to have in my home town of Copacabana (NSW, Central Coast).

Which brings me to my next point. Driving from the Gold Coast to Copacabana is 9 hours if you do it straight. However if you have time and are driving your accommodation (a camper) please, please stop in at:

1. Angourie- It is a beautiful place with much national park and a hidden gem of the east coast. It is about 1 and a half hours south of Lennox Head.

2. Point Plomer/ Crescent Head- Point Plomer is where I learnt to surf. You take a right before hitting Crescent main town. There are 4 beaches to choose from all protected from different winds, the fishing, surfing, trails and wildlife are amazing. It is off the coast of Kempsey which is about 4 hrs south from Lennox head or 5 hours north from Sydney.

3. Boomerang Beach/Pacific Palms- Another of the hidden Gems of east coast Aus. So many white sand beaches, hidden cafe’s and lush national Parks to explore as well as cute cafe’s scattered around, it is worth exploring 3.5 hrs north of Sydney, 6.5 hrs south of Lennox Head.

I am now at Copacabana which is one and a half hours north of Sydney and getting ready for my next stint of events overseas starting with the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Peniche, Portugal early October. I need a solid end to my year currently sitting in 9th on the World Rankings and hoping to finish strongly.

Business as usual for Hippie Christchurch

Hippie Camper is pleased to advise that after the recent earthquake in Christchurch, our rental branch remains fully operational. Customers are still able to pick up and drop off campervans as usual. The team’s thoughts are with all those affected.

Hippie has a variety of motorhomes and campervans on site in Christchurch which would be suitable temporary accommodation for locals whose houses have been damaged. Please contact media@hippiecamper.com for a special rate.

6 luggage ESSENTIALS for your backpacker campervan trip

Packing is boring, we know – but it’s important. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of six essentials you should bring with you on any campervan road trip in Australia or New Zealand.

“Why six?” we hear you ask.  Well, we think it’s a pretty great number – particularly in New Zealand. Just ask any local! Anyway, here’s the list. We hope you find it useful:

  1. Soft bags for your stuff - they will fit more easily in your campervan storage compartments.
  2. Thongs/Flip Flops/Jandles – Whatever you call them, you need them if you’re showering in public bathrooms.
  3. Camera – Don’t miss the action, or the opportunity to win another camera from us if you take an amazing shot of your Hippie!
  4. Sunscreen – Whether you’re trekking Aus or traversing New Zealand, sun protection is important. Even in winter you need to slip slop slap to avoid harmful UV rays.
  5. Your favourite tunes – Self explanatory. Hippie Campers aren’t equipped with iPod docks (one day?) but they do play MP3 cds.
  6. Map (or rent a GPS from us) – Getting lost is half the fun, but you want to be able to find your way back eventually…

Low Season Hippie Rates – Unbeatable and Awesome

If you’re thinking of doing the campervan thing around Australia, right now is the perfect time. Most Aussie camper rental companies (including Hippie) set their prices based on supply and demand, so the quieter it is, the cheaper the rate.

Hippie Campers enjoying some sweet tunes

Up in Queensland the winter hardly counts (at the Hippie head office in Brisbane, we wear jumpers at the very most) – but for some reason, people are scared off by the prospect of a little bit of chill.

This is great news, because it means our prices are SPECTACTULAR right now, particularly from Cairns. We’d love you to rent our ultra-cheap new campervans over low season, and here are a few great reasons why:

  1. There are not so many crowds around – which means a more relaxed holiday for you
  2. It’s so cheap ($37 per day anyone)!
  3. If you mention the blog, we’ll give you FREE table and chair hire for your whole trip! This offer expires at the end of October 2010… so get in quick.

Free table and chair rental with your campervan hire

It doesn’t get much better than that, so give us a call or check out the obligation-free booking engine on our website for a quote.