We shopped around the many campervan hire shops in Auckland to find the best deal four our 5–week tour. We were expecting NZ to be somewhat cheaper than Oz but it wasn’t to be and ended up picking a smaller but cooler van from Wicked, a company famed for their expletive spray paints.
Having seen hundreds of wicked vans in Oz, most of which were shit heaps, we were cautious and wanted to see the van before we handed over our hard earned cash. Wicked wanted us to pay a $200 deposit over the phone to reserve one, but if we weren’t satisfied upon collection we would loose our deposit – yea right!. They were closed on the Saturday and Sunday so we took a chance and headed out of town to their depot with our rucksacks in the hope that they would have one ready for the off.
They hadn’t but we only had to wait a few hours for one or two to be returned and would get the opportunity to choose. When you book over the phone one is reserved and that’s yours, like it or lump it! The first one returned was Elvis, wow, this is cool and not too outrageous like ‘Farmer Sutra’ we seen which had a farmer performing a number sexual acts with sheep in all sorts of positions – cool but not for us…
We are delighted and think we’re rather cool driving around in our Wicked camper, it’s comfortable and a pleasure to drive and as for Elvis, well, say no more. All vans come with some slogan on the back, ours reads ‘The cost of living hasn’t affected its popularity’, boring but somewhat true. We will make a point of adding some pictures of other Wicked vans en route.
No doubt you’ll be sick of seeing pictures of Elvis over the next few weeks so we’ll just add these few for now.