THEY come in a variety of colours, configurations and ages, and according to the Stevensons, they all have different personalities.
Lynda and Warren Stevenson’s collection of adorable Kombis continues to grow.
Aggiee – a glossy red 1972 Kombi, came with a blue and cream colour palette before the Stevensons decided to return her to her original red.
They bought her at Pounawea in the Catlins in 2004 and decked her out to be used as a holiday home on wheels. They so enjoyed the experience, they have continued to expand their Kombi collection.
“Although they are all retro, they have been modernised inside” to maximise comfort.
a trip to Nelson and throughout the Marlborough Sounds.
“We met people sleeping in the back of cars, and thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to use the Kombis instead’.”
And with so many Kombis, the couple decided it would be lovely to share the motorhome experience with others… and so NZ Kombi Hire began in 2016.
So far, the couple have made four road trips to Auckland to collect the variety of vans.
Now they offer a selection of vans of all ages, colours and configurations for others to also enjoy holidaying with the convenience of a mobile home.
Their collection began with Rhonda, a lovely teal 1974 model.
“An elderly couple had done their dash kombi-ing and the price was right,” Lynda said.
Rhonda came from Auckland, and now has a child’s car seat when needed. She had also been the one which had been hired the most.
Then there was Pippi, the purple one, and Nessa, as in Vanessa – with a mural of children playing and scenes of New Zealand.
The latest was Esther, another 1972 model. Brought from Tauranga, she was being retrofitted.
Finding the Kombis was part of the fun, then the hard work of restoring and/or redecorating began with Warren, who was a mechanic, and Lynda, who was handy with soft furnishings.
Keen to retain the retro feel of the Kombis, the Stevensons have also balanced them with modern interiors. The pop-up campers are used so people can stand up inside them.
Ideal for two adults and two children, the Kombis came with everything, including a fridge, a family or couple could want for a travelling home on wheels.
“All the crockery and linen is provided, and although some have a bed on top, the seats could also be reconfigured to beds.”
Currently they had two available for hire, with another three in the evolutionary process (at least two of which would be ready by the end of winter), Warren said.
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