Our epic kiwi road trip

The team at Ebbett Volkswagen are sharing a VW California for one week each to create their version of the ultimate kiwi road trip

Follow their year-long adventure below, and make sure to follow #kiwifornia on Instagram and Facebook.

  • James at Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

  • Deirdre at Raglan, Auckland

  • Heath at Mt Victoria, Wellington

  • Matapouri Bay, Tutukaka Coast

  • Oke Bay, Bay Of Islands

22,359 kilometers

we’ve travelled in the VW California to-date

68 destinations

that our team have discovered throughout Aotearoa

51 weeks

completed out of 60

54 ice creams

consumed during our journeys

We get around

Our stops so far. If you see us out-and-about, give us a wave!

Reviews

What our team thinks about the VW California

“Not only is this California easy to drive, but it was also very easy to set up. The space transformed from a van to a dining area to a bedroom and back to a van in seconds”

Andrew Crosthwaite

“I loved the space and accessibility of the California, both inside and out.  Everything inside the camper is easily put away and manoeuvrable – especially the table, chairs, storage and fridge”

Leia Guest

“There’s many things to love about the California – but the big one for me is that it’s the perfect combination between transport and accommodation. Driving was a breeze, it’s got a great engine, really smooth gear shifts, it sits nicely on the road and it’s easily manoeuvrable so it’s a piece of cake to drive, even on long journeys. It’s also really economical”

Jamie Russell 

“The California is an awesome campervan. It handles well on the road and is really comfortable during long distance journeys – I didn’t stop for 770km!”

Dean Liddall 

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“Makes for a comfortable trip!”

Iain Spanhake

“It has got a great sound system and gps”

Rachael Cortesi

“We were impressed by the sleeping space and comfort of the top bed”

Eden Garton

“Not only is this California easy to drive, but it was also very easy to set up. The space transformed from a van to a dining area to a bedroom and back to a van in seconds”

Andrew Crosthwaite

“I loved the space and accessibility of the California, both inside and out.  Everything inside the camper is easily put away and manoeuvrable – especially the table, chairs, storage and fridge”

Leia Guest

“I was very impressed by the practicality and how the space was used inside of the camper. Storage was awesome!”

Hayden Stockman

“Very luxurious, comfortable to drive and lots of room inside”

James Yan

“Loved it! What impressed me most was how easy it was to use and the amount of space inside”

Jono van Rooyen

“The California is an awesome campervan. It handles well on the road and is really comfortable during long distance journeys – I didn’t stop for 770km!”

Dean Liddall

“There’s many things to love about the California – but the big one for me is that it’s the perfect combination between transport and accommodation. Driving was a breeze, it’s got a great engine, really smooth gear shifts, it sits nicely on the road and it’s easily manoeuvrable so it’s a piece of cake to drive, even on long journeys. It’s also really economical”

Jamie Russell

“What an experience! We found the California an absolute pleasure to drive and being able to pull the back seat right forward meant the kids were close and left us with a HUGE space in the back for luggage”

Richard van den Engel

“I was really impressed with the driving performance and the fuel economy. I travelled about 1,500kms and only spent $150 on diesel! I was not expecting the California to be as economical as it was”

Heath Blyde

“Fantastic experience! The California drove like a dream. No holding up queues of traffic; so well equipped and very smart to look at (but still as cool as the iconic VW Kombi vans we loved to cruise around in back in the hay days). The only complaints we had were when we had to come home!”

Deirdre Morris

“The best thing about the Kiwiforina was how easy it was to quickly make changes to the interior of the van.”

Pooja Gupta

“The California is a great alternative to bigger campervans, it was easy to drive on the tight Coromandel roads, it easily reached 100 on open roads, and it was simple to park in small towns.”

Jackson Caffyn

“It was so easy to drive, just like a driving a car but packed with so much storage space.”

Amy van Garderen

“The VW California drives pretty much like a car. The sound system was awesome too!”

Naoya Todoroki

“Most of the drive was through mountains and valleys with sharp turns and a lot of uphill driving. The amazing handling, power and acceleration of the VW California made the drive so much easier (and more fun) than we expected.”

Rohan Bate

“The vehicle itself is incredible to drive, I was comfortable on the road and even more comfortable at the campsite.”

Chad Bowles

Interested in the Volkswagen California?

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