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About Us

Thomlinson Rentals Limted – Since 1938!

We are a New Zealand family business with branches in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2008, it will be our 70th birthday.

Our History

May 20th, 1938 – Established in motor vehicle industry, Auckland
Our company was originally called Britomart Service Station Limited. Located in Downtown Auckland, it offered motor vehicle repairs, lubrication, and had a gasoline stand. As a subsidary of NZ Forest Products Ltd, the petrol licence was later used to supply millions of litres to the pioneering establishment of pine plantations in the central North Island. Our Customs Street location is now being redeveloped into the Britomart Transport Station.

April 23rd, 1988 - Present management came of age.
As a high school students, my Dad finally left us on our own, minding the gas pumps on quiet weekends over winter. The lease cars were well established by now. My brother and I wheeled our bikes out onto the forecourt for hire by the hour and the rentals began in earnest. The concept of Thrifty Campers, evolving since 1977, became a core part of our business with the originals being fitted out in our own workshop.

March 27th, 1997 – Diversifying into Car Rentals, Auckland
Having twice outgrown our locations, we expanded into purpose designed premises and renamed the company Thomlinson Rentals Limited. As individuals, we marketed our Rental Cars and Campervans under different brand names via Rental Car Village - the brand was born!

March 28th, 2003 – Christchurch Office Opened
Having a presence in Christchurch since 1991, opening our own office allowed us to offer one way and split hires between the North and South Island more effectively.

Our Family

Keith Thomlinson
Manager of Christchurch Office, Campervan Design and Fleet Maintenance
Keith enjoys fishing and days out on the farm. With a bike stored in London, he cycles in the UK for a month most years.

Linda Thomlinson
Manager of Campervan Interior, Inventory and Quality Control
Linda handmade the orginal awnings and mosquito nets for our campervans. She also likes cycling (touring the UK by bicycle with Keith) and enjoys photography.

Grant Thomlinson
Manager of Accounts, Marketing and Website Design
Grant has travelled though Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, Siberrea, Europe and North America. He married our webdesigner, Jui (Thai), and they now spend the low season in Thailand and high season in New Zealand.

Helen Thomlinson
Manager of Auckland Office, Reservations and Administration
Helen's just returned from an American Road Trip. She enjoys hockey, rollerblading and has a University Degree as a Kindergarten Teacher. Her fiance, Dan, plays in a band, has a local gardening business and models for our campervan photos.

 

 

 

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