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Sprinter Van Life: From Australia to New Zealand

This custom Sprinter van is home to Jordan and Tommy, who use the van to travel throughout New Zealand.  This is their third van, and improves on all the shortcomings of their previous rigs. Both of them worked stressful jobs in the UK before deciding to sell their home and pursue vanlife in Australia. After living there awhile, they got a new van to enjoy New Zealand — and they have no plans to ever go back to homeownership!

The van has a great layout, with double swivel chairs in the front that turn to face a mini couch (which *can*) become a twin bed, although they’ve never used it. The kitchen and bathroom face each other in the middle of the van, and the queen-sized bed takes up the back. They have two more bench seats in front of the bed which house additional storage. Enjoy their tour below!

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They Left Stressful Jobs to Travel the World

From Australia to New Zealand Van Life 2

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The roll-up cabinets never open during transit!

From Australia to New Zealand Van Life 3

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The wet bath is behind that mirror.

From Australia to New Zealand Van Life 4

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Dual swivel chairs give them a spot to hang out.

From Australia to New Zealand Van Life

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  • Jordan and Tommy travel New Zealand in their Sprinter van, Matilda. They previously toured Australia via van after leaving stressful jobs in the UK.
  • They had been homeowners, so the freedom of vanlife and not caring for a house or yard means they’re never looking back!
  • This van solved a number of issues they had with the other two vans they’ve lived in, like the perfect kitchen location (mid van, and not near the door).
  • They have two swivel chairs and a bench that create a lovely living room space in the front of the rig.
  • Both of them wanted an actual bathroom in their van this time around, and while it’s super compact, it meets the need.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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