Wendekreisen Travel launches Koru Star 2ST campervan

By: Claire Smith

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The innovative new Koru Star 2ST from Wendekreisen Travel is ideal for those looking for a quality, comfortable campervan at an affordable price.

Family owned and operated, Wendekreisen Travel has been providing travellers in New Zealand with quality campervans and motorhomes for sale and rent since 1991.

Founded by the Wendekreisen family in 1990, the business began operations by offering worldwide airfare ticketing services. A year later, a clever decision to purchase a campervan for clients to hire saw the business take a new direction and grow into a very successful motorhome and campervan company.

By 2000, Wendekreisen had built its first lot of two-berth campervan vehicles. The units were based on the discontinued Mazda E2000 and offered a good value-for-money option in the New Zealand campervan rental market. The vehicle was extremely successful and became Wendekreisen’s first continuous campervan production line.

Introducing a new star

Sixteen years on, Wendekreisen has just launched the Koru Star 2ST. Built on the international award-winning V80 Biggest LDV van, the Koru Star 2ST features a range of modern materials and appliances.

Handcrafted in Wendekreisen’s Auckland factory, the interior furniture not only looks good, it’s made to last with durable plywood covered by hardwearing, yet visually attractive veneer. Materials such as MDF and particleboard are not used at all. And because Wendekreisen is a member of the Master Joiners Association, customers know the standard of workmanship is extremely high.

The Koru Star 2ST has a great range of appliances to make your holidays relaxing and enjoyable including a 90L fridge, two-flame gas cooking and generous storage compartments. The rear bed is large and relaxing and easily accommodates two adults and one child. And with a fully self-contained shower-toilet cubicle, the clever design of the Koru Star 2ST maximises every inch of space.

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Some of the standard features include:

  • Remote keyless entry and anti-theft security system
  • Cruise control, ABS and EBD
  • Parking sensors
  • Tow bar, rear bull bars and rear step
  • LED lighting
  • Propex LPG gas heating system
  • Twin gas stove and sink combo
  • 90L Vitrifrigo fridge
  • Two Hercules tanks
  • Hot water heat exchanger
  • Two 4.5kg gas bottles
  • Fusion rear stereo system: RV-CD800 (Aux-In, Bluetooth, USB, A2DP audio streaming and hands-free calling)
  • Telesat 19" LED HD TV with DVD player (hardwired to rear stereo and speakers)
  • 4 x 4 inch/50w Fusion speakers (hardwired to rear stereo)
  • Three batteries (switched to 12V) including two 650 CCA deep cycle house batteries and one starter battery

An award-winning van brand

Sascha Warnken, Wendekreisen’s managing director, says the combination of Wendekreisen and LDV provides customers with excellent value for money. "The LDV V80 delivers a reliable, larger than Hiace-sized campervan solution at a very low cost."

Imported by Great Lakes Distributors in Taupo, LDV vans are built using a blend of the best features from several brands. For example, the gearbox is made by Hyundai, the rear axle is from Volkswagen and the engine is a VM Motori unit.

"The end result is a very, very reliable van brand," says Warren Willmot, LDV’s national sales and marketing manager.

LDV is a division of Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation (SAIC), the largest automotive manufacturer in China. Number 60 in the Fortune Global 500, SAIC sold over five million vehicles in 2013, with LDV vans being the number two selling van brand from January through to May 2016.

One of Europe’s most recognised commercial vehicle brands, LDV vans are the choice of the British government for use by the Royal Bank, Royal Mail and even as travel vehicles for the British Royal Family. LDV has also been the recipient of numerous international awards including Best New Van, Innovation Award and Van of the Year.

The LDV V80 is assembled in China with a central dash, which means the vehicle can be fitted out with either left- or right-hand drive. These two factors help drive the cost down considerably, resulting in an extremely well-made vehicle that’s hard to beat on price.

"LDV vans can be kitted out for just about any industry. But we leave the motorhome fit outs to the experts, because it is a very specialised industry," says Warren. "That’s why we love working with motorhome companies such as Wendekreisen, because they’re professionals in what they do."

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Caring for clients and the environment

Over the years, Wendekreisen have worked hard to achieve an exceptional reputation. "Our dedicated team have our customers’ holidays at heart," says Sascha. "As a family business, it’s important to us that we provide a quality service to our clients."

Sascha explains that the Wendekreisen family have long been inspired by the philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. "We see ourselves as a social business by taking a sustainable approach in regard to our customers, staff, suppliers and the natural environment.

"From around 2009 we started to formalise our environmental and social policies as part of the Qualmark assessment criteria in New Zealand. The criteria urged us to rethink and formalise our social and environmental policies and inspired us to do more."

In 2014, Wendekreisen put a new environmental initiative in place. The Wendekreisen Carbon Project effectively offsets the fuel emissions of its fleet by purchasing carbon credits from approved Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI) suppliers. The credits are sourced from the Native Forest Restoration Trust which generates PFSI Standard carbon credits by restoring New Zealand native forests.

Also in 2014, Wendekreisen was accredited with the Qualmark Enviro Gold Award. The award officially recognises a range of environmental and social initiatives as well as extensive efforts to promote these initiatives to other industry affiliates and government institutions. More recently in 2015, Wendekreisen won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in the Environment-Eco Tourism category.

Drive away in March 2017

Wendekreisen’s Koru Star 2ST comes with a three year or 100,000km warranty. And with around $7M worth of parts in stock at any time, the team at LDV proudly stand behind their brand. "We’re really happy with the follow up service we’ve received from LDV," says Sascha.

"LDV honours their warranties generously and promptly and to date we’ve had no mechanical issues with any of the LDV vehicles in our rental fleet. LDV are also seeking constant feedback with a view to improving the vehicle, which is great for us and our customers."

Currently the Wendekreisen factory is producing the new Koru Star 2ST for its rental fleet, with private sale production set to start in February 2017.

The Koru 2ST is priced at $84,990 (including GST). However at this year’s NZ Motorhome Show, buyers can secure the heavily discounted price of just $81,990 (including GST), with deliveries starting from March 2017.

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