Carly Flynn

Explore the Grand California
with Carly Flynn

Experience the Kiwi van life

Meet our friend Carly Flynn, mum of three who has a passion for adventure. Follow along her journey as she explored the beautiful Tawharanui Region in the all‑new Grand California. Learn from her favourite features and tips for an unforgettable family getaway.

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"The Grand California is Volkswagen’s first self-contained camper, and it’s been worth the wait. It’s a grown up Kombi with key features like the solar panels, touch screen control pad, separate wet room, a decent sized fridge freezer combo,

Carly’s road trip adventures began almost 20 years ago in her beloved 1972 teal blue Kombi ‘Cyril’. “I promised in our wedding vows I’d always continue to go on adventures in the VW for life”  - Carly Flynn


With the Grand California, I happily drove it all over Auckland, on the motorway and in the suburbs, and then north to our destination and with three precious kids in tow. The All-wheel Drive system was great on the gravel roads. 


“One of the features I love particularly at night time is that is has these wonderful mosquito curtains. They are the perfect edition for summer evenings”


“The solar panels meant we could explore off the grid while still enjoying the all luxuries of the campervan.” It’s exceptionally handsome vehicle that attracts the interest of many in the campground, who, just like when we were in the old 1972, have no hesitation in coming over for a chat, for a look, for a reminisce about the good old days.


Settling in for the night is made easy with the touch screen control pad and ambient lighting. I find it incredibly special that you can recreate these memories a few decades on, with the same amount of style, but with much grander comfort.

Ready for epic adventures?

Get to know your Grand California better with our tips and tricks videos that walk you through the clever features and details.

Inspiring travels in your Volkswagen campervan

Explore New Zealand’s raw natural beauty and with the magnificent landscape of Milford Sound, hike Aoraki/Mt Cook, or step into the icy world of the glaciers. Cruise the waters of the Bay of Islands, get the adrenaline pumping with adventure sports, or discover the magic of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. With so much to offer, the hardest part of your holiday planning will be deciding what to do!

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