Adventures begin with Explorers

Buying a motorhome is a big deal. We think it's important to focus on what will make life away from home as pleasurable and stress-free as possible. Being biggest isn't always best, so less is definitely way more.
Explorer Navigator in Akaroa

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Expertly designed and built here in New Zealand

Explorers are designed and manufactured right here by us in Albany, Auckland. The Explorer concept was so good that the original owner took the concept over to Australia.


The two different-sized Explorers both have a one-piece composite body using a vacuumed urethane core sandwiched between layers of fibreglass and an outer layer of gelcoat. This produces a durable and hard finish which is easy to maintain and much more resistant to scratches than a painted finish.

This vacuumed urethane core helps give a seamless, lightweight and strong body with the added benefit of excellent insulation and you know you'll be leak-free. Using a moulded body is not common in the motorhome industry because producing these moulds isn't easy, but it is the tried and trusted technique in the boating and trucking industries that we know really performs.


Quality is everything to us. We only use industry-leading components that we know will last the distance. We know that your motorhome is going to take you to some pretty exciting places, so everything needs to work and last. For example, we only use high-pressure laminate on plywood for Explorer's joinery - not MDF-based materials that swell if they are exposed to moisture.


If you're buying a new motorhome, we encourage you to look deeper than the surface.




Explorer Morohome with view of Rangitoto

We're here for you at any and every stage of your decision-making process and, if we're lucky enough to build or supply you an Explorer Motorhome, right through to the delivery and miles beyond, while you own it.


As the designers and manufacturers of your Explorer, you're assured of all the answers you need and most importantly - all the service and backup you need for your new motorhome.


The Explorer team is not only expert at crafting our motorhomes but we are extremely innovative when we need to be. Sometimes individual owners want unique modifications or options which we do our best to deliver.

Apart from mechanical servicing of your vehicle which should be undertaken by the Ford dealer network, we provide warranty backup for your motorhome and it's components. If there are any operational issues or you want upgrades of any kind, we're here for you.


Because we deliver Explorers all over New Zealand, it is sometimes impractical to return your motorhome to our base in Albany, Auckland. We have a network of trusted service providers around the country.


0800 227 144


Exceptional Explorer Service and Support


Simon Bishop



Simon had a plumbing and gasfitting business for 21 years before getting involved in the motorhome industry. He is heavily involved in the four-wheel drive sport, has previously served five years as national president of the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association and is still involved in 4x4 trialing.


Simon assisted previous Explorer Motorhomes owner, Richard to market Explorers at motorhome shows for three years before teaming up with Mike in a new partnership.

Simon Bishop
Mike Nicklin



Mike is a trade qualified, skilled coachbuilder. He has been involved with the New Zealand motorhome and caravan industry for over 30 years with a wide experience including repairs, transformations and manufacturing.


Mike has built Explorer Motorhomes since 2007. In 2014 there was an opportunity to purchase the business with Simon.

Mike Nicklin

Explorer owners talk


Is there any other kind of motorhome?


When we started looking for our first motorhome, we got all excited about motorhomes with lots of floorspace and glamorous looking interiors. The longer we looked and the more we thought seriously about how we would actually use it, we began to realise that becoming truck or long van drivers was not our idea of relaxing holidays.


When we spoke to other motorhomers we also realised that there wasn't much substance behind the gloss of the many imported motorhomes on the market. There were many comments about breakages, poor service backup and unsuitability for our environment. By chance, we came across an ad for a second hand Explorer online which interested us. It was just what we were looking for. On visiting Explorer we found them very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.


As soon as we entered the Explorer Compass we looked at each other and knew it really was what we had been looking for. Not only was it surprisingly spacious but it had everything we would need, and importantly it would fit and park easily down our driveway. We also knew that the size would be perfect for visiting out of the way places as well as supermarket carparks.


We ended up ordering the bigger Navigator with 4-wheel drive and since delivery in late 2013, we've been all over the country. It's been on short and long trips and we have found it absolutely fantastic. We've been to places that would have been impossible in a traditional motorhome. It's really easy and comfortable to live in and the build quality is excellent.


We couldn't recommend Explorer highly enough. We have no idea why anyone would want any other kind of motorhome.



Ford Ranger cab interior
Ford Ranger tyre

Ford Ranger is the best choice for the job


We only build Explorers on Ford Ranger utes, recognised as the best on the market for comfort, features and all-important power. With a six-speed automatic gearbox, 3.2 litres and 147kw of engine power you won't be stuck in queues anywhere in an Explorer. And if you want to tow a trailer or boat, know there's more than enough under the bonnet to deliver.


We completely upgrade the suspension and GVM (gross vehicle mass) to 3500kg but otherwise, the Ranger is an extremely well specified ute with a stack of safety features for maximum stability and handling wherever you are. And that includes in water up to 800mm deep!  


With great fuel economy, low maintenance and servicing costs, Ranger really is the best base vehicle available to underpin both Compass and Navigator motorhomes.



Ford Ranger on beach






Power: 3.2L 147kW @ 3,000rpm

Torque: 470Nm @ 1,750 - 2,500rpm

Airbags: Driver and passenger, front and curtain

ABS Brakes with Dynamic Stability Control

4WD Shift-on-the-fly switching between 2WD and 4WD

Safety Rating: 5-Star Euro NCAP and ANCAP

Cruise Control


Remote Central Locking

Engine Immobiliser

Power Windows and Mirrors

Cab Air Conditioning

Warrant of Fitness only required
Nationwide Ford Service Centres

Ford Ranger 4WD pulling boat