A recent name change has seen Nomad Rentals become Adventurer Rentals. A friendly and caring staff along with cheap and reliable campervans have made Nomad Rentals (now Adventurer Rentals) a relatively nice option for budget conscious travellers looking for 2 berth campervans.
About Adventurer Rentals
Until recently Nomad Rentals, this company, was easily confused with Nomad Campervans— but they are completely different even if their names were almost identical. So lets clear this up before you go any further in case you are in the wrong spot.
Nomad Rentals (this review and now called Adventurer Rentals) =
https://www.nomadrentals.co.nz/ Despite the name change, at the time of this update, they have kept their old web address. However, their name is now very similar to Adventure Rentals (notice one less 'r') - which is a separate car rental company with no campervans. But really, come on, if you're going to go through a name-change saga, don't you at least find a new name that isn't almost exactly the same as someone else in a similar market space. From Nomad and Nomad to Adventurer and Adventure. What ev's.
Nomad Campervans (still named thus) =
http://www.nomadnz.com/ - is a larger company that dominates the Nomad name but this review is NOT about them. You can read about this larger Nomad company here.
So right, on with the show...
Adventurer Rentals is a family owned and operated business that rents out quality vehicles for budget conscious travellers looking for 2 berth campervans. They offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off to/from their depots in Auckland and Christchurch. The company itself is small; hence, a smaller fleet of only two options. And sometimes, they were overshadowed by the bigger Nomad company. Still, they care about giving a unique campervan experience through their limited selection of campervan and sleepervans that cater up to two people only.
The company provides only two types of vehicles— all well-maintained, tidy and in good condition. The vehicles solely owned by the company are the 2 berth Hi-top campervans and sleeper vans. Before, they had a six berth motorhome but has been removed from their fleet, leaving them with a very limited selection for a limited target market. The sleepervans are a bit old ranging from 1995 to 2006 model but are still in good condition while the Hi-top are newer models with 2016-2017 vehicle age. All Nomad units are equipped with all standard equipment for a tension free holiday.
The 2 berth manual campervan, which is probably the flagship camper in the Adventurer range, includes a wide range of equipment for two. It would be better to hire a 2 berth campervan instead of a sleeper van because they have more camping options such as fridge, which can prove very helpful during long journeys. The rear bench seats convert into a cozy double bed with underneath storage. Aside from the house battery, there's 240 V battery charger and solar power option. Unlike most hi-top models, this one comes with a shower and cassette flush toilet. And before we forget, the campervan has a fitted awning for outdoor fun.
On the other hand, the 2 berth sleepervan is the choice for simple wanderers who wouldn't mind some elbow touching during the holiday. Because of its limited space, standing up or even moving around inside can be tricky. With that, this model is definitely a no-no for fancy travellers. Still, the sleepervan includes a double bed from entire main cabin, cigarette lighter for video camera batteries, crockery & cutlery, cooking utensil, stove top and a kettle.
The excess/deductible is NZ$5000 ($5500 for drivers under 25 years), which is taken through a credit card imprint at the start of your trip. Likewise, they offer two options to reduce excess and to include coverage for damage to windscreens and replacement plus accidental damage to tyres. The Silver at NZ$ 35 per day for a $2500 excess and the Gold at NZ$65 per day for a $0 excess.
It seems that Adventurer Rentals provides virtuous services to its clients. Though the nice customer service leaves a good impression to their name, the company's limited options restrict other interested renters. Their fleet of cheaper campervans and sleepervans only caters up to two people. That’s why many people would still prefer the other, larger Nomad campervan hire company over this one.
Well, aside from their cheap rates, the good customer service among its clients seems to be the main charm of Adventurer Rentals. If you're looking for more options, especially family-friendly units, then stop and head on to other options.