Adventure Vans Review

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Editors Review

Adventure Vans is a luxury motorhome hire company in New Zealand with branches in Queenstown, Auckland, and Christchurch. The company has a large fleet of vehicles to choose from and models include; 2 berth, 3 berth, 4/5 berth, 5 berth, 5/6 berth and 6/7 berth. Most of their vehicles are quite new and highly modernized to provide exceptional features.    

The Fleet

2 Berth Motorhome

Adventure vans 2 berth campervan for hireThe 2-Berth Motorhome is ideal for a couple that wants to enjoy a fantastic camping holiday in style and comfort. The vehicle comes fitted with all the things that one may need for a stress-free road trip.  The van is quite spacious, and one can roam around and stand upright without worrying about having your head knocked by obstacles. Some of the unique features of this vehicle include; 4 burner gas cooker, independent gas/electrical heating, electric mag, pans & pots, solar power system, linen, microwave oven, 60 litres fridge, hot water shower, under seat storage capacity, large wardrobe, fitted carpets, chemical flush toilet and a bathroom that converts to a drying room with gas heating, double bed that can also be converted to 2 single beds, 100 litres fresh water tank & 110 litres waste tank,  and air conditioned driving cab. Having a vehicle fitted with a toilet & bathroom means that you can have a lot of fun camping at roadside stops, NZ national parks, etc., but if you are going to rent this vehicle for longer periods, you will definitely have to empty the waste tank and refill the fresh water tank, cause 100litres can’t last for long.

3 Berth Motorhome (Carries 6 sleeps 3)

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This luxurious Motorhome is well designed to provide all home-away amenities and equipment for great camping. Amazing features such as solar power system, 60 litres fridge, flushing toilet and a hot water shower means that you don’t have to pay extra camping fees, making your holiday cheaper and more economically viable. Other features that can’t be ignored include; pans & pots, electric jug, microwave oven, electric heating, 4 burner gas cooker, cutlery, luggage storage, radio, large wardrobe, 2 beds (one on the roof and another double bed elected at that dining area), rear door that opens up for sun awning, pillows and duvet, wine glasses, buckets, food containers, etc. 

4/5 Berth Adventure Camper (Carries 5 sleeps 4)

Adventure Vans 4 to 5 berth campervan for hireAdventure Vans provides this amazing motorhome to those travelers that want to experience an absolute luxury travel. The camper can carry up to 5 people with comfort, and it comes fitted with all the amenities found at home. Its huge space and comfy dining set will allow you to enjoy your breakfast in style while taking a fantastic, beautiful view from the vans large rear windows.  Unique features include; a fully equipped kitchen that contains a 100litres fridge, small sink, electric jug, all cooking & serving utensils, 4 burner gas cooker, microwave, wine glasses and food container. The vehicle also has three single beds in the rear and one large double bed above the cab area, flushing toilet and a bathroom that converts to a drying room, exterior storage locker, CD player, FM/AM radio, vacuum cleaner, etc.

5/6 Berth Adventure Camper

When it comes to “extreme comfort camping and traveling”, Adventure Vans have the best vehicles for those travelers looking for extra space, power, and luxury. The 5/6 is one of the biggest campers (in size) offered by the rental company and It can comfortably accommodate 6 people in absolute luxury. This vehicle is quite new in the market, as Adventure Vans seems to prioritize the quality of vehicles offered to customers. Some of the unique features that makes this  motorhome quite special include; full chemical flush toilet, internal vacuum system, fitted carpets, large wardrobe, microwave oven, kitchen bench & a practical sink, bathroom that converts to a drying room, 240v air conditioning unit, under seat/ floor storage that can hold 5 large travel suitcases, gas central heating, permanent exterior awning, DVD/CD stereo player, wine glasses, gas heater, 90 litres fridge, 2 single beds and a large double bed in the roof (definitely if you have kids, they will really enjoy to play in the cabin roof area of the hi-top bed). This vehicle is a small-moving home and is ideal for a small family or group of 5 to 6 people that want to cruise New Zealand in comfort and style.

6/7 Berth Family Motorhome

The 6/7 berth motorhome is the biggest and most luxurious motorhome offered by Adventure Vans. The vehicle comes with a lot of unique features that makes your holiday more enjoyable and stress-free. If you have a family of young stars, they will definitely enjoy playing around and seating behind the driver’s cab. The motorhome is ideally designed for a family group, and that’s why it’s called “Family Motorhome”. Some of the unique features that make this vehicle special include: 4 gas burner cooker, microwave, a practical sink, a dinette in the rear, bathroom that converts to a drying room, 240v air-conditioning unit, independent gas/electric heating, large double bed above the cab area measuring 1.9m by 2m & a another one measuring 2m by 2.3m converted around the dinette area, large wardrobe, security safe, DVD/CD stereo player, fitted carpets, and seat belts in the rear. Kitchen equipment includes: cutlery, food containers, gas kettle & electric jug, pots, pans & flying pans, gas heater, buckets, etc. The Family Motorhome also features a flushing chemical toilet, 200 litres water tank & 210 litres waste water tank, and a 90 litres fridge/freezer. These enhanced features will enable you to take a long holiday trip without having to stop for a water refill and emptying the waste tank every other day.

Insurance 

If you want to hire one of Adventure Vans motorhome, be ready to pay an insurance bond of $3000, plus excess of $350. In case you don’t want to pay the full insurance bond amount, the company allows you to reduce the price with an additional cost of $26 per day plus an insurance bond of $250.

Extras

Adventure Vans provide the following items for free; iron, snow chairs, mountain bikes, mobile cellular phones, barbecue, camping tables, baby seats, bike racks, and child booster seats.

Reputation

“Excellent services, very helpful, great company to hire from, very professional and personable,” that’s all what their customers commented. Over the years, Adventure Vans have continued to earn a great reputation for the quality of service and vehicles offered to customers. So far so good, there have been only some few reported complaints and minor issues that have been resolved by the company. With such a recommendable company, you can expect to get high quality and personalized services.

Summary

If you are in the market for luxury motorhomes, Adventure Vans have the best vehicles in NZ, and their quality of service is unbeatable.

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6 reviews from our community

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, United Kingdom
1 Review

"Vehicle in dangerous condition and dishonest owner. WARNING! DO NOT USE."

  • Reviewed 2 months ago

Well Mark Boberg, I have given you 6 weeks to refund the $840 you promised, I guess your words "I am a straight guy who treats people the way I wish to be treated" are just empty and hollow.

We hired an 8 year old 6 berth Ducato based campervan Reg number EHL 261 from Mark Boberg of Adventure Vans for 6 months @ $16000

From the start:
The van was filthy, all the crockery needed cleaning before use, some bowls had thick mould.
The toilet didn't flush and it stank.
Van leaked from roof, two windows and side door.
Camping table and two chairs broken. I repaired.
Grill broken. I repaired
Ant infestation.
Bed broken. I repaired.
Electric kettle with no lead.
AC did not work.
Van had been in an accident, front panel out of alignment.
Overall interior appearance was pretty tatty and tired. There were so many things we just didn't notice in the 20 minute hand over.

During our trip:
We had a puncture so called out a mechanic, the mechanic informed us that it was in fact the wheel itself that had a crack and the tyre was illegal anyway being bald on the inner rim. The spare wheel was used and a new tyre fitted, we now had no spare wheel. Incidentally, the tyre on the spare wheel was also illegal with the steel cords exposed.
We had a second puncture - no spare!
Total cost of replacing tyres cost us nearly $540.

The water pump broke so the van was in the garage for two days which meant we had to stay in a B&B for two nights. Cost to us was $240 for the B&B. Mark Boberg paid the water pump bill direct to the garage on completion of work. The mechanic at the garage was scathing about the lack of maintenance on the van.

In summary:
We had an awesome trip in NZ and were able to put some of the minor inconveniences and defects to one side. However, the condition of the wheel and tyres were potentially life threatening.

Our thoughts on Adventure Vans:
Amateurish small players in the rental scene with no customer care. Mark Boberg is deceitful, dishonest, dishonourable and a charlatan.

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, Australia
1 Review

"Great customer service and great vehicle"

  • Reviewed 5 months ago

The business owner was super friendly and happy to assist in any way he could - from helping plan our route (at our request) to helping us with anything we needed during our trip. The vehicle we hired had so many more windows than other campervans, which is perfect for the beautiful NZ countryside. The solar system meant that we freedom camped quite a lot and enjoyed parts of New Zealand that we wouldn't have otherwise seen. Overall, a great experience.

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, New Zealand
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"very happy"

  • Reviewed 5 months ago

I have used Adventure Vans several times in the last years and can vouch for their beautiful vans, friendly manner and positive attitude. Always with a smile, and happy to make any effort to meet my needs. As a travel journalist I can recommend the company, Mark and the staff with all my heart.

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, Australia
1 Review

"Happy Campers"

  • Reviewed 7 months ago

Met at the airport by the company owner's son. Quite relaxed and helpful. Good advice about our first stop on the way out.

As we expected, given the budget price, the van was not brand new, though quite comfortable, mechanically up to the task and good value for money. The on-board solar panel meant we never really had to plug in at a commercial camp ground and could take full advantage of the Freedom Camping available in New Zealand. Big windows let in the great outdoors.

This is a small family-run business, if you prefer not to deal with the big companies. It is run in a very relaxed and flexible manner. The owner Mark is very responsive to all emails and texts. Be sure to contact him before pick up and drop off to confirm arrangements, as there is no depot at the airport. If you appreciate you are dealing with a small operation and maintain good communication it should go smoothly.

Overall great value for money.

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, Spain
1 Review

"Worst experience ever"

  • Reviewed 9 months ago

Too long to mention all the issues from our Berth Caravan... From waterfalls inside the cabin (through our closed windows and the sliding door), holes in the structure where dust and cold air enters to the cabin... We also never used the shower/toilette because it was always smelly even if we never used it. During the trip one window fall down and the mechanic told us that this failure was done years before with several repairs...

We wait for them in our hotel and they delayed more than 6 hours the pick up and the delivery of the motorhome. The owner Mark Boberg was really an awful person. He also made us to drive the caravan with him before giving us the keys as he said that he doesn't know if we were able to do it (we are 35 year old couple that have been driving in Europe and around the globe with cars, caravans and motorbikes... but he said that New Zealand is different... Sure...Try to drive in Paris, Madrid or Milano.... Shame)

He never listen to our problems and he also charged all the money even with the delays on the pick up, the problems on the road and his bad manners talking to us.

We rented the motorhome during a month and we completely regret it, more than 3000€ on a terrible old van converted to a motorhome.

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, United Kingdom
1 Review

"Wouldnt go back"

  • Reviewed 2 years ago

I never received the promised confirmation of the booking.The van was very damaged. The diesel, water and gas were not full. The waste water had not been emptied. Mark set the van on fire whilst doing a last minute welding repair. He wasted 2 hours of our time on the day of collection. His booking system was a ripped piece of cardboard. On return, he held us up for two hours when it was prearranged that he should be at the depot (ranshackled shed) to meet us. He gave lame excuses which were implausible. He runs the business by the skin of his teeth. I'm just thankful the van didn't break down. Do not trust Mark, do not use this company, even though it is a bit cheaper than others.

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