"there must be a better way"
It took 1hr 15mins to pick up the van with no queue. Van had several broke...
Absolutely horrendous customer service poor maintenance on vehicle empty gas bottles .
, dodgy lights faulty heater and tv cost twice as much as led to believe with hidden insurances ,still waiting for bond to be returned over one month
It took 3 hours to pick up the campervan from Apollo Christchurch. There seemed to be no system for them to work out who was next in the que. They needed more staff. The staff they had there were grumpy. Customers who rented the day before were returning with complaints and jumping ahead of others who were waiting first. I am appalled that this is many visitors first experience of NZ, it saddens and embarrasses me as Kiwi that we have companies out there who place no value on their customers time. The one staff lady who seemed solely responsible for releasing vehicles to renters was pushy and rude. Obviously on commission to sell additional insurance. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY.
Very bad experience with this company.
Everything is over charged on the initial price booked on the internet : the prices are not fixed.
It is asked a bond of 7500$ or 250$ (by pre authorisation)with an additional cost on the rental. 2% extra cost when you pay by credit card, you can't pay cash . When you bring back the camper they don't check with you. If you have a damage on the car they take you the amount they want without any bill and expertise! So when you do the bond by pre authorisation it is a swindle. NEVER book with them, theirs cars are old without GPS as their competitors have much better campers (like Maui). They are just screwing money from the Europeans, without any rules : they don't post any prices.
Bad service, dirty camper on pick up. I had to fix interior items including the towel rail, which kept falling off the wall. We will definitely be using another company next trip.
I dont know why all the bad reviews. We had the hitop campervan for a month and apart from small details, everything was fine. I had a problemas with apollo about a double booking, and they refund the money (it's true that I had to insist sending many emails).
Returning the van in Auckland was easy except for the manager in the office, the two girls were fantastic, but the manager should be fired, no concern about the clients whatsoever.
Just some tips to be problem free, check the van very carefully when you get it in the first place, ours had a scratch that don't see, but there wasn't any problem when returning it.
Apollo is one of the busiest motorhome rental companies in the world. There are plenty of complaints about them but if you compare the complaints to the amount of rentals they take care of a week, they are actually pretty small. Angry people just make a lot of noise, that's all. Our experiences with Apollo have all been positive. However, the amount of complaints about bond repayment can't be ignored. Be warned you will be waiting weeks for the bond back, not days.
DO NOT rent a campervan from Apollo New Zealand. We just completed a 24 day hire of the Euro Tourer. Firstly, despite what their website says or their terms & conditions etc, they do not provide a kitchen pack, a personal pack, a toilet pack or viable 24 hour roadside assistance. Turns out the "included roadside assistance" does not include towing for accidents and other things, forcing us to pay another $4 per day. Secondly, the woman who served us tried to con us into believing that our travel insurance wouldn't cover an excess on a campervan as it is a modified vehicle. Fortunately, I had a copy of our policy with us and it does cover them. This was her ploy to get us to upgrade to the no excess insurance plan. Thirdly, we were expecting to hire a "luxury top of the range Euro Tourer with all the luxuries you would expect ...", as stated on their website, but instead we got an over 3 years old, falling apart, dirty camper, with a broken cook top, 1 broken saucepan and 1 wobbly handled small frypan and not the all the basic utensils you would expect in a camper. We were warned by another camper dealer that Apollo campers are not kept clean, not serviced properly so your chance of a breakdown is higher. Then there is the whole scam of their insurance policies. When you pick up the camper the woman explained how if you don't take up their $45 per day value pack, you will effectively be charged $7000 or $2,500 excess for every single damage you get on the vehicle, regardless of whether its your fault or not, and regardless of whether the damage is less than the excess. Even if it isn't your fault, you pay the excess as they don't bother chasing the other party. And they take up to a month to return the excess. I have never in my life encountered such a scam that coerces you to take their most expensive insurance cover. I have hired Britz and Mauicampers many times in the past and this has not come up. I complained via email twice, was promised a phone call both times, but of course, not a word from them. I will never rent from them again!
It took 1hr 15mins to pick up the van with no queue.
Van had several broken items inside (roof vent and cooker hood (both rattled a lot when travelling as a result)
Van comes with Nothing! No washing up liquid, or toiler roll to get you started.
There are a lot of hidden costs e.g. Cleaning fee $75 (how we we ever going to clean the outside of a motorhome?)
Staff attempted to mis-sell jump start protection, stating that if you use the can electrics (e.g. lights) too much, you could flatten the battery and the can wouldnt start - this is not true.
Despite emptying the toilet, on return, there was some residual water in the container (very little), with no facilities on site at Apollo (really?), we had to go 40mins away to empty 300mls of water or face $150 charge.
For the age and miles of the van (0-3yrs, and 80,000km) it was uncared for. It would appear that the company makes money on the extras and by cutting costs of up keep. Whilst there was nothing too serious, there just has to be better choices out there than Apollo.