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Overall a bloody expensive and terrible experience! We experienced an 8 hou...
Overall a bloody expensive and terrible experience! We experienced an 8 hour delay picking up the vehicle in Christchurch and the whole experience was chaotic....we had to buy various things for the van including a heater as they had forgotten to put it in. We got caught up in the COVID19 lockdown and they were worse than useless....different people promised different things which left us out of pocket and seriously stressed. We’re continuing our journey to the North Island post lockdown with a family based business which has shown up how truly awful Apollo as a company is!!
Getting our camper took over 2 hours, however we heard some guests commenting it took them 4 hours to get their rental! Be sure to budget that in when picking up (and choosing a pick up time doesn’t seem to matter either FYI). Our camper was on the newer end and aesthetically looked nice and clean. Apollo provided basic cooking utensils, plates, a kitchen towel, bath towels and bedding. Our camper from day one however had an issue with the fresh water tanks. After just minimal use of water (hand & dish washing) on day 2,the fresh water tank showed it was low. When we tried to refill the water though, the tank wasn’t allowing for more water (was overflowing) so we thought we were refilling it incorrectly. After a couple more days of the same thing occurring we finally called their service line. They said the floater in the tank was probably off and unfortunately it could be repaired but it would take a few days (we called around a holiday). We just tried working with the issue. Towards the end of the trip and just ignoring the water tank level warnings (and refilling daily) the water seemed to be even more faulty in that it sputtered while in use. Luckily we were at the end of our trip so just dealt with it. However if we weren’t able to refill the tank daily we’re not sure how we we would have managed (we were told the fresh water tank should theoretically last for 2 days and keep in mind we only used the water for minimal dish n hand washing, no showering). Something also to note is the instructions provided by Apollo werent helpful for the various van models they provided. We had to figure a lot of details out on our own which was quite frustrating (concerning the bed, microwave, tv, water tank, heater). Also the tv never worked for us even when near larger cities where you’d think getting a signal would be easier.Dropping off the rental was very frustrating and took over 2 hrs although we were told it was much quicker to drop off. There was no organization all.
Customer service in Christchurch was poor, with a crowd of people waiting to collect. This was not high season. Very brief look at exterior only of vehicle before setting off.
Tank only 75% full, badly stained seats, upholstery and bed sheets. Front tyres badly worn. All external access points extremely difficult to access, as locks were not lubricated. Heater did not work. TV did not work.
On return one member of staff dismissed complaint with 'It is what it is. We're very busy'. Not good customer service at all.
If going to NZ rent from anybody else, but not this company. A mediocre score isnt good enough. You're spending a lot of money on a holiday, so you want above average service, and vehicles.
Waited 5 hours at the Christchurch reception for our campervan! The place was understaffed had no manager and was totally unprofessional. I would never recommend this company.
We purchased a used van from this company in Auckland. There are numerous faults like heater doesn't work, we were told it did, the shower wont drain resulting in water damage to walls which Auckland covered up with a tin plate to hide. Suspect floor rotted under fridge due to shower not draining and overflowing out shower door as it has nowhere to go plus numerous other faults. We are fighting to get the issues fixed. The toilet cassette had to be thrown out due to dried faeces and hardened urine on and in it. Disgusting health issue.i am at the stage of going to Fair Go and commerce commision as vehicle is not fit for purpose. It was so dirty, I had to spend 4 hours cleaning it .
The vehicle and value for cost were good but the staff in Auckland is awful (the Christchurch staff upon return was great). The woman who checked us in was dreadful and should not have a job with the public. No personality. No sense of urgency. She continually rolled her eyes at us. Took almost 2 hours to get the vehicle out of there. Did not make us feel welcomed at all. No one else in the office stepped up either. I also heard another couple in the place ask for the manager about 2 minutes after they sat down so this is s REAL problem - not just us. The staff is very deficient overall - even the shop guys: They did NOT check the vehicle properly: we had to return the next morning because the AdBlue light was on. We had no idea what that was but it was a fluid that had NOT been checked and was empty! It took the staff over an hour to get it topped off. We requested other fluids be checked too - but, of course, they did NOT bother to do that because not long after, we later that the windshield wiper fluid was empty. The worst issue: we found that the tires were at 30PSI. Recommendation ON THE TIRES reads 87PSI! Seriously dangerous! We are all lucky we did not have a terrible accident due to Apollo's negligence!
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.