"Exactly what we wanted & needed!"
Mad Campers made our NZ tour unforgettable! Greeted by a very friendly welc...
Mad Campers made our NZ tour unforgettable! Greeted by a very friendly welcome & a thorough walk through of our new home for the next 4 weeks.
Van life takes some getting used to, but their design is really well thought out which we appreciated a lot! Definitely recommend the table & chairs as they're easy to stow/take out. The canopy was a handy addition, but we didn't need it routinely; usually just for cooking at night to help keep critters at bay or else on a rainy day. Worth noting that all their vans come with a roof box too - very useful for the stuff you cart around but don't use much! Point worth noting - there's no mains outlet nor power hook up, so best to try and bring usb charged devices. Alternatively use the mains plugs in campsites.
The MAD2 is on the smaller side of the vans you'll see driving around NZ, but that suited us just fine and made life so much easier when going through towns/cities & want to stop off. Just find a normal parking spot & you're good!
Drop off in Christchurch was straightforward, even included them calling us an Uber to take us to the airport!
Would definitely use these guys again, and hope that I'm back in NZ in the not too distant future to be able to do so...
If you're thinking of traveling through New Zealand (especially the South Island), do it in a campervan and especially with Mad Campers! The van was set up perfectly with plenty of space for two, both during the day and for sleeping. The website and team also made the rental process incredibly easy with straightforward insurance options and no hidden extras - they were also super friendly and full of great recommendations. Thank you for the best adventure!
Amazing company! My wife and I had a great New Zealand adventure in their car, the team was very helpful and we ended up having wonderful time traveling through the south and north islands. The car was very well thought-through and the bed was extremely comfortable (which was a worry for us as we are both rather tall). Also the Mad Challenge was a fun way to try out some new things.
Mad Campers made my first ever solo adventure feel super safe and easy. They were incredible communicators, always available to answer my questions. When I arrived, they talked me through every detail of the van, and even let me drive around with them to ensure I felt comfortable driving on the left side of the road. I felt protected knowing that if any issues arose, they were always a phone call away. They even told me they'd drive out to meet me wherever I was if I had an emergency. The van was perfect, too. It had everything I needed, was incredibly comfortable, easy to drive, and attracted a lot of interested. Thank you for a grand adventure, Mad Campers!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share you feedback, Sarah! We loved being a part of your adventure and are so stoked to hear you enjoyed your Mad Campers experience and first solo adventure! Welcome to the Mad Campers family - hopefully we'll see you again for another NZ adventure!
I could not ask for a better car for my first solo travel! It is just perfect! I am going to miss it sooo much. I had the trip of my life and I always would chose Mad Campers. Great and friendly staff that care!
Thanks Sara! We are so glad we could be a part of your first solo adventure, and that you loved the MAD1! Welcome to the Mad Family - hopefully we'll see you back again soon :)
Absolutely incredible company and team that I can’t recommend highly enough. Easily 5*
I did a last minute two week solo trip in a MAD1 and it was amazing. The camper was so well kitted out and every inch of space utilised. It was still pretty chilly at night during my trip but they’d provided a hot water bottle, fleece blanket and had doubled up on the duvets too so there was no issue there.
The camper itself felt super spacious inside and pulling the front seat forward at night made it feel even bigger. Being a solo traveller camper, so the size of a regular car, meant you could park almost anywhere and it was easy to drive on the windy NZ roads.
The bed was really comfortable and interior was spotless and smelt fresh, they clearly take their standards seriously and it definitely showed.
I loved the extra small touches like being provided with washing up liquid, cooking oil and laundry powder.
The team itself were amazing, always on hand when needed and able to organise additional activities at a discounted price on request. They were also able to give me lots of advice on the best hotspots to visit during my trip.
I’d definitely travel with them again.
Thank you for making my trip so amazing!
Legend!! Thanks so much for your review, Laura! We're so stoked we could be a part of your NZ adventure and that you had an amazing time. Definitely part of the Mad Fam now :)
The staff was really nice and showed me everything about the camper. Even though it was my first campingtrip after childhood I felt well prepared with the advise given. I also got recommendation for places to go.
While on the road I had a lot of fun driving and checking out different sorts of campgrouds from freedom camping to campgrounds.
And a big, big plus is the size of the van because it still fits in regular parking lots!
Inside I had enough space for my things.
Overall the perfect companion for your roadtrips!
Thanks so much, Tamara! We're so glad you enjoyed New Zealand and your Mad Campers experience! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us and welcome to the Mad fam :)
La experiencia fue inolvidable, disfrutamos cada kilómetro recorrido con el vehículo, excelentemente equipado. Hicimos 1100 km en 5 días y Mt Hicks (nombre de la campervan) nos acompañó en todo tipo de rutas.
Agradecemos la predisposición de quienes nos recibieron y despidieron en Auckland. Fueron muy atentos y amables: la atención fue muy buena, Hanna fue servicial y nos asesoró en todo lo necesario para nuestro viaje.
Nos olvidamos algunas pertenencias en el vehículo y nos las enviaron de inmediato.
¡Recomendamos 100% Mad Campers para tu aventura en Nueva Zelanda!
The experience was unforgettable, we enjoyed every kilometer traveled with the vehicle, excellently equipped. We did 1100 km in 5 days and Mt Hicks (name of the campervan) accompanied us on all kinds of routes.
We appreciate the predisposition of all the staff that attended us in Auckland. They were very professional and friendly: the attention was very good, Hanna was helpful and advised us on everything necessary for our trip.
We forgot some belongings in the vehicle and they sent them to us immediately.
We recommend 100% Mad Campers for your adventure in New Zealand!
Thanks so much Sofia! It was so lovely to meet you both and send you off on your adventure. Welcome to the MAD family and hopefully we can send you off on another road trip soon :)
What a amazing agency ! We were very warm welcome by hannah and the team. Totally involved to make this travel unforgettable !
Thanks again for all !
Thanks so much for your review, Damien! We loved being a part of your adventure... you didn't tell us it was your birthday!! Hopefully we'll see you again soon for another :)
Mad Campers made my wife and my trip to New Zealand awesome! They gave us a very warm greeting when we arrived and made the check-in process and camper tutorial very easy. The van was a champ and did us well. Maybe it looks smaller than other campers you might see cruising around but it with its strategic placement of everything, it did not make us feel cramped. We slept well and were very warm with the blankets provided. My only note would be that the pillows be a little thicker (thats just my preference). The roof storage stored our two carry on sized luggage great and could even hold more if we wanted it to. When we wanted to take a tour somewhere we contacted Mad Campers and they quickly responded and were able to book us and for a cheaper rate. Before you book a tour somewhere make sure you check in with them to see if they get any discounts. We had the van for 16 days and cooked everyday at least one meal. We refilled the propane tank once over half way through and that was only $13 NZD. We didn't have a problem finding good free campsites most of the time. We wish we could have stayed longer! If we come back to New Zealand then we will definitely use Mad Campers again!
Thanks Joe! Really appreciate your review and feedback. We're so stoked you guys had an awesome time in NZ and enjoyed your Mad Camper experience. Welcome to the Mad fam and hopefully we'll see you both back here one day :)
MAD provided the ideal experience for a single traveler in New Zealand. I traveled the North and South Islands over a two week period in the MAD1, and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience. The MAD team are incredibly helpful during all stages of the trip, from fantastic customer service during booking and planning as well as giving updates on deals and events that they could book during the trip. The vehicles are top notch, and someone is always available to answer questions/provide help if you ever face any issues with them. They even provide transportation to and from the airport to make your trip all the more seamless. When I come back to New Zealand, I won't go to anyone else for campervan rental!
Thanks for your kind review, David! We are SO stoked you enjoyed your Mad Campers experience and had an epic trip in NZ! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us and hopefully we'll see you back again soon :)
Can't say enough good things about my experience with Mad Campers. Had flight arrival issues but they were very accommodating, and easy to communicate the whole way through. The camper itself was the perfect size for a solo traveler, good on gas, and had enough room to live in for almost a month. Would definitely recommend, and would be my first choice on any future trip to New Zealand.
Thanks so much for your review, Josh! We're so stoked you had a great trip and loved the MAD1! Welcome to the Mad Family and hopefully we'll see you some day soon for another adventure :)
Customer service was friendly and helpful. The staff are cool and welcoming. The vans are set up really really well and are the perfect size for a two person escape.
Thanks for taking the time to share feedback on your Mad Campers experience! We're stoked to hear you enjoyed the camper and hope you loved your New Zealand adventure!!
the service was perfect as car performance!!! do not hesitate to enjoy with madCampers. There is everything u need for van life:) nice designation both for usage and photos!
Thanks for your review! We are SO stoked you enjoyed the camper and vanlife in NZ!! Welcome to the Mad Family :)
After two weeks my sister and I were so sad to say goodbye to our Mad Camper home! It was perfect for our whirlwind trip around NZ's South Island. We were a little bit worried about renting a van because it was our first time but we had nothing to be concerned about. Can't fault the cleanliness, the functionality, the design or the customer service. Would fully recommend, thank you Mad Campers!
Thanks so much for your lovely review and feedback! We loved sending you both off on your adventure and stoked you had a great trip. Welcome to the Mad Fam! Hopefully we'll see you again soon for a whirlwind North Island trip :)
I rented a MAD1 for a week in Christchurch. Iris has been a doll with me and showed me how the van worked etc - she really took the time to explain everything.
About the van, it is a pleasure to drive it. It is more than enough for 1 person, got everything you need to cook yourself some nice meals (it even has a fridge!!) and has an amazing bed (I might be biased as I experienced another campervan with a less comfy bed ^^').
I had a flat tyre on the second day and couldn't call them as I didn't have a NZ number, so I messaged them on FB and got an answer immediately. Hannah was the one who helped me with the situation and got everything sorted out (mechanic, etc.). Overall, I am pleased with the van and the service and definitely recommend them!
Thanks so much for your lovely review, Charlotte!! We're so stoked you enjoyed your MAD1 experience and hope you had the time of your life in NZ! Welcome to the Mad Campers fam and hopefully we'll see you again for another adventure :)
The customer service is excellent. They are quick and efficient. The campervan was comfortable and we had no mechanical or technical issues at all. It was a smooth ride overall.
Thanks so much for your lovely review and feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience in the camper and hope you had an amazing time in New Zealand.
these guys are A-MA-ZING...the customer service is so cool and very quick when you have any question/request. It was my first time driving a campervan, and the MAD1 was perfect for me. Planning to visit NZ again (north island next time) and Mad Campers will be my option, no doubt.
Thanks so much Alex!! We are so stoked you had an epic adventure in your MAD1! It was a pleasure to send you off on your South Island, and hopefully we can send you off on a North Island one soon. Welcome to the MAD fam :)
My Wife and I rented a 2 berth Campervan from Mad Campers, and were extremely pleased with our experience! From the time of check-in & orientation, to the minute that we returned the van to Christchurch......there was always a Staff member to assist and answer any questions. The excellent customer service ratings was the main deciding factor for us, and this crew did not disappoint! We are from the United States, and we are "Van Campers" here, so this type of rental was right up our alley. Two of us traveling with one large backpack each and smaller carry on backpacks, and we had plenty of room for everything. Our journey began at Christchurch, and from there we toured the South Island for 10 days. The Van (we nicknamed him "Frodo") was a great size, and got really good gas mileage. It also had an extremely tight turning radius, something that was very useful in tight campgrounds and parking lots. We had a minor issue with a circuit breaker that was linked to the auxiliary battery, but the Mad Campers team responded immediately to our calls, and helped us to get this issue resolved quickly. Recently, they added the rooftop box and rack to each 2 berth van at no charge, and this was a HUGE help! We were able to store our table, chairs, and toilet atop the vehicle.....which left more room in the main cabin. We had extremely great weather during our visit, and spent very little time in the van except for sleeping and driving. This allowed us to keep the bed assembled the entire time, and we used the sofa/table configuration minimally. If you are a couple that wants to travel with minimal gear, and travel light and fast.....these guys are for you! Thanks to the Mad Campers Team!
Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful review, Alan! We really appreciate you taking the time and are so glad you enjoyed your experience with Mad Campers! It was great to meet you guys, and we loved being a part of your NZ adventure. Stoked you loved the camper and new roofbox as well :)
Welcome to the Mad Family - hopefully we can send you off on another roady soon!
We had an amazing couple of weeks cruising around the North and South Island in our Mad2 (Mt Lincoln). We did a bunch of research and was tempted to go with one of the bigger brands (we had previously had a Spaceship and Wicked Camper in Oz). But after reading all the reviews, comparing photos and pricing there was only one winner. The camper van was literally spotless when we picked it up, we were given a personalized tour of the van and didn’t feel rushed at all- we even were given two T-shirt’s to complete our Mad Camper challenge and chocolate!! The van had relatively low mileage and you could tell it had a recent facelift.
We booked campsites all around NZ, so we only used the gas burner a couple of times, but when we did it was super easy and fast. The bed only took 2mins to set up and was very comfortable. There was plenty of storage for two of us. We did stay at one freedom campsite as we had the self contained sticker (didn’t use the toilet onboard once, but it’s there for emergencies).
A massive bonus is that the van has two batteries. One that starts the car and operates headlights etc. the second operates the fridge, LED lights in the back and power outlets inc. USB’s. So you don’t have to worry about the van not starting in the morning or paying extra for a powered spot at a campsite.
After seeing the Juicy/Spaceship/Wickeds, we were so happy with our decision! Many of the other campervans looked run down and identical to what we rented a few years ago!
We completed the Mad Camper challenge (doing things like eating fish and chips on a beach with your MadCamper T-shirt on and posting it on Instagram) it was fun to do and we got 5% off our rental! I don’t write many reviews, but felt compelled to for Mad Campers as it’s such a cool company and made our trip so easy!
Thank you SO much for your kind review, William!! We are so stoked you had an incredible time with Mt Lincoln and were happy with your decision to travel with us :)
Congratulations again on completing the Mad Challenge - you guys did an epic job! Thanks again for sharing your New Zealand adventure with us and welcome to the MAD Family!!