We had an amazing couple of weeks cruising around the North and South Islan...
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!!
Mad Campers campervans are perfect for a true kiwi campervan adventure. The MAD2 (vehicle for 2 PAX) is well equipped for exploring even the remotest parts of New Zealand. All vans are fully self-contained, which means that you can "freedom" camp. Moreover, the MC team is always there to help and give advice.
I would definitely choose Mad Campers again!
Thanks so much Jascha for this kind review! We loved sending you guys off on your New Zealand Adventure and are so stoked you had an epic time!! Welcome to the MAD family :)
Absolutely astoundingly brilliant
Cheers legend!! Stoked you had an epic time in New Zealand. Welcome to the Mad Fam :)
Wow! If you are not renting a camper from Mad campers for your trip to New Zealand, you are wrong. We rented one of their campers for 6 weeks and were more than satisfied with our kiwi experience. The camper itself was well-organized, clean and spacious, but also small enough that you don't have to worry about having to drive a huge car around. Throughout those 6 weeks, we had no technical problems with it, which also showed how the camper is well maintained. Customer service was impeccable, which definitely made a difference. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and very helpful. They helped us book tickets where we wanted, gave us some local tips and responded quickly to all our inquiries. Renting with Mad Campers was one of our best decisions in New Zealand and we hope you will also make it yours. Do it!
You guys are the best!! Thanks SO much for taking the time to post this review, we really appreciate it. It was so great to meet you both and send you off on your adventure! Hopefully we'll see you again one day for another. Welcome to the MAD fam!! :)
The van we rented was really awesome. The mechanical quality as well as the interior quality was really good. All the technical features of the van are thought through down to the smallest detail. I would definitely rent a camper at Mad Campers once again!
Thanks so much Christoph!! We are so glad you enjoyed your Mad Camper and hopefully we can send you off on another adventure soon :)
We would highly recommend Mad Campers vans to anyone who wants to go the camper van route while visiting New Zealand. Both the employees and the van went above and beyond our expectations, and I have to say I am a hard one to please!
We were supplied all the information we needed before arriving in NZ; including some free downloadable apps to find free or paid campsites. They promptly picked us up at the airport and dropped us off in time to catch our flight out (only took about 20 minutes from the time we pull into the drop off location) They also worked quickly to fix a loose wire that was causing electrical issues. You find out the true character of a company when the unexpected happened, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the way things were handled to correct the problem.
In addition to fabulous employees, their van was hands-down the best on the road! It had everything we needed to stay at the free, self-contained campsites, which saved us a lot of money. The van was easy to use, had ample storage for all our gear for a two week trip, and we got some jealous looks from other campers and passersby when they saw our amazing cooking stove and bed set up. Other things we really loved about the van: the mini fridge, running water, extra battery to run the electrical when engine isn't running, and 4 wheel drive. We also had tons of fun doing the Mad Challenge scavenger hunt while we drove the nearly 3000km around the south island.
Mad Campers made our trip an awesome one! This is how a company should be run!
Thank you SO much for such an awesome review!! You guys are the best and it was such a pleasure sending you off and being a part of your New Zealand Adventure! Massive welcome to the Mad Campers family and hopefully we can send you off on another adventure someday :)
I spent 7 days road tripping around the North Island of New Zealand in the new MAD1 camper van. My entire experience with Mad Campers was awesome! The team who work there are classic Kiwi's, really nice and genuinely want to see you go out and have an epic adventure in NZ.
I was mainly chasing waves throughout my trip and was unsure that I would have enough space inside the van for my surfboard and all the gear that I was travelling with. However, the MAD1 has a really clever design, making it super spacious with plenty of your room to store your gear when both driving and sleeping. I loved having the ability to sleep wherever and live in this camper van whilst still having the connivence of a small, easy to drive, fuel efficient little vehicle.
I highly recommend the MAD1 to anyone travelling solo who wants to check out New Zealand or just go on a little adventure. I think this is a perfect choice of camper van for surfers who want to have the freedom to follow the swell wherever it's best. Yeow!
Thanks again for this epic review, Finn! Still stoked we could send you off in the MAD1! Hope you're good legend!
It was a great experience with Mad Campers.
The van was good, is funtional designed, clean and in a good constitution.
The team commuciated great and there was very professional and nice introduction of the van.
We recommend Mad Campers.
So great to hear you guys had an amazing adventure! Thanks for joining the Mad Campers Family - we hope to see you again sometime!!
Incredible what this guys did with such a small van
Totally loved it!
I mesure 196cm so the front seat was tight but the bed was amazingly large.
Would totally recommend this organization
Thanks team!! So stoked to hear you had a great adventure and loved the camper... Especially our LONG bed! :)
Thanks for exploring NZ with us and hopefully see you again soon!
We spent three weeks in this small but amazing van without any problems or setbacks. We found ourselves with everything we need to cook, sleep and enjoy new zealand.
Iris was very helpful and even helped me organise a small surprise for my wife for our honeymoon.
I would definitely recommend Mad Campers.
Hey team! Thanks for the great review - it was so much fun helping you with the surprise for your wife :) Thanks also for trusting Mad Campers with your honeymoon, it was awesome to help you with your adventure! All the best for more fun times ahead!
We had a wonderful experience with Mad Campers and we absolutely recommend it. The van is fun, easy to drive and perfect to park anywhere. It is set up in a way that allows it to be quite functional during the day while provide a nice, comfortable and spacious bed during the night. You’ll love the cruising speed at 90km/h, although some NZ truck drivers can quickly become quite impatient with you. The only minor point we think could be improved was around the checkout experience with having staff around to check everything is good with the campervan at return, but I believe we were just unlucky as the staff was unbelievably helpful from start to end.
Thanks David! We are so glad you guys had an amazing adventure and that you loved the van! We really appreciate the feedback and will make sure we address it going forward :) It was a blast seeing you out on the road and we can't wait to see you again someday!
We spent an entire month travelling around NZ with a Mad Campers van and we definitely recommend this company 100%!
The campervan was super clean and in perfect mechanical condition, tyres were new, all options were working fine. It is so easy to drive the van! It runs like a dream! The van is small so it's easy to drive and park in any parking spot.
The camping equipments are almost new and there's everything you need to live on the road for a while (the only things we needed to buy were a couple of cloths to dry the plates after washing them). There's not much storage, but it's what you expect when you decide to rent a small van, so it's alright, we were putting our luggage on the front seats for the night to have some space. The kitchen at the back is very functional and the van has a day set up with sofas, and a night set up with the sofas turning into a bed, that was comfy for a van bed! You can sit down inside during the day and the bed is quite big.
Hannah was really nice and helpful, from picking us up at our hotel, to buying us ferry tickets to go back and forth, which saved us a lot of efforts! All the staff were really friendly and we enjoyed sharing our experience with them when dropping off the van. They even provided hot water bottles and an extra blanket because it is very cold in winter, which shows that they cared about us having everything we needed!
We cant' wait to go back to NZ and we will definitely go back to Mad Campers :)
Thanks so much for the review team!! It was so exciting to help you on your Kiwi adventure - welcome to the Mad Family! Thanks again for choosing to travel with us, we're looking forward to having you back some day :)
Mad Campers have great little vans with all you need for a good trip. The vans are set-up very smart and everything you need is within hands reach. For instance the kitchen is at the back which leaves a lot of space in the van itself to move about, the little vans become quite spacious because of this. On top of this the kitchen has a good stove and he right cooking utilities. For sleeping the benches fold down to make a bed that is surprisingly comfy. The vans themselves drive great and don't feel run down at all.
The best from Mad Campers however may not be the vans but their service. From picking up the van to dropping it of the service is very friendly. A good introduction to the van is given which gives you a lot of confidence to start your journey. Also if you have any questions during your journey they are quick to respond. Luckily I did not run into any trouble during my trip, but if that would have happened I have no doubt they would do anything to get you on the road asap. Overall great experience and I highly recommend Mad Campers.
Hey Jarren - thank you! It was our pleasure to send your on your NZ adventure, and we really appreciate your feedback!! All the best for the rest of your adventure and we hope to see you again someday :)
Im so stoked I chose to get a Mad Camper for a recent snow trip down to the mountain! So easy and conformable ( Im 6ft3) and this bed was amazing!
Thanks for the feedback! So stoked you enjoyed your trip to the snow, keep us posted for the next one! :)
My wife and I spent 10 days traveling in a Mad Camper and were absolutely blown away. Although we have driven around the South Island in other camper vans, this was our first trip in the winter. And it was, by far, the best trip to date! I highly recommend a winter trip if you're considering it! There were no sand flies and far less tourists to contend with.
In our experience, Mad Campers is very attentive to their renters needs. They provided extra blankets and hot water bottles that kept us plenty warm on the cold nights. You can tell that they have put a lot of thought into the design and functionality of the van. They were also very attentive to our post-trip feedback and seem to take every oppertunity to improve the vans.
The kitchen came with everything you need, stove, stovetop toaster, extra gas, dishes and cutlery, cutting board, dish washing brush, dish soap, salt, pepper, and a REAL chef knife. The two-berth camper is the perfect size for two people and it's easy to maneuver around those small New Zealand roads. Also, unlike many other campers here, you can actually park it in a normal parking space without hassle. It was all a very personable experience. We felt like we were actually dealing with a company that cared about our experience. Would definitely recommend Mad Campers and will happily travel with them again!
Wow thanks Andrew! It was an absolute pleasure to have you guys explore NZ with us, and we're absolutely stoked that you had your best trip to date! Cheers, and we'll take that as a challenge to make your next one even better :)
We had the best four weeks exploring NZ in our Mad Campers van. The interior of the van is excellently laid out and contains everything needed for the trip. The bed was extremely comfortorable and although we travelled during Winter, we were never cold in bed at night. The sink in the van is very convenient and the kitchen contains everything you would need to cook meals each day. We particularly loved the attention to detail with the van as there as even a small container of cooking oil included! One other thing we loved about our Mad Camper trip was how unique the van is. A couple of times people commented on it saying it looked great or they hadnt seen one like that before! The Mad Campers team were excellent to deal with and always responded to any queries or requests we had promptly. We would recommend travelling with them and if we are ever lucky enough to make it back to NZ for another trip we will be doing it in a Mad Camper! ??
Thanks guys!! It was our privilege to have you explore NZ in a Mad Camper - and we're just so excited to hear how much you enjoyed it! We really appreciate the feedback and are looking forward to the day you two adventurers return!?!?!?! :)
We had an amazing trip in NZ with our Mad Campers van! The van has everything you need and because the van was certified self-contained, we could freedom camp in a lot of places. The Mad Campers team is super friendly and always ready to help you with anything you need. We also did the Mad Challenge, which was a fun way to explore the country and also gave us a 5% discount. So, we would definitely recommend Mad Campers!
Wow thanks Maaike! It was so great having you ladies explore NZ with us. Also a lot of fun watching you complete the Mad Challenge - congrats on getting it done :) Thanks again for travelling with us, hopefully see you again someday!!
Had an incredible time travelling with Mad Campers. A group of us travelled from CHCH to AKL via Arthurs Pass and boy, we had so much fun. The camper so efficient & we were amazed at how much the team have managed to fit inside such a small space. Quirky campers with character, and the people running the show and super friendly. Some photo's of the van & our trip are here :
Thanks guys! Was awesome to have you experience NZ with us, and we really appreciate the feedback. Love the photo's - looks like you had an epic adventure. Come back soon!
Great campers, super cozy bed, very clever kitchenette, everything we needed was there. And the owners were the nicest guys, ready to help you get as much as possible from your travels around NZ. If I get to revisit New Zealand, it will definitely be Mad Campers!
Thanks Kasia!! It was so great to help you guys with your NZ adventure. Thanks for being such awesome Mad Campers and we look forward to you coming back again sometime! :)