Mad Campers Review

Customer rated 5.0 / 5 from 10 reviews

Editors Review

The shear energy and love that the owners of Mad Campers have for their business, campervan design, customers and beds are enough to make you want to book immediately. They have a passion for their industry, their country and their desire to be part of the solution not the problem when it comes to self-contained free camping - which all their vehicles are certified for.

They had a stellar first season and have incorporated the feedback in to their campervans already, making constant improvements and they also have a special little something coming along that they assure me is a "game changer" for the campervan rental market in New Zealand. If their enthusiasm for their current fleet is anything to go by, then this next model is going to a sight to see.

About Mad Campers

Mad Campers is a relatively new campervan hire company in New Zealand, with only one model of campervan (for now) and a depot in Auckland and Christchurch. They are quite prepared to wow their soon-to-be renters with free airport pick-up, discounted petrol, freedom camping options (due to self-contained vehicles), tourism partnerships, and heaps of inclusions and extras. But what they particularly proud of is their campervan beds, which they claim to be the largest in the industry, and also, the comfiest. They are bouyed by feedback from past renters telling them this too.

The Mad Challenge

Mad Campers also have a unique challenge they have for every person who hires one of their campervans. Grab the free T-shirt they give you, take a photo of yourself doing the 7 most "kiwi" things to do in NZ, which are all free, and upload the images to your social feeds for 5% off total rental, returned to you at the end of the road-trip. No one else is offering this kind of challenge. It's crazy things like take a photo of running on a black sand beach, climb a mountain, eat fish and chips on a beach a drink a particular type of milkshake?! Anyway, seeing as they are all free activities we think it's a great idea and the feedback is that by doing it, you sometimes meet some interesting other people and suddenly find yourself on an unexpected journey (there's a pun in there if you can spot it).

Fleet

The Mad Campers fleet isn't that complicated - one model. A 2 berth campervan with bench seats in the back that convert to "the biggest bed in New Zealand", a pull out kitchenette via the rear door with a 1 burner gas stove, a little fridge and a sink and some nifty little charging points mounted near the sink. But the main reason you will enjoy these campervans is because they come with a self-containment certification, which means freedom camping! With that, you can save dollars on camping fees. 

2-berth Nissan Vanette

All Nissan Vannettes are suitable for NZ's rugged back country. Aside from the chemical toilet, 25L of fresh water and grey water capacity, the campervan is fitted out with a fully functional kitchenette complete with sink, fridge, gas cooker, pots & pans and kitchen and cooking utensils. And take note, the kitchen is a pull-out style kitchen to provide more space in the living room. The extendable hose tap allows you to wash your dishes outside and your feet when you come back from running on the black sand beach. For the sleeping quarters, the huge double bed is spacious enough for two. There are USB powerpoints inside to make your road trip a bit more entertaining and productive. Plug in your fave playlist or charge your laptop - there's a house battery to make sure you're not draining the car battery. After all you need the campervan to start in the morning, right? 

Insurance

The standard insurance is already included in the daily rate, but still it's advisable if you one of the reduction options. For those under 25, the three excess waiver options: Risk Taker at $0/day for a $5000 excess, Gambler at $17.50/day for $2,500 excess and You're Good at $30/day for $0 excess. For drivers over 25, the insurance options are as follows: $0/day for $5000 excess, $15/day for $2,500 excess and $25/day for $0 excess. As to the bond, it's $2, 500, $1, 500 and $200. 

Reputation

It is still a fairly new campervan hire company, but the feedback from renters has been stellar. People returning the campervan and giving them hugs and nicknames, as well as contented renters happy to hit the review pages and say great things about the campervan and the gang that run them. So all around, these guys are running 5 stars by the users. We think they're pretty good too.

Summary

Mad Campers is a fresh campervan hire company with a zesty "can do, will do" attitude. If you want to have a breath of fresh air from bigger rental corporations, then experience an exciting road trip from a modern and unstained rental company. Mad Campers itself is pretty thrilled with their new venture and you can get a hold of their service firsthand and together discover what's down the road. We represent them on the booking engine, so head over to the booking form to a get a price from these guys.

From the Agency

We're excited you're planning an ADVENTURE. Great choice picking New Zealand, we're an island nation so travel and adventure is in our blood. Have an epic Kiwi experience in one of our certified self contained Mad Campers. We've got the most innovative campers on the market allowing you to go wherever you want in comfort... and at whatever pace you desire. You'll be able to catch some of our culture and adventure tourism as you make your way from the pristine white sand beaches in the north down to the rugged peaks of the south. You can make your own mind up but we think you'll find New Zealand has it all. So come aboard with us, we're excited about what's down the road!

Pros

  • All self-contained campervans
  • Thoughtful inclusions and extras
  • New vehicles and design
  • Enthusiastic people

Cons

  • Only one type of vehicle - 2 berth

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MvanMark - avatar not loaded
, Switzerland
1 Review

"Great experience"

  • Reviewed 18 hours ago

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.

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  • Brand Manager

    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!

David Bento - avatar not loaded
, Portugal
1 Review

"Amazing experience, 100% recommended"

  • Reviewed 18 hours ago

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.

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    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!

P. L. - avatar not loaded
, France
1 Review

"Great company great staff!"

  • Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 :)

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    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 :)

Jarren - avatar not loaded
, Netherlands
1 Review

"Awesome experience with Mad Campers"

  • Reviewed 3 months ago

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.

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  • Brand Manager

    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 :)

M. Hanson - avatar not loaded
, New Zealand
1 Review

"Bloody Easy"

  • Reviewed 4 months ago

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!

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  • Brand Manager

    Thanks for the feedback! So stoked you enjoyed your trip to the snow, keep us posted for the next one! :)

A. Korson - avatar not loaded
, New Zealand
1 Review

"See and experience New Zealand with Mad Campers!"

  • Reviewed 4 months ago

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!

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  • Brand Manager

    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 :)

A. Aspell - avatar not loaded
, Ireland
1 Review

"The best way to explore New Zealand!"

  • Reviewed 4 months ago

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! ??

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  • Brand Manager

    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!?!?!?! :)

Maaike - avatar not loaded
, Netherlands
1 Review

"Definitely recommend!"

  • Reviewed 4 months ago

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!

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  • Brand Manager

    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!!

N. White - avatar not loaded
, New Zealand
1 Review

"Great Company ******"

  • Reviewed 5 months ago

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 :
https://www.404am.co/on-the-road/
https://www.404am.co/the-expedition/

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  • Brand Manager

    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!

K. P. - avatar not loaded
, Poland
1 Review

"thumbs up!!"

  • Reviewed 11 months ago

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!

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    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! :)