Mode Car & Camper Rentals Review

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Editors Review

Specializing in car rentals, Mode Car & Camper Rentals extends its range to campervan rentals, featuring unbranded and refurbished Toyota Estima or Nissan Serena models.

About Mode Car & Camper Rentals

Without a doubt, Mode Car & Camper Rentals is a name in the rental industry in New Zealand. Well, it isn't a new company after all. Originally Blue Sky Rentals, they changed their name to Mode Car & Camper Rentals in 2016.  They have pick-up and drop-off at Auckland Airport, Auckland CBD and Christchurch airport, as well as shuttle services. Their car and campervan hires are fairly priced with great inclusions and some add-ons. 

Fleet

Their campervan rental fleet provides two options for renters: the 2-seater and the 4-seater. Both campervans are refurbished models that drive like cars. Good thing is, these units do not come with any loud exteriors. These are all unbranded with no trace of marketing hints so that you can wander around the scenic NZ roads like Kiwis and not hyped tourists. Most of the campervans are automatic vehicles that can fit out booster seats and baby capsules. GPS and other accessories including phone, sound system, snow chains and roof racks can be added to your rental.

Vehicles

2-Seater Campervan

This 2 berth Toyota Estima is a refurbished 2015 unit with air conditioning, power steering, central locking and electric windows. Even with its size, it can exactly sleep two people in the multi-purpose double bed with mattress, bedding and even towels. The back area is for the kitchen equipped with portable gas cooker, fresh water storage, chilly bin and kitchen utensils. To add some camping vibes, outdoor table and chairs are also provided. The campervan is ideal for unassuming couples or friends who wouldn't mind the limited height and length. 

4-Seater Campervan

Travel in comfort with this refurbished 2016 Nissan Serena. The motorhome provides more than enough space for two in the custom-made double bed. For the other two passengers, camp under stars inside the pop-up stretcher tent. This one is pretty suitable for adventurous friends on the hunt for some fun and laid-back camping experience. Also, the motorhome is equipped with just everything you need from linens to kitchen utensils. 

Insurance

The standard insurance is included in the rental, with an insurance excess of $3,000 for drivers over the age of 21, if not $3,500. The company offers reduced liability options for an additional daily rate. And to cover the liability, a pre-authorization bond is required through credit card or cash. 

Reputation

Even with their previous name as Blue Sky Rentals, this NZ company is already popular. They are known for their great service and good prices. With their new name, Mode Car & Camper Rentals have now three locations across NZ, making them very convenient for pick-up and drop-off. Their campervans are great value for money, with the inclusion of bedding supplies, silverware, camping table and chairs and more. Though only limited options are on the range, and most are refurbished models, these units are decent and unbranded so you can travel like a local. 

Summary

Mode Car & Camper Rentals is great for those who don't mind renting a campervan that is not brand new; hence, priced at a good rate with all essentials plus some extras onboard. 

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Pros

  • Value for money
  • Decent and reliable rental
  • Nice inclusions and extras

Cons

  • Not brand new models
  • Only two campervan types

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T. Koehler - avatar not loaded
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"Renters be Alert!!!"

  • Reviewed 2 months ago

In February 2019 I rented a camper van from Mode Car Rentals in Auckland for a Christchurch pick up. I reserved WIFI in my rental agreement at a quite reasonable cost because I needed to do some work during my three-week vacation. Upon my arrival in Christchurch I was first directed to the wrong rental company Mode cooperates with in Christchurch. Annoying!
What was unacceptable was that the car did not have WIFI. After the Christchurch rental company contacted Mode, Auckland, I was told I should rent a WIFI Hotspot at Christchurch Airport and Mode would reimburse me for the cost.
Upon my return in Auckland Mode refused to reimburse me. In addition, the staff got quite hostile. After returning home I tried again with no better result. I was told that I was not promised a refund. Also, I was told the fine print of the rental agreement states that WIFI did not include data. Therefore, I was not entitled to a refund. In addition, Lauren, the office manager of Mode’s Auckland City office told me I received a credit for NZ$40.00 I was charged in the rental agreement. This is the only accurate statement I have received from Mode.
Thilo Koehler

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