""In Pod We Trust!" :)"
I would highly recommend Pod Rentals! We hired our Pod 'Little Max' for 11 ...
I would highly recommend Pod Rentals! We hired our Pod 'Little Max' for 11 nights to travel around the South Island. When we started to look into campervan rentals, we had a few questions regarding the 'Self-Contained' V 'Non Self-Contained' options all of which we communicated to Mike and he was happy to assist. He also worked around some travel changes we had and helped us pick up our van from Queenstown rather than Christchurch as initially discussed.
We booked a self contained van and it was perfect for our requirements- we were very impressed with how they had managed to utilise all the space! We were met by Juuso in the Queenstown hub and he explained how to use everything and gave us lots of tips :)
During our trip, we had no problems with 'Little Max' and being self contained allowed us to freedom camp at some beautiful spots. (we did unfortunately have a stone hit the windscreen, we informed Mike and he responded straight away to let us know he would get it fixed/replaced ASAP if required). We dropped Little Max back and were met by Mike and Liz who were super keen to hear all about our trip and ask for any improvements on the van.
Overall, the service we received from all of The Pod team was fantastic.....really friendly couple who clearly care about the experience of their customers and take a real interest in making it the best experience possible.
Thanks Team Pod! :) We will definitely be recommending you to friends and family!
We found the Pod rentals online after a lot of research of campervan rentals in NZ. From the moment we booked with The Pod the whole experience was seamless. Mike and Liz were so helpful from the start to the finish! We picked up “Little Lizzy” in Christchurch on Feb 1st and travelled the whole South and North island in 28 days! Little Lizzy had everything we needed - comfortable bed, storage space for our bags, cooking facilities, water etc. we never had any issues with our camper over our whole trip. Although it comes with a toilet we never used this as there are so many public toilets in NZ you don’t really need it! Definitely download the “campermate” app if traveling in NZ. This app was our savior and we used it every single day to decide where we would stay! The fact that Little Lizzy was self contained was also a huge advantage as a lot of campsites (especially the free ones) only allow for self contained vans.
We gave Lizzy back in Auckland the end of February and we were sad to say goodbye!
I would 100% recommend The Pod rentals! Thank you so much for making our honeymoon a trip to remember!!
I did do a lot of research to find a suitable van for us as we didn't want anything big! I was so happy to have founs Pod rentals, from the start everything was just soo easy with them and had a much more personal feel than the other companies I contacted. Everything in their website was so simple, there was no hidden extras or anything. We had couple of small issues while (broken chair so nothing van related) driving and they helped us sooo quickly and efficiently. I would rent from these guys, the van is really well designed and perfect for 2 persons who don't need a lot of space. You can put the bed away during the day, so you have plenty of space. We had people come over to admire the van and guaranteed you won't see many of these on the road. We saw 5 during our 4 week trip! Only thing I'd like them to improve is more efficient gas cooker. Other than that they exceeded all expectations and I'm so happy to have rented from them! Reallt highly recommend these guys, thank you Pod Rentals!
Thanks Miia, you guys were a pleasure to deal with :)
Little Billy was great. Perfect for a couple. We had her for a month and were happy out. Had no issues and they provided lots of useful little extras like an aux cable and cigarette charger! Simple but essential!! They have thought these vans through
Thanks Dec - great to hear you enjoyed your time with us :)
My girlfriend and I hired 'Little Kahu' from Queenstown for 10 days to explore the beautiful south island, and we can safely say it was one of the best decisions we have made on our trip.
The van drove well, it was also very thoughtfully set up and came with all the necessities, all we needed to purchase to start our trip was food and ice for the freezer bin. We really appreciated the comfy bed and user friendly kitchen which meant making meals and cleaning dishes quite easy. Even the smallest things were thought of like non slip mats for the pots and pans and a drawer that locks out so that you can access the freezer bin and use the stove without it sliding back in and a toast maker for a gas stove.
A major plus was the customer service! We had direct contact with the owners who are lovely people and are passionate about camping and helping us get the most out of our adventure. Communicating with them was a breeze, they were prompt with their replies and easily reachable throughout our whole trip despite it being peak season. This was very useful when part of our grey water waste tap came off (probably from going down some bumpy gravel roads), as we called them and they immediately reassured us and explained how we could fix the problem and continue the rest of our trip. Luckily, we purchased the $0 excess insurance package so we did not have to pay for its repair.
Overall, you get great value and service for your money, much better than any large rental company in the region. We would highly recommend Pod Rentals to anyone else looking to explore New Zealand!
Cheers Kurt - we loved following your South Island adventure on Instagram - see you next time :)
The Pod campervan was great! We had their lovely "Little Milton" for three weeks and everything worked as smooth as a baby's butt!
The customer service with the Pod is just remarkable. Mike and the crew made our holiday just perfect with letting us leave the car on their garage for the duration of our Routeburn hike and giving us lift to the city and back.
All together everything works. The car and the communication. The van is easy to drive and super comfy to sleep in! Fully recommended!
Thanks guys - it was great meeting you both and we appreciate the review :)
Had "Little Julie" for 2 weeks, a perfectly functional small van for 2 people. The van had all the basics we needed (gas stove, fresh refillable water, cooler box etc). There was room for our 2 suitcases and backpacks as we travelled around and we could then bring the bed down when needed in the evening, which done the job and we slept well.
The van got through countless km's all around the North and South Islands without as much as a hiccup. The power chord to give power sockets at powered camp sites did stop working towards the end of the trip, however one quick email and an offer was made to bring a replacement to us the next day (we didn't need it as we were covered for the last night but that was still providing a top service).
Overall we were perfectly happy with the van and the happy, easygoing personalities of those we met from POD rentals and would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone we know coming to NZ.
Thanks very much all at POD
Thanks James - great to hear you had a great time in Little Julie. See you next time :)
To other travellers - please note that you can book self contained and non-self contained campers through our website https://www.podrentals.co.nz
This is a third party website and some of the information provided about our company is incorrect. We've attempted to make contact with the administrators without success, so if you are interested in learning more about us we recommend heading straight to our site.
Either way - happy travels in NZ :)
We picked up Little Julie in Queenstown and were super excited about our 4 week roadtrip on the south and north island. Everything went super smooth and we just had a blast! + The campervan had everything we needed and we didn't miss or had to book extra items.
+ smart design to put stuff
+ easy handling for clean and dirty water
+ fuel consumption below 10l per km
- not possible to sit up straight on bed