The Pod Campervan Rentals Review

Customer rated 4.9 / 5 from 8 reviews

Editors Review

The Pod Campervan Rentals is a modest, family-owned campervan hire company on the South Island of New Zealand, with a fleet of around 60 vehicles―either self-contained or non self-contained campers. Providing free airport transfers and no one-way fees, they cater to budget solo travelers or couples.

About The Pod Campervan Rentals

If you're looking for a decent and affordable campervan hire for two, this family-owned business with depots in Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown is great option. The Pod Campervan Rentas prides themselves as one of the best value campervan hires in NZ, and a lot of positive feedback could back them up. Being a company run by a family, they specialise in providing quality and friendlier service to their customers, like allowing you to drive between the North and South Islands with free pick up and drop off at any of their locations. 

As of this writing, they may only have one campervan style for hire, but sooner they'll expand their fleet and offer more 2-berth campervans. So, stay tuned!

Fleet

The company has a quite unique branding with the campervan mainly being painted black and a huge company logo styled on the exteriors. Most of the vans are automatic, though you can request if you prefer those with manual transmissions. All Pod campervans use petrol, and are either self-contained or not. Since this is a small campervan, only a cassette toilet can fit inside the main cabin. Whilst these units are technically for couples or two people, you can sneak in an extra passenger because there are three front seats in the vans. They offer some optional extras including night time insect screen, solar shower, privacy tent for shower, and hammock. 

Vehicles

These black-painted Pod campervans are simple and easily sleeps up to two people only in the queen-sized bed. Since the aim of the company is to provide a quality rental on a budget, do not expect any frills installed within the campervan units. All are standard yet very useful facilities that include a kitchen with sink, pump faucet, utensils, pots, and pans. Though no fridge, there's a chilly bin or cooler box provided for your left-over. Ice can easily be bought at service stations and campgrounds. And because of the restricted layout, a cassette toilet with free chemicals can only be provided instead of a full bathroom. The fan heater is very convenient, however, it requires to be plugged-in a powered campsite. 

Insurance

As a renter, you have to choose one of their three insurance options: All care no responsibility at $25 per day for an excess of NZ$0, Fence Sitter at $15 per day for an excess NZ$2, 000 and You break it you fix it at no extra daily charge for an excess of NZ$3, 000. Only the first option covers damage to tire, windscreen, window, underbody, overhead as well as single vehicle accidents. 

Reputation

Without a question, Pod campervans are great little vans that can handle well on windy roads and even on unsealed tracks. Though the front seats are a bit uncomfortable on long journeys, these are in good condition with all standard accessories. And even if these aren't brand new models and these aren't as big and fast as some, the facilities on-board are very useful and convenient, and the vans are sure and steady that save you a couple of dollars in gas and camping fees. So for travellers wouldn't mind travelling in a small yet compact van like Pods, enjoy a campervan hire from this family-based business that can assure you of a friendlier and more personalized service.

Summary

For a couple travelling or independent backpacker on a budget, Pod Campervan Rentals is a great option. These petite but reliable vans drive really well, but you've got to keep in mind that these are few of the cheaper campervans that have space and height restrictions. 

From the Agency

Our focus at The Pod is providing outstanding customer service from your first enquiry through to when we drop you at the airport for your flight home. All enquiries before, during and at the end of the hire are answered by us, the owners of the company Liz and Mike Williams, and we guarantee a first rate and prompt service where we work with you to ensure that your holiday is a positive experience. Our campers have been carefully designed and tested to provide you with everything you need to travel in comfort :)

Pros

  • Family run with friendlier service
  • Multiple depots
  • Positive reputation
  • Free airport transfers
  • No one-way fees

Cons

  • Not be attractive for big families
  • Cassette toilet only
  • Loud exteriors with huge company logo

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K. Noton - avatar not loaded
, United Kingdom
1 Review

""In Pod We Trust!" :)"

  • Reviewed 3 hours ago

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!

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K. Holloway - avatar not loaded
, Ireland
1 Review

"A honeymoon we will never forget!!!"

  • Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!!

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value
M. Komi - avatar not loaded
, Finland
1 Review

"The best rental in NZ"

  • Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

5Service 4Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    Thanks Miia, you guys were a pleasure to deal with :)

Dec - avatar not loaded
, Ireland
1 Review

"Peas in a pod"

  • Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    Thanks Dec - great to hear you enjoyed your time with us :)

K. Walker - avatar not loaded
, Australia
1 Review

"Great value and service on top of an awesome experience!"

  • Reviewed 1 month ago

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!

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    Cheers Kurt - we loved following your South Island adventure on Instagram - see you next time :)

S. Hietala - avatar not loaded
, Finland
1 Review

"Fully recommended!"

  • Reviewed 1 month ago

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!

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    Thanks guys - it was great meeting you both and we appreciate the review :)

James K - avatar not loaded
, Ireland
1 Review

"Great vans at a great price from a great rental company"

  • Reviewed 1 month ago

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

5Service 5Mechanical 5Interior 5Value

  • Brand Manager

    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 :)

X. Kornblueh - avatar not loaded
, Germany
1 Review

"Awesome times with Little Julie"

  • Reviewed

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

5Service 5Mechanical 4Interior 5Value