"Peas In A Pod"
The Adventurer model had plenty of Oomph to get you where you need. The van...
The Adventurer model had plenty of Oomph to get you where you need. The van remained fairly nimble despite the larger size. It was easy to drive, had great features such as the larger bed, fridge, portable butane stove, solar panels which powered the LED, sink pump and USB charging if need be. This van had ample space for baggage/storage. The staff were also very friendly and approachable.
We did a relocation deal from Christchurch to Queenstown in a Pod Adventurer which was the best way to do New Zealand’s South Island.
On our first day of driving we were unlucky enough to get a stone in our windscreen but we thankfully had the full cover insurance from The Pod. They dealt with it super quickly and we had absolutely no issues with getting the windscreen replaced so were back on the road the same day.
The Adventurer was amazing and had everything we needed. The bed was super comfy and the kitchen and fridge were ideal for everything. When we dropped it off in Queenstown the guy that met us was so helpful.
We cannot recommend The Pod enough, especially compared to some of the bigger guys (i.e Jucy). They made everything super easy and our trip that much better and will 100% go with them again if we come back to NZ.
Thanks for the review! The full cover insurance has offered great piece of mind to our clients over the years and we're glad to see in your case it did too. And I guess we're also lucky in New Zealand that most towns have amazing businesses that know how important it is for you guys to get back on the road and keep exploring! We look forward to seeing you again :)
The set up in the pod was fantastic, especially the kitchen area in the back (other travellers with vans were jealous). It had everything we needed, a comfortable bed and lots of space for two of us. Bianca was amazing - great customer service.
Thanks Kelly - and really glad to hear you enjoyed the great customer service form the Christchurch team :)
We rented Little Nate for 7 weeks, picking him up in Auckland and dropping him off in Christchurch (it was great that the pod did not have any fees for dropping of in another location than pick-up!). We had the best time ever roaming around the country and since the camper van is certified self contained (CSC) it allowed us to explore all of the wonderful nature and hidden gems of New Zealand. The bed, pillows and duvet were all very comfy and was perfect for the two of us. The kitchen part of the van included everything you need to prepare a nice camping meal :) what we really appreciated was the quick, easy and very friendly customer service when contacting the pod team with questions and request for extension of the rental period!
Thanks for lending us Little Nate and enabling us to go on this grand adventure ;)
Thanks Happy Swedes - you were wonderful clients and we look forward to seeing you back again one day :)
In the period january the 6th till january the 21 th 2020 I have hired a Pod self contained camper-van. Together with my daughter and boyfriend we travelled for two weeks in two camper-vans. I was very satisfied about my self contained POD campervan. And also I was satisfied about the service. For example: I had a accident with the left mirror of the camper-van. POD Rentals has arranged the same day where I could let repair the mirror without extra costs. . That is service .
So I can recommend you heartily The POD Campervan Rental Company . Comparing with other companies you get a relative cheap , but a very comfortable and reliable campervan for a carefree vacation.
Robbert van Kampen
Thank you so much Robbert. You made it easy to help you out as you were so accomodating with your time. Thanks for choosing our company!
We rented “Little Polly” from The Pod Campervan Rentals for a 3 weeks while travelling both Islands. Everyone was super friendly and helpful the entire booking process.The bed was super comfy and had plenty of storage room for us for both our bags and our food for a few days at a time. The van was super easy to drive and more importantly park !! It had a gas cooker, cooking supplies, dishes, etc were all in great condition for us. It was also nice to know our van was easily recognizable amongst the tons of Mighty and Britz vans we saw everywhere & not trying to figure out which one was ours. By the end the van became part of our family. I highly recommend renting from this company! A* all round !
Thanks for your review! We're so glad to hear you cared for your Pod as much as we do - and that you took such good care of Little Polly. Safe travels home :)
I booked the The Pod Adventurer campervan, and I think that it was worth every single dollar that I spent on it. The van was in pristine conditions when I rented it and was very well equipped. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, and you can see by all of the small details that a lot of effort and love has been spent to adapt it. I had not a single issue with the internals of the campervan, and its performance was excellent. Surely, it is way more aerodynamic than those campervans with extra two beds on the roof. Also, because of the lack of this extra bulk, the inter-island ferry is cheaper because you can register it as a "van" instead of a "campervan" :D. The battery (and solar panel) were, in my opinion, the cherry of the cake. I was expecting to pay for a powered campsite every three or four days. However, their system kept all my devices (laptop, phone and two 25000mha external
batteries) fully charged for the entire month. Even on cloudy days, without moving the van, I could see the battery being charged to its maximum capacity (slower, draining the campervan battery, but still charged).
It was my first time driving a campervan and driving on the left, but Liz and Mike (the "The Pod" owners) had a lot of patience to teach me until I felt confident enough. The area where we practised at the outside of Queenstown was very convenient and easily accessible from the airport with a bus. The roads nearby were not busy, and a big and almost empty parking lot was great to practice for the first time. Do you need to buy supplies for your incoming trip? No problem because near the "The Pod" garage in Queenstown you can buy all you need in a big pack'n'save !
Liz and Mike are lovely and efficient. During my journey, I accidentally broke the grey water pipe under the van and called them for instructions. They adapted to my situation and scheduled an appointment with a plumber that fixed it in a couple of hours. Unfortunately, I had a more significant accident with the van because of a distraction with my phone. Hopefully, nobody was hurt, and the insurance covered absolutely everything. I would recommend taking the "All care no responsibility" insurance. Yes, it's more expensive but I really appreciated the tranquillity it gave both before and after the accident.
Hi Zack. Thanks so much for your detailed review. Yes, unfortunately accidents on NZ roads do happen, and for us we were just thankful you were okay and that nobody else was involved :) Our insurance cover is to ensure that when something unexpected does happen, that you are completely covered which is what happened in your case. While the van is no longer with us, you are and that's the most important thing. For anyone reading this review, please learn from Zack's kindly shared example to never look at your phone while driving. Safe travels everyone!
Great organisation of booking and pick-up/drop off. We were even able to pick up in Queenstown. The vehicle was perfect for us (a couple for 2 weeks) and no issues with it. Excellent use of space, you can store 2 large suitcases no problem. Useful additional equipment.
Thanks for the review :) It's also helpful to know the things we provide are useful as when we set up our vans we put ourselves in the clients position - if we need it, you probably do too!
We had our camper for 3 weeks and I cannot fault the van or the customer service we received from beginning to end. The staff were incredibly helpful and quick to respond. The van itself was suitable for the two of us and even though its not the biggest on the road for the price you pay compared to some of the more well known companies, there is no comparison. There were no hidden gimmicks or unexpected bills, just straight forward van rental. Would definitely use them again.
Thanks for the review - like you, the only surprises we like are the ones at Christmas and birthdays! Thanks for the recommendation to others.
The two of us chose the budget van and travelled the whole South Island for about 2.5 weeks. It was absolutely excellent and cheaper than other self-contained vehicles we could find! The staff consistently had quick thoughtful responses over email -- we even mistakenly scheduled our drop-off for Queenstown and didn't notice until a few weeks before our trip but had no trouble adjusting. Pick-up was quick (~25 min) and staff was both helpful and friendly. Very inclusive basic features and supplies, and some bonus items like glovebox log from past users. The ONLY thing we didn't love about Little Julie the van was the lack of headspace/ability to sit-up in bed. Absolutely would recommend.
Thanks for the review - this is Little Julies last season with us too so any adventures written about her travels will be her farewell tour. Glad you enjoyed yours!
Great experience with the Pod - the team there is wonderful, and we had a wonderful week cruising around the South Island. The bed was comfortable, the space was well designed, and the Pod came with everything we needed. Would highly recommend going with the Pod for your road tripping needs :)
Thanks for the recommendation Keriann :)
We enjoyed our pod experience immensely. It was just enough comfort, space, and amenities. The little van drove well and was good for boondocking aka freedom camping
We will add 'boondocking' to our vocab! Thanks for the review :)
I feel so grateful for having the possibility of enjoying the Pod for a month and also having the full support to make the best of my time in New Zealand.
Even before the trip started they helped me a lot and went the extra mile to make sure I had all my answers and enquiries solved with very quick flawless communication.
I loved my van so much to the point that I couldn't return it. Very often people will be surprised on how good and convenient the kitchen looks like.
All in all, extremely reliable van and even better team behind that I would definitely recommend to anyone traveling to New Zealand.
Thanks for that review! We are conscious of larger companies lacking personal communication which is why we want you guys as clients to know we're here for you. We've had the impersonal service as clients ourselves so know how frustrating it can be, hence our practice of responding directly.
We used a pod campervan for a 3 week journey through NZ and loved it! The pod was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed.
My wife and I spent 3 weeks in our pod and felt it was perfect for experiencing NZ. Thank you!
We rented "Little Tui" for our trip through the South Island and it was a wonderful holiday! We drove 2700km and had zero issues. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. I felt like it was definitely the most bang for your buck for campervan rentals and we couldn't be happier with our rental. The staff were great and we would definitely rent from them again!
We had an amazing time travelling in Little katie!
Mike and his team were great to deal with and we would highly recc this campervan company!
We found this company to be the most affordable for what we needed and they did not charge a relocation fee or mileage fee which is rare when looking for a van!
Had no issues at all with the van and will be back to NZ for another trip in the new year!
Thanks Paula - we look forward to seeing you guys back here one day!
Great little van! We hired the adventurer model for one month travelling the North & South islands. Solar panel and fridge were great features so would recommend this model. I would also recommend full insurance with 0 excess as we accidentally broke a pipe, and paid nothing for the fix - Mike was quick to fix it up and get us back on the road too.
Pod market themselves as ‘budget’. Whilst they are definitely affordable, the vans and experience from Pod is more than a budget experience. You get full kitchen equipment, cooking gas, bedding, great communication and a friendly service.
Would absolutely recommend Pod Rentals and we would definitely use them again!!
Thanks Brodi - we hope you guys make it back one day!
We had an amazing experience with pod rentals! They were very good with communication prior and during the rental period too.
Having opted for the adventurer model, the van was self contained with a fridge, gas cooker, toilet ( not that we used it because there are toilets everywhere in NZ!) and a solar panel to charge the auxiliary battery. This meant the fridge could run permanently and we could charge our devices overnight ect.
The van came with everything we needed, bedding, cooking utensils, a spare gas canister, table, chairs, heater and hook up lead. None of these items came at any extra cost. The only option we went for was the kitchen tent. Having put the tent up once it became very easy to put up after the first time. To make the tent easier to use it needs a nice grass pitch, some campsites have both so always opt for the grass pitch. It was worth every penny too as it rained allot during our trip and it allowed us to keep dry and warm when using the kitchen area. The water storage tank was also very big as we only ran out of water once! We didn’t top it up much either!
It was really nice to be in a van that stood out from the norm too. We had a few compliments and allot of people would check it out at campsites. It was one of a very few campervans we saw in a black colour scheme which made it really easy to find!
Being a smaller company their customer service was amazing. Pod campers were very helpful with any questions we had about the van. We had full insurance with our van too and during our trip we had a slight incident with a mound which broke the waste pipe. Having contacted Mike he organised to have it fixed the next day. In just over an hour the van was fixed at no cost!
I would highly recommend pod campers! Was really gutted when we had to return the van! Best experience i have ever had!
Thanks Tyler - and thanks for opting for the tent - you were our first users so it was great to hear it was helpful! We look forward to seeing you again!
My husband and I rented “Little Nikau” from The Pod Campervan Rentals for a week while exploring the South Island. The booking process was extremely easy and we loved being able to see the island with the ability of freedom camping. Everyone was super friendly and helpful the entire process. We booked an economy van which was great in price, didn’t have any issues with breakdowns, and drove beautifully. The bed was super comfy and had plenty of storage room for us for both our belongings and our food for a few days. The provided gas cooker, cooking supplies, dishes, etc were all in great condition for us. We loved that we were able to park in normal parking spots that larger campers wouldn’t be able to park in but still have plenty of room to be comfortable and not be crunched for space. It was also nice to know our van was easily recognizable amongst the tons of Mighty and Britz vans we saw everywhere & not trying to figure out which one was ours. We were extremely sad to say goodbye to our little van come the end of the week. I highly recommend renting from this company!
Thanks for the review Christine! I guess there always is a consideration when selecting a larger camper that parking isn't always as easy as the smaller ones! Thanks again :)