Mad Campers

Reviews

Franco Sabadini's avatar

Franco Sabadini

Ranking: 9/10

We had a great experience with Mad Campers. The staff was really polite and answered all our questions both online and in person. The van worked well, it had everything advertised and it was in pretty good shape.

We only had one issue with the van and it was that the fridge didn't work when the van was not running (probably some electrical issue with the connection to the second battery) but it did work when the van was on (i.e., when we were driving). Unfortunately, we realised this a couple of days after we had started our trip and given that it was during the end of year holidays and we were pretty far from Christchurch already they couldn't do anything about it when we called them. This was a bit annoying but it didn't ruin our experience. They were very sorry about this issue and gave us a significant refund once we returned the van so all in all it was a positive result.

We'd definitely rent from them again on our next trip.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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louise peel

Ranking: 10/10

Choose Mad Campers!
If i could give them 100 out of 10 i would. The customer service we have received from start to finish has been second to none. If you are looking for a camper van company and aren't sure which to choose, then look no further. Booking with Mad Campers you will have peace of mind throughout your whole journey. The really value their customers and experience.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Brooke O'Connell

Ranking: 10/10

Wow where do I start! The team at Mad Campers are absolute legends! First of all, booking was a breeze and so cheap! The whole process was so easy, and Fer (Onehunga) made us laugh the entire time, took us on a thorough tour of our camper (we called her Cleo) and told us some tips and tricks for the road. We only had Cleo for a few nights but she did not disappoint! Cleo came kitted out with absolutely everything you could possibly think of, we basically just needed to bring our clothes and food to cook! And wine to drink of course. Cleo was super comfortable, warm, so roomy, and so stylish! She got us everywhere we wanted to go! Just want to say a big thanks to the down to earth crew at Mad Campers for enabling us to live that kiwi dream we're all chasing! Cant wait to book again!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ann Boekstegers

Ranking: 10/10

The Mad2 is a Great Campervan with the best service you can imagine. The car has everything you need and we had a lot of fun driving around with it. Since the travel situation in New Zealand changed suddenly very fast due to Corona, they helped us with the rebooking of the ferry and were in close contact. That was a big help during that time! We would definitely recommend to book with Madcampers!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Adam Mitchell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing experience in our mad campers van for 11 days in the South Island. The van is thoughtfully designed to have everything you need! We didn't use the toilet but it allows you to stay in a lot more campsites due to being self-contained. We had all inclusive insurance which took the pressure off but had no issues at all and mad campers made the pick up and drop off process very easy and we even got 5% refund for completing their challenge! Overall it was great, would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Kat Suddaby

Ranking: 10/10

The Ultimate Fair-weather adventure van

My partner and I spent 5 weeks in our amazing MAD 2 camper. We travelled one way ChCh to Auck. and loved every second. The van was incredibly reliable, and the engineering support was second-to-none (we broke our key and had to call them on Sunday evening; he picked up immediately and helped sort the problem!)
The MAD colleagues were awesome. They were genuinely passionate about camping, super helpful and really encouraged us to get involved with the MAD challenge (which was awesome)
Inside, the van has a clever set up, maximising space whilst keeping you in the outdoor lifestyle. It was self contained which allowed us to park pretty mush anywhere and cook, camp and enjoy NZ. The bed was comfy; we had adequate storage (especially with the top box), there was a fridge big enough for a few days provisions. The cooking space is great and the utensils perfect (my partners a bit of a snob when it comes to this but he loved the cooking stuff). The sink is small but adequate and the hose is a good addition.
Ultimate adventure van.
The price for our duration couldn't be beaten (believe me, I tried).

Things I wish I had known:
- Take a mosquito net/ hire the net from MAD. Sand flies are NZ version of the Scottish midgy/ hungry mosquitos
- Bunnings shop sell chairs super cheap. Buy these and also stretch to a table - we wished we'd done the latter
- We were incredibly lucky with good weather; the cooking and cleaning set up worked well for us but not sure how it would fair in poorer weather

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Silvere VERACRUZ

Ranking: 8/10

Très bon road trip sur 15 jours, aucun problème avec le van, très bien équipé pour deux.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Alexander Ruhland

Ranking: 10/10

Great company with great Campervans for a great value! Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Jonas Gemmel

Ranking: 10/10

We loved our camper! Everything was sweet as!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Lizzie Lacey-Brennan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The staff are very helpful on pick up and give a great introduction to the vehicle. We had a technical issue whilst on the road and they were just a phone call away with assistance. The van itself was in good condition with almost everything you'd need provided from the team and also a great selection of left-over products to pick from at HQ. Downside would be we booked the canopy which was overpriced and never used as it just isn't practical when constantly on the move or even that easy to use.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Valerie LaCrosse

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I would absolutely recommend Mad Campers to everyone! They were such a pleasure to work with from getting my first quote, to dropping my van off as t the end of my trip. Customer service was great, the van had everything we needed, and no complaints at all! Shoutout to Hannah and Elliot for being complete rockstars! Just a word to the wise, save your money and don’t bother with the canopy- it isn’t necessary, and really is a pain to set up. Also, the WiFi is mediocre at best, so probably best to pass on that too. There are I sites EVERYWHERE with info to get you around, and a map was completely adequate to get around since there aren’t many roads and the signage is awesome. Overall, everyone should rent with Mad Campers and have an amazing trip!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Laura Collins

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely incredible company and team that I can’t recommend highly enough. Easily 5*

I did a last minute two week solo trip in a MAD1 and it was amazing. The camper was so well kitted out and every inch of space utilised. It was still pretty chilly at night during my trip but they’d provided a hot water bottle, fleece blanket and had doubled up on the duvets too so there was no issue there.

The camper itself felt super spacious inside and pulling the front seat forward at night made it feel even bigger. Being a solo traveller camper, so the size of a regular car, meant you could park almost anywhere and it was easy to drive on the windy NZ roads.

The bed was really comfortable and interior was spotless and smelt fresh, they clearly take their standards seriously and it definitely showed.

I loved the extra small touches like being provided with washing up liquid, cooking oil and laundry powder.

The team itself were amazing, always on hand when needed and able to organise additional activities at a discounted price on request. They were also able to give me lots of advice on the best hotspots to visit during my trip.

I’d definitely travel with them again.
Thank you for making my trip so amazing!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in September 2019

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Sam Atkins

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Wow. We rented a campervan for a little over two weeks in February/March 2019 and had zero, and I truly mean ZERO issues. The van was perfectly stocked, easy to drive, and SO cute. It was fun to wave to other Mad Campers on the road!! We also loved the way the back door opens up - we took full advantage of backing up to gorgeous views and enjoying a book, some lunch, or some wine.
Customer service was lovely as well, we had a small rock chip in the windshield and they made it so easy for us to resolve the issue.
Our time in New Zealand was an absolute dream, I can't wait to do it again and we will certainly be using a Mad Camper!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2019

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Amandine CHATAIN

France

Ranking: 9/10

We've past 3 weeks in Nz with a campervan MAD2: it was just amazing!
The campervan was perfect and the team Mad Campers was really kind and effective.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Amandine! We're stoked to hear you loved NZ and your MAD2 experience! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us and welcome to the MAD family :)

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Justine Senée

Ranking: 9/10

I rent a van this winter during 2/3 weeks with Mad Campers and everything was perfect! Great customer service, the staff was friendly and helpful, the van was the same than in the pictures. Everything we needed was there: plugs for the phone, battery for the fridge, cooking equipment... They even gave us extra blanket and hot-water bottles as we were travelling in winter! Moreover, the van is easy to drive and the size is not too big: we visited all the South Island with it and had no problem at all.
And the most important thing... The van is self contained so you don't have to worry, you can sleep in every campsite!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much for your kind review, Justine! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with Mad Campers and the freedom of our self-contained campers! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us :)

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SCOTT HASSLER

United States

Ranking: 9/10

I had a great experience with Mad Campers. Easy checkin, friendly staff, very thorough vehicle orientation. I had an older Nissan van, which showed its age but ran well with no problems. The vehicle was well equipped for my needs (solo travel on N Island in fall). Plenty warm at night up in the mountains.
One consideration: I'm nearly 2 meters tall, and while I fit in the drivers seat, my visibilty could have been better. I just obsessively checked my mirrors. Likewise, I fit on the bed just fine diagonally, but it would have been a tight squeeze with two people.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for your feedback and review, Scott! We are really stoked to hear you enjoyed your experience with Mad Campers - and congrats on completing the Mad Challenge!

We try to be very transparent online and over communications regarding the dimensions of the camper/bed, to help people on the taller side make an informed decision. Glad to hear you managed to fit and make it work :)

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Indra Prasetyo

Indonesia

Ranking: 10/10

Smooth ride, helpful staff, fast respond to contact and amazing company, what else do you want from this? The car might be smaller and no powered (though they have 2nd battery for your need if you want to charge or want to listen music while you sleep) than the other camper van out there, but if you're only going solo or couple, you could'n find a better company than this.

Thanks Madcamper for bringing the camping van experience.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for taking the time to post your review, Indra!! We are so stoked to hear you loved NZ and enjoyed your Mad Campers experience!! Welcome to the Mad Campers family and hopefully we'll see you again soon for another epic roady :)

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Summer Peterman

Ranking: 10/10

We rented a van from both Auckland and Christchurch. The customer service was fantastic! All correspondences were done in a timely manor. My questions were kindly answered. The vans were clean and in good working order. I would highly recommend this company.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Summer!! We are so glad you enjoyed your Mad Campers experience and we can't wait to send you off again :) Welcome to the MAD fam!

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Will Johnson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience with Mad Campers! The van rental cost exactly what we expected when it was all said and done, and it was great value. Great place to call home for 2 weeks, and a great way to see most of the South Island in a short time. The van was loud, and missing a few non-essential parts like plugs in the ceiling and 2 hubcaps, but it ran great and gave us no trouble in the up- or down-hills. We used the Rankers app's offline feature and word of mouth to find good campsites with bathrooms, and never used our van toilet. We found about 4 free campsites, 6 DOC campsites ranging between $8-13 NZD per person, and 2 holiday park nights for showers which were 17 and 28 NZD per person. All in all, it was a great trip and the van from Mad Campers was a big part of it going smoothly. I'd recommend them.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, Will! We're stoked to hear you enjoyed the camper and had a great trip in New Zealand. Welcome to the Mad Fam :)

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Stephanie Hill

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our camping experience in Canterbury couldn’t have been easier with Mad Campers. They arranged a pick up from Christchurch airport who helped us with our bags and took us to Mad HQ. We were shown around the camper, given free T-shirt’s and Whittaker’s chocolate and with that were on our way! We thought for 6 days this was the ideal size for us as a vehicle with a place to rest our heads at the end of the day. We felt like a lot of thought went into fitting out the van, they made the most of the available space. Second battery that charged while you drive was great to charge our phones and the fridge etc. We didn’t run out of battery but we switched things off when they weren’t in use. We didn’t use the toilet, and didn’t make any meals using gas so I can’t comment on those facilities.
The bed was easy to set up. Mattress was alright, but nothing beats your own bed at home.
At the end of our trip we were taken back to the airport and service both ends was good.
Service by phone and email to Mad Campers was excellent. Would definitely recommend for short trips or minimalist campers!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for taking the time to post this review, Stephanie!! We are stoked you had a great trip and enjoyed your time with Mad Campers :)

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Lorrie Kaplan

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We loved our Mad Camper van! We drive it all over the South Island for five weeks and had a great experience. The van was clean, smart, well organized, and fun. We received great information and instructions about using everything in the van. We never had any mechanical problems of any kind. The staff is friendly and responsive. We never used the toilet provided; we decided to just use public toilets and campground toilets. I would highly recommend Mad Campers!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for your review Lorrie!! We're stoked to hear you enjoyed your experience with Mad Campers! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us and welcome to the Mad family :)

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Alan Whitlock

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My Wife and I rented a 2 berth Campervan from Mad Campers, and were extremely pleased with our experience! From the time of check-in & orientation, to the minute that we returned the van to Christchurch......there was always a Staff member to assist and answer any questions. The excellent customer service ratings was the main deciding factor for us, and this crew did not disappoint! We are from the United States, and we are "Van Campers" here, so this type of rental was right up our alley. Two of us traveling with one large backpack each and smaller carry on backpacks, and we had plenty of room for everything. Our journey began at Christchurch, and from there we toured the South Island for 10 days. The Van (we nicknamed him "Frodo") was a great size, and got really good gas mileage. It also had an extremely tight turning radius, something that was very useful in tight campgrounds and parking lots. We had a minor issue with a circuit breaker that was linked to the auxiliary battery, but the Mad Campers team responded immediately to our calls, and helped us to get this issue resolved quickly. Recently, they added the rooftop box and rack to each 2 berth van at no charge, and this was a HUGE help! We were able to store our table, chairs, and toilet atop the vehicle.....which left more room in the main cabin. We had extremely great weather during our visit, and spent very little time in the van except for sleeping and driving. This allowed us to keep the bed assembled the entire time, and we used the sofa/table configuration minimally. If you are a couple that wants to travel with minimal gear, and travel light and fast.....these guys are for you! Thanks to the Mad Campers Team!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful review, Alan! We really appreciate you taking the time and are so glad you enjoyed your experience with Mad Campers! It was great to meet you guys, and we loved being a part of your NZ adventure. Stoked you loved the camper and the new roofbox as well :)

Welcome to the Mad Family - hopefully we can send you off on another roady soon!

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William Nash

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing couple of weeks cruising around the North and South Island in our Mad2 (Mt Lincoln). We did a bunch of research and was tempted to go with one of the bigger brands (we had previously had a Spaceship and Wicked Camper in Oz). But after reading all the reviews, comparing photos and pricing there was only one winner. The camper van was literally spotless when we picked it up, we were given a personalized tour of the van and didn’t feel rushed at all- we even were given two T-shirt’s to complete our Mad Camper challenge and chocolate!! The van had relatively low mileage and you could tell it had a recent facelift.
We booked campsites all around NZ, so we only used the gas burner a couple of times, but when we did it was super easy and fast. The bed only took 2mins to set up and was very comfortable. There was plenty of storage for two of us. We did stay at one freedom campsite as we had the self contained sticker (didn’t use the toilet onboard once, but it’s there for emergencies).
A massive bonus is that the van has two batteries. One that starts the car and operates headlights etc. the second operates the fridge, LED lights in the back and power outlets inc. USB’s. So you don’t have to worry about the van not starting in the morning or paying extra for a powered spot at a campsite.
After seeing the Juicy/Spaceship/Wickeds, we were so happy with our decision! Many of the other campervans looked run down and identical to what we rented a few years ago!
We completed the Mad Camper challenge (doing things like eating fish and chips on a beach with your MadCamper T-shirt on and posting it on Instagram) it was fun to do and we got 5% off our rental! I don’t write many reviews, but felt compelled to for Mad Campers as it’s such a cool company and made our trip so easy!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thank you SO much for your kind review, William!! We are so stoked you had an incredible time with Mt Lincoln and were happy with your decision to travel with us :)

Congratulations again on completing the Mad Challenge - you guys did an epic job! Thanks again for sharing your New Zealand adventure with us and welcome to the MAD Family!!

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Milena Tkotz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The car was as expected, small but very well designed. With the free included roof box your suitcase is not in the way once it has been unpacked. Sadly we had a broken radiator in our last week. The emergency response from Mad Campers was fantastic. They immediately organized a workshop, which diagnosed the error and as soon as it was clear, that the car will not be repaired today, they organized an other car and a motel so we could continue our trip and do our booked experiences in Kaikoura. Thanks for the great time!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Milena!! It was great to send you guys off on your NZ adventure. Unfortunately these things can happen with cars/vans, but we appreciated your cooperation and are happy to hear you were pleased with how we dealt with the issue for you. The most important thing to us is our travellers experience, and we are stoked you had a great one and got to see the dolphins!! All the best for any future adventures :)

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Bob Bergman

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Had a lovely 12 day South Island tour. Very glad I chose Mad Campers. Met up with some friends not as happy about their customer service from other rental company. Appreciated the little extras like salt and pepper and laundry soap. Will be a return customer if I make it back there.

Bob

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Bob!! So stoked to hear you were happy with your decision to share your adventure with Mad Campers :)
Welcome to the Mad Family and hopefully we can send you off on another NZ roady some day soon!

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Chris Bollington

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good experience with no hassles. The van was exactly as described. Could have done with a few more BHP on some of the hills.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Chris!! We hope you loved your time in NZ and enjoyed the camper :)

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Sean Seguin

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Mad Campers was an absolute pleasure to rent a campervan from. From the moment we began communicating with us, their friendliness and level of service was extremely noticable. They were very responsive over email and I could tell that every member of the team really cared about our travel experience. We rented the MAD2 model, a 2-person campervan, which was designed extremely well. Mad Campers is the kind of company that takes customer service seriously and they really deliver. I highly, highly recommend going with them!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much for the kind words, Sean! We are so happy you enjoyed your time in NZ, experience with Mad Campers and the camper itself! All the best for any more adventures in 2019 :)

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Matthijs de Jong

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Mad campers provide great vans! Perfect service, easy to ride, and everything is included in the small vans! The roofbox is included for free! The bed is cosy, but works perfectly for 2 tall Dutch people! The fridge and stove works fine! Also nice is the Madcampers Challenge which gives 5% retour of the total price, if you do 9 challenges! The challenges are worth it as you get a nice inside in what New Zealand has to offer!

Mad campers! Thanks for making our trip a success!
Matthijs & Marijn

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks guys!!! It was awesome to send you both off on your Kiwi Adventure and we are so stoked you enjoyed the camper! Congratulations on completing the Mad Challenge and welcome to the MAD Fam :)

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fabien Lafond

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice trip! Mad camper’s guys are very helpful and kindness! The van was perfect for the road.
We spend very good and fun time.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Fabien! We're happy to hear you had a great trip and loved sending you off on the adventure - thanks for sharing it with us :)

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Kristen Rodgers

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic service, quick to respond, very friendly and helpful. Great camper van that had a lot of thought put into design. Easy to drive and park, comfortable, and had everything we needed for our two week trek around the South Island! Plus the Mad Challange was lots of fun!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Kristen!! So stoked you enjoyed the camper and your experience with Mad Campers! Welcome to the Mad Family, thanks for sharing your adventure with us :)

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Catherine Henry

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We would highly recommend MadCampers vans to anyone who wants to go the camper van route while visiting New Zealand. Both the employees and the van went above and beyond our expectations, and I have to say I am a hard one to please!

We were supplied all the information we needed before arriving in NZ; including some free downloadable apps to find free or paid campsites. They promptly picked us up at the airport and dropped us off in time to catch our flight out (only took about 20 minutes from the time we pull into the drop off location) They also worked quickly to fix a loose wire that was causing electrical issues. You find out the true character of a company when the unexpected happened, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the way things were handled to correct the problem.

In addition to fabulous employees, their van was hands-down the best on the road! It had everything we needed to stay at the free, self-contained campsites, which saved us a lot of money. The van was easy to use, had ample storage for all our gear for a two week trip, and we got some jealous looks from other campers and passersby when they saw our amazing cooking stove and bed set up. Other things we really loved about the van: the mini fridge, running water, extra battery to run the electrical when engine isn't running, and 4 wheel drive. We also had tons of fun doing the Mad Challenge scavenger hunt while we drove the nearly 3000km around the south island.

MadCampers made our trip an awesome one! This is how a company should be run!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks again so much for your lovely review Catherine!! We are SO glad you had an amazing experience in New Zealand and with Mad Campers! We loved meeting you and sending you off on your Kiwi Adventure. Hopefully we can send you off on another some day soon. Welcome to the Mad Family!!

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Laura Morley

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly, efficient service! Van was just was described - had everything we needed / asked for. Not the flashiest set up, my perfect for rattling around the countryside. Easy to deal with, no sneaky catches.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Laura!! We hope you had a wonderful time cruising around NZ's countryside :)

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William Swann

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Easy to work with, great van, great price! Van comes with everything you need. Self-contained status gives you tons of flexibility on where to stay.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers Will! Hopefully we can send you off on another NZ adventure soon :)

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Julie Robinson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful experience! Everyone was so nice and helpful and our van was great. They even had showers and coffee for us after they picked us up from the airport. The showers Were such a bonus after 24 hours of traveling to get to New Zealand!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Julie!! It was lovely to meet you & send you off on your adventure. Happy New Year & hopefully 2019 brings lots more adventures :)

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Caroline Creekman

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Mad Campers was wonderful to work with. They picked us up direct from the airport. The camper itself was a great size and seemed fairly new/updated. The logos are not to garish like some companies so you don't feel like you're sticking out too much as a tourist. The second battery was really the deciding factor when we were deciding between vans and having it really paid off. Since we were driving almost every day we could keep the fridge on all the time without worrying about running down the battery. This meant we could carry yogurt, sandwich fixings, cold drinks, and never worry about things warming up. Being able to charge phones and devices both in the front, while driving, and in the back meant that we were never worried about running out of power. The bed was really comfortable and with the linens/duvet they provided we never had a problem keeping warm during the chilly spring nights. Storage was pretty good as well - though definitely would not work with hard suitcases. With a couple of travel backpacks and soft cases you're able to keep everything in the middle aisle and then just fold down the bed on top at night. You could prob keep it folded down as added camouflage while out tramping. We didn't have to use the provided toilet since most locations we stayed had something, but being certified self-contained made it so stress-free knowing we could camp at any of the various site, with no issue. The camper itself was nice and reliable - we drove all around both islands, up and down steep hills and twisty turns and had no issues. The compact size of the camper also made it easy to get around in cities and some of the tighter back roads.

We were also able to complete the "Mad Challenge" where you complete 9 simple challenges - posting photos of various tasks or locations and get 5% back. A great way to encourage kiwi experiences.

Everyone we interacted with at Mad Campers was so friendly and helpful, would definitely use them again if given the chance.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much for your kind words, Caroline!!! We really appreciate it. It was awesome to send you off on your Kiwi Adventure and we are SO stoked you had a great time!! Hopefully we can send you off on another one soon :)

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Benjamin Becker

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We did a lot of research and did finally book at Mad campers, as it seems they have the best service with a good price.
And we were not disappointed.
It starts with was an excellent communication of the check-in, was continiued with very professional and nice introduction of the van and the van was clean and equipped with usefull things and designed quite functional.
We enjoyed our NZ adventure with Mad campers and we recommend Mad campers.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Ben!! It was great to send you off on your NZ adventure! Happy New Year & all the best for this years adventures :)

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Tety Kusuma Wardani Tety

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Mad Campers made our first road trip be so amazing and memorable adventure for us. Mad Campers team so kind and helpful. They help us to booked our ferry ticket and when we got a little trouble in our campers (our back LED is off) they tried responsible for handling it immediately but because we couldn't wait to start our road trip so we refused. we really appreciate for their respon and help. Thank you mad campers!!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much for the review guys!!! We are SO stoked you had an awesome and memorable adventure in NZ :) Welcome to the Mad Campers family and hopefully we can send you off on another adventure soon. Cheers!

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Marieke & Wieteke

Ranking: 10/10

It was a wonderfull experience, travelling in a mad campervan! Small scale company ran by truely passionate people. The van was smartly organised and gave a comfortable stay for the few square meters it has! The service was personal, quick and outstanding. Iris and Hannah were very friendly and made sure everything was taken care of! We even got a ride back to the station after all was paid and done by one of the owners. Can and will recommend this company to anyone!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks guys!! We're so stoked you had an awesome time in NZ and loved your Mad Camper! Welcome to the MAD family - hopefully we can send you off on another roady soon :)

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Richard Arnot

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic company, really well thought out vans and customer service was exceptional every step of the way. Would definitely hire from Mad Campers again!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Richard! Hopefully we'll see you again soon for another adventure :)

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Nurrin Akhyar Nurrinanuwar

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Worth It 👌

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Nurrin - hopefully we can send you off on another adventure down south!! Enjoy the rest of your time studying in NZ :)

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Fernando & Andrea

Ranking: 9/10

We have enjoyed a lot their little vans! We have traveled for two weeks along north island and part of the south and we have to say that the van is very comfortable! The model maybe is not the newest but it responds perfectly on the road! Maybe the only cons is that we took the canopy but we didn't used it because of the bad weather, but we guess it's quite useful in summer. The equipment is good and works perfectly!

And regarding to the team, just to say they have a great team, and mainly Hannah, who answered all our email immediately and made an excellent introduction to the van functioning!

Highly recommendable!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much guys!! We absolutely loved sending you guys off on your adventure and are so glad you had an awesome time :)

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James Campos

Ranking: 10/10

Took a Mad Campers van on a trip from Auckland through the far north of NZ and I do not regret my choice in company. The camper had everything you needed and more, making my time on the road super easy. The staff are great (especially Hannah (call me)), and really make you feel part of the Mad Camper family. 11/10.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks James! Welcome to the Mad Campers family :)

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jarren Verbeek

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Jarren! It was awesome to send you off on your first Kiwi adventure and stoked your currently off on another down south... yeeeow! Thanks for joining the Mad Campers family :)

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Andrew Korson

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers Andrew and welcome to the Mad Campers family! We really appreciate the kind words and absolutely loved helping out with your South Island adventure. Hopefully we can get you out on another one soon :)

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María Casanova

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Our experience with MadCampers team was simply perfect. Quick with their answers, effective when organizing and helpful when needed. The camper van was in perfect conditions and we enjoyed an awesome one month road trip.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Maria! We loved helping you guys with your Kiwi Adventure! Enjoy the rest of your travels :)

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Rogier van Hei

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great company with personal care.
The vans are small but really nice organised, clean and easy to drive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Rogier!! It was awesome to send you guys off on your NZ road trip. Hope you are well :)

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Nick

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Nick!! Stoked you guys had fun, it was awesome to get you guys out in a Mad Camper!

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Jane

Ranking: 10/10

If you're coming to NZ to experience a proper Kiwi 'Roadie" look no further than Mad Campers! From the minute you pick up your Mad Camper van you are embraced by authentic kiwi service. These guys genuinely want to set you up so that you have the most awesome trip round NZ and you can't help but leave the depot smiling from ear to ear ready to take on NZ.
The vans are good fun- everything you need has been thought of and included and it was so so simple to rock up to a campsite and get ready to cook or sleep with minimal time and fuss.
There are plenty of camper van hire places in NZ but no one does it like these guys! Book them. You won't regret it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Jane, we really appreciate your support!! We loved helping with your Kiwi Roady! Come back soon :)

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Logan

Ranking: 10/10

Im a kiwi living overseas and was heading home for a few days so decided last minute to rent a camper, travelled the coromandel where I grew up and was an awesome experience, I was surprised at how much they packed in to the little van. Would recommend it over the larger other types of campers out there as they are much more versatile and easy to get around.

Thanks for a great trip team.

Logan

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Logan, we are stoked you had a great trip! Awesome you got to head back to your old stomping grounds :) Come back soon!

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Joel McDowell

Ranking: 10/10

Have traveled around New Zealand twice with a Mad Camper and what an awesome setup! The layout and craft made our lives so easy and the vehicle was so great to cruise around in and check out our country. I couldn't recommend their team enough - So friendly and helpful and were on to any problem that came up. Thank you!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Joel! Can't wait to send you off on the next adventure :)

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Hamish Wedd

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Hired a Mad Camper. Great experience. No power, just battery charged so powered site not required. Bit chilly and dark to use the extendable kitchen from the rear of the vehicle but summer would be awesome. Came with duvet and pillows but we took sleeping bags too - wise decision as it got pretty cold down in Wanaka and Queenstown. Great size, easy to park and drive - blended in without sticking out as a campervan which we liked.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers Hamish - stoked you guys had an awesome experience! Thanks so much for the feedback, we really appreciate it. Coming into winter we are now including complimentary hot water bottles and extra duvets in the vans to make sure everyone is nice and cosy. We hope you'll come back and experience a kiwi summer with us one day!

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Nakita

Ranking: 10/10

Not only are these vans exceptional and extremely well thought out, the team at Mad campers are the best! Extremely knowledgeable on the where, what’s and how’s of New Zealand and are more than capable to give you a helping hand in what could be your best holiday ever. I for one cannot wait for our next adventure with Mad Campers!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2017

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for the awesome review Nikita! We loved helping you guys out with your kiwi adventure :)

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Maria Sol Fresard Disselkoen

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Espectacular! increíble, más alla de conocer un país perfecto, la experiencia en Madcampers fue muy buena. Las vans son super completas y equipadas, ideal para dos personas. Los chicos son muy atentos y siempre están dispuestos a ayudar! Sin duda lo recomiendo.

Spectacular! incredible, beyond knowing a perfect country, the experience in Madcampers was very good. The vans are super complete and equipped, ideal for two people. The boys are very attentive and are always willing to help! I definitely recommend it.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers for the awesome review, Sol - we really appreciate it! It was awesome to be a part of your kiwi adventure.

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Stefano Muratore

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Great company with a great team! The vans are awesome to explore NZ and come with all you need. Allways again! :)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2018

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers Stefano!! We can't wait to send you off on your next kiwi adventure :D

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Olli-Pekka Heinimäki

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

We came from Finland to spend 5 weeks in NZ (mainly in the south), and to put it short: everything was just perfect. The van is really innovatively designed and really cool! Friendly customer service, too. Of course as we were one of the first customers there were some minor issues, but I think they have been sorted out by now (e.g. we had problems with a ranger in Wellington as the van was not by then fully-legally registered as self-conservative: but it got sorted out quickly thanks to the great customer service). Would really recommend MadCampers and hope they can keep up the high quality as the company is probably gonna grow fast as they get name for themself in the van-market. We will definitely come back to NZ and are going to use MadCampers again!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in November 2017

Mad Campers responds:

Thank you so much for your awesome review, Olli! We really appreciate your support! Can't wait to send you off on your next adventure when you come back :)

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BoRoTravel

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you guys so much for the awesome time in van mt. tamahunga for one month. We absolutely loved it! I wil recommend Mad Campers to anybody who travels to NZ and want to have a awesome time there...Excellent service (we had a flat tire, and where in the neighbourhood) they replaced all 4 tires for new ones, got great tips for our last 5 days in the North island NZ which where absolutely stunning! received a generous gift for the inconveniences and waiting which we spend on an absolutely stunning campsite and a drink. The van has got everything you need. And they are very friendly, help you out with everything. Cheers to you guys! Keep up the GREAT work!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2018

Mad Campers responds:

You girls are awesome!! Thank YOU for being such awesome Mad Campers, and for your amazing video! We are so glad you loved your time in NZ and will hopefully see you back soon :)

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Karine

Ranking: 9/10

We absolutely loved our trip with the mad camper van! We were very well welcome in Auckland and the drop off of the van in Christchurch was easy and fast. Everything was working well and Mad Camper was always there to answer our questions quickly during the trip. We had great price for the ferry by booking with Mad Campers. They had nice recommandations of camping site, food and activities. The van itself is really well thinked. We had everything we need to cook, the bed was comfortable and the size was perfect for the two of us 🙂 Our only recommandation would be to have enamel cups instead of porcelain so it don’t break during transport. Also, the gas cooker wasn’t working so well when it was windy so maybe a model onto wich the flam is hidden would be better? Finally, this is just a suggestion; the LED lighting is nice but it will be even nicer if we could close the strip inside the van separatly because while cooking at night, insect are attracted inside. These are really small details because overall, our trip with this van was perfect! We would for sur book another trip with Mad Camper if we come back to New Zealand! :)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks for your awesome review, Karine! We really appreciate all your feedback and are stoked you had a great time in NZ. As you guys know it's our first season so we are taking it all on board to make the vans even better for our customers! Hopefully you guys can come back to NZ soon and see the improvements for yourself :)

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Janine Shaw

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Matt was really helpful and kind. The van was very clean and in good working order. It was well-designed. We had a ball!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Janine! We are so glad you had a ball on your trip with Mad Campers. Come back again soon :)

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Theo and Rachel

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My fiance and I spent months of research trying to find the perfect 2-berth for our 4-week trip around the North and South Islands. We wanted something that was self-contained, but affordable and that had a good insurance policy in case anything happened. More importantly, we wanted a more authentic experience truly run by locals with an emphasis on enjoying (and preserving) the natural beauty within New Zealand. I remember when we stumbled across Mad Campers' website, we knew it was the right fit. The trip itself was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and our experience with Andy and the rest of the staff at Mad Campers was second to none -- all of our problems (really minor) were addressed adequately and promptly, and he really wanted us to have a great time. This small van was our home for an entire month, and we miss it already. This seems like a small detail, but we especially loved the Mad Camper design on the vans -- it was custom-made and definitely helps advertise the company, but it doesn't do this in an "in your face" manner the way that the ugly, green vans we keep on seeing all over NZ ;)

We think Mad Campers found a niche within the campervan rental market in NZ -- perfect for the couple that wants a truly authentic NZ experience (e.g. camping on any beach) thanks to the Self-Contained sticker. We would recommend 10/10 and when we're back decades from now, I'm sure we'll pick 'em again!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

You guys are awesome! It was an absolute pleasure sending you both off on your kiwi adventure, we are so glad we could be a part of it! We really appreciate all the support and hope we can send you off on another trip some day :)

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Peter & Vicki

Ranking: 10/10

thanks so much! what an experience. perfecte combination of price and performance, incredible support from a dream team, 100% recommendation.
peter & vicki

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Guys! It was an absolute pleasure to have you travelling with us :) We really hope you were left with great memories of NZ. Thanks for joining the Mad Campers family!

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Sandi Fukumoto

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Truly outstanding experience. The mad camper team was great start to finish, with responsive communication, and thorough set up and walk through on the van. Really appreciate their customer service, enthusiasm, the company philosophy and support for the best possible campervan experience in NZ. Loved the campervan itself - comfortable, convenient and a very smart set up. Certified self-contained - gave us the ability to freedom camp, which is invaluable. Recommend adding the canopy to your experience - super easy to set up and take down and added great space and protection from NZ’s ever changing weather.
Really recommend this young company - based on our experience and out of everything we saw/heard on the road and at our various stops, the mad camper was the clear best choice.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks so much Sandy and Keiji, we really appreciate your support! You guys are awesome - thanks for joining the Mad Campers family!!

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Rick Karsten

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I rented a campervan trough Mad Campers to explore the southern part of the North Island.
we only had 10 days available and decided to camp on free campsites throughout the north island.
Because it was our first time that we were going to "live in a campervan" we were a bit overwhelmed, however when you go to their branch to pick up the campervan they literally run you trough the entire van, how it has been configured and where everything is situated. very very helpfull and friendly while doing so!

We have never felt so free, the campervan was our home away from home. Very easy to drive and included with all the facilities.
The campervan had LED lights,USB inputs, small fridge, running water, all the facilities which made it very easy to enjoy our trip
We also found it very handy that the campervan has a 25 litre water tank to do the small dishes or have a cold shower while staring at some of NZ beautiful beaches.

it even has a little fridge inside the campervan which is powered by a separate battery, so while you are driving, the car charges the battery which means you can keep your dinner for the night cold in the fridge :) and also your beers!

We had an absolute amazing trip, we drove down to New Plymouth where we saw the Festival of Lights and then trough to Wanganui where we visited the elevator which brings you on top of the hill. our last part of the trip we embarked on the hawkes bay. In Napier we where very fortunate to find a self contained camp spot at the end of Marine Parade. a definite recommendation in the Hawkes Bay is to explore the fantastic wines that NZ has on offer.

We would definitely recommend to travel the island with Mad Campers, the service was fantastic and the campervan is definitely an eye catcher while mixing it with the other campervans, very colorful fresh and current!

Thank you to Matt and the team at Mad Campers you Rock! keep doing what you doing!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Rick, we really appreciate your awesome review! It was a lot of fun helping you guys out on your kiwi adventure ! Hopefully we can send you off on another one soon :)

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Charles E Wilber

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Andy was very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our camper. It took us places that I felt privileged to experience. When we return to NZ, Mad Campers will be my first choice!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2008

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Charles! We can't wait to send you off on another adventure one day :)

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LIZ WATKINS

England

Ranking: 9/10

We spent a month in a Mad Camper for our honeymoon - we had the most amazing time, and those boys a Mad Campers made it a breeze for us. From the fiendishly designed camper van features, to their unerring customer service, the whole experience was a pleasure. We were completely disorganised, but they accommodated our request to extend our rental twice...we just didn't want to move out of that van! We did pretty much all our own cooking, using the van's facilities. The van was totally reliable, and we did over 4000 kms in it, and went off tamac onto the gravel roads quite frequently, but it was solid as a rock. We left NZ feeling like they had really cared about us having a fabulous time... and we did!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

You guys rock! It was awesome helping you out with your honeymoon in NZ, we are so glad we could be a part of your adventure! Hope you're both well - come back soon!

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Hayley Diakiw

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent customer service and great van!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Cheers Hayley!!

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Jason Longhos

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

My partner and i took one of these away, and we where so impressed well though out modern vans,would highly recommend you go with Mad campers.A++++

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Thanks Jason!! We really appreciate the support :) You were an A++++ customer!

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Sam Pillidge

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome trip! The Mad Camper was such a fun and easy van to drive and had everything I needed and more. The layout is awesome meaning heaps of living space and a really long bed (I'm really tall so this was important!) Being able to charge my laptop while watching a movie as it rained outside was the best! Thanks Andy and the team for great service and an epic trip. Stoked to be your first customer - I'll be back for sure!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Mad Campers responds:

Our very first customer!! Massive thanks for your awesome review, Sam! We loved helping with your trip and hope we can send you off on another one soon :)