Car Rental in New Zealand
We offer a comprehensive range of manual and automatic vehicles from the Budget and Go Rentals to best meet your requirements. A normal saloon or hatchback is sufficient for all of New Zealand’s main roads, but off the beaten track you may encounter unsealed roads, for which a 4WD is more suitable.
Prices are intended as a guideline and are based on 21 days basic vehicle rental (during May-September, low season) and do not include Insurance Policy Upgrades or fuel and oil. Please contact us for a tailor made quotation.
Please note that named vehicles are given as examples only – similar vehicles may be used within each group.
Budget Rent A Car
A full range of automatic vehicles seating 2-5 passengers is available, from a Toyota Yaris 1.3-1.4 litre manual to a Holden Commodore Full Size Sports Sedan 3-4 litre (or similar). For those looking for the fun and flexibility of a 4WD, we offer the Toyota Rav 4 2.0-2.4 litre automatic (or similar) or the Toyota Prado 3.0-3.8 litre automatic (or similar). Minimum rental charge for any vehicle is 3 days unless pick up and drop off is at the same location. Budget Rent A Car’s fleet includes late model vehicles (average age 11 months).
There is a choice of pick up and drop off points throughout New Zealand. A one way rental service is offered subject to terms and conditions and a one way rental fee of NZ$50+GST applies for all one-way rentals, including continuous rentals that total less than 7 days.
A one-off Airport or Wharf collection fee of NZ$45+GST is payable on all rentals, either picked up or dropped off at any commercial New Zealand airport as well as from the Interislander ferry terminals in Wellington and Picton. This fee is to be paid direct by the client to Budget Rent a Car, at the commencement of hire. This fee is only payable once for each rental. For example a customer will only pay NZ$45+GST once on a multi island hire. A further late ferry fee of NZ$50+GST will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 18:30 hours.
All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with an English translation shown on the licence) from their home country. There is no charge for additional drivers or any young driver’s surcharges. There is no maximum age for hiring a car in New Zealand.
A range of manual and automatic vehicles seating 2-5 passengers is available, from a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2, 1.3 to 1.5 litre automatic transmission to a Hyundai Tucson (or similar) 2.0 litre with automatic transmission. Minimum rental charge for any vehicle is 3 days.
There is a choice of pick up and drop off points throughout New Zealand. Go Rentals offer a vehicle delivery service or will collect clients and take them to the appropriate depot to collect their vehicle. One-way fees are not charged and airpott access fees, after hours fees, extra drivers fees, credit card fees and taxes are all included.
All Go Rentals vehicles travel on the Interislander Ferry. For all northbound hires from Queenstown or Christchurch to Auckland there is no charge for vehicles on the ferry.
All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with an English translation shown on the licence) from their home country. There is no maximum age for hiring a car in New Zealand.
Please be aware that there is the potential for vehicles to be upgraded by the relevant car rental company during peak season travel in New Zealand. This can be due to a general lack of availability (particularly for 4×4 vehicles) or because the previous hirer has not returned their vehicle in time, returned the vehicle to the wrong depot or has caused damage to the vehicle which needs repair before it can be used again. Regrettably these are operational issues which are out of the rental company’s control. On this basis it may be that an upgraded vehicle is the only option at the time of vehicle pick up.
Prices are quoted on daily rates and include unlimited kilometres and basic insurance. Additional charges may be incurred for insurance excess cover, fuel bonds, etc.
You may want to consider taking an upgraded cover with Insurance4CarHire, which must be purchased before your departure from the UK. Take advantage of an excess protection package from just £3.99 per day or an annual policy from £49.99.
How does Excess Reimbursement Insurance work?
Excess Reimbursement Insurance is a voluntary insurance, which is useful if there is an excess applicable to your car hire. The cover applies to the individual, so you are covered, even if you change the car hire company or the type of car that you have hired.It is designed to repay the excess or repair costs you have to pay under the terms of the rental agreement following damage to the rental vehicle. The reimbursement of the excess is subject to the exclusions detailed in the terms and conditions.
The policy can be bought up to 364 days in advance, right up to before you collect the rental vehicle.You can choose to buy either an Annual policy, which will provide cover for multiple hires throughout the period of cover, or a Daily policy which will provide cover specifically for the days that you request it.
What is covered
Key features and benefits include:
- Excess on damage and theft up to £6,500 per year
- Drivers aged 21 to 85 years old (inclusive)
- Covers damage to the windows, undercarriage, roof, tyres and headlights not otherwise covered by damage waivers from car hire companies
- Damage caused by using the wrong type of fuel: up to £500 per claim and £2,000 per year
- You (the policyholder), plus up to seven additional drivers named on your rental agreement
What is not covered
Please be aware that for this policy is only valid for residents of the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Sweden or the Netherlands. Coverage exclusions include:
- Damage to the interior or contents of the car
- Drivers must be aged between 21 and 85 years of age
- Rentals contracts cannot be longer than 60 continuous days
- Where damage is the result of driving off-road
- If the market value of the Rental Vehicle exceeds £120,000
Full details of what is and isn’t covered can be found in the policy wording. The policy documents are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Dutch. These can be found on the product description pages of the insurance4carhire website.
You can buy this insurance through the following link: www.insurance4carhire.com/discovertheworld or call 0844 892 1770.