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    Car Hire New Zealand

    New Zealand Car RentalWith such a diverse landscape and so many different options to see and do, New Zealand is one of the top self-drive holiday locations. Explore the North Island with beautiful locations such as the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, enjoy a mud facial in Rotorua, take a helicopter ride along the beautiful Hawkes Bay and enjoy a glass of wine at one of the many vineyards. Take a leisurely boat ride on Lake Taupo or partake in a spot of trout fishing. Driving further south to the capital of Wellington climb Mount Victoria for a stunning view of the city or discover the geological, biological, cultural and social history at the Te Papa museum.

    Collecting your car hire in the South Island is an ideal way to explore this island. Abel Tasman National Park is perfect for hiking and kayaking while Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier will leave you breathless. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre located on Mount Cook, is a tribute to the humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers. Christchurch promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. Queenstown is the perfect year-round destination with skiing in winter and hiking in summer or duck over to Milford Sound for a breathtaking tour of the Fiordland National Park.

    Convenient Locations in New Zealand

    By partnering with industry leading suppliers such us Europcar and Hertz we can provide you with car hire options at all major transportation hubs throughout New Zealand.

    Airport Car Hire
    Auckland Airport Car Rental Auckland Airport Christchurch International Airport Car Rental Christchurch International Airport Nelson Airport Car Rental Nelson Airport
    Dunedin International Airport Car Rental Dunedin International Airport Kerikeri Airport Car Rental Kerikeri Airport Palmerston Airport Car Rental Palmerston Airport
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    Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Car in New Zealand


    Can I hire a car in New Zealand if I am under 25?

    In New Zealand, if you are between the ages of 21-25 you should be able to hire a car hassle-free. However, drivers in this age range should be aware that they will likely be subject to an additional daily charge known as a "young driver surcharge," which will vary depending on your auto hire supplier.

    What are the licence requirements to hire a car in New Zealand?

    You must have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year and drivers. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 75 years so please be aware of the terms and conditions.

    Contact Auto Europe - New ZealandWhy book a car hire in New Zealand with Auto Europe?

    With over 60 years of experience in the car hire industry, 24,000 pick-up locations worldwide and great customer service, Auto Europe offers competitive prices and quality service. No matter what your travel plans entail, Auto Europe has everything you need to make your dream holiday a reality.

    To view more, visit our FAQs page.

    New Zealand Essentials

    Traffic travels on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand and passing occurs on the right. Speed limits in New Zealand range from 50 kilometres per hour to 100 kilometres per hour. In New Zealand seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. The majority of New Zealand cities have parking metres. Parking lots are regularly available. For additional information on driving in New Zealand, we encourage our clients to refer to our specialised New Zealand Driving Information page.

    New Zealand Fleet Guide

    For more detailed information on the different vehicles we offer in New Zealand, take a look at our fleet selection . View different car models and luggage capacities to find the best car hire for your holiday. Please note that not all cars are available from all supplier locations and the exact make or model cannot be guaranteed.

    Border Crossings

    Some suppliers will not allow cars to travel one way between the North and South islands on the ferry. If you need to travel between islands, you will drop your car off at the ferry port on the North Island (Wellington) and travel to the ferry port on the South Island (Picton). You will be provided with a new car by our supplier when you arrive at the ferry port.

    Domestic one-way hires are available between locations on the same island with a 3-day minimum. If you are travelling between the North and South islands, please notify us at time of booking with your ferry details so we can arrange for another vehicle to be waiting for you to continue your drive. Please note that cars are not allowed to travel outside of New Zealand.

    Useful Driving Distances and Road Trip Ideas in New Zealand

    • Auckland to Christchurch (1070km approx.16hr)
    • Wellington to Christchurch(445km approx.9hr )
    • Christchurch to Queenstown(485km approx.5hr50min)
    • Auckland to Wellington(656km approx.9hr)

    Alternatives To Car Hire in New Zealand

    Whether you are planning on an extended road-trip or a leisurely holiday, Auto Europe has the ideal vehicle for your travel needs. In addition to offering our clients traditional car hire, Auto Europe offers luxury, motorhome, van hires and more. Use our secure booking engine to find the ideal transportation option for your next adventure.

    Motorhome Hire in New Zealand
    New Zealand Motorhome Hire -  Looking for a unique way to travel in New Zealand? Consider a motorhome or RV hire in New Zealand, as this mode of transportation allows you to take to the roads with an unmatched level of freedom and exploration. With many safe and accommodating locations to pitch, see for yourself why motorhome hires in New Zealand are on the rise!
    Van Hire New Zealand
    Van Hire New Zealand -  If you are in need of a vehicle to accommodate your large travel party, large/heavy luggage or anything in between - look no further than a van hire for your time in New Zealand.
    Luxury Car Rental in New Zealand
    Luxury Car Hire New Zealand -  For travel in unmatched style and comfort, explore New Zealand in a luxury car hire. With top models from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, and more, find the ideal vehicle for your trip in New Zealand.