Car hire New Zealand: search your car for your dream trip

Top car rental destinations in New Zealand

  • any
  • Compact
  • Compact Elite
  • Economy
  • Economy Elite
  • FullSize
  • FullSize Elite
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Elite
  • Luxury
  • Luxury Elite
  • Mini
  • Mini Elite
  • Oversize
  • Premium
  • Premium Elite
  • Special
  • Standard
  • Standard Elite
  • any
  • December 2018
  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • March 2019
  • April 2019
  • May 2019
  • June 2019
  • July 2019
  • August 2019
  • September 2019
  • October 2019
  • November 2019
  • price
  • popularity
  • pick-up location
£9 per day Verify A.I.D.A. Rentals
  • 4
  • 3
Nissan Tiida Economy, Special Offer, Auto
£10 per day Verify AeroDrive
  • 5
  • 3
Toyota Corolla Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto

What you should know before you rent a car

Car hires in New Zealand: practical information

Where to rent a car in New Zealand

New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud is known for its stunningly beautiful natural landscapes. From steep fjords to pristine lakes, beaches and active volcanos… New Zealand is an oasis for a wilderness holiday. The country can be divided into two, the South Island and the North Island, both are gorgeous and are perfect places to start your trip. First step is a car hire New Zealand airport. There are six international airports in New Zealand, all of which have New Zealand car hire companies waiting to serve you.

You will find everything from major international car rental companies to small local firms if you're looking for a car hire New Zealand city. Big name rental companies will have better choice in vehicles and are ideal for one way car hires. Generally though, you'll find the local rental firms to be a lot cheaper.

Driving in New Zealand: parking and other tips

New Zealand drivers are known for being courteous. Traffic is also quite low on the islands in general, making a New Zealand rent car a perfect option for your trip. Like the UK, New Zealand vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. On many New Zealand highways there are only two lands, one for you and one for oncoming traffic which means that you need to be very careful when passing. Add to that the fact that the highways are particularly curvy and windy.

The great thing about a self-drive holiday in New Zealand is having the flexibility to plan your trip the way you want it and stop whenever you like to enjoy a view. When planning your days, remember it is easy to underestimate the time it takes to get places as average driving speeds range from 50 km/h to 70 km/h in the cities while highways and motorways allow 100 km/h.

Road trips in New Zealand: what to do, what to see

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is likely the most famous natural attraction in New Zealand. It is a fjord carved out by a glacier. It takes 2-3 hours to get here by car from Te Anau but the trip is gorgeous. Besides the scenery and waterfalls, which alone are worth the trip, Milford Sound also has some very cute wildlife: dolphins, penguins and seals. If you're visiting after dark, keep your eyes open for the New Zealand glow worm. Milford Sound is also a popular spot for kayaking, if the weather is good.

Rotorua

If you're a volcano hunter, start your trip in Rotorua. As soon as you arrive you'll notice the smell of sulphur in the air. The surrounding countryside is dotted with hot springs, geysers and of course an active volcano, Mount Tarawera. If you head south of Rotorua with your New Zealand rent car you'll find Lake Taupo, formed by a volcanic eruption. There are three active volcanos in nearby Tongariro National Park, one of which played the part of Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings.

Auckland

Auckland is called the City of Sails for a reason! The waterfront is a yachter's paradise. Mission Bay and Viaduct Harbour are great spots for admiring the boats. Some of the city's top sights include the Auckland War Museum which hosts an incredible collection of Maori and Polynesian arts and crafts. Next is the Sky Tower, is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Don't miss the chance to climb to the top of Harbour Bridge or go kayaking around the city harbours.

Where would you like to pick-up your economy car hire in New Zealand?

Recent car rental searches in New Zealand

  • any
  • Compact
  • Compact Elite
  • Economy
  • Economy Elite
  • FullSize
  • FullSize Elite
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Elite
  • Luxury
  • Luxury Elite
  • Mini
  • Mini Elite
  • Oversize
  • Premium
  • Premium Elite
  • Special
  • Standard
  • Standard Elite
  • any
  • December 2018
  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • March 2019
  • April 2019
  • May 2019
  • June 2019
  • July 2019
  • August 2019
  • September 2019
  • October 2019
  • November 2019
  • day of search
  • price
  • pick-up location
£32 per day Verify BC Car Rentals
  • 4
  • 3
Toyota Corolla Intermediate, 2/4 Door, Auto
£23 per day Verify Lucky Rentals
  • 5
  • 2
Daihatsu Sirion Economy, 4/5 Door, Manual
£23 per day Verify Lucky Rentals
  • 5
Daihatsu Sirion 2006 Economy, 4/5 Door, Manual
£75 per day Verify Jucy Car Rentals
  • 5
  • 2
Hyundai I30 Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
£154 per day Verify Hertz
  • 4
  • 1
Holden Barina Economy, 4/5 Door, Auto
£39 per day Verify Country Rent A Car
  • 5
  • 2
Suzuki Baleno Economy, 4/5 Door, Auto
£182 per day Verify Hertz
  • 5
  • 2
Lexus Es FullSize, n/c, Manual
£87 per day Verify Jucy Car Rentals
  • 5
  • 3
Mitsubishi Outlander Standard, SUV, Auto
£15 per day Verify Rent a car
  • 5
  • 3
Super Saver Car Compact 1999-2005 Model Compact, n/c, Auto
£41 per day Verify Jucy Car Rentals
  • 5
  • 2
Hyundai I30 Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
£60 per day Verify BC Car Rentals
  • 5
Toyota Corolla Intermediate, 2/4 Door, Auto
£20 per day Verify Snap Rentals
  • 5
  • 1
Toyota Aqua Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
£40 per day Verify AeroDrive
  • 7
Bmw 3 Series Intermediate Elite, 4/5 Door, Auto
£15 per day Verify Lucky Rentals
  • 5
Daihatsu Sirion Compact, 4/5 Door, Manual
£17 per day Verify A.I.D.A. Rentals
  • 5
Nissan Tiida 2009 Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
£39 per day Verify Europcar
  • 4
Toyota Yaris Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual
£9 per day Verify A.I.D.A. Rentals
  • 4
  • 3
Nissan Tiida Economy, Special Offer, Auto
£24 per day Verify Alamo Rent a Car
  • 4
  • 1
Hyundai I20 Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
£32 per day Verify AeroDrive
  • 5
  • 3
Toyota Corrolla Hatch Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
£34 per day Verify Europcar
  • 5
  • 1
Chevrolet Spark Economy, 2/4 Door, Manual