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Cheapest car hire in New Zealand

Top tips when hiring a car in New Zealand

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand, just like the UK and Australia
  • There are toll roads in New Zealand, you can pay by card, but it's wise to carry some cash with you
  • The drink-drive limit in New Zealand is just 50mg (0.05% BAC), a lot lower than the UK
  • December to February are the busiest times to visit as is summer-time in New Zealand
  • It's best to book car hire at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure the widest choice and best price
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Laws and rules of the road when driving in New Zealand

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    30-60km/h

    Urban speed Limit

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    80-100km/h

    Rural Speed Limit

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    100km/h

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    NZD  1.90/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    NZD

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    17.5

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.0/10)

Mr. John Milton

NZ

10/10
Hired a car in

Hired a car in Christchurch for 8 days and it came in very useful. The rental agent I picked the car up from (Avis) bent over backwards to help me on my way. Impressed!

03/01/2019
Derrick

UK

8/10
Had a fabulous

Had a fabulous months holiday in Auckland, saw some amazing sights and met loads of great people. What a lovely country, felt depressed coming home.

23/05/2019
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Compare car rental agents in New Zealand

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Letz rent a car
2
9.1/10
24
€ 20.94
€ 21.67
€ 27.93
€ 43.72
 Ezi
7
8.6/10
122
€ 16.91
€ 23.22
 Thrifty
22
8.3/10
812
€ 33.20
€ 44.96
 Aerodrive
5
8.2/10
74
€ 21.32
€ 34.43
 Alamo
5
8.2/10
80
€ 18.03
€ 20.62
€ 54.44
 Ace
4
8.0/10
110
€ 17.25
€ 18.74
 Budget
34
8.0/10
306
€ 35.77
€ 42.66
€ 50.83
 Mode rentals
5
7.8/10
105
€ 21.69
€ 16.44
€ 16.64
 Drive nz
3
7.1/10
68
€ 12.42
€ 17.78
 Snap rentals
5
6.9/10
35
€ 14.47
€ 16.29
€ 14.83
 Europcar
17
6.8/10
252
€ 45.82
€ 45.78
€ 54.42
 Lucky
2
6.6/10
18
€ 17.11
 Scotties
5
6.5/10
85
€ 12.91
€ 27.62
€ 18.73

Car rental agent statistics in New Zealand

  • 9.3/10
    Highest rated agent:
    EZI
  • 4.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EUROPCAR
  • 2,091
    Total number of reviews in
    New Zealand
  • 34
    Most Locations in New Zealand:
    BUDGET
  • 18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 20
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in New Zealand

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in New Zealand

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2020 0.73 1.16
May , 2020 0.69 1.17
Apr , 2020 0.69 1.14
Mar , 2020 0.66 1.12
Feb , 2020 0.87 1.39
Jan , 2020 0.91 1.44
Dec , 2019 0.92 1.44
Nov , 2019 0.93 1.40
Oct , 2019 0.91 1.38
Sep , 2019 0.93 1.40
Aug , 2019 0.87 1.34
Jul , 2019 0.93 1.36

Car rental price statistics in New Zealand

  • € 86.17
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 160.72
    Highest daily price:
    BMW X3
  • 1,066
    Total cars available
     
  • 149
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 126
    Location with most cars:
    Auckland Airport - International Terminal
  • € 12.3 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ACE - Auckland Airport - Domestic Terminal

FAQs about car hire in New Zealand

How much does it cost to hire a car in New Zealand?

Car hire in New Zealand starts from just €12.30 per day for a (economy) class car from Ace. The average price to hire a car in New Zealand is just €48.60 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in New Zealand is a BMW X3 car for a (intermediate elite) class from Europcar costing €160.70 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in New Zealand?

We often have special offers on car hire in New Zealand including free additional drivers, for example, Thrifty is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Queenstown - Airport for €33.20 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in New Zealand?

Car hire prices in New Zealand are kept low thanks to the 19 car hire companies across the country. With over 39 car hire locations and 10,815 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in New Zealand.

Who is the best car hire company in New Zealand?

Based on over 2,091 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in New Zealand Is Budget who score on average 8.0/10 across all locations in New Zealand.

What is the most popular car hire location in New Zealand?

The most popular locations to hire a car in New Zealand is Auckland Airport - International Terminal with 17 car hire companies and 126 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in New Zealand?

Current fuel prices in New Zealand are €1.12/ltr for petrol and €0.67/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €45 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €27 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in New Zealand?

Speed limits in New Zealand are in km/h and are generally 30-60 km/h on urban roads, 80-100 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in New Zealand?

Ace is the cheapest car hire company in New Zealand offering a (economy) class car such as the Mazda Demio for as little as €86.10 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in New Zealand?

The most popular car hire category in New Zealand is the Toyota Corolla available from 12 car hire companies in over 39 locations.

Should you rent a car in New Zealand

New Zealand is a vast country and therefore hiring a car to travel around is a popular choice, as it means you don't have to rely on public transport or pay out on expensive taxi fares. New Zealand has plenty of car hire locations all over New Zealand including Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, car hire is never far away and competitively priced.

Most popular locations to hire a car in New Zealand

Minimum Age Requirements for Car Hire in New Zealand

Generally speaking the minimum age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21, however there are some car hire companies that will rent a car to under 21 year olds. If you are between the ages of 21-25 and wishing to hire a car in New Zealand, please bear in mind that a young driver surcharge will sometimes be added. These can vary between car hire companies with more details shown in the table below:
Rental Agent
Min Age
Young driver surcharge ($NZD/day)
Ace
18
$0
Alamo
21
$40
Budget
21
$25
Dollar
21
$17.25
Enterprise
21
on request
Europcar
26
n/a
Ezi
21
on request
Firefly
20
$5.75
Go Rentals
21
on request
Green Motion
21
$25
Hertz
25
n/a
Letz
21
$15
Lucky
18
n/a
Mode
21
$5
Scotties
19
$15
Snap
18

n/a

New Zealand Mini Guide

New Zealand can be found sitting in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of two separate islands, North Island and South Island, along with a number of much smaller islands. In a similar fashion to Australia, New Zealand has been almost entirely isolated geographically since the beginning of the world. This has led to extremely different varieties of plant and animal life than are found around the rest of the globe, making New Zealand something of a nature lovers dream. The indigenous people are the Maori, and still maintain their traditions and practices through to modern-day, with very little change.

The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, although it is only the second largest urban area in the country. It is also the most highly populated capital city in the entire Oceania region as well as being the most southern capital in the world. The overall shape of Wellington is defined by the mountainous terrain which surrounds it, which has forced the city to develop in a way which has had to take advantage of terrain features, and exploit almost every area of flat land available. Wellington is served by Wellington International Airport, which is a few miles outside of the city itself and makes an excellent place to pick up a hire vehicle if you are intending to use one to explore the surrounding area.

Movie and fantasy buffs can indulge their tastes by taking a tour of many of the areas and places in which the blockbuster movie trilogy Lord of the Rings was filmed. Situated to the north of Wellington about an hour's drive away is the Rimutaka Forest Park, this is an extremely popular mountain biking area.

The city of Auckland is New Zealand's second city, although the area of Greater Auckland is in fact the largest and most highly populated urban area in the nation, and is home to almost 1.5 million people, which is over a quarter of the entire population of New Zealand.

A short distance and an easy drive from Auckland are the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. The caves are populated by glow worms, feature stalactites, mud pools and bubbling geysers. The caves have been formed over thousands of years by the water which slowly filters down from the surface. Throughout most of the year visitors can also take a boat ride through the caves and the glow worm grotto, an area of the caves where glow worms cluster upon the cave roof.

Close to the caves is the Agrodome, an entirely different experience where visitors can watch sheepdogs being trained to herd sheep and experience first-hand how it is to shear one of these woolly animals. All in all a visit to New Zealand is sure to give you a holiday experience quite unlike any other, it's two primary towns exhibit characters widely apart, almost two holidays in one if you choose to visit both locations.

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New Zealand Factfile

  • The Maori culture first evolved in New Zealand back in 1250-1300 AD when Polynesians settled there
  • People from New Zealand are often referred to as Kiwis
  • Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand which translates as 'land of the long white cloud'
  • New Zealand is one of the top five dairy exporters in the world
  • The world's first commercial bungee jump took place in Queenstown in New Zealand in 1988

Useful links if renting a car in New Zealand

Fuel Prices in New Zealand

  • Price of petrol in New Zealand in April

    € 1.12/Ltr

    ($ 1.37/Ltr | 1.90/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in New Zealand in April

    € 0.67/Ltr

    ($ 0.82/Ltr | 1.14/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in New Zealand in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 44.80  ($ 54.86) | € 26.80  ($ 32.82)
Compact € 44.80  ($ 54.86) | € 26.80  ($ 32.82)
Full Size € 56.00  ($ 68.58) | € 33.50  ($ 41.02)
SUV € 67.20  ($ 82.29) | € 40.20  ($ 49.23)
Carrier € 78.40  ($ 96.01) | € 46.90  ($ 57.43)

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Why rent a car in New Zealand

New Zealand has without a doubt some of the world’s most dramatic and spectacular scenery and is best explored from the comfort of a rental car. If you're going to New Zealand on a well deserved holiday then don't be restricted to the confines of your hotel or public transport, take to the open roads and discover some of the more remote and less visited areas.

When it comes to finding the cheapest price for your car hire in New Zealand, we do the hard work so you don't have to. By comparing hundreds of car rental prices from trusted rental agents such as Alamo, Hertz and Avis as well as local suppliers, we provide you with the cheapest price possible.