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New Zealand Car Rental Mini Guide

New Zealand is a vast country and therefore hiring a car to travel around is a popular choice. There are 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.  The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, although it is only the second largest urban area in the country, whilst The city of Auckland is New Zealand's second city.

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


Cheapest car hire in New Zealand

Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.42 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

7 Days rental at 156.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.42 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

7 Days rental at 156.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.42 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013-2015)

7 Days rental at 156.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.74 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 180.23 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.74 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 180.23 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.52 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 185.65 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.52 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 185.65 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.52 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 185.65 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.52 EUR/day
Mazda Demio (2011-2013)

7 Days rental at 185.65 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vitz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.33 EUR/day
Toyota Vitz

7 Days rental at 128.35 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vitz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.33 EUR/day
Toyota Vitz

7 Days rental at 128.35 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 20.41 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 142.87 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 20.41 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 142.87 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 20.76 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 145.34 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris (2017 -2020)

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.31 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris (2017 -2020)

7 Days rental at 156.17 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.92 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 167.49 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.92 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 167.49 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.62 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 172.37 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.94 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.61 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.27 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 225.91 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.27 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 225.91 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.97 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 230.85 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.97 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 230.85 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.97 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 230.85 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.97 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 230.85 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.40 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 261.81 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 43.35 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 303.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 22.44 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 157.13 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 22.94 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 160.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 22.94 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 160.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 26.80 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 187.62 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 26.80 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 187.62 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.50 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 192.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.50 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 192.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.50 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 192.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 27.50 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016)

7 Days rental at 192.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 46.24 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 323.69 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 46.24 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 323.69 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Alphard

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Toyota Alphard

7 Days rental at 324.40 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Alphard

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Toyota Alphard

7 Days rental at 324.40 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 331.55 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 331.55 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 331.55 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

8 Adults, 4 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 331.55 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Estima (2005 - 2007)

8 Adults, 5 Doors

From 55.97 EUR/day
Toyota Estima (2005 - 2007)

7 Days rental at 391.85 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

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

Laws and rules of the road when driving in New Zealand

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100-110kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    NZD  3.29/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    NZD

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17.5

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in New Zealand

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Ezi
21
8.9/10
231
€ 33.65
€ 35.70
€ 38.44
 Sixt
5
8.5/10
45
€ 43.08
€ 62.47
 Mode rentals
9
8.3/10
143
€ 25.74
€ 22.44
 Europcar
15
7.8/10
285
€ 54.24
€ 46.45
€ 54.37
 Snap rentals
4
7.1/10
36
€ 35.27
€ 39.82
€ 142.06
 Drive nz
3
4.0/10
20
€ 38.53
€ 37.58

Car rental agent statistics in New Zealand

  • 8.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    EZI
  • 3.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DRIVE NZ
  • 760
    Total number of reviews in
    New Zealand
  • 31
    Most Locations in New Zealand:
    BUDGET
  • 11
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 32
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in New Zealand

ItemPercent
January€ 81
February€ 62
March€ 63
April€ 67
May€ 53
June€ 61
July€ 72
August€ 74
September€ 66
October€ 65
November€ 63
December€ 85
ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 52
March€ 55
April€ 60
May€ 45
June€ 52
July€ 62
August€ 63
September€ 51
October€ 47
November€ 48
December€ 64
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 81
March€ 88
April€ 85
May€ 69
June€ 81
July€ 89
August€ 95
September€ 83
October€ 83
November€ 84
December€ 102
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 63
March€ 70
April€ 73
May€ 58
June€ 64
July€ 80
August€ 83
September€ 72
October€ 67
November€ 68
December€ 90
ItemPercent
January€ 35
February€ 27
March€ 29
April€ 48
May€ 50
June€ 26
July€ 28
August€ 28
September€ 31
October€ 33
November€ 34
December€ 41
ItemPercent
January€ 117
February€ 88
March€ 89
April€ 101
May€ 72
June€ 89
July€ 104
August€ 108
September€ 84
October€ 81
November€ 84
December€ 108
ItemPercent
January€ 97
February€ 72
March€ 73
April€ 86
May€ 66
June€ 77
July€ 87
August€ 91
September€ 77
October€ 75
November€ 70
December€ 99
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in New Zealand

DieselUnleaded
Jun , 2022

€ 1.63

€ 1.94

May , 2022

€ 1.63

€ 1.89

Apr , 2022

€ 1.41

€ 1.77

Mar , 2022

€ 1.41

€ 1.78

Feb , 2022

€ 1.20

€ 1.72

Jan , 2022

€ 1.05

€ 1.59

Dec , 2021

€ 1.01

€ 1.57

Nov , 2021

€ 1.07

€ 1.65

Oct , 2021

€ 1.06

€ 1.62

Sep , 2021

€ 0.95

€ 1.50

Aug , 2021

€ 0.91

€ 1.46

Jul , 2021

€ 0.90

€ 1.41

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun , 2022 1.63 1.94
May , 2022 1.63 1.89
Apr , 2022 1.41 1.77
Mar , 2022 1.41 1.78
Feb , 2022 1.20 1.72
Jan , 2022 1.05 1.59
Dec , 2021 1.01 1.57
Nov , 2021 1.07 1.65
Oct , 2021 1.06 1.62
Sep , 2021 0.95 1.50
Aug , 2021 0.91 1.46
Jul , 2021 0.90 1.41

Car rental price statistics in New Zealand

  • € 128.31
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 349.35
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Hiace
  • 1,284
    Total cars available
     
  • 184
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 145
    Location with most cars:
    Auckland Airport - International Terminal
  • € 18.3 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    YESAWAY - 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 €18.30 per day for a (economy) class car from Yesaway. The average price to hire a car in New Zealand is just €109.30 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in New Zealand is a Toyota Hiace car for a (fullsize elite) class from Go rentals costing €349.40 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, Ezi is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Napier - Airport for €33.65 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in New Zealand?

Car hire prices in New Zealand are kept low thanks to the 23 car hire companies across the country. With over 40 car hire locations and 17,907 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in New Zealand.

Who is the best car hire company in New Zealand?

Based on over 760 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in New Zealand Is Ezi who score on average 8.9/10 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 23 car hire companies and 145 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in New Zealand?

Current fuel prices in New Zealand are €1.935/ltr for petrol and €1.632/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €77 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €65 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?

Yesaway is the cheapest car hire company in New Zealand offering a (economy) class car such as the Toyota Vitz for as little as €128.10 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 14 car hire companies in over 37 locations.

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.

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Car Hire Auckland
€14.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 2 from €24.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €15.8 per day
Economy 5 4 2 from €14.4 per day
Car Hire Christchurch
€14.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 2 from €19.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.0 per day
Economy 5 4 2 from €14.4 per day
Car Hire Queenstown Airport
€14.4
 
 
Economy 5 4 2 from €14.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €19.0 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €18.2 per day
Car Hire Wellington
€47.3
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €47.3 per day
Standard 5 5 4 from €65.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €54.5 per day