New Zealand is a must-see for any traveller, and truly the best way to fully take in these islands’ fascinating and diverse landscapes is via rental car. Whether you plan to visit just one island or both, there’s so much to see, from one of the most conical volcanoes in the world on the North Island to the breathtaking variations of mountain peaks and lakes in Queenstown on the South Island. Book your rental car today to make the most of New Zealand’s adventuresome offerings!
The summer months of December to February are often the busiest tourist times in New Zealand, though winter adventurers are also making June through August a busy season. For some truly beautiful views and a little less tourist traffic, visit New Zealand in the fall, from March to May.
The three official languages of New Zealand are English, Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language. While the indigenous language Māori is spoken by over 150,000 New Zealanders, English is the most widely spoken and understood language of the country.
The country is located in the New Zealand Time Zone, UTC+12.
The currency is the New Zealand dollar and the vast majority of transactions take place via credit or debit card throughout the country.
Cheap car hire in New Zealand is available in thirty cities, though the most popular cities to rent in are Auckland and Wellington on the North Island. Interested in car hire in New Zealand, South Island? It is available in Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Queenstown.
While Australians can visit New Zealand indefinitely, and citizens of the United Kingdom can stay for up to six months, citizens of many other nations can visit New Zealand as tourists for up to three months visa-free. Check visa regulations for your nationality before you make travel plans, as you may need to apply for a visa at a New Zealand diplomatic post or British embassy before you depart for the country.
Expect to undergo strict inspection at all ports of entry to ensure you do not mistakenly transport any infected or noxious foods, plants, or animals to New Zealand’s very well protected and isolated ecosystem.
Driving is a real pleasure in New Zealand, particularly outside of cities, where you will rarely run into a traffic jam.
Car hire in New Zealand typically starts at around $11 a day in most locations outside of the Auckland and Christchurch airports, where rental often starts as low as $11 a day. Here are some of the best deals in New Zealand:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
During the most popular months in New Zealand, from December to February, the daily rental price can increase by $11 per day, so save some money by either booking your car well in advance or plan to visit New Zealand a bit later in the year.
You can also save around $5 a day by extending your rental agreement to over a week!
Lucky Car and Campervan Rentals is by far the cheapest rental brand in New Zealand and offers cars starting at $11 a day at the airports in Auckland and Christchurch.