£10 - £61
Get in the driver’s seat for an unforgettable holiday with your own hire car in New Zealand. Travellers who have a valid UK driving licence are permitted to drive in New Zealand for up to one year. You must carry your licence with you at all times when you are driving. The minimum age for car hire in New Zealand is generally 21 years old, but drivers up to 25 years old may need to pay a daily surcharge, depending on the New Zealand car hire company that you select. If you’re looking for cheap car hire in New Zealand, book online before you depart. If you have reserved a vehicle in advance, you can usually pick up your hire car in New Zealand at the airport on arrival or in the major cities.
In New Zealand, traffic travels on the left-hand side of the road. Speed limits are signposted in kilometres and are strictly enforced. The speed limit is normally 50 kph (31 mph) in built-up areas (less in school zones) and 100 kph (62 mph) on motorways. All modern vehicles are fitted with seat belts, which are compulsory for all occupants. If you’re travelling with children, they must use an appropriate child seat or booster, which can be requested as an extra with your car hire in New Zealand. For drivers over 20 years old, the blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, which is usually no more than two standard drinks. It is illegal for drivers to use a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. Some railroad crossings in rural areas do not have barriers, so you will need to make sure trains are not coming before you cross. Contact the New Zealand Transport Agency to find out more about road rules and recent law changes.
If you’re planning to stay in the cities, compact cars such as the Toyota Corolla or Suzuki Swift are a top choice, as they are easy to drive and fuel efficient. Ready for a road trip to see the sights of the North and South Island? Modern estates such as the Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima offer plenty of leg and luggage room. For small groups looking for passenger van hire, you can book vehicles for up to 12 people, such as the Toyota HiAce. Sustainable car hire in New Zealand is also possible; zero emission electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf can be reserved from your car hire company. As most roads are in good condition, you won’t need a 4WD to discover this picturesque country, but luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7 or Kia Sportage are also available from car hire locations in New Zealand.
Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, AeroDrive (10.0 rating), Scotties (10.0 rating) and EZU Car Rental (10.0 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in New Zealand.
When hiring a car in New Zealand, the most popular provider of hire cars among Cheapflights users is Apex, and with prices around £27/day, it’s easy to understand why. The most popular car type from Apex is FULLSIZE, which starts as low as £10/day.
At £15/day, the cheapest car hire price in New Zealand was found in Auckland. On average, Wellington has the cheapest daily rental car price (£26/day), which is 35% below average price for cities in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, drivers are expected to drive on the left side of the road.