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Car hire New Zealand

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Car hire New Zealand

CompareCarHire.co.uk New Zealand is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in New Zealand

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in New Zealand.
  • Popular category
    For example: Hyundai i20
    Economy class
    For example: Hyundai i20
  • For example: Kia Stonic
    Compact class
    For example: Kia Stonic
  • For example: Suzuki Vitara
    Intermediate class
    For example: Suzuki Vitara
  • For example: Ford Ranger
    Standard class
    For example: Ford Ranger
  • For example: Kia Sorento
    Full-size class
    For example: Kia Sorento
  • For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
    Luxury class
    For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
  • For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
    Station wagon class
    For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
  • For example: Kia Stonic
    SUV class
    For example: Kia Stonic

Popular cities in New Zealand

The rates shown above are per day based on a rental period of at least 7 days. Additional costs and taxes for optional extras may apply. Please click here for an explanation of these charges.

When to book a rental car in New Zealand

Average daily rate per month
Car hire New Zealand

Location information for New Zealand

New Zealand is best explored by rental car. CompareCarHire.co.uk has over 47 pick-up locations in New Zealand. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

Car hire in New Zealand

Motoring around New Zealand allows visitors to see all the stunning sights the country has to offer, from protected forests to glaciers and fjords. Since being the backdrop for Middle Earth, New Zealand's ruggedly beautiful landscapes, enchanting pristine lakes and spectacular plains have been opened up to the world via a globally successful Lords of the Rings film. Car rental in New Zealand is a convenient and pleasurable way to enjoy this captivating country.

Major airports and ports

New Zealand has seven international airports, such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, which offer international arrival and departure services from major air carriers. Other smaller airports, such as those found in Dunedin and Hamilton, are limited to managing flights from Australia and Fiji only. Each region of the country also accommodates several ports, which move passengers, vehicles and merchandise by sea.


The country has limited public transport, which makes New Zealand car hire the most common method of getting about. The country's major cities offer comfortable luxury bus transport, but these are limited to specific tour packages. Rail routes are limited to suburban itineraries, and although ferries play a major role in public transportation around the country, land travel is best done by car.

Driving tips

A current and valid driving licence and an international driving permit are required to drive around the country. Tourists may convert their licence or apply for a New Zealand driving permit, which has a validity of one year. New Zealand drivers use the left hand side of the road, and as most roads traverse over hilly areas, your journey may take longer than expected. Compare cheap car hire in New Zealand with us to get the best rates.

Places to visit

The snow-capped Mount Taranaki is home to several waterfalls, ski slopes and bird species and is surrounded by lush greenery and blue skies. Hawk's Bay hosts concerts, festivals, wine tasting events and horse racing. Drive through the hobbit shires in Matamata on the North Island and view the nearby Kaimai Ranges.

Practical information

  • Currency
    New Zealand dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Māori
  • Popular car category
  • Popular rental companies
    Ezi-Rent Car Hire

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is CompareCarHire.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by CompareCarHire.co.uk? at this location
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