Car Rental New Zealand

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Daihatsu Sirion 2006 or similar
Daihatsu Sirion 2006
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Lucky Rentals
$11.05 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Tiida or similar
Nissan Tiida
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Lucky Rentals
$12.48 / per day
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Auckland Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Tiida 2009 or similar
Nissan Tiida 2009
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Mint Rentals
$13.55 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Punto or similar
Fiat Punto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Lucky Rentals
$13.90 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Auckland Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Vitz or similar
Toyota Vitz
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Mint Rentals
$14.26 / per day
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Auckland Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$15.28 / per day
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Auckland Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla 5d or similar
Toyota Corolla 5d
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Mint Rentals
$18.53 / per day
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Auckland, Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Nissan Bluebird Sedan or similar
Nissan Bluebird Sedan
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$18.53 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:11 on 2019-11-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$38.68 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h
19 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.5

Why rent a car in New Zealand?

New Zealand is a great place to explore by car. Not only both North Island and South Island are full of cozy cities and stunning natural landmarks, but the highways themselves are an adventure as they offer some of the most picturesque driving routes in the whole world. 

New Zealand Car Rental

Top ways to enter New Zealand

  • Auckland Airport: The busiest in New Zealand, it serves its largest city.
  • Christchurch Airport: The main airport of South Island.
  • Queenstown Airport: This cozy airport mainly serves domestic connections, but also hosts flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia.
  • Wellington Airport: Serving the nation’s capital, Wellington Airport is the third busiest in New Zealand.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Queenstown: Sometimes called the Adrenaline Capital of the World, Queenstown offers everything from skydiving to snowboarding, skiing, and jet-boating, as well as truly stunning landscapes. 
  • Auckland: Large and modern, Auckland has a thriving arts and culture scene, and offers easy access to some of New Zealand’s great nature areas.
  • Christchurch: Although the city is still recovering from some recent earthquakes, its friendly atmosphere and many museums and galleries make it one of the coziest destinations in New Zealand.
  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and Westland National Park: These two stunning nature areas are for those who are eager to see New Zealand’s dramatic mountain scenery up close. 
  • Coromandel Peninsula: This coastal area is less than two hour drive away from Auckland, and makes a great place to relax and be in the nature.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in New Zealand is the Nissan Tiida 2009, followed by the Toyota RAV4 and the Fiat Punto.

Most popular types of rental car

Many visitors of New Zealand choose compact and economy rental cars, but fullsize is also very popular, especially among travelers who like to go higher in the mountains and away from the main road network.

Top driving routes

  1. Auckland - Christchurch (1,553 km / 716 mi) The New Zealand Odyssey, beloved by countless travelers, will nearly take you from end of the land to the other and will let you see New Zealand in all its majestic beauty. If you have time, it’s best to break up this route into at least a week. Of course, this route requires a ferry between Wellington and Picton, where another rental car can be booked if your rental provider does not allow the car to be taken onboard a ferry.
  2. Christchurch - Queenstown (483 km / 300 mi) This picturesque route can be done in six hours, but why be in a rush when you’ll be passing the southern shores of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki on the way? A circle through Greymouth might also be worthwile. 
  3. Auckland - Wellington (644 km / 400 mi) The route between the New Zealand’s largest city and the capital will take you across nearly all of the North Island. It is worth stopping to explore the Pureora Forest Park, the Tongariro National Park, and the Akatarawa Forest on the way.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $21 per day
  • Large cars - from $57 per day
  • Medium cars - from $51 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $169 per day
  • Small cars - from $33 per day
  • SUVs - from $76 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in New Zealand:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting New Zealand is the cheapest in July when renting a car is about 31% cheaper than the yearly average and about 44% cheaper than visiting in February when it’s the height of summer in the southern hemisphere.

Top 14 Most Popular Cities in New Zealand

  1. Car Rental in Auckland from $11.05 per day
  2. Car Rental in Christchurch from $11.05 per day
  3. Car Rental in Queenstown from $31.36 per day
  4. Car Rental in Wellington from $26.48 per day
  5. Car Rental in Dunedin from $57.44 per day
  6. Car Rental in Nelson from $57.44 per day
  7. Car Rental in Rotorua from $57.44 per day
  8. Car Rental in Napier from $45.80 per day
  9. Car Rental in Tauranga from $45.80 per day
  10. Car Rental in Blenheim from $57.44 per day
  11. Car Rental in Invercargill from $57.44 per day
  12. Car Rental in New Plymouth from $45.80 per day
  13. Car Rental in Whangarei from $37.22 per day

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in New Zealand?

The cost of renting a car in New Zealand depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in New Zealand
$55.29
January
$49.10
February
$50.96
March
$40.57
April
$33.01
May
$29.15
June
$26.21
July
$27.50
August
$49.32
September
$54.87
October
$48.74
November
$41.43
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in New Zealand is July — prices start from $26.21 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 38% cheaper than the year’s average and 53% cheaper than renting a car in the month of January (when prices start at $55.29 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in New Zealand?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 9 days. The shortest are in March — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in New Zealand
9
January
7
February
6
March
7
April
7
May
8
June
7
July
8
August
8
September
9
October
8
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in New Zealand?

Discover Cars users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in New Zealand. The most popular month is November, while the least popular is June.
New Zealand Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
103%
January
81%
February
64%
March
60%
April
63%
May
48%
June
62%
July
70%
August
51%
September
213%
October
288%
November
97%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Hitch Car Rentals Nissan Tiida 2009 4 1 Medium cars
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Prius Hybrid 5 1 Small cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 1 Small cars
Hitch Car Rentals Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Europcar Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Hitch Car Rentals Fiat Punto 3 1 Small cars
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Estima 2007 5 1 People Carriers / Vans

Our Customers Reviews

New Zealand
Toyota Camry
September 29, 2019
Hi, we rented the car from christchurch. When first sat in car it was so comfortable & easy to adjust to the keyless start. Then used it first to drive around christchurch for 3days sightseeing & helping with my sisters wedding, it was so ecconomical that the fuel guage didn’t move off full for 2days. We drove the car for 6 hours to queenstown & all enjoyed the drive in such comfort. And used only $80. In fuel to get there & only $80. In fuel to het back to christchurch. I highly recomend hitch car rentals to everyone. Thankyou & keep up the good work hitch 👍🏻👏
Australia
Toyota Camry 2007
September 25, 2019
Good value for money, an older car that was in overall good condition other than some exterior scratches and chips which didn’t impact on the overall experience. Will definitely book again for our next trip home.
Australia
Toyota Vitz
August 27, 2019
Great little city, but the roads are poor & have been for a long time .... spend some money Christchurch
New Zealand
Mazda Demio
August 6, 2019
We love NZ so are biased!!!!
United Kingdom
Toyota Vitz
July 17, 2019
We traveled South to Raglan, Kowhia and then Rotorua before driving back North to Warkworth. What we saw of NZ was breathtaking.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla 5d
June 24, 2019
Dont stress, take your time on the road and stop and enjoy the many views around New Zealand
Australia
Toyota Camry
May 11, 2019
Did 2,808 klms over 20 days and saw a lot of my homeland - North & mainly the South Island.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota RAV4
April 24, 2019
New Zealand is a great driving experience. I think the vehicle you select is important.
New Zealand
Nissan Bluebird Sedan
April 7, 2019
Went to Akaroa very pretty place, Hammer Springs wonderful hot pools. Only in Christchurch one night
Australia
Nissan Tiida
April 5, 2019
All of South Island fantastic
United States of America (USA)
Mazda Demio
April 4, 2019
Loved visiting New Zealand again after two years from home and my car rental with Bargain Rental Cars was first class.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Prius Hybrid
April 4, 2019
Good central location for the south island of New Zealand
India
Toyota Corolla Sedan
April 4, 2019
NZ was lovely, would definetly recommending travelers renting a car and going on road trip.
United Kingdom
Nissan Teana
March 31, 2019
Driving tip. Keep up to speed. NZers do not tolerate tourists who cruise slower than road speed. I was stopped by police for going too slow. I was doing about 60mph which is the limit on a similar road in the UK. Also, NZers are reluctant to overtake, so move over to let them go when tailgating. I believe there is a phone number that drivers can call to report drivers going too slow, even though there are road signs saying 'stay safe, slow down' !! Driving in NZ is not like the UK on the open road - from a former driving instructor.
Netherlands
Toyota Vitz
March 29, 2019
Because the Northern Island can be quite hilly, it is wise to rent a car with some power. Our car didn't meet it.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Tiida
March 28, 2019
We spent 2 months traveling in New Zealand - about 30 days on each island, with 2 different rental cars from Christ Church and Auckland. 10,000 kms total travel. Amazing scenery most everywhere. Roads were not the best overall compared to home (USA)--narrow,and a lot of curves & a lot of loose gravel due to minimalist chip & seal method of surfacing. Be careful out there and don't be surprised if you incur windscreen damage and are charged for repair / replacement as we were on the North island.
Australia
Toyota Alphard
March 25, 2019
We loved Rotorua... great for mountain biking

Top 7 Suppliers for New Zealand in 2019

Aerodrive Car Rental
Aerodrive Car Rental
Exceptional 9.7
Mint Rentals
Mint Rentals
Exceptional 9.4
Hitch Car Rentals
Hitch Car Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
Bargain Rental Cars
Bargain Rental Cars
Excellent 8

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