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Coronavirus Update

Here is the latest information concerning COVID-19 and renting a car on DiscoverCars.com.

We are working around the clock to keep up with the constantly-changing situation throughout the world so we can provide you with up-to-date information regarding travel restrictions, rental branch opening hours, shuttle services, safety measures, and more. Our Customer Support team is ready to assist you any time, night or day.

If seeking general travel advice, we strongly recommend consulting the guidance of your government and the World Health Organization.

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us.

If you do travel, we want you to be as safe as possible while doing so. Thus, we have added information in our search results letting you know which rental companies are disinfecting their vehicles to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Use the filter on the left-hand side of the search results to only see vehicles that are confirmed to be thoroughly disinfected.

We understand your need for flexibility.

We’d like to tell you that we’ve become more flexible, but the truth is that we were always flexible. If you need to change the dates of your rental or you decide to travel somewhere else, you can modify your booking in the My Booking section without charge (although the rental price may change).

Car Rental in New Zealand

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Vitz or similar
Toyota Vitz
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$11.95 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Tiida or similar
Nissan Tiida
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$11.95 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$11.95 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$11.95 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Auckland Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Vitz or similar
Toyota Vitz
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Snap Rentals
$12.94 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Yes Rentals
$13.59 / per day
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Christchurch Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Yes Rentals
$13.59 / per day
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Auckland Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand
$16.79 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:27 on 2020-12-01. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
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
9.3

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. 

If you want to know more about renting a car in New Zealand, don't miss our complete guide.

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 $26 per day
  • Large cars - from $57 per day
  • Medium cars - from $48 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $55 per day
  • Small cars - from $17 per day
  • SUVs - from $75 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 Christchurch from $11.95 per day
  2. Car Rental in Auckland from $15.66 per day
  3. Car Rental in Queenstown from $16.85 per day
  4. Car Rental in Wellington from $20.96 per day
  5. Car Rental in Dunedin from $40.18 per day
  6. Car Rental in Nelson from $46.99 per day
  7. Car Rental in Napier from $36.62 per day
  8. Car Rental in Invercargill from $29.35 per day
  9. Car Rental in Whangarei from $40.64 per day
  10. Car Rental in Tauranga from $40.18 per day
  11. Car Rental in Blenheim from $40.18 per day
  12. Car Rental in Rotorua from $24.83 per day
  13. Car Rental in New Plymouth from $42.20 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$61.30
January
$53.61
February
$55.95
March
$44.96
April
$36.04
May
$31.83
June
$28.62
July
$30.02
August
$53.85
September
$54.83
October
$68.43
November
$70.47
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in New Zealand is July — prices start from $28.62 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 59% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $70.47 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?

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

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

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in New Zealand. The most popular month is February, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in New Zealand by Monthly Searches
93%
January
348%
February
274%
March
3%
April
3%
May
2%
June
3%
July
3%
August
46%
September
63%
October
204%
November
158%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Snap Rentals Toyota Vitz 5 2 Small cars
Hitch Car Rentals Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Snap Rentals Toyota Aqua 5 1 Medium cars
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
Hitch Car Rentals Mazda 3 4 2 Medium cars
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota Yaris 5 2 Small cars
yesaway Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
Snap Rentals Toyota Corolla 5 1 Medium cars
Hitch Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 4 SUVs

Top 20 Suppliers in New Zealand in 2020

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+6402102295260
25 Laurence Stevens Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Go Rentals
Go Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
+6495257321
165 Beach Rd, Auckland City, Auckland 1010
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+64092560849
42 VERISSIMO DRIVE MANGERE,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64034862358
TERMINAL BUILDING
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+64092560849
42 Verissimo Dr, Mangere, Auckland 2022
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+6499796013
80 Richard Pearse Dr, Mangere, Auckland 2022
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+640272223166
TERMINAL BUILDING
Working hours
Mon:08:30-18:00
Tue:08:30-18:00
Wed:08:30-18:00
Thu:08:30-18:00
Fri:08:30-18:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
6432187019
73 Airport Ave Po Box 330
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Tue:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Wed:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Thu:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Fri:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Sat:08:00-13:30
Sun:12:00-20:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
6432187012
79 Airport Ave Invercargill Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Tue:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Wed:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Thu:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Fri:08:00-18:30; 20:00-20:30
Sat:08:00-13:30
Sun:12:00-20:30
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+640800736825
5 Airpark Drive Mangere, 2022
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+64092560849
42 Verissimo Drive Mangere
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:00
Tue:07:30-20:00
Wed:07:30-20:00
Thu:07:30-20:00
Fri:07:30-20:00
Sat:07:30-20:00
Sun:07:30-20:00
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
+6498879775
8a Aintree Avenue, Airport Oaks
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
+64092560849
42 Verissimo Dr, Mangere, Auckland 2022
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.2
+6493733925
110 Montgomerie Rd Airport Oaks, Mangere Auckland 2022
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+640800871563
159 Wairau Road, Takapuna, Auckland 2104
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+640800736835 / +640800736825
27 New North Rd Eden Terrace Auckland 1021
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
6492569944 / 6493092258
Manu Tapu Drive
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+34965233425 / +6402102295260
25A Laurence Stevens Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland-2022
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / +6402102295260 / +64021493648
25A Laurence Stevens Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland-2022
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+6498694665
Unit 1J 128-136 St Georges Bay Rd, Auckland City
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