Getting around New Zealand – and up to the mountains – is easy. For maximum independence, rent a car (and don’t forget chains if you’re heading up the mountains). For economy and a social experience, get on board a bus or shuttle.
Get thee to the mountain! Even if you don’t have a car, you won’t be left out in the cold with the great transport options on offer. Hitch a ride on a snow shuttle – some operators will pick you up from your accommodation and other great-value options depart from a central pick-up point in town.
Kiwi Discovery – Skilink in Queenstown offers shuttle transport between the town and local ski areas, as well as one-day and multi-day ski packages.
Rent a car for maximum independence! Most of the major car hire companies have desks at airports, ferry terminals and city depots throughout the country. If you want to rent a car, bear in mind that car hire companies generally do not rent to those under 21 years of age. If you’re not a licensed New Zealand driver, you’ll also need to hold a valid licence from your home country (including a translation if the licence is not in English). Heading up the mountains? Chain hire is readily accessible throughout the country.
For the ultimate in winter driving, contact Touchdown Car Rentals in Christchurch. They offer Subaru Foresters for hire, so you’ll have plenty of space as well as 4WD.