Rental Cars

New Zealand car hiring companies usually have rental offices located at airports, ferry terminals and city depots, providing the convenience of starting your holiday as soon as you arrive and allowing you to get off the beaten path.

Cars are a good-value option, but campers are also popular. You can also hire a motorcycle, but make sure you’re prepared for changeable weather with protective clothing. Minimum hire ages vary from 21 to 25, and you must hold a valid driver’s licence (in English) or an International Driving Permit. Some companies let you pick up a new car on the other side of Cook Strait.

Travellers seeking to rent a car will find a range of operators. Hertz has late-model vehicles in more than 50 locations. Other firms include Avis New Zealand, Britz, Europcar, Thrifty  and Budget. Also try Quality Car Rentals, Options Rentals, and Maugers Rentals, a minibus, minivan and trailer specialist.