With the freedom to choose your own route, hiring a car is a great way to tailor-make your itinerary and create your dream holiday. Pick up a vehicle at the airport when you arrive, or visit one of the branches in one of the major cities. Most companies have branches throughout the country, so you can plan a one-way trip and travel across both the North and South Islands.
Whether you need a compact car to zip around the city for a few days or a 4-wheel drive or minivan to fit the family and all the gear, there’s a range of options available to ensure you’re comfortable wherever your journey is taking you. Most companies require drivers to be 21 years old (some 25) with a full valid international driver’s licence or full local licence.
The best part about driving through New Zealand is the spectacular and varying scenery and character towns along the way, so take time to enjoy the journey with regular stops and scenic detours. Roads are generally safe but read up on local driving and road rules, take time to get used to the conditions, stick to speed limits and remember the give-way rule!