Car hire New Zealand

New Zealand Car Hire

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Most popular cities to hire a car in New Zealand

Compare car hire prices for the most popular cities in the country
Current price range
$34 - $73 per day
CHEAPEST CITY IN NEW ZEALAND Auckland 35% cheaper Car hire in Auckland is usually the cheapest in New Zealand at $34 per day on average.
MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN NEW ZEALAND Hamilton 39% more expensive Hamilton usually has the highest-priced car hire rates in New Zealand, with rentals averaging $73 per day.
MOST POPULAR CITY IN NEW ZEALAND Auckland 75% more users visited More momondo users search for car hire in Auckland than any other region in New Zealand.

Car hire companies in New Zealand

Below is a list of every nation-wide car hire agency, how many locations they have across the country, and what popular cities you can find them in
Hertz
43 locations
Auckland $85/day
Wellington $83/day
Queenstown $80/day
Thrifty
28 locations
Hamilton $55/day
Christchurch $53/day
Dunedin $60/day
Auckland $47/day
Budget
24 locations
Auckland $66/day
Wellington $60/day
Christchurch $59/day
Queenstown $54/day
Avis
19 locations
Auckland $80/day
Christchurch $51/day
Queenstown $57/day
Europcar
14 locations
Auckland $62/day
Dunedin $76/day
Greymouth $45/day
Ace Rental Cars
13 locations
Dunedin $49/day
Greymouth $29/day
Picton $35/day
Auckland $26/day
Wellington $29/day

Most popular car hire types

Below are the most popular car hire types in New Zealand and the cheapest cities in which to rent them
Small
Small

Best value

Queenstown

$22/day
Small

No. 1 most popular

Auckland

$27/day
Small

No. 2 most popular

Wellington

$35/day
Small

No. 3 most popular

Dunedin

$57/day
Small

No. 4 most popular

Christchurch

$59/day
Small

No. 5 most popular

Blenheim

$76/day
Medium
Medium

Best value

Auckland

$43/day
Medium

No. 1 most popular

Wellington

$54/day
Medium

No. 2 most popular

Dunedin

$69/day
Medium

No. 3 most popular

Christchurch

$51/day
Medium

No. 4 most popular

Timaru

$86/day
Medium

No. 5 most popular

Hamilton

$62/day
SUV
SUV

Best value

Christchurch

$42/day
SUV

No. 1 most popular

Wellington

$48/day
SUV

No. 2 most popular

Auckland

$46/day
SUV

No. 3 most popular

Dunedin

$74/day
SUV

No. 4 most popular

Timaru

$76/day
SUV

No. 5 most popular

Queenstown

$247/day
Large
Large

Best value

Auckland

$66/day
Large

No. 1 most popular

Wellington

$94/day
Large

No. 2 most popular

Dunedin

$90/day
Large

No. 3 most popular

Christchurch

$112/day
Large

No. 4 most popular

New Plymouth

$75/day
Large

No. 5 most popular

Queenstown

$109/day
Van
Van

Best value

Auckland

$73/day
Van

No. 1 most popular

Wellington

$103/day
Van

No. 2 most popular

Dunedin

$89/day
Van

No. 3 most popular

Christchurch

$83/day

Hiring a car in New Zealand

Before you book your car hire, here are a few tips and rules you should know about driving in New Zealand

What is the cheapest car hire agency in New Zealand?

Mint Rentals is the most affordable car hire agency in New Zealand, with prices found for as low as $15 per day in some areas of the country. Comparatively, the average price to rent a car in New Zealand is $40 per day.

What car hire company in New Zealand has the most locations?

Hertz is the car hire company in New Zealand that currently has the most locations. With 43 car rental centres across the country, you should have no issue finding one of their locations at your destination. Hertz tends to have locations in the top must-see cities across New Zealand. Auckland, for example, has 4 Hertz locations.

What side of the road do people in New Zealand drive on?

Whether you hire or own a car in New Zealand, you are required by law to drive on the left. Keep in mind that if you do not feel comfortable driving on this side of the road, you can always call a taxi or opt for a ride share.

How good are the roads in New Zealand?

Out of 137 countries, New Zealand ranked 43 for road quality. On a scale of 1 to 7, where 7 is the highest score, New Zealand scored 4.7 for their road quality. The quality of the roads within the country may vary based on where you visit and the weather.

What is the drink driving limit in New Zealand?

The BAC limit is 0.05% in New Zealand - this applies to both visitors and residents. Your BAC level is a measurement of the percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream. This information is used to determine how inebriated an individual is. Driving a vehicle with a BAC higher than 0.05% is against the law in New Zealand and you will be deemed as ‘driving under the influence’. If you are younger than 18, which is the legal drinking age in New Zealand, then you may face strict penalties if you are caught drink-driving. Keep in mind that it is never a good idea to drink-drive no matter how old you are.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in New Zealand?

The most popular type of car to hire in New Zealand is a SUV. 19% of our users also chose this type of car for their travels to New Zealand. If a SUV fits your needs during your stay, then you can expect to pay around $30 per day for your rental. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on what city you visit and what car hire company you choose.

How much does petrol cost in New Zealand?

On average, the price of petrol last week in New Zealand was $1.94 per litre. If you aren’t set on hiring a car in New Zealand, then consider Kuwait. Petrol prices there are some of the cheapest in the world at $0.46 per litre as of last week. Hong Kong is another great place to visit and rent a car, but keep in mind that petrol prices can be expensive at around $3.06 per litre.


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