New Zealand Car Hire

Search & compare car hire in New Zealand to find the best option for your self-drive holiday. DriveAway Holidays only work with reputable suppliers, from over 100 depots located throughout the country. Brands include Avis, Budget, East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Enterprise, Ezi Car Rental, Hertz, Thrifty & InterRent. Supplier depots are located at all major airports, ferry ports, cities and regional areas throughout North and South Island.

Choose from a wide variety of vehicles in a number of categories - based on size of the vehicle. Vehicles are sorted into groups such as hatchback, sedan, wagon, minivan, SUV & convertibles. You also have the choice between manual and automatic vehicles at unbeatable prices. Use our guide below to find the best size category suited for your needs:

Car hire categories/classes/sizes available in New Zealand:

  • Economy - These cars are small, low cost rentals that have been designed with short term travel in mind. They are fuel efficient, typically have 2 doors & are great for students, couples, and small families.
  • Compact - Compact vehicles are slightly larger than economy and are ideal for city driving. They can comfortably accommodate up to four passengers, providing more interior space and typically have 4 doors.
  • Intermediate & Standard - Perfect for small groups or small families who need more storage for belongings, and a bit more legroom. Also has more room for bags and suitcases than smaller categories due to bigger boot space.
  • Fullsize - The perfect option for families looking for a powerful yet comfortable vehicle. Is the largest sized category, offering a sturdy vehicle with plenty of storage space.

New Zealand is known as 'the land of the long white cloud' and has long been recognized for its magnificent natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. Consisting of two main islands - North and South, both islands are packed with some of the most amazing scenic drives in the world. When driving in another country, it is important to be aware of their road rules and regulations. For your convenience we have put together a driving tips page containing plenty of information about driving in New Zealand.

Safety comes first with DriveAway Holidays and child restraints are compulsory for children ages 7 years and under in New Zealand. Click here for more information on child restraint laws which have been provided by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA).

To catch a great price, see current deals in New Zealand here.

Experience New Zealand

Lake Matheson, New Zealand New Zealand

Best experienced from behind the wheel of your own rental car - there's nothing like the freedom of being able to stop and admire the scenery at your own pace. Each island is packed with endless attractions and activities so take advantage of your New Zealand car hire and experience it all on your next self-drive holiday.

New Zealand offers both action-packed adventures and laid back experiences; including world-class​ skiing and snowboarding, bungee jumping, scenic flights, hiking and climbing, boat cruises on the fjords and swimming with dolphins, or experience the culture of in museums and galleries of each city. Self-drive holidays are the ideal way to get around New Zealand, giving you the freedom and independence to see the very best of this country at your own pace.

The incredible North Island consists of dramatic volcanic landscapes, active thermal areas, brilliant beaches, and world class sailing regions. Whilst the South Island is home to the majestic snow-covered Southern Alps and the exquisite fjord lands scenery of the southern waterways, filled with sparkling glaciers, fathomless lakes, and ancient forests.

Booking your car hire in New Zealand with DriveAway is easy. Simply enter your pick-up and drop-off locations and dates in the booking engine above to search & compare prices. We offer car hire in almost every city in New Zealand and our suppliers are located throughout New Zealand. For more information contact us online or call 1300 363 500.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Christchurch to Dunedin 370 5
Christchurch to Nelson 415 5.5
Wellington to Rotorua 460 6
Christchurch to Queenstown 500 7
Wellington to Auckland 645 8

Top Locations in New Zealand

DriveAway Holidays are the self-drive specialists. Choose from one of our car hire locations in New Zealand below. If you can't see your desired location search our booking engine above for many more locations.