New Zealand Car Hire

Discover Car Rental in New Zealand

New Zealand is known as 'the land of the long white cloud' and has long been recognised 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 New Zealand Driving Tips page containing plenty of information to help you on your trip.

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. To catch a great price, be sure to check out our New Zealand Car Hire Deals page!

Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Car in New Zealand

Most of our car hire suppliers in New Zealand allow unlimited mileage options on traditional hires. Restrictions may apply on specialty hires such as luxury and SUV hires, though this depends on the supplier.

You must be at least 20 years old to hire a car in New Zealand, although the age may vary by car category. You must also have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year and drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 75 years so please be aware of the terms and conditions.

Most suppliers will allow you to take your hire car to the snow in New Zealand as long as the car is equipped with winter tyres or fitted with snow chains. You will need to check with the supplier prior to picking up your car hire as there is an additional cost for this.

Experience New Zealand

Lake Matheson, New Zealand New Zealand

Sometimes mistaken as the nations capital, Auckland has a number of great attractions including the Sky Tower (Which Beyoncé herself has graciously jumped from) and The Auckland War Memorial Museum. About a two hour drive from here you'll find Matamata which is home to Hobbiton. For any fan of the Lord of The Rings, they'll know exactly what we're talking about. After you've finished discovering the mysteries in the magical Hobbiton, head further south for an hour to Rotorua. Don't be turned away by the smell of sulphur (commonly compared to eggs), this beautiful city has magnificent natural hot springs and geysers that people travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of.

If you're travelling during the Winter, head to the slopes in Queenstown or discover the city of Dunedin. If you're travelling during the Summer there are a number of breathtaking hikes and walks you can venture to from Milford Sound to Mount Alfred, adventure awaits you.

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 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.