New Zealand Car Rental

Discover Car Hire 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, New Zealand is packed with some of the most amazing scenic drives in the world. The drives are best experienced from behind the wheel of your own rental car, as 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 rental with DriveAway and experience it all on your next self-drive holiday.

Whether you're heading for a city like Wellington, want to pamper yourself at a natural hot spring in Rotorua or just see where the road will take you, New Zealand is the perfect country to do just that. If you need any tips about driving around in New Zealand visit our New Zealand Driving Tips page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Renting a Car in New Zealand

Most of our car rental 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 rent 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 rental 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 rental as there is an additional cost for this.

Experience New Zealand

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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.

From the city of Auckland you can face your fears at the top of the Auckland Sky Tower or travel further south to the iconic city of Rotorua. Don't be turned away by the smell of sulphur (or eggs) turn you away, the natural geysers and springs are well worth it. If you're feeling more adventurous then head to the Rotorua Luge, the options here are endless.

Booking your car rental in New Zealand with DriveAway is easy. Simply enter your pick-up and drop-off locations and dates in the booking engine above to get started. We offer car rental in almost every city in New Zealand and our suppliers are located throughout New Zealand. For more information contact us online or call 0800 885 590.

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 rental locations in New Zealand below. If you can't see your desired location search our booking engine above for many more locations.