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The Best Car Rental Companies in New Zealand

Jucy Rentals

Which car rental company to choose in New Zealand?

New Zealand is not your average vacation destination. In New Zealand, you’re going to want to get around easily to see all the mind-blowing landscapes, walking trails and awesome activities spread around the country. It’s the ultimate road trip destination! With that in mind, picking a good rental car is essential, as driving around is going to be a huge aspect of your trip. To make the overwhelming choice of car rentals in New Zealand a little easier to digest, we’ve put together this quick list of the best car rental companies in New Zealand!

Take a look at the list below to see some of the market leaders in the car rental industry in New Zealand that you may not have heard of but are well worth adding to your comparison. Travelling to New Zealand is often a once in a lifetime trip so get it right and consider all your options! Plus, check out our comparisons for car rental companies in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown too!

5 Things to look at when comparing car rental companies in New Zealand

  • Location: Look at your itinerary and where you want to start and end your trip in New Zealand and choose a car rental company with depots in those locations convenient to you. To keep the costs down, try to start and end your trip in the same location to avoid one-way fees (or choose a company that doesn’t charge one-way fees). Additionally, always check if the company is charging a fair “premium location fee” which is usually added if picking up from an airport depot.
  • Prices and inclusions: The base price of car rental fluctuates with the seasons. In summer, daily rates are at their most expensive, while they are at their cheapest in winter. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a car usually is. Additionally, to truly understand the value of your rental you need to compare what’s included in a car rental. Not all companies include the same thing, especially when it comes to insurance.
  • Vehicles offered: Most car rental companies in New Zealand will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems, so keep vehicle age in mind. You also need to find a car type that meets your needs.
  • Service: Once you have picked a few car rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
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Jucy Rentals

Jucy

Jucy Rentals is car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand. Be aware that they do charge a “Premium location fee” for cars picked up in their airport locations, however this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Queenstown Airport, Christchurch Airport and Dunedin Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, 4WD, van/people carriers, and campercars, campervans and motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

Omega

Omega rental cars

With so many pick-up and drop-off locations with no one-way charges, Omega is well worth considering if you plan to start and end your trip on different islands. What’s more, the possibility of changing rental vehicles in Wellington and Picton to reduce ferry costs is appealing.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland City, Auckland Aiport, Wellington (Thorndon), Wellington Airport, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch (Lichfield Street), Christchurch Airport, Queenstown (Shotover Street), and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV, 4WD and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • One way hire available
  • Option to leave a vehicle at Wellington/Picton and pick up another vehicle after the ferry crossing to reduce cost of the ferry
  • Basic insurance
  • Maps and guide book with activity discounts
  • Free seats for children
  • Postcard and pen
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and a NZ$2000 bond for 21+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 18-20 year old driver or driver with a restricted license. Or insurance add-ons for drivers over 21 years old of NZ$15-$20 per day with no excess and NZ$400 bond. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Apex

Apex Rental Cars

For ultimate flexibility, Apex Car Rentals has a huge number of depots around the country with no extra costs for one-way trips. Their fleet is large and modern for a more premium experience on a budget.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland Airport, Blenheim Airport, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City (Kilmore Street), Greymouth, Napier Airport, Nelson Airport, Nelson City, Picton, Picton Ferry Terminal, Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, Wellington (Victoria Street) and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and 4WD and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 7 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free one-way rental available
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$19-$27 per day with less excess.

Hitch

Hitch

Given the right season, Hitch offers some extremely affordable cars. Their budget range might have some older vehicles, as expected, but they are low mileage making for a more reliable journey.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland Airport, Christchurch and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, SUVs and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$1000 bond by way of credit card or insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$17.50 per day with less excess.

Bargain Rental Cars

Bargain Rental Cars

Bargain Rental Cars is all about competitive prices and the only car rental company in this comparison with a “best price guarantee”. They have several convenient pick-up and drop-off locations. However, be aware of the location fee for all airport locations (usually around NZ$30).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland (city centre, Onehunga, Glenfield, Mount Wellington, Grey Lynn and East Tamaki), Hamilton (Frankton), Wellington (Cuba Street) and Christchurch (Hornby).

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, scooters, van/people carriers, trucks and trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 18 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance (for drivers over 25 years old)
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1200 excess for 25+ year old driver or a mandatory NZ$15 per day insurance with NZ$2500 excess for 18-24 year old driver. Alternatively, there are insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$15 per day with less excess and bond to pay. A NZ$250 bond is only payable if you cannot supply credit card details. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals is extremely backpacker-friendly, especially for young drivers with insurance costs being the same for drivers of any age. No extra charge for multiple drivers is an added bonus.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs. They also do accommodation shuttle pick-up and drop-offs for airport locations.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport, Queenstown Centre (Church Street) and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD/ute and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 13 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance included in the rental with NZ$2000 excess or get an insurance add-on for NZ$16-$24 per day for 0 to NZ$200 excess and no bond to pay. There is also an insurance available for restricted or P Plate licenses.

GO Rentals

Go Rentals

Go Rentals has a large fleet of rental cars in all the major arrival cities in New Zealand. There modern fleet means less chance of a breakdown, however, should it happen, roadside assistance is included in every rental. The Auckland car rental company also offers hundreds of discounts on activities around the country.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland City Centre, Auckland Airport, Wellington (Miramar), Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, van/people carriers, and camper trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 6 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Go Play discount card (discounts on 100+ activities)
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1500 excess and NZ$1500 bond for 25+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 21-24 year old driver. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$18 per day with less excess and bond to pay. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Ezi Car Rentals

Ezi Car Rental

With a fleet of 1800 vehicles, there are plenty of options with Ezi Car Rental. Most of the models are late models, with the exception of a few, so if you are looking for something reliable at a bit of an extra cost then Ezi is for you.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland Airport, Auckland, Christchurch Airport, Wellington Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, utes, and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 11 years old.

Inclusions
  • 2 drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2500 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$18-$22 per day with less excess.

Drive NZ Rental Cars

Drive NZ Rental Cars

Drive NZ is not only an affordable rental company but they also offer a price-beat guarantee. They provide a great range of cars from new to older models. There’s a minimal airport surcharge but no bond to pay (however, you will need to supply credit card details).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available between airport and rental depots.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, convertibles, people carriers and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 15 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free cancellation (more than 21 days prior to hire date)
  • Brochures and maps
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$10-20 per day with less excess. No bond is paid but credit card details are taken.

Ace Rental Cars

Ace Rental cars

With a fleet of new and late-model vehicles, Ace Rentals has cars that are more likely to be reliable and be fuel-efficient. With plenty of drop-off locations (at no extra one-way costs), this allows you to be more flexible. There is a premium location fee for airport depots but this is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available to and from airport and airport depots between during normal working hours.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations: Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Picton, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, people carriers and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 8 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Toll road fees included
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$750 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$17 per day with less excess and no bond to pay.

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