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Everything you need to know about rental cars in New Zealand

Renting a car on holiday makes life so much easier. Whether you want to rent a car in Auckland or Christchurch, Dunedin or Wellington, there are plenty of options for fully licenced drivers to get a great deal on a vehicle and begin exploring our beautiful country.

Skyscanner New Zealand has looked at some of the most frequently asked questions about renting a car to make the process easier for you.

When you’re ready to hire a car, read about the most common car rental mistakes and use Skyscanner’s mobile app to find the best deals on vehicles across the country.

Which car rental company has the most locations in New Zealand?

Leading the way with 47 locations is Sunnycars Car Hire, with 6 of these offices found in Auckland.

Close behind are Hertz (43 locations), Avis (38) and Budget (37).

Although there are sometimes fees associated with one-way car hire, renting a car with a company that has lots of location can be beneficial as it means you can pick it up in one city, drop it off in another and fly to your next destination.

Which car rental company is ranked best in New Zealand?

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In New Zealand, Canstar Blue rates Go Rentals as the best company to hire a car from.

Of the eight companies evaluated, Go Rentals was the only one to receive a five-star rating for overall satisfaction. This is because it got a full five stars in each possible category:

  • Customer service
  • Booking process
  • Value for money
  • Availability of vehicle booked
  • Transparency of cost and fees

The second best company was Thrifty, which scored two fives and three fours. In previous years, Apex Car Rentals has come out on top most consistently.

Where can you refuel your rental car?

Service stations are found with high frequency around New Zealand. All the major cities and towns have several offerings, and you won’t have to drive far to find another. Unlike in Australia where stopping for fuel in the Outback is a must, you’re unlikely to have that problem in New Zealand. As a general rule, prices are lower in towns than on the roads in between.

According to Canstar ratings, Challenge provides the best service stations, closely followed by Z. These were judged in five categories:

  • Appearance and cleanliness
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Price of Petrol
  • Range of other items

Gull Service Stations was the only company to be given five stars for the price of its petrol.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in New Zealand?

The minimum age to hire a car in New Zealand is 21 but, as a general rule, you will be charged more than a driver aged 25 or older.

How much you will be charged varies depending on the company you rent from, how long you have your car and the model of car you hire.

Some car rental companies may also have restrictions in place such as all drivers must have held their licence for at least a year.

Where are the best road trips in New Zealand?

New Zealand has some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and drives. No matter where in the country you’re flying, read about some of New Zealand’s greatest road trips and get inspired for your next trip.

Meanwhile, if you are planning for an upcoming vacation, get started with flight search using the search box below