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Car hire New Zealand

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Car hire New Zealand

121CarHire.com New Zealand is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in New Zealand

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in New Zealand.
  • Popular category
    For example: Hyundai i20
    Economy class
    For example: Hyundai i20
  • For example: Kia Stonic
    Compact class
    For example: Kia Stonic
  • For example: Suzuki Vitara
    Intermediate class
    For example: Suzuki Vitara
  • For example: Ford Ranger
    Standard class
    For example: Ford Ranger
  • For example: Kia Sorento
    Full-size class
    For example: Kia Sorento
  • For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
    Luxury class
    For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
  • For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
    Station wagon class
    For example: Toyota Highlander AWD
  • For example: Kia Stonic
    SUV class
    For example: Kia Stonic

Popular cities in New Zealand

The rates shown above are per day based on a rental period of at least 7 days. Additional costs and taxes for optional extras may apply. Please click here for an explanation of these charges.

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When to book a rental car in New Zealand

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Car rental locations in New Zealand

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Car hire New Zealand

Location information for New Zealand

New Zealand is best explored by rental car. 121CarHire.com has over 47 pick-up locations in New Zealand. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

Despite its remote location, the myriad draws of New Zealand attract countless visitors every year. Magnificent scenery and natural attractions, activity venues and the charming towns of the nation's North and South islands are most easily reached with a self-drive hire vehicle. For a list of available vehicles you can compare car hire online.



For 99 per cent of international travellers, airports in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland are the gateways to New Zealand. There are limited train routes on both islands as well as long distance bus services that link major towns. In general, public transport services in New Zealand are sporadic, and also do not reach the more remote locations. Car hire in New Zealand is a much better choice for exploring.

Car Hire New Zealand

With their own transport in New Zealand, visitors are not restricted to the cities and choice tourism draws including Cape Foulwind, Fiordland National Park and Rotorua are within range. Rental vehicles are available at all the major tourism hubs and airports in New Zealand. Global companies including Hertz and Budget provide service.


New Zealand has an extensive road network which covers most destinations on the islands. A small proportion of the roads are motorways. The majority of the roads are well maintained, but some of the more out-of-the-way places can only be reached via unpaved tracks, which require drivers to be careful. Roll-on roll-off car ferries link the two main islands across the Cook Strait.

Things To See and Do

The selection of tourism attractions in New Zealand is immense. With car rental in New Zealand some recommended road trips are from Rotorua, famed for its hot springs, and up the Bay of Plenty shoreline to Auckland. The bay features some great beaches. On South Island, Picton and onwards to the west coast gives access to the Franz Josef Glacier, Westport and Cape Foulwind.

Best Time To Visit

New Zealand has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from lows of around 5°C from June to August, the southern winter, and highs of 25°C in January. Temperatures vary considerably depending on whether visitors are spending time on the North or South islands. Rainfall is liable at any time, but is rarely heavy. Beaches and water-based activities are best in the summer months from December to March, but for sightseeing or other activities any time is a good time to visit.

Practical information

  • Currency
    New Zealand dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Māori
  • Popular car category
  • Popular rental companies
    Ezi-Rent Car Hire

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
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