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Find the best New Zealand car hire deal

Welcome to New Zealand! Located at the bottom of the world, this beautiful country is known for its vast green landscapes and wide open spaces. While the main cities offer a cultural experience of their own, to truly explore the land of the kiwis you need to hit the open road and venture into the countryside.

Have you got your New Zealand car hire sorted yet?

Hiring a car is a great way to get around New Zealand. DriveNow works alongside leading car rental companies to bring you the very best car hire deals. Whether you are looking for something small and compact for you and your loved one or a larger wagon for the whole family, there is sure to be a car to suit your needs!

With DriveNow's quick and easy booking process, you can compare different prices and locations from some of the very best New Zealand car hire providers, including Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. These providers have branches located all over New Zealand, close to main cities, airports and other popular destinations.

Experience freedom with New Zealand car hire

Hiring a car is the best way to explore this beautiful country, as it allows you complete independence and control over your own itinerary! No more sitting on long bus rides or spending a fortune on flights. Travelling by car is a great way to take in all of New Zealand's attractions without the stress of navigating public transport.

With a car rental, you can really experience the country's natural beauty in isolation, away from the crowds and at your own pace. Travel to the very tip of the North Island and see the Tasman Sea meet the Pacific Ocean, or venture to the deep south and explore Stuart Island, the 1,680 square kilometre home to around 400 New Zealanders. Be sure to enjoy everything in between, from the world famous Milford Sound to the picturesque Bay of Plenty.

The aim of DriveNow is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible, so you can spend your time concentrating on the important things - such as deciding where to visit first!

Why use DriveNow to Book your car rental in New Zealand?

  • Price - We always check for the lowest available rental rates from all our NZ partners
  • Simplicity - Quick and Easy rental rate and vehicle comparisons
  • Free Service - we charge no booking or any other fees
  • Trusted Suppliers - We only partner with familiar and trusted NZ Car Rental companies
  • No Deposit or Credit Card details required when booking
  • Immediate booking confirmation
  • Drive-away prices include all taxes and levies (excludes young driver surcharge and optional extras)
  • Lowest price guarantee
  • Trust and Experience - DriveNow has been comparing rental pricing since 2003


At DriveNow we pride ourselves in customer service and understand that it's not just about finding the best online deal. Our reservations team are just a phone call away to help and answer any questions. We actively seek your feedback to continuously improve the level of service and support we deliver.

How to get the best deal on a Car hire in New Zealand
The secret is to book early.

The earlier you book the cheaper the rate. Hiring a car is just like buying an airline ticket. If you book during peak periods such as Christmas, Easter or the school holidays, the prices will be higher. The warmer months, November through to March are the most popular time for visiting New Zealand and this is reflected in pricing and availability of vehicles. By planning and booking ahead you are able to lock in your rental price and will have the best choice of vehicles. The fact that you pay nothing when making the booking makes this simple and cost free.

Common Questions

How old must I be to hire a car in New Zealand?
You must be over 21 to rent a car in New Zealand. Drivers in the 21 to 25 bracket will often be required to pay a young person's surcharge fee. Driver licenses must be full and unrestricted and been held for at least 12 months.

What driving license do I require to drive in New Zealand?
You can drive in New Zealand using your own driving license as long as it is in English or has an English translation. Otherwise you will require an International Driving Permit which will be readily available in your country. All designated drivers need to have their driving license details recorded when picking the vehicle up.

Driving in New Zealand
In New Zealand driving is on the left and all measurements are in metric. Fuel is delivered in litres and petrol stations will accept all major credit cards.

Speed limits in New Zealand
In New Zealand highways and freeways are limited to 100kmh and urban traffic to 50kmh.

Speeding Fines in New Zealand
The hirer is liable for all speed and traffic infringements incurred during the hiring period. Rental companies will charge your credit card for any infringements received and may include an administration fee - this often occurs after the hiring period.

Car Hire - Automatic or Manual Transmission?
Both manual and automatic transmission equipped cars are available for hire in New Zealand - the majority are automatic transmission.

Car Hire payment
You will be required to pay for your vehicle on pick up using a credit card. Excess Insurance reduction and other options can also be purchased when picking up your vehicle.

Excess Insurance Options
You can take excess insurance (Collision Damage Waiver) reduction options by paying a daily fee to reduce your liability in the event of an accident. Many travel insurance policies will include this and this is often a cheaper option.

Is it compulsory to wear a seatbelt in New Zealand?
Yes, in all seats.

Child Booster and Baby Seats
Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a car. In the rear seats all children under 5 must be in a child seat. Children 5-7 must use a child restraint if available and children 8-14 must use a safety belt.

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