Whenever you’re planning on any kind of trip to New Zealand or if you have advanced notice of being without your own car, it’s a good idea to start researching your options as soon as possible. Early reservations can come with discounts or packaged deals to make your vacation or other travels more affordable and less stressful. Depending on your needs, make sure you know which type of car you will need, rather than opting for whatever looks good when you show-up to the dealer.
Rental Options: Finding the right car for you.
While the big name rental companies are easier to find, usually, the small independent rental firms will be more likely to have the best deals for you at the end of the day. The only exception may be if you’re on a customer loyalty program and have accumulated perks through constant usage of the same company. With that said, smaller rental agencies are objectively the same quality as the major brand names, so go for the lowest bottom line and best availability where you will be travelling the most in New Zealand.
It is often said that the best car rental services will come from businesses that are located outside the busy airport locations, both in-terms of cost and availability. If you aren’t renting for vacation, be aware that many rental companies require a minimal rental period of around 3 to 5 days, sometimes less, with the holiday season extending that minimum to a week or more.
Other requirements worth mentioning is a minimum driving age enforced by some companies of at least 25 years old (Bargain Rental Cars age limit is 18), especially when it comes to renting campers (a very popular pastime for Kiwis). No special driver’s license is necessary for renting most campers.
Take advantage of your car rental in NZ
Because you’ll have a nice car in your hands for at least half the week, you should get out and enjoy the beautiful sights and various sensory overload that comes with the New Zealand countryside. If it’s your first time travelling in New Zealand, use this opportunity to go off the beaten path and cut past the crowded tourist hubs. As you traverse the open roads, you can essentially plot your next destination on the horizon and play everything by ear, if you prefer to keep things interesting.
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