New Zealand car rental companies
The charms of New Zealand have proved irresistible to over 2 million tourists visiting the country every year. The ‘Kiwi Land’ is appreciated particularly for its unspoilt nature and spectacular landscapes inviting to outdoor adventures and scenic road trips.
Since many of New Zealand sights and attractions are spread across both the North and South Island which form the country and separated by considerable distances, car hire often proves to be the most convenient and cost effective way of travelling in this beautiful country. Especially, taking into consideration the fact that one-way car rentals are popular and often free from additional charges, which allows you the freedom of flying to and out of New Zealand via different airports, should that suit your travel plans better.
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A number of car rental providers operate in New Zealand, including the major international rent-a car brands and the local, Kiwi companies. Below we present the list of the companies which you are most likely to encounter when booking New Zealand car hire online.
Once a small family business from Christchurch, Abell Rentals is currently one of the well-known national car hire brands in New Zealand. The company operates through a network of rental stations covering most major airports as well as city centres. Apart from standard passenger vehicle rental, Abell offers also cargo and furniture removal trucks, as well as other ‘special’ rental models: convertibles and minibuses (up to 15-seaters).
ACE Rental Cars
ACE Rental Cars is known on both Australian and New Zealander market. In New Zealand the offices of ACE Rental Cars can be found in Auckland (airport and city), Blenheim, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport, Greymouth, Picton, Queenstown Airport and Wellington (airport and city).
Avis Rent A Car
Avis New Zealand has a well-developed network of branches covering all major international airports (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown) and the regional airports of Dunedin and Rotorua, as well as major city centres.
Blue Sky Car Rentals
An Auckland car hire company, provides services at the airport and in the Penrose neighbourhood of Auckland. Rental fleet includes the popular small and medium cars, station wagons, SUVs, people movers, minivans, campervans and luxury cars. Free standard insurance, unlimited mileage and built-in security system included in the price. No extra charges for young drivers (under 25 years of age).
The low-cost operation of Avis shares the offices and is present at all Avis locations on both North and South Island.
EZI Car Rental
A widely spread New Zealand car rental company with main hubs in Auckland (airport and city), Christchurch (airport), Wellington (airport), Queenstown (airport) and Dunedin (airport). Comprehensive fleet, from compact cars to people movers. 4 Wheel Drive vehicles available.
Europcar New Zealand is present in 19 cities across the country (apart from the major ones, also Hokitika, Intercargil, Napier, Nelson, Tauranga and Mt Maunganui).
GO Rentals New Zealand
The New Zealand car rental brand GO Rentals operates in 5 locations: Auckland City and Airport, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport. GO Rentals offers comprehensive choice of hire vehicles, from small cars, through station wagons to people carriers.
Keddy by Europcar
The low-cost brand of Europcar offers services only at major international airports in New Zealand and operates through Europcar’s branches.
The New Zealand car hire brand specializes in camper van rentals. Compact and intermediate cars, as well as people carriers are also available. Rental locations in: Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington.
Another local rent-a-car firm, Scotties has branches in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. Typically for New Zealand car hire market, Scotties, apart from the most popular economy and compact rental cars has in its fleet vehicles inviting for scenic drives or an off-road adventure; a wide choice of convertibles and 4 wheel-drive/SUV cars is on offer.
New Zealand car hire provider with two major depots near Auckland and Christchurch Airports. Car hire fleet includes older models often at the top of the list of the cheapest rental cars in New Zealand.
With 17 rental stations on the North Island and 12 on the South Island (airports, city centres and ferry terminals) Thrifty offers one of the most widespread car hire solutions in New Zealand.