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Book your car rental in Timaru in advance so that you get a choice of vehicles from top suppliers like Avis and Hertz. We offer several pick-up locations in Timaru, giving you easy acesss to the South Island. 

Timaru has much to offer visitors, with easy access to mountains, rivers, and the sea. It is a great place to take a break on a South Island road trip, as it is roughly half way between Christchurch and Dunedin. 

Why book a car rental through VroomVroomVroom?

Timaru is a busy port town with all the amenities you may need. That's why a hire car is the best way to get around and make the most of Timaru. Need a reason to rent a car with VroomVroomVroom? Here's just a few:

  • Easy-to-use booking system: VroomVroomVroom provides you with the easiest way to book a rental car using our booking system. Just give us a few details of your trip; such as your pick-up location, dates of travel and the driver's age. 
  • Save time: Almost instantly, you'll be able to see a list of available vehicles, with the price and specifications clearly displayed. You don't have to trawl the internet for options, we give you all the information you need at a glance. 
  • No extra fees: You may also cancel anytime as we don't charge cancellation fees. 
  • Customer care: And with our well trained and accommodating customer care experts, we can sort out any questions through phone, email or live chat. So what are you waiting for?  Book with VroomVroomVroom and enjoy your holiday in Timaru!

Driving tips in Timaru

As with the rest of the South Island, the roads around Timaru make for a great road trip. If you are travelling in winter, take extra care on the roads. New Zealand's weather can be unpredictable, so it is a good idea to check the conditions before departing on any road trips. 

Planning to drive to Christchurch? There are plenty of scenic drives in and around the city. Find out about some of the best day trips from the city. 

Explore Timaru in your car rental, and enjoy the views. 

Timaru is one of the largest ports in New Zealand, and is a handy resting point on a South Island driving tour, being half way between Christchurch and Dunedin.  Drive your rental car around the city that has the stunning Southern Alps as a back drop . Book a rental car in this area to explore Caroline Bay, one of the South Island's most popular beaches. Over the Christmas and New Year period, there is a summer carnival in the bay with games, fun-fair rides and concerts.  The scale and distances between attractions in Timaru makes  a rental car the ideal way to get around.

Timaru is just an hour's driving time to the white stone town on Oamaru, over the border into Otago, another must do on any coastal drive of the East Coast of the South Island. Check out the little penguin colony, or the innovation of Steampunk HQ, on your way through. 

Things To Do


The Aigantighe Gallery

The Aigantighe (pronounced "egg and tie") is proud of its Scottish heritage. The name means “at home” and was founded by the Grant Family.  Its reputation hails it the home of art in South Canterbury.  Take your family in your Timaru rental car to this gallery which hosts 16 exhibitions a year that are renowned for being provocative and inspirational.  Take a stroll around the grounds and sculpture garden while you are there.

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre 

A culturally rich experience you will love. The Ngai Tahu people (Maori Tribe of the area) present a unique collection of ancient Maori Rock art.   The legacy of Ngai Tahu is on display as they share their history and culture through their art.

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Top depots in Timaru
  • Avis Avis Timaru Downtown - 8 King Street, Timaru, SI. 7910
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