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Minimum Age to Rent a Car in New Zealand

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The usual minimum age requirement to rent and drive a car hire in New Zealand is 25 years old. However, there are some car rental agencies that allow drivers below 25 as long as they pay for the underage surcharge fee. Before booking, it is important to read the Terms and Conditions of the rental car suppliers you are comparing because they will state what the minimum rental age is and whether there are any additional fees or requirements for being under a certain age.

Aged 21 and up? You can rent a car in NZ!

A customer must be at least 21 to be eligible to rent a car in New Zealand and must carry a full driver's licence for a minimum of one year. However, a few suppliers like Jucy offer car rental for renters aged 18 but an underage surcharge will apply. Note that licences in a foreign language must have an approved translation to English with them. If the licence is not in English, then an International Driver's Licence is also required.

New Zealand Rental Car Company Policies

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Avis has an age policy with a minimum age restriction of 21, this apply's a surcharge of $28.75 NZD per day for drivers between 21-24. More Info

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Renters must be over the age of 21 in order to drive a Budget vehicle. A surcharge of $28.75 NZD per day applies to drivers aged 21-24. More Info

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The minimum age to rent an Enterprise vehicle in New Zealand is 21, with a daily surcharge of $14.95 NZD to all renters aged between 21-24. More Info

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Under the age policy of Europcar NZ, all drivers under the age of 25 are subject to a surcharge fee of $28.75* NZD per day. More Info

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An age surcharge applies for renters between 21-24 before they can drive  a vehicle from Hertz. More Info

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Thrifty has an age policy with a minimum age restriction of 21, this apply's a daily surcharge of $17.75 NZD for renters aged 21-24. More Info

VroomVroomVroom compares car rental in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. For a full list of the minimum age requirements from some of our suppliers in each country, make sure to read our A Guide for Young Drivers page. Should you need  additional help, don't hesitate to Contact Us.