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What Are the Age Restrictions When Hiring a Car in New Zealand?

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Under 25 years old? Wanting to hire a car in New Zealand? Did you know that there are age restrictions when it comes to renting a car? If you are under 25 years of age, you will need to make sure you meet the age requirements provided by your chosen car rental company. VroomVroomVroom has put together this article to ensure you are aware of what age restrictions are in place in New Zealand and what your car rental options are.

What is the minimum age to rent a car in New Zealand?

Most car rental companies will require you to be 21 years of age or over to rent a vehicle. In some instances you may be able to rent a car if you are 18 years or over. For example, Hertz allows their renters to be 18 years of age, as long as they hold a full and valid drivers licence. If their licence is in a language other than English, they will also be required to provide an International Driving Permit on arrival to the car rental counter. If you find out that you are able to rent a car and are aged between 18-25, make sure to check if there are any vehicle restrictions when it comes to certain types of cars.

Read more about the Minimum Age to rent a car in New Zealand.

What is the maximum age to rent a car in New Zealand?

More often than not, there is no maximum age limit when renting a car in New Zealand. Drivers over the age of 75 may be required to provide a medical certificate. We advise that you call the car rental company prior to booking your car to confirm this before you book your vehicle to avoid any issues at the car rental counter. By doing this you will feel at ease knowing that the won't be any unpleasant surprises at the depot.

I'm under 25. Will I incur a young driver surcharge?

Yes. Those aged under 25 will need to pay a young driver surcharge. A young driver surcharge is a daily fee that the car rental company charges drivers under the age of 25. In most cases you will be charged a young driver surcharge. Not only will you be charged a fee, you will need to hold a valid drivers licence and meet the other car rental company requirements to successfully rent a car.

Find out more about the Young Driver Surcharge.

Can I rent a car at 19?

Yes, however, only some suppliers will allow those under the age of 21 to rent a car. Hertz allows those aged 18+ to rent a car however there are vehicle restrictions. This means that only certain vehicles will be able to be rented. In most cases you will need to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car from other suppliers. Keep in mind a young driver surcharge applies for anyone under the age of 25 as well.

Read more about Teenage Drivers.


Unsure if you are classified as a young driver?

If you are under 25 years of age, you may have to pay a young driver surcharge. Keep in mind that even if you do fit the age requirements to rent a car, you still need to hold a valid and full drivers licence. Some car rental companies require you to have held a valid driver's licence for a year. Check the suppliers terms and conditions or call our customer care team for more information.