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    Minimum Age to Rent a Car in New Zealand

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    Usually, the minimum age to rent a car is 21. In some instances, this age may be lower. VroomVroomVroom shows you what the minimum age you need to be to rent a car in New Zealand.

    Avis: The minimum age depends on the location. Usually, the minimum age is 21 for all car groups. A young driver surcharge applies for those under 25.

    Budget21 is the minimum age surcharge to rent a car with Budget. There is a young driver surcharge for anyone under 25.

    East Coast Car Rentals​: The minimum age to rent a car with East Coast is 21. Drivers 21 and 25 years of age (as of the last day of the rental period) are subject to a compulsory young driver surcharge.​

    Enterprise: In New Zealand the minimum age to drive a car with Enterprise is 21. A young driver surcharge applies to anyone under 25.

    Europcar: Europcar requires drivers to be 21 or 25 depending on the car group. A young driver surcharge applies for drivers aged between 21-24

    Hertz: The minimum age is 18, 21 or 25 depending on the type of car. You are required to pay a young driver surcharge if you are between 18-20 years old.

    ThriftyIn New Zealand, the minimum age to drive is 21. A young driver surcharge applies for drivers aged between 21-24

    Unsure how much the young driver surcharge is? Take a look here.

    Learn more about restrictions here.

    Important

    Policies on Drivers' Ages

    Remember that restrictions on drivers' ages may vary between car rental companies, so always check the small print on the hire arrangement before booking. In order to be able to drive basic model rental cars in New Zealand, drivers must be over 21. However, this may vary depending on the model of vehicle you want to book. Drivers under 25 may incur a young drivers' surcharge.

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