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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.

SuppliersMinimum Age Requirements
Avis logoThe minimum age to rent a car with Aerodrive is 21, but drivers under the age of 25 years need to pay a young driver surcharge. 
Avis logoThe minimum age to hire a car with Alamo is 21. Drivers age 21 to 24 years of age are restricted to vehicle classes Economy, Compact, Intermediate, and Standard only.​
Avis logoThe minimum age to rent a car with Avis depends on the location. Usually, the minimum age is 21 for all car groups. A young driver surcharge applies for those under 25.​
Budget logo21 is the minimum age to rent a car with Budget. There is a young driver surcharge for anyone under 25.​
enterpise car rental supplierThe minimum age to rent a car with East Coast Car Rentals is 21. Drivers under 25 years of age (as of the last day of the rental period) are subject to a compulsory young driver surcharge.​​
enterpise car rental supplierThe minimum age to hire a car with Enterprise is 21. A young driver surcharge applies to anyone under 25.​
Europcar logoEuropcar requires drivers to be 21 or 25 depending on the car group. A young driver surcharge applies for drivers aged between 21-24​.
GO rentals logoThe minimum age to drive a GO Rentals vehicle is 21 years. 
Hertz logoThe 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 to 20 years old.​
Thrifty logoThe minimum age to drive a Thrifty car rental is 21. A young driver surcharge applies for drivers aged between 21 to 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.