When you pick up a rental car in New Zealand, you’ll need to take a couple of things with you. In some instances, depending on your circumstances, this could include things like an International Driving Permit, a passport, or a medical certificate. In all cases, however, you’ll need a valid, unrestricted driver licence and a credit card that’s in your name.
The majority of major rental providers only accept full, unrestricted driver licences. In most instances, drivers with a learner or probationary licence will not be permitted to rent a car. The valid licence needs to have been held for at least 12 months, and if the licence isn’t printed in English, you’ll also need to present an International Driving Permit alongside it.
Check out our page on licence requirements for more information.
A valid credit card in the name of the primary driver must be presented upon collection of the vehicle. It will be charged by the rental provider for the cost of your rental car and any extras you requested, and the security bond amount will also be held until you return the vehicle. Visa and Mastercard are welcome, and many providers also accept American Express and Diners Club cards.