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Top Locations to Rent a Car in New Zealand

Road trip on the rolling hill Rotorua, NZ

Are you planning a New Zealand road trip adventure, but are not quite sure where to start? VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect New Zealand city to kick off your driving holiday. There are plenty of international connections to New Zealand, so it is just a matter of you choosing where you want to pick up your rental car.

New Zealand is made up of North and South Island, each with distinctive natural attractions and unique cities. Both islands boast mountain ranges, stunning coastline and important cultural sites. Check out these ten cities that we recommend you to pick up your rental car and start exploring this amazing country.

Where should I hire a rental car in New Zealand?

Here are a few reasons why you may want to pick up your rental car in one of these destinations. VroomVroomVroom partners with top local car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty to bring you great prices and quality vehicles.


Start your journey in New Zealand's largest city and cultural epicenter. Explore the bustling streets to find some great sights and enjoy the view from the observation deck of the Sky Tower.


The heritage city has many architectural wonders, as well as unique modern icons along its colourful streets. Don't miss the beautiful gardens of Christchurch, for which the city is renowned.


You will see why Dunedin is called the Edinburgh of New Zealand as you explore the town's historic architecture. Dunedin is a great place to start driving along the stunning coastline, and to tackle one of the steepest streets in the world.


Greymouth is a great base to start exploring the picturesque West Coast with its glaciers and unique beaches. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, rafting and other outdoor activities around town.


Pick up your rental car in Hamilton and explore the green rolling hills and stunning countryside that became the filming location of the The Hobbit series. Follow the banks of the beautiful Waikato River and discover some great local restaurants and cafe's.

New Plymouth

With beautiful scenery, coastal views and easy-to-navigate highways, New Plymouth is a top North Island destination. Anyone visiting the city will be treated with incredible views toward the mighty Mount Taranaki and popular natural trails.


The scenery of the Marlborough Sounds is incredible, and Picton is a great place to start exploring. Also the base for the ferry on the South Island. Enjoy a meal on the peaceful harbour.


The adventure capital of New Zealand is not for the faint-hearted. If skiing on mighty mountain ranges, jet-boating through national parks and bungy jumping off clifftops is your thing, then your journey should definitely start in Queenstown.


New Zealand's capital city is famous around the world for its contributions to the film industry, and for its unique local culture. It is also a convenient location for the Interislander Ferry, giving visitors easy access to the South Island.


Your base to the beautiful Bay of Islands, Whangarei is a great destination to pick up your rental car and hit the open roads of Northland. You will find some fantastic local beaches in the surrounding area.

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