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Interisland Summary for Car Hire in New Zealand

If you aren't aware, New Zealand is split into two main islands - the North Island (or Te Ika-a-Maui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu). There are certain terms and conditions that apply when hiring a car to use on both islands.

There are five suppliers with different policies for interisland travel.

Please read our guide below for a brief overview of terms and conditions from each supplier.

Note that NO rental vehicles are allowed on the ferry - all vehicles are checked in at Wellington or Picton - and travel on the ferry is on foot only. Expensive repositional fees apply if the vehicle is taken to another island. Here is the reservations guide to help you to select the most suitable rental.

Supplier Required # of Days Additional Charges Details

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  • 3 days each island (6 days total across both islands) for Economy to Full Size cars.

  • 5 days each island (10 days total across both) for wagons, 4WDs and vans.
  • For interisland one way rental without Avis authorisation, NZD *450.00 will be charged (inc. GST)

  • After hours or 'Meet Late Arival' is NZD *50.00 +GST
  • Interisland one way rental (meeting minimum days) can be booked online. Once you've confirmed the booking, contact help@vroomvroomvroom.com.au for ferry schedule at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  • If minimum length of rental requirement is not met, the booking will be charged as two separate hires. More details in Avis Terms and Conditions.
 
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  • 3 days each island (6 days total across both islands) for Economy to Full Size cars.

  • 5 days each island (10 days total across both) for wagons, 4WDs and vans.
  • For interisland one way rental without Budget authorisation, NZD *450.00 will be charged (inc. GST)

  • After hours or 'Meet Late Arival' is NZD *50.00 + GST
  • Interisland one way rental (meeting minimum days) can be booked online. Once you've confirmed the booking, contact help@vroomvroomvroom.com.au to advise us of your booking number and advise ferry schedule at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  • If minimum length of rental requirement is not met, the booking will be charged as two separate hires. More details in Budget Terms and Conditions.
 
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No Minimum days 
         
After hours per
collection/delivery is charged at around NZD *350.00 + GST will be charged.
  • Interisland one way rentals can be booked online. Please email help@vroomvroomvroom.com.au and advise us of your booking number and ferry dates, at least 72 hours prior to ferry schedule.
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The first rental must be a minimum of 3 days. The second rental must start within 5 hours of the first rental finishing. 



Ferry Terminal fee of NZD *50.00 + GST applies.
  • Interisland one way rentals can be booked online. Please email help@vroomvroomvroom.com.au and advise us of your booking number and ferry dates, at least 48 hours prior to ferry transfer. 
 
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N/A  N/A 
  • Thrifty requires two separate reservations for each island.
  • *Optional extras will attract additional percentage taxes and surcharges.

    All confirmations are based on travel meeting the supplier's requirements.

    Please note, the suppliers do not allow the vehicles on the ferry. Vehicles that are taken on ferry are subject to relocation fees (over $400), and the renter is liable for full cost of any damage.

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