Learn the road rules and get some car rental tips in our guide to New Zealand

A little gem at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is no bigger than Colorado making it ideal to explore in a hire car. Enjoy natural splendour and thrilling adventures when you book a hire car with VroomVroomVroom. 

Car hire in New Zealand is the best way to explore this beautiful country and explore city after city. You can book a rental car from almost any location in the country, meaning you can start your holiday wherever you choose. Whether it's Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, or Rotorua, you can even book to start your journey right out of the Airport.

Great accommodation is to be found everywhere you look in New Zealand. If you are keen to save some money, our friends at wotif.co.nz have amazing deals on hotels, motels, and holiday parks. Or for the more adventurous driver you could book a campervan rental with us.

Learn the local road rules in New Zealand

VroomVroomVroom have put together a quick guide to help international travellers. We have a few helpful tips that will help you get around New Zealand in your rental car.

  1. On open roads and highways the travelling speed is 100 km/h unless otherwise stated. Driving through cities and residential areas the speed limit is 50 km/h. Just be sure to keep an eye out for road signs.
  2. In New Zealand, drive on the left-hand side of the road. 
  3. You can use one way rentals and travel the full length of the country and drop your car at a different depot. Our car rental depot matrix can help you plan your journey.

Crossing between the North and South Islands

Crossing the 'great divide' has never been more simple with regular, affordable. The normal ferry crossing takes about three and a half hours and a fast ferry does it in about an hour and a half. The commute between Wellington and Picton is definitely a beautiful one so make sure to do it at least once in your travels down under.

If you choose to travel driving a car hire, you can leave your rental car at the ferry terminal and have another hire car waiting for you on the other side. You can not take your rental car on the ferry with you or you will incur a fine. For more information on inter island car rental click here. Your luggage are taken care of when you check in so you can relax and enjoy your travel and the scenery.

Driving with a rental car in the North Island

North Island car hire

New Zealand's largest city is Auckland located at the northern end of the North Island, and the capital Wellington is at the southern end. Home of the two main international airports thousands of visitors fly into the country through here, you could almost call the Wellington and Auckland Airports the gateway to adventure. Car hire is available straight out of the terminal so you can kick start your self-drive holiday as soon as you touch down

Heading south most visitors will stop in at Rotorua  when driving the North Island in their rental car. Not only is it a geothermal region rich in maori culture and history but it is also jam packed with action and adventure attractions that draw in swarms of travellers. The North Island has so much to discover and offer so be sure to check out our location guides as you plan your trip to the land of the long white cloud.

South Island car rental

The main cities in the South Island are Christchurch and Dunedin. Most visitors flying south will arrive at Christchurch International Airport, our southern gateway to adventure and spend a few days in Christchurch before heading off on their South Island tour. Car hire is available from all major cities and there is even the options of one way rental so you could even start your trip in the South Island and drive north or vice versa.

Queenstown and the surrounding district are stunningly beautiful with pristine alpine rivers and lakes and in the winter - ski fields. It's about a five hour drive from Christchurch to Queenstown via the main direct route. From Queenstown you can drive on to Te Anau and Milford Sound. You will thank us later for the amazingly easy and hassle free car rental experience you will get from VroomVroomVroom as you travel the South Island.

A Picture is worth a thousand words in the car hire industry!

We highly recommend that you purchase and carry a disposable camera in your hire car at all times. This allows you to document any unfortunate situations that may occur like:

  • Car damage caused while parked or away
  • Vehicle condition at the time of return
  • Unjust tire clamping
  • Accident sites
  • The occasional panorama
  • A great sun set

Although our trusted car rental partners have received minimal complaints, and most are dealt with in both a timely and reasonable fashion, some car rental companies claim repairs for damage already done prior to rental or damage occurring after the vehicle has been returned. A few pictures can stop this. A picture truly is worth a thousand words - so don't take any chances and become an amateur paparazzi for fun and safety.