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Frequently asked questions

Where is New Zealand?
Driving in a new country can be a daunting thought for some people, but there’s no need to worry. Read up on the following facts and you’ll be cruising your rental car along the roads and highways of New Zealand in no time at all. Just one of the countries located in Australia - New Zealand and the South Pacific, New Zealand has plenty to offer everyone. No trip here would be complete without stopping by the national capital, Wellington.
What are the major attractions in New Zealand?
Load up the car and get set to hit the highway, because there are plenty of amazing things to see in New Zealand. Here are a few great ideas. Follow the road signs until you get to Sky Tower. This iconic attraction is 0.2 miles from downtown Auckland and is well worth stopping the car for.
What are the best road trip destinations in New Zealand?
Boasting miles and miles of glorious highways and tempting open roads, many travelers choose to turn their New Zealand vacations into driving adventures. If you’re putting together a road trip to remember, you’ll want to know which cities to add to your to-do list. Experience some (or all) of this place’s most renowned cities:

  • Auckland (population of 417,900)
  • Wellington (population of 381,900)
  • Christchurch (population of 363,900)
  • Hamilton (population of 152,600)

How can I get a cheap car rental in New Zealand?
Here are our recommendations on how to hop behind the wheel of a rental car with extra cash in your wallet:

  • Our hard-working filter feature is going to become your new best buddy. Check out the cheapest deals from all of the top rental car companies quickly and easily;
  • Check your inbox for our terrific Price Drop Alert. We’ll let you know about all the best deals cruising around your location;
  • Research is the key to getting your hands on the best rental bargains in town, so be sure to look into both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets before you splash cash on your ride;
  • If your dates are not yet confirmed, try scoring a lower price by switching up the days in your search;
  • Pickup and drop-off times usually need to be the same (e.g, both 9 a.m.) or you might be charged for another full day;
  • Some companies reward you big time for prepaying — keep an eye out for these great deals;
  • It’s best to book as soon as your vacation dates are locked in. The early bird catches the worm!

What is the most popular rental car category in New Zealand?
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and that’s particularly true in the case of your ride. In New Zealand, compact cars are the most popular type of rental car for many reasons. More miles per gallon, better handling, and easy parking are the tip of the iceberg! If you’re going to cruise through Auckland or Wellington, go for something that’s chic and compact.It’s always a nice idea to get out of the city, and if you do, get set to be richly rewarded. With rocky coastlines, shingle seashores, and sandy shores to check out, New Zealand offers endless day trip opportunities. A bigger vehicle like an SUV or a four-wheel drive will give you and your passengers more space for those longer scenic drives.
Should I get a luxury rental car in New Zealand?
You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a huge variety of both high-end and economy rental vehicles on offer in New Zealand. What you end up opting for is largely dependent on your budget and what you plan to do. Specialty vehicles often spare no expense when it comes to mod cons and comfort. If you want to indulge yourself, why not book an SUV with all the bells and whistles, or perhaps a cushy medium-sized sedan? Otherwise, if you just need something to whiz around town in as economically as possible, stick with a versatile compact vehicle (or something else that’s unlikely to break the bank).
What side of the road do they drive on in New Zealand?
Keep on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand. If you’re planning to discover this destination on wheels, be aware that the steering wheel will be on the right. It could take a little while to get the hang of!
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in New Zealand?
One of two things will happen. Your car rental company may charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the most common practice. Otherwise, it may give your contact information to local law enforcement agencies so the fine is issued to you directly.

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