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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in New Zealand

New Zealand is an excellent country for driving, with long stretches of open road, passing through amazing landscapes. As parts of the country are so remote, driving is by far and away the easiest way to get around during your stay.

Hertz Car Rental has more than 40 branches right across New Zealand, with many in key locations such as Wellington, as well as at airports and in major tourist centres. Car rental is easy, whether you want a vehicle as soon as you arrive or part way through your trip.

Rules and regulations for driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand is subject to rules and regulations designed to protect you and other road users. There are plenty of resources for you to check up on these before you travel, but some top tips to remember include:

• Always drive on the left in New Zealand.
• Everyone travelling in a vehicle should wear a seat belt.
• There is no left turn on a red light.
• When turning at an intersection with traffic lights, you should give way to any pedestrians crossing.
• Do not cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line to overtake another vehicle — this is telling you it’s too dangerous to overtake here.
• The country has strict drink driving laws. There is a zero limit for drivers under 20, and for drivers aged 20 and over there is a limit of 50mg per 100ml of blood, or 250mg per litre of breath.
• Using your mobile phone while driving — unless with a hand’s free device — is illegal. This includes texting or browsing.
• Speed restrictions are enforced in many parts of New Zealand so become familiar with local signage.
• Be aware of rail crossings as many don’t have barriers or warning lights. Take care to check for approaching trains before crossing.

 

Driving in and around New Zealand

Special attractions

If you love driving, then the Highlands race track in Otago is definitely worth visiting. If you’re travelling with your family you can try out go karting or, if some more grown up fun is what you’re after, you can do a super car fast dash or try your hand in a V8 muscle car.

There are some truly beautiful routes to drive in New Zealand, but one of the best is the SH6, which hugs the west coast of the South Island, taking you from Westport to Greymouth. Take is some amazing view and fabulous scenery as you travel.

Quick information

Minimum car rental age: The minimum car rental age in New Zealand varies depending upon the vehicle group. The minimum ages are:
• 18 years for the Economy Auto, Compact Manual, Compact Auto, Intermediate Auto and Full Size Sedan
• 21 years for the Premium AWD, Intermediate 4WD, Premium 8 Seater and Double Cab Ute
• 25 years for the Prestige Full Size Sedan, Premium 4WD, 12 Seater Van and Cargo Van
There is a Young Renter fee of $20 per renter per day for drivers aged between 18 and 20.

Average speed limits: The average speed limit in New Zealand is 50km/h in towns and built-up areas, and 100km/h on any open road.

• Toll roads and costs: There are three toll roads in New Zealand: the Aukland Northern Gateway, the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Tauranga Takitimu Drive. Visitors to New Zealand can pay their tolls at selected service stations in the area around the toll road, online or over the phone. Tolls are inexpensive, costing between $1.80 and $2.30 depending on the particular road, although there can be additional admin fees. Tolls must be paid within five days of using the road.

Required documents:

Renting a car in New Zealand requires the following documents:
• Valid driver’s licence that has been held for at least one year and is in English.
• If your driver’s licence is not in English, you must also provide an approved English translation or an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).
• Any English translation of your driver’s licence must be provided by either the New Zealand Transport Agency’s translation service, a diplomatic representative at either a high commission, agency or consulate, the issuing authority of your driver’s licence.

• Refuelling at petrol stations: You will find petrol stations in New Zealand can be open late and some will be open 24 hours in more built-up areas. Do be aware that if you are travelling to more rural parts of the country, you should fill up whenever convenient as stations are rarer in the more remote areas.

• Travelling with children: The law in New Zealand requires that all children under seven should be held in an appropriate child restraint. These can be rented at the same time as your vehicle and, if you book in advance, we can have your child seat fitted and ready for you.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.