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Choosing the right rental car

Driving the Lindis Pass, South Island New Zealand

Choosing the right rental car for your New Zealand tour is essential. Make sure that the vehicle has enough room for your luggage and the inevitable extra items you will accumulate as you travel. This overview is designed to help you decide on the best New Zealand rental car for your trip.

The rental car fleets we select from when organizing your vacation include modern vehicles (on average no older than 6 months) and the latest models. Hire includes unlimited kilometers, fully inclusive insurance cover and 24 hour roadside assistance. But excess or deductible you are liable for varies between companies.

The list below suggests the maximum number of passengers we recommend for each model type -- guidelines designed to ensure your comfort while traveling. Luggage capacity is based on regular sized cases; consider the amount of luggage you will have and how much more 'stuff' you are likely to collect as you travel.

Note: the specific vehicle model suggested here may vary from what you receive. Rental car companies regularly change and upgrade their fleets. When you select a car the category (e.g. intermediate auto) is guaranteed but not the model.

 

Holden Barina or similar

Holden Barina or similar Europcar

Europcar

Compact automatic

5 door hatch

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 1.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Holden Spark or similar

Holden Spark or similar Europcar

Europcar

Economy manual

3 door hatch

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 1.2 litre

Manual Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 small cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar

Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate automatic

4 door hatch

Air con, Bluetooth

Engine: 2.0 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Toyota Camry or similar

Toyota Camry or similar Europcar

Europcar

Full size automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, ABS, Bluetooth

Engine: 2.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Holden Trax 2WD or similar

Holden Trax 2WD or similar Europcar

Europcar

Compact SUV

5 door 2WD SUV

Air bags, ABS, MP3/CD, bluetooth

Engine: 1.8 - 2 litres

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 2 large, 1 small

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Toyota RAV 4 2WD or similar

Toyota RAV 4 2WD or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate SUV

5 door 2WD SUV

Air bags, ABS, MP3/CD, bluetooth

Engine: 2.3 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 large cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Toyta Rav 4 AWD or similar

Toyta Rav 4 AWD or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD/MP3, AWD

Engine: 1.97 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$575

Toyota Highlander or similar

Toyota Highlander or similar Europcar

Europcar

Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD wagon

Air con, CD/MP3, 4WD

Engine: 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Ford Ranger or similar

Ford Ranger or similar Europcar

Europcar

Large 4WD Ute

4 door ute

Canopy, Air bags, ABS, bluetooth

Engine: 3.2L Diesel Manual

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 large cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Toyota Prado 4WD or similar

Toyota Prado 4WD or similar Europcar

Europcar

Premium Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD wagon

Air con, CD/MP3, 4WD

Engine: 3.2 ltr diesel engine

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Kia Carnival or similar

Kia Carnival or similar Europcar

Europcar

Premium people mover automatic

5 door people mover

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 2.0 - 2.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 8 adults

Luggage Space: 6 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Premium Mercedes Benz A180 or similar

Premium Mercedes Benz A180 or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate Elite

5 door hatch

Air Con, CD/MP3, GPS

Engine: 3.2 ltr diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Premium Mercedes Benz C200 or similar

Premium Mercedes Benz C200 or similar Europcar

Europcar

Prestige automatic

4 door sedan

Air con, CD/MP3, GPS

Engine: 2 ltr diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Toyota Commuter or similar

Toyota Commuter or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate Van Class

4 door minivan

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 2.5 - 3.0 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 12 adults

Luggage Space: varies

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$862.50

Holden Barina or similar

Holden Barina or similar Hertz

Hertz

Economy Automatic

3 door hatch

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.2 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Toyota Corolla or similar

Toyota Corolla or similar Hertz

Hertz

Compact automatic

4 door hatch

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.8 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Mazda 6 or similar

Mazda 6 or similar Hertz

Hertz

Intermediate automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 2.3 - 2.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Holden Commodore or similar

Holden Commodore or similar Hertz

Hertz

Full size automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 4.0 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Toyota RAV 4 or similar

Toyota RAV 4 or similar Hertz

Hertz

Intermediate 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD wagon

Air con, CD, 4WD

Engine: 2.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Toyota Highlander or similar

Toyota Highlander or similar Hertz

Hertz

Premium wagon

5 door AWD wagon

Air con, CD, AWD

Engine: 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Toyota Prado VX 4WD or similar

Toyota Prado VX 4WD or similar Hertz

Hertz

Premium Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD wagon

Air con, CD, 4WD

Engine: 3.0 litre diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Kia Carnival or similar

Kia Carnival or similar Hertz

Hertz

Premium people mover automatic

5 door people mover

Air con, CD

Engine: 2.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 8 adults

Luggage Space: 4 medium cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$0.00

Toyota Yaris or similar

Toyota Yaris or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Economy Automatic

3 door hatch

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.2 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Toyota Corolla or similar

Toyota Corolla or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Compact automatic

5 door hatch

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.6 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Holden Trax or similar

Holden Trax or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Compact SUV

5 door 2WD SUV

Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB

Engine: 1.8 - 2 litres

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Holden Cruze or similar

Holden Cruze or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Intermediate automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.8 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Toyota Camry or similar

Toyota Camry or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Full size automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 2.3 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Holden Commodore SV6 or similar

Holden Commodore SV6 or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Full size sports sedan

4 door performance sedan

Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB

Engine: 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Toyota RAV 4 or similar

Toyota RAV 4 or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Intermediate 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD

Engine: 2.5 - 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Holden Captiva or similar

Holden Captiva or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD, 4WD

Engine: 2.2 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Toyota Prado or similar

Toyota Prado or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Premium Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD, 4WD

Engine: 3.0 litre diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Hyundai iMax or similar

Hyundai iMax or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Premium people mover automatic

5 door people mover

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 2.0 - 2.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 8 adults

Luggage Space: 6 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75

Toyota Camry Hybrid or similar

Toyota Camry Hybrid or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Hybrid Eco Friendly Sedan

hybrid 4 door sedan

Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB

Engine: 2.5 litre electric hybrid

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Maximum Excess/ Liability: NZD$258.75