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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 organising your vacation include modern vehicles (on average no older than 6 months) and the latest models. Hire includes unlimited kilometres, 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.

 

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

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Toyota Corolla or similar

Toyota Corolla or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Compact automatic

4 door hatch

Air con, CD

Engine: 1.6 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Ford Mondeo or similar

Ford Mondeo or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Intermediate automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 2.0 - 2.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Ford Falcon or similar

Ford Falcon or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Full size automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD

Engine: 4.0 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Ford Falcon or similar

Ford Falcon or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Full size automatic, V8 engine

4 door performance sedan

Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB

Engine: 6 litre V8

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Toyota Highlander or similar

Toyota Highlander or similar Budget Rent a Car

Budget Rent a Car

Full size Wagon

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD, 4WD

Engine: 2.7 - 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

Toyota Camry or similar

Toyota Camry 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

Max Excess: NZD$258.75

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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

Toyota Yaris or similar

Toyota Yaris or similar Avis

Avis

Economy manual

5 door hatch

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 1.2 litre

Manual Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Toyota Corolla or similar

Toyota Corolla or similar Avis

Avis

Compact automatic

5 door hatch

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 1.6 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Holden Trax or similar

Holden Trax or similar Avis

Avis

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

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Ford Mondeo or similar

Ford Mondeo or similar Avis

Avis

Intermediate automatic

4 door sedan

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 2.0 - 2.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Holden Commodore or similar

Holden Commodore or similar Avis

Avis

Full size automatic

4 door sedan

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 3.0 litre V6

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Holden Commodore or similar

Holden Commodore or similar Avis

Avis

Full size automatic, V8 engine

4 door performance sedan

Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB

Engine: 6 litre V6

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Toyota Highlander or similar

Toyota Highlander or similar Avis

Avis

Full size Wagon

5 door wagon

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 2.7 - 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 6 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Toyota RAV 4 or similar

Toyota RAV 4 or similar Avis

Avis

Intermediate 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 2.5 - 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Hyundai iMax or similar

Hyundai iMax or similar Avis

Avis

Premium people mover automatic

5 door van

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 2.0 - 2.4 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 8 adults

Luggage Space: 8 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Toyota Prado or similar

Toyota Prado or similar Avis

Avis

Premium Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air Con, Bluetooth, AUX and USB

Engine: 3.0 litre diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 6 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

Toyota Camry or similar

Toyota Camry or similar Avis

Avis

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

Max Excess: NZD$287.50

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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$575

Toyota Corolla or similar

Toyota Corolla or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate automatic

4 door hatch

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 1.8 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 2 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$575

Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar

Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar Europcar

Europcar

Standard automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 1.8 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 4 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$575

Holden Commodore or similar

Holden Commodore or similar Europcar

Europcar

Full size automatic

4 door saloon

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 3.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$575

Toyota RAV 4 or similar

Toyota RAV 4 or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD Wagon

Air con, CD/MP3, AWD

Engine: 2.5 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$575

VOLVO V60 CC AWD or similar + fitted bike rack

VOLVO V60 CC AWD or similar + fitted bike rack Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate Elite with Bike Rack

5 door AWD Wagon

Air bags, cruise control, ABS, MP3/CD, bluetooth, Bike rack

Engine: 2 litre turbo

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 large cases

GPS included

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

Holden Captiva or similar

Holden Captiva or similar Europcar

Europcar

Standard all wheel drive

5 door AWD wagon

Air con, CD/MP3

Engine: 2.2 litre

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 4 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

BMW X3 AWD or similar

BMW X3 AWD or similar Europcar

Europcar

Intermediate Elite

5 door AWD Wagon

Air bags, cruise control, MP3/CD, bluetooth, GPS

Engine: 2 litre diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 3 large, 1 small

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

Toyota Prado VX or similar

Toyota Prado VX or similar Europcar

Europcar

Premium Large 4WD automatic

5 door 4WD wagon

Air con, CD/MP3, 4WD

Engine: 3.2 ltr diesel

Automatic Transmission

Passengers: 5 adults

Luggage Space: 5 cases

GPS included

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

Toyota Minibus or similar

Toyota Minibus 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

Max Excess: NZD$862.50

Holden Spark or similar

Holden Spark 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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$0.00

Toyota Camry or similar

Toyota Camry 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

Max Excess: NZD$0.00

Ford Falcon or similar

Ford Falcon 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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: 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

Max Excess: NZD$0.00