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Our preferred rental car range

Choosing the right rental car

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 4 months) and are the latest models. Hire includes unlimited kilometers, fully inclusive insurance cover and 24 hour roadside assistance. Excess (deductible) varies between vehicles and 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 so 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 models suggested here may vary from what you actually receive on pick up. Rental car companies regularly change and upgrade their fleets. When a vehicle is booked its is the category (e.g. intermediate auto) that is guaranteed to be supplied, not the specific model.

Car list
CDAR Suzuki Swift or similar
CDAR Suzuki Swift or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Compact automatic
  • Automatic, power steering, Air conditioning, Multiple air bags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Bluetooth, remote central locking, 5 door
  • 5 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.4 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
ECMR Suzuki Swift or similar
ECMR Suzuki Swift or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Economy manual
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, bluetooth, remote central locking, 3 door
  • 3 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.2 litre
  • Manual transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 small cases
  • 5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
IDAR Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar
IDAR Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Intermediate automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, touchscreen audio, remote central locking, cruise control
  • 4 door hatch
  • Engine: 2.0 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 6 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
CFAR Holden Trax 2WD or similar
CFAR Holden Trax 2WD or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Compact SUV
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, touchscreen audio, bluetooth, remote central locking
  • 5 door 2WD SUV
  • Engine: 1.8 - 2 litres
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 large, 1 small
  • 8 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
IGAR Holden Equinox 2WD or similar
IGAR Holden Equinox 2WD or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Intermediate SUV
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control, 5 door
  • 5 door 2WD SUV
  • Engine: 1.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 large cases
  • 7 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
IFAR Holden Equinox AWD SUV or similar
IFAR Holden Equinox  AWD SUV or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Intermediate 4WD automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, touchscreeen audio, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control
  • 5 door 4WD Wagon
  • Engine: 1.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 6.9 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
FFAR Toyota Highlander or similar
FFAR Toyota Highlander or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Large 4WD automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control, 5 door
  • 5 door 4WD wagon
  • Engine: 3.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 12.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
SFBR Ford Ranger or similar
SFBR Ford Ranger or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Large 4WD Ute
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, traction control, touchscreen audio, bluetooth, remote central locking, tray canopy, 4WD
  • 4 door ute
  • Engine: 3.2L Diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 large cases
  • 9 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$862.50
  • GPS included
PFAR Holden Acadia 4WD or similar
PFAR Holden Acadia 4WD or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Premium Large 4WD automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control, leather interior
  • 5 door 4WD wagon
  • Engine: 3.6 ltr diesel engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 5 cases
  • 8.9 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$862.50
  • GPS included
PVAR Kia Carnival or similar
PVAR Kia Carnival or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Premium people mover automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control
  • 5 door people mover
  • Engine: 2.0 - 2.4 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 8 adults
  • Luggage space: 6 cases
  • 8.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
JDAR Premium Mercedes Benz A180 or similar
JDAR Premium Mercedes Benz A180 or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Intermediate Elite
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, touchscreen audio, bluetooth, remote central locking, leather interior
  • 5 door hatch
  • Engine: 3.2 ltr diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 6 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$862.50
  • GPS included
PDAR Premium Mercedes Benz C200 or similar
PDAR Premium Mercedes Benz C200 or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Prestige automatic
  • Power steering, air conditioning, multiple air bags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, bluetooth, remote central locking, cruise control, leather interior
  • 4 door sedan
  • Engine: 2 ltr diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 7 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$862.50
  • GPS included
XVAR Toyota Commuter or similar
XVAR Toyota Commuter or similar
Europcar
  • Europcar
  • Intermediate Van Class
  • Power steering, air conditioning, dual air bags, ABS, bluetooth, AM/FM tuner, remote central locking
  • 4 door minivan
  • Engine: 2.5 - 3.0 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 12 adults
  • Luggage space: varies
  • 12.4 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0
  • GPS included
Holden Barina or similar
Holden Barina or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Economy Automatic
  • Air con, CD
  • 3 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.2 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 6 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Compact automatic
  • Air con, CD
  • 4 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.8 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 8 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Intermediate SUV 2WD
  • Air con, CD
  • 5 door hatch
  • Engine: 2 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adult
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 8 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Holden Commodore or similar
Holden Commodore or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Full size automatic
  • Air con, CD
  • 4 door saloon
  • Engine: 4.0 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 3 cases
  • 11.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota RAV 4 or similar
Toyota RAV 4 or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Intermediate 4WD automatic
  • Air con, CD, 4WD
  • 5 door 4WD wagon
  • Engine: 2.4 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 10 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Highlander or similar
Toyota Highlander or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Premium wagon
  • Air con, CD, AWD
  • 5 door AWD wagon
  • Engine: 3.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 5 cases
  • 12.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Prado VX 4WD or similar
Toyota Prado VX 4WD or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Premium Large 4WD automatic
  • Air con, CD, 4WD
  • 5 door 4WD wagon
  • Engine: 3.0 litre diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 5 cases
  • 9.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Kia Carnival or similar
Kia Carnival or similar
Hertz
  • Hertz
  • Premium people mover automatic
  • Air con, CD
  • 5 door people mover
  • Engine: 2.4 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 8 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 medium cases
  • 8.9 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Economy Automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 5 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.2 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 2 cases
  • 6.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Compact automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 5 door hatch
  • Engine: 1.6 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 3 cases
  • 8 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Holden Trax or similar
Holden Trax or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Compact SUV
  • Air con, AUX, Bluetooth, USB
  • 5 door 2WD SUV
  • Engine: 1.8 - 2 litres
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 4 adults
  • Luggage space: 3 cases
  • 8 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Intermediate automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB, reverse camera
  • 4 door sedan
  • Engine: 1.8 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 3 cases
  • 6.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Full size automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB, reverse camera
  • 4 door sedan
  • Engine: 2.3 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 6 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Holden Commodore SV6 or similar
Holden Commodore SV6 or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Full size sports sedan
  • AUX, Bluetooth, USB, reverse camera
  • 4 door performance sedan
  • Engine: 3.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 3 cases
  • 9 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota RAV 4 or similar
Toyota RAV 4 or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Intermediate 4WD automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX, USB, reverse camera
  • 5 door 4WD Wagon
  • Engine: 2.5 - 3.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 10 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Highlander or similar
Toyota Highlander or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Large 4WD automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB, reverse camera
  • 5 door AWD
  • Engine: 3.5 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 5 cases
  • 9.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Prado or similar
Toyota Prado or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Premium Large 4WD automatic
  • AUX, Bluetooth, USB, reverse camera
  • 5 door 4WD Wagon
  • Engine: 3.0 litre diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 5 cases
  • 9.5 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Hyundai iMax or similar
Hyundai iMax or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Premium people mover automatic
  • Bluetooth, AUX and USB, reverse camera
  • 5 door people mover
  • Engine: 2.0 - 2.4 litre
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 8 adults
  • Luggage space: 6 cases
  • 10 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
Toyota Camry Hybrid or similar
Toyota Camry Hybrid or similar
Budget Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • Hybrid Eco Friendly Sedan
  • AUX, Bluetooth, USB, reverse camera
  • hybrid 4 door sedan
  • Engine: 2.5 litre electric hybrid
  • Automatic transmission
  • Passengers: 5 adults
  • Luggage space: 4 cases
  • 5.2 liters per 100km
  • Maximum excess/ liability: NZD$0.00
  • GPS included
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A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. all our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide. Just contact us to discuss your needs.

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