How to save on car rental on your New Zealand road trip

Posted by Ace Rental Cars on 19/02/2018 4:43:13 PM


So you’re thinking about taking a road trip through New Zealand? Great! Aotearoa is one of the prettiest countries in the world to drive through, with both the North and South Island practically swathed in unique, beautiful scenery and world-class tourist attractions.

However, despite the excitement probably building inside you at the opportunity to explore this great nation, you don’t want to blow the budget all on your rental car. So how do you save money on New Zealand car hire?

Plan in advance

Certain times of year are going to be better to drive in than others. For example, if you visit during the school holidays, you shouldn’t be surprised to find extra traffic on the roads. Here in NZ, these major school breaks occur in:

  • Mid-December to late-January
  • April
  • July
  • Late-September/early October

Higher or lower rates may also apply depending on whether you are renting during the week or weekend.

Travel Direction

New Zealand has a natural flow of tourists who are generally starting their journey from Auckland and traveling down to the south Island, this route will always have relocation fees ranging from $100 to well over $600 or the relocation cost is built into the daily rate of the vehicle, avoid these fees by traveling south to north, so pickup your rental car in Christchurch, Queenstown or Dunedin then travel up to Auckland, doing this will save you a large amount money and help you avoid Relocations costs and Fees.    

Factor in fuel

One other area that is crucial to understand before hiring a rental car is fuel economy, and how much bang you’ll get for your buck with the rental car company itself.

In terms of the former, it’s quite quick to research how fuel efficient a the car is that you are picking as your car rental. Here in NZ, fuel economy is rated by the government on a six-star system, which measures the amount of kilometres you’ll get per 100 litres. So you have a benchmark, 8.3 litres per 100 km equals around four stars – which is pretty great. 

Some rental car companies will charge you based on the amount of kilometres you travel each day. This is why you should always check for an unlimited-kilometre car hire provider before booking, so you don’t run up an excessive bill just because you wanted to explore!

Relocation deals

Relocations deals are offered when a company requires vehicles to be returned to their original location. Often these come with reduced costs, and in New Zealand specifically, they can even include additional costs such as interisland ferry tickets. Of course, these specials are subject to requirement, which is just another reason it’s important to always book in advance.

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You can also look for discount and promo codes, these can reduce the rental cost 

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Go local

If you are trusting in a company to provide you with a service that is crucial to your holiday, you need that company to be well-versed in the country, right? Choosing home grown rental car options often gets you a better experience, if not a better deal, than if you were to select a multinational corporate chain. These friendly locals can also tailor their services to the requirement of New Zealand, including booking your interisland ferry and including all road tolls in your initial payment.

Branch Locations

We have rental car locations all over New Zealand and Australia so no matter where you plan to pick up your car rental or drop off your rental car we will be able to accommodate your needs, our locations are all open 7 days a week and with arrangement offer after-hours Rental car pickups and drop-offs. 

New Zealand - Auckland Airport, Auckland City, Christchurch Airport, Wellington AirportPicton Interislander Ferry Terminal, Queenstown Airport and Dunedin Airport

Australia - Adelaide Airport, Brisbane Airport, Cairns Airport, Cairns CBD, Gold Coast Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and Perth Airport


Rental The Experience


A rental car’s a rental car. A moving metallic shell capable of travelling at relatively high speeds from one point to another, safely harbouring people and said people’s material goods en route. It’s a means of getting from A to B, a functional requirement, a literal vehicle to something much bigger. An experience.

An experience is something that helps to define us, that inspires us, that makes us more alive, more human. It’s a breath of mountain fresh air. The feel of a wind on our face. The filtered orange glow of a breaking dawn. The pulse-racing rush of adrenaline, the quivering anticipation of a journey unknown.

An experience is something that validates our sense of who we are. It becomes weaved into the fabric of our existence. It can be brought to mind on a whim to help us escape to a better time. It lives on in us. Forever. 

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