As the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’, you’ll probably never run out of things to do in Queenstown. This is especially true if you have access to a local unlimited-kilometres rental car, as you can see not just the famous town itself, but also the bounteous surrounding area.
With a landmass of around 270,500 square-kilometres split between its two major sections (aptly named the North and South Islands) it is about the size of the UK, but with only 4.5 million people the population is less than half that of New York City – that makes for grand wide open spaces and absolutely stunning countryside. A self-driving paradise!
In 2001, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released around the world, putting New Zealand tourism on the map like never before.
Over a decade and five films on and NZ is equated to Middle Earth more than ever before. In fact, the International Visitor Survey cites that 13% of international visitor arrivals are a direct result of the movies. Whether you’re visiting New Zealand because you’re a fan or you’re just looking for a fantastic NZ road idea, we’ve highlighted all of the top Lord of the Rings filming locations and points of interest for you!
With the many different car rental options on offer here at Ace Car Rentals, you’re certainly not short on possibilities when it comes organising your next New Zealand road trip adventure. Whether you’re a backpacker looking to see as much of the country as you can in a month, or an employee of a local SME visiting the big city for a conference, your personality could guide you towards which car to choose.
Let’s find out what car rental is right for you!
Every developed nation in the world has its major infrastructure arteries, pumping commerce and tourism throughout the body (or in this case country). New Zealand’s major road is not just a great way for Kiwis to get from north to south – or vice versa – but also for budding road trippers with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.
Here is our quick guide to your State Highway (SH) 1 road trip.
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?
When keen New Zealand holiday goers traverse the gorgeous sapphire seas of Cook Strait from Wellington to the South Island, they travel through some of our most picturesque scenery. But once you alight in the quiet township of Picton, where do you go from there?
The following road trip plan will take you on a magical journey to a fantasy land of stunning beaches, sweeping valleys and gentle rivers. You’ll be surrounded by things to do, but not by thousands of other tourists trying to cram into the same attractions.
It’s time to visit Golden Bay!
Planning a road trip holiday to New Zealand? There’s more to it than simply choosing your route and a rental car pick up location, booking the hotels and organising your rental car. With over 94,000 kilometres worth of roads here in the Land of the Long White Cloud, there is plenty of room to explore, yielding new sights and experiences around every corner.
With that in mind, a road trip won’t be as special unless you are prepared for it and have the right supplies. Here is our all-in-one packing checklist to ensure you are bringing along the right goodies.
When you hire a rental car from our Auckland City or Auckland Airport branch, though it may feel like an adventure holiday playground, venture not far north and you’ll be in a whole new, sub-tropical world. Here at Ace Car Rentals, we adore Auckland Rental Car and its many splendours, but we also urge you to drive to Northland for an experience at some of our nation’s greatest seaside sights.
This route leads from Hamilton (two hours south of Auckland) to the Taranaki township of Opunake. You’ll love this little place for its relaxed atmosphere, stunning beach and proximity to the dazzling Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont) volcano. But don’t take our word for it, get going and you’ll see for yourself!