Self-drive is a popular way to explore New Zealand. Roads are well-maintained and signposted, and spectacular scenery awaits around every corner.
Rental car companies in New Zealand offer a wide range of vehicles available to suit any budget. You’ll find all the big names as well as a number of local operators. Generally, the longer you hire the rental car, the cheaper the daily rate. There are depots in the main cities as well as in most of the regional airports throughout the country. One way hire is easy to organise. Make sure your travel insurance covers rental car hire.
Take a look through these recommended trips to start your itinerary planning – the majority of the trips are for self-drive travel. All main routes are sealed and well signposted; beyond the cities, traffic is light. Make sure you are well-rested before beginning your itinerary; it’s a good idea to have a full night’s sleep after arriving from a long-haul flight before getting behind the wheel.