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Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand from $17

Auckland, New Zealand
24 Apr — 1 May
Driver's age: 26-65
Auckland, New Zealand
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New Zealand car rentals in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car hire in New Zealand. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Most popular company

Autounion Car Rental

Most common car type

Compact

Average price per day

$82

Cheapest price per day

$17

What are the car hire prices for popular cities in New Zealand?

Discover the price range for hiring a car in popular cities across New Zealand, helping you budget and make informed decisions for your upcoming travel. There are 289 pickup locations in New Zealand to choose from. Price data has been averaged over the last 12 months and was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Price

$28 - $79

Out of all the popular cities in New Zealand, Auckland is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $28/day. Renting a car in Auckland is 65% cheaper than renting one in Kerikeri where the per day rate is around $79. Other fairly inexpensive cities in New Zealand to get a rental car in are: Queenstown ($41/day), Christchurch ($41/day), and Napier ($61/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Auckland should expect to spend around $28/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in New Zealand is Auckland.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in New Zealand?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in New Zealand and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on 17 April 2024.

January

$79

February

$95

March

$81

April

$54

May

$44

June

$45

July

$54

August

$47

September

$49

October

$54

November

$76

December

$110

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in New Zealand is May. The most expensive time to rent a car is December. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular car types in New Zealand

Explore the most popular car models available for hire in New Zealand and choose the one that suits your needs. The price data is sourced from various car hire companies and was last updated on 17 April 2024.

There are currently 730 hire locations operating in New Zealand spread across 79 car hire agencies. In the past week, the cheapest car type to hire in New Zealand is small car at $17 a day. Below are all the 3 car types available for hiring in the area, along with estimated starting prices:

Economy

Economy

Compact

Compact

Intermediate

Intermediate

Standard

Standard

Full-size

Full-size

SUV

SUV

People mover

People mover

Full-size SUV

Full-size SUV

Compare available car types for rental in New Zealand

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in New Zealand to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Small cars

$47 - $143

All Car Types

$79 - $186

To hire a small car in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $72/day. August is the cheapest month to hire a small car in New Zealand (~$47/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$143/day). In fact, August is about 36% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a small car saves you 33% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best New Zealand small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $104/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in New Zealand (~$79/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$168/day). In fact, May is about 25% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a medium car saves you 3% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best New Zealand medium car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a large car in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $163/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a large car in New Zealand (~$117/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$233/day). In fact, October is about 29% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a large car is 35% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a SUV in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $118/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in New Zealand (~$83/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is November (~$202/day). In fact, May is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a SUV is 10% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best New Zealand SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $167/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a van in New Zealand (~$126/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$265/day). In fact, May is about 25% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a van is 36% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a pickup truck in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $178/day. June is the cheapest month to hire a pickup truck in New Zealand (~$124/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$260/day). In fact, June is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a pickup truck is 40% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a luxury car in New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $162/day. August is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in New Zealand (~$100/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is December (~$262/day). In fact, August is about 39% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for New Zealand. When comparing with other car types available for hire in New Zealand, hiring a luxury car is 34% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Suzuki Swift$17/day
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Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris$19/day
4
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Toyota Yaris
Suzuki Swift$20/day
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Suzuki Swift

Top rental agencies in New Zealand

Explore the leading car hire agencies in New Zealand known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car hire companies in New Zealand. Reviews were last updated on 17 April 2024.
Choose from the top rental car agencies available in New Zealand, including locations near Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch. Helpful information on each car rental agency is available, including reviews, pricing, pickup location, and more.

Thrifty

60 locations

Hertz

48 locations

Firefly

47 locations

Sunnycars

36 locations

EZI

29 locations

Budget

24 locations

Moto Car Rental

23 locations

Avis

22 locations

Best New Zealand car rental deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hire deals in New Zealand. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect hire option for your needs. There are currently 8 hire car agencies in New Zealand with an average daily rate of $41. Data was last updated on 17 April 2024.
Take a peek at some options we've found for car rentals in New Zealand, including locations near Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch. If these deals don't appeal to you, check back very soon as they are being updated frequently.
Suzuki Swift$17/day
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Suzuki Swift
Hyundai Elantra$19/day
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Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai i20$19/day
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A/C
Hyundai i20

Car rental FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in New Zealand, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 17 April 2024.
  • Which car hire company is considered to be the best in New Zealand?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, EZI (9.6 rating), Rental Cars 247 (9.5 rating) and Yesaway (9.4 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in New Zealand.

  • What is the most popular car hire provider in New Zealand?

    When hiring a car in New Zealand, the most popular provider of hire cars among Cheapflights users is Autounion Car Rental, and with prices around $57/day, it’s easy to understand why. The most popular car type from Autounion Car Rental is MINI, which starts as low as $19/day.

  • What is the cheapest city to get a rental car in New Zealand?

    At $37/day, the cheapest car rental price in New Zealand was found in Christchurch. On average, Manukau Central has the cheapest daily rental car price ($54/day), which is 56% below average price for cities in New Zealand.

  • What side of the road do you drive on in New Zealand?

    Cars travel on the left side of the road in New Zealand.

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Car rentals by fuel type in New Zealand

Browse car rentals by fuel type in New Zealand. Currently, Petrol/Diesel cars are the cheapest to rent in New Zealand. Deals were last updated on 17 April 2024.

Browse through car rental deals by fuel type in New Zealand. There are currently 3 fuel types to choose from with Petrol/Diesel being the cheapest ($10+).

Electric

Electric

Hybrid

Hybrid

Petrol/Diesel

Petrol/Diesel

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