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Cheap Car Hire in South Island from $22

Christchurch, New Zealand
21 Feb — 28 Feb
Driver's age: 26-65
Christchurch, New Zealand
Wed 21/2
Noon
Wed 28/2
Noon

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in South Island?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in South Island 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 14 February 2024.

January

$83

February

$95

March

$85

April

$77

May

$57

June

$57

July

$70

August

$62

September

$65

October

$59

November

$73

December

$105

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in South Island 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 South Island

Explore the most popular car models available for hire in South Island and choose the one that suits your needs. The price data is sourced from various car hire companies and was last updated on 14 February 2024.

There are currently 80 hire locations operating in South Island spread across 58 car hire agencies. In the past week, the cheapest car type to hire in South Island is small car at $22 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

Passenger van

Passenger van

Pick-up truck

Pick-up truck

Premium SUV

Premium SUV

Supplier choice

Supplier choice

Intermediate SUV

Intermediate SUV

Compact SUV

Compact SUV

Standard SUV

Standard SUV

Standard estate car

Standard estate car

Compare available car types for rental in South Island

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in South Island to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 14 February 2024.

Small cars

$37 - $85

All Car Types

$90 - $159

To hire a small car in South Island, you would pay an average price of $56/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a small car in South Island (~$37/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$85/day). In fact, October is about 34% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a small car saves you 52% 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 South Island small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in South Island, you would pay an average price of $87/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in South Island (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$148/day). In fact, October is about 30% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a medium car saves you 24% 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 South Island medium car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a large car in South Island, you would pay an average price of $131/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a large car in South Island (~$86/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$201/day). In fact, October is about 35% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a large car is 13% 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 South Island, you would pay an average price of $104/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in South Island (~$80/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$169/day). In fact, October is about 24% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a SUV saves you 9% 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 South Island SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in South Island, you would pay an average price of $146/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a van in South Island (~$116/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is April (~$172/day). In fact, May is about 21% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a van is 22% 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 South Island, you would pay an average price of $162/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a pickup truck in South Island (~$102/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is July (~$206/day). In fact, May is about 38% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a pickup truck is 30% 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 South Island, you would pay an average price of $110/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in South Island (~$69/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is March (~$166/day). In fact, October is about 38% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a luxury car saves you 4% 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.

To hire a convertible in South Island, you would pay an average price of $112/day. December is the cheapest month to hire a convertible in South Island (~$114/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$230/day). In fact, December is about 1% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a convertible hire for South Island. When comparing with other car types available for hire in South Island, hiring a convertible 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.

Hyundai i20$22/day
4
M
A/C
Hyundai i20
Suzuki Swift$25/day
2
M
A/C
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris$34/day
2
M
A/C
Toyota Yaris

Top rental agencies in South Island

Explore the leading car hire agencies in South Island known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car hire companies in South Island. Reviews were last updated on 14 February 2024.

Hertz

8.9
Very Good
33 reviews16 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.2

Overall

8.9

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

9.0

Dollar

10.0
Wonderful
1 review10 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

10.0

Avis

9.4
Wonderful
19 reviews10 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.5

Overall

9.5

Pick-up/drop-off

9.3

Value

9.1

Ace Rental Cars

8.6
Very Good
10 reviews11 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.1

Value

8.5

Apex

8.5
Very Good
9 reviews9 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.3

Overall

8.5

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.4

Go Rentals

5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

8.0

Thrifty

7.8
Good
4 reviews19 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

8.2

Value

6.8

Budget

7.8
Good
9 reviews9 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.6

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

7.6

Value

7.6

Best South Island car rental deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hire deals in South Island. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect hire option for your needs. There are currently 8 hire car agencies in South Island with an average daily rate of $71. Data was last updated on 14 February 2024.
Hyundai i20$22/day
4
M
A/C
Hyundai i20
Suzuki Swift$25/day
2
M
A/C
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris$34/day
2
M
A/C
Toyota Yaris

Car rental FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in South Island, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 14 February 2024.

What is the cheapest hire car found in South Island?

In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $59/day when booking a car hire in South Island. The absolute best deal a user found was for $28/day from Budget, booked on Feb. 11.

What car hire company is typically the cheapest in South Island?

According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in South Island from the following companies over the past two weeks: Mode Car & Camper Rentals ($22/day), New Zealand Discount Car Rentals ($25/day), and Budget ($45/day).

Which car hire company is considered to be the best in South Island?

Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Rental Cars 247 (10.0 rating), Bargain Rental Cars (10.0 rating) and Dollar (10.0 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in South Island.

How much does it cost to hire a car in South Island for a week from EZU Car Rental?

From EZU Car Rental you can hire a car in South Island from about $389 per week on average.

How far in advance should I hire a car in South Island for the best price?

Hiring your favourite car model can become more difficult the closer you are to your desired travel date. It’s ideal to book early to have that peace of mind. An early booking can save you up to 40% in South Island - we recommend booking at least 70days in advance.

Can I rent a car for a month in South Island?

The length of time you can book a rental for is subject to the inventory of the supplier. When renting a vehicle from South Island it should be possible to rent a car for a whole month if needed.

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