Before you start your journey spend some time to get used to the vehicle and its controls. This is especially important if you normally drive a manual transmission on the other side of the road.
Be vigilant if you're driving outside of the main towns in New Zealand to look out for wild animals in the road.
It can be daunting at first to hire a car in a foreign country, just relax and you'll soon find yourself used to the differences. Have a great holiday
If you are given a parking or speeding fine when driving in New Zealand the car hire provider will deduct this amount from the credit card you've placed on file. If this happens you will be informed by email when this has been processed
If you plan drive across a border to another country, be sure to check the conditions of rental for any cross border fees and to let the car hire provider know. If you don't there is a possibility that the cars insurance will not be valid if you're involved in an accident or the car is stolen
If you'd like to leave the car in a alternative location to the place you picked it up from, all extra one way fees are included in the pricing detailed on the website.
Driving in New Zealand is on the left side of the road
When driving overseas many countries have very strict regulations concerning alcohol consumption when driving. To be safe, we strongly recommend not to drink any alcohol at all when driving your rental
you should keep some loose change ready in the vehicle to pay for tolls. most toll roads will accept credit cards but it's better to have cash just in case
if you normally drive on the opposite side be extra careful with road circles. Be sure to navigate roundabouts in a clockwise direction, giving priority to vehicles currently on the roundabout to the right.
We work diligently to make sure that the prices you see on our website for your car rental include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car in New Zealand
The cheapest price for a week in Auckland New Zealand for November is GBP65.57 with car hire supplier Drive NZ. We monitor prices from all of the leading car hire companies. Order your search results by price to find the best deal
To collect your car the lead driver should present a Valid driver's license, Passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.
Car rentals in New Zealand are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.
Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in New Zealand. You can easily find the lowest security deposit options using our search filters
We accept Visa, Mastercard or an American Express debit card or credit card provided by your bank or credit card company when booking your rental on our website.
You can book using a large number of currencies including US Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), South African Rand (ZAR) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).
One important thing to consider when deciding if you want to use a debit card when collecting your car, car rental companies frequently block an excess on the lead drivers credit card, the hold can be a large amount of money , if you opt to pay with debit card this will be debited from your bank and not returned until weeks following your rental has ended.
We've made it really simple on our website to filter which car rental companies can accept debit card. Simply use the filters on the second page to compare the car rental brands do accept your card type when you pick up the car.
When you opt to include Basic or Essential Cover with your rental, this usually means that you will need a credit card in the name of the lead driver when you collect the car. You will usually be given the opportunity to buy a top up policy by the hire partner at the collection desk, this then enables you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.
It is good to know the alternative payment and currency options for your car rental in New Zealand, as payments for add ons (like Sat Nav and child seats) might have to be paid for in local currency (either in cash or by credit card) at the rental car collection desk.
Don't forget that quite frequently car hire brands that will accept debit card on collection are not as cheap as those that accept credit card only.
Quite often, rentals that come with our Premium Cover option allow you to use a debit card on collection with no extra fees. You're able to compare if a debit card is allowed, along with all of the car hire security deposit and insurance alternatives on the second step of the website booking process.
Would you like us to accept payments with a method other than credit card or debit card? Do get in touch and let us know. We're open to new ideas about how to enhance our service to make booking your car hire as Stress Free as it can be.
We don't call ourselves Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! Our aim is to make the vehicle rental process as easy as we can.
When you book a rental vehicle with Stress Free Car Rental you will always know how much you're paying in advance - no hidden costs, no scary fees.
Just let us know and we'll do the rest - it really is that, well, simple!
Want to pay with a debit card? Need an extra driver? Not a problem. We have all the options on the website including great prices for add ons such as additional drivers and Toll pay devices. We offer options to pay with a debit card wherever possible. You can use the filters on our search results page to quickly and easily find them
When you complete your booking on the website you'll receive a confirmation email with all of your rental information included. This email includes directions to the car hire pick up location and opening hours. If the rental includes car hire insurance, all of the documentation will be attached to the email
We don't hide any charges, we are transparent from the get-go.
Save on your car rental in New Zealand by booking your car well in advance. Take some time to review the various different prices.
Free Cancellation! You're able to cancel your car hire and get a refund until 48 hours prior to collection.
Booking couldn't be simpler, there are filtering options and everything possible has been explained with key information explained in each section.
We get how frightening and daunting choosing a rental car insurance product can be. The extra charges that are included in the price of hiring a vehicle are often very confusing, these can include:
Many car hire websites mask the costly insurance excess and security deposit prices in the terms and conditions. Customers are then surprised when the cash is taken from their debit card account or the amount is held on their credit card. We think this is wrong and can really hinder your plans which is why we won't do that at Stress Free Car Rental.
On our website you'll find three levels of car hire excess cover, basic, essential and premium and we help you find the hire car that suits you and your trip. You're able to review the details of these on the extras page of the site when booking your rental.
You'll have received car hire location collection details with your confirmation email. Spend some time to understand how to get to the car rental pick up location before you begin your trip
If you haven't done so already ,check the vehiclehire terms. There could be additional charges for border crossing etc so make sure you understand these.
Always check the wheels and locks for issues as well. Locks and wheels are easy to miss if you are in a rush to begin your trip
All the cars listed on the web site include a full to full fuel policy. We recommend that you ensure that the tank is full before you set off. If it isn't you must inform the rental company immediately
Be sure to check the fuel type for the car and check which side of the vehicle the fuel cap is on
If your plans change we'll process your refund in under 24 hours. All rentals booked with us can be cancelled up until 48 hours before collecting the vehicle
All car hire brands on our website are following local government guidelines re vehicle sterilisation and social distancing at the collection desk.