Comparison of Car Hire Deals in New Zealand

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We work hard to make sure that vehicle hire on holiday is easy!

Review the cheapest car hire deals in New Zealand from brands you can trust, including National, Hertz and Keddy.

We spend days examining detailed T&Cs so that you don't need to. All key facts of the rental contract are clearly displayed every step of the way

Confused by security deposits? We are here to help you through the whole process. We endeavour to deliver complete clarity when it comes to security deposits and all of the other charges involved.

We work alongside the most trusted and highly rated car hire companies, including Hertz, Enterprise and Alamo.

Our cars have cover for third party claims, damage and theft.

To be listed on the site, all vehicles have to come with a fair full to full fuel policy and absolute clarity about insurance and security deposit amounts.

We offer a variety of small family cars to twelve-seater MPVs along with hatchbacks and convertibles.

Rent your car now with no hidden payments or credit card fees.

If your plans change you can change or cancel your rental agreement for free for up to 48 hours before you collect.

Popular destinations for cheap car rental in New Zealand

Would you like to hire an SUV, a minibus, convertible or people carrier at New Zealand?

We compare deals on a vast range of car types and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a small car to run around town, or perhaps a large SUV, a people carrier or a convertible for a road trip around | New Zealand, we’ve got you covered.

We offer a wide range of small cars, from Ford Kas to Fiat 500s, perfect to drive around narrow streets but keep in mind you’ll have limited luggage space so it's best to pack light. .

Feel the wind in your hair as you drive around New Zealand in your convertible rental car. We find low cost deals on convertibles of all different shapes and sizes from Fiat 500 Cabriolets to Mustangs.

If you’re struggling to find a car, people carrier or minibus that meets your requirements, or if you have any questions regarding boot space or seating config, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Stress Free Car Rental.

Planning a trip with a larger group in New Zealand? Whether it’s a golf trip or a holiday with the extended family, we compare 12 seat and 15 seat minibus and van prices from a vast array of minibus and van rental companies.

If your luggage includes 2 large suitcases, we recommend looking at something in our Large Car category. Large category cars come with plenty of room for 4 or 5 people along with 2-3 large suitcases and a couple of smaller bags.

Looking to drive something a bit special whilst you’re in New Zealand? Our Prestige Car Hire category compares car hire deals for premier car brands such as BMW, Range Rover and Mercedes.

Have a lot of luggage? Need to transport quite a lot of stuff on your trip but not enough to require a van? It could be that one of our estate cars will fit your requirements. We compare estate car deals from all of the brands you can trust in New Zealand.

Travelling with more than 5 people? We offers a variety of people carriers available in New Zealand that easily accommodate 7 or 8 people. For more than 8 people (or for 8 passengers plus a lot of luggage) we suggest reviewing our range of rental minibuses.

From smaller SUVs such as the Rav4 or Jeep Renegade to larger SUVs like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Expedition , we have a huge selection for you to compare on our website before you book your rental in New Zealand.

Making a car rental booking

We strive to be the best car rental website around so that you know when you book with us you're getting the best value, service and price.

All of the deals on our website include all extra fees including everything that you're required to pay when you collect the car, including (but not limited to) local taxes, additional drivers and senior driver fees.

To begin your stress free booking process, head over to our homepage and type in your locations and dates then in just seconds we'll bring up some of the best deals based on your details.

Hiring a car, can be a stressful, surprisingly costly, ordeal which is why our clever matching technology will find you your perfect hire car at your dream price.

Once your booking has been made, managing it couldn't be simpler, you'll receive a booking reference which can be used, along with your email address, to check your booking including payments and prices.

When searching on our website for your rental, information you'll need:

  1. Pickup location & car hire
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The age of the driver

Picking up your New Zealand Car hire with no credit card and other ways to pay.

You can use a Visa, Mastercard or an American Express credit card or a debit card issued by your bank or credit card company when hiring a car on our website.

It’s useful to understand the different payment options for your car hire in New Zealand, as often payments for extras (such as GPS and extra drivers) might have to be settled in the local currency (by credit card or debit card) when you pick up the car.

Quite often, car rentals that include our Premium Cover option will enable you to use a debit card when you pick up the car without any additional charges. You can view if a debit card is allowed, along with all of the different car rental security deposit and insurance options on the extras page of our booking process.

Would you like us to accept payments using something other than debit card and credit card? Please contact us to let us know. We are always open to ideas re how to enhance the service we offer to make arranging your car rental a Stress Free experience.

It’s worth bearing in mind that quite often car rental companies that do allow debit card at the desk are not as cost effective as car hire companies that accept credit card only.

We accept a huge range of currencies including British Pounds (GBP),US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

One important thing to consider when deciding if you should use a debit card on collection, car hire companies frequently hold an insurance excess on the lead drivers credit card, the hold is often a considerable amount of money , if you choose to pay using a debit card this might be debited from your bank and not returned until weeks after completion of your rental contract.

If you choose Basic or Essential Cover for your car rental, it often means that you’ll have to have a credit card in the name of the lead driver when you collect the car. You will more often than not be given the opportunity to pay for a top up policy by the rental company at the collection desk, which then enables you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

Many of the New Zealand car rental companies we compare prices for accept a debit card when you arrive at the collection desk to pick up the rental; but sometimes these do have different T&Cs associated to them. Be sure that you check the terms and conditions if you want to use a debit card at the desk when collecting the car.

We’ve made it really easy on the website to identify which car hire brands do accept a debit card. Just use the filters on the second page to compare the car hire partners will accept your preferred card type at the counter.

Stress Free Car Rental's Premium cover

Premium insurance is the highest option for car hire insurance we provide.

Choosing Premium Insurance is totally optional, you can also opt to buy Premium Cover at the car hire desk, it's often cheaper to buy this in advance on our website when you make your car hire booking.

Lots of our clients choose the Premium Cover option when renting a car because it usually lowers the security deposit for the excess to zero meaning that the customer has no large security deposit or car rental insurance excess risk. Customers can also often pay with debit cards with Premium Cover if using a credit card is a problem.

So that you're able to make an informed decision relating to which car rental insurance product is right for you, we work closely with our car rental partners to give you the ability to rent a car including a Premium cover product.

On our website it's possible to buy Premium Cover along with your car rental, so that you understand the exact price of everything before starting your trip.

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New Zealand frequently asked questions

Which car hire suppliers are available in New Zealand?

The following car rental suppliers are available in New Zealand: Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise, Keddy by Europcar, National, Thrifty New Zealand, GO Rentals, JUCY.

For my car rental in New Zealand, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in New Zealand. You can easily find the lowest insurance excess options using our search filters

Can I cancel my rental in New Zealand if I change my mind?

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

Is the car hire fully insured?

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.

What do I need when I collect the car in New Zealand?

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.

Hire car brands you can trust in Wellington New Zealand

WELLINGTON AIRPORT

Address
STEWART DUFF DRIVE RONGOTAI
WELLINGTON
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

WELLINGTON AIRPORT

Address
TERMINAL BUILDING
WELLINGTON
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

WELLINGTON FERRY TERMINAL

Address
INTERISLANDER FERRY TERMINAL
290 AOTEA QUAY
WELLINGTON
6011

Opening hours

PICTON CITY

Address
INTERISLAND FERRY TERMINAL
OFFICE 8
PICTON
7220

Opening hours

MARLBOROUGH AIRPORT

Address
TERMINAL BUILDING - MEET & GREET
BLENHEIM
7240

Location
Meet And Greet

Opening hours

WELLINGTON AIRPORT

Address
STEWART DUFF DRIVE
RONGOTAI
WELLINGTON
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

WELLINGTON AIRPORT

Address
TERMINAL BUILDING
WELLINGTON
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

WELLINGTON FERRY TERMINAL

Address
INTERISLANDER FERRY TERMINAL
290 AOTEA QUAY
WELLINGTON
6011

Opening hours

PICTON CITY

Address
INTERISLAND FERRY TERMINAL
OFFICE 8
PICTON
7220

Opening hours

MARLBOROUGH AIRPORT

Address
TERMINAL BUILDING - MEET & GREET
BLENHEIM
7240

Location
Meet And Greet

Opening hours

WELLINGTON AIRPORT

Address
STEWART DUFF DRIVE RONGOTAI
WELLINGTON
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

Wellington Airport

Address
Stewart Duff Drive
Rongotai
Wellington
6022

Location
On Airport

Opening hours
Monday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Tuesday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Wednesday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Thursday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Friday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Saturday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00
Sunday: 06:00:00 to 01:30:00

Wellington Ferry

Address
Interislander Ferry Terminal 1
Aotea Quay
Pipitea
Wellington
6011

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Sunday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00

Picton Ferry

Address
Picton Interislander Ferry Terminal
Picton
7220

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00
Sunday: 08:00:00 to 20:30:00

Blenheim Airport

Address
Tancred Crescent
Woodbourne
Blenheim
7206

Location
On Airport

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Monday: 14:30:00 to 20:15:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Tuesday: 14:30:00 to 20:15:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Wednesday: 14:30:00 to 20:15:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Thursday: 14:30:00 to 20:15:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Friday: 14:30:00 to 20:15:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Saturday: 14:30:00 to 18:00:00
Sunday: 08:00:00 to 11:00:00
Sunday: 14:30:00 to 18:00:00

Wellington International Airport

Address
357 Broadway
Miramar
Wellington
6022

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00
Sunday: 08:00:00 to 17:00:00

Wellington Airport

Address
13 Jean Batten Street
Rongotai
Wellington
6022

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

Car rental in New Zealand made simple

Stressfreecarrental.com are based in Manchester UK and we are on a mission to make renting a car Stress Free for our customers

Extra drivers are available to book in advance on the website on step two of our booking process. In many cases you will pay for extra drivers when you pick up your rental.

You can use the filters on our website to find your perfect rental, including rentals with an automatic gearbox, diesel engine and low security deposit options.

Car rental availability can change greatly at different times of the year. peak holiday times are an important thing to consider that influences car hire prices. Factor this in when planning your rental in advance.

Vehicle types at each car hire location are variable. The car rental company will always provide you with a car that’s the same size in terms of body style, passengers and luggage capacity but the exact type may vary from the one booked. If you have a preference for a particular make, at most car rental locations we offer options to book guaranteed models . You can use the filters on the site to find guaranteed model deals.

We only offer car rental that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always cheaper compared with the alternatives.

Why book with Stress Free Car Rental?

We're not called Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! Our mission is to make the vehicle hire process as simple as we can.

We don't hide any charges, we are transparent from the get-go.

Free Cancellation! You're able to cancel your car hire and receive a refund until 48 hours prior to collecting your car.

Booking couldn't be simpler, there are filtering options and everything possible has been explained with key information explained on each page.

Save on your car rental in New Zealand by booking your car well in advance. Take time to review the various different deals.

When you book a rental vehicle with Stress Free Car Rental you will always know how much you are 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!

When you complete your booking on the website you'll receive a rental confirmation email with all of your rental information included. The email will include directions to the car hire collection desk and opening hours. If the rental includes car hire insurance, all of the documentation will be attached to the email

Picking up at an airport but not sure of your flight number? No Problem - you can complete your booking now and add the flight number to your rental later on. Including your flight number will help the car rental provider to wait for you if your flight is late. Always check the terms and conditions to understand what you need to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

You'd like to pay with a debit card? Require an extra driver? Not a problem. We have all of the options on the website including low prices for extras such as additional drivers and GPS. We also offer options to pay with a debit card at most locations. Use the filters on the website to easily and quickly find these options

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