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Driving advice for your car rental in New Zealand Kaikoura

Before you start your journey take some time to familiarise yourself with the car and its controls. This is very important if you're used to driving a manual transmission on the other side of the road.

When driving on the opposite side than you're used to be cautious of road circles. You should navigate road circles in a clockwise direction, giving priority to vehicles currently on the traffic circle to the right.

Sometimes it's daunting the first time you drive in a foreign country, just relax and you'll soon find yourself used to the differences. Enjoy your trip

If you receive a traffic violation fine when driving in New Zealand Kaikoura the vehicle rental company will deduct this amount from the credit card you have on record. If this is the case you'll be notified by email when this has taken place

If you're planning to leave the car at a different place to the place you collected it from, any additional one way charges will be included in the pricing listed on the site.

it can be a good idea to keep some spare change available in the vehicle to pay for tolls. Many tolls accept cards but it's always safer to have cash as a backup

You should always drive in New Zealand Kaikoura is on the left side of the road

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

At Stress Free Car rental, we compare prices on a vast range of vehicle 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 Kaikoura | New Zealand, we’ve got you covered.

If your luggage includes 2 large suitcases, we suggest looking at a rental in the Large Car category. Large category cars have lots of of room for up to 5 passengers and several bags.

Planning a trip with a lot of passengers in Kaikoura New Zealand? Whether it’s a golf trip or a holiday with the extended family, we compare 12 seat and 15 seat van and minibus deals from a vast array of van and minibus rental brands.

If you’re struggling to find a car, people carrier or minibus that you want to hire, or if you have any enquiries regarding trunk space or car seat set up, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team.

Travelling with more than 5 people? Our website includes a variety of people carriers available in Kaikoura New Zealand that easily accommodate 7 or 8 passengers. If you're travelling with more than 8 people (or for 8 passengers plus a lot of bags) we recommend taking a look at our range of rental minibuses.

From large SUVs such as the Land Rover Discovery to smaller SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Opel Mocha , we have a huge selection for you to compare before booking your rental in Kaikoura New Zealand.

Looking to drive something a bit special when you’re in Kaikoura New Zealand? Stress Free Car Rental's Prestige Car Hire category compares car rental deals for prestige car manufacturers such as Range Rover, Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Making a car hire booking

We strive to be the best car hire agency around so that you know when you rent through us you're getting the best value, service and price.

When searching 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

Once your bookings 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 prices and payments.

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

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

Have any questions about Kaikoura New Zealand?

What's the most economical fuel policy for car hire in Kaikoura New Zealand?

All of our rentals in Kaikoura New Zealand include a full to full fuel policy. You'll collect the car with a full tank and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the car. The deposit is refunded when you return the car with a full tank.

Are there any hidden charges in your prices for car hire in New Zealand?

We work diligently to make sure that our prices on our website for your car hire include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car in New Zealand

Can I cancel my booking in Kaikoura 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 rental fully insured?

Car rentals in Kaikoura 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.

Our advice of things to check before collecting your vehicle rental

You will have been provided with car rental pick up location instructions with your booking confirmation email. Take time to read through how to find the car rental collection location before you begin your trip

You should check alloy wheels and door locks for damage as well. Locks and wheels are easy to miss if you're in a hurry to start your journey

Beside the exterior, you should also spend time documenting any damage to the inside of the vehicle and reporting it to the car hire provider before driving away

Whether you have purchased Premium excess cover on our website or you've your own policy, you should still take some time to inspect the car for pre existing damage. We advise taking photos on your phone of each panel of the vehicle. If damage exists on the car that isn't mentioned in your rental agreement you must report this to the car hire provider

Ensure you check the fuel type for the car and inspect which side of the car the fuel cap is on

Before driving away ,review the carrental terms. There may be extra fees for crossing borders etc so make sure you understand these.

All of the rentals displayed on our website include a full to full fuel policy. We recommend that you double check that the fuel tank is full prior to setting off. If it isn't you must report this to the car hire company before driving away

Taking some time to photograph and report any issues, whether internal or external, will help to avoid any problems with the vehicle rental company when you return the vehicle

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Why we're different

There's a bucket load of reasons why we are different from our rivals but to start, it's important to understand that Stress Free Car Rental was born out of our frustration with the process of hiring a car.

Stress Free Car Rental collects and compares millions of car rental prices at 1000s of car hire locations to find you low cost offers and ensure that booking them on the website as fast, simple, simple, fast and Stress Free as it should be

Our pricing always includes additional fees that other price comparison websites don't usually display - this makes sure that your experience is as clear-cut as possible.

The reason we decided to do things differently is because we got annoyed with seeing customers being hit with unexpected fees and felt like we could do a better job.

Car hire providers we work with include the larger vehicle hire providers like Europcar and Hertz there are some companies we know will not give you the price or experience that you deserve - so we don't include these on the website.

Stress Free Car Rental won't be beaten on price. Our car rental price match guarantee means that if you find the same hire car at a lower price, we'll match it.

Stressfreecarrental.com work to deliver you with all of the best car rental prices in Kaikoura New Zealand with no hidden fees.

We don't work with just any car hire companies. We're selective to only work with brands you can trust.

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Picking up your Kaikoura New Zealand Car hire with a debit card and other ways to pay.

You can pay with Visa, Mastercard or an American Express debit card or credit card issued by a bank or credit card company when hiring through us.

We accept a large number of currencies including Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), US Dollars (USD) and Australian Dollars (AUD).

It’s worth bearing in mind that quite frequently car rental partners that do allow debit card on collection are more costly than those that accept credit card only.

Would you prefer us to accept payments with a method other than debit card and credit card? Feel free to contact us to let us know. We’re open to ideas about how we can enhance our service and make booking your car rental a Stress Free experience.

Many of the Kaikoura New Zealand car rental partners we include accept a debit card when you pick up the rental; often these do have different conditions associated to them. Ensure that you check the contract terms if you intend to pick up the car using a debit card.

It's really simple on the website to view which car hire partners can accept debit card. Simply use the filters on the search results page to compare the car rental companies can accept your preferred card type at the counter.

One important thing to consider when deciding if you want to use a debit card at the collection desk, car hire companies sometimes hold an excess on the lead drivers credit card, the excess can be a significant amount of money , if you choose to pay using a debit card this might be debited from your bank account and not refunded until a couple of weeks following you've returned the car.

Our Premium cover

Premium insurance is the highest option for car hire cover we offer.

Lots of our clients choose the Premium Cover option when they're are hiring 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 hire insurance excess risk. You can also often pay with debit cards with Premium Cover if using a credit card is a problem.

On our website it's possible to buy Premium Cover along with your vehicle rental, so that you know the exact price of everything before you pay.

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

Selecting Premium Insurance is totally optional, you can also choose to buy Premium Cover at the car rental counter, It is usually cheaper to book this up front on our website when you make your car hire booking.

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