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Rental Cars in New Zealand – Why You Should Choose an Independent Holiday

Travelling to New Zealand from abroad can be both exciting and daunting; how do you know where to go, what to see and how to get around? Isn’t it best to take a guided tour so that you don’t miss anything? Whilst guided tours are a great option for those restricted by time, with a little bit of planning and a great rental car company, you can have an independent self drive tour that is just as good – if not better!

If you are one of the many tourists arriving from Australia, you will be pleased to know that here in New Zealand we drive on the same side of the road as drivers do in Australia. Our roads and weather can be somewhat different though – but don’t let that be a factor to deter you from booking a rental car. A quality rental car company will provide you with details either on their website or when you pick up your vehicle on the basic New Zealand road rules, which will help to put your mind at ease if still aren’t sure on driving the country yourself.

Independent self drive tours of New Zealand allow you to choose where you will stop, what you want to see and who you travel with. Many of the guided tours often have set destinations which are unable to be customised to suit. Imagine driving along the road in your rental car of choice only to see a quaint little cafe on the side of the road in small township such as Temuka, you decide to pull over and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink only to find that the cafe also sells some great little souvenirs – you may not have found that out if you were on a guided tour!

Your options really are endless, many tourists you talk to will often tell you of all the famous New Zealand places to stop on your holiday; Waitomo Caves, Tongariro National Park, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Akaroa, the list goes on – and whilst these places are great, there are so many more small townships along your travels that are definitely worth a stop, even if it is just for some lunch or to stretch your legs. Below we give you some ideas:
- Cheviot – there is a great little community market on the weekends where you can find all sorts of knick knacks.
- Bannockburn – if you are staying in the Otago region (Cromwell, Queenstown) Bannockburn is a small township not far, that offers some great wineries.
- Greytown – in the North Island, this small town is like stepping into a different world with it’s historical buildings and great arts and crafts on offer, it’s worth the visit.
- Turangi – if fishing, mountain biking, bush walks and more sounds like something you are interested in, then Turangi is your place to stop.

Travelling by rental car around New Zealand allows you to enjoy these towns and many more, depending on your itinerary – something which many tourists miss out on.

Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand – Plan Your Road Trip Today!

If you are taking advantage of the cheap flights from Australia to New Zealand for your summer holidays, you should also consider taking advantage of cheap car hire too, and plan your road trip around the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ today!

When booking our holidays many of us often choose to stay in one location for the duration of our trip, often due to the cost of travelling around, however when you take a look around you can save yourself money on those generally costly items; meaning you can plan to travel further and see more!

When you are looking for cheap car hire in New Zealand, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up getting a quality vehicle. There are some great quality companies that offer more than just cheaper rates on their vehicles, such as car seat hire for the children, GPS navigation systems, bike racks and more.

The location that you choose to pick up your vehicle from will depend on where your flight arrives into. The main centres where international flights arrive into are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, however there are flights into other towns such as Queenstown and Rotorua available. Once you have your pick up location you can choose where you travel to first on your road trip. Below we give you some ideas:

Auckland Pick Up Location:

Travelling from Auckland you can almost head in any direction and experience something different in terms of scenery, lifestyle, entertainment and weather. As an idea of a 7 day itinerary:
- Head into Auckland City and experience the Sky Tower, shopping, dining and more before beginning your travels.
- Head on up to the Coromandel Peninsula, stopping at the famous historical gold mining town of Thames to get your history ‘fix’.
- Carrying on you will explore the Coromandel’s amazing golden sand beaches and natural attractions. Take a picnic at Cathedral Cove and bask in the sunshine.
- From Coromandel head down to Rotorua for a geothermal experience like no other.
- From Rotorua travel to Taupo in the south and see New Zealand’s largest lake or explore the Tongariro National Park before travelling back to Auckland.

Christchurch Pick Up Location:

Christchurch is in the South Island of New Zealand and again allows you to start your journey by travelling in almost any direction. As an idea of a 7 day itinerary:
- Explore Christchurch the ‘Garden City’ and it’s heritage before heading down south.
- Travel to Dunedin – you can choose to stop at any one (or more) of the small townships on the way including Ashburton, Temuka & Timaru for a bite to eat and a ‘cuppa’.
- Once in Dunedin, visit Larnach Castle or take a bird watching tour where you can see the Yellow Eyed Penguin or Royal Albatross.
- From Dunedin travel to Te Anau – the gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
- From Te Anau take a trip to Milford Sound hop on board a cruise to see Mitre Peak and Bowen falls.
- With a short trip back to Te Anau you can then head north to Queenstown.
- Queenstown is a popular resort town year round, with many adrenalin pumping activities including jet boating, bungy jumping and more. You can also enjoy dining on the lakeside or pamper yourself at one of the spa resorts.
- From Queenstown begin your journey back up to Christchurch before heading home.

As you can see you have plenty of road trip opportunities – it’s just a matter of finding cheap car hire in New Zealand to start your journey with.