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Touring New Zealand - Rental Cars

Touring New Zealand safely and in absolute comfort and style is so good with these late model, low mileage GO Rentals New Zealand rental cars.

New Zealand’s wide open spaces, spectacular countryside and uncongested roads is every motorist’s dream come true. New Zealand is a self drive paradise and one of the most popular ways to see the country is to cruise through our magnificent landscapes by rental car. The constantly changing scenery makes driving itself a very pleasant way to enjoy your New Zealand vacation. Our rental car holidays and self drive tours cover all the most popular destinations as well as those special “off the beaten track” places.

Our New Zealand self drive itineraries and customised vacations offer the choice to self drive in a late model, well-maintained rental car. We have teamed up with GO Rentals New Zealand who have a rental car branches located in the main centres, with convenient city and airport locations. Simply select your preferred vehicle from the price panel featured with each itinerary.  If you require a specialty vehicle and/or additional insurance and accessories i.e. GPS, child seats etc, we can customise a quote for you. We also have preferred status with other car rental companies for alternative vehicle types.


Small - Toyota Yaris or similar
  • These remarkable little cars are fun to drive, super efficient and the easiest thing in the world to park. Also have surprisingly ample room for passengers and plenty of up-to-date safety features. Beep beep!
  • Max. 4 people
  • Auto transmission, 1300cc to 1500cc engine
  • CD player/AUX (some have USB/Bluetooth/HD Radio)
  • ANCAP safety rating: 5 star
  • 7 airbags
  • Power steering, central locking, baby seat anchor points
  • 0 - 5 years old
  • Luggage capacity: 1 medium + 1 small suitcase
Medium - Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Top of the line 5 door hatchback with all the bells and whistles you'll need for your holiday. With plenty of leg room and space in the boot, this hatch is the perfect road trip companion.
  • Max 4 people
  • 5 door hatchback
  • Automatic or Manual transmission, 1800cc engine
  • 7 airbags, baby seat anchor points
  • Power steering, CD Player / AUX / USB / Bluetooth, cruise control
  • ANCAP safety rating: 5 star
  • 0 - 2 years old
  • Luggage capacity: 2 medium + 2 small suitcases
Large - Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
  • The Toyota Corolla looks the part professionally. The ideal rental car for urban getaways or family adventures.
  • Max 5 people
  • Automatic transmission. Engine: 1800cc
  • ANCAP safety rating: 5 stars
  • Reversing camera & sensors, Steering Mounted Controls, ABS, Radio / AUX / USB / Bluetooth
  • Cruise control, baby seat anchor points
  • 7 airbags
  • 3 - 4 years old
  • Luggage capacity: 2 large + 2 small suitcases
Intermediate 4WD - Toyota RAV-4 GXL or Similar
  • Some of NZ's most spectacular roads require a little more "guts" as we say. These RAV4s have the power, traction and height so you can GO for it with confidence.
  • Max 5 people
  • Automatic transmission, 2400cc - 2500cc engine
  • 5 door 4WD
  • Power steering, CD player / USB / AUX / Bluetooth
  • 6 airbags
  • Reversing camera, cruise control, baby seat anchor points
  • Luggage capacity: 3 medium + 4 small suitcases
  • ANCAP safety rating: 5 star
  • 0 - 1 year old
  • Ask for a quote if this is your preferred vehicle
Full Size 4WD - Toyota Highlander GXL
  • A bold and sturdy 4x4 which drives and handles superbly. With 7 seats and features galore, it's a great choice for your next family holiday.
  • Max 5 people
  • Automatic transmission, 3500cc engine
  • ANCAP safety rating: 5 star
  • Power steering, CD Player / AUX / USB / Bluetooth
  • 7 airbags, baby seat anchor points
  • Reversing camera, cruise control
  • Luggage capacity: 4 large suitcases + 6 small bags
  • 0 - 1 year old
  • Ask for a quote if this is your preferred vehicle
People Mover - Hyundai iMax
  • If you need to transport a few friends or family, these vehicles give you the seats to do it all. NZ has countless great things to see and do, so round up a bunch of friends and get amongst it!
  • Max 8 people
  • Automatic transmission, 2500cc engine
  • ANCAP safety rating: 4 star
  • CD Player / AUX / USB / Bluetooth
  • 4 airbags
  • Air conditioning, reversing camera, cruise control, baby seat anchor points
  • Luggage capacity: 2 large & 4 small suitcases
  • 0 - 2 years old
  • Ask for a quote if this is your preferred vehicle

Included in your GO Rentals rental car hire:

  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance including 3rd party & public liability. In the event of damage to the vehicle, the hirer is responsible for the insurance excess of NZ$2500 (for car groups and people movers) and NZ$3500 (for specialty 4WD vehicles)
  • Airport access fees
  • Airport transfers on pick up and drop off
  • Road user charges
  • Credit card fees
  • Demurrage costs
  • Extra driver fees
  • One way fees
  • 15% goods & services tax (GST)
  • New Zealand map and local visitor guides
  • 24 hour tollfree emergency breakdown service

Not included:

  • Optional Peace of Mind insurance cover is available at an additional cost.  This includes no bond or excess for drivers 25+ years and also includes tyre and windscreen cover
  • Optional All Inclusive insurance cover is available at an additional cost.  This includes no bond or excess for drivers 25+ years and also includes tyre and windscreen cover, after hours pick up/drop off fees, child seat (if required), snow chains (if required), multi-lingual GPS navigation system.  Please advise if you would like us to quote.
  • Each driver must be over 25 years of age and present a driver’s license, in English, valid for the period of the rental.  If the license is not printed in English it must be accompanied by an accredited English translation which must be provided at the time of pick up
  • Drivers will be required to provide a credit card as identification and a credit card authorization for the amount of the excess is taken at the time of rental pick up
  • Fuel is not included.  Vehicles are supplied with a full tank and should be refilled upon return
  • The age of the rental cars is new to 5 years
  • The hire days are calculated on a 24 hour clock
  • Airport transfers – pick up.  Free airport shuttle transfers are available from the international or domestic terminal to the GO Rentals airport branch.  These are to be requested on arrival by using the appropriate branch freephone number.  Look out for the distinctive pink shuttle buses!
  • Airport transfers – drop off.  Free transfers are provided to the airport on drop off from all airport branches.
  • Branch hours – Auckland airport – 7 days 0430/0200
  • Branch hours – Auckland downtown – 7 days 0800/1700
  • Branch hours – Christchurch airport – 7 days 0500/2300
  • Branch hours – Wellington airport – 7 days 0700/1900
  • Branch hours – Queenstown airport – 7 days 0800/2000
  • After hours pick up and drop off available at all branches
  • All branches closed Christmas Day
  • Vehicles can be taken on the Cook Strait ferry.  We pre-book vehicle and passenger ferry tickets
  • If travelling to Milford Sound between June & November snow chains are required to be carried.
  • Snow chains – NZ$45 per hire (or included in All Inclusive insurance option)
  • Ski racks: NZ$50 per hire (or included in All Inclusive insurance option)
  • Baby/booster seat: NZ$45 per hire (mandatory for children up to their 7th birthday) (or included in All Inclusive insurance option)
  • Multi-lingual GPS navigation units: NZ$8 per day (or included in All Inclusive insurance option)

(If you prefer to pre-book your vehicle with a GPS included, please advise and we will re-quote your holiday package accordingly)

Snow Chains – Queenstown Lakes District Council Bylaw

Please be aware that in the Queenstown Lakes District Council area, which includes the Milford Road, Queenstown and Wanaka, you may be requested by an enforcement officer to fit snow chains to your rental car. If you are unable to comply, you may be fined NZ$700.

Road Rules

Road rules follow international standards. We drive on the left which is the same as Japan and the UK, but opposite USA/Canada and Germany where driving is on the right.

Vehicle Alternatives

GO Rentals is one of our preferred rental car suppliers. If your required car is unavailable we will request a similar vehicle from another operator and advise you accordingly.

Smoke Free

For the comfort of all clients, GO Rentals vehicles are smoke free.

Road Restrictions

Some restrictions apply to unsealed and outback roads and to some alpine regions during the winter.

In New Zealand you must not drive or take rental vehicles on the following roads:

  • Skippers Canyon Road – Queenstown
  • 90 mile beach – Northland
  • roads north of Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Tasman Valley Road, Mount Cook
  • Unformed, dirt or farm roads
  • Driver Qualifications
    All drivers must be aged 25 years or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with an English translation shown on the drivers licence) for their home country. If an international drivers permit is presented, this must be accompanied by the home country licence. There is no maximum age for hiring a car in New Zealand. For identification purposes, a credit card is also required. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Additional drivers must be registered on the Rental Agreement and prior to driving they must visit a branch of GO Rentals in New Zealand and show their full and valid driver’s licence.  There is no extra charge for additional authorised drivers however criteria above must be met.
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We would like to thank you for a fabulous holiday.Thanks a lot from my wife for the LOTR -Location Guidebook and the chocie ;) She was very surprised and happy. Even Diane and Martin in Kaiteriteri surprised her with a notice at their entry. M now thinks about opening a B&B in Katieriteri too!
All choosen places were amazing. The accommodations were just perfect. Accept in the Rotorua, Twizel and Christchurch ones we´ve had beautiful views to amazing landscapes. Allthough we must admit, the Routorua and Christchurch Motels/B&B were absolut friendly housekeepers, very tidy and perfect located, so also very nice places to stay!!!
The LOTR-Tours were also very nice and perfect organised. Very competent and nice guys and a very interesting tour which you perfectly arranged for us. Thanks for that too! We realy appreciate what you have done for us.
If you´ve got any further German customers who want to know more, let me know and I could share some of my 3505 photos to show them it is absolutely worth to visit (and in our case we would like to stay) NZ.
We know, we have still not seen everything and every places, so we are looking forward to come again.

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