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Save Money For Stuff That Matters!

It’s simple, really.

You’re hiring a car to get around this wonderful country, or just from one place to the next.

Maybe you’re a visitor travelling from Cape Reinga to Bluff with all stops in between. Or perhaps you live here and just need to get to a mate’s wedding in Taupo.

Either way, you shouldn’t be spending more money than you need to. All you need is a car to get you there, saving you money for other things.

Like a jet boat ride in Queenstown, or black water rafting in the Waitomo Caves. Or a wedding present that both bride and groom will long remember.

At Discount Car Rental, our aim is to save you money so that you can spend it on the important stuff.

To make things easy, our car rental comparison search engine hunts down the very best offers available from all car rental suppliers and lists them side-by-side for you. This lets you instantly compare and find the best deals.

Brands You Can Trust

Discount Car Rental partners with 28 brands at 75 locations around New Zealand. Our suppliers include Avis, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz and Europcar as well as the best local car rental companies.

All it takes is one simple search and Discount Car Rental will find you the latest prices and special offers on a huge range of vehicles.

Why our prices for NZ car hire are so low

We work with rental car companies to make sure you have a choice from a wide selection of vehicles at discount prices.

Our network buying power helps us to negotiate preferred rates and we pass on the savings to you.

And we regularly check competitor prices, working with our suppliers to ensure you always get a great deal.

Our low car rental rates include New Zealand’s mandatory 15% Goods and Services tax. What you see is what you pay. No hidden extra costs!

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What’s the damage?

Great — you’ve got your car, adjusted the seat and mirrors, but wait... Before you drive off, make sure you double-check the vehicle to make sure that the rental company has identified any and all signs of damage. You don’t want to risk being charged for someone else’s scratches and dings after you return your rental car.

Check inside and out and if you see something that’s not already been noted by the rental company, let them know. To be safe, take photos of any pre-existing damage.

Yes, NZ has Toll Roads

Like many countries, New Zealand has toll roads — but it has only three of them, all in the North Island.

Expect to pay $2.30 to drive the Northern Gateway Toll Road (on State Highway 1, north of Auckland); $2 for the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road on State Highway 2 (SH2); and $1.80 for the Takitimu Drive Toll Road that bypasses Tauranga city centre.

All toll roads are electronic, and fees can be paid in advance or up to five days after driving the toll road. Payment can be made online on the NZ Transport Agency website ( Alternatively, you can pay at some BP, Caltex and Z petrol stations (a $1.20 transaction fee applies), or by calling 0800 40 20 20 (a $3.70 transaction fee applies).

Late payments attract a $4.90 surcharge, with an additional $40 fine if an infringement notice is issued due to non-payment. On top of any outstanding charges, your rental company will also charge you an additional administration fee of $30 or more for processing the late payment. So not paying a toll charge can get pretty expensive.

If you’re not in a hurry, there are alternative free routes for each of these toll roads.

Return your Rental with a Full Tank

Stop at a nearby petrol station and fill up before returning your vehicle. Petrol is already expensive enough in New Zealand without having to pay your rental company even more for a full tank of fuel.

Right place, right time

Rental car prices rise and fall with seasonal demand and availability. If your timing’s right, you may be able to take advantage of some additional discounts and deals.

Rather than start in one place and end in another, you can save some money if you’re able to return your vehicle to the same depot you picked it up from.

If your trip starts or ends at an airport, compare rental costs in getting a vehicle from an off-airport location. With complimentary shuttle buses to take you to and from the airport, off-airport rental depots can mean substantial savings.

Right is Wrong when Driving in New Zealand

If you’re just visiting, there are some things you should know to make sure your stay here is enjoyable, safe and accident-free.

If you’re from the United States, Canada, China, Germany or other countries where you drive on the right side of the road, we drive on the wrong side. The left side, that is — don’t forget.

New Zealand doesn’t have many motorways. Roads are mostly two-way and may be narrower, steeper and with more twists and turns than you’re used to. Be careful to overtake only when it is safe to do so.

What’s the hurry?

Take your time travelling around our country. There’s plenty to see and speed limits are strictly enforced by police using radar, speed cameras and unmarked patrol cars. Speeding tickets can be expensive, and there are better things to spend your money on.

On the open road you can drive at up to 100 km/h (about 60 mph); in built-up areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h (roughly 30 mph).

Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

Your Driver’s Licence

You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit.

All drivers, including overseas visitors, must carry their licence or permit when driving. You may only drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.​

Make sure your overseas driver’s licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you should bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Driving Permit. Contact your local automobile club for further details about obtaining a translation or an International Driving Permit.​

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