New Zealand Car Rental

Flying in to New Zealand

Flying to New Zealand? Traveling through picturesque landscapes and vibrant cities is easier when you rent a car directly at the airport.

Here are some of the main airports in New Zealand where Enterprise provides its reliable car rental services:

1. Car Rental from Auckland Airport (AKL)
2. Car Rental from Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
3. Car Rental from Dunedin Airport (DUD)
4. Car Rental from Nelson Airport (NSN)
5. Car Rental from Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
6. Car Rental from Wellington International Airport (WLG)

Enterprise has multiple branches strategically located at major airports across the country to ensure that your New Zealand car rental experience is smooth and hassle-free from the moment you land.

Explore the Beauty of New Zealand's Islands on a Scenic Drive

New Zealand, with its diverse landscapes and stunning scenery, offers road trippers the adventure of a lifetime. Here are some of the most scenic drives, divided into short excursions and longer road trips, covering both the North and South Islands.

Begin your journey by flying into Auckland Airport (AKL) for the North Island and Christchurch Airport (CHC) for the South Island.

North Island Short Drives (1-4 Hours)

Coromandel Peninsula Loop

Duration: 3 hours
Nearest Airport: Auckland Airport (AKL)

Head east from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. Drive along winding coastal roads, explore Cathedral Cove and relax in the famous Hot Water Beach.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Drive

Duration: 2.5 hours
Nearest Airport: Taupo Airport (TUO)

Begin in Taupo and drive to Tongariro National Park. While the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is popular with hikers, the surrounding landscapes make for a stunning drive.

Napier to Cape Kidnappers Coastal Route

Duration: 3.5 hours
Nearest Airport: Hawke's Bay Airport (NPE)

Explore the art deco city of Napier and drive along the coast to Cape Kidnappers. See the impressive gannet colonies and enjoy coastal panoramas.

Wellington to Martinborough Wine Trail

Duration: 2 hours
Nearest Airport: Wellington Airport (WLG)

Start in Wellington and drive to Martinborough. Discover vineyards, taste world-class wines, and soak in the charming rural atmosphere.

Longer Road Trips (1-5 Days)

Auckland to Bay of Islands Coastal Journey

Duration: 4 days
Nearest Airport: Auckland Airport (AKL)

Take a drive from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy pristine beaches, visit historic sites, and take in the beauty of New Zealand's northern coast.

Rotorua to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Circuit

Duration: 3 days
Nearest Airport: Rotorua Regional Airport (ROT)

Drive from Rotorua to Hobbiton, the famous film set, and then explore the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo. Immerse yourself in both fantasy and natural wonders.

Wellington to Whanganui River Road

Duration: 4.5 days
Nearest Airport: Wellington Airport (WLG)

Head north from Wellington along the Whanganui River Road. Experience lush landscapes, visit the Bridge to Nowhere, and discover the rich history of the Whanganui region.

South Island: Short Drives (1-4 Hours)

Christchurch to Akaroa Coastal Drive

Duration: 2.5 hours
Nearest Airport: Christchurch Airport (CHC)

Begin in Christchurch and drive to the French-inspired town of Akaroa. Enjoy the scenic Banks Peninsula and encounter marine wildlife on the way.

Queenstown to Glenorchy Scenic Route

Duration: 1.5 hours
Nearest Airport: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

Experience the breathtaking drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy. Marvel at Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, capturing some of New Zealand's most iconic landscapes.

Dunedin to Otago Peninsula Coastal Trail

Duration: 3 hours
Nearest Airport: Dunedin Airport (DUD)

Drive from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula. Explore coastal wildlife, visit Larnach Castle, and enjoy the panoramic views of the South Island's southeastern coast.

Longer Road Trips (1-5 days)

Southern Scenic Route

Duration: 5 days
Nearest Airport: Invercargill Airport (IVC)

Explore the Catlins Coast, visit the iconic Nugget Point Lighthouse, marvel at the beauty of Milford Sound, and hike in Fiordland National Park.

West Coast Explorer

Duration: 4 days
Nearest Airport: Hokitika Airport (HKK)

Drive through the rugged West Coast, visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, explore the glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox, and relax in the tranquil town of Hokitika.

Canterbury Adventure Trail

Duration: 3 days
Nearest Airport: Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

Discover the adventure capital of New Zealand in Queenstown, take a scenic drive through Mount Cook National Park and, if you're a thrillseeker, try an adrenaline-pumping bungee jump or have ago at jet boating.

Marlborough Wine Country

Duration: 2 days
Nearest Airport: Blenheim Airport (BHE)

Explore the renowned Marlborough wine region, stay locally so you can walk or bike to the vineyards for wine tasting tours, enjoy gourmet dining experiences, and take leisurely walks or bike rides through the vineyards.

Otago Peninsula Escape

Duration: 1 day
Nearest Airport: Dunedin Airport (DUD)

Discover the wildlife-rich Otago Peninsula, spot yellow-eyed penguins and royal albatrosses, explore historic Larnach Castle, and enjoy scenic coastal drives.

Popular Destinations and things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a diverse range of experiences, from breathtaking natural landscapes to vibrant cities and rich cultural heritage. Here are some of the best places to visit in New Zealand:

Charming New Zealand Cities

Experience the unique charm of New Zealand's cities, each with its individual character and attractions:

• Auckland: The largest city in New Zealand, known for its sparkling harbors, iconic Sky Tower, and diverse culinary scene. Escape the big city and visit Waiheke Island for a great outdoor day trip.
• Christchurch: A city of rejuvenation, offering innovative architecture, beautiful parks, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. There are plenty of things to do in Christchurch for all kinds of visitors, from relaxing at Hangley Park to visiting Cantebury Museum.
• Wellington: The capital city of New Zealand, celebrated for its vibrant arts and film industry, excellent coffee culture, and scenic waterfront. Don’t forget to hike up to the Mount Victoria Lookout for incredible views.
• Queenstown: Some of the best things to do in New Zealand for adrenaline junkies are found in Queenstown. Indulge in thrilling activities like bungee jumping and jet boating by the iconic Kawarau Bridge and Lake Wakatipu.
• Dunedin: A city with a strong Scottish heritage, boasting historic architecture, a lively student population, and unique wildlife encounters on the nearby Otago Peninsula.

Scenic National Parks in New Zealand

Immerse yourself in the beauty of New Zealand's national parks, where you can see lush landscapes and unique flora and fauna. Explore Fiordland National Park, known for its iconic Milford Sound, majestic fiords, and rainforests. Discover the wonders of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning volcanoes, hot springs, and emerald lakes.

Iconic Landmarks in New Zealand

Discover New Zealand's tourist attractions and landmarks that showcase the country's natural wonders and cultural significance:

• Aoraki/Mount Cook: Marvel at the sight of the majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook, the country's highest peak, located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The rugged beauty of this mountain and its surrounding landscapes offer a breathtaking experience for nature enthusiasts and hikers.
• Rotorua Geothermal Wonders: Explore the geothermic wonders of Rotorua, where hot springs and mud pools create a mesmerizing experience.
• Waitomo Glow Worm Caves: Visit the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an enchanting experience illuminated by thousands of glow worms. Take a boat ride through the cave and be mesmerized by the magical glow emitted by these tiny creatures.
• Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Discover the historical significance of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the nation's founding document was signed. Explore the beautifully preserved grounds, including the Treaty House and the intricately carved Maori meeting house.
• Te Papa Tongarewa: Immerse yourself in the rich Maori and Pacific Island heritage at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum in Wellington. Discover fascinating exhibits, cultural artifacts, and interactive displays that offer insights into New Zealand's diverse history.

Food and Drink in New Zealand

When exploring food in New Zealand, you will discover a huge variety of cuisines to try, influenced by its diverse cultural heritage. Try iconic Kiwi dishes like the savory meat pie and the classic fish and chips. Don't miss the chance to taste traditional Maori cuisine, such as hangi, a delicious feast cooked in an earth oven. Visit local farmers' markets to sample fresh produce, artisan cheeses, and locally made chocolates.

Festivals in New Zealand

New Zealand festivals are vibrant and diverse, here are some you won’t want to miss:

• Te Matatini: Experience the thrilling Maori performing arts at the largest kapa haka (traditional Maori dance) festival, held every two years.
• Hokitika Wildfoods Festival: Embark on a culinary adventure with unique and daring dishes featuring wild ingredients from the West Coast.
• Queenstown Winter Festival: If you’re looking for things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand, don’t miss out on this week-long celebration of snow sports, live music, and family-friendly activities.

Driving in New Zealand

Exploring New Zealand by car is a great way to soak up the scenery and visit the country at your own pace. Roads are well-maintained and clearly signposted, making driving around a breeze. But before renting a car in New Zealand, learn about the country’s road rules and regulations:

Age for Driving in New Zealand

The minimum driving age in New Zealand is 16 years old for a learner's license and 18 years old for a full driver's license. However, it's important to note that there are different age restrictions for renting a car, depending on the car rental company.

License Requirements

If you’re an international visitor, you can drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have a valid driver's license from your home country. If your license is not in English, you must also carry an accurate translation or an international driving permit (IDP) alongside your original license. Make sure to have both your driver's license and passport with you while driving. Are you ready to explore New Zealand? Check out our rental car options and prepare for a smooth drive through this breathtaking country.

Car and van hire in New Zealand with Enterprise

Enterprise New Zealand offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in New Zealand

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in New Zealand

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in New Zealand, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

New Zealand Car Rental Locations

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in New Zealand. As part of the world’s largest car rental provider, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With many unique attractions, New Zealand is a popular destination with tourists and business travelers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.