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Car hire driving information New Zealand

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
When travelling by car in New Zealand you might want to visit both the North and South island. Since no rental cars are allowed on ferries please be advised that there are special rules applying. You must take the ferry without the car and pick up a new one on the other side. This can easily be arranged when you book your car hire in New Zealand with us at Auto Europe. Just let us know.

To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in New Zealand are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Motorways 100 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In New Zealand you drive on the left side of the road, just like in Ireland. Both the driver and the passenger must wear safety belts. Children under the age of 3 must sit in an age appropriate car safety seat.

There are many petrol stations available and fuel can be bought 24 h a day in the bigger cities.

Apart from the road between Orewa and Puhoi, north of Auckland, there are no toll motorways in New Zealand. 

Parking meters are common in bigger cities. Be aware that finding a parking spot in for instants Auckland can be very hard. One tip is to park the car in the outskirts and take a commuter train into the centre. It is cheaper.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
With a rental car in New Zealand you are not allowed to travel abroad and take the car on a ferry. If you wish to travel to the other island please let us know during booking.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. International one ways are not allowed.

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