faq page for auckalnad car rental

Frequently Asked Questions

You find here all the information you need about one-way car rental to or from Auckland and answers to most other questions we frequently get asked about in regard to car hire in New Zealand. If you have any other questions, please contact us directly.

Q. Do you provide One-Way car rental?

A. Yes, you can book you a One-Way car rental. One way fees apply however if you request a quote the one-way fee will be included. If you require a one way car rental please contact us and we’ll get back to you shortly with a full quote for your hire.

Q. Do you have a rental car depot at Auckland Airport?

A. We have two rental car locations in Auckland. One is located in downtown Auckland and the other is just 5 minutes from Auckland Airport. We provide FREE courtesy transfers to and from airports. Please ensure you provide your flight details when booking. Our shuttles operate on demand so call us when you arrive in Auckland and we will dispatch our shuttle to collect you.

Q. Auckland Car Rentals rates are way below what we’ve been quoted by other New Zealand car rental car firms. So what sort of car will we get?

A. We have stong links to one of the largest independent car importers in New Zealand. The cars we import are predominantly Hyundai, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Nissan. With this large quality fleet and by keeping overheads low, we are able to provide New Zealand car hire at highly competitive prices.

Q. Does Auckland Car Rentals require a deposit to secure bookings?

A. Yes, we require a 10% deposit on all bookings to secure your reservation. You can also choose to pay your hire costs in full at the time of booking if you would prefer to do so.

Q. Do Auckland Car Rentals cars have air conditioning and power steering?

A. Yes, they do.

Q. Are the rental cars from Auckland Car Rentals auto or manual?

A. Our fleet of over 1,000 cars has both manual and auto vehicles available. Let us know your preference when you make your booking.

Q. What sort of driving licenses are required in New Zealand?

A. You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s license from your home country, or an International Driving Permit. All drivers, including overseas visitors, must carry their license or permit when driving in New Zealand. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. Make sure your overseas driver’s license is current. If your license 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.

Q. What are New Zealand’s Road Rules?

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There are a few things to know before hitting the kiwi roads with one of our cars. Because we care about you and your safety, we want to make sure your have a safe and unforgettable journey in New Zealand.
Please take a moment to watch the video above and to read this booklet before travelling: What’s different about New Zealand? (PDF)
For more information please the DriveSafe website.

Quick tips

licence web

Drivers licence requirements You must have your current and valid driver licence or driver permit with you at all times when you’re driving. If your overseas licence or driver permit is not in English, you must also carry an accurate English translation. Please not you must carry your original licence AND the translation at all times. Find more info about drivers licences in NZ here.


stay overnight

Get some rest If arriving from a long-haul flight, we encourage you to rest and stay overnight before driving a long distance.



Keep left Always drive on the left side of the road. If you drive on the right side of the road in your own country, please remember to keep left when pulling out onto the road – it’s easy to forget where you are!


seat belt web

Safety belts By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a safety belt or child restraint – whether they’re in the front or back. Children under 7 years of age must be secured in an approved child seat.

speed limitsSpeed limits Speed limit signs show the maximum speed you can travel. On the open road, the maximum speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour. In cities and towns, the maximum is 50 kilometres per hour. Be alert for signs.

giveway web

Give way rules All traffic turning right must give way to vehicles coming from the opposite direction and turning left. At an uncontrolled intersection, all traffic from the terminating road (bottom of the ‘T’) will have to give way to all traffic on a continuing road (top of the ‘T’). Read more about give ways here.


driving to the conditions

Drive to the conditions New Zealand roads cover some impressive terrain and pass through amazing scenery, but they can also be dangerous at times and in certain weather conditions. Always drive to the conditions and reduce your speed when necessary. You can check the current road conditions here


Get ready for your driving experience in New Zealand by taking the quick Free Driving Test for Tourists. Be ready. Drive safe. Have fun!