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Car Hire in New Zealand.

A fresh, honest approach to car rental

Uncover New Zealand.

Whether you’re basing your adventure around the bustling North Island or the awe-inspiring South Island, you’ll have the trip of a lifetime.

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Pick up a hire car in New Zealand and you’ll never be stuck for things to see and do.

Reasons to book with Zest Car Rental

Zest Car Rental provides a fresh approach to car hire in New Zealand. Booking a car through us is simple and hassle-free because we believe in making things as easy as possible. We won’t charge you amendment or credit card fees or try to confuse you with jargon. We’ll just be open and honest.  

We work with carefully selected and trusted car hire providers in New Zealand to ensure the best customer service possible. If you need to talk to us, our UK head office is open 6 days a week. We also operate an emergency 24 hour back up service so you can rest assured we’re always available.

Not only do we give you unlimited mileage options, we also include breakdown assistance in case of an emergency.

North Island

Smaller than the South Island, the North Island offers tourists an exciting mix of diverse experiences. The more heavily populated of New Zealand’s two islands, the North Island is a great place to start for those who want to explore the wide mix of cultures, history, and people. The subtropical region of Northland stretches from Auckland to the very northern tip of the Island. Take a road trip along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to Whangarei or the iconic Bay of Islands where you can swim with dolphins and relax in the sun.

Lots of the Lord of the Rings was filmed on the North Island so why not start with a visit to Hobbiton at Matamata where you’ll discover the Shire and visit the film set.

Further inland, be sure to explore Mt. Ruapehu and the surrounding volcanoes, deserts, thermal springs, and mountain lakes. With great skiing and fishing on offer, it’s perfect in winter or summer.

If you’re down near Wellington, why not visit Wairarapa? An hour’s drive out of the city, you can take in the vineyards at Martinborough or head to Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of the North Island.

South Island

South Island is the place to be if you want to get out, explore, and make the most of New Zealand’s reputation for adrenaline and adventure. If you’re over at Queenstown you can explore the fjords and mountains seen in the Lord of the Rings films, including Isengard and the Misty Mountains. 

If it’s vineyards you’re after, jump in your hire car and head to Marlborough for a wine tour before exploring the Marlborough Sounds by kayak or yacht. Alternatively, if you want to see architecture and experience a dose of culture, head to Dunedin. One of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Dunedin is also surrounded by natural beauty in the shape of rolling hills and stunning shoreline. From here, get in your car and head up to the Otago Peninsular with a picnic and revel in the wild beauty the South Island has to offer.

Major Airports

Zest Car Rental serves the major airports of New Zealand and the country’s smaller travel hubs. So we are ready to provide you with a hire car whether you’re arriving at:

Auckland Airport – Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with magnificent sights and sounds waiting around every corner, and a stunning waterfront location on the Hauraki Gulf. Be sure to explore the windswept beaches of the west coast and the subtropical bush clad hills of the Waitakere Ranges. We also recommend you seek out the amazing coves of The Coromandel to the east of Auckland. Car hire really is the best way to make the most of this fascinating region.

Wellington Airport – It may not be the largest city in New Zealand, but the country’s capital is still a great city to visit. Fly to Wellington Airport and drive out to Zealandia to learn about New Zealand’s rare and varied wildlife. Alternatively, set out on a road trip up the east coast to Hawkes Bay with its wonderful wines and stunning architecture.

Rotorua Airport – Land at Rotorua and head to its wonderful volcanic and geothermal area. Located in one of the most geothermally active areas of the country with geysers, mud baths, and hot springs all on offer, Rotorua is a must visit destination. Make sure you spend some time in the Bay of Plenty with its waterfalls, forests, white sand beaches, and wonderful lakes. Whether you chill on a beach or go whale watching, there’ll be something here for you.

Queenstown Airport –Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the mountains of The Remarkables, Queenstown is considered the adventure capital of the world and offers everything an adrenaline junkie could ask for. If you’re after jet boating, bungee jumping, or a ziptrek, you’ll find it here. If it all gets too much for you, why not relax with a glass of one of Otago’s many excellent wines and take in the scenery.

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