Europcar in New Zealand
New Zealand is divided in two - the North Island and South Island - and totals 268 kilometres squared. Its varied terrain (mountains, lakes and coast) and relatively modest size (a fraction bigger than the UK) means that New Zealand is an ideal country to discover by car.
Europcar has 22 stations conveniently located across New Zealand. Some of our popular stations include Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown airports - picking up from here are great base points to start your adventure on the road. Whether you are looking for a city car, a four-wheeled drive to tackle rough terrains, or something a little bigger, Europcar has both car and van rental options to complete your New Zealand experience.
Europcar car hire specific offers and benefits in New Zealand
Hire with Europcar in New Zealand and you can take advantage of some of these great deals.
Make the most of New Zealand’s panoramic and winding roads with a luxury car from our Selection range. Look the part in the newly introduced Ford Mustang EcoBoost™ or the sleek Mercedes-Benz GLE 250D SUV.
Do not waste any time to discover New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery by booking your car rental using Online Check-In. Complete any paperwork and payment details beforehand, and you can save valuable time at the check-in desk. Just a few documents to sign and you will be on the winding roads of North or South NZ island!
Leave nothing to chance when you rent. Our extra cover packages give you additional peace of mind when you hire a car with Europcar. Should any accidents happen during your trip, with our comprehensive cover options, you will be fully protected.
Driving in New Zealand
New Zealand’s diverse terrain means roads are often narrow, steep and winding with lots of sharp corners.
Plan your journeys with care, taking into account longer distances, rural areas and weather conditions that could affect driving. Always check the weather before you set off; particularly during winter when driving becomes more difficult with snow, ice and fog.
Be aware that New Zealand’s rail road crossings are not all automatic. Most will flash lights when a train is approaching, but some just include stop signs. When you see this, make sure to stop, check both directions, and only cross when you are sure it is safe.
The maximum speed limit on roads (including motorways) is 100 km/h and 50 km/h in urban areas. In school zones the maximum speed limit is 40 km/h.