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The Complete New Zealand Driving and Rental Guide

With a territory as large as the United Kingdom but with only a population of 4.5 million inhabitants, New Zealand has always been a popular travel destination thanks to its beautiful and diverse natural sceneries. Here is a driving and rental guide we prepare especially for you aiming at helping you have a smooth road trip.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

In New Zealand, driving is on the left with overtaking on the right. New Zealand has the same system of signs and road code as you would find in the United Kingdom. During winter, especially in the mountains or on South Island, driving can be tricky. Therefore snow chains are highly recommended when renting a car at this season.

Speed Limit

There are speed limits of 100 km/h on highways and 50 km/h in urban areas unless signs say otherwise.

Traffic Signs

There are three major types of signs in New Zealand: compulsory, warning and information signs. Here are some of the regulatory signs that you may often see in New Zealand.

New Zealand Traffic Sign StopStop
New Zealand Traffic Sign Give WayGive Way
New Zealand Traffic Sign No U turnNo U-turn
New Zealand Traffic Sign 30 km/h Speed Limit30 km/h Speed Limit
New Zealand Traffic Sign No StoppingNo Stopping

Warning signs are diamond-shaped with yellow or green background.

New Zealand Traffic Sign 60 km/h Speed Limit Ahead60 km/h Speed Limit Ahead
New Zealand Traffic Sign Merging Traffic from RightMerging Traffic from Right 
New Zealand Traffic Sign Road BumpRoad Bump
New Zealand Traffic Sign Watch for Large Animals (Cattle)Watch for Large Animals (Cattle)
New Zealand Traffic Sign Railway CrossbuckRailway Crossbuck

Information signs are in rectangular shape with a white background.

New Zealand Traffic Sign Left Turn at Any Time With CareLeft Turn at Any Time With Care
New Zealand Traffic Sign Cyclists Cross Here With Care (to the Left)Cyclists Cross Here With Care (to the Left)

Further information on signs for driving in New Zealand can be found in this booklet.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers under 15 years wear seat belts. Passengers aged 15 and over are responsible for putting seat belts on themselves.

Booster Seat Laws

All children under 7 must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. 


You must correctly secure children aged between 7 and 8 in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle. If not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available. 


For children aged between 8 and 14, a safety belt must be used. If not available, they must travel in the back seat. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Forbidden Parking 


You cannot park your car in the following spots: 


- Along the broken yellow lines along the side of the curb, since it means that parking is not permitted


- Near a corner, curve, hill, traffic island or intersection, if it will stop other people from seeing along the road 


- On, or closer than 5 metres to a fire hydrant, unless somebody who can move the vehicle stays with it 


- In front of or closer than 1 metre to a vehicle entrance 


- On or closer than 6 metres to an intersection, unless there are parking spaces or a notice telling you that you can park there 


· Parking Signs 


Parking signs in New Zealand are marked with numbers indicating how long you can park the car and an arrow to indicate directions. Some are specified with the date of the week as well.

 New Zealand Parking With Specified Time And Arrow New Zealand Parking With Specified Time And Dates And Arrow

· Paid Parking 

All machines accept New Zealand coins, and some of them have been introduced with credit cards and TXT-a-Park payment methods. Currently, you still need to go for Pay-and-Display parking. However, all machines will be upgraded by March 2018 to include Pay By Plate technology, which allows you to enter your vehicle’s registration plate number directly on the machine and pay for it by credit card, debit card, coins or TXT-a-Park. Note that there is a 50-cent fee for credit card or TXT-a-Park transaction.

New Zealand Paid Parking Metre(Image from Stuff.co.nz)

Fuel Prices

The average gasoline price in New Zealand in November 2017 is $2.22 per litre, while it is of $1.47 for diesel.

Toll

There are three toll roads in New Zealand: the Northern Gateway Toll Road north in Auckland, the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road in Tauranga.

New Zealand Toll Road(Image from nzta.govt.nz)


How much you should pay depends on your car type. You can pay the tolls by debit or credit cards, POLi, and cash. 


Debit or credit card 

You can use your Visa or Mastercard to buy or pay a Pay & Go toll.


POLi 

If you have Internet banking with ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Kiwibank, TSB Bank, Westpac or Bank Direct, then you can buy or pay a Pay & Go toll (external link) using Payment Online (POLi). 


Note: POLi is not available for business internet banking customers. 


Cash 

If you prefer to pay with cash (or by debit/credit card) you can pay your tolls at selected service stations (a transaction fee of $1.20 per transaction will apply). 


Be aware that as a car renter, not paying for the toll fee will result in the car hire company paying it for you and collecting the toll fee along with an add-on of management fee (note that it can sometimes be costly) from your credit card.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

If you are 20 or over, you must not drive if you have consumed more than the legal alcohol limit, which is 250 micrograms per litre of breath or 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05%). There is a zero tolerance for alcohol if you are under 20.

Traffic Fines

In New Zealand, exceeding the speed limit results in an infringement fine range from $30 to $630. The amount of the infringement fine will depend on the difference between the actual and legal speed limit. 


As for parking, an infringement notice can be issued if a vehicle is parked illegally on public land, or in breach of what a parking sign says. In some circumstances, the vehicle can also be towed away if it is obstructing traffic. 


Normally, there will be a website or hotline number on the front or back of the ticket as well as the reason for the violation fine and the relevant voucher number. Please be aware that you can log onto the website or call the hotline and follow the guidelines to pay the ticket. 


Failure to pay tickets will result in the car hire company paying them on the renter’s behalf, and debit the renter credit card for the fine amount plus an administration fee. Please note that you can always contact QEEQ’ 24/7 customer service team for help if you have questions concerning this matter. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

At the time of rental in New Zealand, all drivers must present a full and valid driving licence from the renters country of residence and the licence should be held for at least 1 or 2 years ( policies may vary depending on car hire companies). An International Driving Permit is highly recommended for international drivers. If your domestic driving licence is not printed in English (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required when you drive in New Zealand.


Minimum age in New Zealand is 21 years (age may vary depending on car category) and the maximum is 80 years of age. If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.


*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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G.Skeels

August 6, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

7.3Good

I rang the company the day after pick up to say bonnet would not open due to faulty lever. No water in water reservoir so couldn’t clean windscreen or check oil. No one rang back

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P.Nedthongsavanh

August 6, 2020

Destination: Wellington

6.3Not good experience for my first time car rental with Apex. Unfriendly staff and no service mind

I picked up the car at the office at 9AM on last Sunday but experienced with the unfriendly, no service mind male staff at the counter. After we got in to the car, we noticed that the seatbelt at the back seat didn't work just before we drove out. Then the female staff was still care enough and changed the new car for us, but didn't talk anything, just kept me the key and disappeared. My first time worse car rental experience in NZ!

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C.Grosvenor

August 4, 2020

Destination: Dunedin

8Cheap and Cheerful

Average little run about, not exactly clean but did the trick. Well worth the money though. No complaints

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Kate Taylor

August 4, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

10Simply the best.

We needed a car to get us up the to the ski hill this season and this car did just that. An excellent vehicle and service received from Yesaway. The car was spotless and only had a few thousand km’s on the clock. A first for us in New Zealand, as most rental cars here have been around the clock a few times. Thanks Yesaway. We will be back.

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August 3, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Just what we needed for a fair price!

Yes rentals kindly upgraded our vehicle free of charge. The staff were friendly and we would be happy to use them again. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend yes rentals to friends and whānau

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R.Finlay

July 31, 2020

Destination: Auckland

1010/10

Great services. Excellent customer service, Fei looked after us. 10/10 would recommend

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R.Landreth

July 30, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Excellent and great value for money

Excellent service and we got an upgrade. Would highly recommend.

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K.Walmsley

July 29, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

9.3Fantastic car hire company

The car exceeded all expectations for the price we paid. The car was very clean and the staff very friendly offering a pickup and drop off from the airport. Would book again.

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July 29, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

8.3Good value for money and efficient staff.

Efficient car rental service.

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July 27, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

10A really good experience

Awesome car, plenty of space and tidy, for sure I will use Yes Rentals again

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K.Wakerley

July 26, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

6Feeling very ripped off and seeking some response and correction

Although we had pre paid the collision damage waiver, Hertz advised this was not the case and charged for this again. They also denied that we had paid a deposit despite showing them the Qeeq receipt. When asked to see his screen I pointed out his own system showed a $200 deposit. The Hertz rep advised the Qeeq agreement was noting to do with them. Total agreed to paid via Qeeq $1,034.19 total charged by Hertz $1,219.94 on top of the $244.13 deposit paid. Accordingly total charged $1,464.07 against the agreed $1,034.19 an extra cost of $429.88!

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Tly

July 22, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

8.3Quick and easy to get

Lady at the counter was lovely! Car wasn't that comfortable, I knew it was a small car, but yaris is much more comfortable than vitz and you can feel the difference while driving

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Mike

July 21, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

6Pretty bad.

Booked a large 4x4 SUV but got a small 2wd instead. Couldn't give us a good reason why we couldn't get the vehicle we booked. Their vacuum cleaner didn't work. And had no staff. Very shambolic. A bad experience.

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G.Sollie

July 21, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

9.3As good as always

Very good service and lovely staff at the counter.

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A.McInnes

July 7, 2020

Destination: Auckland

8.3Very Good

The staff was amazing. They really looked after me after my flight was 5 hours delayed.

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S.Williams

July 1, 2020

Destination: Auckland

8.7Excellent customer service and a good value vehicle

Excellent friendly service by staff member. Very easy pick up and drop off. Prompt collection and drop off at airport. really superb service, thank you

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Hayden

June 24, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Great Car, Great Service.

Everything was fantastic. Great car. Excellent customer service. They even lent me some sunglasses for the journey as I forgot mine.

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Alex

June 24, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

9.7Good car, decent service

It was a good ride, you need 4WD in NZ in winter

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N.Gurung

June 22, 2020

Destination: Auckland

8.3Great car, great trip

Was wondering to get kia sportage but got toyota Rav 4, but that's okay it treated us well

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Rei Nguyen

June 11, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Excellent

Staff is very friendly and I would like to see her my next trip. Highly recommended.

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S.Adams

June 4, 2020

Destination: Auckland

1010 stars

Top rental had excellent service! Fei (tony) does an awesome job and provided top service. Car was immaculate and very good to drive. Definitely recommend top rental to anyone.

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J.Taka

June 2, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Worth finding!

Very helpful service via phone and face to face. Was flexible in pick up and drop off, very clear with instructions on using the vehicle, and was keen to answer any queries we had. I will use Top Rental every time I look at a rental vehicle.

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J.Hall

May 20, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Easy peasy

Super helpful folks at Discount Car Rentals. Thanks!

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May 20, 2020

Destination: Auckland

8I am Happy !

worked good !

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P.Jain

May 19, 2020

Destination: Wellington

8.4Very Good

Good

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D.Thomson

May 12, 2020

Destination: Tauranga

9Excellent

Very Good !

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M.Kodama

April 7, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

9借りるのに1時間はかかりました

車はきれいに清掃されていました。借りる時に、交通ルールのペーパーテストがありました。テストの解答を間違えたので、再テストを受け、全問正解した後、やっと車を貸していただけました。 安心して借りる事ができます。

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April 3, 2020

Destination: Auckland

9Excellent car rental experience.

Extended rental with no issues which was very helpful.

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M.Gillen

April 2, 2020

Destination: Auckland

7.7Good service and cheap

Car rattled a little, but survived teh trip

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T.McNulty

April 2, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

8.7An easy, hassle free experience enhanced by an exceptional response to the NZ response to Covid-19

APEX rentals supply older cars. The condition of this 6 yr old veihicle was consistent with my expectations. The vehicle was a competent Toyota Corrola and although a lttle small for two large suitcases was never the less comfortable for two average sized adults. The pick-up at Christchurch and drop off at Picton were both very easy and hassle free. We hired a second car on the North Island when the Covid-19 restrictions hit. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Liam and the team for accommodating the the needs of visitor requiring to retain a car after the lock down on 25 March. Many other rental companies gave their clients less than 24hr notice to return their cars to a rental compound. Without the vehicle and the ad hoc arrangements implemented for the drop off of cars at Auckland Airport we would not have been able to connect with our repatriation flight to the UK on 28 March. Thanks APEX!!!

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April 1, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

6.3Average

We did wait a long time to get a vehicle as the customer ahead did not have the correct booking information to hand and held up proceedings, and there was only one customer service rep serving at the time. The car had not been cleaned since the last rental, but the car performed as expected.

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April 1, 2020

Destination: Auckland

9Great vehicle to drive around Auckland.

Excellent money saving deal. Got a fairly new vehicle. Was a very economical trip.

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March 31, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

8.7Much better as expected...

They're very helpful and accomodating. Especially, they don't charge us anymore for next days due to the Covid-19 Lockdown here in New Zealand, while waiting our flight home.

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J.Cheung

March 30, 2020

Destination: Auckland

7.3Good

The car is over than 10 years and the interior is not clear at all. The seat covers have stain. I booked Toyota Yaris while they offered Honda Fit to me

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C.Koh

March 29, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

7.7Overall still satisfied. Not wowed.

Good deals. Didnt get a kia carnival as "suggested". Gor a Previa instead. So the space was kinda tight.

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G.Robinson

March 26, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Very good price, service and vehicle

I did opt for a upgrade and I was very satisfied that vehicle

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K.Agrawal

March 26, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

2EXTREMELY Dissatisfied

Due to Covid-19 we had to leave for Auckland from Queenstown on 20th morning. We asked them for a refund of the remaining days to which they refused also when also asked for q courtesy car just for 2 hours they refused. We aren't happy with the service provider. I request for a refund for the remaining 3 days.

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D.Hitchen

March 25, 2020

Destination: Wellington

8Very good

Basic car very inexpensive and it performed well over the 15 days and 2k km covered. Car had a lot of bumps and scatches however for a basic run around it provided true value for money and surprisingly able to take two large cases in the boot.

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A.Watters

March 25, 2020

Destination: Auckland

9Excellent value, friendly staff

Only one hitch when I tried to extend the hire neither easy car nor apex wanted to take responsibility, however thanks to the manager in Auckland it was all sorted.

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X.Missio

March 25, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

6Average

Véhicule en mauvais état avec plus de 100000 km..

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S.Bookham

March 24, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Efficient & helpful service

The car we were given exceed our expectations. Very good to drive & very comfortable. Staff on pick up & drop off were extremely helpful, couldn’t do enough for us.

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H.Pipe

March 24, 2020

Destination: Auckland

9.7Great value

Excellent service and value.

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P.Cresswell

March 23, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

7.7Good

Pleased with the good cost of car

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P.Richards

March 23, 2020

Destination: Auckland

9.7Good little car at a fantastic price with very prompt airport pickup and completion of contract form

Good little car at a fantastic price with very prompt airport pickup and completion of contract form

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Vee

March 23, 2020

Destination: Christchurch

9.3Great

You can talk to the staff ,he always respond yours. Reasonable price and Reliable .

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March 22, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

7.3余裕を持った返却が必要

返却後、空港へのシャトルバンがなかなか出発せず、店舗に着いてから空港に着くまで30分以上かかった。

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Lex

March 22, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Great service and awesome vehicle

Staff were very helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend and will definitely use again ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

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W.Sawyer

March 22, 2020

Destination: Auckland

8Everything that I expected with no issues.

There was confusion regarding the pickup point but we connected by phone. The processing for the vehicle was very efficient and the Camry I ordered was in good condition and clean. No issues during my stay and the drop off was again efficient and easy. Overall a good service and a great price with little hassle.

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William Austin

March 22, 2020

Destination: Auckland

10Perfect

No comment

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J.Hardman

March 21, 2020

Destination: Queenstown

9Worth it for my trip

Got what I wanted, need a 4x4 in NZ so worked well

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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