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Easy enough to fly to for a long weekend or linger a little longer for an epic driving holiday across one or both Islands - New Zealand is a popular holiday destination for many reasons. From breathtaking natural wonders to art deco architecture and adrenaline-raising adventures, there’s something for everyone.

Make the most of your time on the North or South Island by renting a car to get from A to B with ease. Start by comparing rates from leading suppliers including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar Hertz and Thrifty with VroomVroomVroom.

What Documents Do You Need to Travel to New Zealand?

Make travel to New Zealand easy with our simple list of basic requirements needed to enter the country:

  • Passport valid for more than three months beyond the date you depart New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand passport holders should have a valid passport on their dates of arrival and departure.
  • Confirmed onward or return ticket (where applicable)
  • Sufficient funds for the length of your stay
  • Completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card

There are currently more than 50 countries who do not require a Visitor’s Visa to stay less than three months in New Zealand. Check if your country qualifies for the visa waiver program here​.

For more information, visit the official New Zealand Tourism site​.

What Are the Car Rental Requirements in New Zealand?

New Zealand is a large country with two Islands (North and South) to explore. With a good road network and plenty of natural wonders to see, many travellers choose to ‘road trip’ through the country to make the most of seeing as much of the country as possible. Here are some things you need to know before renting a car.

  • Minimum age is 21 years old (drivers aged 25 below may incur a young driver surcharge)
  • A valid International drivers’ licence. If your local licence is in a language other than English, you must carry an approved translation with you (and your licence) at all times
  • Credit card for payment
  • Australian’s travelling to New Zealand can purchase additional rental car excess insurance

Requirements and rates may vary per rental company so make sure to check the supplier's Terms and Conditions​.

Driving Tips in New Zealand

If it is your first time driving in New Zealand, read up our guide​ and follow these basic driving tips:

  • Drive on the left side of the road
  • Don't exceed the standard speed limit of 50km/h in urban areas (some cities have a speed limit of 30km/h) and 100km/h on highways
  • Always wear a seat belt (and use child restraints for children) at all times in all seats
  • Do not drink and drive. It is a criminal offence in New Zealand
  • Do not use your mobile phone (even hands-free) while driving. It is illegal in New Zealand
  • When driving in rural areas of New Zealand, be careful of livestock who may be passing on the road. Slow down and allow them to pass before continuing on your way.