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Rental Cars

Is breakdown cover included with my rental car?

Most of the rental cars we arrange for you include full roadside assistance (breakdown cover). So if the car develops a problem help is just a phone call away. If your problem cannot be resolved at the roadside then contact us or the rental car company and a solution for a replacement vehicle will be organised as soon as practically possible.


Check with your agent today to see if you are covered.

We use only the most reliable car rental companies and have worked with them for many years. We know their fleets are well maintained and regularly serviced so you are safe behind the wheel.

What is included with my rental car?

Our tour packages include:

  • the rental costs for your car for the duration of your tour,
  • airport and ferry terminal fees where applicable,
  • additional driver fees (any number of additional drivers at no extra charge),
  • insurance & GST (New Zealand sales tax).

Tour costs quoted on our site automatically include full collision and damage waiver fees limiting your maximum liability. But we can arrange your tour with the level of insurance cover your prefer.

Note: you may be offered additional insurance to cover windscreens and tyre and other additional costs on collection of your vehicle.

Can I take my rental car on the Interislander ferry?

All our tour itineraries are arranged so that you drop one rental car at either Picton or Wellington and collect a replacement car on arrival to the other side. This saves you money as taking a car on the ferry is expensive.

Dropping of you car and picking a new one up after your ferry trip is very easy. Your luggage will be checked on board the ferry in the same way you would for a plane flight.

What sort of fuel do the rental cars use?

Most of the rental car fleets operate petrol (gasoline) vehicles for small cars and saloons. The larger SUV/4WD's, people movers and vans usually run on diesel. The fuel type is clearly indicated on the vehicle or check with the gas station staff or call us of you need help.

Are the rental cars manual or automatic gearboxes?

Most of the vehicles in New Zealand rental car fleets have automatic gearboxes. Manual cars are available with some fleets but these tend to be the smaller cars only. If you have a specific request for a type of car then contact the team to get some advice.

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About Discover New Zealand

Discover New Zealand is part of the New Zealand Fine Touring Group of companies. It specialises in self drive, seat in coach and escorted coach touring holidays across New Zealand's North & South Islands. We have hundreds of tour ideas listed to inspire you or give you an indication of what is possible to achieve on your New Zealand adventure. Whether it is a luxury fully escorted coach tour or a self driven off the beaten track adventure, we have something suitable for everyone. Our wide range of tour lengths and tour prices give you options and are tailor made so we can build the itinerary to suit your interests and needs.
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