Nz scenic drives roadtrips mount cook road
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Nz scenic drives roadtrips mount cook road
Nz lake tekapo road mountains partner compact car
Nz west coast punakaiki road solo compact car
Nz arthurs pass road trip 3 family compact car
The ultimate road trip

Car hire in New Zealand

New Zealand features some of the best scenic drives in the world. And that is why we recommend travelling through the country by car. This gives you the flexibility and freedom to explore places a campervan cannot reach. We also strongly recommend a relaxed travel pace. With every turn of the road, New Zealand's landscape changes.

How do I travel around New Zealand?

Our cars are less than 6 months old and we offer full insurance. This means more time to soak up the incredible views of New Zealand. We know many scenic drives that you wouldn’t normally find in a guidebook. Discover the real New Zealand, through the eyes of the locals.

Which sized car do you need?

A compact, medium or large SUV? We can help you make this important decision. Depending on your situation, this will impact your choice. Whatever the decision, discover New Zealand at a relaxed pace. Drive safe in a reliable SUV and be amazed at each turn of the road.

Go "off the grid" - our rental cars are fully insured for all roads
Get "off the beaten" track
Travel at a relaxed pace and find the hidden gems of the West Coast Route
Discover New Zealand's West Coast
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Compact SUV

A compact SUV gives you the flexibility to drive comfortably anywhere in the country, at a relaxed pace. Maximal fuel efficiency, affordable and comfortable to drive. The perfect size for two. Our rental cars have extra ground clearance. Easy to get in and out. Better views.

A compact SUV is also perfect if you are travelling with a group of friends and would like to enjoy your own activities during the trip. This allows you to be independent as a group and go wherever you want. Especially if you are travelling with a larger group of friends.

Compact SUV's have maximal fuel efficiency and are affordable
Travel in complete comfort
Canterbury countryside road
Marvel at the beauty of the Canterbury countryside
Arthur's Pass covered in snow
Discover Arthur's Pass

Medium SUV

Are you travelling with another couple? Or your best friend? Whatever your situation, a medium car offers more space for you and your luggage. And with good fuel efficiency, it is an affordable vehicle. With extra ground clearance means you can drive along gravel and unpaved roads.

Medium SUV's offer extra space for you and your luggage
Travel at a relaxed pace and drive comfortably
Arthur's Pass is one of New Zealand's most spectacular scenic drives
Stop and discover the hidden gems
Driving through Arthurs Pass | New Zealand holiday
Be amazed at every turn of the road

Large SUV

A large SUV offers you plenty of space for you and your luggage. And with a higher driving position, you can enjoy improved visibility and of course, that means the best viewing experience. Drive along gravel and unpaved roads. An ideal car to explore New Zealand.

"State Highway 6 from Greymouth to Westport on the West Coast of the South Island is stunning, especially during sunset."

Ben, Travel specialist
For ultimate comfort, select a large SUV
Enjoy improved visibility
Scenic route Lake Pukaki | New Zealand nature
Be mesmerised by stunning backdrops
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Refreshing dip at Haast Pass Blue Pools | New Zealand active holiday
Stop along the way for a refreshing swim

Our hire cars include insurance with $0 excess as standard. Please note: there are other insurance limitations to consider.

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Suggested journeys to New Zealand

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Sustainable travel

Useful facts

Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.