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Car Hire in New Zealand

Norwich, United...
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Car Hire in New Zealand

I have tried and failed on your web-site, to find a way to pass on some information to other travellers.

I have just returned from a six-week holiday in New Zealand, where I travelled almost six thousand kilometers. While much advice can be found on Trip Advisor concerning the most user-friendly car-hire companies, we used Apex and found them to be superb, but no one bothered to mention the fact that diesel fuel oil is only three quarters of the price of standard unleaded petrol in New Zealand, whereas it is significantly dearer in the UK.

Anyone considering doing significant mileages in New Zealand would be well advised to insist on hiring a diesel powered vehicle, even if it cost more that a petrol driven one, as the difference in miles or kilometers per litre is quite significant.

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Thank you for passing on the info that diesel is significantly cheaper than petrol in NZ. Actually, this is the case for several parts of the world. The snag is that generally diesel cars are more expensive to rent so the fuel saving is outweighed by the initial costs. However, as you say, for a long road trip, then it's very cost effective.

We also rented through Apex for our road trip there in 2011, and found the service to be excellent - we needed to change our car unexpectedly and in a hurry and it was right in the middle of the chaos from the Christchurch earthquake, but they sorted us out without a murmur. The GM is now a friend.

You should also post your diesel tip and Apex praise on the NZ forum.

(Apex is rarely mentioned on this forum as a rental source as most folk are wanting advice for the USA, way beyond the current reaches of Apex's operations!)


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