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NZ Car Hire

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NZ Car Hire

Can you hire a car at Christchurch Airport, then tour the south Island, cross to North Island and drop the car off at Auckland airport? If its possible do you incur a one way drop off fee, and if so what is this fee?

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1. Re: NZ Car Hire

It depends on the car rental company.

Many NZ companies offer 1 way cross island rentals with no extra fee.

Some (APEX) even include the vehicle fee for the ferry in the price, others allow you to take the car on the ferry at your expense, whilst others (e.g.Hertz) require you to drop the car at the ferry terminal and pick up another car the other side.

The major international companies offer newer cars than second tier companies (Apex, Ace, Jucy, Go ...)

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2. Re: NZ Car Hire

Very helpful. Thanks

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4. Re: NZ Car Hire

GT's comments regarding taking rental cars on the ferry is well worth noting. Over recent months it has become apparent that some rental companies will not insure vehicles when the vehicle is "afloat" meaning that should you take that vehicle on a ferry between the two main islands or on some of the smaller ferry trips around the country, Opua and Rawene to name but two the hirer carries all the insurance risk. This issue came to light when a hirer had a fender bender on the cross strait ferries. Read and fully understand the terms and conditions of a hire

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5. Re: NZ Car Hire

Hi all, Tony from Apex here, just to clarify, Apex rental cars are covered by insurance on both inter island ferries, Interislander and Bluebridge.

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6. Re: NZ Car Hire

My husband and I are looking into hiring a car in Christchurch airport for 63 days and dropping off at Auckland airport have you any idea how much this would cost before I start thinking about booking.

Thank you

Jean

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7. Re: NZ Car Hire

Forgot to say it would be January February 2015.

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8. Re: NZ Car Hire

Jean, you can do a dummy booking on any of the car's websites and get a price before entering your personal details and credit card. There are too many variables (size of car, insurance, options) for any of us to give you an accurate answer.

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9. Re: NZ Car Hire

Jean, be aware that to some extent with rental cars you get what you pay for so don't book entirely on price without knowing if what you are getting, is what you want.

With top tier companies like Avis, Hertz, Budget you get near new cars and airport depots - and you pay for the fact that they have many depots in small towns.

Second tier companies often recommended here such as Apex, Jucy, Omega cut costs by using older model cars (5-10 years old) and by having depots away from the airport ( with shuttle services). They generally have a limited number of depots - ie Chch, QTN & AKL only. They all provide 24 hr breakdown service through a third party, usually the NZ AA. Most visitors and locals use these companies with complete satisfaction.

Third tier companies may only have a small number of cars, a 1 man office etc and may have limited ability to help you if the car breaks down. Many people take that risk without any issues.

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10. Re: NZ Car Hire

Thank you for the advice,

Jean