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Renting a convertible car

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Renting a convertible car

I would like to rent a convertible car for my 14 day trip to South Island in December. However, most of the car companies recommended here don't have convertibles. Would anyone have any suggestions on where to rent them from? I am flying in and out of Christchurch.

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1. Re: Renting a convertible car

hi there bsa ive found a convertable nissan on one website

http://www.abell.co.nz/37a1.page

and a mazda mx5 on this site

http://www.drivenz.co.nz/rentals/sports/

hope this helps

cheers john

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2. Re: Renting a convertible car

Smart Cars have a range of convertibles...

See their website below

http://www.smartcars.co.nz/

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3. Re: Renting a convertible car

I think you might find a convertible disappointing. We aren't a tropical country and the days when it is hot enough to have the roof down in Dec exceedingly rare.

Best of luck :)

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4. Re: Renting a convertible car

I agree with Wanaka Lakes and I would take it a step further. A convertible car for touring the South Island is about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.

Edited: 12 October 2011, 21:05
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5. Re: Renting a convertible car

Thanks friends. Quite surprised by the recommendation to not rent the convertible as I was told by friends who travelled in December that it gets really hot during the day. Maybe we will do it for part of the trip. Any particularily scenic drives that you would recommend renting it for?

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6. Re: Renting a convertible car

Also, is it easy to find accomodation around that time of the year? Wondering if we can travel with a bit of flexibility.

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7. Re: Renting a convertible car

The fact that convertibles are not readily available for hire is a good indication that there is little use/need for them.

last minute accommodation in the first weeks of Dec shouldn't be a problem. From Christmas onwards places will be heavily booked. Just note that small towns, especially places such as Fox and Franz on the West Coast are tiny, have limited options and will book up early. If arriving at 4pm you might find nothing left.

You can check availability on www.wotif.com

best of luck :)

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8. Re: Renting a convertible car

Good advice wanakalakes.

BTW southislandbill, my preference would be for the ashtray on the motorbike. It doesn't help, but it doesn't make things worse. I owned a BMW Z3 for a couple of years and apart from the initial drive home from the dealer, you could count the number of times I had the roof down on the fingers of one foot.

Edited: 13 October 2011, 07:19
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9. Re: Renting a convertible car

They can't be that unpopular - there's a Christchurch company that specialises in renting convertibles:

http://www.mx5rentals.co.nz/

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10. Re: Renting a convertible car

If you drive a convertible down the SI west coast you will stop traffic. You are correct, it does get hot, but it rains regularly and the weather can cycle through all 4 seasons on one day. I'm not sure how one would handle a nor-wester on the canterbury plains either, but let us know how you get on.

The main Kiwi holiday time is December to February, so this is peak season for everything that doesn't require snow. I would tend to book ahead, although international visitors may be down a bit due to the world financial situation.