Driving holidays are a great way to experience New Zealand and Budget Rent a Car can help you on the road to discovery. With over 40 car rental locations nationwide, including outlets at all major centres, as well as in-terminal car hire facilities at all main airports, Budget is everywhere you need to be.
For international arrivals, Budget offers quick and convenient car rentals at Auckland Airport, Hamilton Airport, Rotorua Airport , Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, and Queenstown Airport. And if you've never driven in New Zealand, please take the time to read our Safety Tips for Driving in New Zealand.
Budget rental cars come in all sizes. If you need something small for getting around town then our sub-compact and compact rental cars are ideal. For the open road you might appreciate the extra room and power of our full size cars and wagons. And if you need room for the whole family we have a range of 4WD and minivan options available.
Choose Budget for your New Zealand car hire and take the guess work out of car rental. With over 50 years experience in the travel industry you can rely on Budget to consistently deliver a top quality rental experience. So find a great car rental deal, book your late model rental car, and let Budget New Zealand drive your dollar further.
Fastbreak or Rapidrez Number
If you have a Budget Fastbreak or Rapidrez account, please enter your six-character number and surname in this field. Corporate Fastbreak members should also enter there six-character number and surname in this field.
Corporate Account or BCD Number
If you're a member of an organisation or company that partners with Budget you may have a one of the following:
Add this number into the field shown to receive your discount.
Frequent Flyer or FlyBuys member
If you're a member of Air New Zealand Airpoints™, Qantas Frequent Flyer, or FlyBuys New Zealand you may earn points on your rental charges. Select the program you are a member of and enter your membership number and we will automatically credit membership account with the applicable points after your rental has been completed.
Coupon or Discount Numbers
If you have a Coupon or Discount Number it can be entered here. The value of the coupon, where applicable, will be reflected in Estimated Total.
Enter your travel agency IATA number or Budget Assigned Number (BAN) in this field.
Young Driver Surcharge
The minimum age for drivers is 21 years old for all car groups. A Young Driver Surcharge of NZ$25.00 (plus GST) per day per driver will apply to drivers under 25 years of age.
The 'Estimated Total' displayed on your reservation includes; base daily rate, taxes, coupon discounts, and surcharges. Items such as credit/debit card transaction fees and petrol are NOT included in the Estimated Total.
Please Note: The Estimated Total is subject to change based upon exchange rates at the time of rental.
Payment / Credit Card Policies
Payment of the rental must be made by credit card and the credit card holder must be present when the vehicle is collected.
When you collect your vehicle a pre-authorisation will be made on your credit card for the estimated value of the rental and any applicable security bond. Provided the vehicle is returned undamaged and no additional charges apply (e.g. fuel), the pre-authorisation is cancelled.
Budget accepts American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.
Debit Cards are accepted provided that the card displays the Visa or Mastercard logo, has been issued by a bank, has the customer's name and card number on the card, and the funds are being debited from a cheque/current account. Prepaid and Reloadable debit cards and gift cards, as well as Travel Cards and EFTPOS cards are not accepted.
Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance (MVI) is mandatory and included in the rate.
Optional Budget Driver & Passenger Protection can be purchased for NZ$28* (plus GST) per day. The purchase of this optional insurance package reduces the renter's liability to NZ$300.00* (plus GST) for all car groups. In addition, Budget Driver & Passenger Protection provides cover for personal injury.
If Budget Driver & Passenger Protection is not purchased, the Renter will be liable for an amount ranging from NZ$3000.00* (plus GST) to NZ$3750.00* (plus GST), depending on the car group rented.
*Applicable to standard leisure rentals; subject to change.
If you are making a corporate reservation using a BCD or Fastbreak number, please check your company's rates and insurance coverage before booking. Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance is mandatory on all Budget leisure rentals, but corporate rates and insurance coverages may differ.
All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers license requirements as the renter. All additional drivers must be present at the start of the rental. If the additional drivers are not present at time of rental pick-up, they must present themselves to a Budget rental location at their earliest convenience to complete the Additional Driver Form.
Vehicles displayed on the website are for demonstration purposes only. Brands and models may vary by location and all vehicles are subject to availability at the time of rental.
You must present a full and valid, unrestricted, Driver's Licence at the time of rental. Licences issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an International Driver's Licence.
Budget holds your GPS request with your reservation, however we cannot guarantee availability.
Please Note: If the drop off / return location is not within the same city as the pick-up / renting location, a one-way GPS drop off charge of NZ$50.00 (plus GST) may apply to the rental. This is in addition to any one way charges that may apply for the rental of the vehicle.
One way rentals to non participating locations are subject to availability.
The minimum age is 21 for all car groups. A Young Driver Surcharge of NZ$25.00 (plus GST) per day per driver will apply to drivers under 25 years of age.
Customers wishing to travel between the North and South Islands are not permitted to take Budget rental vehicles on the Inter-island Ferry across Cook Strait.
To allow for this type of inter-island travel Budget has introduced a special rental system called a Multi-Island Hire which creates one continuous rental. If you require a Multi-Island Hire, the following rental conditions apply:
Please Note: No Budget vehicle is allowed to cross Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. If you take a vehicle across Cook Strait on an Inter-island ferry (i.e. if you pick-up a rental vehicle on one island and leave the vehicle on the other island) without Budget authorisation, you will be charged an automatic relocation fee of NZ$450.00 (incl. GST).
Full Budget Rental Terms & Conditions apply.