Renting great cars to value-minded customers since 1958, Budget was first introduced to New Zealand by Bob Ansett in the early 1980's. Much has changed since then and Budget Rent a Car New Zealand is now wholly owned by the Avis Budget Group.
Staffed by a professional and enthusiastic team, Budget New Zealand is committed to providing flexible and affordable transport options, without compromising on quality.
Budget Rent-A-Car was founded in 1958 as a car rental company for the "budget-minded" renter. Today, as an industry leader, Budget continues to appeal to value-driven renters by offering quality vehicles and a rewarding rental experience. Every day Budget employees and operators at over 40 New Zealand locations and nearly 1,900 locations around the world help drive our business.
Budget is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc., a global provider of business and consumer car rental services.
Budget New Zealand
Budget Rent a Car is the best place to find car rental deals for New Zealand. Offering a wide range of late model, 4WDs, vans and commercial vehicles, Budget New Zealand has more than 40 convenient New Zealand car rental locations, so you can be on the road to a great adventure in no time.
Budget car rentals include unlimited kilometres, free standard insurance, and 24-hour mechanical breakdown service from AA Roadside Assistance.
Experience New Zealand with Budget Rent a Car and 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.