1. Do I need to pay a deposit on my reservation?

    No, Budget does not require a deposit when making a reservation.
  2. Is a credit card required when making a reservation?

    No, you do not need a credit card to make a reservation with Budget. However, a valid credit card must be presented at the time of rental.

    Please Note:

    Budget accepts the following credit/charge cards as credit identification at the time of rental:

    • American Express
    • Diners Club
    • Mastercard
    • 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 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.

  3. Can I take my rental car inter-island across Cook Strait?

    No, you are not permitted to take a rental vehicle across Cook Strait.

    If you are travelling between North and South Islands you must leave your vehicle at either the Wellington or Picton inter-island ferry terminal. Another rental vehicle can then be collected from the Budget ferry terminal location at your destination.

    If you collect a car from a rental location on one island and leave the vehicle at a rental location on the other island, without Budget authorisation, you will be charged an automatic relocation fee of NZD$450.00 (inc. GST).

    All inter-island reservations must be advised well in advance to ensure a replacement vehicle is available at your destination. For full details on how to arrange a multi-island rental, please visit Budget Multi-Island Hires.

  4. Do I need an Budget Wizard Number to make a reservation?

    No, you don't need a Wizard Number to make a reservation with Budget.

  5. Can I pay with a debit card?

    Debit cards are accepted provided that the card displays the Visa or Mastercard logo, has been issued by a bank and 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.

  6. Does Budget have an app?

    Yes we have both a booking app and a travel app.

    With our booking app you can book, modify, and cancel any of your bookings where you are, it also includes our commercial fleet of Trucks, Vans, and Utes.

    Our travel app allows you to get up to date information on tourist attractions and accommodation as well as local road warnings and civil defence alerts. Check them out - Budget NZ Mobile Apps App
  7. How can I modify an upcoming reservation?

    To modify an upcoming reservation, go to 'View/Modify/Cancel Reservation'

    Enter your Last Name and your Reservation Confirmation Number and click the 'Find Reservation' button.

    On the next page, select the 'Modify' link listed next to the reservation you wish to change.

    You will then be able to modify specific information relating to your reservation, including your selected rental options, personal information, rental time and place, and car class.

    Alternatively, you can use the Budget Booking App or call Budget Reservations for assistance - 0800 283 438 toll free or +64 9 529 7784.

  8. How can I view an upcoming reservation?

    To view an upcoming reservation, go to 'View/Modify/Cancel Reservation'

    Enter your Last Name and your Reservation Confirmation Number and click the 'Find Reservation' button.

    On the next page, select the 'View' link listed next to the reservation.

    You will then be able to modify specific information relating to your reservation, including your selected rental options, personal information, rental time and place, and car class.

    Alternatively, you can use the Budget Booking App or call Budget Reservations for assistance: 800 283 438 toll free or +64 9 529 7784.

  9. How do I cancel a reservation?

    To cancel an upcoming reservation, go to 'View/Modify/Cancel Reservation'

    Enter your Last Name and your Reservation Confirmation Number and click the 'Find Reservation' button.

    On the next page, select the 'Cancel'link listed next to your reservation. 

    Enter your email address and click the 'Cancel Reservation' button.

    We will confirm your reservation has been canceled, and send a cancellation confirmation email to the email address provided.

    Alternatively, you can use the Budget Booking App or call Budget Reservations for assistance: 800 283 438 toll free or +64 9 529 7784.

  10. Is it possible to keep a car longer than I originally reserved it?

    Yes, it is possible, but any requested changes in your rental are subject to vehicle availability and will affect your estimated daily rate.

    If you realise you need to extend your reservation before picking up your vehicle, please modify your reservation online or call our Reservation Centre on 0800-284-722 for further assistance.

    To modify an upcoming reservation, go to 'View/Modify/Cancel Reservation'

    Enter your Last Name and your Reservation Confirmation Number and click the 'Find Reservation' button.

    On the next page, select the 'Modify' link listed next to the reservation you wish to change.

    You will then be able to modify specific information relating to your reservation, including your selected rental options, personal information, rental time and place, and car class.

    Alternatively, you can use the Budget Booking App or call Budget Reservations for assistance: 800 283 438 toll free or +64 9 529 7784.

  11. Why didn't the coupon code I entered give me a discount?

    All coupon discounts are calculated at the time of reservation and should be displayed in the Estimated Total.

    If a coupon discount has not been applied, please check the Terms & Conditions of the deal and verify you have entered valid rental details.

  12. Does Budget charge a cancellation fee?

    If your reservation is cancelled in advance, no cancellation fee will be applied.

    In certain cases and with certain rates or car groups, a cancellation fee may apply if an unwanted reservation is not cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the reserved pick-up time, or if the customer fails to pick up the vehicle.

    To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 48 hours in advance. You can cancel a reservation online, or by calling 0800-283-438, or through your travel agent.

  13. What are the minimum requirements to rent from Budget?

    Budget requires that each renter and any additional drivers meet the Budget minimum age requirement, present a full and valid driver's license, and present a valid Budget-honoured credit card at the time of rental.
  14. What qualifies as a 'weekend rental'?

    Generally, 'Weekend Rates' apply on rentals beginning after midday (12:00PM) on a Thursday and require the car to be returned by 11:59PM (one minute before midnight) on the following Monday.

    If the vehicle is returned later than the time specified, the weekend rate will not apply to the rental and the entire rental will be charged at the applicable daily rate.

    Please ensure you read the Terms & Conditions of any weekend special offer before booking.

  15. What information will I need to book a vehicle?

    The following information is required to make a reservation:

    • Rental Pick-up Location
    • Rental Start Date and Time
    • Rental Return Location
    • Rental End Date and Time
    • Frequent Flyer / Loyalty Member Number (if applicable)
    • Coupon Number (if applicable)
    • Corporate Discount Code (if applicable)
    • Fastbreak Number (if applicable)
    • Required Vehicle Type
    • Flight Details (if applicable).

    Please Note: If you belong to the Air New Zealand Airpoints™ or Fly Buys loyalty programmes, make sure you have your membership number with you as you may be able to earn points on your rental.

  16. Can I check car rental rates without making a reservation?

    Yes, you can obtain a rental quotation and check availability without making a reservation.

    Using this website, simply complete the first three steps of the reservations process stopping at the page titled 'Confirm Rate'. At this point you will see the 'Estimated Total' for the rental details entered.

    If you are happy with the quote and wish to make a reservation, simply click the 'Continue' button to confirm the requested details.

    At the end of the reservation process you will see a 'Reservation Confirmation' page with the reservation number highlighted. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the details of your reservation.

  17. I have an upgrade certificate, what vehicle do I reserve?

    If you have an upgrade certificate, it is best to advise us at the time of booking so that the location can do its best to have a suitable vehicle available.

    For further details, please contact Budget Reservations - 0800 283 438 (toll free).

    You can also present the certificate at the time of rental, but there is no guarantee a larger vehicle will be available.

    Please Note: All upgrades are subject to availability at the time of rental.

  18. What do I need to bring with me to the Budget counter to rent a vehicle?

    The renter must present a valid credit card and a current, full, and valid drivers licence in their own name.

    Any additional drivers must also be present at the time of rental and provide a current, full, and valid drivers licence.

    If you have any coupons, prepaid vouchers, discount or upgrade certificates, they must also be presented at the time of rental.

  19. What is a Rental Agreement?

    When you collect the rental vehicle you will need to sign a Rental Agreement which details your personal information, payment method, insurance coverages and rental preferences.

    You should also familiarise yourself with Budget's Rental Terms & Conditions.

  20. How do I pay for the rental?

    You will need to present a valid credit card when you collect the vehicle.

    At that time a security hold for the 'Estimated Total' value of the rental will be placed on the credit card account provided.

    The card holder will not have access to these funds until billing is finalised at the completion of the rental.

    For security purposes the credit card used for payment of the rental must be in the renters name and embossed on the front of the card. The renter's signature must appear on the back of the card.

    Budget accepts the following credit/charge cards as credit identification at the time of rental:

    • American Express
    • Diners Club
    • Mastercard
    • Visa

    Debit cards are accepted provided that the card displays the Visa or Mastercard logo, has been issued by a bank and has the customer's name and card number on the card, and funds are debited from a cheque/current account.

    Prepaid and Reloadable Debit cards or gift cards, as well as Travel cards and EFTPOS cards are not accepted.

  21. Are there any other payment alternatives?

    Your travel agency can sell you a prepaid voucher that you can use to pay for rentals at various locations within New Zealand. However, you may also be asked to show a credit card as well as a current, full, and valid driver's licence, even though you have a voucher.

    Budget locations in New Zealand can accept cash, travellers cheques,money orders and personal cheques as payment, but these must be issued in New Zealand Dollars and can only be used when you return the vehicle. When you start your rental a valid and accepted credit or debit card must be presented as credit identification.

    Budget accepts the following credit/charge cards as credit identification at the time of rental:

    • American Express
    • Diners Club
    • Mastercard
    • Visa

    Please Note: 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.

    International visitors who have a prepaid voucher can pay cash up front for any insurance excess or optional extras (e.g. Excess Reduction, GPS, Child Safety Seats, Roadside Assistance etc.), and upon return of the vehicle for any miscellaneous charges (e.g. fuel, additional rental hours or days, one-way fees etc.).

  22. How can I get the best deal?

    Rental car pricing is like airline pricing - if you travel at off-peak times or make a reservation seven or more days in advance, you often get a better deal.

    Budget also run regular special offers using coupon codes. To take advantage of the promotional offer you need to quote the coupon number at the time of booking or rental.

    Before booking, please be sure to check the terms and conditions of the coupon to see if they fit your rental requirements.

  23. Why do rates differ?

    There are a number of factors that influence rental rates including:

    • Peak travel times
    • Seasonality
    • Advanced purchasing
    • Fleet running costs
    • Specific location prices and fees
    • Fleet availability
  24. What is the difference between daily, weekly, and weekend rates?

    Daily Rates are based on a 24-hour rental period and have a one-day minimum charge even if the car is returned in less than 24 hours.

    Weekly Rates are available for rentals of more than 6 days but less than 28 days.

    Weekend Rates normally apply to rentals beginning after noon on Thursday and require the car to be returned by 11:59 PM on the following Monday. If the vehicle is returned later than the time specified, then the weekend rate will not apply to the rental.

    Many weekend rates require that the vehicle be kept over a Saturday night in order to be eligible for weekend rates.

  25. What are airport and wharf fees?

    In addition to time and kilometre charges and government taxes, an airport or port / wharf fee may apply to rentals commencing from or terminating at an airport, railway station, and/or port side rental location.

    Any applicable fees will be quoted on your reservation.

    Please Note: The airport / port fees are levied by the airport or port authorities and Budget collects these on behalf of the authority concerned.

  26. If I want to pick up a vehicle at one location and drop it off at another, does it cost more?

    Budget may charge renters an extra drop-off fee for cars picked up at one location and returned to another, and sometimes impose a fee for additional kilometres.

    Customers interested in a one-way rental should specifically ask if there are any drop-off fees or charges for additional kilometres, and what locations are authorised for such rental car returns.

    Occasionally there are one-way relocation deals available from selected locations and these do not incur additional costs. To find out whether there is a relocation deal available that meets your requirements simply ask at the time of booking or view our latest car rental special offers.

  27. What motor vehicle insurance do I receive with Budget?

    Motor Vehicle Insurance (MVI) is compulsory in New Zealand and is included in most rates.

    Budget, where permitted, also offer additional optional coverages for Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects and Baggage Insurance (PEB), and Excess Reduction (ER).

    Please check your insurance options at the time of rental.

  28. Does Budget Rent a Car New Zealand charge a card transaction fee on car and truck rentals?

    Budget charges a card transaction fee for all rentals in New Zealand where a debit card or credit card is used for payment of the rental. This fee is calculated on the total rental charges including GST and will be added to the invoice amount. 

    The fee calculation is 2.1% on Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards and 3.1% on American Express and Diners Club cards. 

    Airport and Wharf fees are not included in the calculation of the card transaction fee. If the rental takes place at a location that is subject to an Airport or Wharf fee, the final card transaction fee will be less than 2.1% of the total invoice value for Visa and Mastercard transactions and less than 3.1% of the total invoice value for American Express and Diners Club. The card transaction fee is subject to GST.
  29. What refuelling options do I have?

    Budget rates do not include fuel. Budget offers three options for fuel:

    • Return the car with the same amount of fuel as when rented and no refueling fees will apply
    • Return the car with less fuel than when rented and pay a refueling service charge for the fuel used. The refueling service charge is a rate higher than the local retail fuel prices. The latest refuelling service rate will be shown on your rental agreement and is subject to GST.
    • Purchase the prepaid fuel option

    Pre-Paid Fuel Option

    The prepaid fuel option allows the renter the option of purchasing, a full tank of fuel at a price competitive with the prevailing local service station rates for regular unleaded petrol. This eliminates the need to refill the tank before the vehicle is returned.

    There is no credit given for fuel remaining in the vehicle at the time the vehicle is returned so the renter should return the vehicle with as little fuel remaining as possible.

    The prepaid fuel purchase option must be selected at the beginning of the rental.

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.

If you're a member of an organisation or company that partners with Budget you may have a one of the following:

  • Direct PIN Number
  • OTTO Number
  • ACTO Number
  • BCN Number
  • BCD Number

Add this number into the field shown to receive your discount.

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.

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.

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 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:

  • For cars there is a minimum of 3 days consecutive rental required in each island (a minimum total rental of 6 days across both islands).
  • If you are traveling more than once between the two islands, the third (and subsequent) rental period has no minimum length of rental requirement.
  • The rental can start and finish at any Budget location in New Zealand (subject to vehicle availability).
  • You can cross between the two islands using the Picton Ferry Terminal and the Wellington Ferry Terminal, or you can fly into cities where Budget is located. Note: this policy only applies if you are traveling to the other island, not to a location within the same island.
  • A maximum of 5 hours is allowed between the drop off of the vehicle in one island and the pick up of the next vehicle.
  • A minimum of 72 hours notice is required of the renter's intention to cross between the North & South islands, if a crossover booking has not been previously made. If not enough notice is given, we cannot guarantee a vehicle will be available on the other side.
  • For all wagons, 4WD's and vans there is a minimum of 5 days consecutive rental required in each island (a minimum total rental of 10 days across both islands).

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.