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North Island Car Hire – Rental Locations

North Island


The North Island is the place to experience New Zealand's culture, history and beautiful beaches. From the far north where New Zealand's political history began to Wellington, the southern most capital city in the world. There are vibrant cities to explore, coastal beaches to discover, and many adventures waiting to be experienced - and you can do it all in the comfort of your Budget Rental Car.

Popular North Island destinations include:

Whangarei

A small but beautiful city with white sand beaches, coastal trails and internationally recognized parks, Whangarei is a great escape from the hustle of the big city and is a place to relax or discover. Wander the main streets for cafes, restaurants and shopping or drive towards Whangarei Harbour where wildlife (including dolphins and orcas) and the cool waves of the Pacific Ocean await. 

Auckland

New Zealands largest city with a population of over 1.5 million people, Auckland is a cosmopolitan mix of culture, food and great travel destinations. Only a ferry ride away from the city centre is the Hauraki Gulf, a collection of islands with numberous beaches to explore and grasslands to wander. To the west are the Waitakere Ranges, a mountainous area poplular for great hiking trails and well preserved forest. Along the west coast are the world famous black sand beaches, Piha and Bethels beach, with year round surf and a strong local following these are great places to experience the best of kiwi outdoor culture.

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the country’s third most populous area. The city is widely known for its arts and food culture with many museums, theatres and arts festivals attracting visitors from outside the city all through the year. Vintage style can be playfully put together by visiting the many boutique stores dotted throughout the city, and great food is easily found in the cafés, bars and world class restaurants that line Cuba Street and other pockets of the central business district.

Rotorua

Rotorua is the North Island's biggest tourist destination. It's a region rich in natural wonder and is perfect for those looking to explore and experience the best of outdoor adventure. Discover 18 natural lakes, mud pools, geysers, rich forests, mountains and the best of New Zealand’s Maori culture, all in the comfort of your Budget rental car.

Taupo

Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and is the heart of a region surrounded with beautiful forests, volcanic mountains and snowy peaks in the winter. With a diverse natural landscape, there is room here to go on breath taking adventures or to relax and enjoy the scenery.Taupo is home to the oldest national park in New Zealand, Tongariro National Park which is acknowledged by UNESCO as one of 28 world heritage sites in the world.

Other North Island destinations can be found below.

Budget Rental Car include unlimited kilometres, free road maps, standard insurance, and the comfort of 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Optional extras such as GPS Navigation, Insurance Excess Reduction, and Child Safety Seats are available at time of booking or rental.

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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.

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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.