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South Island car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in South Island

EconomyC$ 18/day
CompactC$ 21/day
IntermediateC$ 22/day
SUVC$ 31/day
MinivanC$ 60/day
Full-size SUVC$ 46/day
Passenger VanC$ 49/day
Premium SUVC$ 84/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 34/day
Supplier choiceC$ 41/day
Compact SUVC$ 42/day
Standard SUVC$ 45/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in South Island

  • When driving in South Island, ensure you keep within the speed limit set by the law. Like other towns in New Zealand, maintain 20 km/h (12 mph) when approaching and passing a school bus, 40 km/h (25 mph) in residential areas, and maintain 80 km/h (50 mph) when driving on limited-access urban arterial roads, winding rural roads, and rural access roads. However, as you hit the motorways and expressways, you can drive as high as 110 km/h (68 mph).
  • As you drive on rural roads in South Island, keep in mind that some of them can be narrow and winding. It is thus not surprising to find bridges or single-track roads only wide enough to allow passage for one car. Therefore, keep an eye on signs indicating winding roads and narrow streets, particularly when overtaking. Also, bear in mind that vehicles closest to the bridge, or those going uphill, have the right of way.
  • The New Zealand seatbelt law requires that every car be equipped with front and back seatbelts. To this end, every car occupant must wear a seatbelt, whether sitting at the front or back. Furthermore, kids aged seven or younger must be strapped in an approved child-restraint device when traveling in vans or cars. Usually, car rental companies provide this child restraint equipment at a small fee.
  • It is critical to consider your needs before setting out to hire Southland Island car rentals. Typically, your budget and the destinations you want to visit are the most likely determinants of the type of car you will rent. A compact car is recommended if you will be confined within the town center where roads are smooth. However, if you plan to venture outdoors in rural areas, consider a pickup truck or a 4X4 SUV.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in South Island for C$ 46 or less
  • Book your rental car in South Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in South Island are around 77% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in South Island are around -11% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in South Island

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in South Island?

    On average a rental car in South Island costs C$ 98 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in South Island?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in South Island.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in South Island?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Mode Car & Camper Rentals (C$ 18/day), EZU Car Rental (C$ 27/day) and Budget (C$ 42/day).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in South Island?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in South Island?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in South Island are Christchurch (55% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in South Island), Queenstown (36%) and Picton (2%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in South Island?

    On average a rental car in South Island costs C$ 409 per week (C$ 58 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in South Island?

    On average a rental car in South Island costs C$ 1,753 per month (C$ 58 per day).

  • Should I rent a car in South Island?

    You won’t regret renting a car when visiting South Island. Besides the flexibility it offers when exploring the hidden gems on your bucket list, South Island car rentals offer comfort and privacy when touring the area. With fixed routes and specific departure schedules, public transportation in this area is restrictive, as you cannot conveniently move around to experience the beautiful parts of the town. In addition, car rentals have different types of cars in their fleet, and you will have several options based on your needs. If you are here for a few days, you will find South Island car rentals cheaper than taxis. Lastly, car rentals are also cheaper if you are traveling with your friends or family.

  • What is driving like in South Island?

    Traffic laws in South Island are the same as those in other parts of New Zealand. The steering wheel is on the right, and people drive on the left. The roads are narrower, steeper, and more winding than expected. There are few motorways; the roads are mostly two-way, with one lane in each direction. South Island implements strict Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) laws where drivers aged 20 or younger should have 0% BAC. For those aged 21 or older, you must not drive if your BAC is greater than 0.05%, lest you incur heavy fines. Remember, there’s a special category of vehicles that have the right of way, particularly emergency vehicles with flashing lights, and school buses.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in South Island?

    You need to be 18 years old to rent a car in South Island. However, the age may vary depending on the company and vehicle category, with some South Island car rentals applying a surcharge policy to renters below 25, and the fees are paid at the counter. You also need a valid driving license from your home country, which you must have held for at least a year. It is important to remember that an International Driving Permit is only permissible when presented with a valid driver’s license. You can pay for your rental via debit, credit cards, or cash (New Zealand Dollars only).

Car rental directory

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in South Island

    21 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in South Island

    19 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in South Island

    18 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in South Island

    16 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in South Island

    15 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in South Island

    13 Locations

  • acerentalcars

    Ace Rental Cars car rental locations in South Island

    11 Locations

  • ezi

    EZI car rental locations in South Island

    11 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in South Island

    10 Locations

  • apex

    Apex car rental locations in South Island

    9 Locations

  • motocarrental

    Moto Car Rental car rental locations in South Island

    9 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in South Island

    9 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

New Zealand Discount Car Rentals

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

C$ 58/day

Good deal

C$ 46/day

When to book a rental car in South Island

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