• Plan at least 1 night in their arrival city - A good night's sleep will allow them to recover from the flight and ensure they are alert before taking to the roads.
  • Plan drives of no more than 1-2 hours at a time. You can use the trip calculator here .
  • Short-Walks-(1).jpgThere are plenty of free short walks  that you can recommend along the routes to help break the drives up into manageable segments, and your clients will appreciate your recommendations. As these are just short walks that won’t take up much time, you can still plan activities in the morning or afternoon.
  • Check their age and driving experience - The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years, but under 25s may be charged young driver fees. Ask about their driving experience and confidence as larger campervans and motorhomes are not recommended for new or inexperienced drivers due to the windy roads. 
  • Check the excess reduction on the vehicle – The vehicle excess may be covered by their travel insurance, but they will need to have the available funds to pay up front, which can be as much as $3500 with some companies. If it is not covered by their insurance, or they won’t have the funds available, then it is advisable to include an excess reduction.
  • Include GPS - Rural roads in New Zealand may not be as well signposted as your clients are used to, and 3G / 4G signals can be extremely limited in some parts of the country. Using a phone GPS can also incur data roaming charges. All rental companies offer GPS hire as an optional extra.
  • Check your clients’ Driver's License – If their license is not in English they will need to get it translated. This can either be done by the issuing agency before they leave or organise a translation in New Zealand once they arrive, which will take at least 1 working day. 
  • driving-in-nz-icon.jpgTo make sure you fully understand New Zealand roads and can answer you clients’ questions, sit our Driving Safely in New Zealand module.