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1. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everybody!
I am going to NZ next year and I think that by hiring a car is the cheapest way to travel around NZ, what do you think guys?
You have any recommended car hiring company for me?
Price for gas in NZ?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

"cheapest" depends on time and number of people. If you're traveling nearly every other day for no more than a month with two or more people, I'd agree. If you're taking things more slowly, lingering in every place you visit, and just by yourself - it might be a better idea to get a travelpass or flexipass and do things by intercity and newmans coaches.

I've personally rented from ezi-rent twice, and was happy enough about that that I now always recommend them. The cars are slightly old (~5 years iirc), and have minor dents and scratches on all sides from the few remaining unsealed roads and new zealand (and the many roadworks on the sealed ones) - which are all carefully pointed out and marked down for you when you pick up the car - and then when you return it, they give the car a quick glance to make certain you haven't been in a major accident, and that's it. (That is, they don't inspect it as meticulously - so it's for _your_ protection rather than theirs.)
They also pick you up and drop you off at your accomodation / the airport, and have car switching in wellington/picton so you don't have to pay to take the car onto the ferry. Rather excellent customer service too - I'd accidentally left my mp3-player in the car once - called them, picked it up the next day, and got another free ride to where I needed to go after that.

Gas price last april was about NZD 1.20-1.30 per liter (if I recall correctly) - way more expensive than a year ago, but not as absurd as in Europe.

3. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the answer Sander!
How do you live in NZ?
Is it possible for cheap price to live in tent in some national park or camping area?


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Haven't done much camping myself, stayed in hostels primarily, but yes, camping is relatively cheap. You're not allowed to camp just anywhere, it must be in designated camping areas. Pretty much all national parks have them _really_ cheaply (think $5 per night) but with hardly any conveniences, while most other places you'd want to go have a few charging something like $10-$15 iirc (don't trust that - it's an educated guess at best), and a lot of hostels outside of the main cities also have an area where you can put up a tent (but can still make use of the hostel facilities: the best of both worlds perhaps).
It can get pretty cold at night outside of summer though.

5. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks again Sander!
Do you have any good websites to share with you about NZ and camping sites and national parks where you can camp?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

DOC (Department of Conservation) Campsites

7. Posted by moet (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Bjoernen,

Another option worth considering if you will be in Nz for sometime (couldn't see how long you said you were going to be visiting) is to buy a car or campervan. due to excess of japanese imports there are heaps of cheap, usable cars over here. for an older model you could pay around $800 and depending on how long you were considering on renting, even if you don't sell it at the end of the trip it may work out less.

we have been in nz on and off for about 3 years and have had 4 cars over this period and found it really easy to sell them on afterwards - just park on the road with a big sign and people leave their phone numbers underneath. so then you can buy a more reliable car for around 2000 dollars and be fairly sure of getting your money back. also it depends what time of year you go. we bought a campervan for 400 dollars at the end of the summer and was our accomodation as well if we needed it. cooker inside as well. places to find a car: auckland backpackers car market, 20 east street is a good spot. also the car auctions and car fairs around auckland.

the doc campsites are excellent, also check out their huts if you are going to be hiking.

have a great trip!:)