Ferry Crossing New Zealand

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1. Posted by Eire07 (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

are there any car rental companies that include the ferry crossing from north island to south in their rates?
I thought Omega did but I called them and they don't.

How much is it to cross?


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5418 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What you should look for instead is rental companies that let you drop off one car on the North Island, and pick up a new car at the South Island. Which is about half of them, last I checked, with various caveats about minimum amount of time (usually about a week) that needs to be spent on each island. (One that I can recommend from personal experience is Ezi-Rent. Perfect service with a shuttle bus to and from their location (a whole 2 minutes away), plus they do airport and hostel/hotel pickups too. (Note: their cars are usually ~2-3 years old; have some scratches and dents - this allows them to be cheap, but just so you're aware.)

The cost of bringing a car across is about $170-$200.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2007, at 1:11 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3549 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did the inter-islander as a foot passenger from Wellington through to Picton. Why dont you drop your car in Wellington get the ferry as a foot passenger and pick up another car in Picton - there is an Omega depot thats where we hired our car from.

The interislander ferry web site is INTERISLANDER.

It might save you a few pounds?

4. Posted by marie_d (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for posting about that car company, Sander. I hadn't come across it elsewhere in searching for cheap rentals in NZ, but it's perfect for me since they include the ferry booking and they have an office in Dunedin which I need since I fly from there. I can't say anything yet about their service or cars, but so far they seem very promising.

5. Posted by mattiboy (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. You've probably back from NZ by now but for all those about to go, Apex Car Rentals include free ferry crossings in their car hire. That's a saving of almost $200! Their service was good too!

6. Posted by marie_d (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

And I just want to vouch for Ezi-Rent, who I rented from in NZ in December. Ok, so you have to drop off one car and pick up another on the other side of the ferry crossing, but I didn't mind (though I did prefer my North Island car to my South Island one). All the people at the company were friendly and helpful and I enjoyed chatting with them when they'd pick me up or drop me off. The cars were fine and I never had a problem with them. The main issue for me anyway that was difficult when looking through the companies was that Ezi-Rent had a Dunedin office and most of the other cheap companies didn't.